Up Close and Personal-100 Things You May or May Not Know About Me

12 07 2008

For a while now I’ve been reading other people’s “100 things about me” and thought it was something I’d like to do. Also, my “About Me” page is the most viewed post, so you all must be curious anyway ;). So, here goes. I promise I’ll try to keep it interesting. 

1. I was born in Pittsburgh.
2. I was actually born on my due date. 
3. I have one sibling, my younger brother Ian.
4. My mom thought I had some sort of psychic connection to my brother. I did all his talking for him until he was about 2. 
5. I wanted to be a doctor, an actress, or a princess growing up.
6. I am not a doctor or an actress, but I guess I’m a princess in my own head. 
7. I was a tomboy growing up.
8. I am probably the farthest thing from a tomboy now.
9. I have 9 cousins on my mom’s side and am very close to 7 of them. The other 2 are much younger and have lived far away most of their lives.
10. My best friend is my cousin Jennifer. We are less than a year apart. She’s the closest thing I have to a sister.
11. My hair was always stick straight and thin until I cut it short and it grew back thick and wavy.
12. My hair is also more naturally brown than red, but there is definitely some natural red in there.
13. No I won’t prove it. Don’t ask.
14. My parents have been married 25 years. I think that’s an accomplishment these days.
15. I bite my nails when I am stressed. The only thing to get me to stop is consistently get manicures.
16. I had braces when I was 12-13. There are very few pictures to prove this.
17. I had a retainer put on my bottom teeth after the braces came off. I still have it today.
18. Speaking of teeth, they gross me out and I’m terrified of visiting the dentist.
19. My first car was a 1989 Audi 100 Quattro.
20. I learned how to put a starter in a car, amongst other things because of it always breaking down.
21. I bought a brand new VW Golf when I graduated high school and gave the Audi to my brother. A week later the gas pedal fell off.
22. I left my Golf back in Pittsburgh when I moved to Chicago. Now I rely on public transit. Sometimes I miss my car.
23. In 2004, I wrecked my car twice, about 3 months apart. Once hitting a deer and once in a 4 car pileup.
24. No I didn’t cause the pileup. However, my car was the only one to get towed. I was the third car in.
25. I failed my permit test on my 16th birthday. What a bummer.
26. I broke my first bone shortly before my 22nd birthday.
27. I had a “boxer’s fracture” in my right hand.
28. One of my classmates from x-ray school x-rayed my hand at the hospital.
29. I love to travel. I have a long list of places I want to visit.
30. I went to Japan in 2004. It was the first time I traveled alone, let alone to a foreign country.
31. I’ve lived in 2 states: Pennsylvania and Illinois.
32. I’ve always lived close to my family and friends, so moving to Chicago was a huge change for me.
33. I moved to Chicago to be with my boyfriend.
34. I met my boyfriend on Twitter.
35. We dated long distance for almost 6 months.
36. Before I moved here, I worked at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as a CT Technologist.
37. I have seen things in real life that most people have only ever seen on TV.  
38. I sometimes question the career path I have chosen.
39. Because of this, I may be exploring new options.
40. I am a huge animal lover.
41. I have always had cats as pets.
42. My first family pet was Persian cat named Emily. She did not have a very nice temperament.
43. My first actual pet was a cat I named Daisy, which I got on my 5th birthday.
44. I was devastated when we had to put her to sleep December 23rd, 2002. She had diabetes.
45. I now have 2 cats named Cady and Bernard.
46. I used to dress Cady in sweaters and coats until my ex forbade me.
47. My longest relationship lasted a year and a half.
48. I think I lost my virginity way too early.
49. I have an addiction to office supplies, especially highlighters and sharpies.
50. I am Irish and Slovak.
51. I was raised Catholic, but I’ve always had an interest in Judaism.
52. I took Spanish all four years of high school but never really used it that much.
53. I have plans to relearn it, along with French and Italian.
54. I was in band until my freshman year of high school when I thought it was uncool.
57. I played the clarinet, bass clarinet, and occasionally the flute.
