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2013 Survey

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

So the last time I posted this survey was February 2011. I'm intrigued to see what has changed since then (and changed since the 2010 version).

For my first blog entry (in February 2010) I stole a series of questions from YOOVIE's blog that would tell people more about me. I've decided to re-list them below with my answers from the different points in time. Some things have changed and, well, some things haven't. If it obviously hasn't changed (like where I was born) then I haven't listed 3 answers.

Here we go:

1. What time did you get up this morning?
2010: 4:30am. I love my morning time, so I get up ass-early so that I can get into work early so that I can come home from work early...didn't work out that way today, but it usually does.
2011: 4:15am. Yeah, still a morning person. Now I get up, eat breakfast, do my internet stuff, go for my walk/run & then go to work.
2013: 6:00am. No workout this morning (2 workouts yesterday). When I workout I usually get up at 4:45am. Still pretty early.

2. How do you like your steak?
2010: Yeah, no steak for me. I gave up red meat & pork in high school. Before that, medium-rare.
2011: Same.
2013: Same.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
2010: Avatar IMAX 3D. Amazing graphics; boring, predictable plot.
2011: Casino Jack, I think? It's been a little bit since I've seen something.
2013: Wreck It Ralph, over Thanksgiving. My ex worked for Disney & created the software used to make the Oscar-winning Paperman short that played in front of Ralph.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
2010: Bones, House, Fringe, Mad Men, Lost, Caprica, Eureka
2011: List is still the same (except for Lost & Caprica), but I'm really not watching much TV anymore.
2013: Mad Men? I barely watch cable.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
2010: UK
2011: Same, I think. I don't know, Chicago is awfully appealing.
2013: UK or Chicago or Seattle

6. What did you have for breakfast?
2010: Glass of V8 Fusion cranberry/blackberry juice, bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch with Silk light vanilla soy milk. Oh and Flintstones sour gummy vitamins (adult serving) Best vitamins ever!
2011: Glass of Simply Orange added calcium orange juice, piece of spinach & swiss quiche from Whole Foods, Flintstone gummy vitamins (adult serving).
2013: Glass of Simply Orange added calcium orange juice, bowl of Cinnamon Chex with Organic Valley 2% Grass-Milk (from pasture cows), Target/Archer Farm Brand sour gummy vitamins--adult serving (Flintstone gummy vitamins aren't gluten-free & these are actually tastier & cheaper!)

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
2010: Do I have to pick one? It really depends on my mood. Right now I'm in the mood for Indian. Chicken nom nom. How about breakfast food? I can always go for breakfast food.
2011: Indian still sounds good to me! & I still love breakfast food.
2013: Taste has remained consistent...still love Indian food & still love breakfast food.

8. What foods do you dislike?
2010: red meat & pork. cream sauces.
2011: Same. Also, anything pickled.
2013: Same. Also, beets & cucumbers.

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
2010: Home, actually.
2011: I still like to eat at home, but now The Counter is my favorite restaurant.
2013: Home, but Hungry Cat is my favorite restaurant.

10. Favorite dressing?
2010: for salad? I don't do salad and if I do somehow manage to eat some salad I don't have dressing.
2011: I still don't like dressing, but I'll eat a salad :)
2013: Lots of salads now & I've finally incorporated dressing. I usually whip up some walnut oil, lemon juice, sea salt & pepper. Sometimes I'll do a balsamic, but I really have to be in the mood.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
2010: Birkenstocks during the week to work, a mid-sized sedan on the weekends out and about.
2011: I drive so much more now...
2013: Same much driving. I no longer live within walking distance of work.

12. What are your favorite clothes?
2010: my tie-dye t-shirt (that my sister made for me when I was in college) and jeans, or my Vandy t-shirt and jeans, or well, pretty much anything and jeans.
2011: Well, neither of those t-shirts fit me anymore but I have a few new favorite items now (plus I still love jeans!)...a green silk top from Banana Republic & a black wrap sweater from J Crew--not necessarily worn together.
2013: I still love my Vandy t-shirt & jeans. My favorite new-ish top is a pretty green henley from Anthropologie with lace in the front & a flower print detailing at the sleeves & neck.

13. Where would you visit, this weekend, if you had the chance?
2010: My family in Alabama, I've been feeling a little homesick lately.
2011: My best friend in Connecticut...I've been having a rough time lately & I miss her tons!
2013: My best friend (same one) in Rhode Island, but she's coming here in May!!!

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
2010: twice as big as it needs to be :)
2011: same
2013: same

15. Where would you want to retire?
2010: UK.
2011: I have no clue, I can barely imagine where I'll be living 6 months from now.
2013: I'm not sure, I need to get started on my next career before I can imagine retiring from it.

16. Favorite time of day?
2010: 8am
2011:'s currently around 6:15 or so.
2013:'s not until after 7 am :(

17. Where were you born?

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
2010: Does ANTM count as a sport?
2011: same...although I do like hockey.
2013: same

19. How many siblings?

20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
2010: sewing
2011: same, but I do enjoy my morning walks/runs.
2013: same, but let's throw pinterest in there :)

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?
2010: I don't really know anyone on SP yet.
2011: Anyone who decides to respond? I'm afraid to list, I'm sure I'll leave someone out accidentally.
2013: Anyone who stumbles upon my blog.

