Monday, September 12, 2011

10 Random Facts About Me

I saw that a lot of Campaigners have been doing these 10 Random Facts posts as a way to introduce themselves to new followers. I decided I would probably do one, and then Brinda tagged me in hers, so now I have no choice. ;-)

So here we go...10 Random Facts About Jessica

1. For those who have never met me, or in case you can't tell in pictures, I am REALLY tall. I'm 6 feet in my bare feet, and I tower over pretty much everyone. I have become the master of trying to make myself look shorter than I really am in pictures, but believe me, I am a GIANT. I love being tall, but not SO tall. It's difficult to find cute things that fit properly, and I get pretty sick of the constant comments about my height.

I was searching for a photo that shows off how tall I am, but it looks like I have become so good at hiding my height (with a move I call "the fold") that I don't have any pictures where I look like gigantor. I guess that's a good thing.

2. I'm a high school English teacher now, but that's not what I went to school for. I have my BA in Communications / Advertising, and I worked in advertising for 3.5 years before going back to school to get my teaching credential. I thought advertising was going to be the perfect job for me, but it turns out that I pretty much hated it.

My minor is in American Studies, and when I first went back to school I thought I wanted to teach history. But I'm really only interested in American history, and neither the credential nor jobs let you be that specific. So English it was!

3. A few years ago I was on a Bingo game show on the Game Show Network that was hosted by Patrick Duffy. Even though I knew most of the answers, I lost because I couldn't get the buzzer strategy down and just couldn't manage to buzz in in time. I was beaten at trivia bingo by a breakdancing dog walker named Kip.

4. I have shaken hands with the president of Italy. He just happened to be in Florence the day I was there on a trip with some students over Spring Break. We hung out in the square and he came by and shook hands with the crowd.

5. In 2008 I finished the LA Marathon. I'm not a runner...I actually hate running. But I made a list of things I wanted to do before I turned 30, put "run a marathon" on it for some insane reason, and then trained for it with an awesome group of friends. It wasn't easy, but I can now say that I did it, which is pretty darn cool.

I have not run since then.

6. I don't really watch TV, but my husband loves it. He turns the TV on right when he gets home and it stays on until he goes to bed. I only watch Glee and Amazing Race, but I know a lot about bad reality TV and WWE wrestling because it is constantly on. I used to watch TV, but for some reason I just stopped, and I really don't miss it.

I secretly love it when he is out of town because it is blissfully silent here. I don't turn the TV on at all when he's not here. Aaah.

I also really want a pair of noise-canceling headphones for my birthday.

7.  I was in a sorority in college (Alpha Chi Omega, in case you are curious), and I loved everything about my sorority experience. Joining sorority was the best decision I have ever made for myself. I realize that it's not for everyone, and I realize that my experience at my school (a commuter state school with a small Greek system) is very different from the experiences of others, but I encourage all of my students to give Greek life a try. It changed my life for the better.

I'm still involved in my sorority alumnae chapter. I had to give up my role on the exec board because of my writing, but I'm still involved.

8. I met about 85% of the people I hang out with on a regular basis on the internet.

9. This is my 5th blog. I had a personal blog on xanga that I started in 2003, then a wedding blog on xanga when I got married in 2005, then a personal blog on Blogger from 2007-2008, then my old book blog from 2008-2010, and then this blog. I love blogging, but it's been difficult to find a balance of sharing personal info and staying semi-anonymous. My first xanga blog lost its personality because I revealed too much and it came back to haunt me. My first Blogger blog was so private that it was difficult for people to interact with. I'm hoping I've found a good balance here, but who knows.

10. My one major talent in life is knowing every word to every song. This is useful when it comes to karaoke, but little else in life.

Saturday night I was at a wedding and a random guest came up to me and complemented me on both my dancing and my knowledge of every word to every song. I have to admit that it made me very happy to finally get some recognition on my talent.

Wow, that was a lot harder than I thought it would be! I'm not really the tagging type, but if you are inclined to share some random info about yourself on your blog, go ahead! I'd love to hear it!

And to all of my new's so nice to meet you!