58. I also play the violin but never played in orchestra. I’ve always played for enjoyment.
59. I don’t play it as often as I’d like or should.
60. I have four tattoos.
61. I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday.
62. I used to be into piercings too but have since grown out of that phase and have removed most.
63. I have an unusual love for owls, even one of my tattoos is an owl.
64. I am a very picky eater.
65. I always thought it was a phase I would outgrow.
66. I can’t have my food on my plate touch each other.
67. I think this is why I don’t like most sandwiches.
68. I’m not sure whether I could be classified as an introvert or extrovert.
69. When I meet new people I am most often shy until I feel comfortable.
70. Other times I act like I’ve known the person my whole life.
71. At this point in my life, I don’t see myself ever having kids.
72. I can instantly recognize the smell of A&F Fierce cologne and this makes even the ugliest man appeal to me.
73. I had my gallbladder removed in October 2005.
74. I have a scar on my stomach from it that makes me insecure.
75. I rarely get celebrity crushes but I am in love/borderline obsessed with John Cusack.
76. No, its not because of Lloyd Dobler. I’ve never even watched “Say Anything”.
77. I find myself saying “I don’t like/I hate…” a lot. I’m trying to change that.
78. I have a mile long list of pet peeves.
79. Just to name a few: whistling, mumbling, and asking me to repeat something more than once.
80. I have a hard time sleeping unless I have a tv on/movie playing.
81. I’m more of a night owl. I find waking up early too painful.
82. I love reading and at any given time am reading a few books.
83. My favourite author is Kurt Vonnegut.
84. I don’t have just one favourite book, movie, band etc.
85. I stopped eating red meat for a few years, but recently decided to give it another try.
86. I have only eaten one hamburger in my life.
87. My eyes are green.
88. I used to do gymnastics but I never wanted to compete.
89. I played soccer for a year on my varsity team.
90. Other than gymnastics, I have no athletic ability.
91. I am a diehard hockey fan.
92. I will root for the Penguins and Maple Leafs, win or lose.
93. I used to smoke but before I graduated college I was broke so I had to quit cold turkey.
94. I still want to occasionally, especially when drinking.
95. I have an obsession with gadgets and technology. I always have to have the latest and greatest.
96. I have never made a decision I deeply regretted.
97. I’m highly sensitive to most deodorants and can only use dove. Otherwise I have an allergic reaction.
98. I have a fear of heights, insects, and funeral homes.
99. I remember most of my dreams, usually in detail. Some of my dreams usually end up being premonitions.
100. My real name is Magdelyn (pronounced Mag-da-lyn). I absolutely hated it when I was younger but now that I’m an adult I like the fact that it is unique.


Phew. Time for a nap.


A Little Lesson in Facebook Etiquette (and beyond)

2 07 2008

Lately, I’ve been getting friend requests on Facebook and Brightkite from complete strangers. While you may follow me on Twitter or interact with me on Plurk/Jaiku/Pownce, I still may not know who you are. 


Add to Friends? It takes an additional 30 seconds of  time to click the [add a personal  message] link to say why you want to be my friend or how you know me.  Chances are, I do want to be your  friend. However, if I have no idea who  you are and we have no friends in  common, you probably just come off  kind of creepy. The same thing goes  for Brightkite. Right below the “Add  to Friends” button is the “Send  Message” button. I strongly encourage their use. 

Of course, there is a right and wrong way to go about this. I imagine you are all mature enough to figure out the difference, but here’s an example of what NOT to say: “Hi you’re cute! I saw you on (random site), let’s be friends!”.

Please realize my reason for doing this isn’t to be vain or rude. It’s because I have some personal information on there that I don’t want everyone privy to, such as my phone number or my location. I’m sure with a little digging stalkers could find out this information anyway, but it makes me feel a little better knowing I tried to limit this information the best way I could. So unless you want to look like a creeper (which I’m sure you don’t), please be considerate and send a nice message before you click that “Add Friend” button.