Random interesting stuff about me

So this is new, no? The 25 random-things-about-me list on Facebook.
I’m getting tagged left and right and I must say that all of them have been very funny and interesting.  Here is my attempt at sharing 25 random interesting things about me.  

  1. I don’t check my voicemail, ever. Okay, I exaggerate. I check it 4 times a year. No more, no less.
  2. I wasn’t named until I was three years old. “chika” is a word my creative, non Spanish speaking parents just “made up” while waiting for my real name: chaitali.
  3. As a result of #2, I’ve been told “did you know that chika means agirl in Spanish?” by every single stranger I’ve spoken to since I was 16 years old. I am now 27.
  4. I like going to the dentist, but truly fear the optometrist.
  5. I want to write a travelogue. Preferably about backpacking and traveling in India.
  6. I am okay if I never ever have to talk about high school again. I hated it and let’s just leave it at that.
  7. I don’t like carrot cake. I will never eat it or bake it.
  8. My two nephews call me Masi which means “like mom”.
  9. I love to send and receive postcards. Send me an email with your address if you wish to get on my notorious postcard mailing list.
  10. I am addicted to Trader Joe’s Os, Nutella, Goldfish crackers, and Fig bars.
  11. I sleep in between my pillows rather than on top.
  12. I like to run and hope to complete a marathon soon.
  13. I can drink coffee anytime of the day.
  14. I cannot stand still on an escalator. I have to keep moving. It seems like a waste of time to just stand there and wait.
  15. On the same note, I look down upon the students at my school who take the elevator down from floor 3 to floor 1. How lazy can you be!!?
  16. I am obsessed with used book stores.
  17. I never travel without my running shoes. That said, I don’t always run when I travel. But it’s good to know that I can.
  18. I secretly want the life and disposition of Ina Garten
  19. I have a guitar but need to learn how to play it.
  20. I think people who spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of fashion shoes or a bag should give an equal amount to charity that helps kids around the world.
  21. I’m okay if you forget my birthday. It really isn’t a big deal.
  22. I want to be a pastry chef at some point in time and own a small bakery.
  23. I am not good with complements. They make me uncomfortable and I never know what to say.
  24. I love NPR. This American Life is probably one of my favorite shows ever. My ipod gets used 90% for podcasts from NPR and 10% for music.
  25. I believe that it’s very important to volunteer. Beside getting free stuff, it makes you feel good and helps the community. it’s a win-win-win.
  26. I love old British comedies. I probably get this from my Dad. Keeping up Appearances, Good Neighbors, To the Manor Born, Mighty Python, are some of my favorites.
  27. I love Julia Child.
  28. Last year, I resolved to send a birthday card to all my friends and family. As you might have figured out, that didn’t happen. I’m trying again this year and so far I haven’t missed anyone whose birthday I already knew. Send me an email with your birthday and address if you wish to be part of my resolution.
  29. I am taking a class about Health in Developing Worlds. I am disturbed by how many kids die each day because of simple things like Vitamin A, Iron, Iodine. We should do more about it.
  30. I don’t know anything about any sport.
  31. I am turning into my mother when it comes to feeding others. I constantly want to cook and offer people food when they visit.
  32. I subscribe to Word of the Day from Dictionary.com. Today’s word? Unwitting (adj): not knowing; unaware; unintentional.
  33. I always see strangers who resemble folks I know (at least one per day).
  34. I don’t think I can be long term friends with people who smoke.

I gave you a few extra as a bonus for reading this far.

Oh and we’ll still be friends right?

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer based in Raleigh, NC. She writes about everything from travel, food, books, and family. Her current project includes a series of children's books to teach Hindi. She is a native Tar Heel who has also lived in Washington DC and Chicago.

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