about me

I was going to try and write some sort of coherent bio, but I really don’t like writing those, so let’s try a bunch of random facts instead!

  • I’m a knitter. I prefer lace and fiddly patterns, but I’ll knit the occasional scarf or gloves or hat. I’ll even attempt (key word, that) socks. Sweaters are my great nemesis that I have yet to find a way to defeat.
  • I’m a cat person. I don’t mind dogs, as long as they’re not around me a lot and they’re not the big slobbering kind that get gross drool over you.
  • I have dual citizenship: Polish and Canadian. I was born in Poland, moved to Canada when I was 13, and then back to Poland when I was 32.
  • I wear glasses. I’ve tried contacts, but so far they’ve all made my eyes feel really dry and irritated. I think I’d want to get laser eye surgery, though, but I’m not sure if I could get used to seeing myself without glasses.
  • I’m very much an introvert. I can interact with people for longer periods, but after a while it gets physically and mentally exhausting, and the longer I have to do it, the longer it takes to recover. Unsurprisingly, many people don’t understand this.
  • When I moved to Canada, the only thing I knew how to say in English was “I don’t speak English.” I learned over the summer, mostly from watching TV.
  • I’m not actually kidding when I say I learned English from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Except for a brief spell at the beginning, when I wanted to be a Ravenclaw, I’ve always considered myself a Ravenclaw, but on Pottermore, I got sorted into Slytherin.
  • I’m totally OK with being a Slytherin.
  • I’m moderately geeky, and getting more so with every passing year.
  • This one time, I punched a dinosaur, and it turned into an explosion.
  • I love to cook. Unfortunately, cooking for one sucks, so I don’t usually get as fancy as I’d like to. Hopefully the plan to move in with some friends by the fall works out and we can start cooking together rather than everyone for themselves.
  • I used to play the piano. I went to music school for three years before I had to quit due to circumstances beyond my control, but to this day, I still put my hands on a computer keyboard the way I would on a piano. I firmly believe this is one of the main reasons I haven’t gotten carpal tunnel from the amount of time I spend on the computer.
  • I would like to learn to play another instrument, probably the guitar.
  • I also used to sing. When the voice teacher assessed me at the beginning, she said I have a 3.5 octave scale. By the time I quit lessons—she wanted me to do formal exams, I didn’t want to do the theory that went with them—it was probably more than that. And yes, I regret that I quit singing, although not that I didn’t do the exams; they just weren’t for me.
  • I want to join a choir, but I’m afraid I won’t measure up. 🙁 I know that the only way to find out is to try, and maybe I’ll actually give it a try in the fall…
  • I was born on February 18th, which technically makes me an Aquarius, but a lot of the characteristics of the Aquarius/Pisces apply to me as well. THANK YOU, AUNT WIKI.
  • I used to be a PC, but now I’m a Mac. My phone is an Android, and my e-book reader is a Kindle.
  • All my gadgets have names.
  • I don’t really tan in the summer. My arms and shoulder get burned, I get freckles on my face, and my legs remain pasty white.
  • Which is probably why I mostly wear pants.
  • I don’t have a driver’s license. I’m going to try and get one this summer. We’ll see how that goes.
  • It’s probably not going to go well.
  • In fact, I’m pretty sure it’ll end in tears.
  • I’m freakishly afraid of spiders.
  • I don’t do well with small flappy things that can fly into my face, either.
  • I’m not really afraid of heights, but I hate walking over bridges. When I went to NYC, we’d planned to walk across the Brooklyn bridge, but as soon as I could see the river down below, I refused to go any farther.
  • It really bothers me when people use further/farther wrong. HINT: “farther” relates to distance, “further” is a definition of degree.
  • Don’t even get me started on “[person] and I” being used when “[person] and me” should be.
  • I’ve been a bottled redhead since I was 16 (with the occasional break for letting my hair rest, or that time I went purple). I think I’d like to try being a blonde at least once, but I haven’t had the courage to try.
  • Up till I was 16 or 17, I had long hair that was never cut beyond trimming the ends. When I got half of it cut off, my mom kept the ponytail.
  • Since I graduated high school, my hair hasn’t been longer than chin-length. I’m trying to grow it out right now, but summer is coming and it’s going to be a rough couple of months.
  • I’m an only child.
  • If I’d been a boy, my name would have been Tymoteusz (Timothy).
  • I’m an only child.
  • I love cartoons. Contrary to what some people think, they’re not just for kids.
  • I don’t believe that we should give up the things we’re interested in just because we’re “adults.” (Well, within reason, obviously.)
  • My dream job would involve lots of knitting and lots of time doing stuff on the computer.
  • During the weekends, I do a lot of a knitting and spend a lot of time on the computer.
  • I rarely wear skirts and nearly never wear shorts.
  • The thought of living in a small town, far from the city and no way to get there, is horrifying to me.
  • I’d love to travel more.
  • I’m a cat person.
  • Despite having lived in Canada for almost 20 years, I know very little French.
  • The last three years of taking French at uni haven’t improved things much.
  • I can’t swim.
  • Polish is technically my first language, but I’m probably more comfortable with English. At the very least, Polish and English are both “first” languages for me.
  • The only bone I’ve ever broken was the middle toe on one of my feet.
  • I like taking afternoon naps.
  • I think fitted sheets are the universe’s way of testing us.
  • I take my coffee with milk and no sugar.
  • I used to drink a lot of pop, but since I went cold-turkey a few years back, I find 90% of it far too sweet. I’ll still drink it sometimes, but in small quantities.
  • If I had a million dollars, I’d buy a small fixer-upper house and renovate as much of it as I could by myself.