I saw Mary do this at her blog and I wanted to do it. I haven’t done anything like this in a while and the questions were interesting. I enjoyed reading her answers so I figured I would do it, too!

surprise!

1) What is one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday?
riding bicycles (once I get a bicycle again)
playing video games
catching up on internet fun

2) List your top three favorite TV shows.
Arrested Development
Stargate SG-1
Doctor Who

3) Would you rather be in pictures or take them?
Take them! I really enjoy taking photos as is probably evident by my many photos in every blog post.

4) Why do you blog?
I enjoy life and I enjoy writing about life! It is a way for me to document certain things, as well as share them with others. Also, since I moved overseas, it is a way for me to still share with my family and friends about what is going on in my life while I am so far away.

5) Share five websites that you visit regularly.
Facebook
GoogleReader
Reddit
MyFitnessPal
Pinterest

6) If you could have lunch with one person from your Twitter list who would it be?
My best friend Kierstin who is back in New York. I miss her like crazy. @ifearthemoon

7) List a few of your favorite snacks.
greek yogurt and granola
carrots and hummus
cheese doodles
peanut butter and banana

8 ) Do you have a pet? If so, what kind?
Yes, two cats.

Window Cat
Moko, who is still in NY for the time being until we can get her to NZ.

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Reirei, our new kitten.

9) Which three material possessions would you struggle to live without?
my glasses
my camera
my computer

10) What’s your favorite drink?
water

11) Do you enjoy cooking?
Yes but I am not as good as I want to be or think I am.

12) Do you have children?
Nope.

13) What are your favorite hobbies?
blogging
working out
singing
photography
playing video games

14) Would you consider yourself to be shy or outgoing?
I think I’m a pretty outgoing person, in general. There are certain situations where I can be a bit timid or quiet but I’m always still social and approachable.

15) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?
Besides the obvious “oh my gosh, I want to lose more weight,” I would like to try to not make unrealistic or too many goals for myself. That could be an entire blog entry in itself.

16) Who is your favorite actor/actress?
I don’t really have one.

17) What’s the coolest thing you’ve done this week?
Move to a new town and start my new teaching job!

18) Do you live near your family or far from them?
FAR! I think I live about as far away from my family as someone can, unfortunately.

19) List three of your talents.
Singing.
Teaching.
Giving advice.

20) What is your greatest attribute?
My inherent belief in myself that does not come off as overconfidence but instead as optimism and a love of life that make other people happy when they are around me.

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Just kidding. I still eat apples. I love apples. But then I went to take a cute picture of this little baby apple that Josh brought home for me from the orchard. I figured I’d put it in my hands so you could see the comparison of how small it really was. Then I realized what I was doing and I was disgusted with myself. So here’s my question: do you think “aww, what a cute little apple” or do you think “OMG TWILIGHT!” Be honest.

Cori tagged me!

  1. For an explanation of the blog title, please see the last question!
  2. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
  3. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
  4. Write that song name no matter how weird it sounds. (NO CHEATING!)
  5. Tag some other people and force them to do the same thing ♥

IF SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY’ YOU SAY?
Disturbed – Peter Gabriel

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Twoism – Boards of Canada

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Universe – Savage Garden

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
In My Eyes – Rage Against The Machine

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Outside The Wall – Pink Floyd

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
It’s Gonna Get Better – Gensis

WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
If The Rain Must Fall – James Morrison

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
House of Cards – Radiohead

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Dinner at Eight in the Suburbs – All-Time Quarterback

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
I Won’t Be Left – Tegan and Sara

WHAT IS 2+2?
Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Alpha Beta Gaga – Air

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Mixed Tape – Jack’s Mannequin

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
We’re In This Together – Nine Inch Nails

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Just The Way You Are – Goo Goo Dolls

WHAT WILL YOU DO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Meet El Presidente – Duran Duran

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Mysterons – Portishead

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Suffocate – Green Day

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
Emergency Exit – Beck

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Here In My Head – Tori Amos

WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
Food aka Aren’t You Hungary – Reggie and the Full Effect

