1. I love to read and, if I accomplish my Peace Corps service book goal, will have read almost 200 books in the past 3 years. In particular, I like mysteries.
2. Christmas is my least favorite holiday. It’s true. I don’t love Christmas and it drives me insane that all the Christmas crap gets put out in OCTOBER. Let me enjoy my fall please.
3. People are constantly amazed that I have a neutral accent despite being born and raised in the same West Texas town. I can’t even count the number of times this has happened to me… typically a “Where are you from?” question is followed by an incredulous, “But you don’t have an accent!” Yep. That’s intentional.
4. I’m a coffee snob who has an appreciation for Starbucks. And no, I don’t think Ethiopia has the BEST COFFEE EVERRRRRRR.
5. I shamelessly love Taylor Swift, Ke$ha and Pitbull and I don’t care what anyone thinks of that. Once, I even drove two hours to go to a KeSha concert and it was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done.
6. As much as I want to go home right now, I don’t want to live in the States long-term again. There. I said it. I love America and I still think it’s the most magical, amazing place in the whole world, but that doesn’t mean its the right place for me for all time.
7. Once I worked as a baker in a Vancouver coffee shop. I enjoyed baking before but now I really like it and can’t wait to have an oven where you can actually set the temperature again. In Ethiopia, my oven is either a dutch oven on the top of my stove or one that has two settings: on and off. I’ve mastered the art of knowing when a cupcake is done on sight though.
8. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. As a teenager, I wanted to be a meteorologist. The fact that I’m not very good at calculus and physics ruined those dreams.
9. I’ve never been to Las Vegas. Unless you count the time I got rerouted there due to bad weather on my way to Napa Valley for my 21st birthday.
10. My university won both the football National Championship and the College World Series while I was a student and I was lucky enough to celebrate in Pasadena and Omaha (respectively).