Getting to know me – Nettie Edition

I totally stole this idea from my buddy Edward Lorn.

1. Are you named after anyone?

My full name is Nettie Neal Bell. My first name comes from my great grandmother on my father’s side, and my middle name comes from my maternal grandmother. I use to joke to people that I had two names, neither of which were mine, lol.

2. When was the last time you cried?

I had someone that I’ve known since I was 13-14 call me racist for wanting to build an Asian-inspired area in a game I am admin for. That was months ago and I still have not recovered from the pain of that conversation.

I was raised that all people are equal, and to have someone twist my intentions and bark at me and call me racist? It just proves that they never knew me. I talked to my psychiatrist about this person’s line of thought and he basically said, “How Aryan of her”. Just FYI, my doctor is Asian.

3. Do you have kids?

Not yet. My wife and I want some, but monetarily we’re fucked at the moment, lol.

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

This is an interesting question. For one, I have low self esteem, but for another, I know I am a loyal, honest friend. I’ve done some pretty big things for my friends in the past. I gave my bestie my car when hers died, for example. I try to put my best foot forward, but no one is perfect. I know that I am a good friend, so I think I could get along with someone like myself.

Wow. I actually had something nice to say about myself. This is a rarity. 😉

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Sarcasm and snark are my secret weapons. It’s kind of funny, because some people do not know that side of me, but the people that really know me? They hear all kinds of snits and snark come from me. They’re just too busy laughing to snitch. 😉 I often make my wife laugh until she cries when I become sassy, lol.

6. Will you ever bungee-jump?

There was a point in time where I would consider this, but not now. For one, I am obese. For another, I have bad ankles that would likely snap. I’m also pretty sure that my back is effed up, so bungee jumping would probably exacerbate my existing physical ailments. No thanks. I’ll watch everyone else do it though!

7. What’s your favorite cereal?

Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Corn Pops, or Cookie Crisp. I can’t choose.

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Their aura. If someone puts off bad vibes right from the start, I’m less inclined to get to know them. Sometimes you meet someone and you just know you won’t click or they creep you out. Other people, you meet and they put off chill/good vibes. I’m one of those people that if I am uncomfortable around someone (stranger or new acquaintance or old acquaintance), I usually listen to my gut and avoid. I’ve been called snotty in the past for this, but my intuition has never lead me astray.

9. What is your eye colour?

I have really blue eyes. They are like a sky blue. In some pictures, they appear more cobalt blue, but most of the time my pictures reflect how blue my eyes are. It’s kind of weird too, because my grandparents have green eyes, my parents have brown eyes…and I have blue. Also, my parents are both darker skinned due to Cherokee blood, but I came out looking like my Irish grandmother (maternal) and German grandfather (paternal). I am the milk man’s. 😉

10. Scary movie or happy endings?

Tough. I like both, but my preference is for anything horror-themed. If I’m in a bad mood or upset, my wife will put on a horror flick and it instantly lifts my mood. When I tell this to people, they always ask, “How can a scary, gory, or creepy movie make you feel better?” I always answer with, “Because the people in those movies have it worse than me. I can’t be upset with my life when Ricardo is getting his leg chopped off with a machete.” (Totally made that last part up. Not a real movie. 😉 )

11. Favorite smells?

This answer may be longer than I intend for it to be.

I love the smell of broken willow branches and magnolia flowers.

I love the scent of sandlewood and peppermint.

I love the scent of a new book, and it is made better if coffee is nearby.

12. Summer or winter?

Winter. I HATE THE HEAT. My favorite time of year is actually the autumn, but that wasn’t a choice, so winter. I’d rather be cold than hot any day of the week.

I’m one of those bitter people that when people gripe and post memes about how they are ready for summer and winter sucks, I just kind of growl at my computer, lol! Being hot and sweaty is the bane of my existence. I’d rather bundle up and be toasty than dying of heat with the fan on. No joke.

13. Computer or television?

Always computer. I’ve never been a huge fan of television, honestly. I love certain shows, but I wait for them to come out on DVD and then marathon that way. I hate commercials and adds, and I don’t like being spoon fed news from biased sources. Online, I can do my own research about issues I am worried about, and I’ve also got a ton of hobbies that are all centered around the computer. It keeps my mind busy!

14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

I went to my bestie’s wedding in Missouri a few years ago. I’m a nervous traveler, so it was very hard for me to go. I sucked it up and went though.

15. Do you have any special talents?

I sing and I write. I was actually voted Most Talented in High School.

16. Where were you born?

Winston-Salem, NC.

17. What are your hobbies?

I read, I write, I marathon shows with my wife, and the biggest hobby? I roleplay and admin on a game called The Land of Karchan. I do a lot of programming there and have a LOT of characters. This game nurtured my love of writing at a young age, so now I am trying to give back by doing things for other players.

18. Do you have any pets?

Yes. Two dogs. We have our Boston Terrier Theodore, who is three and a half. Then we have Draco, who we adopted from the shelter the day before Thanksgiving last year. He’s an Australian Shepard mix, and both pups are amazing.

19. Favorite movie?

This is a tie. I have two favorite movies, both of which are completely different from the other. I know almost every word to The Last Unicorn, based on the book by Peter S. Beagle. My other favorite movie is The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I have eclectic tastes, lol.

20. Do you have any siblings?

I have a step brother, but we aren’t really close. I also have three half siblings sired by my father that I have never met. I never met my biological father because my mom kicked his abusive ass out of the house when I was a baby. He went home to Alabama and I remained in North Carolina with my mom.

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

― John Lennon