I know, I know, memetastic, but I’ve been working on this list for a while (over 10 days) and I tried my very hardest to include things that even my closest friends wouldn’t know about me. Enjoy!

  1. When undecided about what I want to eat or drink, I tend to pick the item whose colors complement the colors of what’s around me the best. For example, the other night I made Monterey Chicken and I thought about making lemonade to go with it, but I decided on cranberry apple juice because it would bring out the reds in the salsa.
  2. I generally don’t eat the ends of foods (the “butts”). It started out with just hot dogs, but I also refuse to eat the end of a banana or a pickle. This seems to be a topic my friends love to talk about when I’m not around and will tell their friends at parties.
  3. It seems that a lot of people assume that I drive a VW Beetle. I actually drive a Corolla, but it was my second choice after a Beetle. :)
  4. I have a voyeuristic tendency when it comes to other people using technology. My all-time favorite is watching a group of people simultaneously edit a Google Spreadsheet, but I’m generally fascinated by how people’s use of technology differs from mine.
  5. My childhood ambition was to become the person who colored in the cartoons. I had the 96 box of Crayola crayons memorized and could identify it of you colored a sheet of paper. I thought it would be good to know in order to become a professional colorer.
  6. I’m also fascinated by the evolution of popular culture and I love being able to draw connections between what we do today and where it could have started way back when. I took a class on this for fun and it just reaffirmed that I’m just a huge nerd.
  7. I still regret giving up playing the violin after playing for 9 years. I tried to start up again in high school but got too frustrated by how much I had to relearn.
  8. I’m rather superstitious about the number 8. It’s usually a sign of good things to come.
  9. I got my first “job” when I was in pre-school. I worked at the old fashioned cash register in the deli next door to my dad’s business. I’m pretty sure I only worked in about 5-10 minute shifts with 45 minute breaks in between (I was only 4 after all), but I was paid in candy bars and apple juice.
  10. I slept with around 4-8 cabbage patch/american girl dolls in my bed every single night until sometime during the 6th grade. The first large purchase I remember making with my own money that I had saved up was the Felicity American Girl doll. She and all of the rest of the gang now live in a lovely rubbermaid storage container in the attic.
  11. I’ve had a “business” for as long as I can remember. It started out (typically) with a lemonade stand and babysitting, grew into web design, and who knows what else. I think there was a time during 4th or 5th grade when I sold beads and I sold erasers in the 2nd grade.
  12. My first AOL screenname (circa 1993) was JennV108.
  13. I’m still not entirely sure what I want to be when I grow up.
  14. I really loved being involved in the production of anything – books, websites, music, videos, newspapers, you name it. I like to see how all of the pieces fit together and spend more time watching “behind the scenes” bits from movies than I do the actual movies. I’d love to have a production company some day that lets me dabble in a little of everything.
  15. I’ve been able to keep fewer than 35 emails in my inbox at any given time for at least the last 2 years. I don’t like a cluttered inbox and follow a strict filing/archiving/filtering system. It’s my to-do list, so if there are more than 35 things it means that I’m either being a huge slacker or I’m in a cabin in the middle of the woods with no internet access.
  16. Though the definition of “pulling a Jenn Vargas” has evolved over time, current use can mean one of two things: 1) You went to bed sometime after 3 in the morning even though you had to be up early the next day or 2) you cooked something tasty, took a lot of photos of it, and posted them on flickr.
  17. I’m not really a vegetarian, but I don’t eat very much meat and the meat that I do consume has to be prepared very specifically. For example: I will only eat ham in the form of cold cuts, I will only eat chicken if it is off the bone, and I will only eat beef if it is in the form of a very thin hamburger with a lot of lettuce, ketchup, onions, and pickles. I’m trying to be less picky.
  18. I would much rather spend a day at the beach when it is cool and rainy in my favorite sweatpants and socks rather than when it is sunny and hot. As a matter of fact, you will rarely find me near a beach if it is sunny and hot. Beaches are more interesting and calming when they’re either a) empty, b) cold and rainy, or c) both.
  19. I can’t sleep when it’s quiet. I either need to have the ceiling fan on or my music playing. I sleep much better when the window is open, unless I’m on the first floor.
  20. I bought my first domain, jennweb.com just before midnight on December 31, 1999. My mom tried to convince me to wait until after midnight to see if anything became of the Y2K bug, but I was impatient. Lucky for me, Y2K was a complete joke.
  21. I hated my middle name until sometime near the very end of high school/the beginning of college. Though I don’t love it now, I at least tolerate it and no longer consider dropping it from my name.
  22. If I could avoid one form of communication it would be the telephone. I’ve hated it since I was a kid and would prefer morse code or smoke signals over using the phone. I don’t like how it’s so easy to be deceptive over the phone. I realize it’s possible to be deceptive over other forms of communication, but I could go on for ages about why I avoid phones…
  23. I’ve worn glasses for computer-related eye strain since I was in the 7th grade – about 10 months after I taught myself HTML.
  24. I thought blogs were really annoying and cookie cutter when they first started to gain traction on the web. I was much more a fan of just editing the .html file that ran the front page of my site and refused to put one on my site because everyone was doing it and they all looked the same (Check my archives. I was pretty adamant about it!) I now see the error of my ways and wonder what the heck I was thinking back then.
  25. I really love music, Real music. Especially purely instrumental music and I’d say a good 65% of my music collection is either classical or instrumental of sorts. I’m a huge fan of string music (violin, cello, etc), but will listen to just about anything. I also love celtic instrumentals and could listen to enya pretty much all day long. I couldn’t tell you what the most current club music is, but I can probably identify the different seasons of the four seasons and beethoven vs. mozart. I’m ok with that.