The Girl Called Rachel

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Is the new Lenscrafters clearance sale commercial suggesting there are pilots who  fly planes with incorrect eyeglass perscriptions, or just unfashionable frames? Because I’ve been alerted to so much eye-opening transportation information (i.e. the frequency of subway deaths, chances of pilots falling asleep mid-flight, long-haul truck drivers using computers while they’re driving and plunging into lakes) that I feel nervous to travel at all.

My dad is flying to Egypt tonight, so let’s think happy thoughts for that 10 hour ride.


What do you want to know?

[note: I just realized after a week that I wrote 28 facts, not 25, about myself. I’m not sure why, or why I didn’t catch it before now. I guess I just live by my own rules. Rebellious, I know.]

I’m posting this here and not on Facebook because I realized there aren’t 25 people I would want to tag in a note. It’s strange being “friends” with people and not know anything about their life anymore. This is the year of connecting and reconnecting…

1. For the first time in 11 years, my hair is completely its natural color.

2. The thought, smell and taste of white chocolate and cream sauces make me nauseous.

3. In five months of driving in Vancouver, I went through five rental cars and drove the wrong way down a highway. Whoops! Terrifying.

Maybe I had so many car issues in Vancouver because I was always taking pictures while I was driving...

Maybe I had so many car issues in Vancouver because I was always taking pictures while I was driving...

4. I am, always have been, and always will be a feminist.

5. I wish I had veiny hands.

6. I crack my toes, ankles, knees, hips, several places in my back, neck, elbows, wrists, knuckles, and nose (don’t ask how). It is an addiction and a physical necessity.

7. My apartment building is owned and operated by Jehovah’s Witnesses who disapproved of my job at the movie theater.

8. I have never tried pumpkin pie before.

9. The smell of gardenia makes me want to exercise.

10. I look just like my dad but I have blue eyes, and I am very glad I do.

11a. I like sitting in corners and having things on my lap because it makes me feel like I’m in a womb.

I would love love love to have a nook like this.

I would love love love to have a nook like this.

11b. When I own a house, I want the rooms to be small and have a lot of nooks to read and relax in.

12. I don’t only drink ginger ale on airplanes, but I drink ginger ale only on airplanes.

13. I have unusually narrow ear canals and I get several ear infections every year. I think I need surgery because it is affecting my quality of life.

14. I like drinking Brooklyn tap water.

15. In the winter of seventh grade I wore velour shirts almost exclusively.

16. I have a guitar and I want to learn how to play it, but I’m worried about making too much noise and annoying my neighbors.

17. There are magazines that I love and read every month, but I don’t subscribe to them because my mailman stuffs my mail into my mailbox with little regard for the money I spend on subscriptions.

I ♥ Bust

I ♥ Bust

18. I don’t particularly like doing dishes, but one of my favorite things in the world is a new bottle of dish detergent and a good sponge. It really ranks up there, no joke.

19. To mask the sound of them having sex, my upstairs neighbors play marching band music. Gutteral groans barely covered by blaring John Philip Sousa. Awkward!

20. I have been involved in planning several surprise parties, but no one has ever thrown one for me. Hint hint.

21. I have never worn sunglasses on a regular basis.

22. I am inflexible when it comes to noise and talking in a movie theater.

23. The first Christmas gift I ever bought for my mom with my own money was a Care Bears pencil I got at the school store in third grade.

24. About once a month for 10 years I had a recurring dream that Elvis was chasing me through a mall.

25. I carry a couple of Envirosax around with me so I don’t have to use plastic bags at the supermarket.

26. If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be banana nut bread, and I have thought that since I was a kid and my favorite cereal was Banana Nut Crunch.

27. My first word was agua.

28. I’ve never been pulled over by a cop, but if and when it happens I’m pretty sure I’ll cry.

“I have a really lively love affair with the night.”

Should I love jazz like my dad? Do I really feel it enough to be a fan? I think it might be awesome. I love drums. I love the bass. And I love jazz singers.

I skip over what I think are boring songs, but I’m sure that they are tonally, tragically, technically, beautiful pieces of music.

From the mind of a jazz musician: “Ultimately, inspiration just comes from being alive. Having your heart broken, mending your heart, walking away from it. Walking into the unknown and finding what there is around the next corner. ”

Is this the point of that book Karla wanted me to read to her? I remember trying to explain “the unknown” to the three 5 year olds in the class who would not get the concept easily.