Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

My 25 random things

  1. When I am really interested in something, I embrace it completely. I live it, breathe it in and out, until I am bored with it. The activity can last years, and then suddenly I am done. Whether it’s obsessively listening to favorite bands, watching TV shows, or dancing Argentine tango, there always seems to be something that fits this category.
  2. I have been published in two magazines, and I’ve been a reporter for at least four newspapers. (Being a journalist is also related to #1 above.) I want to get back into writing again, and yes, write novels.
  3. I had narrowed it down to two choices for a social outlet before I started tango. I never did try fencing.
  4. I still don’t know how to swim, although I really want to learn. This summer.
  5. Also this summer, I’m planning to shave my head.
  6. I could probably easily lose 5 lbs. if I do something about the hair on the rest of my body. TMI?
  7. I did not date in high school, and I kinda sorta did but not really in college.
  8. There are two types of men in this world, one with beer in the fridge, and one without. I’m the one without. (If you see any alcohol, ask my roommates about it.)
  9. Although I did last Friday, I don’t normally drink alcohol anymore. I am a cheap date. Gimme two rum and cokes, and I’ll need to chase it with 10 waters with lemon.
  10. I am unequivocally, undeniably most attracted to brunettes. And if she’s got black hair, or very dark brown, I am weak in the knees. I have no reason why, although one girl in my high school class springs instantly to mind. Hot damn.
  11. I believe the worst invention ever was artificially flavored pancake syrup. Throw that shit away. There’s no way I would allow Aunt Jemima‘s flapjack to swim in Mrs. Butterworth‘s sweetness (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It’s time to tap some of New England’s best Grade A dark amber, baby.
  12. I really really like dark chocolate. And most of the chocolate-and-peanut-butter combos distributed by Reese’s.
  13. I don’t drink coffee. It puts a knot in my stomach, and I started twitching. I don’t like it.
  14. Believe it or not, I used to be a really picky eater. I hardly ate any vegetables until I coincidentally dated two vegans in a row. I’m now on a strict don’t-date-vegans-ever-again diet.
  15. I wish I had the gumption to actually cook something more often. I grew up in a household where my father led by the example of expecting the women do that stuff, so figuring out how to make something more than pasta is like brain surgery for me. (As an aside: Once, when my mother was away for an extended period of time, I caught my father trying to make a toasted cheese sandwich in the toaster oven.)
  16. I’m still surprised that I like sushi. Who knew that uncooked fish and red rubbery eggs would be so yummy!
  17. I would love to be a father.
  18. I would love to find someone to love, who loves me back. (Who also likes to cook, likes to dance, has black hair, says what she means, means what she says, and doesn’t play games with my head unless we’re in bed. Oh, and she has to know how to give me a massage. It’s my turn.)
  19. I am surprised by the number of people who don’t like (or at least misinterpret the facial expressions in) my Facebook profile pics.
  20. Last summer, after learning how to meditate, I found peace. It was the best feeling ever. I once remarked that I couldn’t possibly go back to living the way I used to. But of course, meditation isn’t just sitting or laying down for a half hour. Being at peace requires continued effort.
  21. I don’t know what it’s like to have a grandfather. Both of mine died before I was born. My grandmothers died before I was a teenager, I think.
  22. I am very uncomfortable in group settings. This includes the bar scene and cafeterias. I’m much better one-on-one in everything I do.
  23. Buddhism resonates with me now more than Catholicism ever did. And the silly thing is, they’re all addressing the same thing. They just approach it within vastly different stories.
  24. When I was younger, I wondered if I was British in a past life. Only because I was really into British comedies, Genesis and Jean-Luc Picard back then.
  25. I’d rather listen to music than watch TV.
  26. Sometimes I don’t like to follow directions.
  27. It’s been said that people’s first impression of me is wrong.
  28. Like with Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, I believe I have a destiny, a calling… I just haven’t figured out how all the pieces fit yet. And each new episode throws me for a loop.

If you’re interested, I wrote about 7 obscure things about me in December.