36 things

1.) I am a bit of an agoraphobe – not in the strict sense of being afraid to go outside, but in the ‘fear of the open market’ sense of not liking to travel, not liking crowds, etc.

2.) I also have mild social anxiety and dread social events, which is (one of the many reasons) why I’m glad I married GB — he likes being social and after the thing is over I’m usually really glad we did whatever it was we did. Author’s Note 2014: GB & I are now consciously uncoupled, and thanks to better living through chemicals, I have found a great medical alternative to the social anxiety and nervousness that plagued me for years.

3.) I hate talking on the phone. I would rather email than talk on the phone, with everyone except my mom.

4.) I often say that I would love to move to the woods, in the middle of nowhere, and raise chickens and alpacas and have a huge garden and goats and knit and bake bread all day; but when I have a day off I feel completely and utterly at odds and wish I were back at work where I know what I need to do to feel productive. I would love to be a domestic goddess but without structure and external deliverables I feel depressed. Author’s Note 2014: Not so much caring about external deliverables now that I am over 40.

5.) I need routine, symmetry, and stability.

6.) I love pumpkin pie and coffee and red wine and fresh bread and hot buttered toast and sweet hot tea and avocado and Brie cheese.

7.) I think my brother is the funniest person I have ever met.

8.) October is my favorite month.

9.) I love thunderstorms.

10.) I think I would have made a great Roman emperor or at the very least a good Atia of the Julii.

11.) I wish I knew how to play the guitar and I also wish I could fence.

12.) I don’t know anything about jazz or red wine but I love both of them.

13.) Getting a big pile of new books from the library is like getting a big pile of presents.

14.) I am terrible at buying presents for people; it’s not because I don’t love them, I don’t know what it is except I tend to procrastinate and then panic. If I’ve ever given you a bad present, I’m sorry, but I’ve accepted that it is a shortcoming. Can I give you money instead?

15.) I don’t own a bathing suit and I don’t know how to swim and that’s just fine with me.

16.) Sometimes I feel sad that religion never ‘took’ with me; it would be nice to have that kind of faith, but I just don’t.

17.) I am an ‘early to bed, early to rise’ kind of girl. If I could go to sleep at 8 every night and be up by 5 or 6, I would do it. If I sleep past 9 nowadays I feel that I have missed the best part of the day and can’t catch up.

18.) I think I’m going to cry for days and be unable to function when grey cat eventually passes away. She is my spirit animal. Author’s Note 2014: Grey Cat passed in 2013 and this is exactly how I felt. 

19.) I don’t really care what kind of car I drive (although I am really pleased with my Camry) and I’m not especially fond of jewelry.

20.) If I could get away with being like Diane Keaton and wearing gloves everywhere, in public, etc., I would totally do it.

21.) I really want to do a 5k this coming year but when it comes down to getting on the treadmill or knitting or reading or doing laundry or cleaning the house, it’s not a contest. Authors Note 2011: This changed in 2011 when I finally got off my dead ass and started running for real. Author’s Note 2013: PR’d my half marathon!!

22.) I like to splurge on nice candles for the kitchen and special hand soap for the bathroom.

23.) There are a few days a year when I have to take to my bed and reread old Trixie Belden books and after awhile everything is okay again.

24.) I don’t know how to drive a stick shift but GB thinks I should probably learn. Author’s Note 2014: See above re. GB, I still don’t know how to drive a stick shift and I am totally okay with that. 

25.) I am moody and frequently feel ‘done’ with people and when I’m ‘done’, that’s that. I don’t attach easily to others.

26.) I hate loud noises – loud televisions, radios, etc.

27.) I listen to 90.9 FM (‘classical days and jazzy nights’) in the kitchen all the time.

28.) GB & I talk a lot about what might happen during peak oil or when the zombies come. It started out as kind of a joke but I think we’re really kind of serious.

29.) If I were a dog, GB thinks I would be a Basenji because they’re very quiet and don’t bark much but they are excessively stubborn and hard-nosed. Author’s Note 2014: This probably didn’t help with above references to GB & I being consciously uncoupled. 

30.) I would really like to go back to Africa but GB isn’t interested. Author’s Note 2014: Now that I am single this is back on my bucket list. 

31.) I wanted to go to law school and so I took the LSAT and got accepted to law school and then I got married and moved to Australia instead.

32.) I like to bake my own sourdough bread and have my own starter who lives in the refrigerator. Authors Note 2013: I finally realized that I have no business baking bread and that sourdough starter was no damn good and it went right on down the drain. I still bake bread sometimes when I need the mental release it provides but it usually ends up feeding the birds and not people.

33.) We got married in Vegas, baby! At Caesar’s Palace. And my biggest disappointment was that I didn’t get to meet the fake Caesar while I was wearing my wedding dress. See #10. Author’s Note 2014: I guess I should probably clean this list up and take out all of this marriage stuff…

34.) I would love to take wintry ski vacation and just sit by a big flagstone fireplace the entire time with a blanket and a pile of books and a steamy spiked beverage while my sportier compadres came and went off the slopes.

35.) People are like a chess game to me – I am always analyzing why they did what they did and what they might do next.

36.) When I was a child, I had a bit of a crush on Vincent Price.