Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope you’re doing well! I’ve spent most of the week working on my thesis and proofreading things for various other people, so I’m glad you guys came through with intriguing assumptions to keep me entertained! Seriously, by the time I had read a certain someone’s abstract, my belief in humanity had faded almost entirely. You just gotta love those younger siblings… 😅 Couldn’t you at least have done a spell-check before sending me that paper?
But yeah – you guys really delivered on this one! When I asked for your assumptions, I thought I might get one or two things to react to, but this actually turned out to be quite the lengthy post! So without further ado, let’s get into it! And if you want to know whose brains some of these wildly creative assumptions stem from, I’ve linked a post of theirs that I recently enjoyed 😉
You love chocolate and cheese.
Chocolate, yes! Who doesn’t love chocolate? Especially milk chocolate with whole hazelnuts in it 😍
As for cheese, I don’t have a particularly strong emotional attachment to it 😄 I mean, there are some absolutely amazing dishes where cheese is a key ingredient, like pizza, cheese fondue, lasagna, or Käsespätzle (if you don’t know what this is, I feel truly sorry for you 😁), but I don’t actually eat cheese by itself all that much. I do like it, but I’m not as obsessed with it as with chocolate.
You aspire to write a few best-selling novels someday.
Is it that obvious? 😂 And what do you mean, I aspire to? I thought you read my bestselling novel that I published a while back? Or the beginning, at any rate – I remember Nehal being in hysterics over your comment 😁
You complain about grading papers, but you actually prefer grading them rather than taking the exam.
You clearly know me too well 😅 Yes, I begrudgingly admit that this is true. While I absolute hate grading them, taking exams is even worse! I have super bad performance anxiety and would rather correct stuff for days on end rather than take any type of test myself.
Your height is 5’4″ (Random, I know)
**Googles what 165 cm is in imperial units, just because some countries still refuse to accept the superiority of the metric system 🤦♀️ ** And it is 5’4″!! 🤯 Seriously, Riddhi, how did you know this? My mind is completely blown!!
You want to travel the world, but you always want to return back to your own country – Germany.
I definitely do want to travel the world! I would love to go to every country at some point, though realistically, this is probably not going to happen 😪 But every continent should be doable, I hope! I always love getting to know new cultures and getting to practice my garbled foreign language skills out in the field 😁
And yes, I do love my country! 🇩🇪 There are so many things here that I’m grateful for! Like our relatively stable government and economy. Free education all the way from primary school to university. A functioning universal healthcare system. The fact that people will tell you what they think directly to your face. The landscape. And our Christmas markets, our yogurt, and our bread! 🥰 Don’t laugh, but those are actually what I missed most while living abroad! And of course, most of my family lives here, so I will probably always find myself coming back.
Still, I wouldn’t rule out eventually moving somewhere else. The world is so exciting that I wouldn’t want to limit myself to one country, just because I happened to be born here!
My assumption is that you went to Hogwarts but left after you lost the Quidditch Cup Final against those Gryffindorks. That loss traumatized you so much that you decided to leave the wizarding world, break your wand, and set your broomstick on fire. You then invented the vacuum cleaner because you couldn’t stand seeing brooms anymore, and made millions of dollars with it. You used that money to destabilize the British Galleon, which is why wizards have those strange exchange rates nowadays. That’s actually the true reason for Brexit: the British wizarding community panicked because their currency was debased, and made Boris Johnson Prime Minister. Johnson is actually a Squib, but that’s another story.
There is actually so much to unpack here!
First of all, Klaus, did you really just call the members of my Hogwarts house dorks? 😡 How dare you! [Yes, I am in Gryffindor. And yes, back when I took the Pottermore test as a kid, I may have slightly adjusted my responses so that I would get Gryffindor and not Ravenclaw, because back then I was convinced Gryffindor was the best house 😂 My opinions on that have changed somewhat, but before you get mad at me, remember what Dumbledore’s wise words: It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. Or You know, I sometimes think we Sort too soon…]
Also, you have clearly never seen me in P.E. class if you think I would ever make it onto a Quidditch team. I absolutely cannot throw things. Like, at all. I think the furthest I’ve ever thrown a ball is 26 meters. Though usually, it’s closer to nine. And before you say I could also be Keeper or Seeker, I can’t catch things, either. In fact, the only thing I might be able to do is dodge Bludgers. I have gotten remarkable good at avoiding things that are thrown at me, simply because the alternative of trying to catch them is way too terrifying to even consider.