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Repetition – David Bowie

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Toes – Norah Jones

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Begin – Ben Lee

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
The Space Between – Zero 7

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Karmacoma – Massive Attack

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Only You – Portishead

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Ode To My Family – The Cranberries

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Where We Went Wrong – The Hush Sound

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Spanish Lady – Celtic Woman

WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO SAY TO THE PERSON WHO TAGGED YOU?
The Last Lie I Told – Saves The Day

WHAT WILL YOU NAME THIS NOTE?
Every Word I Say – Hanson

I thought this would be a fun thing to do so you can see what types of music I listen to. Although it might not be a completely accurate representation since some of the songs that came up are ones I haven’t listened to in months or even years, haha! It might be a better idea than you had before, though! Now I feel like listening to different things in my playlist though so it was fun!

If you want to get a better idea of my music tastes, you can check out my last.fm profile where I track all the music I listen to. Leave it to this statistics nerd to keep track of that somewhere.

Lets see. I tag Sassyray, Kristie, and Kerri!

Don’t worry. I’ll be back tomorrow and we can resume our (more) regular blogging instead of a bunch of memes. Memes are fun once in a while, right? Sometimes I wish I had an excuse to do more of them so here is an excuse.

So today I’m going to tell you things I’m thankful for on Thursday. I suppose next Thursday would be more appropriate being it’s Thanksgiving and all but now that I’m living in New Zealand there is no Thanksgiving so it doesn’t matter after all. It’s so strange seeing Christmas hams in the supermarkets and not a turkey anywhere in sight at this time of year.

Anyway. Things I’m thankful for on a Thursday:

  • My husband.
  • My parents and sister.
  • My awesome friends.
  • My new job.
  • My computer, my car, and my camera.
  • My voice.
  • My health.
  • My education.
  • New Zealand.

What are you thankful for?

It’s time to answer your questions! Two days ago, I opened up the floor to all of you to ask me anything you wanted. I got a few questions so I’ll do my best to answer them now.

Karin asked: I still haven’t seen a single episode of Doctor Who… If I were to start watching it, which season would you recommend to begin with? Would it be OK to skip some of the earlier seasons?
I was introduced to Doctor Who by a friend of mine who was obsessed with season 2 at the time so that’s what I saw first. After that, I watched some of her favourite episodes from other seasons completely randomly. Only then, when I was completely hooked, did I start from season 1 and watch them in order. The seasons do make more sense (and you’ll start to understand a lot more hidden things) when you watch them in order but episodes or seasons when watched out of order can also make sense unlike with other shows I know. Seasons 1&2 and 5&6 are my favourites.

SassyRay asked: What are the top 5 places/countries on your “must see before I die” list.
Five places I’d love to visit are Switzerland, England, Egypt, Germany, and I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon. I change my mind all the time, though. I really love travelling and I’d love the opportunity one day to be able to see as much of the world as I can!

Amanda asked: What is/are some of your irrational fears?
I have a bit of an irrational fear of uncooked meat. I have a hard time dealing with it at times. The germs, the source, the… gross. I don’t like to touch it and I wash my hands a million times after I do. Not having to touch uncooked meat is one of the main things I miss about being vegan. Wow, that sort of feels good to say if not a bit pathetic. I guess everyone has their quirks.

What is something you really want to do, but always put off doing?
Take up playing an instrument again so I can accompany myself when I sing. Piano or guitar will do.

Do you think that having money (enough to not have to worry about it anymore) would change how you act or what sorts of things you do?
I like to think that it wouldn’t except that it would augment the type of person that I already am. In other words, I like video games so I might buy more of them. I like certain foods so I might buy better quality ones. I would be able to do the things that I already do but I would do them in an augmented way. That’s what money does. So no, it wouldn’t change the sorts of things that I do but it would sort of change the way that I act slightly because I’d go about doing those things with a bit more gusto (and gusto doesn’t necessarily mean greed). Lets be realistic.

