There was such an overwhelming response when I asked readers to introduce themselves on a weekend open thread that I decided to give you all a weekly column to do just that. I’ve always said this site wouldn’t be what it is without the engagement and participation of its readers and this column is the place to learn more about who you are what makes you tick. After the jump, let’s meet Christy.
1. What’s your name, age and whereabouts?
My name (both in real life and on the site) is Christy. I’m 23 and I just moved to Washington DC on January 1st. I’m originally from Baltimore, and there is nothing in this world that makes me feel more at home than the sea of Ravens purple during football season and the shouted “O!” in the national anthem. (As is, “O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” It was originally for the Orioles but has evolved into a regional thing.)
2. What’s your relationship status?
I am in a relationship! My girlfriend and I got together in mid-December, after meeting in grad school, becoming friends, acting like we were dating without actually dating, and then finally me asking her out.
3. How do you spend your weekdays?
I just finished my Master of Library Science in December. Weirdly enough, I went to the same program as Kerrycontrary. Now I’m working full time for the government, in the same job I worked part-time while I was in school. It’s in a research office, and I generally copy-edit or work with databases. They’re trying to hire me permanently after my internship ends in April, so hopefully I can work here for a while, earning money and figuring out how to exist outside of school.
4. How do you spend your free time?
This whole idea of “free time” is a new one to me. I’ve been in school nonstop since I was 3, and in college, I basically lived in the theatre, working backstage on shows. After college I went directly to grad school and I spent my life working, going to class, doing unpaid internships, and commuting.
Now, I live close to work and I have all this time on my hands, which is totally new. I am a die-hard Ravens fan and a brand-new Caps fan, so I spend a fair amount of time watching sports. I’m trying to cook a new recipe once a week — I once failed at making Kraft Mac-n-Cheese, so this is an important life step for me. I spend a fair amount of time reading, and I have a couple of television shows that I love.
5. What are your top likes and dislikes?
Likes: Baltimore Ravens, technical theatre (especially building scenery), the entire city of Baltimore, young adult literature, the people I met in library school, mathematics (especially abstract algebra), sunshine, 68 degree weather, karaoke, mussels, good beer, and Funfetti cake with Rainbow Chip frosting
Dislikes: lesbians who speak in gender studies/queer studies jargon, dogs, driving in DC traffic, winter precipitation of any sort, lists that don’t use the Oxford comma, and men who hit on me when I’m just trying to watch football in peace. (If you see a girl alone at a bar, wearing team gear, trying to watch the game, please do not try to talk to her during the actual plays of the game, especially if you are not in the same line of site as the television. Wouldn’t it be better if to wait until they’re just standing around on the field? It’s football, it’s not like that’s a rarity. And for the record, I’d hate it when guys do this even if I weren’t a lesbian.)
6. What’s the best relationship lesson you’ve ever learned?
I’m actually in my first relationship right now so I don’t have much actual relationship experience to draw on. I think the most important thing I’ve learned so far is that you can’t be afraid to show affection, and you have to have confidence that things will work out. You can’t live in doubt, especially not in self-doubt. When you’re nervous about how every little action is going to turn out, you end up paralyzed by fear.
7. Besides DearWendy.com, what are some of your favorite websites?
I just organized my bookmarks and I feel so much better about my life. This also means that I have very certain answers to this question, and plus, they’re all categorized!
News websites: I am obsessed with the New York Times. Obsessed. I’m in love with it. I print out and attempt the crossword puzzle every day, and then I read what Rex Parker has to say about it on his crossword blog.
8. What are your favorite books?
This is a complicated question, mostly because I have so many books that I love. I think I have to list the three books of the Fionavar Tapestry first: The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road. I read this fantasy trilogy at least twice a year, and if I go too long without reading them, I feel out of sorts. In terms of other books, The Giver and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Harry Potter (of course), 1984 and pretty much any other dystopian novel ever. I just finished reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, which is about two high school boys who are both named Will Grayson. It is so good, I really highly recommend that you check it out.
*Since we now have the message board where readers can introduce themselves to each other, this will be the last Reader of the Week post. Thanks for your submissions!