Things You May or May Not Know About Me

1.) Knives really make me nervous. Really, really nervous. Not when I'm holding one, but when someone else is. I have no idea why. I just get these horrific mental images of ripping, slashing...Too many slasher films as a child, I suppose.

2.) I have two favorite blankets. One is a black and white zig-zag striped blanket my grandma knitted for me. The other is a fuzzy one with a safari scene in silhouette, which my other grandmother got me. I've had both for years.

3.) I had a delicate silver ring with a Celtic knot I got when I was in Scotland, visiting Brian. I never took it off, save to shower. I lost it two weeks ago and it still feels strange; I still feel naked without it.

4.) I can repeat any line from the following movies: Dogma, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Sandlot, A Christmas Story, The Princess Bride, Spider-Man, The Mighty Ducks, The Breakfast Club, any Harry Potter movie. I'm sure there are more, those are just the ones I remember.

5.) I look best in the color black.

6.) I'm a natural blonde. ;)

7.) I weighed 3 lbs., 12 oz. when I was born, 2 months early, and for the first 2 months of my life, I spent in an incubator. I almost died a few times.

8.) It's easier for me to make right-hand turns into parking spots than left-hand turns. I'll circle around the lot waiting for a right-hand spot to open up. I don't even realize I'm doing it.

9.) When I see commercials for Fear Factor, I can watch people perform death-defying stunts with nary a bat of my eyelash. I see them eating something disgusting, and I can't watch. I think it speaks volumes as to the level of my daredevilness that I'd rather risk death than eat something foul.

10.) I have never watched one second of The Bachelor, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, The Weakest Link, American Idol, Fear Factor, Survivor, Big Brother, Desperate Housewives, The Sopranos, The OC, or any other of those fad network reality shows and/or stupid dramas. I like it this way.

11.) While I think he's somewhat talented, I do not think Justin Timberlake is sexy. Nor Brad Pitt, George Clooney, or Matt Damon. Christian Bale is an entirely different story, however.

12.) My sisters and I once took care of three tiny rabbits, so young their eyes weren't yet open, nor did they have a lot of hair. We took turns waking up and feeding them warmed milk every two hours through an eye dropper. All of them lived. The next summer, I took care of another baby rabbit, a bit older, by myself, but as it was alone, it died. I cried for three days.

13.) I've sometimes thought that if I was to develop a personality disorder or some mental disorder, it would be schizotypal personality disorder, or I'd be bipolar.

14.) I was born 2 days before Halloween, which is my favorite holiday.

15.) I am almost always cold.

16.) My UPS guy is on a first-name basis with us. Last year for Christmas, I made him cookies. This year, I'm getting him a gift, too. I need to cut back on my online shopping.

17.) I love the snow, but hate the cold, like the heat, but hate the humidity.

18.) I was involved in everything in high school. And I mean everything: band (marching & concert), chorus, hockey (street & ice), cheerleading, Student Council Treasurer, yearbook editor, gymnastics, baton/majorette, newspaper editor, Writer's Guild, S.A.D.D., Spanish Club, musicals & plays, track, and even Youth Alive, when I used to be all "Yay, God!" Crap, I almost forgot *smacks self in the forehead*, I was also an anchorwoman for the school's morning news.

19.) Though I love shoes, I don't own many, for a girl. This is because I know if I let myself go and buy shoes, I'd probably not stop. Plus, I'm picky.

20.) I used to be scared of swimming, and it used to make me so nervous, I'd get sick to my stomach when we would go to swimming lessons in elementary school. Now, I can swim like a fish, and have been known to go way too far out into the ocean for my own good.

21.) I learned my lesson doing that when I got stuck (along with Tonya, Mandy, and Steph) in the middle of the largest school of stingrays I have ever seen. On that same trip, Mandy picked up a sea-something or other (cucumber?), which promptly inked all over her hand. I have also swum with manatees and dolphins.

22.) Less is more has never been a principle to which I've adhered, in everything from decor to embracing life.

23.) I was scared by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and Pinocchio when I was little. They still bother me, because all three have feelings of a surrealistic nightmare from which you can't wake up.

24.) When I was in the 4th grade, I had to get a retainer. The orthodontist told me to wear it for at *least* 16 hours a day, more if I could. So I wore it all the time, except for when I ate. When I went back months later, I had overcorrected the problem because, as he said, "No...no child has ever actually *listened* to me before."