  1. lol- knowing every word to every song can come in handy! Thanks for sharing these ten things! You shouldn't try so hard to make yourself look shorter in photos! I'm sure you're height is beautiful! I know most people have height envy. At 5ft3 I know I DO! I'm the oldest in my family, yet the shortest of my five siblings. Glad to have discovered your blog! New follower here:)

  2. Thanks for sharing this Jessica! I learned so much about you. I relate to your television situation. I used to be a tv junkie but now I don't find much pleasure in it except for 1 or 2 shows. When my fiance leaves town I LOVE the quiet. It makes me so happy. I'm so glad that your talent was recognized at the wedding! :)

  3. LOL- I love this. And I love that you did what you set out to do (run). Great inspiration!

  4. Loved reading these. And I think it's great that you're so tall. I'm 5'2" so I can only fantasize about being your height lol. I also started out blogging on xanga =P

  5. I love these! And yep, you ARE tall!!!

  6. I'm sure your advertising background will be useful as a writer. I love a personal touch to blogging. It gives me a sense of who the person is.

  7. Great facts! My minor is American Studies too :) Very cool "About You" post!

  8. These are so much fun! I'm with you on the not-a-runner-nor-a-tv-watcher. :D That's awesome you remember all the lyrics to songs. There are few things more aggravating than having a song stuck in your head, but you're only able to remember 1-2 phrases. :S

    *hugs* Finding that balance is very hard, indeed. :)

  9. wow. these are really interesting and funny. The first fact made me laugh out loud because It's the SAME HERE! :)

  10. "I was beaten at trivia bingo by a breakdancing dog walker named Kip" is my favourite sentence of the day.

    Thanks for sharing, Jess! :)

  11. This is a fantastic idea, thanks for sharing! :) PS, I feel like we're extra bondy now too, since I was a Tri Delt at a commuter school with a small Greek system.

  12. I'm a fellow tall person (5'9") and I'm very familiar with "the photograph fold." I can't believe you've run a full marathon... I'm super impressed! And that Bingo show... I've seen it! You seriously have such an interesting life, Jess. :)

  13. As someone who gets to attend conferences with you and benefit from your height (HEY! Judy Blume is over there!), I totally, totally appreciate it. :) And I used to always have a hard time explaining to people that my AXO experience was different from most people's since our Greek system was so small, but whatever. I loved it and have stopped making excuses for how much I loved it :)

  14. Xanga! Wow, haven't heard that name since I was about 13 actually.

  15. This was fun to read. I always love reading random facts about people.

    I was also in a sorority in college and it was one of the best things I ever did. My college also had a small Greek system and actually, my chapter closed a few years after I left. I am sad about that. I've thought about getting involved with the alumnae chapter but never did.

    I would love to be on a game show. Fun! I agree with one of the comments before me--you have such an interesting life. I've always thought so!

  16. Checking in at 6 feet even, without the heels I *love* to wear in the winter. :)

    Your path to becoming an English teacher is an interesting one, but sounds like the right choice... And I think you do a great job of balancing privacy vs being "open" to your blog readers!

  17. That was totally fun to read! Thanks for sharing.

  18. We should've taken a picture together. Both our heights would've been glaringly apparent then :D

    Ugh my s.o. does the SAME thing. I can't stand TV or the noise. And I hate sports, which is most of what he watches. sigh sigh sigh

  19. You are the COOLEST person! I loved learning all these random facts about you! Thanks for sharing!

  20. I LOVED reading your list, what a cool chick you are ;) Thank you so much for sharing. I LOLed at you being beaten by a breakdancing dog walker.

  21. This was fun to read! I totally had a Xanga when I was in college and wrote some personal posts but kept them private, thank goodness. I also had a wedding blog! I guess we're truly meant to be writers when we want to document everything. :)

  22. Awww, I feel like I know you even better now. And we both hate running.

    Like your husband, I love TV, but what a crapload of work the kids and I get done when I turn it off!

  23. My random talent: I read aloud really well. Helpful when I was an English teacher. Now? Meh. My kids like it, so that's something.

    And you should totally write a story about how sororities are NOT what every single movie and TV show says they are. THAT would turning a convention on its head and I would totally read it.