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I turned 38 this week and in honor of the occasion, I thought it would be fun to provide “38 More Things About Me.” At first I thought this would be difficult, but I’m the world’s foremost expert on me.

1. Red pandas are my favorite animal. I celebrated my birthday on Monday by visiting them at the Erie Zoo and riding the red panda (on the carousel, people!). EDITED TO ADD: Thanks to my friend Erin for the heads up about the carousel red panda!

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2. I’m an introverted Leo. So while people can sometimes drain my energy and I don’t like calling attention to myself, I want people to notice, be interested in, and like me anyway. This is as problematic as it sounds.

3. I’m a recovering perfectionist. The phrase “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” could have been written about me. I’m working on being more efficient and simply letting some things go, because I have a lovely front porch on which I’m dying to sit.

4. My only sibling is nine years older than me. Due to his early influence, my taste in music overlaps disturbingly with that of a middle-aged man (see: Rush).

5. I curse. A lot. (see: older brother).

6. I have no first cousins.

7. My Mother preferred to keep me in shorter hair styles growing up, which I detested. Ever since it has been up to me, I’ve kept my hair long.

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8. I love having blue eyes. One of my teachers in high school once said, apropos of nothing, “dark-haired, blue-eyed women are the most attractive women in the world.”

9. Lest you think this swelled my dark-haired, blue-eyed head, another high school teacher once told me she could tell I was from the Baltic countries because of my “pale, oddly-shaped face.”

10. There are a bunch of things most people take for granted that I can’t do: snap my fingers, whistle, wink, tie shoelaces. OK, I can tie shoelaces, but I have to tie two loops together.

11. I need more sleep.

12. One of my favorite things is the feeling of waking up and realizing I can sleep longer.

13. I attended Catholic school from preschool through twelfth grade. Wearing a uniform for 13 years did not help my fashion sense.

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14. Catholic school did an excellent job of teaching me to think for myself. I thought myself right out of being Catholic.

15. At eighth grade graduation, I received an award for “honor,” which I still think is one of the coolest things ever.

16. Tom Ridge doesn’t believe I am lazy. He conducted my alumni interview when I applied to Harvard and argued with me when I replied “I am lazy” to his question about my biggest weakness. He also said he thought I’d have no trouble getting into Harvard (I did not get into Harvard).

17. The first presidential election in which I could vote was 1992. It was the first and last time I ever got excited by our political process. Between parsing the meaning of the word “is,” and the horror of the 2000 “election,” I now have to fight the urge to yell “la-la-la, I’m not listening!” when politicians speak.

Absentee Ballot 1992

18. I am smart enough to be painfully aware of how much I don’t know/understand.

19. Discussing things I don’t know much about makes me uncomfortable.

20. Tennis is my favorite sport.

21. I spent one summer during high school in the Netherlands and a college semester in Belgium. But my knowledge of Dutch/Flemish is limited to counting and phrases from Yahtzee.

Waterloo, 1994

22. I love taking pictures. I am irritated when I have to use Photoshop.

23. My only recurring nightmare involves really needing to go to the bathroom and not being able to find an acceptable place to do so. I go to the bathroom a lot.

24. I’ve never wanted kids. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve held a baby.

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25. Although…I never wanted to get married either, and then this happened.

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26. I hate musicals. They all remind me of the scene in “Elf” when Buddy sings “I’m in a store and I’m singing!”

27. Music, on the other hand, makes my world infinitely better.

28. My favorite band is the Police. For some reason this was the world’s most uncool thing to my classmates. There are millions of Police fans, and somehow I have never met another one.

29. Howard Stern wakes me up every weekday morning.

30. I own over 100 exercise videos and DVDs, have worked out with some of my favorite instructors, and have even seen the filming of several videos, but since 2008 have gotten most of my exercise through running.

me and Cathe Friedrich, 1999

31. Glass half empty or full? I once reported being “cautiously not pessimistic” about one of my projects during a staff meeting.

32. A nickname I’ve heard for my Myers-Briggs type is “the Inspector.” I don’t think all of the Inspector characteristics fit me and I certainly don’t believe rules should never be broken, but I do often notice when they are broken and I also sort of enjoy pointing it out. Maybe I should be a meter maid?

33. I have a thing for frogs.

Victoria Knowledge Totum frog

34. I don’t get flip-flops. They are neither attractive nor comfortable. They are good for the beach, pedicures, and slipping on for emergency dog walks. I could never commute in them.

35. Inept reporting of research findings irritates the crap out of me.

36. Dave does all the cooking. I don’t like to cook. When I cook, my food tastes only of my effort. I’m horrible with knives and my eyes tear up even half a house away from a cut onion. If I had to fend for myself, I’d eat a lot of takeout, eggs, starchy carbs, and dessert.

