100 (Somewhat Random) Things About Me

First of all, I’d like to announce that I recently passed the 10 followers mark here at WordPress (and gained my 11th follower and first email subscriber on Monday), and I’d like to take a moment to thank them for their interest in my blog and I hope they all continue to enjoy reading what I have to write here, however mundane or grandiose it may be.  Whatever brought you here, no matter what brought you here, thank you for taking the time to read what I’ve written so far, thank you for being interested enough to continue reading what I write and deciding to follow me, and those of you who have commented, thank you for your kind words and encouragement.  I hope to continue to learn a lot more about myself through my writing.  It’s made what I thought would be a bumpy start for me a lot less bumpy.

Today’s post is more than a bit lengthy, but fun.  I think this kind of post has been around for about as long as blogging has, but that won’t stop me from doing one of my own.  It is a long post, but be patient.  With that said, here are 100 somewhat random and quasi-interesting things about me.

  1. I have no tattoos whatsoever, and do not plan on getting any (mostly because I feel like I will regret them once I get to old age).
  2. The only piercings I have on my entire body are the ones in my ears that I got when I was 7 years old.  My family has a bit of a tradition of piercing girls’ ears at a young age (my mom, my late maternal grandmother, and even my baby niece have had pierced ears as well).
  3. I have never done any recreational drug of any sort, and do not plan to.
  4. Despite coming from a family of tobacco users (on both sides), I have never smoked a cigarette.  I tasted a cigarette butt once as a child, and that alone was enough to turn me off from tobacco.
  5. I rarely drink.  I probably have less than 10 drinks a year.  I will occasionally drink a beer while watching a baseball game or a Kahlúa with company.
  6. I’ve only ever gotten drunk once.  I didn’t particularly like it.  It did nothing to make me more social or confident.
  7. I don’t particularly care for tea.  I’ll occasionally drink the sweet tea I make for my mom, but just about any other kind of tea grosses me out.
  8. I can’t stand yellow mustard.  Any other kind of mustard (brown, Dijon, honey mustard, coarse grain) is fine, but I find the bright yellow stuff to be gross and will only eat it on hot dogs when there is no ketchup available.  Mostly because the only thing I dislike more than yellow mustard on a hot dog is a hot dog on dry bread.
  9. I love natural cheese.  Processed cheese (like American cheese) is okay, but there is nothing like a cheeseburger that has had a slice of Muenster cheese melted on top of it.
  10. I will also admit to liking seafood (including shellfish and sushi).
  11. I have not watched any footage of the 9/11 attacks since about a year or two after they happened.  I watched those events unfold on live TV as a freshman in high school, and the memories of that day are still vivid enough that I have no desire to relive them by watching them over and over again (and this year will mark 16 years since that day).
  12. I have kept either a diary or a journal since I was 8 years old.  It took me 10 years to fill all the pages in my first diary, and I’ve had my current journal since 2006 and am only now within 30-50 pages of filling in all the pages of that one.
  13. My earliest writing influence was Anne Frank, whose story I first learned about in an issue of Reader’s Digest when I was 7.  I remember being amazed at how such a young girl could have such a way with words.  I was able to get a copy of Diary of a Young Girl when I was 13 through one of those book order catalogs through my school.  I’ve read it cover to cover numerous times and am still amazed at how a girl in such a harrowing situation was able to see humanity and humor in life, and how she was able to relate teenage emotions and experiences in such unusual circumstances.  It is heartbreaking that it took her death in order for her gift with words to be shared with the world.
  14. A lot of my favorite authors over the years were women.  The first author of chapter books I remember reading is Beverly Cleary.  Over the years, I have also read books by Cynthia Voigt (author of the Tillerman saga novels), J. K. Rowling (in addition to the Harry Potter books, I have also read and enjoyed The Casual Vacancy and would eventually like to read her Cormoran Strike novels), and, as mentioned in my very first entry, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (also known by her blogging name, The Yarn Harlot).  I quite liked Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, but have not been able to find the other two novels in the trilogy.  And Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was a heck of a read.
  15. Male authors I have enjoyed reading include Dave Barry and Stieg Larsson and his Millennium trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its two sequels written in Larsson’s lifetime).  Larsson’s trilogy marked the first time I ever read and completed said reading of crime novels.