Kristie asked: What is your absolute most favorite thing to eat/drink currently?
burger
Well, Josh made me this burger tonight and it was amazing. I’ve still been trying to be healthy and I have been loving Yoplait’s Lemon Thick N Creamy Greek Yogurt since I can’t get Chobani over here. For lunch I eat carrots and hummus with rice crackers and some sort of sandwich. For a treat once in a while I indulge in a meat pie which I have come to adore. My favourite is mince and cheese.

Which age group do you enjoy and are most comfortable teaching? Little kids, middle school, high school?
I am certified to teach intermediate and secondary so I’ve never taught little kids before. As far as the other two are concerned I like both for their own reasons. I think middle school kids can be really sweet and not as hard to deal with disciplinary wise. I also love teaching high school too although I haven’t done it as much. I prefer teaching high school subjects because I find them more interesting and I think my own love for the subjects shows in my teaching and it becomes more interesting for my students.

What is your favorite brand of laundry detergent?
We are using one here now called Fab. It works fine. I’m not too fussy about laundry detergents. I usually buy whichever one is on special at the time that I run out. As long as my clothes smells nice and look clean, I’m happy. We wash our laundry and hang it outside to dry.

It’s time to get interactive up in here.

I know there are always some things I wonder about the bloggers whose blogs I visit each day. Sometimes I wish I had the opportunity to ask them whatever I wanted and sometimes the opportunity does arise. Well, today is your lucky day. I’m opening the floor to you to ask those things you’ve been wondering again. I’ve done it once before but I think that it has been long enough that it is time for another round. My life has changed a lot and I have accumulated a lot of different blog readers too.

surprise!

If you missed the first post, you might want to check that out so you don’t ask something again or perhaps it will spark your interest about something else that you think may have changed!
Ask me anything! I’ll answer all your questions in 2 days.

In the meantime, here are 10 random and interesting facts about me that you may or may not know depending on how well you know me and how long you’ve been reading my blog.

  1. I am adopted.
  2. This is the second time I have lost 60 pounds. I also lost 60 pounds when I was a senior in high school.
  3. Pretty much my entire wardrobe consists of blue, black, brown, and white. I am so boring.
  4. I am terrible at knowing what is going on in the celebrity world but I don’t really care. Actually, I’m so bad that I actually don’t even know who is who. Ask me an actor’s name and I will look at you with a blank stare. I feel quite stupid when trying to talk about pop culture even on the simplest of levels most of the time.
  5. I have developed quite a sick obsession with the British TV series Doctor Who.
  6. I can play the piano, viola, and flute. I also took guitar lessons and I try to convince myself that I can play guitar but I really can’t even though it’s the instrument that I want to play the most. I never really pursued any of these instruments either – I sung instead.
  7. I attended an all girls Catholic school for 6 years during middle school and high school.
  8. I used to do extra credit projects for fun in high school. I was one of THOSE students.
  9. My name was almost Melissa. My dad lost that battle. Twice. My sister’s name is Corinne.
  10. My name is Caitlin. I actually used to hate it when people called me Cait or Caity while I was growing up and I used to yell and scream at them. Only in late college/university did I decide that I actually liked it.

I stole this from Liz.

I have always been a bit enthralled with my handwriting. Maybe I have even been a little bit obsessed with it. I just might have been one of those nerdy students who carried around WAY too many pens in high school and colour coded her notes. Okay, so I was. I actually had a former teacher once approach me and ask to borrow my notes from the previous year to use for preparing her own lesson plans. Now I’ll be writing my own. At least I know I have the proper organizational skills to do so. As long as they don’t want me to type my lesson plans in script, I will be happy to submit them in any way they ask. Is it sad that one of the main things I’m looking forward to about being in the teaching profession again is buying office supplies and pens?

handwriting meme

Here are the questions:
1. Name/Blog URL
2. Lefty/Righty/Ambidextrous
3. Letters you enjoy writing
4. Letters you dislike writing
5. Write “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
6. Write CRAB, HUMOR, KALEIDOSCOPE, PAJAMAS, and GAZILLION in caps.
7. Write one of your favorite song lyrics.
8. Write who should do this.
9. Any last blurb slash note

[box type="shadow"]Question 3 of the BlissMB 30 Day Meme: Who has changed your life the most? And why? [/box]

The one person who has changed my life the most is my husband Josh.

