If sight was the only sense you had, how do you think your life would be different? All that's a tough question. Well, I definitely have a lot of memories tied to music and to smells. There are certain songs that -- there are certain songs that evoke distinct, specific memories that I think that no matter how old I get, will always be tied to those memories. And smells too. There is -- I have a jewelry box from my Nana who passed away in 2013. And, I have things in there in stock, it's just the jewelry box. There's no jewelry in it. It's just, I have it -- it's like a little storage thing, but I rarely open the doors, because even now it's been eight years, over eight years. And if you open the door just a crack, you can still smell her perfume, and it's a smell that I haven't smelled in -- maybe nine years. She was sick for about seven months before she died and she was in a hospice for four of those. And so she didn't go out and she wasn't wearing makeup, she wasn't wearing jewelry and of course she wasn't wearing perfume, but it's something that I will -- the entire house smelled like it, her bathroom, her dresser, it all smelled like that. So I -- I rarely open that door and when I do, it just floods out, so it's very, very specific and I think, I think that -- not -- if I were to lose my other senses and only have sight today, then I think those things I would miss a lot because I would just have the memory of that. And, and it's really hard to describe a sense memory like that. And so it's -- I think life would be dull without the rest of your senses.
Have you ever pretended to spy? Or have you ever spied as a kid? And this is the thing, this is the thing. So me and my brother, we would be upstairs in our rooms, and my parents will be downstairs doing something. We'd be going to bed, and we go on spy missions. That was our thing. They were called spy missions. We had multiple weird games that we play when we were younger, but that was one of the many. And so, the spy missions, we would -- it usually start with him annoying me and me trying to go to bed, but he would come my room, be like, come on, let's go on a spy mission. And I'm like, why? He's like, I can't go to bed. And I was like, okay, that's fine. So we'd go on a spy mission. My brother, I think he's three years older than me. So he -- I don't know why he did this. He's a very strange person. But we'd go on spy missions and be like go down the steps very quietly and he always walk first -- I mean, I always walk first because if I stepped on a creak and I got in trouble, then he wouldn't, cuz he'd run upstairs. But I just remember so many times racing upstairs to make sure that we didn't get caught. Even if we did get caught, we wouldn't have got in trouble. It would have just been like, oh, we're out of bed.
One thing that I have been grateful for in the last week, has been my family and the support that they provide. I just recently bought my first car and was able to buy it without a loan or without financing it and in full cash just because of my parents' support, but it's been particularly difficult because I had to learn how to buy a car, how to go to -- just like the process of going through dealerships, and working things out, and working the insurance out all on my own. My parents just helped me with the finances a little bit, but it was just a little scary doing the whole thing as a nineteen-year-old teenager, but yeah-- it was also exciting. And now I have a car and that's been -- I've been very grateful for that.
My take on standardized tests? I despise standardized test for me and I feel like they're ridiculous. Because first of all, I personally get really anxious when I take tests. I'll get super worked up about it even though I know the material really well, I'll get really worked up about it, and I find that that makes me do worse on the tests, but I can't do anything about it because I'm going to get a bad grade, and then it's gonna bring my grade down because it's -- all tests usually are a good portion of my grade. So usually I'm doing amazing job on all the assignments because I understand the material, but then a test comes and I just don't do good. So I just, I don't -- I don't like them.
One of our team members found out that she gets into dentist chair in a goofy way. You can't say that without describing it. How does one get into a dentist chair in a goofy way? I can only imagine similar to how I used to get into the car as a child. Which is, would not put my leg in and then sit and put the other leg in. I would, basically crawl in with my knees crossed and then I'd have to uncross them underneath once I was in. And had to relearn how to get in a car once I was big enough that, that I didn't have enough space to uncross my legs. So, I would expect she crawls into the chair and then flips herself around.
Now this next one: the question is have I ever had a magical experience with nature. Yeah, so many. Almost just too many to share. I -- I can get emotional pretty quickly under the right set of circumstances in nature, and it's all sorts of different types of interactions with nature. I've become emotional by driving through nature, and I've certainly become emotional while in the midst of nature. The very first thing that came to my mind was my very first trip to the Rocky Mountains, and my introductions to the Rocky Mountains. I don't think I saw them until I was twenty-nine or thirty years old, was through Glacier National Park in Northern Montana, and I was very unfamiliar with Glacier, which is crazy to think about in hindsight.But I had heard of a road called the Going-to-the-Sun Road that was supposed to be this magnificent drive through the Rocky Mountains and so that was my -- that's what we did. We drove through the Going-to-the-Sun Road, our first time through, and I remember every single turn on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which literally hugs these mountains, and as you climb in elevation. Every single turn I could feel, like, my throat catch. Like I'd lose my breath, just -- the shocking views before me, like I would -- I think I always thought "take my breath away" was just a saying that was not meant to be literal, but that day I found out, like yeah, it can hundred percent be literal, because every single blind turn I took, I'll reveal something that was even more magnificent than what I saw a moment earlier.And I remember I was wearing aviator sunglasses, and my girlfriend was with me and I was kind of self-conscious or embarrassed that I was tearing up just like every couple of turns I could feel my eyes welling up just as I was overwhelmed with the beauty that lay before me, it was magnificent.
