A Little About Me, A to Z: Mia Edition

Like Tito said: Why not?

Age: 23

Bed Size: Full. Wish it were bigger, though, our kitten Flat Tire likes to sneak in when we leave the door open and take up all the space.

Chore that you hate: Dishes, especially ones that may have, um, been sitting longer than they should, and maybe growing a little mold.

Dogs: None of my very own, but my mom and stepdad have two: Toby and Mr. Roscoe Stubbs. My dad and stepmom have two as well (Rumpelstiltskin and Valentina) but I haven’t met them yet, while Toby and Roscoe are old friends.

Essential start to your day: Right now? Feeding Flat Tire so she’ll stop yapping at the door.

Favorite colors: Tito’s infected me pretty badly with her teal/peacock love, but there are so many other colors that I adore. It’s hard to choose just one, but the particular green of matcha powder is so pretty:

Gold or Silver: Both! I regularly mix and match; my standard non-fancy-earrings pair of earrings are one gold stud, one silver stud. But that’s because I had to get my ears pierced twice and have one stud from each initial piercing.
Height: 5’7″. Not as much of a giantess as Tito, but taller than a number of my friends, which I like to mercilessly lord over them.

Instruments you play: I used to play the violin, but I was never better than mediocre. Slide whistle?

Job Title: Administrative Assistant. So glam!

Kids: None, thank god. (No, but really. I’m not a kids person.)

Live: San Joaquin Valley, CA, aka the Armpit of the West Coast

Mother-in-Law’s name: I’m not married, thank god.

Nicknames: Mia is the most pervasive one, obviously. A good friend used to call me Pookie, and my dad calls me Mimi sometimes. Not crazy about anybody else using that last one, though.

Overnight hospital stays: None, that I can remember. (Say that last part in a spooky/Vincent Price/Rod Serling voice and we’ve got a horror story on our hands.)

Pet Peeves: People who make loud sipping noises and then go “AHHHH” after every loud sip. There was a guy in one of my college classes who did this, and I wanted to strangle him with my scarf.

Quote from a movie: “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times: DO NOT FAN THE GIRLS WHEN THEY’RE WET! But you’ll never learn, you’ll be a eunuch all your life.” – Marcus Lycus (Phil Silvers), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (This has been one of my favorite movies since I was five or six and didn’t know what a eunuch was.)

Right or Left handed: Lefty! And obnoxiously proud about it like most lefties. Hand of the devil, you know.
Siblings: One older brother, thank goodness. I don’t think I could handle any others.

Time you wake up: During the work week, anytime between 6:45 and 7:20 a.m., depending on how often I ignore my alarm. On the weekend, whenever I damn well please.

Underwear: Cotton! And whatever doesn’t ride up.

Vegetable you hate: Do I have any of these? Let me think…I honestly can’t come up with any veggie I truly despise. I did, however, find a list of vegetables of dubious origin that informs me that okra is also known as “ladies’ fingers.” My fingers don’t look like no okra! Am I not a lady?

What makes you run late: My own bad time-management skills. That, and oversleeping.

X-Rays you’ve had: None that I can think of. I’ve never broken a bone or had a similar serious accident. I’m really more of a bruiser.

Yummy food that you make: Oh, lots of stuff (or so I like to think). I don’t have too many recipes that I can call purely my own, but I particularly love to make soups–like this one or this one.
Zoo animal: As Tito mentioned, giraffes have become an inextricable part of my life thanks to Mike, but when I go to zoos I particularly like to look for bats (any kind) and spotted hyenas.
I have a couple of book reviews floating around in my head, and hopefully I’ll be able to put them down in the next few days before I go on vacation to Chicago! Woop, and another woop for good measure.

A Little About Me, A to Z

I’ve seen this meme on a couple of blogs and though, why not?

Age: 25

Bed Size: Double, maybe, or full? I don’t know!

Chore that you hate: Dishes and, to tell the truth, every other kind of cleaning. :P

Dogs: I had a childhood dog who was the BEST dog in the world (totally unbiased unopinion). None now.

Essential start to your day: A good toothbrushing. I hate that morning mouth!

Favorite colors: Peacock blue. Any variation – bluer or greener, lighter or darker. Everything in this range I adore.

Gold or Silver: I can wear both, I think.

Height: 5’10. I am a giantess!

Instruments you play: Mostly I sing, but I can also plunk out notes on the piano.

Job Title: Unemployed! Huzzah! (I do work as a math tutor, but I can’t call it a job.)

Kids: None.

Live: San Francisco Bay Area, California

Mother-in-Law’s name: Unmarried.

