So, medievalotaku tagged me in this and I think it’s a good thing to balance out my super serious analyses to show y’all that I do, in fact, have a sense of humor. These are the rules for the award:
- Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
- Share 5 facts about yourself.
- Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers and add their links.
- Notify the bloggers you included.
- Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do!
Much thanks to medievalotaku! Now, here are five facts about me. Well, they’re more like vignettes of childhood memories.
- When I was a baby, I was a finalist in becoming a model for baby commercials. I also had a nanny from Guatemala who took care of me during the day, so technically, I learned Spanish before I learned English. The irony is that I forgot it all and wasn’t significantly exposed to Spanish again until middle school and high school despite being Puerto Rican.
- In 8th grade, my school band took a trip to Scotland, England, and Iceland. One night in Iceland, we ate dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and the buses taking us back to our hotels didn’t bother to account for everyone before leaving. This meant that my parents and I and a few others were stuck trying to walk back to our hotel in a country where we can’t even begin to read the signs. We wandered aimlessly until my dad saw a lady standing at a bus stop. He pulled out the hotel key, thinking he could ask the lady to read it and have her point us in the right direction. As he approached, the woman started walking away. My dad walked faster to catch up with her and she started running. So now, my dad was chasing the poor woman down the street. He finally caught up to her and tried to explain our situation by pointing to the hotel key only to discover that the woman was blind.
- In 2nd grade, I had the most humorless teacher you’d ever meet. She was impatient and rude and literally no one liked her. One day, it was some kid’s birthday so we all had cupcakes during class. Now, one very important fact about me is that I take after my late abuela in terms of taking my sweet time doing things, especially eating. As a child, I had a very special method for eating cupcakes. I gradually licked off all the icing before even biting into the cake part. This ritual took much longer than the sloppier methods my classmates chose. Well, my rude peasant of a teacher hardly had any regard for my lackadaisical eating habits and gym class was fast approaching. Seeing that all the other kids had finished their cupcakes while I was still licking the icing off, she became furious and she bellowed, “TAyLOr you can either throw that cupcake away or shove it in your mouth!!!” And 7-year-old me thought, “Challenge accepted.” Because why would I throw away a perfectly good cupcake? So I shoved that whole cupcake in my mouth and never broke eye contact with her.
- One year at summer camp, a boy who looked like Link from Legend of Zelda told my camp friends not to hang out with me if they wanted to be cool and hang out with him. So, they listened. It hurt a lot and I didn’t understand why they didn’t want to hang out with me anymore until one girl finally decided that this whole thing was stupid and hung out with me again. Eventually, I got all my old friends back and even gained some once people realized how much of asshole Link had been.
- One of the very first stories I ever typed up on a computer was a crossover fanfic between The Land Before Time and The Magic School Bus. I was about six-years-old. My second typed story was a Thundercats fanfic. Of course, I didn’t know what “fanfic” was–I just wanted to write stories about cartoons that I liked.
So! Now I get to nominate people, which is actually really tricky because I don’t follow a lot of people that would go for this sort of thing. So, instead I’ll just call this list a recommendation.
- CG of Black Girl in Media
- Timothie of black flag theology
- Charles of Study of Anime
- Kit of joyful abjection
Obviously, this isn’t a list of 10. It’s not even a list of all the blogs that I enjoy; however, these four individuals have fascinating perspectives and voices that I think are worth listening to.