This is the part of the blog where we do a little “tell me something I don’t know about you game.” Which is, really, the worst game to play when someone puts you on the spot because you know that 30 minutes later you’ll remember all the great things about yourself but not be playing the game anymore. Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a list ready at all times and picked a few to share with you.
1. I rewatch Parks and Recreation every fall.
Now on my third year of this tradition, it’s just one of those little things I do to remember how much I love the show and to mark the year in a specific way. So for me, fall is pumpkins and bonfires and a whole lotta Leslie Knope.
2. I am awful at reading books.
Like, really, really awful. Which I think is partially due to dyslexia and partially because I historically have a hard time sitting still for too long. But I'm getting better at this and have found little pockets of time each week to unplug from screens and recharge with some poetry or journaling. And I've discovered the glory of audiobooks, thank goodness.
3. When I can’t sleep, I turn on a 6 hour video of the big tank at the Georgia Aquarium.
No matter how caffeinated, wide awake, or exhausted I am, this always works. The longest it’s ever taken is 15 minutes, but I’ve had it work within only three before. It has to do with distracting and calming my mind, but I've also always felt connected and relaxed around water. If I could sleep in front of that tank, I would do it in a every night. Watch it here.
4. I set timers on my phone when I go to the movies
I search how long the movie is, set a timer, and check in a few times throughout. Even if it’s a movie I really want to see, I always do this. And I love going to the movies! It's one of my favorite things. But my type A brain wants to know when it'll be time to go. This is especially helpful for Marvel movies.
5. I have a playlists for specific elements that are important to me
The most important one is called "Water" (see #3) and has all of Sleeping at Last's "Atlas: Oceans" album, the Main Theme from "Finding Nemo" and other songs that mention or center around water. I also have one called "Home" that I listen to when I bike around Chattanooga or after I’ve been away for a while and head back home.
Number three is probably the one I share most often, but tell me - what’s someone that not a lot of people know about you?