Thursday, May 26, 2011

25 Things You May or May Not Know About Me

When I got my hair cut last week, I was indulging in the latest issue of US Weekly (I cannot resist it) and there was a picture of a celebrity (I can't remember now if it was Katherine Heigl or Jennifer Love Hewitt even though they obviously look nothing alike) picking up an issue of US Weekly from a newstand.  And so then I was thinking about how weird it would be to read US Weekly and actually know the people who were pictured in it.  Like see them at parties and talk to them and maybe go out to dinner and stuff.  It would be more like a high school yearbook or something where you know most of the people in it.  Except these people are way hotter than your average high school yearbook, obvy.

Anyway, so one of the features of US Weekly is that a celebrity fills out this column with "25 Things You Don't Know About Me."  So then I was imagining what I would put in that column if I were a famous celebrity and people actually wanted to know 25 things about me that they didn't already know.  Then I remembered that I pretend this is the case all the time whenever I post on my blog.  So here you go:

25 Things About Me

1.  My driver's license is one of the best pictures I have ever taken.  Seriously.  I love getting carded so I can show it off.
2.  I am allergic to beef and pork.  Eating them makes me break out in hives and feel like I can't breathe. This had been an infrequent (though occasionally alarming) experience growing up, but I didn't discover the cause of the problem until I was in college and ate toasted ravioli after being vegetarian for a year.  Had to go to the ER and then had bloodwork done. 
3.  Now I'm a vegetarian for health and environmental and ethical and grossed-out reasons. 
4.  I still love toasted ravioli if it's the cheese version.  It's a St. Louis tradition!  We like our Italian food even better if it's deep-fried.
5.  I love to shop for David's work wardrobe.  Buying men's dress shirts with matching ties is super fun for me.  I bargain-hunt at Macy's and I usually spend less than $10 per item.  I like to mix and match his shirts and ties when I iron his clothes.  He is a sharp-dressed man and I love it when he reports back that his co-workers complimented him on his clothes.  Because really they are complimenting me.  He's just the clothes hanger.  But a very cute one.
6.  I would rather do laundry than cook, so David does most of the cooking and I do all of the laundry.
7.  I want to be a decisive person but I am always second-guessing myself.
8.  I hate filling up the car with gas.  For the first six months that I had my driver's license, I didn't really know how to do it, so I always made my brother or my boyfriend put gas in my car for me. 
9.  I am a feminist. (But I like it when a boy puts gas in my car for me.)
10.  I love coffee but I am super sensitive to caffeine so I rarely drink it because it makes me jittery.  And, let's be honest, I'm wound a little tight even without it.
11.  I am mildly obsessed with all things British, including the Royal Wedding, Victorian literature, and books about Henry VIII.
12.  I have repainted my living room twice in six years and I'm still not crazy about the paint color.  We might be looking at Round 3 this summer.
13.  I miss performing in community and college theater.
14.  I have a running list in my head of people who offered us condolences when Eliza died and people who remained conspicuously silent.  I know it's not about keeping score.  But I'm just saying.
15.  I have a soft spot in my heart for all animals (see #3) and once when I was a kid, my dad took me fishing and I cried when I realized we weren't going to throw the fish back.  Good times!
16.  I like high church.  Latin and bells and incense and robes.
17.  I think Jason Stackhouse is way sexier than any vampire on True Blood.
18.  When I was little, I was scared of clowns.  Actually, I still am.  Creepy buggers.
19.  I'm stubborn.  But only when I think I'm right.  Which, let's be honest, is a lot of the time.
20.  I'm married to my best friend, but I would say we've grown into that part of our relationship.
21.  When I'm not beside myself with grief, I like to think about clothes.  A lot.
22.  I think it's hard to have good table manners when you're really hungry.
23.  My favorite food is caprese salad with bread and olive oil.  And wine.  It's a favorite meal, really.
24.  I love to go to university libraries in the summertime when there aren't all those pesky undergrads around.
25.  I am doing better these days, but I miss Eliza so much it still takes my breath away.


  1. Good list! I'm sitting at the reference desk in one of those university libraries right now. In a few months I'll miss the energy of the undergrads, but right now I'm glad for the breathing space and the (relative) quiet.

  2. Nice list! I feel like I know you waaaay better now.

  3. Stubborn, vegetarian feminists. Yep, there's a reason I like reading all your drama. ;)

  4. I also love high church, caprese salad, and quiet campuses when the undergrads go home!

  5. Could not agree more with #10, 11, 15 & 18

    Nice List

  6. 22 and 24 are my favorite. I wholeheartedly agree on both counts.

  7. We have a lot of similarities, but the one that made me giggle out loud was the Jason Stackhouse one. Right? Jason kills me in True Blood and originally I didn't think the Eric actor was hot enough either, but he's growing on me. Much love to you mama for bringing some light to my day~

  8. I liked reading this.. you always make me smile with your witty little side-remarks! You have a gift for that!
    Thanks so much for sharing this! Now go eat a caprese salad! ;o)

  9. Loved this and 8 and 9 made me laugh, but in a good way! And 14 - very much nodding my head at 14. Yep, even at three years out. Maybe I should move on, but hey, it is what it is.

  10. I was the same way with gas. It stressed me out when I first got my license, like my brain was too full with the newness of driving I couldn't fit 'how to get gas' in there too. I've never heard of anyone being allergic to beef and pig!! I accidently painted my living room the color of depression. I don't recommend it.

  11. #14 stuck out to me. I am the same. You're right - it's not about keeping score, but it's impossible not to remember who stood out during the most pivotal time in your life. And even easier to remember who didn't.

    I enjoyed reading these - might steal the idea when I'm at a loss for blog posts and think people are sick of seeing pictures of my dog :)