Also, the vacuum cleaner was invented in 1908, so how old do you think I am???
I do need to know more about this Boris Johnson being a squib theory, though.
You’re an avid hiker.
I wouldn’t necessarily call it avid, but I do enjoy hiking a lot and try go at least once a month! After all, I need to stay in shape for that tour of the Alps that my best friend and I have been planning for years now! We actually wanted to go last summer, but I guess COVID had other ideas 😕 We had even bought new hiking boots and everything! On the plus side, those boots are well broken in now 😂
You love giraffes.
I don’t have any particular attachment to them, but I like all animals, so yes? [Okay, all animals except ticks. I wouldn’t mind if those vanished off the face of Earth forever 🙈]
You use your phone as a bookmark and then wonder where your phone is, to only find it once you start reading your book (as you can’t find your phone).
Nope 😁 I am actually one of those people who hardly ever uses bookmarks at all and will just remember the page number!
But I do use my phone as a violin tuner and metronome, and since my music stand is right next to my bookshelves, I will often balance the phone on top of the books while I’m practicing. And then completely forget where I put it, only to find it again when I’m searching for something to read 😂
You want to make a book podcast
Most definitely not! I already struggle enough with WordPress, and all the technology involved in making a podcast would drive me nuts! Also, I always overthink everything and edit the crap out of my posts, which means that if started making a podcast, I would probably never finish because I’d be so obsessed with making it perfect 😅
Plus, I hate the sound of my own voice in recordings. I just sound so much better in my head! Does anyone else have this problem? 🤔
You love pistachio ice cream.
Yes! Not as much as hazelnut ice cream, though.
You love nature.
Yes! I absolutely love spending time outside, and I love learning as much about nature as I possibly can. I’m that weirdo who obsessively watches hour-long documentaries about trees or plankton. In fact, when I was little, I wanted to become a biologist and explore the Amazon Rainforest and the ocean, but I guess I got sidetracked by math somewhere along the way 😂
You’d rather hang out with friends than by yourself.
I would not. I am very sorry, friends!! I love you all, and I do like spending time with you, but I also need my alone time! And sometimes, I really regret agreeing to go to some social event, when I could have just stayed home and read 🤫
Your dream job is bookstore owner or librarian.
I definitely wouldn’t want to be a bookstore owner – the stress of managing a business would kill me! I absolutely hate stuff like bookkeeping, and would cry if I had to talk to obnoxious clients who wanted to return a book even though their dog had chewed it up or the warranty has long expired…
And while I might actually enjoy being a librarian, my dream job has always been to become an author!
You can decide between cats and dogs!
I can! Cats are way better! 😻 Although I do like dogs, too.
you love chocolate!! (if you don’t ~ who are you!?)
I’m glad we agree on this. People who don’t like chocolate are just weird! Although I must say that Americans don’t know how to make proper chocolate and that not everything called “chocolate” is necessarily good. What is it that you guys like about those absolutely disgusting Hershey’s bars?
you’re an animal person, and maybe have a pet? i think you’ve mentioned this before… but my terrible goldfish memory doesn’t remember!!
Haha, your goldfish memory isn’t bad! I do love animals, and currently, my family has four cats! We’ve also had lots of other pets over the years – two more cats, several mice, a hamster, three rabbits, and even two freshwater turtles. The turtles are actually still going strong, but when we moved back to Germany from the US, we couldn’t take them with us. So they spent a few years with a friend of ours, and now that they’ve gotten so big that they no longer fit in their tank, they’ve gone to live in a zoo! 🐢🐢
you love nature
I already answered this one above, so yes!
you have siblings (i think you’ve mentioned this too… ahhhh my memory is so bad 🤧)
This is also true. I have two brothers and one sister. See, your memory isn’t bad at all!
