Dipping My Toes Back in…

I have no idea how to ease back into blogging after a 4-year absence, but here I am. Trying.

Like most things, I will probably not do so well. And I’m not entirely clear on why I feel the need to do this, especially since any audience I had is long since gone. Perhaps it’s just because I need an outlet for expressing my thoughts. The boring, droning, neverending, utterly tiresome thoughts that run around my brain and out of my mouth to anyone who sits still long enough to listen, or read.

Perusing some other blogs I was rather surprised to see these “getting to know you” type question and answer posts are still a thing. Like, a really big thing. They’ve been going around since I first got online on AOL in 1996…yet here they are, with a fresh coat of paint, breaking ice for awkward bloggers everywhere.

“Awkward” describes me perfectly. (Another word that describes me perfectly would be “cringe.”) So let’s jump off the deep end into some retro Q&As, for lack of anything actually creative to write.

20 Questions Blog Survey (source)

1. Do you have any nicknames?

I never did, growing up…I always wanted one, too. I guess some people call me Chu because of gaming accounts and some people call me Shea because of my involvement in certain Twitch communities.

2. Are you named after anyone?

I am named loosely in the Nandorin (wood elf, think Legolas) naming convention from The Lord of the Rings. If you take my first and middle name and put them together, it forms a Nandorin-style elvish name. Aren’t you sorry you asked now?

3. Do you have any siblings?

A full blood sister 3 years my junior and a half brother who’s older, and a step-brother who’s also older.

4. Where did you grow up?

New Jersey.

5. What activities did you do in high school?

Theatre, theatre and more theatre. Chorus. Elite ensemble. Opera. Literary magazine. Forensics (regularly award-winning, I must of course say).

6. Where did you go to college?

University of Vermont in an honors humanities track. Once I realized there are no jobs in humanities or classics outside of academia I came back to NJ and attended County College of Morris for computer science. By then I’d done 4 years of college and felt pretty unhappy with most of my decisions. So I changed course and did another 3 years at Northcentral University, a school devoted to social sciences, eventually graduating with my bachelor’s degree in psychology, magna cum laude.

7. What activities did you do in college?

My 2nd year at UVM I lived with a bunch of folk musicians, so we did…folk music. Beyond that, I don’t know. Got drunk and went ghost hunting? Got drunk and made pottery (badly)? Got drunk and went to strip bars?

8. What did you study in college?

See question #6.

9. What was your first job out of college?

I worked throughout college, various jobs, lots of data entry. But once I formally graduated with my psych degree I went straight into marketing.

10. What kind of music do you like?

Almost everything, except I’m not big on country and most rap.

11. What’s one hobby that you’d like to take up?

Surfing or paddleboarding.

12. What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?

Astronaut. Go ahead, laugh now. It’s OK. I am the universe’s comic relief.

13. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list right now?

Raise a child into a good adult.

14. Do you have any irrational fears?

Maybe. I think most of my fears are very well justified, though. Even the “trivial” ones like fear of abandonment are very realistic and very likely to come up again and again as life continues to reinforce them.

15. Have you ever traveled outside the country? If so, where?

A few places. All countries in North America. Hong Kong, Macau and China in Asia. UK and France in Europe. Just sets you on fire, doesn’t it?

16. When’s your next vacation and where are you going?

I have not had a vacation since 2016. I try to take 3 days off a year to go to the beach with my son but it didn’t work out in 2017. It will not happen in 2018.

17. Do you speak any other languages?

Io parlo l’italiano. Anche, io leggo latino, ma non parlo latino, perché…latino?

Also, I have 3 “official” (“mastered”) languages in my singing portfolio, as all opera singers must. Mine are Italian (easy), sung French (nothing at all like spoken French, and challenging) and English (fucking impossible to sing correctly). I don’t speak them fluently apart from my native English and partial abilities in Italian, but I know enough to sing in those languages properly.

18. What’s one talent that you wish you had?

The ability to be appealing. Sexy, flirty, fun, the life of the party, the one that people want to talk to, want to be around. The one people want to pay attention to. The one that’s wanted.

19. What’s something that you wish you could do one more time?

Hug my father.

20. If you weren’t in your current job, what would you want to be doing?

Waiting tables or something? I’m not good for much outside my field.