25 Things

There is this horrible, self-indulgent trend making its way around Facebook.  As I would never do anything self-indulgent (blogging anyone?) I really shouldn't have added to this social blight.  But I felt guilty, so here are mine.  Feel free to add yours in the comments: Rules: 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.

1. I grew up Catholic, and so I have felt guilty for not writing these since I was first tagged. I might tag Gayle, because she too will feel guilt and give in.

2. About that Catholic thing...for the first time I am giving real thought to not being Catholic. I've overlooked a lot of stuff, but when I was looking up marriage stuff, it said I was fornicating, and would not gain access to heaven. I suspect that my god appreciates practicality of shared living in cities with exorbitant rent. Also, my god loves love.

3. In senior kindergarten, when I was in charge of snacks, I told Amy S. that there was peanut butter in the cookies I brought, and that wasn't true. I still feel guilty, and I am sorry.

4. I am equal parts fascinated by and terrified of wedding dresses. Some days I think they are a costume, and wearing one doesn't make me any more of a bride than suspenders, boots and a hat make me a fireman. Other days I get a little sad that I'm not going to be wearing a poufy white monstrosity on my wedding day.

5. I read constantly. I have 4 partially read books next to my bed right now, and I am actually reading all of them. This, in addition to assigned reading for school

6. Half the fun of being in grad school is complaining about grad school.

7. I had 32 kids in my high school graduating class, half of whom I knew since the age of 3. It was a public school, and I didn't live on a farm.

8. When I get married I gain 1138 new legal rights. I think it is a travesty that we as a nation withhold these rights from people who also want to get married. I am certain our kids will think this completely absurd. I am unwavering in this; and I think using religion as an argument in this is ridiculous. Churches can do what they want - if the government bestows privileges, they should be open to everyone.

9. I pay for cable solely for Bravo.

10. I hate shopping. I'm not kidding. The internets make it tolerable.

11. I am never bored....well, I'm a little bored writing this- I'm only on 11? , but I am never bored.

12. I really liked growing up in my teeny home town, but you couldn't pay me enough to move back. Barring having to take care of my mom, I think it's a place best visited.

13. I liked high school, and I went to 8 proms. I was also grounded more that I wasn't grounded.

14. I hate shrimp - I only eat it as a conduit for cocktail sauce. I also love all condiments - and Ranch dressing counts.

15. I am 100% perfectly content and at ease with everything in my life when I'm practicing yoga.

16. I hate big crowds, and only like really big parties because it forces small intimate moments. I think there is a Fitzgerald quote that sums this up better than I can, but I can't remember it. Oh yeah, Daisy Buchanan said something about this.

17. I wish I were more eloquent. I often get too excited to properly explain my ideas. Also, I hate public speaking, even thought I do it all the time. This is actually my first job that hasn't required me to do any public speaking.

18. I once lived in Las Vegas for 1 year, 2 weeks and 4 days. It was the loneliest I have ever been in my life.

19. I love school, and want to get a PhD some day. I particularly love political and feminist theory, especially existential feminist theory.

20. I have fantastic taste in music. No, it's true. This does not mean that I want you to see my iPod. I think they are more personal than diaries.

21. I despise Karaoke. I was once booed at a lesbian bar after singing Tiny Dancer.

22. I consider the real sign of how good a restaurant is determined by the quality of their burger. Also, I do love good food, but I secretly love chain restaurants, like Olive Garden, Chilis, and Pizza Hut.

23. I adore puppies and babies. I love my puppy, and am completely and totally scared shitless to actually have to give birth to a child. Not of the raising, of the birthing.

24. I have learned how to say no, and how to balance all of the projects in my life.

25. I loved turning 30, and think it might well be my favorite birthday ever. That said, I look forward to every birthday that I am given.

There, bitchez. I did it. Now it's your turn.