25 things about me (and you)

So the latest Facebook chain mail goes something like this : Here’s 25 random things about me. If I tagged you, it means I want to know 25 things about you.

About two zillion of my closest friends fill one out.

Being a 12-year-old girl at heart (not even very thinly veiled most times) I’m one for playing along, but I decided to add a twist: why not take a thing or two from 25 of the friends who filled one out and tagged me, and see where that leads me? So I did. and it led to fun, which made me think: why not post it here even though some of you still don’t know my full identity… won’t that add just one more layer of intrigue. And really, won’t 25 random things about washwords really tell you all you need to know about me. For the privacy of my (mostly innocent) friends, first names only…

1) Emilywrites: My family all lives in CT now. Even though we all used to live in Syracuse, NY and my parents aren’t even married anymore. I think it is pretty remarkable that we live so close by.

I say: My sister and her family (most notably, baby bucket), my two grandmothers, my fiance and his mom and sister all live in metro DC area. I too think it’s pretty crazy. I also think it’s cool that Emily loves books on the Plague.

2) Amanda says: my own herb garden last summer was the first time I was able to keep a plant alive!

I say: I was once cast from the community garden I joined and loved. Something about not weeding. Harumph. I weeded just fine. (and grew beautiful tomatoes and tulips and mint and lettuce and…)

3) Suz says: I grew up in South Florida and had assumed that’s why I’m always cold. But then an acupuncturist told me it was because I harbor too much kidney chi. Or something.

I say: I am ALWAYS cold. ALL. Ways. Especially hands and feet. and yes, me too with the adrenal/kidney chi. word!

4) Sandra says In high school I was told by a friends parent that I needed to slow down (talking) because I was giving him heart palpitations. (it has been a life long struggle).

I say: Uh, yah. wonder what that’s like.

5) But Sandra also says she truly believe that it doesn’t matter what you do but who you do it with. Almost anything can be fun with the right people. and I totally agree.

6) Tom (my) says: I have a song going through my head at any given moment.

I say: Me too. And I like to insert the names of people and pets I love in the lyrics, such as “My mom likes to party all the time, party all the time, party all the ti-ime.” or “My name is Woofie. I live on the second floor, I live upstairs from you-ou. Yah, I think you seen before.”

7) Tom(my) also stole from record town by changing the prices. I did no such thing but I loved the record town stamp books and I did once find a mismarked copy of the album Footloose at Fay’s (NOT your average drug store) so i bought it at the $1.99 price. But that’s just smart.

8) Dana says: My favorite ocean is the Atlantic.
I agree. Specifically, the New England coast, specifically, sandhill cove, R.I.

9) Honore says :I always play computer solitaire while watching TV at home.
I say: Boggle. I mean scramble. but it’s more i have TV on in the background while computering.

10) Honore also shares: I bought a flat-screen TV a few years ago, and the box had a warning label that said “you must have two people to remove from box.” I wasn’t going to let a box tell me what to do, so I attempted to take care of it myself. And promptly gave myself a black eye. But I WAS successful at setting up that damn thing, without assistance (injuries notwithstanding). This is my long way of saying I’m a “tad” stubborn.

I say: nothing that funny. but in the time I lived by myself, I’m pretty proud that I learned some basic home repair (hanging up shelves, curtains, fixing the toilet, drilling, and when I moved out last month, I – by myself – disassembled my bed.

11. Michael: I have not owned a car since 1996.

I say I haven’t since 2001, when I allowed my license to … lapse. Within the last month, I took (and passed) my DC driving test! I’m on the roads again! watch out!

12. Alseta says she HATES talking on the phone without a specific purpose (unless I haven’t talked to you in ages).
Me too. And calling people back. and when people don’t leave messages just that they have something to tell you.

13. Alseta also says she’s happiest when she’s warm, fed, intellectually engaged, and clean. That sounds pretty nice.

14.Travis says:
It was surprisingly easy to leave NYC after being a resident for ten years. Sure, it helped that I was in love, and I now have a successful show along with my wife and child. But I really only miss the ability to see Bway plays and musicals regularly. I don’t miss the noise and the commotion. I thought I would miss it more.

I say: I feel the exact same way about being “downtown” Sure I missed it on Tuesday but otherwise, not at all and I feel truly home with my honey and les woofs now.

15.Melissa says:
I love the beach…the lull of the ocean, my sand in the toes, the sound of the gulls. It’s where I relax most.

I totally agree. Specifically… see #8.

16. Melissa also says: I had Lyme Disease in 2005 and would not have been diagnosed as soon as I was if I hadn’t have insisted to the doctor that I wanted to be tested. He was pretty rude to me when I described my syptoms and the rash I’d had TEN days later he left me a lame voicemail admitting he had been wrong – and that I should call the office to get on antibiotics. I left that medical practice soon after.

I had a similar experience with a physician who told me that there was NO reason for me to get screened for colon cancer before age 40. She changed her tune pretty fast when I told a physician assistant that actually my dad died at 40 from colon cancer, so i’d like the test please, k thanx bye. (p.s. they found a polyp and removed it. I now go every five years.)