  16. I am an atheist with a humanist worldview, and have identified as such since I was 16 years old (well, the atheist part…I didn’t realize I was also a humanist until about a year or two ago).
  17. I consider myself to be geeky/nerdy, but strangely I am not into comic books or most science fiction.  I will admit to liking Star Wars and dystopian fiction.
  18. I’ve always been a voracious reader, whether I’m reading a book or articles online.
  19. I always tested pretty strongly in reading in school, but I didn’t care much for English or language arts classes.  I still find my writing style from those classes to have been incredibly static and robotic.
  20. I had my IQ tested once, in 5th grade.  I scored about a 128 (although a visual puzzle portion confused me and may have affected my score).  Unfortunately, my county required a score of 130 for me to be placed in the gifted program.
  21. I went on my first date at the age of 18 and haven’t been on a date since.  (To clarify, I am not using this blog for dating/relationship purposes.  This blog is intended to be a creative and literary outlet.)
  22. I am from the South and I do not care much for country music.  In that genre, I really only listen to Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire, and even then not on a regular basis.
  23. Other stereotypes about the South that I do not identify with: I am not a rabid NASCAR fan (I will occasionally watch a race with my dad), I do not identify as either a redneck or a Southern Belle, and I am not politically conservative.
  24. Because of my relatively clean lifestyle, I find myself to be the most conservative liberal I know.  (I intend to keep this blog apolitical unless it’s something I really need to write about.)
  25. I love to cook.  Baking, not so much.  I prefer the liberties you can take with flavors and ingredients in regular cooking.  Baking is more of a science.
  26. I have a dog now, but I consider myself to be a total cat person.  My personality gets along better with cats.
  27. I’m a history and science nerd.  My favorite historical period to study is Antiquity (basically between the beginning of recorded history to the beginning of the Middle Ages), and my favorite branches of science are Astronomy and Biology.  Sadly, I don’t think I have the math skills to be able to study astronomy or physics in-depth.
  28. I will readily admit to being a huge fan of The Golden Girls.  I never seem to tire of it.  From season 1 to season 7, it was funny from beginning to end.
  29. I have a guilty pleasure for ’70s disco music and anything camp (basically any combination of cheesy, glittery, and/or ridiculous).
  30. I have seen Kung Pow: Enter the Fist so many times that I can still quote various lines from the movie.
  31. I loved Nicktoons from the early ’90s.  I like it that I can understand the more “adult” jokes from Rocko’s Modern Life now.
  32. I’ve watched wrestling on and off since I was 12.  I’m mostly a WWE girl, and have been since the very beginning of my fandom (even in the days when my dad watched WCW religiously).
  33. My favorite wrestlers of all time are The Rock and Chris Jericho.  I was also a huge Edge & Christian fan back in the day.
  34. My favorite current wrestler is…Chris Jericho.  Even as a heel/bad guy, I never get tired of him.  He has managed to keep his character fresh and interesting every run he has had.
  35. I have been a Monty Python fan since high school.  I’ve watched just about every episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and have seen each of their movies (including And Now For Something Completely Different) at least once.  I’ve seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail way too many times to count.
  36. I also love watching Mel Brooks movies.  Blazing Saddles was the first and will always hold a special place in my heart, but I also absolutely loved Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
  37. Animated Disney movies in the 1990s were an important part of my childhood, and I think I’ve watched every animated movie from that decade at least once.
  38. The first movie I ever saw in a movie theater was Disney’s Aladdin.  I may have only been about six at the time.  I also remember seeing The Lion King and Mulan in the theater as well.
  39. I read Gone with the Wind before seeing the movie (yes…all 1000+ pages of the book).
  40. I am a big time music nerd, and I enjoy collecting knowledge about songs, bands, albums, and even entire genres.  If I know a song’s chart peak, I will let you know.
  41. My music tastes are eclectic: I have been known to listen to classic rock, classic R&B and soul, new wave and its related subgenres, ’90s alternative rock (especially R.E.M.), old school country (usually when my dad is listening to it), ’80s and ’90s hip hop, funk, classical, and some modern pop music.
  42. My favorite band of all time is Queen.  From their hard rock stuff in the ’70s to their experiments in funk and dance in the ’80s, to Freddie Mercury’s incredible farewell effort in Innuendo.  I also enjoy listening to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, and (as previously mentioned) R.E.M.
  43. I used to play some guitar; however, the neck on my guitar broke a few years ago, rendering it unplayable.  I have not been able to replace it since.
