Preface: this page, in all its iterations (most of them unseen, due to being repeatedly edited at odd hours) always feels weird to me. Probably because I genuinely don’t think any of this stuff is terribly important or interesting (Hogwarts info not withstanding) in relation to the blog. That said, everyone seems to have this, so due to internet-induced peer pressure (or is that just what peer pressure is now?) I made one, albeit with as much self-awareness as possible. Hopefully the embarrassing photo below helps sell that.
Occupation: Don’t worry about it
Hometown: New York, NY
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Camera (analog): Graflex Field Camera or Mamiya 645
Camera (digital): Canon 5D Mark ii
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw [arguably a hatstall with Gryffindor]
Spirit Animal: Daria Morgendorffer
Horoscope: Virgo [not relevant, but somehow astrology is still a thing]
Likes: Baking/cooking (natch), taking photographs, plants (especially succulents), crafting/DIY, coffee, netflix, rock n roll, sleeping, the NY Rangers & the NY Giants, watching sports, books, bad puns (and, to a lesser extent, good puns), foreign languages, cats, Harry Potter, whiskey, calligraphy, dancing like nobody’s watching (but only if nobody is), curse words, and making lists.
Dislikes: Being photographed*, the sun, blue cheese, most social media, exercise, lamb (as a food), bad grammar, nuts, the NY Islanders & teams in the NFC East that are not the Giants**, digital technology that rendered analog film obsolete***, being called a millennial, excessive emoji use, any and all social injustice, and reality television.
*Will make exceptions for carrying baked goods and/or cats
**Will not apologize for dissing those teams- I know baking blogs are meant to be appealing to everyone, and probably aren’t usually run by major sports fans, but that’s how I was raised. [Plus, every year, from September to January, tailgating for Giants games comes up a lot on this site, so it’s not exactly a secret] It’s not meant to deter anyone from this site, but if my Gryffindor-esque loyalty costs few visitors, so be it.
***I’m aware of the contradiction- I may not eschew technology because it replaced my medium, but I can still be a little sore about it
[For the record, I pretty much just took the profile questions from a dating site, filled it out, and entered it here. Granted, I may have swapped out a few of the categories for ones I liked better- any photo of me will tell you I’m white and most will show that I have red hair, whereas my Hogwarts house may be less obvious, but equally, if not more, important.]
If it wasn’t obvious, and I say “if” because I genuinely can’t tell yet whether or not my humor translates, I like to kid around. [I’d say be funny, but the accuracy of that has yet to be established] Some may even say goofy- I love making bad puns and playing silly pop songs that have include a word to whatever I’m cooking (think Weird Al-adjacent). My sister says it’s just me being weird (also probably true), but I prefer to look at it as having fun. Especially on this site- if you’re at all self-aware, I think there has to be a comedic element to writing about your observations/opinions on “life” as a young adult. Not solely to appeal to readers, but to avoid cynicism and general obnoxiousness. I don’t know about you, but I grew up under the impression that being self-involved and/or narcissistic was a bad thing, yet modern technology has created a world in which that behavior is not only tolerated, but rewarded. People can get famous, even rich, just by taking hundreds of photos and/or videos of themselves doing utterly mundane/average things and posting them online. It’s now socially acceptable to write pretty much any thought you have on Twitter or Facebook, even though we all agree that no one cares.
See? Didn’t that just sound douchey and kinda bum you out? It did for me, and I’m the one who wrote it. So yeah, I do care about important issues and will point it out when needed, but generally I like to joke around. I mean, I’m definitely not Matthew McConaughey-style laid back (just in case listing bad grammar as a dislike wasn’t a dead giveaway), but I try not to take myself too seriously in my writing. About food.