A Different 20 Questions

Nothing wrong with the other 20 questions that are floating around, but I want to know different things about y'all. I answered them too, because I think that's only fair.
  1. 1.
    Extrovert or Introvert?
    I'm definitely an introvert, but I'm also the most outgoing introvert in my family.
  2. 2.
    Do you have physical scars? If so, what from?
    I have a scar above my left breast from when I was bit by a horse when I was 19. I also have a scar from a rat bite when I was 15, but it's so small and faint that no one sees it but me.
  3. 3.
    What religion were you raised, if any?
    I wasn't raised anything, though we celebrated Christmas and Hanukkah in a non-religious way. I was an atheist for a long while.
  4. 4.
    What religion do you practice now, if any?
    I'd say now that I'm agnostic.
  5. 5.
    Are you registered to vote? (If not, stop what you're doing and register immediately. Seriously. People have died for your right to vote.)
    Yes, but I didn't start voting until I was 22. Neither of my parents ever voted when I was growing up. I really didn't understand it. Also, I was extremely uninformed and did not feel like voting with ignorance.
  6. 6.
    Favorite Dr. Seuss story?
    The Sneetches. But Dr. Seuss' ABC has a special place in my heart as well.
  7. 7.
    Consistent quality in the majority of people you're attracted to?
    They're almost all alcoholics. And typically smokers as well.
  8. 8.
    How old were you the first time you fell in love?
    15. To an older alcoholic cocaine addict who thankfully did not reciprocate my feelings.
  9. 9.
    What item/thing that you consider a luxury will you not live without?
    Farmers market fruit, organic milk, free range chicken and eggs
  10. 10.
    What celebrity would you lose your shit over if you met at a dinner party?
    Jason Bateman, probably, because I've loved him since I was 13. I almost don't want to meet him in case he's boring or something.
  11. 11.
    Worst year of school and why?
    8th grade. Everyone except a few friends were beyond awful. 12th grade when all but 2 of my school friends stopped talking to me was also awful, but I think 8th grade was worse. (My kid just started 8th grade. I have anxiety about it even though his school experience is so different than mine.)
  12. 12.
    Where were you born?
    Washington Heights, Manhattan, NY.
  13. 13.
    Where would you most like to live?
    I haven't figured out exactly where, but in a place with all four seasons, mountains, options for cross country skiing and snorkeling. Maybe that's New Zealand?
  14. 14.
    What languages do you speak?
    Mostly just English. I can read some French and speak a little, but my brain kinda seizes up when someone speaks it to me.
  15. 15.
    What are you addicted to? (Serious question. I suspect we're all addicted to something.)
    I think I've been addicted to a couple of people in my life. I can have trouble moderating with social media.
  16. 16.
    Are you kind to yourself on a regular basis? How?
    I really try to be. Every day starts with chocolate (generally in the form of chocolate milk or hot cocoa). I try to eat well, I take my anti-anxiety meds, I try to get a massage once a month, I try to go to therapy when I need it. I exercise and do yoga.
  17. 17.
    How do you feel about your body?
    Pretty good, actually. It took a friend becoming debilitated by a nasty spinal tumor to really appreciate my body. I mean my body fucking works. I can use my fingers, my arms, my legs. Everything functions well enough at the moment. I'm not in pain all the time. And while I may not be quite the weight I would like to be, I don't feel unhappy when I look in the mirror. (Ironically, when I was young and skinny I was not this happy with my body.)
  18. 18.
    What is something that people assume about you that makes you crazy?
    People assume I'm 10-15 years younger than I am. I know this seems like a good thing in our youth obsessed culture, but no one takes younger women seriously, and I've been dealing with that my whole life. It's finally starting to wear off. I'm so happy to be going gray and getting some wrinkles.
  19. 19.
    Which of your views on the world have/has changed most drastically in your lifetime thus far?
    I used to think the death penalty was acceptable. I thought there were crimes that justified capital punishment. I now think capital punishment is barbaric and inhumane. But that kid who shot up that church in South Carolina? I still really want him to die. Evolving is a process.
  20. 20.
    What are you really good at?
    Writing, having difficult conversations with people, parallel parking (usually).