Even though you love writing, you’d probably do something else.
As a career, you mean? Because I do still intend to pursue those author dreams! And to be honest, currently all I’m doing is writing. And thinking. Granted, it’s for my master’s thesis, which is nowhere near as exciting as a fiction novel; but hey, you can’t afford to be picky!
You love to go on long walks.
I do! Although I don’t do it nearly enough. I always get caught up in work that I still need to finish, and before I know it, it’s already dark outside! 😅
You’ve started writing stories but never finished some of them! (Haven’t we all?)
Of course I have 🤣 Honestly, you should see the size of my drafts folder! It’s truly intimidating!
You’d rather drink tea than coffee (My inner Brit at its strongest!)
Absolutely!! I adore tea 🫖 Especially Earl Grey 🥰 Or any other kind of black tea for that matter.
And I detest coffee. Seriously, it tastes like someone poured dirt into hot water! I just don’t understand everyone’s obsession with it.
You love meeting new bloggers.
Yes and no? 😅 I mean, I do love interacting with everyone and gushing about books together! Seriously, you guys are amazing! And discovering a new person who loves the same things I do is always wonderful! 😊
But at the same time, the more people I meet, the more anxious I get… Because how can I possibly expect to keep up with all these amazing people? And then I feel like I’m letting everyone down when I don’t read their posts regularly 😥
You love to swim.
Yes! In fact, swimming is the only sport I’d say I’m actually good at! I swam competitively until I was fourteen, which is when my swim team slowly started to disband. I then had the option of going from practicing three times a week to one time with the beginner kids or five times with the absolute pros, and since I didn’t like either of those options, I eventually quit 😥 But that hasn’t changed the fact that I love to swim!
You love ice cream cake.
I don’t think I’ve ever had any? 😅 But I love ice cream, and I love cake, so probably 😁
You don’t like bright pink.
Not really, no 😂 I don’t detest it as much as I used to, but it’s certainly not one of my favorite colors. And I’m still extremely bitter about my fifth-grade graduation, where some genius decided all the girls would get bright pink graduation t-shirts, while the boys got these beautiful light blue ones! 😠
You love to sing and dance.
True 🤗 I love music in all its forms, and whether it’s in choir or at home, I’ve been singing ever since I can remember. And now that I can somewhat decently accompany myself on my guitar and ukulele, it’s even more fun!
Also, I do quite enjoy ballroom dancing, even though I don’t do it that often. In my part of Bavaria, it is traditional for all students to take dance lessons together in tenth grade, so we all know the basics, and there are annual balls that my former classmates and I still go to every single year – at least when there’s no COVID. And it’s always fun to catch up with everyone and get a bit of exercise in while you’re at it!
You can speak another language.
Ja, yes, oui, да! I am fluent in German and English, decent at French, getting there in Russian, and can at least translate Latin 😅 I’m also dabbling in a bunch of different languages on Duolingo at the moment, so hopefully that will eventually lead to more knowledge than just being able to say “hello” 😁 In fact, I feel like I might actually be getting somewhere with Spanish, but then again, that may just be the French and Latin talking 🤣 And I finally taught myself how to read 한글, which I’ve been planning on doing for years, so now all I have to do is actually start memorizing some Korean vocabulary and grammar! 🤗
You love cake.
Yes 😍😍😍 Who doesn’t? 🍰
You are an extrovert.
Noooo 🤣🤣🤣 Most definitely not! I am flattered that you think I have enough social skills to have given you that impression, but no. I am about as introverted as it gets.
You are pretty soft spoken and polite, but you love talking.
I’d like to think I’m soft spoken and polite, but you’ll have to ask the people who actually know me in real life what they think!