Nicknames: Most everybody calls me Jessica, but I have a few friends who call me Jess or Jessie. Mia gets the prize for giving me my most random nickname: Tito.

Overnight hospital stays: Never!

Pet Peeves: I have a few driving pet peeves, including people who don’t use their dang blinkers. I also roll my eyes majorly at linguistic prescriptivists.

Quote from a movie: Can’t pick, so have a selection from The Last Unicorn: “How dare you come to me now, when I am this!” – Molly Grue, “There are no happy endings, because nothing ends.” – Schmendrick, “Listen. Don’t listen to ME, listen. You can find the others if you are brave. They passed down all the roads long ago, and the Red Bull ran close behind them and covered their footprints.” – The Butterfly, “Your name is a golden bell hung in my heart. I would break my body to pieces to call you once by your name.” – The Butterfly… Schmendrick has so many great lines: “Shut up, you pretentious kneecap! How’d you like a punch in the eye?” and “I am Schmendrick the Magician, last of the red hot swamis.” and “You pile of stones! I’ll set all your toenails growing in, you mess with me!”

Right or Left handed: Right.

Siblings: Two brothers, one older and one younger.

Time you wake up: Depending on when I go to sleep, the quality of that sleep, and whether or not I have any cats sleeping with me, between 8 and 10:30 am lately.

Underwear: Whatever’s clean.

Vegetable you hate: I’m not a fan of dark, bitter greens… Well, I love a good spinach salad and creamed spinach and I don’t mind dark greens *in* dishes, but I generally dislike them as side dishes.

What makes you run late: Usually small things that add up, like a cat wanting to be let in after I’ve locked the door.

X-Rays you’ve had: I broke/badly sprained my wrists three or four times as a child. Not sure what else, if anything.

Yummy food that you make: Pasta with a creamy tomato sauce, tomato soup, butternut squash soup, BLTs, sausages with roasted grapes, um… that reminds me, I’m hungry. Good thing the meme is almost over!
Zoo animal: Mia’s boyfriend looooves giraffes and I have to say that it’s a little infectious, this giraffe fever (especially since I liked them to begin with).
So, Mia, you wanna give this a go?

Time’s 100 Best Nonfiction

Meme ganked from Mental Foodie, but I’ve seen variations of it elsewhere:

Politics and war, science and sports, memoir and biography — there’s a great big world of nonfiction books out there just waiting to be read. We picked the 100 best and most influential written in English since 1923, the beginning of TIME … magazine

Green Text – Have read
Purple Text – Already on TBR list
Orange Text – Did Not Finish

Autobiography / Memoir





Food Writing




Nonfiction Novels



Self-Help / Instructional

Social History



Honestly, that’s about what I expected – a number of to-reads but very few actually read. I only counted the books that were honestly on my TBR list before doing the meme (in more of a way than “hey, I’ve heard of that and would read it if somebody handed it to me”, which would include at least ten more of these), but you can bet my list is longer now!
Absolute highlight from reading through their list? How to Cook a Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher: “When a cookbook has a chapter called “How to Make a Pigeon Cry,” you know it’s going to be about more than recipes.” I’m also particularly interested in And the Band Played On, which is about the 80s AIDS epidemic; Carry Me Home, about the Civil Rights Movement; Godel, Escher, Bach; The Fatal Shore, about Australia’s tumultuous beginnings (in relation to Europeans, that is). The Best and the Brightest, a Vietnam expose from 1972; and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, I’m still not sure what it’s about, also sound interesting (oh, what a loaded word).
I also read, I am realizing, academic articles in college based (?) on Anderson’s ideas from Imagined Communities, which posits that our modern nation-states are, well, imagined communities. I may actually have read Anderson himself, though I can’t remember. I would definitely read the whole book if I came across it in a used book store. Same goes for Orientalism by Edward Said – seems to be a very important book that influenced the people/thinkers who have influenced me.
I’m getting too babbly here, but The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer reminded me of author Sarah’s Monette’s extensive Nazi readings and her very intelligent reviews/reactions/thoughts on her livejournal. I went back and read them all (including the non-Nazi books she reads*) because she is just so smart and great and I may have a secret wee crush on her as I do lots of smart people. Anyway, the point is that she says she likes Shirer in one of her posts, which makes me think I should read this.
This list also made me think about my favorite nonfiction. I can’t make a definitive list w/o missing something, so I’ll just mention a couple: A Primate’s Memoir by Robert Sapolsky and The Power of Babel by John McWhorter (no relation to the McWhorter above, far as I can tell).
*For her Unread Book Challenge, which is reading the books she owns but hasn’t read. Must do this. Mustmustmust.