17. Johnsays: In 2005 I invented the drink, Cognac and Tonic. This still leads to a lot of revulsion, but it’s a tasty drink once in a while.

I have invented all KINDS of revolting things. I’m a fan of sauces. like pear sauce on blueberry ice cream. or any thing blended together. diet coke with a “shot” of strawberry fanta. yum.

18. Shawn says: My favorite word is pamplemousse. It means ‘grapefruit’ in French.

I say I was inexplicably, dramatically, passionately drawn to pamplemousse products at Origins. Years later some chi/massage/body experts said (without knowing) that I need more citrus.

19. Treva:One of my first loves was reading. I don’t remember not knowing how to read.

I say: I remember learning TO read. big index cards and getting to pick a topic for kids books. and Linda the Librarian at Petit Branch and her method of “turn to any random page” and see if it’s the right level for you. And reading my dad Alice in Wonderland and Dr. Doolittle and Treasure Island.

20. Nick: If there were only two seasons in a year, I would choose Fall and Spring. Summer is for the birds…

I say: I’d just take Fall.

21: Vijay says: I went to an international school K-12 It was neat being around people from all over the world. But sometimes sad because children of diplomats rarely stay in one place for more than a year or two. There is a group of “survivors” that made it through all the way. Some of them are friends here on FB.

I say: I feel a bit the same way about my Jowonio peeps, the mainstreamed – kids with and without disabilities learning together in the 1970s touchy-feely environ.

and now a few of my own:

22) My dad died when I was 12 years old and my sister was nine. His life and his death colors so much of me, and only now, well into my adulthood am I learning to feel his life more than his death everyday. I absolutely feel him in our lives now, especially in the big moments: the birth of my niece, the beauty of an October morning, a major writing or work accomplishment.

23) I am currently feeling very very blessed to have found a second chance on love. I truly believe I’ve found my soul mate – we met through friends (thanks guys!) and hit it off immediately, though it took years (literally) to remeet when the timing was right and we were both ready. We found each other at a party, started talking and the rest is history. All those cliche things people say about “it’ll happen when you’re ready” … they’re true. (Thanks SuperT and so many of you for having faith when i did not.)

24) People have always thought I’m more serious and “good” than I actually wanted to be. I would have drank and smoked in high school if I’d known where the party was (and probably been a lot more fun!) I now see I was kinda Reese Witherspoon in election (sigh). While I’m smart, like to read and write, I also LOVE bad tv (reality!), read my horoscope (and believe it!), and love to laugh with good friends and good wine. My favorite guilty pleasure: massage. If I were to win the lottery: massages every day, all day. multiple sessions.

25) I was once fired from a job for quitting. Shout out to you-know-who-certain-three-letter-initialed company peeps! Update: other friends report in with similar tales of woe including one person who quit same company twice, and many of us who are survivors and good friends because of it. smile.

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  1. Rob said,

    Wrote on January 28, 2009 @ 12:49 am

    Hey, friend.

    A most excellent post, as usual.

    As for me: Basically, I’ll be typing with my left hand for another month. The surgery was to remove a tumor (happy to say it was benign), but I have some nerve damage. The doc said I should be able to play the piano in a month or two. – which is amazing as I never could before.

    So I guess I did look a little different in my post pic (I started parting my hair differently)


    Robs last post: Er’ I’ve been busy

  2. Miss Penny Lane said,

    Wrote on January 28, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

    i found you! do i have to subscribe or something?

    Miss Penny Lanes last post: baby food pudding

  3. washwords said,

    Wrote on January 28, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

    Hey old friends, long time, no see. Penny, I didn’t know I was missing (or you were searching for me!) It’s been a long time. You’re both as talented and funny as ever. glad to reconnect. spread the word (if I’m missing) and yes, by all means subscribe penny! clickity click on the little subscribe button on top right (via reader or email) or there’s probably a link in your address bar. thanks for looking for me!

  4. Michael Weiksner said,

    Wrote on January 29, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

    Washwords: Thanks for the comment on my blog. FYI, I responded to your comment.

    – Mike

    Michael Weiksners last post: Over-rated, Overdone & Totally Missable: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  5. Some guy named "me" said,

    Wrote on January 30, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    I’m glad you’re back, too. Where have ya been? Has someone been taking all your time at home? 🙂

  6. the fearless blog said,

    Wrote on February 8, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

    Although my father died two years ago, I lost him many years before that. I often write about him and I still think about him every day. He was and is such an important part of my life. Who I am, what I feel and everything I do somehow connects back to him. I can understand your #22 so well.

    the fearless blogs last post: 25 Random Things about Myself

  7. washwords said,

    Wrote on February 8, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

    Thank you fearless. It’s such a big part of me and so hard to talk about without trivializing or dwelling in the grief of it, but rather the life and gift of his life. Anyway, thanks for understanding and for your wonderful blog.

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