...snowy, well-below-freezing Michigan! Don't mind me; I'll just be hiding in my blanket until spring comes.
On a less random point, I'm a newbie to the site...which is probably obvious. I'm hoping that I won't make any major missteps around here, since I've been lurking a bit up until now. It's a normal thing for me - trying to figure out how the community works so I don't offend anyone/embarrass myself in my first post. But in this case, I was also trying to decide if I should introduce myself, because I wasn't really sure if (or how) I might fit in. I stumbled across the site by chance while trying to find out more about the topic, primarily due to a growing interest in certain aspects, and hearing the term used in a few places. It seemed like the best way to learn more about it. For me, though, all the labels seemed to only half-fit.
For example, I don't really feel an interest in regression, but I do want to let my inner child out to play on occasion, while keeping the positives of thinking the way I do now. I don't want to put my adult mind away, in other words, but I want to be lighthearted and even childlike, without the current restrictions I put on myself. (Granted, there are times where I wish I could make my mind shut up, but that's another thing altogether.) Diapers don't particularly push my buttons, but I find them cute in drawings, to the point where I'd really like to try wearing some. Over the last year or so, I've been nudged into doing things that I don't think I would have tried otherwise - using a bottle and pacifier being an example. And yet I don't really see doing it as being a big deal. If anything, it's not public because I don't want to try and explain it to the people I live with; in every other way, it feels natural to me. But then, as a kid I used to walk around (in the house) while sucking on a spoon or chewing on a plastic straw, without really noticing that I was doing it.
Basically, I had no idea where I really stood, and it was confusing...and then I decided that I was over-thinking things. If I saw some interests in common with what's talked about here, I should just go ahead and introduce myself already - after all, what harm could it do? So that's why I'm here, rambling away like this. Though I'll admit that I have next to 0 experience with AB/DL things (can list what I've tried on one hand, honestly) and thus won't be able to help others much, I hope that one day I'll be able to contribute something that's as helpful to others as the information here has been to me. A big thing that made me feel like I might fit in after all is reading threads and seeing how different everyone is. And it certainly helps me to feel a bit less like an oddball...despite my boyfriend's influence being the main thing that sparked my interest in the first place! Go figure...
Anyway, other than being a curious little cat, I'm also a hopeful computer technician and web designer. 'Hopeful' because I have experience and basic skills for the former, but none of the certifications that will help me get a job where I actually make decent money! I plan to have that one fixed within the next couple months, though, with the web designer part taking longer since I'm still in classes for that degree. There's a number of other things I like, besides technology and poking about in the vast sea of info, memes, and wiki pages that is the internet. I spend a lot of time listening to music, writing some short stories and poetry, admiring other people's art (because I have no artistic skill worth talking about), and playing video games and online games. You could probably call me a furry, since I like some of the art enough to have an FA account, and have a couple personae that I identify with to various amounts...but then, I can also say that every character I write has a little bit of me in them, so that's not unusual in the least. When it comes to books, science fiction and fantasy are my favorites...but I won't touch Twilight with a ten foot pole, as it makes me start ranting about Mary Sues and bad fanfiction. Random fact: I may live in a state where it snows plenty, but I've never worn skis, snowshoes, or much other cold weather gear other than boots, mittens, hats, coats, and long underwear.
(If it gets cold where you live and you ever have to work outside, or even be outside for more than the home -> car -> job -> car -> home trek, buy some long underwear! It's wonderful stuff. If you get the kind that people use for winter sports, it holds in a lot of heat and is still thin enough to wear under your normal clothes! I know, I shouldn't randomly go on this tangent, but the high here was 16 degrees F today, so anti-cold measures are floating around the top of my mind right now.)
Other random things I like...hmm...cartoons (especially 80s and early 90s era ones), Vocaloid, plush toys/stuffed animals, playing with little kids (old enough to walk, not old enough to be the attitude-having, think-they-know-everything kind of teenager I was not too long ago d: ), anime and manga, foreign languages, arts and crafts, and anyone with a sense of humor! Oh, and anyone who actually took the time to read all of this, as this post is far longer than I intended for it to be. Oops. ^^;
Well, hi everyone, and nice to meet you!