Wednesday, February 18, 2009

25 Things About Me

This exercise has been floating around on the social networking sites, so I thought I would post mine here. The idea is to write 25 random things about yourself, and then ask others to either comment on them to provide a few things about themselves. Here are mine:

1. I have a really, really hard time opening up to people in a meaningful way. Strangely, I have created a great cover for this, and most people find me to be open, friendly and easy to know.

2. I was a surprise pregnancy after fertility treatments failed for my parents. After months and months of painful shots and doctors visits, my mother accepted that she and my father would never have a child together, and I was conceived in the next month.

3. Sequences fascinate me, and I count things. Plus I have an unreasonable affinity for things being even/level. I have heard that each of us have a healthy dose of OCD, but this may be tipping the scales a bit (which frustrates someone who likes things “even”...!)

4. I was 20 when I lived by myself for the first time. It was in Los Angeles and it was just me and my 1 year old dog. The day I moved in, my apartment building was being filmed for an episode of “Cops” because of a violent domestic dispute. In the same month there was a shooting (drug deal gone bad) and a bloody brawl on the lawn right outside my window.

5. I am addicted to thrift store shopping. I get a rush. Seriously.

6. I am really handy with computers and technical geekery. I have been building websites since 1997 and have taught myself graphic design and video editing. But for some reason sound cables elude me.

7. I like putting my dog’s name into popular songs and then singing them to her. Like, “Imagine there’s no Denver. It’s easy if you try. No dog below us...” It’s a sickness, I know. But she begs for it, and she’s irresistible.

8. I become a bit rebellious when someone/something tells me that I have to do things a certain way. It impedes my creative energy, and I feel compelled to find a way around it. I like to think that I am simply an “outside of the box” or a “color outside the lines“ kind of person. Lucky for me, many people like me this way, so ”rebellious“ is viewed more like ”innovative.“ But now we all know the truth.

9. That being said, conflict makes me extremely uncomfortable. I hate it when people fight or are in conflict, so I end up jumping in to mediate. Thus, I am focused on things being equitable and am extremely diplomatic. How can I be rebellious AND a mediator, you ask? Instead of being incorrigible and antisocial, I try to use my creativity and charm to achieve the desired result, and both parties usually feel like winners in the end. That is my special kind of rebellion.

10. I have incredible beginners luck with games like pool, bowling, or darts. When I start to think I know what I am doing, everything falls apart.

11. I have been suffering from night terrors ever since the death of my father. I may have had them before that, but I only remember getting them in the last couple of years. If you don’t know what they are, I can explain them to you sometime. Or you can Google them.

12. My coaching business occupies many #1 searches on Google, which just baffles me. How can one little business coach command so much attention?!? I am pretty excited by it too...

13. After appearing in several episodes, I am now hooked on the TV show, ”One Life to Live.“ It never goes on hiatus!

14. From 4th-6th grade I was routinely bullied by a two boys, who would punch me, kick me, throw rocks at me, push me into walls... you name it. From 7th-8th grade, they recruited 2 girls to take over the bullying/beating. I was an easy target- I wanted so badly to be liked and I did everything I could to make friends. This kind of vulnerability is delicious to bullies, and they just ate it up. A regular Saturday morning ritual was cleaning toilet paper out of our trees and scrubbing profanity written with shaving cream off my driveway. And I often had to go to the doctor for serious lumps, bumps and bruises.

15. I have seen Helen Reddy naked. Up close and in person. I was her dresser when she brought ”Shirley Valentine“ on tour to Pepperdine University.

16. I owned my first condo at the age of 24. Two years later, I sold it for double the price I paid for it (thank you, housing bubble!) I owned my second condo when I was 29, sharing the purchase with my, then, fiance. Upon our breakup, I sold my share of the condo and used the profits to move to NYC. I probably will never have enough money to own in NYC.

17. I have dyed my hair A LOT of different colors. The only natural color is has NOT been is bright, carrot-top red. It has been brown, black, dark auburn, burgundy, blonde, blonde with a huge neon red stripe through the center part, and blonde with blood red peeking out underneath. If I was not an actor, my hair would still have neon or fluorescent type colors in it. I am too chicken to cut it, though.

18. I dyed my hair blonde when I did ”The Last Five Years“ in 2004. I had been wigged blonde 3 times prior to that, so I felt like the universe was trying to tell me something. I liked the color so much that I kept it, and I don’t think I will ever go back to my natural color (dark brown.)

19. I have an unusual affinity for cheese sauce. Double points if it is nacho cheese. I want it on everything!

20. I have double jointed thumbs, and so does my mother. I also have 1 pointed ear, just like her.

21. I have held a lot of jobs in my short life, and at almost every single one I was promoted. Many, many times I wished I could be the type of person who was satisfied with being a ”yes“ person- but there is something about me that makes me push myself to the top. It can be exhausting.

22. It is 1:54am as I am typing this. I really should get to bed.

23. Can any of you name the 50 Nifty United States, in alphabetical order, in under 30 seconds? I can.

24. My very favorite movie in the world is ”Spaceballs.“ The rest of the Top 5 are ”Austin Powers,“ ”Anchorman,“ ”Team America,“ and ”The Princess Bride.“ I like other, more traditional, movies, but these are the ones I would watch over and over.

25. I really resist telling people my sob stories, and this has been an interesting exercise in opening myself up to others. In a way it feels like redemption, particularly to those who knew me in my childhood. It also feels like a reckoning- acknowledging things from the past and present and really OWNING them.

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