A Life Outside of Writing

Writing takes up a huge portion of my life, but obviously, it's important to have a life outside of it. Otherwise, I get too caught up with the people who live inside my head.

In addition to being a writer, I'm an aquarist. Which is a fancy word for fish keeper.

This is the lower half of my Betta, Chai. Short for Poo Chai City Hunter (reference if you're scratching your head at that name). I'd been into Bettas years ago, but when my fish at the time died, I decided to give up the hobby. When I lost my dear cat Charlie this past summer, I decided to get back into the hobby as a way to take my mind off of the grief of losing my best pal of eleven years.

I loved taking care of Chai so much I got a second fish, Enrique (info on his namesake here). Two bettas are enough for me, for now. But eventually I'd like to have a bigger tank with different species.

I'm also a cat mom. As I said above, I lost my dear pal Charlie in July. He had been ill for quite some time, but it never gets easier to make the hard decision to put an animal to sleep. I have three cats now, and below you can see Mia "making friends" with Chai.  Eventually, we'd love to get a dog, but for now, we're happy with three cats.

I'm also a runner. 

I never thought I'd be a runner. I figured I'd only run if there was a zombie apocalypse or something. But I took up the hobby on a whim, and while I doubt I'll ever run a marathon, I enjoy the runner's high, and the way a good run can help me plot through a book.

I'm a k-drama addict.

Many moons ago, I worked for a company owned by a Korean-American family. I learned a lot about the culture, and at the time, k-dramas intrigued me, but they weren't readily available. My co-workers would buy copies from stores in Korean neighborhoods in Baltimore, and just forget about them being subtitled. Oh, how the times have changed.

I dipped a toe into k-dramas last year, knowing that once I did, I'd never be able to look back. And I haven't. Lee Min Ho (pictured above) is my favorite actor and I will watch pretty much everything he's in, but I mostly enjoy contemporary romantic comedies.

I'm a Marylander.

I've lived in Virginia for nearly seven years. I was born in Tehran, Iran (pre-Revolution, to my US Army father and mom) and lived in her hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah when we returned. Oh, I've also lived in Boston, too. But Maryland will always be my home in my heart. I can't listen to Tori Amos's Baltimore without crying. And not because it's '80's cheesy, either.

I'm a football fan. Although I haven't always been.

I went through a sports fan phase in my early 20's and I had my heart broken just one too many times. When I married a die-hard Washington Redskins fan, I would watch games with him, but never really enjoyed it. After nearly six years together, I guess I've just accepted my fate. I've always loved the Ravens (mainly because of Maryland pride) but this year I've added a second favorite team to the mix, The Texans. Why is that, you ask? The answer can be found below (minus the little lady in the middle, of course)

I love, love, love J.J. Watt and Arian Foster. Not just because of the obvious (dreamboats, the both of them) but because they're driven and intelligent fellas, also. I have a roster of Imaginary Football Boyfriends but these two are by far my favorite.

Nail art

While I lack the patience to ever do some of the out of this world nail art some do, my nails are never unpainted. My nail polish collection is getting a little out of hand. I think I might need an intervention of some sort.

Some of my other interests:

Tea (just getting started with the hobby, learning more every day) baking, cooking, traveling, and of course reading!