Are there any particular animals in my neighborhood recently? I live in a watershed, so we see a lot of different animals on a regular basis. We have a lot of rabbits, and a lot of mallard ducks, some Canadian geese. Every once awhile, we'll get a heron, which is always really cool. We had a bear that got relocated a couple of weeks ago, he had been terrorizing our bird feeders for the last six months. But we were recently made aware of two new denizens in the neighborhood and it's a beaver couple. They have been building dams in the culvert, in the creek across the street. Unfortunately, it's been causing some flooding. So, the Department of Public Works had to come through and unjam the dams and of course undo all of their hard work. But it's been so interesting to see them. I see them almost every morning. I'll take my son to daycare around 7:30 in the morning and then when I come home from dropping off my son, I see them in the yard eating dandelions or hanging out with the ducks—they have a really close bond with the ducks, apparently. So it's honestly, it's, it's become really a source of kind of a morning routine—a morning ritual—to say good morning to the beaver couple who are just out having breakfast. It's a cool way to start the day.
Have you ever learned a new language? Yeah, I learned a bit with my old teacher. What did you learn? Chinese. All right I know -- I think I remember which Chinese words, you know, which Chinese words do know? Nihao, Zaijian, Mingtianjian, and I also know a song: Happy Birthday. Are you gonna sing it? So I know Nihao, Zaijian, Mingtianjian and Duji. And can I tell you something? Duji means belly button, and you’ve never known but -- and -- so let me say all those words again, but now translate them. Nihao, which means hello. Zaijian, which means bye. Mingtianjian, which means goodbye and Duji, which means belly button. And I'm just gonna sing Happy Birthday just so you know what – cuz in Chinese, the Chinese people sing Happy Birthday in two different ways. And happy birthday is again: Zhu ni shengri kuaile, zhu ni shengri kuaile, zhu ni shengri kuaile, zhu ni shengri kuaile. And it's quite simple because all you have to do is follow to the tune and then you'll get it-- do it right. And you just keep repeating "zhu ni shengri kuaile". Did you sing that every time someone in the class had a birthday? Yup, and we also sing it in sign language and English. Wow. Okay, if you could learn any other language, what would you learn? Maybe French cause then I could be hello mon ami, je m'appelle Lafayette. Like in Hamilton? Yeah. Any other languages? Maybe hmm. German. Now I know you know, a bit of German. What do you know. I know… I know good night and no. And wait what do I also know? You know how to be rude to people. Oh yes, I can call people pig heads. And how do you say that? Well, then I’d be insulting them Mum. Whoever's listening to us.
Okay, so the question was, is there anything that you've seen other people, like you do that other people, that you thought was normal and other people don't. But I don't, I can't really think of anything. But my best friend, she bites her ice cream. And she finds it normal and I feel like it's the weirdest thing. I know multiple people do it. I think my dad does it, but it's so weird. Like there's these things called mochi which are like, it's like some type of like flour type thing. I don't really know what to call it, around the outside and then ice cream on the inside and you bite into it. Which I understand that and I used to hate them because my teeth would be so sensitive. But now I'm absolutely obsessed with them. They're amazing! But, she bites into like ice cream that's like an ice cream cone or like bites it off of her spoon. And I find it like it makes me cringe, how does that not hurt your mouth?
What's a chore I've been putting off? We have to remove a wreath, on our front door, that a Robin made a nest in and safely brought into the world four babies. But we found out last night that one of the babies keeps coming home. At least we assume it's one of the babies, it's still pretty little. But they left a couple of weeks ago, like they've been out of our door and we kept forgetting to put the wreath in the trash because, as nice as that wreath is, they pooped all over it and our front door, which we have to clean the front door and the sidewalk in front of it, so it's kind of a chore. And then last night my fiancé went outside and scared the bird and then this morning I watched the bird fly out as I backed out of the driveway. So, one of the babies keeps coming back or mama came back and laid more eggs. I'm gonna have to check it out later. So, it might be a chore that just has to keep getting put off cuz I'm not gonna remove a nest with eggs. That's like my no no.