  44. In addition to relearning guitar, I’d also like to learn ukulele and violin someday.
  45. The best I can play on a piano is the first few bars of Bach’s Minuet in G.  Other than that, I don’t really have much coordination at all between my left hand and my right.
  46. I suffer from eczema and dry and sensitive skin, and have since I was a kid.
  47. I have numerous scars on my face and arms from an attack of chicken pox that I had as a small child.  These include a somewhat prominent one on my left cheek.
  48. I am a female sports fan.  I watch just about all the major sports at some point.
  49. The only sports I was decent at playing were basketball and tennis.
  50. I was so terrible at volleyball that once when I was serving during a game in PE class, the ball actually flew vertical and hit a light on the ceiling, which had to have at least been about 25 feet high, if not higher.  Thankfully, I didn’t break anything.
  51. I love a good cup of coffee.  I like it with a little sugar and some good liquid creamer or half & half in it.
  52. I love vanilla ice cream.
  53. I cannot stand most kinds of fruit.  The only fruit I can tolerate are: apples, bananas, grapes, citrus, strawberries, and occasionally cherries.
  54. I have only attended three weddings in my entire life, and the person in each wedding that we knew were all part of the same extended family…and it wasn’t my extended family (but rather one that my dad has known since childhood).
  55. I have never attended a wedding where the bride or groom was from my own extended family.
  56. I have also never been in a wedding party.
  57. I have only attended two funerals in my entire life: my great-grandfather’s at age 8 and my paternal grandmother’s at age 25.  (My grandmother was the daughter of said great-grandfather.)
  58. I never met my paternal grandfather.  He died of a pulmonary embolism 3 1/2 years before I was born.  Supposedly, my dad’s youngest brother looks just like my grandfather (and my dad looks like he could be his youngest brother’s twin, but they were actually born several years apart).
  59. I was two weeks late to my own birth.  I was due March 10, but I stayed in so long that they ended up inducing labor on my mom on the morning of March 24th and I was born around 2:30 that afternoon.
  60. Strangely enough, I get annoyed when we are running late to a planned visit or excursion.
  61. My favorite kind of books to read are historical fiction, dystopian fiction, and nonfiction in fields like history, science, and whatever else happens to interest me.
  62. I have never managed to finish a Charles Dickens novel, even when we were assigned to read one for some English class.
  63. The first music video I remember seeing was “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel.
  64. My first celebrity crush was on Lance Bass (let the record show that I have terrible gaydar).
  65. When I was younger, I used to have a habit of ripping and tearing at (but not biting) my fingernails.  This habit has largely disappeared since I took up knitting.
  66. I don’t get motion sickness.
  67. I have never traveled west of the Mississippi River.  The furthest west I have ever gone is Indiana (for a funeral).
  68. I have only seen snow once to date…in Indiana.
  69. Another Southern stereotype I do not adhere to is that I do not call my father “Daddy”.  I prefer to call him “Dad”, and I am the only one in the family who calls him “Dad”.  Everyone else, strangely enough, calls him “Daddy”.  Same with my mother: I call her “Mom”, not “Mommy”.
  70. I love pickles (especially kosher dills), but I cannot stand cucumbers.
  71. I enjoy playing video games.  My favorite brand is Nintendo, but in the last couple of years, I have also been playing PlayStation (those two analog sticks confused the crap out of me for many years).  My brother’s XBox had so many issues that it kinda put me off of XBoxes forever.
  72. My favorite video game of all time is Tetris.  I love being able to use my brain and challenging myself to drop the blocks efficiently and properly with the speed constantly changing.  I have experienced the “Tetris Effect” (where you can visualize the blocks dropping in front of you for minutes or even hours after playing), usually after I’ve played it for a considerable amount of time.
  73. My favorite PlayStation game is the Assassin’s Creed series; I have played four of the games so far: the original, II, Black Flag, and Rogue, but I would eventually like to play my way through the entire series.  I have also played some of the God of War games and tried Infamous, although the first battle against Alden frustrated me to the point that I haven’t touched it since.
  74. I will readily admit that I am not a good dancer.  Choreography (even for the Electric Slide) makes me trip over myself and my attempts at hip hop dancing make me look like a fool.  (This was proven via videotape.)
  75. I listen to ABBA and like it.  Along with the late Michael Jackson and George Michael, I consider Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus to be amongst some of the greatest pop music songwriters of all time.
  76. I can’t stand the band Train.  I find their songs derivative, unoriginal, and their lyrics are inane and filled with too many pop culture references.
