I’ve been “tagged” by a few people over the last couple of weeks to do this “7 random things about me” bit, and honestly, I don’t know if I can come up with that many! I’ll try. If you used to read Absolutely Vile (or if you know me), then you probably know all of these things already, sorry!
I have never driven a car. Nope, never. I don’t even have a learner’s permit. I used to say that I’d learn before I turned 30, but that age came (and went) a couple of years ago, and, well, let’s just say that I have a feeling my 13-year-old niece is going to be learning to drive before me.
I never leave the house without makeup. Frankly, I don’t even like to be alone inside the house with a bare face. I’ve always wished I could be one of those people who looks fresh and cute straight from the shower, but I look like a total hag unless I’m (at the very least!) wearing undereye concealer and mascara.
I was an English Literature major my first year at college. It’s true! For some reason (rebellion against my artist parents?!), I was very resistant to study art in college, and thought I wanted to be a writer or something crazy like that. It took me exactly two semesters of Beowulf and the Canterbury Tales (in Middle English!) for me to figure out that I needed to transfer to the fine arts program. WHAT A RELIEF! I stayed an extra year to make up for the lost time, and got my BFA.
My middle name is Ruth. It comes from my paternal grandmother.
My first name rhymes with the American pronunciation of piranha, NOT banana. A lifetime of hearing it mispronounced by teachers, coworkers, graduation speakers, and store clerks has made me kind of sensitive about this. It’s also made me assume that anyone else who spells their name A-N-N-A must be a banana-Anna, and not a piranha-Anna, so I wind up saying their names wrong sometimes, which is weird.
I have had 20 pet rats, most of them rescues. Rats are wonderful animals and great pets, like tiny dogs. I hope someday I’ll be able to have them again, but for now I’m happy to work as a facilitator for a rat rescue, placement, and fostering group. Of all the “pocket pets”, I think rats are by far the best for homes with children, by the way. On the whole, rats are very gentle animals that respond well to attention and affection. Their only downside is a short life span (typically around 2-3 years), but they pack a lot of enjoyment into that time period. Go rats!
I have had the same job for 10 years. I work at a publishing house as a book cover designer, and this is where I’ve been for the duration of my entire career. I came in with my portfolio a couple of weeks after I graduated from college, and was hired shortly thereafter. I don’t know many people my age who have only had one real job (I worked as a barista and bookstore clerk full time in college, but that was really just to pay the bills)—the exception being three of the other designers I work with every day, all of whom went to the same college I did! The turnover rate here is low. It’s a great place to work, and I truly enjoy coming in every day. (Okay, I like staying home, too. But not because I don’t like my job!)
I don’t want to “tag” anyone else because that makes me feel weird. I don’t like putting people on the spot, you know? If you feel like it, though, be my guest.