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Forest Garden / Re: About you and everyone!
« on: May 12, 2014, 05:09:04 pm »
@Hannaadi88: Snatching up this opportunity!! I'd love to have someone to write letters to since I've never tried doing that before but you're right, there's nothing quite like getting a letter delivered to your door that you can physically hold in your hands. Please give me an excuse to make cute papers and envelopes!! Also we can totally talk about baking. And I can't say I'm great at RPing, but I'd be willing to try it out with you if you want. I know that feeling of "I want to RP but no one else wants to..."

Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: May 12, 2014, 04:05:50 pm »
Quick story of how I ended up in this situation... I met the bride when I was twelve and she was sixteen, and we performed together through three years of marching band and musicals. I actually had no idea she wasn't married (since she got pregnant during her last year of high school and I'd assumed she married the father as it usually goes in our community) until a mutual friend told her that I was a minister when she was looking for one. So I got a text from my friend asking me if I'd marry her in June and I said I'd do it for her at no cost. I just became an ordained minister this past February with the thought "this will come in handy sometime, so why not?" (And fun fact, my father is a minister as well for the same reason.) So now I'm going to perform my first marriage in a month! ...AAAHHHHHH!!!

Also I'll try not to be too nervous about meeting people here. I've just always been really afraid of annoying people, so I usually keep to myself. But then when i start talking, I go on and on and on...

Forest Garden / Re: About you and everyone!
« on: May 12, 2014, 03:45:09 pm »
@Ahiku: My mom isn't German herself and my family hasn't been German in terms of living in the country for a couple generations, but her father was raised speaking Pennsylvania Dutch (which, if anyone else is wondering, has nothing to do with the Dutch and is actually a dialect of German). He tried dropping that language from his family since at the time it was only "lower class" families that used it, but he'd slip up a lot when I grew up living with him. My mom wasn't raised speaking German, but she's pretty intent on keeping that part of our family history alive, so she tries making it a part of our daily lives as much as she can, though she's focused on the German part, not the Pennsylvania Dutch part. It is actually useful in the area I grew up since it's still used in some parts of the community, mainly in Amish and Mennonite families. Pennsylvania Dutch is used more for everyday conversation while high German is used more formally, mainly in church. It's kind of fun to be working at a farmers' market with the Amish farmers there because they think I can't understand what they're saying at all, but little do they know... But I'm still learning myself since I really struggle with languages in general (I mean, I only passed Spanish II in high school because I was dating an illegal immigrant from Mexico that semester). While it's a miracle if I can keep up with a conversation, I still really love the language and it feels a lot more "right" to me. The sound is comforting to me, I prefer how the language looks written out over English, and even if my vocabulary is super limited, speaking it feels really comfortable in terms of saying the actual words, as if the sounds fit in my mouth better than any other language, if that makes any sense at all... My dad thinks it's more important to know more widely used languages like Spanish (even though he actually forgot Spanish when he used to be fluent as a kid), but my parents are separated so he can't really control that from across the country. My sister speaks Spanish, though. I can understand a little of that, but speaking it is even more embarrassing than trying to speak German since my mouth refuses to say anything without a horrible American accent (Bwen-ahs man-yawn-as!). But hey, that works for her since she's seeing a Panamanian guy. Anyway, maybe I can practice my German a lot more now that I'm not trying to keep up with work or school! But at this point I'm still way too self conscious to try speaking it outside of my home. I get super embarrassed with even the smallest mistakes.

Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: May 12, 2014, 03:04:24 am »
Weddings this year!! It's kind of crazy! My high school friend is getting married in July, my sister's previous roommate is getting married in June (and I get to be a guest for one of the greatest receptions I can imagine. CAMPING!) AND I have my first wedding as an ordained minister! Pretty nervous, to be honest!

Weather here: storms all week. YAY!

Also... I don't know anyone else here, so I feel a little awkward. I just really, really love No.6. I should probably add another "really" to that. Or maybe ten.

Forest Garden / Re: About you and everyone!
« on: May 12, 2014, 02:43:15 am »
I'm Weisel! I live in the United States and move fairly often between the NE and SW. Even though I use German sometimes, I assure you I am far from fluent; it's a language that comforts me but I don't use it outside of my mom's household so if I embarrass myself with my poor abilities, that's why. I'm trying to get better, though.

I've attended four semesters at two different universities to study art, environmental science, music technology, and I plan to attend massage school in the fall. I've worked several jobs in the past, though I am currently unemployed in preparation for my next move to New York. I've worked as a salesperson for a bakery, a helper on a small wildlife conservation, a sales floor worker at Target, a baker at a coffee shop, a manager at a not-for-profit thrift store, a teacher's assistant at a private academy, a cashier at an electronics store, a writer for a visual novel company, and a cashier at a Käthe Wohlfahrt store. I'm also a certified Reiki master and an ordained minister. I'd love to learn beekeeping soon, too.

I enjoy creating things, mainly writing, sewing, knitting, and baking. I really love cosplay, not only for making and wearing costumes, but also meeting people through the hobby and having some great experiences I wouldn't have otherwise.

I enjoy traveling for any reason, even if it ends up being a trip involving driving for days on end or sleeping at a cafe table to wait for a flight. There's always something to gain from even the worst experiences. My favorite places have been colder places like Maine and Alaska. I've been to the Netherlands, Ghana, France, Norway, and nearly all the states in the US.

I come from a very musical family and have been heavily involved in music throughout my education. I've played piano, trumpet, mellophone, euphonium, french horn, and concertina. My sister and I are both very passionate about music and have recently started creating works together; she's getting her master's degree in music performance and has started working on her own compositions that I in turn help edit, perform, and record. Just this past winter, I got her addicted to No.6. (And her reaction to the end was silently crying and telling me "Nezumi's being annoying.")

I myself wasn't aware of No.6's existence until a little over two years ago when my ex-girlfriend introduced me to it and I have been completely in love with the series ever since. (In complete honesty, not a single day has gone by that I haven't thought of Nezumi and Shion.) The series has inspired me in a seemingly infinite amount of ways. It's given me the drive to improve my writing and cosplay skills, better myself as a person in physical, mental, and spiritual aspects, and it's gotten me through some very difficult times. (I know it sounds overdramatic, but No.6 has been a lifeline for me countless times.) It's kept me from giving up through some nasty things like surgery complications, physical health issues, and some really awful mental issues. (Which by the way, I'm absolutely always willing to talk about those kinds of things if anyone wants or needs. I'll never ignore a request to discuss those things. It's important!)

Being able to help others makes me happier than anything else. I'll always offer all the help I can to anyone who asks. That's a very important part of who I am! Honestly, there are a lot of bad things that have happened in my life that have really affected me, though I'd like to stick with the positive here. Basically, my family life is like a terrible soap opera and it's a miracle I'm still alive today. On the bright side, I've always managed to learn something from those experiences, and I feel that with the ridiculous range of life issues I've experienced, I'll be able to understand and help a lot more people than I would otherwise. Once I've settled down and have some stability in my life, I'd really like to foster kids, mainly "problematic" teenagers, and all these lessons I've learned in life will help me be the parent they need.

That's most of what I can think of at the moment. A few other details are that I'm 21, very short, and have a very, very cute pet cat.

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