A meme is making its way around my Facebook friends called "25 things about me." I resisted it at first, but have so enjoyed reading the lists of my friends that I decided to participate yesterday. Below, a taste of the things that I posted:
1. I've been a girl geek since the beginning of time. I went to computer camp when I was 8. The point of the whole week was to program the "turtle" - a small green triangle - to move around a computer screen.
2. I went to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama when I was 12. I really, honestly, wanted to be an astronaut. My mom turned herself inside out to be able to afford sending me.
3. I was a camper and a counselor-in-training and a counselor and a director all at the same summer camp. In so many ways, that camp formed who I am.
4. In junior high school, I used my computer class to write a "matchmaker" program which was basically a randomizer which matched the names of 8 guys and 8 girls (input)-- and then told us who our boyfriends were going to be. It didn't really work, but provided endless hours of entertainment.
5. I know, without a doubt, that starting a blog five years ago changed my life. The friendships that have come out of it, and the ways that it has expanded my life -- personally and professionally -- would not have happened without my blog.
6. The day I realized that I was more comfortable in San Francisco than I've been anywhere in my life was the day I knew I was home. And it wasn't until I was here for about four years.
7. I once sat 3rd row at the Coliseum in LA to see U2. We had gotten our tickets by being first in the wristband lottery at Tower Records in Long Beach. It was the best concert of my life.
8. The second best concert of my life was Dave Matthews Band at the Santa Barbara Bowl in 1995.
9. I am acutely aware of how lucky I am to have two grandparents still alive who are such an important and active part of my life. I am going to be devastated when they are gone, but at the same time I feel so fortunate to have had them here for so long.
10. I won a school-wide spelling bee in 5th grade because I knew how to spell parallel. Then I lost in the district-wide because I didn't know how to spell delicatessen.
11. In order to go to sleep, I usually take 4 to 5 digit numbers and factorize them down as much as I can in my head. So ... 12345 = 2469 x 5 = 823 x 3 x 5 ...etc. It's comforting that it takes all my brain power to hold the numbers in my head which means that I can't fret about anything else.
12. I really, really love living alone.
13. I don't think that my palate is that great when it comes to wine and spirits. I know what I like, but compared to my friends I couldn't tell you how a wine tasted a year from now, or much about its nose. And it's definitely not for lack of trying -- I've had some fantastic teachers and opportunities.
14. I have OCD about magazines. In stores, I won't take the top magazine (too many germs) and if there's only one left, I will rarely buy it.
15. And I hate when people read my magazines before me. I blame this on my college best friend who used to read my magazines before me in college and tell me all the juicy parts, so there was nothing left for me to read. :)
16. I can't stand entrees that have any sweetness. Keep your raspberry purees, your sweet marinades, and your honey glazes away from my proteins, please.
17. I decided last year that I don't like tripe. But in order to confidently make that decision, I forced myself to try it at four different places around town first. Yep, definitely don't like it.
18. I won't buy kitchen appliances on eBay that could have ever been used to process a body part. Blenders, cuisinarts, pots and pans are all out. I blame this weirdness on watching too much CSI.
19. One of the most fun, most joy-filled things in my life is watching some of my best friends have children. I am endlessly fascinated with, and in awe of, what amazing mothers they are all becoming.