25.) I have a fetish for peppermint, and I'm forever walking around with a candy cane somewhere on my person, around Christmastime.

26.) I have an eerily good memory for matching faces. People I've lived with have forever called me into the living room to point at someone in a movie and ask what else they've been in before. Same goes for voices. It usually only takes me just a few words of a song to tell which band it is, just by the singer's voice, even if I haven't heard it before.

27.) The only thing I've ever shoplifted was a sparkly, beaded bracelet, when I was five, before I even knew it was wrong. My mom saw it as we were walking out of the store, and gave me holy hell.

28.) I was a pretty good kid, but always getting in trouble for doing stupid kid-like things, along with Bri, who was always my partner in crime. Between the two of us, we a.) colored our entire, new Playskool kitchenette with crayons, b.) unscrewed all the knobs off all the dressers in the house, c.) pulled out every single yarn hair from the head of Bri's very expensive rag doll, Penelope, d.) got ourselves (along w/ cousin, Randi) locked in the bathroom during our cousin Roberta's wedding, 6.) unrolled the toilet paper and draped the living room with it, among oher things.

29.) Obviously, I was a curious kid. My dad said I'd constantly ask "Why?" all the time, until he hoped I'd suddenly be stricken mute.

30.) I still think "Why?" is the best question in the world, followed closely by "Why not?".

31.) I broke my sister's nose four times as kids.

32.) I have an obsession with burning incense.

33.) I can cross all of my fingers at the same time. It's rather side-show freakish. I can also turn my feet around backwards.

34.) I hate ketchup, and BBQ sauce. I don't even like BBQ chips.

35.) I'm a fairly healthy eater, but I have a sweet tooth bigger than Texas.

36.) I always have a song stuck in my head. Right now, it's "Let it Snow" by Bing Crosby.

37.) I know more about the following than most guys: dead baby jokes, Tim Burton, Stephen King, sports, comics, and anime.

38.) I hate swallowing pills. Even birth control pills, which are tiny tiny, I don't like swallowing.

39.) My back curves too much, and this causes problems. Some mornings, it aches so bad it wakes me up, and I have to sleep curled over until it loosens up.

40.) For this reason, I have learned to both give and appreciate great massages.

41.) The hereditary dark circles under my eyes are the bane of my existence.

42.) I once embarrassed the hell out of my mom when I was 5, my family was at VA Beach for vacation, and I told some fat man in green swimming trunks that he was a moron (I picked that word up from my dad) because he was pointing at the water and screaming that there were sharks. I told him they were porpoises, and not to be stupid. I wasn't aware not everyone was a nerd like me, and didn't know the difference between the dorsal fins of sharks and porpoises.

43.) I generally dislike most rap.

44.) I went to Woodstock in '99, and came back with the worst sunburn of my life, a bruise covering the side of my neck and jaw, completely broke, dirty, tired, and with memories that will last a lifetime.

45.) I met Robin Williams while working for Disney and I think he was either insane, on coke, or both. Really nice guy, though.

46.) I get sick every fall when the weather changes.

47.) I don't know how I feel about God.

48.) I have broken two bones in my life.

49.) The one song that chokes me up every single time I hear it is "The Promise" by Tracy Chapman.

50.) I can read a book of a few hundred pages in a day.

51) I have changed A LOT since high school. Most people don't even recognize me.

52.) The person I look up to most is my mother. If you'd ever meet her, you'd know why.

53.) When I'm tryly in a bad mood, sad, frustrated, upset, I HATE when someone tries to joke me out of it. It makes me feel as if my emotions are being belittled. Either let me be, or listen and don't patronize.

54.) Things happen to my family that you only sees in sitcoms and reads in tabloids.

55.) I have a drop-shaped scar on my wrist from being splattered with hot grease, two years ago.

56.) I am a literature pusher. If I dealt in drugs, rather than books, I'd be rich.

57.) I'm pretty good at match-making for my friends (or at least playing Cupid), and I have the results to show it.

58.) I have a problem with impatience, when someone isn't picking up on something as quickly as I'd like. I have to bite my tongue sometimes.

59.) I was voted Most Likely to Succeed in HS, and one of my fears is that I won't live up to that superlative.

60.) I fall in and out of love with things quickly and easily, like a star that burns itself out in its intensity...words, songs, colors, etc. When I truly fall in love with someone, or grow to love a friend, however, it's forever.

61.) I have a serious face. People are forever telling me I need to smile more.