Us

Josh has helped me to become the person that I want to be. He has made me see what a wonderful person that I am and that I can be anything and everything that I want to be in life. He saw in me the great qualities I possessed that I had not seen for so long and he helped me to find them and nurture them again. He helps me to believe in myself and be strong even when life seems like it isn’t worth living. Most importantly, he helped me to see the world through much different and more mature eyes. I love the way that I look at the world now. I think we are both better people in many ways for having known each other.

[box type="shadow"]Question 2 of the BlissMB 30 Day Meme: When you want alone time, where is your favourite place? Why? What do you like to do when you have your alone time?[/box]

I enjoy being outside going for walks when I want to clear my head and be alone. Here in New York it is not that easy to do, especially lately with all of the bad weather we have been having. I bet that I will have more opportunities to go for some nice walks now that the weather is clearing up and Spring is coming. I did take Baylee for a walk a few weekends ago and I did enjoy that.

Ideally, I would like to take my walks in New Zealand again. I miss my beautiful New Zealand walks and nothing else can really compare to them no matter how much I try. It’s okay, though, because I am sure that I will have the opportunity to take my amazing New Zealand walks again.

Bridge

Right now what I do is go to the gym for my alone time. It’s my favorite place to be to be alone. It might seem silly since the gym is a place where a lot of people go and it can often be very crowded but I am all alone on whatever machine that I pick and when I put on my headphones and zone in to what I am doing, I am all alone. I can go deep inside my mind and I am all alone with my thoughts. Plus, the exercise really helps me to think.

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. ~Henry David Thoreau, “Solitude,” Walden

“Tag! You’re it!” says Dez of DeltaEchoZulu.com. Down below this sentence you’ll find the rules for this meme followed up by my answers!

What you cannot choose. The Rules are Simple

We all know that blogging/facebook/twitter is in our arena of what we like to do, so I am going to rule them out as one of the 5 that you can post about. They really are not very girly. Likewise, phones, computers, ipads are all out of the running. I am challenging myself to this, as I am really not a girly girly type of person, and I want to find that within myself. It’s not all about power suits, filofaxes, ipads and designer phones.

If you want to pass this along, pick bloggers that you want to find out more about, and challenge them to write up their 5 secret passions that make them feel good. The idea is to lift our spirits this week. The fact that there is a linky added, just makes it all the more worthwhile in doing.

  • My husband, Josh. Although I haven’t said much, if you’re a regular blog reader you have pretty much deducted by now that we are separated at the moment. We are living in different countries and I am not happy about that fact. However, right now might be as good a time as any to just say that, hey, I am confident that Josh and I will be okay and my husband makes me really happy! I’m not ashamed to say that.
  • Singing! I have been singing most likely since I was able to talk. I have had the privilege of taking private vocal lessons as well as being a part of some pretty amazing chorus groups. I have sung at Churches in choir settings as well as leader of song in more recent years. I have also sung at weddings and funerals (even my own wedding – but I don’t think I will be able to do my own funeral). I have even performed at the United Nations as a solo vocalist. Oh, karaoke is fun too!
  • Working out! This is quite the surprise. If you told me even a few months ago that I’d be saying I loved the gym and had a true passion for working out, I would have had a fit of laughter in your face. However, more recently I have developed a real love for fitness and nutrition and now that I am closing in on my halfway goal I think I can safely say that it has become a true habit and way of life for me.
  • Video games. Since I was a young kid, I have always had a passion for video games. I grew up with them and I’ve always had a love for gaming. Whether I was sitting in my living room playing Mario on my Nintendo or Sonic the Hedgehog on my Sega Genesis and not really knowing what I was really getting myself into or more recently buying computers specifically for gaming (because lets face it, I’m mainly a PC gamer these days) I’ve always considered myself a gamer. Heck, I even met my husband on World of Warcraft. How much more do I have to say than that?
  • New Zealand. New Zealand makes me really happy. I love it there. How can you not? I feel like I have a sense of belonging. It it beautiful, peaceful, serene, and it just feels perfect. Everything about it makes sense and I love everything about it in the same inexplicable way you can love a person who nobody else could possibly love the same exact way.

