Bonjour mes amis!
I’m Amber and I’ll be your tour guide this evening.
The first thing I do when I visit a blog is check out the about me page. Who is this person? What are their likes, beliefs? Are we going to spend a lot of time talking about fashion? Or shall we talk about books, video games, and all things geek? If it’s the latter – I’m down! Lets do this thing!
I’m a 30 year old from New England. I live in the sticks and when I was a kid, that totally sucked. Now, I love it. It is so so nice to be able to take walk at night and see the stars. Highly recommend.
A brief summary of all things unimportant.
See that girl in the middle looking generally like this picture is the most ridiculous thing in the world? Yeah, that’s me. That photo was taken a week after college graduation by my boyfriend-at-the-time’s mum and I was not into that. Also my hat mysteriously went missing, because, um, nope.
I graduated college in 2011 with a BA in History. As far as career moves go, this major was a terrible plan. Especially since I minored in Writing and not something practical like Economics! Nonetheless, I have no regrets! I’m very passionate about both history and writing and I really enjoyed school. I was a member of the National Honors Society and Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society), so that’s why I’m in pretty colors instead of gold. Yeah, I’m one of those nerds that loved school.
After school, I got very good at explaining to potential employers why a major in History had practical applications, and after a few unfortunate stints in retail while I bided my time, I landed where I am now – as a team lead for the imaging department of a finance company. While it isn’t my passion, I really love the company I work for and the people I work with and I intend to stay there for a while.
In the meanwhile, I pursue my passions on the weekends.
The things that really matter
In 2015, I married the love of my life (#sap) in a small wedding surrounded by old friends and our family. I had the three best bridesmaids I could have asked for and I love them all to pieces. For our honeymoon, we went on a cruise to Bermuda! It was my first time on a cruise AND leaving the country, and I am a big fan.
I’m not a fancy person, I can tell you that right now. My wedding dress, for example? Super simple, made by a friend. I’ve always had my own totally unfashionable style. I love leather jackets and tank tops and long flowy boho skirts paired with gemstone jewelry and ridiculously tall platform heels. I’m a mascara and bright red lipstick kind of girl. My favorite, completely unwearable pair of shoes is a pair of light-up high heels I found in a thrift store for $6. They’re too tight and impractical and I had to have them because, OMG, they light up.
I try to live every day being, unapologetically, myself. I spent years trying to be the “perfect” person – perfect daughter, perfect student, perfect employee, and I’m done trying to fit myself into a mold. I have absolutely no sense of style, I like to dress up for movie premieres and Renaissance Fairs. Also Halloween! I read furiously and there’s always a story in my head. I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember, and I started writing when I was in fourth grade… and just never stopped. My coolest job ever was teaching Improv theatre to high schoolers and I loved it furiously and wish I could have spent my life doing just that. I adore theatre and performed a lot with my college’s Shakespeare Players then later with a local town troupe.
I love photography, but I’m just a hobbyist. My favorite photographs are of abandoned amusement parks, and anything by Lissy Elle Laracchia. I play Pokemon Go, and it’s great because I wasn’t able to join the hype as a kid, and now I finally can! I love western martial arts (sword-fighting) but unfortunately have stopped practicing since there are no clubs anywhere near I live.
I have two cats that I adore. Their names are Sir Reginald and Lady Elizabeth and they are sweet and ridiculous, respectively. I’m allergic to horses, and it breaks my heart because I would love to learn how to ride. I can play almost any woodwind instrument, but not particularly well. If I could go back in time, I would have asked for piano lessons as a kid. I adore classic rock, showtunes, and the soundtrack to Pirate of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. I like to cook… sometimes. Sometimes I might share a Secret Ninja Recipe, but those are few and far between. I’m more likely to give you a History Lesson.
I believe we never stop learning, and it’s okay to act like a kid sometimes. When I grow up, I want to be a writer. J’adore les langues and I tend to use un peu of French when it suits me, although I’m only fluent enough to ask where the bathroom is and ask a person if they like grapefruit (Je regrette, je n’aime pas le pamplemousse). Whenever I talk about myself or my life on the blog, I use the tag: The Lady Behind the Curtain. If you want to learn more about me, that’s the place to look.