Amy Mendosa

I have had a lifelong affair with the complex, eccentric, quirky, flamboyant and just plain weird. My career history is a hodge-podge of attempts at following my dream but ultimately accepting a mostly pragmatic path. I am a “northeast liberal elite” and not particularly ashamed of that moniker. I see nothing wrong with being highly educated or in thinking of education as valuable for personal growth.  I vote in every election. I am a step-parent, knitter, business traveler, home gourmet, good friend, responsible dog owner, and  half-assed gardener. I like art and going to concerts and museums of all kinds and road trips. Despite earning two English degrees and having worked as an English teacher, my grammar isn’t always flawless. I like almost all kinds of books, music and art. But I do find impressionism quite boring.
This is my latest writing project: This Strenuous Life: Mostly-True Tales from an Effortful Life
Age: old enough to remember original Saved by the Bell, Jem & the Holograms, Hammer Time, Hypercolor t-shirts and the birth of the modern boy band 
Twitter: @queerly_awesome
Facebook: Amy Mendosa
What I Do, Job-wise: I am a professional complainer and data diver (I work in QA)
What I Do, Fun-wise: November Project is usually the funnest thing in any week. I read, I write, I knit, I crochet, I make food and invite friends over to eat it. 
My Motto: F*ck yeah!
My Anti-Motto: Don’t worry, be happy.
The First Movie Star I Ever Had A Crush On: Susan Sarandon
My “celebs to make out with” list: Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, Rene Russo, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Helen Hunt, Jodie Foster and Jamie Lee Curtis IF she promises not to talk about yogurt. (Yeah, I have a type. What of it?)
The Most Played Song on My iTunes: At this very moment, a tie between Take Me to Church by Hozier and Call Me by St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Award for longest running in the top 5: Catch Me Now I’m Falling by The Kinks
Last book I Read Without Skimming Any Parts: I read ~4-5 books/month. In the middle of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch. Right before that, I read A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren. Two of my all-time favorite books are Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut and The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams. 
My Most Worn Item of Clothing: Do boots count as clothes?
Beauty Products That I Hoard: L’Occitance Crème Mains in original shea butter. Also, pretty much everything sold at LUSH.
I smell like: Someone who doesn’t add a lot of extra fragrance out of consideration for myself, people with chemical allergies and the planet.
I Have Faked An Orgasm (Yes/No): I question whether or not there is anything negative about faking and suggest that faking may be the desire of the faker. Who are we to judge faking or fakers?