8 Things About Me

As it was Fertility Eve, I was grading my midterms (26 all-essay undergraduate exams) in order to prepare for our week o’lovin and, as luck would have it, Ms. Planner also nominated me for the “8 Things About Me” meme. I am done with all my grading, we are lovin’ed out, and now I finally have time to post this.

Thing #1: I applied to and almost went to the U.S. Naval Academy. I did get a congressional nomination, but, alas, I did not get in because I wear glasses and did not qualify for a vision waver. In hindsight, it would have been an awful fit. At the time, I was devastated. Now, people that know me think this is hilarious because it was obviously such a spectacularly bad idea.

Thing #2: I was raised Episcopalian. My husband is Jewish. We will raise any future children (should we ever get to that point) as secular humanists.

Thing #3: I have an unhealthy obsession with office supplies. Seriously. Not the computer kind, but the real kind: pens, sticky notes, folders, notebooks, etc…. I could easily drop hundreds and hundreds of dollars in an office supply score and spend the rest of the day giggling gleefully over my purchases.

Thing #4: I am 5’9″. I have been this height since I was 12 and no, junior high was not fun. Now, I wish I were taller by just a few more inches. I think 5’11” sounds like a lovely height — tall enough to be tall but not quite 6′ tall. In the meanwhile, I am 5’11” in my “power boots.”

Things #5: I do not regularly wear shoes that cost less than $100. My favorite brands are Dansko, Paul Green, and Cole Haan. I really want to wear high heels as I appreciate their aesthetic, but I have very little tolerance for discomfort.

Thing #6: My husband and I were married by a female judge. Neither one of us cared where we got married and we did not want a religious ceremony (although the same can not be said for my uber-WASPy parents). I also do not believe in engagement rings, but if I tell you why, you will think that I sound like a raving crazy because I will use words like “patriarchal,” “commodity” and “superficial expression of emotion.” Not wanting a huge diamond apparently makes me a bad WASP. Instead we spent money on a 10-day honeymoon in Paris.

Thing #7: I once watched “That 70’s Show” so often that I regularly had dreams I was a cast member. I was always Hyde’s girlfriend, but I also got along really well with Donna.

Thing #8: I am a complete slob and an utter perfectionist. An unlikely combination, I know, but I think that I so completely anal-retentively obsess over some things that I have no time or energy to care about others. In my public life I think I come across as very organized; my living room, bookshelves, and bedroom are, however, a complete cluttered mess. The kitchen is only clean because Mr. MC keeps it that way.

I now nominate Babystep for the “8 Things About Me” meme. Babystep, you’re IT!!

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October 20, 2007. Little Known Facts, Meme-y Goodness.

8 Comments

  1. kona replied:

    Interesting info on you! πŸ™‚ I second the nomination for Danskos for shoes. (“Earth” brand is good too).Anyone one their feet all day knows the value of a good comfy shoe.
    I will take a nice juicy vacation over a diamond ring any day! That sounds so sensible to me. πŸ˜‰

  2. niobe replied:

    “I do not regularly wear shoes that cost less than $100.”

    This amuses me because you’d probably have to add together the prices of at least 3 or 4 pairs of my shoes to reach a total of $100.

  3. babystep replied:

    Hey MC! Thanks for the nomination, super busy today, but will post my “8 things” ASAP!

  4. Well Soul replied:

    I totally get the engagement ring thing. I became disgusted with the concept when I had two roommates who were having a contest on who’s boyfriend would get them on e first. One was expecting the cost to be more than the car I was hoping to buy. I have boycotted them ever since. Happily married now 12 years “sans engagement ring.”

  5. Pronoia replied:

    But did you know that Dansko now makes really, really cute heels that are also pretty damn comfy? I luuurve mine.

  6. Ms. Planner replied:

    Love the list and gosh sorry to nominate you when you were so – ahem – busy but I really wanted to see what you would write.

    I don’t have an engagement ring either. We spent the money on our honeymoon, too.

    And the Naval Academy?! I never would have imagined…but the congressional nod is a huge achievement.

  7. missedconceptions replied:

    Pronoia,

    Yes, I own a pair of black Dansko heels and they are indeed fabulous. They also used to make great wingtip Oxfords, but I have not seen them around as of late.

    Niobe,
    Me thinks that you have just not tried the right shoes. Really. Paul Green boots are seriously empowering, and they should be for what they cost.

    MC

  8. Lainey-Paney replied:

    I can definitely relate to Thing #3. Ahhh…Staples, OfficeMax, here I come! Mama’s Home!

    πŸ™‚

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