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 Kelsey.
1. What’s your name (both name in the site, and “real name,” if you’re willing to share), age and whereabouts?
I’m Kelsey, age 22, currently situated smack dab in the middle of Tennessee.
2. What’s your relationship status?
I’m in a committed relationship with an awesome guy. In February, we will have been together for four years.
3. How do you spend your weekdays?
I’m usually in a classroom in the mornings. I’m a science major who’s trying to get into a nuclear medicine technician program upon graduation. I also work two jobs- one on campus and one at a local grocery store.
4. How do you spend your free time?
When I’m not trying to snag a moment with the boyfriend (he goes to a different college) or friends, I try and veg out with “Parks and Recreation,” “Community,” and a couple others that I’m way too embarrassed to admit *coughcoughSayYestotheDresscough*. I also love to draw, and when I have the time, I am an avid reader.
5. What are your top likes and dislikes?
Likes: online webcomics, FOOD (seriously, anything with food. I am addicted to Iron Chef America), Prismacolor markers, drawing, old fairy tale illustrations, and puppies
Dislikes: rude people, ignorance, gardening, people who refuse to use proper syntax or spelling, and Kim Kardashian.
6. What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever been given?
The only person who can make you happy is you. You can’t ever rely on anyone else, no matter how wonderful they are, to be responsible for your own happiness. It’s not healthy, and it will slowly and agonizingly kill your relationship.
7. What’s the best relationship lesson you’ve ever learned?
I feel that almost every relationship problem can be resolved by employing the use of effective communication. Seriously, people, talk to your significant others!
I read a Shannon Sullivan book, Living Across and Through Skins: Transactional Bodies, Pragmatism, and Feminism, and it changed the way I interacted with my boyfriend. I would definitely recommend it (or at least chapter 3, which deals with communication).
8. Besides DearWendy.com, what are some of your favorite websites?
I spend a lot of time on Buzzfeed.com, Deviantart, Facebook, TheMarySue.com, Cracked.com, Tom and Lorenzo’s Blog, and Hulu.
*If you’d like to be a Reader of the Week, shoot me an email at [email protected] with “Reader of the Week” in the subject line and I’ll send you some questions to answer.
iwannatalktosampson January 31, 2012, 12:06 pm
Hi! I don’t even understand the name of your major, and therefore I’m impressed! I also love competition cooking shows! And biggest loser, that one’s great too.
call-me-hobo January 31, 2012, 3:01 pm
Hey guys- I just wanted to let you know that I am Kelsey! I wrote this reader thing while I was in the middle of finals last semester- and like a dork, I forgot to put my username in the email!
kittyk January 31, 2012, 1:06 pm
Did you watch the Next Iron Chef?? I was totally bummed when Zarkarian won, but after watching him battle I think he really brings it! 🙂
MsMisery January 31, 2012, 1:13 pm
Yeah I was rooting for Anne Burrell!
call-me-hobo January 31, 2012, 3:02 pm
I am obsessed with Anne Burrell. I wanted her to win SOOOOO badly.
I was bummed when Zakarian won, too, but in his first battle, he had a Hello Kitty band-aid on his finger, so he won me over.
cookiesandcream January 31, 2012, 1:45 pm
It’s nice to meet you! I’m glad to meet another Parks and Rec fan! I remember when that show started out, I wondered how on earth anyone can make a good show about a parks department. I was so pleased to find out that I was wrong, and now it’s definitely one of my favorite shows!
I’m also a huge fan of beautifully illustrated fairy tales, and the illustrations done by K.Y. Craft are a favorite of mine.
SweetPea January 31, 2012, 2:08 pm
Parks and Rec! <3 <3 <3
Something More January 31, 2012, 2:17 pm
Parks & Rec and Community! I love those. I hope they bring Community back.
Nice to meet ya!
CatsMeow January 31, 2012, 2:23 pm
OK, I’ll admit – Say Yes to the Dress is a guilty pleasure of mine. When I watch it, though, I get mad – at the materialism, the amount some people will pay, and the whole “I want to be a princess” mentality. (Did you see the one where the dad was going to sell his Harley so he could pay for his daughter’s dress? And she was going to LET HIM ????) Also, I usually end up disliking the dresses that get picked. My boyfriend can’t understand why I watch it when all I do is bitch about it, but it sucks me in every time.
SweetPea January 31, 2012, 2:27 pm
I watched a shameful 3 episodes in a row last night.
Some woman bought TWO dresses- one for the ceremony and one for the reception. The 1st dress was $24,000 and the 2nd one was $15,000. You have to be flipping kidding me!
So, I get really mad too. I can’t fathom people having that kind of money to throw away. And how full of themselves a good majority of these ladies are. I want a nice dress when I get married… but I am really hoping it will be under $1,000.
call-me-hobo January 31, 2012, 3:11 pm
I can usually get my boyfriend through 1.25 episodes before he’s all “DEAR GOD TURN IT OFF”. Yeah, I don’t know why so many women are sold on the big floofy dresses. I think they are ugly.
I also hate the family members/friends who are mean to or flippant about the bride’s decision.
Witchmom3 January 31, 2012, 7:28 pm
Yep. Totally watch Say Yes to the Dress as well (though I don’t care for the Atlanta one) and buying 2 or 3 dresses? – which I now refer to as the “Kim K Syndrome” which means they’re more than likely interested in having a wedding than a marriage. Just sayin’
melikeycheesecake January 31, 2012, 2:47 pm
I’m in Middle TN too! Nice to meet you Kelsey.
call-me-hobo January 31, 2012, 3:04 pm
NO WAY. You should post on the Tennessee forum. You, me, and theattack could meet!
ScrambledMegss January 31, 2012, 3:15 pm
web comics —> nataliedee.com if you’re not a reader already 🙂
call-me-hobo January 31, 2012, 3:22 pm
Oooh, thank you! I think you would like Perry Bible Fellowship, it seems to have the same feel as nataliedee.
I also love Gunnerkrigg Court and Questionable Content.
ScrambledMegss January 31, 2012, 3:26 pm
Yay more work time-wasters! thanks!
JK January 31, 2012, 3:15 pm
Parks and Rec is so good! I love it!
And I never would´ve guessed how young you were by your comments (I mean that in a good way).
call-me-hobo January 31, 2012, 3:25 pm
Awww, thank you so much! It’s nice to know that the people whose comments I like conversely enjoy mine. (I’m assuming that older=level-headed, advice!)
Eljay January 31, 2012, 5:26 pm
It’s great to meet you Kelsey! Thanks for clarifying your username, I was all “who the heck is Kelsey??” 🙂