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The Randomness that is Me

I have been tagged by Merry of Mom and More.

The rules:

a. Link to the person who tagged you.
b. Post the rules on your blog.
c. Write six random things about yourself.
d. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
e. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.
f. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

Ok…I’m not really tagging anyone here because pretty much everyone I know on blogspot has been tagged already. I’d really rather not highlight what a loser I am by not even having six people to tag….so, if you haven’t already done this, consider yourself TAGGED.

Six Things About Me:

I get bored blow-drying my hair. I have A LOT of hair and it takes a very long time to dry. It’s not thick hair, there’s just a lot of it. And it’s naturally wavy…and by wavy, I mean it’s a freaking rat’s nest when I wake up in the mornings. I have contemplated shaving my head, but I know for a fact that my skull is very bumpy. I would not be an attractive bald woman, like Natalie Portman.

I have a serious obsession with home décor shopping – particularly quirky antiques and bohemian styled decorations. I can’t see an antique store without feeling a tug at the pit of my stomach. MUST. STOP. BUY. ANTIQUES. It’s a sickness, really. I also can’t pass by Anthropologie without stopping…because, have you BEEN to that store? It’s amazingly bohemian and though extremely overpriced, worth every inflated penny.

I am recently unemployed. Recently meaning “as of last Wednesday.” So far, it’s been great. Everyone should try to get ‘laid off’….not to be confused with ‘fired.’ Fired implies you did something wrong…my company simply downsized and could no longer afford me. This way, I can collect unemployment and write my next book.

I love the name Norah. I know most of you will probably cringe at this old fashioned name, but I think it’s wonderfully classic. My daughter will be named Norah. If you don’t like it…that’s fine. But you still have to buy me a baby shower gift. (Other names I love: Autumn, Claire, Amelia, BOYS: Noah, Ashlin)

I have a very eccentric family. My father is a brilliant and goofy (and also brilliantly goofy) man who received his MBA from the University of Michigan after having served as a Lieutenant in Korea during the Vietnam War. My mother is a nurse who never believed in the idea of marriage and felt that it sealed a woman’s fate as a second class citizen (the idea being that a piece of paper ultimately defines your relationship…not the idea of being with one person forever) and only married my father because she loved him dearly and knew it was what he needed and wanted. My brother is a kooky dispatcher for the Greensboro Police Department…he went to Catholic high school where he sold Playboys out of his locker, stole Hershey Kisses off of Sister Mary Francine’s desk, and single handedly caught and testified in court our priest who was embezzling money from the school. My sister was the overachiever. There was never a time I remember her NOT having a 4.0 and I recall on more than one occasion, her coming home in tears, panicking over the fact that she had not gotten a perfect score on a test. She loosened up after she met her (now) husband, and got her first enema. (kidding, kidding…she’d kill me if she ever read that)

My favorite shirt in the whole wide world is a long sleeved peasant shirt that has embroidered flowers and coffee cups above the right breast. Then, in embroidered lettering, it reads “I Really Need a Fucking Coffee.” It’s brilliant and sums up exactly how I feel every morning. I wore it to work on Tuesday…at any other job, this may have been the reason I had been let go. However, since my ex boss got high at our last Christmas party, I somehow doubt this.

5 Responses to “The Randomness that is Me”

  1. WordVixen Says:

    Dang. I’m torn between being commonly polite (ever notice how the more “polite” someone is, the more annoying they are?) “So sorry you got laid off”, and the more accurate “I’m jealous!”. :)

    *snarf* Enema.

  2. Ello Says:

    Hey - sorry about the job situation but hopefully you can take the opportunity and get lots of writing done! Also, laid off means with pay right? So hopefully that eases your transition. Good luck on the job hunt.

    Separately - love your random facts and the story about your parents. Very sweet!

  3. Merry Monteleone Says:

    Oy, Colleen, sorry about the job… but you’re on to bigger and better things, I promise. Now might be a good time to see if you’d really like to venture into publishing… cuz, ya know, we could all use friends in high places :-)

  4. Colleen_Katana Says:

    Word - No need for politeness around me! =0) Overall I’m a lot happier, though the overall fact that I am now unemployed blows balls.

    Ello - Thanks for the support! Indeed, it does mean with severance…and with 2 months of completely paid health insurance. yay!

    Merry - Oy is right. I really, really would love to get a job in publishing. I’m definitely hoping to break into that scene soon…

  5. girl with the mask Says:

    I can so emphathise with hair drying thing. When I was little, mama used to have to request fifteen more minutes for me at the hairdressers because it took so long to dry!

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