Monday, April 22, 2013

50 Random Facts About Me

I did a similar post to this one last year-- 10 Facts About Me-- but I thought it would  be fun to revisit the idea, an internet tag, in its expanded form . . . which seems to be making the rounds on blogs and on YouTube.


 

So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and learn some useless facts about your’s truly that you never really wanted to know in the first place.




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  1. I have a pug.  She’s seven years old but we adopted her from a rescue organization next year.  I call her THE FOOSA.






  1. My favorite color is teal.




  2. I’m 5’8 1/4” tall.  Yes, the 1/4 matters.




  3. My favorite book is Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut






  1. I’m a high school English teacher.  Primarily, I teach American and European Literature to eleventh and twelfth graders, respectively.






  1. I graduated from university Summa Cum Laude which, if you’re a Brit, means I got a first.






  1. On that note, I studied English and Art History at university.






  1. Continuing on this line, I wrote two theses while at university.  The first, in Art History, was on the work of Mark Rothko, the second, in English, was about the work of poet Wallace Stevens.




  2. I’ve an extreme love of couponing.  I will buy things I do not need because I have three coupons for them.  It’s a shame not to buy them, right?




  3. I am mentioned TWICE (once by an assignment and once by name) in a book my academic advisor from university wrote.  You can buy it here.




  4. Next to pugs, my favorite animals are owls, specifically burrowing owls.  No matter how they may be feeling, owls always seem to be saying “Bitch, please!”  I appreciate such sentiments in a critter.  Also, they can turn their heads around 270 degrees, that’s pretty badass.




  5. I’m scared of spiders and Meatloaf-- the dude not the food.




  6. My favorite number is three and I have a slight obsession with doing things in threes.




  7. I wear glasses--big Barry Goldwater glasses-- and have done since I was eighteen.




  8. I hate having long nails.  I spend a good portion of my work and home life typing away at a computer; long talons just get in the way.




  9. I hate crowds.  When people stand too close to me I get very anxious (I also get the urge to punch the offending person!).  Crowds only exacerbate this anxiety.




  10. I own six different kinds of foundation-- not including samples-- that I use at different times throughout the year.  Six might sound excessive, but I tend to get a bit darker in summer than in winter and, depending on how my skin is faring at any given moment, I switch between needing a lighter or a fuller coverage.  It makes sense in my head, anyway!




  11. I’m NC25 in MAC, by the way.




  12. I’m scared of broken glass.  I was six when the big earthquake hit San Francisco in 1989 and I am pretty sure the weeks of constant news coverage of the event traumatized me.  I’m always terrified that I am going to get cut or get glass lodged in my skin.  Which leads me to my next random fact:




  13. I am scared of big windows.  I am petrified they are going to break and I am going to get harpooned with a mammoth shard of glass.




  14. I drink more coffee than tea, but my palate is more sensitive to tea.  Coffee, like the three bear’s porridge, is either too hot, too cold, or just right to my tastebuds; I couldn’t tell a Sumatran roast from chicory root, to be fair.  On the other hand, I can tell a cheap tea from a fine tea in a single sip; I can also tell you the blend.




  15. My dog has more aliases than a grifter.  Honestly, in addition to her name, I have called her about a dozen nicknames today, most of which she has answered to.




  16. I stopped buying CDs about two or three years ago.  Whenever I like a band, I either buy their work on iTunes or listen to it on Spotify, to which I have a premium subscription.




  17. My favorite television show of all time is Twin Peaks.  I have had to catch up on the show on DVD, I was too young to watch it when it first came out; it was on past my bedtime!




  18. I am an only child.  Like Highlander, there can only be one-- and I’m it.




  19. I’m a cinephile and watch several movies a week, but I have going to the movie theater.  Again, I hate crowds and I hate strange people sitting next to me.  Worse yet, I hate strange people sitting next to me eating popcorn.




  20. I know Ice Cube’s part to “Straight Outta Compton” and have done since primary school.




  21. I share a birthday with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.




  22. I’m 30 and I’ve never taken the plunge and taken my driving test . . .




  23. . . . but I do have a driver’s permit!




  24. I take medicine that makes me really sleepy; so, in order to remain functional I drink about 3-6 cups of coffee or tea a day.




  25. My favorite food is a pastrami sandwich on a cheese roll with extra mayo, light mustard, extra pickle, red onion, and extra pepperoncinis.




  26. I hate the summer; I always have an adverse reaction to the heat.  There have literally been years where I’ve not stepped outside for weeks on end because of the heat.




  27. On a similar note, I can’t sleep if I’m hot.  I have to be a little chilly in order to get a good night’s sleep




  28. I’ve had a pixie cut for two years, but I have decided to grow my hair out.  I cut my hair because I needed a change, now I am going to grow it out because I’d like another change.




  29. I’ve traveled the world-- well, to Europe, anyway-- by myself on several occasions.  I’m hardcore like that.




  30. I’m of Irish and Dutch heritage-- hence the intolerance for heat.




  31. My favorite cities in the world are Amsterdam and London.  I could easily live in both cities.




  32. I’ve either went to school or worked in a school since I was five.




  33. Saturdays are my favorite day of the week because I can sleep in and not have to worry about waking up or going to bed early.






You can’t get any more milquetoast than this, folks.


 

Adieu,



j.

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