Happy Wednesday! Wednesdays are usually house project day here on Swoon, but I've been working on the weekends, so there is no post today. I thought it might be fun to share some things about me. Even though I am, for better or for worse, pretty much myself here on the blog, I figure there are always little hidden nuggets that you might not know about me. I've done this before in this post and this post (so that's an additional 15 things). Here are 5 more things you always wanted to know about me and more.
1. I played the piano for over 10 years.
I did. I started taking lessons when I was in second grade, and age 7, and stopped lessons at around age 16 but continued to play often until I left for college. I played the usuals - Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, but my piano teachers also allowed me to choose my choice and pick my own music. And you know that was good stuff. "Open Arms" by Journey, "Just You and I" by Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gayle, "Glory of Love" by Peter Cetera ... yeah. But ironically enough, my favorite song to play, and the most difficult piece of music I ever mastered, was "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music. I wish I could remember how to play it. Even if there is some relation to clowns.
2. I am afraid of dogs. But I love baby animals.
And I blame Da-Bee-Blah-Daaooog and Barkley. Let me explain.
Da-Bee-Blah-Daaooog was, well, a big black dog that lived in my neighborhood when I was a kid. I don't think he was bad, but he was big and he terrified the 2 year old me (hence "Da-Bee-Blah-Daaooog" instead of "big black dog"). If I ever saw him, I would freeze and scream Da-Bee-Blah-Daaooog Da-Bee-Blah-Daaooog Da-Bee-Blah-Daaooog!!!!!
And Barkley was this mean mean mean golden retriever (honestly, did you even know that Goldens could be mean? because it seems to go against their nature) who lived up the street from me growing up. He was so mean and so bad. One day, Barkley came down to my house and attacked my dog Pepper (a grey Miniature Schnauzer) and my uncle's dog Pepper (a black cockapoo) at the same time. I watched Barkely attack the respective Peppers and it was traumatizing. From that moment on, my fear began.
But I really love baby animals. Like ... I love them more than a thirty-[redacted] year old woman should. If I am on a run and see a baby rabbit or a kitten or a baby deer, I will totally geek out and scream. I mean look at this. Do you know how many times I bit my cheeks and tried to attack my computer screen when I found this picture? It is a baby deer and a baby kitten.
3. I bought a Fendi bag once.
A real Fendi bag. This was in 2002. I was in the mall and in Bloomingdales and was walking around the beautiful designer purses when I stopped in my tracks at the sight of an amazingly gorgeous, deep claret leather Fendi purse. It was so beautiful. It was so me. It was so expensive. But it was on sale. Even with the sale, it was a lot more than I ever wanted to spend on a purse. I had the sales lady take it out of the case and I petted it for a bit and talked myself out of the purse. I left the mall. As I got half way home, it was as though an unstoppable rebel force intervened and turned my car around. I literally did a U-turn in the road and went back to the mall and bought that bag. I have never once, not for a second, regretted it.
I probably should be a little ashamed to admit this, but I am not. I really love Cheez-Its. They are amazing and delicious and you can always find at least one (but probably more than one) box of Cheez-Its in my house. I think I've tried every flavor (and there are a lot). My favorites are Mozzerella, White Cheddar, Pepper Jack and I like the new grooves ranch flavor. Behold - Cheeze-It heaven:
5. I love the King of Rock n' Roll: Elvis Presley.
I really love Elvis. I do I do I do. I think it was the early influences of my friend Heather's mom, but I have loved Elvis for as long as I can remember ... especially old Elvis. Vegas Elvis. Suspicious Minds Elvis. If you happen to find me at a karaoke bar, there is a very good change that I will sing Suspicious Minds at least once. It's a mainstay on my running playlists. One of my favorite things about Sunday mornings is the "Elvis and Friends" show on the local oldies station. Oh Elvis ... we're caught in a trap ... I can't walk out ... because I love you too much baby."
And there you go. 5 more things. Consider your otherwise mundane Wednesday made. You're welcome.
See you swoon,