Saturday, May 23, 2009

Seven Things About Me

I was tagged by nurmisur the other day with one of those thingies where you reveal "seven things you never knew you wanted to know about me". I like talking about myself so I'll do it - if any of you feel the urge to participate, please do!

1. I worked in retail for 17 years before I switched to office work (what I do now), and 11 of those years were spent in a year-round Christmas store. My title was Number 1 Elf. I loved it - I got to decorate all the trees (we had over 20 in the store), do the window displays (3 huge windows), go on buying trips, train the staff and of course, help the customers.

2. Due to my early career, I loathe Christmas carols. We played them from May until December every year. I cannot listen to a Christmas album and I always try to shop for Christmas gifts before the stores start playing the music. Ack! Turn it off!

3. Also due to my early career, I learned to be very outgoing (I was terribly shy as a child) and I am charming as hell in person. My entire family (brother, mom and my dad, before he died) possess this quality. People really like us, and we're pretty funny.

4. However, I have very few close friends. My best friend and I rarely see each other - Janet's been my friend since I was 13 and we have been through it all together, but we have our own lives. When we do see each other, it's like putting on a soft sweater: warm and familiar. I have some tight women friends (a core group of about 3) and some great guy friends (L's friends, who have become my friends), who all know me well, but I'm not super close with people. I don't call, I don't write and unless it's an organized event, I don't see them. The internet/blogging suits me well...I like the distance.

5. I prefer to be alone. I am perfectly happy to be on my own for long stretches. I do not need the company of other people. I love being home alone, reading, playing on the computer, watching movies, and I don't require someone with me. Luckily, I am married to someone who appreciates this - we each keep our own interests, but we still do stuff together.

6. I like going to movies by myself. The first movie I ever saw by myself was "The Princess Bride" on my 19th birthday. It was opening weekend, and the theatre was packed. I sat on the aisle (my favourite spot) and there was a seat empty beside me. A lady asked me if it and the two seats beside it were taken - when I said no, she said (very loudly), "Oh my god, you're here by YOURSELF? Maybe this nice young man here would like to sit with you?", pointing to a guy sitting behind me. Oh, the humiliation.

7. I am a total geek, nerd, dork, what-have-you. I own a standing cardboard cut-out of a stormtrooper. I was a member of the Star Trek Fan Club. I love fantasy and science fiction, even the crappy stuff. I play Dungeons and Dragons. I have a full book shelf dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien. I play Magic: The Gathering card game (we have binders full of cards). Okay, now I have to kill you - this paragraph will self-destruct in










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  1. Hey, thanks for sharing. I can be a really bad friend too. I rarely if ever call people, with the exception of my Mom, sister and brothers.

    My best friend and I have been best friends since I was born, and we maybe see each other 2 times a year and talk once a month at most. I understand the feeling you get when you guys get together though. She's feels like a sister when we do get together.

  2. What nice things you shared :)
    I can totallu relate with the Christmas carols because I also worked in a department store where we did Christmas decorations from October to January and y the end of it we were not in a christmasy mood.
    I guess it didn't help that the guy that had as Santa Claus had a liking for the bottle :)
    I also love to go to the movies by my own.

  3. You dress way too nicely to be a Magic player. :)

  4. Alison, I don't consider it being a "bad" friend. My friends all know I'm like this (a lot of them are as well, so it suits us), and work with it. I do communicate (mostly by email), so it's not like I cut them off, and I do plan things so that I can see them.

    Yeah, that's a nice feeling, isn't it?

    Thanks, nurmisur, I enjoyed doing this. Ha, oh, gosh, I'm so glad we didn't have a Santa! Movies on your own is best - I'm going to one today!

    Ha, Kimberly! I know exactly the type of person you mean.

  5. I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas carols.

  6. I'm a geek too! I have a half shelf to JRR Tolkien. The other half is StarWars ;) My boys would love a full size cut out of a storm trooper too!

  7. Wendy, I guess I sort of do too - but certain versions can turn me into a ranting lunatic.

    Sher, so happy to share geekiness with you! I have a bunch of Star Wars stuff too (I actually do a Star Trek/Star Wars Christmas tree). Hmmm...if I get tired of my stormtrooper, I'll send him your way.

  8. Thanks for sharing. I find a kindred spirit with you in so many ways.

    Since this is a fashion blog, I'll share some "fashionable" facts. I hate to mix my metallics. I own wedding rings in both gold and platinum because I am that anal about it. I know its "OK" to mix metals, but I just cannot do it.

    My favorite color combination is orange and purple.

    I own 200 pair of shoes and wear about 150 of them routinely. About 10 pair I have not worn in years and are too sentimental to part with (my wedding shoes, etc.).

  9. I love reading these posts. I did this same one and it's in my sidebar under favorites. That's so awesome that you're married to someone who understands you need alone time. And What an interesting early career you had! Jingle bells, jingle bells...just kidding! haha!

  10. I like going to the movies by myself too. Lots of people think this is strange. To me it makes perfect sense - you aren't supposed to talk during a movie, so doesn't it make as much sense to go alone as with someone?

  11. Lain, isn't it comforting to know there are others like you out there?

    Ooh, I love orange and purple - I will have to try a mix. Wow, you have even more shoes than me!!

    Christy, I like them too - I like that people put a bit of themselves out there. I will check yours out. Yes, I am really lucky to have L - he's the best. Ooh, you're so evil!

    Goober, it makes total sense to me too! And you can sit where you want and no makes any comments when you eat all the popcorn.

  12. Hello ! I just think that you are the most interesting woman i've seen since a long time ! Love your honesty ! Keep going ! (sorry for my english!)

  13. Golly, we've are more ALIKE than different. . . Major Geek here! Least I know I'm in good company, and she's a cool dudette!

    :-P Jean

  14. Jean, it's so nice to know there are people like us out there, isn't it?

  15. I love this post. I have been looking for blogs from the 40 and over fashionistas. I love alone time and am perfectly happy reading or surfing the web or just comtemplating life. I talk to my best friend maybe once a week if that much. Fortunately she is the same way. We talk when we have something to say and it is always as if no time has passed. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Hi, Pam, thanks so much for commenting, and for your kind words. It's nice to know we're not the only ones.


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