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Interestingly enough, I've more job-related stuff to write about. I've also applied for umpteenth time for a job at the National Archives. It was always a total long-shot since it's a management position. The director of the National Archives seems to be stepping up his game with sending out information to the applicants. So yesterday I got an email with the number of applicants and their names. And therefore I know right away that I totally shouldn't get my hope up because among the applicants is the person who currently has this position (so I'm guessing this is like a re-organization thing) and a lady whose been working there for years and has a PhD in archival sciences (and she taught a course on archives back when I studied history).

50 Questions You've Never Been Asked, provided by [personal profile] coffeetime

1. What's your favorite candle scent?
I like a lot of scents but I know I really don't like the smell of Yankee Candles.

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?
Well, I'm pretty satisfied with the sister I have and I don't think she would want to be a celebrity. But if I had to have someone famous as my sister, I think I'd like JK Rowling to be my sister.

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?
I want to say Johnny Weir but I find him too hot to be my brother. Hmm, Stephen Fry. (Stephen Fry could be my dad but she's not that much older than my sister so...)

4. How old do you think you'll be when you get married?
When? I'm not so sure if I ever get married.

5. Do you know a hoarder?
Not currently, I think. But I've known hoarders.

6. Can you do a split?
Haha, no.

7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?
Nine or ten. My sense of balance has never been good.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?
At least two. The North Sea and The Black Sea.

9. How many countries have you been to?
Ten.

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?
Iceland doesn't have an army and has never had an army. But since I'm one quarter Danish, I can say yes to this question. My grandfather was in the Danish army.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?
A strong name from the Icelandic sagas, like my LJ handle.

12. What would you name your son if you had one?
If I ever have a son, he'll be named after my father.

13. What's the worst grade you got on a test?
I once got 2 out of 10 on a Danish vocabulary test - the entire class did abysmally. Even in my dark days when I was not studying Japanese, I never got such a bad mark.

14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Thundercats, Jem and the Holograms and MoonDreamers. When I was eleven-twelve, Twin Peaks was my favorite and has remained amongst my favorite shows ever since then.

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?
At the time, Halloween wasn't a thing in Iceland but instead (and they still do) kids dressed up on Ash Wednesday. When I was eight, me and A went to the mall. I think I was dressed in one of my mother's dresses.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?
Well, I still haven't finished Mockingjay but I've read Harry Potter and regretfully I must admit that I've read Twilight.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?
I sound more American when I speak English though it's obvious that I'm not American. I wish I had picked up more British accent when I did live in the UK but alas, too much American TV ruined that.

18. Did your mother go to college?
No, she didn't but a lot of people think she did. Though she's been taking courses at the Continuing Education Foundation of the University of Iceland, mostly in Icelandic Sagas.

19. Are your grandparents still married?
Well, if you believe in marriage beyond death, then yes. They are all dead now.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?
No.

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?
Yes.

22. What's the first amusement park you've been to?
The carnival (tivoli in Icelandic) that was where the National and University Library stands now.

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?
I'm fluent in Icelandic and English but I guess I would like my French to be better and my Danish and my Japanese.

24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?
Unfortunately, I tend to use both, even in the same text.

25. Is your father bald?
He was when he died. But before he had cancer treaments, he wasn't really bald, his hair had started thinning but he wasn't bald.

26. Do you know triplets?
I know of triplets but I haven't known any personally.

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
I'm definitely of the Titanic generation and that's the one I saw at the movie theater but I haven't seen it since, even though I thought Kate Winslet was just the prettiest person ever. I wasn't super impressed with The Notebook either. I guess neither of them is the kind of romance I go for.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?
As in food made with recipies from the country of India? Yes.

29. What's the name of your favorite restaurant?
FriĆ°rik V

30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden?
No. But one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in the UK, was called The Olive Grove.

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ's, etc.)?
No, but Costco is coming to Iceland. Though apparently it's going to the British Costco.

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?
Apparently they hadn't discussed names that much before I was born. But I guess I would have been named after one of grandfathers. Though I did (and maybe I still do) have an evil alter-ego who is male and has the male version of my real name.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?
My first name is short so I don't have a nickname.

34. Who's your favorite person in the world?
[profile] vanessawolfie

35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?
Neither. I like to stay downtown.

36. Can you whistle?
Not very well.

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?
No.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?
I try to. Sometimes breakfast is lunch though.

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?
I take stuff for my blood pressure.

40. What medical conditions do you have?
High blood pressure (got pretty screwed in the genes department there). Dry membranes inside my nose that cause the polyps I have there to burst frequently so I have a lot of nosebleeds.

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?
I've never stayed overnight. I think the only time I was on a hospital bed was when I had my spinal tap.

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?
Yes, I even own it on DVD.

43. Where do you buy your jeans?
Gosh, I hardly wear jeans anymore. But I have one pair from Marks & Spencer and another from Debenhams. British department stores for the win.

44. What's the last compliment you got?
I think it was either about my hair or the woolen cardigan I was wearing.

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?
Sometimes. Thankfully often when they are funny like when I dreamt that [personal profile] sigrundora was breeding monkeys and putting pictures of them breeding on Instagram.

46. What flavor tea do you enjoy?
I like all kinds of teas. This is my favorite though.

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?
At least twelve that I can think of.

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?
I'll probably continue in my mother's tradition, skepticism.

49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn't real?
I think when I learned about the concept of Santa (or the Icelandic Yule Lads), I knew it wasn't real. At least I remember having to keep my mouth shut for years.

50. Why do you still have a journal here, considering everyone else is on Facebook?
'Cause there's a lot of things I can tallk about here, I would never talk about on Facebook. I'm actually kind of weirded out by people who use Facebook as a diary.

I can tell you that, despite my deadlines, today was dedicated to the Glee Finale. I cried, I laughted. I wrote about it here. I also participated in a thing on tumblr and wrote about Glee and the fandom here.

And for the people who liked Glee when it began but stopped watching, you should check out the first half of the finale (at least).
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