Ok, so here it is. I’ve put it off long enough. Here are 25 things I suppose you should know about me in my own words…
1. I was born in Del Rio, Texas. Apparently, that makes me a native Texan even though we lived there less than a year. However, I was born on the Air Force Base so I have often wondered if that counts as Federal land making my Texas citizenship null and void.
2. My dad was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force (thus the federal land in #1). We moved around a lot but never overseas – Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma, Nevada, Alabama, Nevada, Virginia – in that order.
3. I graduated from Hampton High School in Hampton, Virginia. Our school mascot is a crab, one of only two schools in the country with such a symbol. You can’t crush a crab!
4. I duck when I drive in parking garages.
5. My love of condiments is profound and legendary. My grandmother once told me that I would never get married because the ketchup and mustard drips from my hotdogs. (Yes, Dirty Harry, I put ketchup on my hotdogs)
6. My favorite country and western song is “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson because my dad says it reminds him of my mom.
7. I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.*
8. I believe that funny trumps tall, dark and handsome every time. But funny AND good looking is a lethal combination (i.e. Ryan Reynolds, George Clooney)
10. I don’t like vegetables and didn’t start eating salad until I was pregnant with my first child. Sometimes I think if it weren’t for ketchup (see #5) I would have had scurvy as a kid.
11. I have two wonderful, smart, funny, kind and sweet children whom I am currently screwing up. As we save for their college and braces so shall we save for their therapy.
12. I volunteer in my daughter’s class once a week. Every time we say the Pledge of Allegiance I tear up.
13. I think a big, robust, well endowed….vocabulary is incredibly sexy. As is a person with a mastery of the written and spoken word.
14. If you made me choose between melody and lyrics, I would choose melody every time. R.E.M. could sing about HTML programming as long as it was to the tune of “Fall on Me”.
15. My Meyers-Briggs test tells us that I’m an ENFJ. Borderline E, N & J, but OFF THE CHARTS F. Manage accordingly.
16. I squeeze the toothpaste in the middle.
17. When tipping I always round up the after tax amount to the nearest $10 and then tip 20%. I’ll add a little more if I’ve had one of my marathon dinners with friends.
18. My biggest childhood dream is to one day go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and sit in the bleachers in Herald Square as the Broadway musical casts lip sync one of their numbers and the Rockettes do their high kicks.
19. My friend, Jill, and I once babysat Page McConnell’s infant daughter backstage at the Verizon Center while his band, Phish, played there.
20. My first car was a 1978 Volkswagen convertible Beetle. It was cornflower blue with a white canvas top. It was beautiful. I wept like a baby when I sold it so we could move from Oklahoma to Virginia many moons ago.
21. I hold a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma. Was not a stellar student. It took three years of correspondence courses to finish the nine hours I needed to graduate. Boomer Sooner!
22. I often ask probing and preposterously personal questions of people in order to get to know them. Some people call it nosey, I call it getting to know you.
23. I have a not-so-secret love of 70’s pop music and disco. See this post on ABBA.
24. Music snobs don’t impress or intimidate me. You can’t have a true love of music unless you embrace all it’s forms. (Yes, I’m talking about you…)
25. I have never had a passport, but hope to get one soon. Oh, and actually use it.
* Note to the authorities: This is not a confession, but a lyric in Johnny Cash’s song “Folsom Prison Blues.”