62.) It's possible I'm imagining it, but I'd swear one of my eyes is a bit bluer than the other. Even though my eyes are blue-green. Go figure.

63.) I think I'm living in the wrong time period. I'm really pissed-off there's no magic, dragons, faeries, unicorns, or knights anymore.

64.) My smile is lopsided. It used to irritate me, but now I see it as character.

65.) I get extremely ecstatic and/or violent, watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Steelers, depending on how they are doing. Once, whilst watching the Pens in the playoffs, I once threw a peeled orange in a fit of rage at a bad call. It hit the whitewall my father had just erected in our addititon, and I thought I'd be in deep shit until my dad admitted to me he threw a bottle while watching the game downstairs and it broke all over, so I was off the hook.

66.) I can watch almost anything gruesome, and it doesn't bother me, but if I actually SEE the person in pain, it makes my stomach turn.

67.) I grew up in a log cabin, which my dad built when I was 2. That house was haunted by the ghost of a little girl named Sharon.

68.) I have an odd little idiosyncracy that I have to put things in rainbow order: Markers in a pack, Skittles/M&Ms on my hand. I even count cars in rainbow order, when I'm bored in the car.

69.) When I was little, I used to be a huge science geek. I could name damn near any species of animal, rock, plant, etc. My parents were convinced I was going to be a biologist or a veterinarian.

70.) I secretly get sensitive when anyone questions my intelligence as that is what has defined me, my entire life...I have always been the "brain". 11.) I have a poker face, but dead give-away eyes.

71.) The very smell of rum makes me nauseous.

72.) I was a DJ for my college's radio station for 4 years.

73.) No matter what, watching the sea calms me. I am most content near water.

74.) I have a small tattoo, an abstract of the 4 elements, on my lower right hip, right below my bikini line. I have another one of a Celtic triskelle on my inner left wrist.

75.) My middle name is Taylor.

76.) I once gained the courage to ask the cutest boy in 5th grade out, and he and his friends made fun of me because I was too dorky. Last year, when I went back to my HS for a basketball game, some of those same guys fell all over themselves trying to talk to me, and I was happy to be able to blow them off.

77.) I've played the clarinet 3rd grade to the time I graduated high school.

78.) I wear a size 6 1/2-7 in shoes, and a size 0 to 2 in jeans.

79.) I frequently get headaches, as my eyes are incredibly photosensitive. I always keep a pair of sunglasses in my car, because of this.

80.) One of the most beautiful spots on earth is my childhood home, when it's decorated for Christmas and the snow has turned all the evergreens into smoky lacework.

81.) The opal is my birthstone and also my favorite gemstone, though I'm picky with the opals I like.

82.) I love anything supernatural or from fantasy. Vampires and faeries intrigue me alike.

83.) I have been known to read 2 or 3 books at the same time.

84.) I have a freakishly good memory, when I want to.

85.) I love watching storms.

86.) I majored in English as an undergrad, and double-minored in Psychology and Communications Media.

87.) I have a nervous habit of always needing my hands to be busy. If not typing, then fiddling with something. That's why I keep a set of Chinese medicine chime balls, one of those nail sculpture toys, and a small fairy windchime, as well as my incense burner, by my desk.

88.) I hate mornings, unless I'm waking up next to someone.

89.) I am fascinated by anything sparkly, shiny, glittery, etc. Especially crystals. A psychic once told my grandmother that I would be ultrasensitive to things of a psychic/intuitive nature, because of my natural affinity to crystals. Grandma doesn't believe in psychics, but she's admitted I'm damn good at reading people.

90.) I am habitually just barely making it on time to class, work, meetings, etc

91.) My room is in a constant state of disorganization, as I always have books or papers scattered about. I seriously hate housekeeping.

92.) I loathe dry lips, so I always lip gloss or balm with me wherever I go.

93.) I'm a light sleeper. Anything wakes me up.

94.) I love to watch the falling snow, but it makes me achingly lonely.

95.) I have what you *might* call an overdeveloped sense of schadenfreude, linked closely to my road rage.

96.) I think dead baby jokes are by far one of the funniest things on this planet, the more horrifying, the better.

97.) I live the color red, in all its shades.

98.) My personality type if INFP.

99.) I will probably always first think of myself in terms of "girl" rather than "woman". I'll probably still do this when I'm old and grey.

100.) I can drink flavored water at any temperature, but I can only drink regular water if it's cold, cold, cold. Room temperature water is too bland and makes me slightly nauseous.