personality Archive

On Being A Sponge

April 5, 2011

in personality, reflection

I’m a sponge. An absorbent, holey, squishy square. That sounds cute, doesn’t it? Except that we all know what a sponge does. It cleans up dirty stuff, sucks it into its little pores. And even when you wring it out, some of the crap stays in there. Yuck. How do I know I’m a sponge? […]

Moving Abroad Has Made Me Bitchier

February 14, 2011

in personality, reflection

My boyfriend calls me “Jersey” as one of my nicknames. He started the first day we met, when I revealed my feistiness, no-bullshit attitude and truck-driver mouth. I’ve always been that way a little bit. It’s not just growing up in a state so often made fun of and shoved into the monstrous shadow of […]

American Habits in Australia

February 10, 2010

in adapting, exploring, personality

When I took my first trip overseas to England, Scotland and Wales 10 years ago, I was introduced to a delightful little card game called “asshole” (for those who don’t know the rules, click here), which I’m sure Askew World Order, who was also on that trip, will remember. I quickly became obsessed and wound up […]

Crossword Puzzles: A Lesson in Determination

December 15, 2009

in personality, reflection

There are few things that have been more elusive in my life than the ability to finish a crossword puzzle. I’ve been doing crossword puzzles since before high school, but I’ve probably only completed a dozen of them. I didn’t buy the newspaper when I lived in Philly, but my family does in Jersey, so […]