Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I was tagged

I was tagged by Sabrina, who has officially shamed me into posting on my blog for the first time in 9 months. Thanks B! :)

The rules of the game:
*Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
*Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.
*Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
*Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So, here, in no particular order, are 7 random facts about me:

1. If they ever make another Charlie Brown special, I could totally provide the voices for any adults in the episode. You know how when Charlie Brown's teacher or mother, or any other adult they encounter for that matter, speaks, all we ever hear are "Mwaa mwa mwaa mwa mwa mwaa mwa" sounds? Well, I'm a pro at it. At least everyone in my office says so. :)

2. I maintain a sporadic e-mail correspondence with my old high school theology teacher, Amy Welborne, who, for Sabrina, Joy, Jenny and any other Santa Fe alum who happens to stumble across this, is now a Catholic author of multiple books. She lives in Indiana and has remarried and had two more children, both boys. The youngest is, I think, 2 or 3 now. Katie is in high school, but the two older boys have both graduated from college. Yeah, it makes me feel old, too.

3. I am, for all intents and purposes, addicted to milk. If I go to long without it, I'm not a happy camper. I think this is on my mind at the moment because I'm currently out of milk......I could really go for a cold glass now. I drink it with just about everything. It goes great with pizza, steak, turkey, anything. Not that a nice beer doesn't go well with the aforementioned entrees, but you can't pour beer on cereal, now can you?

4. While I keep a majority of the movie ticket stubs from films I see, unlike Sabrina's, they aren't organized by year into tidy rubber-banded piles. I find them in random boxes and old purses when I clean them out. I think there are even a few in my little fire safe...not sure why. But that's not my fourth random fact. Number four is I have a tendency to collect wrapping paper. I suppose it's a little bit of a fetish, but I just love Christmas wrapping paper. Most people I know will buy a couple rolls of wrapping paper each Christmas and use all of it, wrapping all their gifts in the same two or three patterns. I know others who will buy new decorations for their tree every year (throwing out the older decorations--shamefully wasteful, I say) and then buy paper to match the gifts to their tree. That's too obsessive-compulsive for my taste. When it comes to wrapping paper, I enjoy variety. Lots of bright colors and different patterns. Cartoons and angels and flowers. Stockings, Santas, robots in red and green. The space under my tree is a veritable smorgasbord of wrapping paper delight! And if there's getting to be too much paper leaning toward say, the blue end of the spectrum under the tree, it's time to wrap the next gift in a paper that has yellow, purple or orange. Ok, perhaps I'm a bit OCD myself here. But I get it from my mom, who still has some of a really large roll of paper she bought back in the late 70's (she bought 2 rolls. I think the first one was finally used up in 2004). She actually has to hide new rolls of gift wrap from my dad when she buys them. I've been very good an only bought one new roll of wrap this season.....of course, I still had 3 rolls from last year that I hadn't opened yet.

5. I enjoy going to the gun range for target shooting. It's not something I get to do very often, but it's fun to go with my dad and brother Ethan. I have a pistol, so it's good to practice occasionally. The last time we went--Father's Day weekend--I got to fire my Dad's AR-15. I'm a decent shot. I hit what I aim at.

6. If this whole journalist/writer thing I've got going as a career doesn't work out (and if all the shirt-folding jobs at Macy's are taken), I think I might has a future as a wedding planner. I'm now in the midst of bridesmaid gig #2 (technically, it's #4, over the course of my life, but I'm talking recently here), and I'm helping with a lot of the planning. I've been to cake tastings, dress fittings, table-linen rental haggling sessions, orchestrated bachelorette parties and bridal showers and put out fires regarding catering costs, aggravating future mothers-in-law and an inability to find shoes. By the time my friend Michele gets married in April, I'll have been a bridesmaid for more than a year and a half. I guess it's good to know that I have career options.

7. Classic, original Nintendo is still my favorite video game system of choice. Sure, I love the Wii, and some of the other systems aren't too shabby, but you can plunk me down with the original Super Mario Brothers in a heartbeat. I was actually saddened when I went to play Ghostbusters II on Halloween (a suitably seasonal choice, I thought), and the console wouldn't read the cartridge. Alas, only a camo-green screen appeared, try as I might to insert the cartridge softly, or with force, or while the console was tilted sideways. My friend Jason, who is equally enamored with the original Nintendo, and I are plotting a game swap soon. I don't think I'll let him borrow the Power Pad though. I mean, he is one of the sports writers at the paper, but I still don't think he'd get really pumped about Dance Aerobics or World Class Track Meet.

Now - who to TAG? Frankly, I have no idea. If I could post this on Facebook it would simplify things greatly. I'll have to ponder the tagging question. But I'll take suggestions. :)