And as for the talking thing, I guess it depends? I’m usually pretty quiet and prefer listening, but if you give me the right topic – generally something nerdy, very academic, pertaining to books, philosophical, ethical or just extremely weird – you can draw me out of my shell. And then I won’t shut up and you will have to discuss this with me for hours! Also, I tend to be a lot more talkative around people I know well. If you’re a stranger, chances are I’ll just stare at you awkwardly until I get to know you.
You get upset easily.
Not really. At least I’d like to think I’m pretty easy-going! It takes a lot to truly ruffle my feathers.
However, I do take things to heart very easily, and am constantly overthinking my decisions or worrying about stuff I feel powerless to change. It’s just that other people usually don’t notice this, because I am extremely good at locking my feelings in and appearing cheerful on the outside.
You are in your 20s.
I am! Does that mean I’m young or old? 🤔 Let me know in the comments!
When it comes to certain stuff, you can pour your heart into it to achieve it.
This is 100% accurate. I am extremely perfectionistic, so I will pour my heart and soul into almost anything I do. On the downside, this also means that I can get so caught up in perfecting things that I end up wasting a ton of time just to get that final touch just right 🤦♀️
You were one of those kids who memorized hundreds of digits of pi for fun.
Of course not. I never memorized hundreds of digits. At the peak of my pi memorization times, I knew about 60 🤣 That was when I was around twelve, I think. Now, however, I have forgotten quite a few of them and only know that the first nine digits are 3.14159265. But I have since learnt way cooler things about pi – such as how to prove that it is a transcendental number and why that shows that squaring the circle is impossible – so I don’t really mind those lost digits 😁
Being opinionated has gotten you into trouble with your teachers/professors.
Rarely. Most of my teachers actually really liked me, since I was usually a very well-behaved model student 😅 Think Hermione, except that I don’t like drawing attention to myself and usually won’t talk until someone explicitly asks me to or unless no one else does and the silence starts to get awkward.
However, there have been a few instances where I think my teachers would have liked nothing better than to chuck me out of the window. I think the most famous instance of this was the “He was the stone” incident that I described in my Lost in Translation post, but there were definitely more…
For example, I remember getting into a huge argument with my fifth-grade teacher regarding a multiple-choice problem about which instrument would be best for determining the amount of water in a bathtub. According to the teacher’s answer booklet, the correct answer was “a gallon jug”. I’m sorry, but who on Earth would actually use that? 🙄 It would take forever until you’d scooped all the water up, and a lot would probably spill during the process! The answer I chose, and the one that is obviously correct, is a ruler. You just measure the depth, width, and length of the tub and then calculate the volume by multiplying them! Even if the bathtub wasn’t a perfect cuboid, the margin of error would surely be better than with that stupid jug. But my teacher didn’t see it that way, and got very angry when I refused to accept that you could only measure length, not volume, with a ruler 🙈
You have time limits on your phone so you don’t procrastinate.
I should probably do this sometime 😁 But no, I don’t. However, I am actually pretty good at setting myself time limits – or a certain amount of stuff I want to get done – before I am allowed to stop working. I just prefer looking at my watch to looking at my phone, because once I have that thing in my hands, all is lost anyway 🤷♀️
You have immense self-control (I don’t know how you managed to stick to that book buying ban 😶)
Trust me, I don’t know how I managed that, either! 😂 And I actually never thought I had amazing self-control skills, but then I took a psychology seminar on the topic of “self-regulation and intelligence” at university, where we also took some of the self-control tests we were learning about – and I actually scored pretty highly! So maybe you’re onto something here? But I also procrastinate a ton, so I would take those results with a grain of salt 😁
You’re comfortable to be around and the atmosphere you carry with you is always friendly!
I hope so, but again, you’d have to ask the people around me to get a definitive answer!
So yeah – that was it for today! I hope you guys enjoyed learning a bit more about me, and do let me know which of these facts you thought was the most surprising!
Also, in case any of you missed my first post and would still like to make your own assumptions, feel free to leave them down in the comments, and I’ll just answer them there!