At my new job, we get a company-wide newsletter once a week, usually on Wednesdays, communicating important information to employees. For the past couple of weeks, there has been a request for employees to submit ten things about themselves that few others know. Ten seems like a lot, but at the same time, I can see this growing to more than ten. Some of these points may reveal more explanation than is really necessary, so while I’ll try to keep it brief, but some of these may actually have subcategories. You already know how I get carried away sometimes.
I haven’t submitted this to the memo at work; nor do I intend to. This just seemed like a great writing prompt to take on. I do love me a good challenge.
So without further adieu, here goes…
1. I love to travel. I’ve been as far north as Canada, as far south as the Caribbean, (including Key West; Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Nassau and Coco Cay in the Bahamas; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic). I’ve been as far east as London, but I have never been west of Cleveland in the U.S.
2. I love music. I love ALL music. On my iPod, you’ll find everything from Johnny Cash and Faith Hill to Jay Z and Eminem to the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20 to Beethoven to Michael Buble. One of the presets on the radio in my car is our local jazz station, and I tune in quite frequently. Jazz music can be very calming after a day’s work.
a) our high school band put together a concert our senior year featuring jazz great Maynard Ferguson. What an amazing experience!
b) the first “real” concert I ever attended was the Goo Goo Dolls “Let Love In” tour in 2006; Ryan took me and it was the event that cemented the idea of the two of us together forever. In my mind, anyway.
3. I have been at my new job for almost ten weeks. I have not yet repeated an outfit. And I think I still have a good 2-3 weeks left in my closet before anything makes an encore appearance. By that time, I hope the weather is warm enough to support a couple of weeks beyond that.
4. The only animal I have ever hit with a car was a skunk. Go figure.
5. I am addicted to caffeine. I do not eat my breakfast; I drink it. And it is not uncommon for me to guzzle 4-6 cups of coffee just in the mornings.
6. I am a huge fan of the Twilight series. Books, movies, whatever. I love it all. Proof? Just this morning I sent my husband to WalMart to buy me the new Illustrated Guide. I can’t wait to dig in!
7. I love to cook and bake; eating is a kind of necessary evil. I frequently get an itch to create something in the kitchen for the sole purpose of “doing something.” By the time it’s made, the craving to eat it has usually passed.
a) As much as I love being in the kitchen, I did NOT inherit the culinary talents passed on by my grandmother, my mom, or my aunts. I think I started too late.
8. While I’m not particularly picky about what I eat, I am very picky about how I eat it. Vegetables are usually the item I’m most particular about. I separate my mixed vegetables into piles and then eat them in a particular order. I eat salads from the bottom up: lettuce first, then other items in the order of least favorite to most favorite. That means if there are croutons, they will be eaten last.
9. I am convinced there is nothing a glass of red wine and some dark chocolate can’t fix. Popcorn and pasta are weaknesses as well.
10. I have been know to cry during TV commercials. Hallmark commercials, car insurance commercials, or a good kitchen cleaner commercial: it’s not uncommon for me to get misty if the right amount of emotion is involved. And movies? Fuhgeddaboutit. Ryan nearly had to remove me from the theater when we went to see Adam Sandler in “Click.” Adam. Freakin’. Sandler. I was a sobbing, sopping mess by the end of that movie. The trailer for “The Time Traveler’s Wife” was nearly enough to put me over the edge. The trailer! And one night Ryan came into the living room to find me hunched over the Jodi Piccoult book, “My Sister’s Keeper,” in a big puddle of soggy, waterlogged pages. The poor guy thought I was in mortal agony. You should have seen the look on his face when he realized it was just a book that was making me cry like I had just lost my best friend.
11. I collected the Baby-Sitters Club books when I was younger. I had well over a hundred of them, and they are still stashed away in my closet at my parents’ house, waiting for my sister to devour them if she so chooses. I quit reading them at least five years before she was born.
a) Yes, I am a packrat. I keep things I probably should not, for reasons that would make no sense to anyone but me. I’m not even going to bother trying to defend myself here. That’s just the way things are.
12. I have a photographic memory. Ryan and I have been house hunting for nearly two years, and have looked at well over 75 houses at this point. If he names a street where we looked at a house, I can describe the layout, down to what colors were on most of the walls, room sizes, and how the furniture was placed (if the house wasn’t vacant.)
13. I am a firm believer in trying new things. My list of things I’d like to do in life range from a list of books I want to read to skydiving to riding a horse to visiting every one of the 50 states, every continent, and as many countries as possible.
a) I have a traveling policy involving food: every vacation is cause to try new cuisine. While traveling, I’ve tried frog legs and escargot, caviar, sushi, and lamb, among others.
b) No, I’ve never been on a horse. Country girl I am, we never had horses- though our neighbors did (HA! Neigh-bors…get it?!). Still- nope, never been on a horse.
14. I have terrible luck with bicycle riding. I have scars all over my body from bicycle rides gone awry.
15. Though technically, it could be said that my favorite color is pink, my other favorites change on a daily basis.
a) That said, I own a set of pink tools that I carry in my car with me at all times. A girl never knows when she might need a screwdriver or a level.
16. My favorite animal is a dolphin. On our honeymoon in Punta Cana, Ryan took me swimming with dolphins, and it’s an experience I will never, ever forget. It was absolutely incredible.
17. My first computer was one Ryan built from me from parts he had lying around his room in college.
18. I have an extensive watch collection, but I’m rarely ever on time. In fact, I’ve been known to wear a watch with a dead battery if the watch matches my outfit. Who needs functioning watches when there’s a clock in my car, on my computer, and on my cell phone? I’m never far from a clock; watches are just fun accessories.
19. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies of all time, but the Wicked Witch still makes me want to cry. I recently read a comment that someone had made stating she had a theory that everyone has a character from the movie that we relate to the most closely. She then asked which character you would want to walk with. I think I would have to go with the Scarecrow. While I know I’m not a total nitwit, there are times I wish I could be a whole lot smarter. Specifically, when it comes to matters not of the heart. I often let my heart rule my head, which can lead to trouble.
20. Astrology and dream interpretation fascinate me. I love reading my horoscope, and I analyze every single dream I can remember. It’s amazing to see how spot-on these things are sometimes.
So there you have it, friends. A little better look inside my twisted mind. Not quite “Dark and Twisty” like Meredith Grey and Christina Yang- Grey’s Anatomy’s “twisted sisters”- but a little twisty and quirky by my own right. Everything you never wanted to know about your truly.
*This post started out as “Ten Things,” but I had to change it because I got carried away. As usual.