So Ana tagged me to come up with six weird things about myself. Here goes.
1. Boo Boo Kitty: Ever since I was about seven I have had this stuffed Kliban "Momcat" pillow which I affectionately named "Boo Boo Kitty" (after Shirley's stuffed cat from Laverne & Shirley). Boo Boo Kitty is uniquely shaped and perfect for shoving under your neck for additional support when you sleep. The original Boo Boo has long since disintegrated and thankfully my parents have scoured the globe and ebay to replace it many times over. I have quite a collection of Kliban pillow cats these days. Let it be known that I brought Boo Boo to the top of the Eiffel Tower and I also have a picture of Boo Boo next to the Grand Canal in Venice. Yes, I'm 31 and I sleep with a stuffed animal. Sue me.
2. Miss Kitty's Secret Life: I think it's perfectly normal, but often I get odd looks when I talk about my cat as though she were a person. I like to imagine that my cat has a secret life (including having worked at Taco Bell-- she had to take the bus there, and once there wear a full-body hair net), she has a small gambling problem (too many nights left alone to play poker with the deer who live in the back yard) and she did, after all, graduate from Sarah Lawrence. What? It makes life more fun. Trust me, if you knew her, you'd agree.
3. Jeopardy!: One of my life goals (as yet unaccomplished) would be to be a contestant on Jeopardy. This all stems from the fact that I used to read the Book of Lists and World Book Almanac as a child. I was also the quiz bowl captain in high school, not to mention that at my first quiz bowl competition in middle school I will never forget that we lost to Mabry because I let the team go with "Patton" instead of "Montgomery" as to who was the head of the Allied Forces in Europe during WWII. I knew it was Montgomery and I said as much but the group wanted to go with Patton. That's the last time I allowed my destiny to be governed by mob rule.
4. Apocalypse Now: I saw Apocalypse Now when I was four. My dad and I always went to the movies on Saturday afternoons and that was one of our picks. Though some might find this a bit drastic for a four year old, I was much more scarred by the fact that one Saturday I wanted to see "The Main Event" with Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neal and instead my dad got us tickets for "The Champ" with Jon Voight and Ricky Schroeder.
5. Speaking of Barbra... I do a damn fine rendition of both Barbra Streisand's and Barry Gibb's parts in their duet "Guilty" (that being said, I can also sing the Bee Gee's part, too...)
6. Mel Gibson: Before Mel went crazy, I was quite a fan (actually, my uber-fan Mel Gibson status actually started to wane long before he went crazy and more along when he started to age badly...) none the less, my mom and I did the "College Tour of the East Coast" when I was a junior in high school and we included a visit to Bowdoin in Maine. This was mainly because (a) we had wanted to go to Maine, and (b) Mel Gibson was filing "The Man Without a Face" in Rockport. On the day of my Bowdoin interview, mom and I snuck onto the movie set. I never made it to Bowdoin.
And an extra odd fact, for good measure:
7. Upon admission to Cornell I learned that I would be entering the class in January, with about 80 other students in the Arts College. We were given the names and addresses of everybody coming into the class in case we wanted to coordinate or get to know some of our fellow classmates before attending. I wrote a form letter and sent it to everyone on the list. It was a great ice breaker when I got there-- suddenly, I was the wacky girl who wrote the letter. Ironic, because I am totally anti-social and hate to talk to people I don't know, yet at the same time, I tend to be self-destructive in this vein and do things like writing a letter to 80 people I don't know, joining the college's PR club, working as a tour guide and an RA. I'm like the classic agoraphobic/claustrophobic.
Next I tag Texas Jack and 410E9th. Ps. I didn't go into pregnancy related oddities here because the list would far exceed 6 items. Btw, Ana, I totally hear you about the wide feet.