Of, course, I'm KIND of busy these days, and also, I REALLY suck at coming up with questions. So, I'm going to put a cap on the number of people who can participate at 5. Sorry.
Basically, I answer 5 questions, and then you can comment with "THE VERY NERVE!" if you want me to ask YOU 5 questions.
Now, ratherastory accidentally only gave me 4 questions. So...I guess, if you have a 5th question for me, then you can leave that in comments too! Haha, it's question time!
1. So, what would you like your PhD to be about?
I'm not sure. Back when I graduated with my masters, I felt that I had two options: I could do my PhD in Irish History, and expand on my MA thesis, which was about the Easter Rising in 1916 (it was a very good thesis, and the Easter Rising has surprisingly little scholarship in my opinion). Or, I could go back to my first love, which was German history...at the time, I was thinking of studying the homosexual community after WWII...though, my interest in that has waned a bit over the years.
Sadly, my MA supervisor passed away, and now I kind of feel like those a door has been shut. Not that I was ever going to walk through that door mind you, but it was nice to think it was open. Also, today's economy isn't that great for graduate studies anyway....and I don't need to be a university professor to feel good about myself (or at least, I shouldn't need to be.)
2. What is the most interesting place you have ever lived? Where would you like to live, if you could live anywhere?
This is a hard question. I suppose, the most interesting place I lived would be Germany. And that won't seem interesting to any of the Germans on my flist, but as a Canadian, it was interesting to me...there's always something to see or do, and travel is so much easier in Europe than in Canada (shorter distances).
If I could live anywhere? That's an even harder question....I REALLY liked Newfoundland. It was beautiful and friendly, and it felt like I had discovered a secret country/world that no one else knew about (except of course, the people who lived there.) Newfoundland was basically my Hogwarts.
3. What prompted you to start cataloging the clothes in SPN? Have wardrobe choices always been an interest of yours or is it something you came across in fandom?
I guess it was my interest in continuity that came first. For my timeline, I started paying attention to when they changed clothes, just so that I could count the days spent in each episode. Then, I was reading someone else's visual recap of an episode, and they referred to Dean's red plaid shirt as The Red Shirt of Angst - and I thought that was HILARIOUS. And then I thought "I wonder if he really only wears it when he's sad?" and then I went looking to see if I could find out....and I found laundry lists....but no one had recorded the history of the clothes. And that's really what I saw it as: The History of Their Clothes.
Personally, I have a little mental history of my own clothes - I wore this shirt when I met my best-friends parents for the first time. I threw out the shirt that I wore when some creepy dude tried to get me into a non-crowded area to no doubt do nasty things to me, because I couldn't wear it anymore after that without that sickened feeling returning. I still have the sweater I was wearing the first time I was kissed by someone special. And I've been doing that since I was a kid, really. I kept my favourite clothes from when I was 3, even as the memories of me actually ever wearing them faded to nothing. The clothes sort of become mementos. It saves me a ton on souvenirs. ;)
Anyway, so, yeah, basically, it was the phrase "Red Plaid Shirt of Angst" that really started it all. That, and the fact that Madison was wearing Sam's shirt when he shot her, and I couldn't help but wonder "Did they never use that shirt again?"...so a mix of wondering how good the wardrobe continuity was and wondering if there really were themes to any of the shirts.
4. Have you ever confided a secret (of your own) to someone only to regret it later? Feel free to elaborate as little or as much as you like on this one.
When I was in Grade 7, I told a friend about how I used to have a mad crush on his older cousin (when I was 7 and the cousin was 13). Anyway, a couple of weeks later, the older cousin actually came to my class to give us a talk about the rain forest (he was around 18, then, I guess, and had just come back from an educational expedition)...the whole time he gave the talk, he kept giving me these really weird looks...and I realized, of course, that my friend had TOLD him. Which, yeah, was SUPER AWKWARD. Especially since I was 13 at most, and didn't even find him attractive anymore.
That's really the only time I can remember. I'm at once both an extremely private person and an extremely open person. I don't lie, but I don't offer the truth unprompted. I suppose I've told a few people some of my "secrets", but so far I've never regretted it. Everyone has been pretty understanding. I'm very private when it comes to my relationships. I've discovered over the years that matters of the human heart are nearly impossible to explain in words (especially when society has a certain view of relationships that not all of us conform too)...and they are also annoying to TRY to explain....so rather than waste my time on people who might not understand, (or who might think they understand, but they actually don't), I only tend to tell people who I KNOW will understand. You could then accuse me of underestimating people's abilities to understand, but for me, underestimating is better than overestimating. And really, my business is nobody's business but my own.
So, yeah, it's very rare for me to tell secrets, but so far I haven't regretted it, besides that one juvenile example.
There you have it. If you have a fifth question for me (or a follow-up question), leave it in the comments! If you want some questions and five people haven't asked before you, let me know and then be patient! :)