  77. I also can’t stand The Bachelor and its related shows.  They are faker than a spray tan, and the proposals on there make me want to gag.  Just once, I want to see a proposal turned down on that show, because I have a lot of trouble believing that you can find your soul mate (and know it) on a reality TV show.
  78. I like watching the Eurovision Song Contest and listening to the songs that compete in it.  This is unusual for an American, but remember that I like all things camp.  The cheesier and the more I can laugh at it, the better.  (But there have also been some great songs that have come out of it as well.)
  79. I have seen the Disney movie RocketMan multiple times and liked it.
  80. I watched almost every single episode of the original run of American Idol.  (All 15 seasons of it).  I am up in the air about whether I want to watch the reboot on ABC.
  81. My ancestry is Sicilian and Irish on my mom’s side; and German (including some Frisian), Swedish, and British (as in I have ancestors from all three of the countries on the island of Great Britain: England, Scotland, and Wales) on my dad’s side.
  82. I like collecting key chains and pens.
  83. I once had a set of fountain pens that came with a calligraphy set.  Then I ran out of ink.  I’d like to add a fountain pen to all the ball points I’ve collected (and use).
  84. I don’t believe in secret recipes.  I believe cooking is an art that should be shared with as many people as possible.
  85. I only speak English fluently, but I can speak and understand some Spanish (although I’m better at reading Spanish than I am at speaking it).
  86. Hospitals and nursing homes make me uncomfortable, likely because watching people in pain or suffering strikes a chord in me (I also vividly remember watching how much pain my maternal grandmother was in when she was being ravaged by the cancer that killed her; she was not diagnosed with it until a few days before her death; when my dad had a scare with his heart last year and had to stay in the hospital overnight, I was a bundle of nerves then, too).
  87. I’m practically mute around men, especially ones I’m not related to (think Raj from The Big Bang Theory before he was able to conquer his anxiety around women).  I usually need a lot of adrenaline flowing through me in order to talk to them.
  88. The only kind of chocolate ice cream I will eat is the Frosty from Wendy’s.
  89. I write poetry, but only when the inspiration strikes me.
  90. I’m a passionate gay rights supporter, and I have considered myself a straight ally since I was about 15 or 16.
  91. I love earrings.  They’re about the only kind of jewelry I wear.  I especially like the French hook earrings with dangly charms hanging off of them.  I find I always feel prettier when I put on a pair of earrings, even without any makeup on.
  92. I’m wordy here, but I’m actually very shy and quiet in real life.  It’s always been a part of my personality.
  93. I have and use too many notebooks.  I prefer to use composition books, but there are a few spiral ones as well.
  94. My hair color looks mostly brown, but it also has elements of just about every other color: blonde and red undertones that show up especially in sunlight, black in the lower, thicker layers of my hair (even more obvious when my hair is short), and I even have a few grays as well (but not widespread).
  95. I don’t particularly wear dresses for looks.  If I’m wearing a dress or a skirt, it is usually for comfort, especially in the weather is warm or hot.
  96. I like cake.  I like just about all kinds of cake, but I particularly have a soft spot for “Death by Chocolate” (moist chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and bits of shaved chocolate and chocolate candy on it) and tiramisu (a classic Italian coffee cake, usually soaked in espresso or Marsala wine and layered with frosting made of ricotta or mascarpone cheese, sometimes dusted with cocoa).
  97. I also love cheesecake.  New York style, with a Graham cracker crust.
  98. I’ll eat just about any kind of pizza except for Hawaiian.  Why?  One word: pineapples.  I can’t stand pineapple.
  99. I’m not that good at drawing.  My drawings often look cartoonish.  And not in a good way.
  100. I have lived in the same house since I was five months old.  Nearly 30 years later, I’m still here.

Wow.  That took quite a while to write.  If you managed to make it through all 100 things, consider me impressed!  If not, that’s okay.

Until next time…



2 thoughts on “100 (Somewhat Random) Things About Me

  1. Fun list! It didn’t feel like a hundred things at all. Thanks for keeping me entertained! Side note: I just tried Muenster cheese for be first time a couple weeks ago, and it was awesome!

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    • Secret of the trade: it took me maybe two weeks to write this post. It is really tricky to come up with 100 separate things about yourself!

      Muenster cheese is awesome. It’s got a salty flavor and melts like a dream. When I first tried it, I thought it was gonna taste like Swiss cheese or smell like Limburger, but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s now my favorite natural cheese to put on a burger.


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