(Whoops, I accidentally published this before it was done. Apologies if you were confused by a 16-item list - here's the full version.)
5chw4r7z tagged me in a meme! If it didn't look like such a big job to come up with 25 fun facts about myself, I'd be honored!
So, here we go.
1. I've lived in the Midwest my entire life. (Born in Illinois, lived in Ohio since age 5, didn't even leave for college.)
2. This means that sometimes, Mr. W has to inform me of regional quirks that I assumed were universal, such as being obsessed with Crock-Pots. (I don't actually know if the linked blogger is from the Midwest - it's just a great site if you like Crock-Pots.)
3. That particular revelation came from an excited conversation I had with a grocery store clerk about a booklet of Crock-Pot recipes I was buying. She thought it was even cooler than I did; I thought her interest was only natural. Mr. W was like, "People are not like this in the South."
4. Here's why I call him "Mr. W," by the way.
5. You know how parents will laugh with their friends about the ridiculously precocious things their children say? My parents still do that with me. I'll say something I think sounds totally normal, and suddenly my mom will be going, "BWA HA HA HA, I'll have to remember that one!"
6. My favorite food is cheese.
7. My favorite cheese is brie.
8. My favorite brie is "holy crap how can Trader Joe's sell brie for $2.50?"
9. When I was in fifth grade, I loved the Baby-Sitters Club books so much that I had a "BSC week" where I dressed as each of the characters. (I wrote about it here last year, actually.)
10. In my living room hangs a beautiful gig poster that was signed by two guys who dress up as Harry Potter and play songs about life at Hogwarts. I don't have tons of art to choose from or anything, but it's probably my favorite piece. Here it is:
11. There is a single-serving box of Frosted Mini-Wheats sitting on the top shelf of the bookcase in my bedroom. I have no idea how long it's been there or how it got there in the first place.
12. You know how when it's humid, a lot of people's hair goes frizzy? Mine just gets straighter.
13. I hated that about myself in the '80s, when my big mall bangs would always fall flat no matter how stiff I sprayed them. I wished I had interesting curly hair like my friends. Now I adore my straight, sleek hair.
14. It drives me nuts when people describe Gossip Girl as a "guilty pleasure." I'm pretty sure those people aren't paying attention to the show.
15. I can do eggs scrambled, over easy, hard-boiled and poached, but I still have trouble with omelettes. (I always end up microwaving them at the end to make sure all the egg is cooked.)
16. The only time I've ever been to the emergency room was a few years ago. Some of us were tossing a football around in the office, and a pass went low and wide. I reached for it anyway, and it smacked against my hand, dislocating my pinky.
17. By the way? I am a total baby about injuries.
18. I've never seen Pulp Fiction.
19. I've seen every Batman movie (including the one starring Adam West) except the first Tim Burton one.
20. One of my favorite things to eat is a dish that almost everyone else I've made it for hates. Take a can of diced tomatoes and drain; chop up some black olives and mushrooms and add those; add minced garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil and salt; serve over spaghetti with lots of shredded Parmesan. I eat it like once a week. My sister likes it if you eliminate the olives and mushrooms; everyone else thinks it's gross.
21. I see my relatives on my mom's side of the family about once every 2-3 months - even the ones who live in Houston.
22. I haven't seen most of my relatives on my dad's side of the family in several years. This includes a cousin who lives in Cincinnati. It's not that I don't like them - I just haven't seen them.
23. If I don't concentrate on the act of locking my car doors when I park somewhere, I'll forget I've done it and have to run back and check 30 seconds later. This is a trait I inherited from my mom, who always had us turn around a block from home on family vacations so she could make sure she turned the iron off.
24. I used to think I couldn't live without cable - like, to the point where I was kind of rude to a roommate who wanted to do without.
25. I don't have cable. Haven't for three years. It's totally fine! (Now I'm kind of a no-cable snob, actually.)
Woo-hoo, I've done it! Let's see ... I will tag AE, Mike, Ronson, Eileen, and Barry. Sorry, you guys.