37. I brush my dog‘s teeth every day.

38. My favorite element is Molybdenum.

Molybdenum on the Periodic Table of the Elephants

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20 Responses to “Thirty-Eight”

  1. margaretalmon
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    Happy 38th Birthday!

    in regards to:
    2. I am also an introverted Leo
    3. Perfectionism has been a battle for me–it took until I was almost 40 to realize that perfection was actually impossible, and that people loved me anyway. I was of the “must know before knowing and do it perfectly the very first time” school.
    24. To my knowledge, I have never actually held a baby.

    • logyexpress
      Friday, August 26, 2011 at 12:35 am #

      Thanks, Margaret! When was your birthday, fellow Leo?

      Somehow I know perfection is not possible but have been unable to stop pursuing it anyway. I hate making mistakes and looking stupid. I know I need to quit it.

      RE: #24…holy crap, that’s impressive! I held each of my three nephews when I first saw them. I might have held them at other times too, but I don’t remember many times. Pretty much each time was a photo opp. I’ve never held any of my husband’s nieces or nephews that I can recall.

      • margaretalmon
        Friday, August 26, 2011 at 8:40 am #

        July 29th was my birthday. Actually, one of the hardest things was working on quitting perfectionism without trying to do *that* perfectly. Thanks for your positive response to my baby holding record–I don’t usually divulge it!

        • logyexpress
          Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 11:50 am #

          Happy late birthday, Margaret! I’m having the same difficulty–trying to quit perfectionism perfectly, so meta!

  2. cinquecentoproject
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Great post. How did you decide on your favorite element? And where is the park where you took the final photo of the post?

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 11:54 am #

      Thanks! I just liked the name–it always seemed crazy to me to have a word with a y, b, and d all together with no vowels. I used to use the word in high school as code to talk about a person who annoyed me. I was so mature!

      The elements elephant was part of a big public art project with donkeys and elephants scattered all around D.C. I don’t believe this was a park at all, I think it was outside the American Chemical Society headquarters.

  3. Tracy
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    Happy birthday! #14 was hilarious. I agree with 8 – I´ve always been jealous of women with dark hair and blue eyes. It´s so not fair.

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 11:56 am #

      Thanks, Tracy! The saddest part of the dark hair/blue eyes discussion was that my teacher didn’t stop there…she went all the way down the list. I believe she said that blond haired brown eyed women were least attractive, but I can’t remember for sure. I have no idea what she was thinking saying that to a group of young girls.

  4. scalesoflibra
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    I didn’t realize making two loops to tie your shoes meant you didn’t know how to tie them. Whoops! Maybe there’s a vid on YouTube that can teach me…

    Feliz Birthday!

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

      Thanks! I just found this YouTube video that shows the way my parents, my brother, and my friends (who got very sick of having to tie my gym shoes for me in elementary school) all tried to teach me to tie my shoes. Quite frankly, I’m still baffled by this method, even though she kindly shows it slower.

  5. Kristen Tarajos
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Re: #9 I remember when Mrs. Blatt made that comment in class!

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      She was so sweet, so I don’t know what she was thinking when she made that comment. Maybe she was passive aggressively getting back at me for doing nothing but eating caramel bars and passing notes in her class!

  6. sigonee
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I have two cats and I brush their teeth, too–but only once a week. The one cat probably wouldn’t mind if I did it every day, but the other would definitely puke in my shoes!

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      I’m impressed, cats don’t mess around. I’d be afraid they’d cut me if I tried to brush a cat’s teeth!

      Chuck hated the tooth brushing at first, but now he comes to me every night after dinner looking for it (well, looking for the milk bone he gets after!).

  7. Rebecca Latson Photography
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I’m an Aries. I like you already.

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

      Thanks, I love your pictures! My best friend in 6th and 7th grade was an Aries…coincidence??? Of course!

  8. It All Changes
    Monday, September 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Ah I love musicals. I run to them. I sing Defying Gravity from WICKED when i need to push through a run.

    • logyexpress
      Monday, September 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

      I know I’m probably in the minority on that one! Lots of people love musicals. I do like the movie version of Grease (I wanted to be Olivia Newton-John!) and I have a friend who does local theater and is really good and I enjoy seeing her shows. But those are my limits!

  9. Jennifer
    Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Is that pic of you on the carousel when we met you at the zoo and you rode it with Lauren? I agree about the dark haired girls with blue eyes, unfortunately Lauren didn’t inherit my blue eyes, that disappoints me. Loved the wedding pic of you and Dave.


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