It’s always fun meeting new people at conferences. It’s even more fun meeting people at conferences that you met beforehand online but had never met in person. In honor of knowing there will be quite a few of you I meet in real life in just about 5 weeks, I thought it would be fun to share 10 random facts about myself with you. I would love to take credit for this post idea, but my new online friend Jaima was the one who came up with it for an upcoming conference we’ll be attending. You can read her post here.
1. I love karaoke.
I love it like it’s my job. I find karaoke everywhere I go. Even in places like Afghanistan and Colombia, I find karaoke. I guess it’s my thing.
2. I’m allergic to blackcurrants.
Of all the random things to be allergic to, that’s the only serious allergy I have (Well, that and latex). I discovered the blackcurrant allergy on a trip to France about 4 years ago. A few too many kir royals and I was a welt from head to toe. I should blog about that adventure some other time.
3. I hate socks that are too big.
I have small feet, and the heels always slide down, so I often buy children’s socks instead of women’s. They fit much better, and sometimes they are less expensive. It’s not as if my feet are abnormally small; they are not. They’re just normally small.
4. I’m an Apple lover.
I’ve always been an early adopter of technology. Since I bought my first Apple product about 20 years ago, I have yet to be disappointed. As far as operating systems go, I’ve never used a better one than iOS. One word: stable.
5. I’m a mom to four kids.
Yep, four. I often get told I don’t look old enough to have four kids. Sometimes I think people are just being nice, but maybe it’s true (at least on the days I bother to put on make-up). I wasn’t a young mom by any means, but I also didn’t start having kids later on in life. I had babies when my husband and I were ready to have babies. Those babies are the light of my life, even though they really aren’t babies any more.
(I just realized I’m only at five things. Crap! I still need five more.)
6. I love my job.
I know, you’re thinking, “yeah right, nobody loves their job.” But I actually do 98% of the time. I work for a great company, and the work is interesting and challenging. I have just the right amount of responsibility to be engaged, challenged, and only minimally stressed out. I honestly can’t think of doing anything else.
7. I have a cat that chews shoes.
Yes, you read that correctly. I have a cat—not a dog—that chews on my shoes. She would chew on the tongues and heels of shoes so that you couldn’t wear them because they wouldn’t stay on your feet. She ruined more shoes than my two dogs combined. She’s been on a permanent vacation at grandma’s house for a few years now. She went to grandma’s house to take a vacation and get away from the stress and chaos of kids. Apparently she liked it there so much she wanted to stay and grandma wanted her to stay. I’m not sure if that means I don’t actually have a cat any longer, but my mom still calls her my cat, so I’m going to continue to call her my cat.
Water is always the first choice, with wine or cocktails on its heels. I like my reds, but I can always pick a crisp, sipable white. Martinis of any sort are my cocktails of choice. Here’s my best tip ever for you…chase that alcoholic beverage with water. I drink one glass of water per one alcoholic beverage every single time I drink, and I have never had a hangover. Ever. It doesn’t matter if it’s a one-glass-of-wine night or an evening in West Hollywood raging with friends. It works.
9. I was born and raised in NY.
Not in NYC or Upstate (as the lower parts of NY state use to refer to anything north of Westchester County). I grew up in rural Northern NY, about 30 min from the Canadian border at just about the most Northern point of the state. Look up Massena, NY. I grew up just south of there. It was flat, cold, and snowy. I went to school at SUNY Plattsburgh. We didn’t cancel school or close businesses for 2 feet of snow or freezing rain. We closed school when there was a wind chill equivalent of -25 degrees Fahrenheit and the buses couldn’t run. I can handle the cold.
10. I hate spiders.
Just hearing the word spider, gives me the heebie-jeebies. The bigger they are, the more panicky I get. I can actually have an anxiety attack if the spider is big enough or close enough.
So if we are going to meet at BlissDom or any other conference this year, I’d love to learn 10 random things about you, too! Feel free to share your links with me below.