If you decide to do this on your blog leave me a link, otherwise let me know in the comments what your passions are!

I decided to participate in the Word Meme that has been floating around!

Word Meme from Caity! on Vimeo.

Words said:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Questions answered:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Melissa gave me an award! I am so honored!

The Geek Girls Unite Award!
[For girls who are proud to be geeks.]
[Isn't it awesome? And SPARKLY?]

And here are the rules:
List ten geeky facts about yourself and…
Pass this award onto your favorite female geeks!
That’s all you need to do!

    10 Geeky Facts About Caity

  1. I use digg as my primary news source. I have been a member of the site since 2005 when it first opened as Kevin Rose’s precious new pet as I watched him promote it after gaining my girl crush for him on The Screen Savers, the coolest TV show ever. Who remembers Tech TV? I miss it dearly for it isn’t what it was. G4, I hate you.
  2. I have various awesome geeky tshirts including ones that include but are not limited to: “I’m a super duper programmer,” “Nintendo,” “I steal music off the internet,” and my ever coveted World of Warcraft green linen shirt.
  3. Coupled with my awesome tshirts, I have a bumper sticker that says, “I steal music off the internet.”
  4. I did extra credit in school for FUN and drove my teachers nuts when I already had straight A’s. What’s geekier than that? I also carried around a pencil case full of about 30-50 pens, insisting I needed them all with me at all times in case I needed them, and color coded my notes.
  5. I own a brand new Amazon Kindle which I received for my birthday. Within my first day, I downloaded over 70 books I wanted to read. I have read three large books already. I’m already planning more books to put on my Kindle. MUST. DEVOUR. EVERY. BOOK. EVER. WRITTEN. My birthday was only 10 days ago.
  6. World of Warcraft stole my soul for over 3 years. I had a max level character of every class. Also, I met my husband playing World of Warcraft. That’s some geekery right there. At least we didn’t have a World of Warcraft wedding. We don’t play anymore, either.
  7. We named our cat after Josh’s World of Warcraft character.
  8. I double majored in math and computer science and love calculus.
  9. I subscribe to so many RSS feeds that there are almost 100 waiting for me each day now. Those are only the personal blogs, too.
  10. I am addicted to lists and have 3 little moleskine journals in my purse where I make lists for different occasions, a lot of which are for my little online things. This list also brought me great joy.

I shall give this award to Dez! :)

Lately, I have been considering adding a weekly meme or two to caity.nu but I am not going to do it if nobody is going to enjoy them. That being said, I wanted to ask your opinion on weekly memes. Do you enjoy them? What are some of your favorites that you see on other people’s blogs? What do you think would be a good one for me to participate in?

In other words, today was my first day back to work after Spring Break and I’m absolutely exhausted.

I was tagged by Amanda.

The Rules:
1. Open your 1st Photo folder.
2. Scroll to the 10th photo.
3. Post the photo and the story behind it.
4. Tag 5 or more people.

The Zeppelin (by caitysparkles)

This is a food court in a local mall. I think it’s hysterical because the food court is a giant Zeppelin. At the time, I was still playing World of Warcraft and all you WoW nerds will understand why I thought this was awesome and deserving of a photo. For the rest of you, just know that one of the main ways that your character travels in the game is via a huge zeppelin. I only wish I could’ve gotten further away because it really is a HUGE ZEPPELIN! (You know, a big airship!) Now, the only thing I need to figure out is why our food court needs to fly away…

I tag Alexandra, Nicola, Jonna, Ashleigh, and Angela.