Monday, February 05, 2007

10 Things You May Not Know About Me

  1. I bite my nails. I always have (except for very short periods of time where I managed to stop) and I probably always will because the truth is, I really LIKE biting my nails. I just bit my left thumbnail, and I quite enjoyed it.
  2. I won Honorable Mention for two poems I wrote in 1987, from the Academy of American Poets. I never wrote another poem again (except for silly limericks and haikus).
  3. I have been maintaining a journal consistently for the past 33 years. I'm 41. So, that means, I have been writing stuff like this since I was 8 years old. I never wrote "Dear Diary", and for a while, I called my journal, "Elisa", as in "Dear Elisa". I guess I liked that name when I was a child.
  4. I was a cheerleader from the time I was in 8th grade until I was a senior in high school. I was captain of the squad that last year.
  5. I learned to read music when I was three. My mom taught me by teaching me the piano. At seven, I was given a violin and told that that would be my instrument of choice. I hated it for something like six years, at which point my parents let me stop.
  6. As a child, I wanted to be a ballerina and to take tap dance classes. My parents insisted that I take modern dance instead. I hated it.
  7. I was terrible at dodge ball, kickball and especially volley ball. I was the smallest and youngest kid in the class (I started kindergarten at four years old), and I never developed any decent eye-hand coordination. I dreaded gym class all through elementary school.
  8. I smoked a cigarette in the ladies room at M. Epstein in Livingston Mall with my friend Amy when we were 15 years old. I threw the lit match into the garbage can, and it went up in flames. This was an accident. I was never a pyromaniac and still am not. I never smoked again from the time I was 20 years old until I was diagnosed with breast cancer, at which point I decided that it didn't really matter if I smoked or not. After a couple of months of being a complete idiot, I never picked up a cigarette again and never will.
  9. I was not Bat Mitvahed. I never attended Hebrew School. Everything I know about the Jewish religion is from self-directed study.
  10. I never wanted to have a daughter. I was praying for sons all along. I never would have admitted that during pregnancy when everyone expects you to say, "I don't care what I have as long as it's healthy", and I never would have admitted it, period, if I had had a daughter.


P.S. Thanks Sara for the idea!!


Tiff said...

Ahhh I bite my nails too! And I've kept a diary, although, not for 33 years...I wasn't born yet. I started one when I was in middle school I think, but then my mom read it in high school so I stopped for a few years - OKAY TANGENT.

I took ballet as a little girl, but the teacher told me I wasn't graceful and I quit for gymnastics (which lasted a whopping 6 months).

Sergio said...

This is cool!

I used to bite my nails but I stopped like ten years ago or so.

I've never ever smoked and I'm positively sure that I never ever will. Actually, my gf gave up smoking because I can't stand it.

When I was 12 or so, I joined the basketball team at school for a few months.

I've only cried three times in the last ten years.

I've lost 90 pounds in 5 years and some people can't believe I'm the same person. The ones I've known afterwards can't believe it, either.

The only childhood disease I've suffered was chickenpox - when I was 21!!!

I've always wanted to be a doctor.

The longest relationship I've had (and the only one, for that matter) is the one I still have.

BeBe said...

OK, OK. Very funny. Correction: You did go to the YMHA (the Jewish Y for your readers), to the Y camps and had a non-traditional Jewish upbringing, I guess you could call it. I did so much want you to play the violin so that we could play the piano and violin together (oh, the broken dreams of parenthood- alas). I apologize, apologize, apologize for being so quintessentially the Jewish mother - ironically, one would did not favor organized religion.

Nothing surprised me of the 10 items, although I didn't know about the fire episode in Livingston Mall (naturally) and I thought you were kind of neutral about gender choice for your children.


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