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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

100 Things About Me

I wrote this 100 Things post for my new blog, but I'm posting it here so you all can see I'm not some sort of slacker, and I really am working on this new blog. Which I've decided will probably be simpler than I had originally planned it to be. But not so simple that it doesn't have a cool photoblog, because Zoot has offered to create one for me. She's cool like that. So here are 100 facts you may or may not know about me.

1. My name is Hillary.
2. I’m a Pisces.
3. I’m in my early thirties.
4. My hair is curly, and blondish.
5. I am 5ft 1 ½ inches tall.
6. That ½ inch is very important.
7. My husband’s name is John.
8. We’ve been together for almost ten years, married for almost three.
9. My dog’s name is Seamus.
10. He’s a beagle. And he’s adorable.
11. We got him from the pound.
12. I’m extremely liberal. Socialist even.
13. My husband is even more liberal than I am.
14. I’m a vegetarian.
15. A vegetarian who does not eat fish.
16. So, no, I can’t “just have the tuna sandwich”
17. I have a degree in art history and political science from Wellesley College.
18. I love art and I can go on about politics for hours.
19. So naturally, I’m a marketing director for a company that publishes investment newsletters.
20. I write copy and work on our e-business development. Among other things.
21. Bad Penguin is not my first blog.
22. I had one called Hilldery that I closed after I got outed at work.
23. Because the outing was followed by a call from the VP of Human Resources.
24. I live just outside of Washington DC.
25. 10 minutes from the house where I grew up.
26. I love being at the center of all that is familiar.
27. My husband would rather live in Canada or Ireland or travel the world in a camper, having adventures.
28. Someday we probably will try living somewhere else.
29. But right now we’re trying to buy a house here.
30. And have a baby.
31. I really want a baby.
32. And I wouldn’t mind another dog.
33. I have a brother named Tim.
34. He’s 12 years younger than I am.
35. He’s far away in Asheville, going to college.
36. When I was in college, I spent two summers working as a park ranger.
37. At the White House (aka Presidents’ Park) and the JFK Birthplace (a National Historic Site)
38. It was some of the most rewarding and worthwhile work I’ve ever done.
39. My parents are divorced.
40. They hate each other, and are much happier now.
41. Sometimes they are very juvenile toward each other, which makes me nuts.
42. My father is a little crazy. Sometimes he combines the crazy with religion.
43. This has made me very uncomfortable with most organized religions.
44. Except Buddhism. Well, and Quakers and Unitarians.
45. A Unitarian married John and me. He helped us write our own ceremony.
46. I read a lot.
47. I’m willing to give almost any kind subject matter a try, but it does have to be well written.
48. I probably read science fiction and mysteries the most.
49. But I like non-fiction too.
50. I’ve recently taken up knitting
51. I like it, but I can’t do anything very complicated yet.
52. I also love to cook. I’m pretty good at it.
53. Becoming a vegetarian has really expanded my culinary horizons.
54. I am a fabulous baker.
55. I entered the Pillsbury Bake-Off once, but they didn’t choose my recipe. Even though it is amazing.
56. Those Pillsbury people can be short-sighted bastards.
57. I used to speak French fluently, but since I don’t have anyone to speak it with, I’ve forgotten a lot.
58. I have been to France twice.
59. The first time I went to Paris and Tours.
60. The second time to Paris and Perpignan.
61. Both trips were awesome.
62. I am not a very good sleeper. It takes me a long time to fall asleep. And everything wakes me up.
63. My mom can fall asleep in two minutes. And everyone else in my family sleeps like they are in a coma. It’s very annoying to me.
64. Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?
65. Music is very important to me.
66. I’ll listen to just about any genre.
67. But my favorites tend to be in punk rock, alternative, the blues and rock n’ roll.
68. I started taking yoga classes about six months ago.
69. I took to it like a duck to water.
70. But it is harder than it looks.
71. I studied ballet for years, so luckily I was already pretty flexible.
72. When I was 16, I played Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the ballet version of the Wizard of Oz. I was also one of the daughters of the rainbow.
73. Ok, the first 69 weren’t that hard, but I’m running out of inspiration.
74. Purple Monkey Dishwasher.
75. There, a quote from the Simpsons. I can pretty much always find a way to tie the Simpsons in to what is going on.
76. If I were a character on the Simpsons, I would probably be Lisa.
77. Yep, I was kind of a geek.
78. Well, in middle school I was a geek.
79. By high school I was a tough punk rocker, but I still had geeky tendencies. And a goody goody reputation.
80. I had great friends in high school.
81. Particularly my friend Laila, who is still one of my nearest and dearest.
82. My college crew – aka my bitches – are like family.
83. That would be Jules, Julie, Ariane and Carri.
84. I wish we weren’t scattered all over the east coast.
85. Jules and I once played checkers with shots of tequila. That was a bad idea.
86. When she went into labor with her son Malcolm, John and I drove all night to be with her.
87. I was going to write something about each of them, but then I remembered this is supposed to be 100 things about me.
88. My favorite Sesame Street character was Snufflelupagus. I probably spelled that wrong. I should’ve gone with the Count, but that would be a lie. I liked him, but he wasn’t my favorite.
89. I do, however, have a bizarre fascination with vampire stories and movies.
90. The same goes for Jack the Ripper stories and movies.
91. Speaking of Jack the Ripper movies, I’m a fan of Johnny Depp. (From Hell)
92. Ok, now I’m just getting tired and loopy.
93. My parents were very restrictive when I was growing up.
94. They once made me turn off an episode of Silver Spoons because they felt it was getting too racy.
95. I’m not kidding.
96. So as I got older, I lied to them a lot.
97. It was the only way I ever got to leave the house.
98. But now I’m a very honest person.
99. I’m also a very clumsy person.
100. A very clumsy, short, curly haired liberal person who has finally made it to 100!