Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Not Really a Narcissist

Well, although I have already told you 100 things about me, Chrissy has tagged me with that "20 things about me" meme. This is going to be difficult for me and very possibly boring for you.

1. I hate Halloween, and I can't remember a time when I didn't. Sorry for that lack of holiday cheer.
2. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It's all about the food, people.
3. Serious phobia: drowning. More specifically, being stuck in a car that is sinking. I have wasted hours of my life worrying about what I would do if this happened to me.
4. I can remember exactly what I was wearing on my first day of junior high school. It was a white t-shirt with lace on the neckline, a pastel plaid skirt with knife pleats, white sandals, unshaven legs, and no makeup. Most of the girls in my class were wearing tight Gloria Vanderbilts and copious amounts of Bonne Bell cosmetics. I also remember what I thought -- I am in way over my head.
5. I have lived in Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Brazil. But not in that order.
6. I have a theory that my undergraduate studies in English were the perfect preparation for being a tax lawyer, because there are many similarities between reading 16th century poetry and interpreting the tax code.
7. The first book I can remember reading that was an influence on me was a kids' biography of the social reformer Jane Addams. I checked it out about a hundred times from my school library when I was in second grade. I think that's why I'm such a quasi-socialist pacifist lefty.
8. My high school graduating class had 9 students in it, including me.
9. Embarrassing true fact: When I was a senior, I was voted the first homecoming queen my school ever had. (It was an American school in Brazil.)
10. I did not win a Socktoberfest prize, and I am bummed. I never win anything.
11. A favorite indulgence: Cointreau on ice with dark chocolate on the side.
12. When I was little, I thought the Beatles' song "Let It Be" was about the second letter of the alphabet.
13. I let my little sister push me around pretty much from the day she was born. She will be the first to agree with this statement. But I love her to bits and always have!
14. The first apartment I lived in alone, after college, has since been torn down. It was such a hovel, it almost made my dad cry to see it. No kidding.
15. I once was in the studio audience on Oprah, and they showed my face on camera two or three times. My aunt was one of the guests.
16. My name was published in the Wall Street Journal once, as someone working on health care reform during the first Clinton administration. This sums up my fifteen minutes of fame!
17. I do not know what I will be fixing for dinner, and I rarely do.
18. I am certain that I am one of those moms that make other moms feel better about themselves. In the sense that they compare themselves favorably to me!
19. I am a wimp when it comes to scary/intense movies.
20. My confirmation name is Catherine, and I was confirmed on the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena.

If you want to play along, consider yourself tagged!


Blogger candsmom said...

You were in Miss O's studio audience??!! And your aunt was her guest?? I'm getting that transitive brush-with-celebrity high right now. Just so you know, I think worrying about drowning in a car is at *least* as valid as worrying about dying in elevators (Not that I obsess about that or anything). ;-) Fun list.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

You have lived in many of the same states as me :) and you have moved as many times as I have. Unfortunately, I don't have a cool and exotic place like Brazil on my list!

Fun way to learn more about you!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

I know this is a stretch, but was the Jane Addams bio a Value Tale? Where Jane had an imaginary friend who taught her the value of...something important? Please say yes -- it will completely make my day!

6:50 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Sigh...I *knew* I missed my true calling by ignoring the siren song of the law. So I continue to read poetry...and not get paid for any of it!

And about "Let it Be," do you remember the "Letter B" song from Sesame Street? Same tune with "letter b" sung as the refrain?

12:18 AM  
Blogger Marisa said...

Not a boring list at all! I'm impressed that you have now shared 120 things about you!

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Jeanie said...

Very cute and not at all boring. Thanks for sharing!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Mintyfresh said...

I'm so with you on Halloween. Always thought it was dumb--and history has shown that bad things happen to me on Halloween (bad news arrives).

And my favorite holiday is also Thanksgiving, for the same reason! Plus my birthday falls on T-day every four years.

8:51 AM  

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