in a certain light, when it’s kinda dark…

It has come to my attention that I have received a lot more followers on Twitter over the past few days, and they have been led here from my Tweets.  First of all, welcome!

Secondly, I thought it would be fun (or time-consuming) to do one of those Facebook ’25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me’ things for the blog.  Since most of what you all know is that I’m a performer/writer who lived in New York for a few months and then crawled back home, tail between my legs, to live with my parents again, I figured it’d be nice to know some things about me that are not basketball or drama related.  So, here we go.
1.  I buy cooking magazines all the time, yet when it actually comes down to it, I barely ever cook and end up heating an Amy’s Organics frozen meal.  My New Year’s resolution is to cook more dinners that don’t require a microwave.
2.  The first song I ever learned to sing on my own “The Greatest Star” from Funny Girl.  The first song I ever learned in a voice lesson was “Edelweiss.”
3.  At 19 years old, I weighed 202 pounds and wore a size 18.  Today at 24 years old, I weigh 135 pounds and wear a size 4.  It was incredibly hard and maintaining it will be a choice I make every single day for the rest of my life, but it gave me back my life.
4.  I have to start every single morning by eating an apple.  I HAVE to.  If I don’t, I feel all weird and out of it.  It’s Pavlovian.  Doesn’t matter what kind of apple it is (although lately I am all about Honeycrisp, those suckers are huge) as long as it isn’t Red Delicious, which should be renamed Red Juicy Cardboard.
5.  I took tapdancing for seven years and gave up right when we graduated to high heel taps, a decision that has irked me ever since.
6.  I read my first Shakespeare play when I was nine.  It was Romeo and Juliet.
7.  When I was five years old I sabotaged my sister’s CCD Christmas concert by running onstage and singing “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.”  There are pictures to prove that I did this.  Jenna is standing to the left of me, and if looks could kill, I would have been on the floor bleeding.
8.  I wore braces for a year, and it left me with a calcium deposit on my left incisor, a situation I am still self-conscious about.
9.  I could eat sushi every single day.  But then again, those familiar with my blogging will know about my sushi love.
10.  I am a HUGE Lord of the Rings nerd.  Read the books when I was sixteen and I watch the movies once a year in a caffeine fueled marathon that usually reduces me to a pile of sobby, snotty Kleenex.  Indeed, I think I qualify as a “Ringer.”  It is a dream of mine to learn Elvish, and I have begged for Arwen’s Evenstar necklace and the Ring of Adamant for the past six Christmases.  One year mom got me the One Ring in silver, which I thought was pretty badass.
11.  Everything I thought I knew about sex when I was younger I learned from Judy Blume novels.  Not Superfudge or Starring Sally J. Freedman…, obviously. No.  I learned it from Wifey and Straight Talking and most of all Forever.  My mom didn’t buy me these books…I read them in the aisles of bookstores when she wasn’t looking.  Scandalous!!
12. When I shop at Whole Foods I try to bring one thing home that I’ve never had before.  Today, it was LaLoos goat’s milk ice cream.  A few months ago, it was raw honey.  It’s usually something sweet!
13.  I eat baby carrots like it’s my job.  I go through a few 1-pound bags a week.  I eat them with lunch, I snack on them with hummus before I work out, I eat them with dinner, I EAT THEM ALL THE TIME.
14.  Despite what people insist, I do not think I’m funny.  I’ll write things down sometimes that will  make me laugh, but usually I don’t do it to get other people to laugh as well.  My dad thinks I’d be a great comedian, but I am seriously not funny when it’s just me talking.  My best material comes from when I’m talking to someone and building from reactions to situations.
15.  I love artsy independent films as well as big-budget affairs.  This summer my three favorite movies were The Hangover, Inglourious Basterds, and Bright Star.
16.  There are 20 flavors of Ben and Jerry’s I know for a fact I have eaten an entire pint of. 
17.  I asked for a Rosetta Stone in Italian for Christmas so I can finally speak my dad’s native language.  One of the first things someone asks me is if I speak Italian, and it always breaks my heart a little bit to tell them that all I know are dirty words.
18.  I can pull my lip like Elvis but to an extreme degree, to the point where it freaks my friends out.
19.  I compulsively buy books and then forget to read them.  I’m easily seduced by a gorgeous cover and thick, heavy pages.
20.  I’m in the process of writing my first novel.  It’s a sprawling fantastical epic in the vein of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, still lacking a title.  I got the idea after spending six years writing with a group of friends who are, in all respects, much better writers than I am.  I’m just a blatant ripoff artist.
21.  I still play dress up.  Don’t judge me.
22.  I am, to coin a phrase, a Goddess-loving Christian.  I was raised Roman Catholic and am confirmed into the church and I still consider myself part of the faith, but in my everyday worship I also give respect to the Goddess.  If I were to wear religious iconography, I would wear a chain with a cross and pentacle on it.  It really does depend on the day.  Some days I see a male in my head, other days I see a female.  When I think of the Goddess she usually takes on the form of either Arianrhod (Welsh goddess of fate) or the Morrigan (Irish battle goddess, similar to the Norse Valkyrie).  Like I said, depends on the day, or my mood.  Also, depending on what Sabbat it is, I’ll see a specific female entity.  I’m of the opinion that it’s not what you worship, it’s how.
23.  I have programmed myself to get up at 8 AM.  I can do it without an alarm.  I could stay up all night, my eyes will be open at 8 sharp.
24.  I dye my hair compulsively.
25.  The one thing I really want for Christmas? A pair of Christian Louboutin shoes.  It will never, ever happen considering some of his shoes cost more than a month’s rent in my NYC apartment.  But I can’t help but dream!
I’m almost falling asleep here, so I must close.  Thanksgiving draws near.
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