22. Bird watcher?
2010: no
2011: same
2013: same

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
2010: Morning!! I can do night too if I've had a nap (perfect nap time is between 2 and 4pm)
2011: Definitely the same.
2013: same

24. Do you have any pets?
2010: no :( not allowed in the apartment. I miss my parent's / my golden retriever. I go to PetCo every now and then just to pet something warm and fuzzy.
2011: I just moved into a house that came with a built-in dog (a Brittany Spaniel), he's not mine, but I do get to pet him :)
2013: same as 2010

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
2010: My birthday is next Wednesday!!
2011: My paper from grad school is finally coming out tomorrow! My former boss was interviewed by the local paper yesterday because of it.
2013: I just moved to Santa Barbara for a new job (I finally left science).

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
Alice in Wonderland

27. What is your best childhood memory?
Learning to swim.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
Dog person. Large breed dogs, specifically.

29. Are you married?
2010: Happily unmarried :)
2011: I've become that bitter single person...sigh, break-ups suck.
2013: Unmarried...pretty happy, but wouldn't mind settling down in the next few years.

30. Always wear your seat belt?

31. Been in a car accident?
Yes, after hydroplaning on a little interstate and bouncing back and forth across a bridge I was hit by 3 cars and a semi. No injuries, but I'd prefer to not go through that again.

32. Any pet peeves?
2010: Spelling & grammar (of course, now that I've said this I'll look back and my blog entry will contain a ton of errors...).
2011: Same.
2013: Same...and now they pay me to do it!

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
2010: Cheese only, although I can handle the occasional red pepper.
2011: Same. Oh & load it up with red pepper flake.
2013: same

34. Favorite Flower?
2010: Daffodil
2011: Same...and they're in bloom right now!!!
2013: same...but there is some competition from poppies.

35. Favorite ice cream?
2010: Edy's/Dreyer's Girl Scout Cookie Samoas, Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk, any Key Lime Pie variety, I could go on. I try not to keep it in the apartment anymore.
2011: Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie, but I rarely eat ice cream anymore. Occasionally I'll go out for gelato.
2013: McConnell's Santa Barbara Strawberry, but I still don't eat ice cream very often.

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
2010: Papa Only had it once in the past 6 months (moving across the country and not having my online ordering set up out here helped a great deal).
2011: I don't eat fast food. Papa John's was the only fast food I ate a year ago & I haven't had any in a year or so.
2013: No fast food.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
Passed the first time

38. From whom did you get your last email?
2010: Facebook
2011: Unsure...I filter most of my emails away from my inbox now & I didn't check the time stamps to see what was most recent.
2013: My gym, maybe? They send out little encouraging emails every now & then.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
2010: Target :) Can't wait for the new Liberty of London for Target to come out!!
2011: Banana Republic or J Crew.
2013: Anthropologie

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
2010: Nothing healthy.
2011: Decided to give up my career & move far away. It's still 4-5 months down the road, but it's as spontaneous as I can be given that I have to be able to support myself.
2013: I spontaneously decided to go on a 5 mile walk (with a tiny bit of running in there) yesterday afternoon, even though I had done a 2 mile run (with a tiny bit of walking in there) at the gym in the morning.

41. Like your job?
2010: Love
2011: Um, no.
2013: It's ok, don't really see it as a career though.

42. Broccoli?
2010: had some as part of my lunch
2011: love the stuff, but haven't had any in awhile.
2013: same...have been eating tons of cauliflower though.

43. What was your favorite vacation?
2010: Driving across the country with my Mom this past summer was a lot of fun.
2011: Flying to San Francisco with Patrick last summer.
2013: I took a staycation last fall & that was pretty nice...went snorkeling, had a spa day, relaxed.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
2010: My friends who have a thing for fried food & beer...need to see them less :) Or only see them for beer ;)
2011: Myself, went out to eat Sunday evening.
2013: Had dinner at a little deli with the Philosopher last Wednesday

45. What are you listening to right now?
2010: They Might Be Giants--Here Comes Science. I know it's for kids, but I really love it!!
2011: The sound of the heater.
2013: Traffic, no music on right now...but lately I've been listening to Scissor Sisters or MIKA

46. What is your favorite color?
2010: Aqua
2011: same
2013: same

47. How many tattoos do you have?
2010: I have commitment issues
2011: same
2013: same

48. How many people will fill this out?
2010: minimum: 3 (well, 3 already have), max: idk
2011: I have no clue
2013: same

49. What time did you finish this quiz?
2010: it's beer:15 [sorry to steal (and modify) from Yoovie again, but it's appropriate]
2011: 5:20am...still another hour until I can go for my walk/run.
2013: 6:53...eek! Need to shower & get to work!

50. Coffee Drinker?
2010: nope
2011: occasionally, although it makes me a little crazy, so I try to avoid the stuff.
2013: same as 2011

It's interesting to me to see what's changed in the past few years (and what hasn't). Right now I feel like my life has been turned upside-down & backwards from what it was, but in looking at this list I realize that there are a lot of things about me that haven't actually changed, which is nice to know.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BRILLIANTAQUA 4/16/2013 10:06PM

    Get a SparkPage Ash!!! He's just a friend--his name is Alex, which gets very confusing for me, so I call him the Philosopher (Philosophy PhD).

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CONVERSIO 4/16/2013 9:52PM

  Who is the Philosopher???

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JCARDINAL 3/27/2013 6:15PM

    Very interesting!!

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