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Thursday
Jan272011

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me as I Turn 40

WHAT????

Somehow I turned 40.

FORTY.

Let me roll that one around on my tongue for a bit.

F.O.R.T.Y.

Since I refuse to sit and cry I have decided to share a little more about me. You may know some of these things. I honestly have a terrible memory and can't remember if I blogged about any of them. If you have questions, let me know. Otherwise, enjoy this little window into ME.

 

1. I did not have a middle name until I got married

For a brief time, in 6th grade I believe, I toyed around with the middle name, Victoria. The problem is that Victoria was the name of my dad's stepmother which would have left my other two granmother's really PO'd. Plus, not having a middle name minimized the impact of the you're-in-trouble-now yell that many parents do when they hollar out their child's full name.

 

2. I have a tattoo

 

It's a star with angel wings and it's on the inside of my left wrist. It's in honor of my dad. Whenever the question, "Who's your hero" comes up my answer was and still is My Dad (although my Mom is now my hero too). So the star is because he's my hero AND because he was a Marine. The angel wings you can figure out.

 

3. I have been inside the Pyramids in Egypt, awed by the Taj Mahal, helecopter skiing in New Zealand, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and on safari in Africa...twice.

 

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Me hanging out at the Treetops Hotel

Much of that I did before I even graduated high school. I still have the travel bug. But life, kids, and reality has scratched that 'itch' for now. Whenever I'm asked what I would do if I won the lottery I always say, "TRAVEL". Maybe I'll get that PowerBall ticket today.

 

4. I'm addicted to hand cream

Rarely will you find me without a small tube of cream, Aquaphor, or something I can use on dry skin. I HATE the feeling of dry skin on my hands. In a pinch I'll use chapstick. Sometimes I think the more I use, the more I need.

 

5. I am very trusting, and willing to give people the benefit of the doubt, but if someone burns me, I'll never forget.

I'm not vengeful, but I will keep that little piece of history in the back of my head...forever.

 

6. I was an extra on an episode of Sex & The City

I had just had the girls and my hair was really short. It's a restaurant scene where Kim Catrall has pasta spilled onto her by a little kid, and if you blink twice you'll miss me. But the best part was getting a tour of the set, hanging with Mr. Big (Chris Noth) at the food craft table while he was dressed in a hospital gown, and watching Kristin Davis (Charlotte) and Evan Handler (Harry) rehearse the 'tea-bag scene'...clothes on.

 

7. I like to swear...a lot

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Classic Jon Wye belt and comic buckle. Be jealous.

I don't swear on the blog and I rarely cuss on Twitter but sometimes a good four-letter word just FEELS so good rolling off the tongue.

 

8. I have a flawless British, Australian, and Southern accent

OK, not flawless but if a big Hollywood type is googling "flawless Australian accent" this post will surely be on page one! I have always been able to mimic accents well, and then when I was 30 (gulp, 10 years ago) I took a few acting classes at Studio Theater in DC and one required that I listen to an Australian accent CD over and over. I got pretty good. It would take some refreshing but I bet I could head down under and survive.

 

9. My most famous quote, "It's not who you know. It's what you know about them that counts."

That landed my photo on a giant screen in a huge ballroom during a work conference in the 90s. You know, one of those conferences where there was a LOT going on outside of the conference sessions? People were giving me funny looks the rest of the weekend. Truth is, I'm always the LAST to know anything. Just ask my friend Linda.

 

10. I like airplane food

 

image via Wikimedia Commons

I always have. All the salt and fillers and preservatives. MMMM. Not that I get to eat airplane food anymore what with cutbacks and all. But I loved it all. The salsbury steak, the pasta, the little cherry pie dessert you had to scrape out. It was like TV dinners but everything minaturized. First class and business class are of course the bomb. But I'll take a cafe sandwich with my own little salt and pepper packet any day.

OK, that's it. So is there anything I didn't cover that you really wanted to know? Leave me a comment and maybe I'll answer it!

For now, thanks for helping me celebrate turning 40!

Janine

Reader Comments (9)

Happy Happy Birthday!
40 is the new 25...that is what I keep telling myself anyway! ha!
What a great list too. I am sure you will have plenty more to add to it.!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Hartzell, Graco

Happy, Happy my friend. We must figure out a time to celebrate!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjodifur

Happy Birthday! Visiting the Pyramids in Egypt is on my bucket list! My sister also loves airplane food - too funny! Hope you enjoy your day, Janine!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie with Children

Happy Birthday Janine! I'll cross my fingers for you in hopes that you'll win the Power Ball and get to resume your amazing travel adventures. =)

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteff

you are so freakin awesome and i love you lots!

happy birthday!

and if i wasn't at blissdom you would have your gift :)

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisa @thebeadgirl

Welcome to the best decade of your life!!!! Enjoy and we shall celebrate soon....

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia aka @JSBagain

AWEsome!
Happy 40th!
Cool list of stuff. :D

February 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAl_Pal

ok, so im just getting over here. i suck.

when you are ready to travel you know who to call. oh and my college roommate didn't have a middle name either.

I'm sorry your birthday was powerless, let's f*cking celebrate that sh*t now b*itch! :)

February 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlinda

OMG - what has happened to my Linda? She's a party animal!

February 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterJanine Nickel

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