Everyone says that you should be personable on your blog. It makes you seem more like a real person. As if there’s some robot or something behind my site.
I don’t particularly like sharing personal details about myself, because, you know, there are some crazies out there on the internet.
Plus, what you put out on the internet is going to be around forever.
But I did want to try something different for a post and to get out of my comfort zone. So, let’s get on with the sharing…
Here are 27 things you probably don’t know about me.
1. I’m the youngest of six children. I have 4 sisters (two are twins) and one brother.
2. My Mother is Italian and my Dad was Ukrainian. I took Italian for one semester in high school (my Mom was so happy!) and I also took Level I and II night courses in Spanish last year because I want to spend some time in a Spanish-speaking country sometime in my life.
3. I’m a firm believer in continuous education (I have a 4 years Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in GIS/Geography, a 1 year after-degree certificate in GIS, a 3 year Diploma in computer programming, and I spent 3 years of night school to obtain a 2nd certificate in GIS, another 2 years in night school for Project Management (obtained the Project Management Professional designation), among lots of other night classes and weekend classes). I like to think that I’m pretty technical.
4. I won a medal in college for graduating first in the my computer programming program (of about 30 people). There was a ceremony and everything. I was pretty proud since I beat out this other older guy for top marks. I can be pretty competitive sometimes. I found college to be fairly easy especially after attending university for four years.
5. I went back to school at 27 after being unemployed for 3 years (I graduated during the recession and thought I was so skilled. Having skills didn’t matter when no one was hiring) and I graduated at 29 as a computer programmer analyst. Everyone in high school had said that computers and programming was where the jobs were – they were right. I’ve never been laid off my entire IT career and even survived 3 rounds of layoffs at one company.
6. I’m the first person on both sides of the family to graduate from University and work in a ‘corporate’ job and have a career.
7. I’ve had my own domain and namesake email address since 1997. I will probably keep them both until I die. I admit to ego surfing sometimes and I love knowing that my name comes up first on Google search results.
8. I’m an avid reader. I would rather be reading books than writing. I have literally thousands of books and don’t like to give them away or donate them. I usually buy new because when I tried using the library, pages were ripped out of books and they sometimes smelled bad. Although, I practically lived at the local public library when I was younger, I haven’t been back for years. I like to re-read books and if I remember a passage, I have to go and re-read the book again otherwise it will drive me nuts until I do.
9. I took Tai Chi Chuan lessons every Saturday for two years. I would love to take some kind of martial arts training. I admire people who have the discipline (and are in shape) to do that. I love watching Jet Li, Jason Stratham, and those tough guys in their action-fighting movies.
12. I took archery lessons during university and still have some of my bulls-eyes. I loved the sense of power using a bow and arrow gave me.
13. Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta series is my favourite mystery series and am addicted to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R.Ward. I will pay hard cover prices for J.R. Ward books because I usually can’t wait for the books to come out in paperback.
14. I’m most happy when I’m in a classroom learning something new.
15. I’m an animation-aholic. I love watching The Family Guy, Futurama, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, South Park (not so much anymore). I love the Disney and Pixar animation movies and have most of the Disney movies in VHS still. They used to release the older copies every ten years and I would snap them up as soon as they were released.
16. Have a touch of agoraphobia and it can be hard to leave my place sometimes. If I didn’t have to go to work every day, then there would be many days where I wouldn’t leave my place at all. I still struggle with it sometimes.
17. I started blogging in 2005 and wrote for 1.5 years. I stopped blogging when I broke up with my boyfriend and I couldn’t write about happy things when I was feeling depressed. It took a while to get over the break-up and by then it felt like it was too long to get back into it. Things have really changed since then in the blogosphere. It’s interesting to see who’s still around from back then. My other blogroll shows that most of the people are still blogging. I find that unbelievably interesting and I wonder where I would be now if I kept up with my site, too.
18. I was a Junior Ranger when I was 16 and spent a summer working at several provincial parks in Southern Ontario. This got me interested in the environment and I developed a passion for geography.
19. I wanted to marry a carpenter when I was younger because I was addicted to This Old House and renovation shows. Actually, I still love watching shows having to do with home renovations, flipping, house make-overs, etc. I love HGTV and sometimes put the channel on and leave it on all day.
20. I don’t believe in guilt. People trying to guilt me into doing something almost never works. Either I will do what they ask because I want to or I won’t do it.
21. I’ve never owned a car. I’ve never really needed one since I lived on the subway line or I took the bus (or walked) to work. Plus, I’d rather put the $400+ monthly cost into my RRSPs and save for my future. I drive about once a year. I do admire people who are not intimidated by driving on those 8-lane major highways with tons of traffic. I do like to be a passenger though and would love to do a road trip across Canada.
22. I’m still friends with people that I met at university. Same with college. I’m ‘friends’ on Facebook with people from high school and even grade school. It amazes me how people can recognize me after so many years.
23. I love chocolate and I don’t care who knows it. I think it’s the perfect food
24. I’m not a natural blonde. My Mom had been telling me for years that I should ‘go blonde’ since blondes have more fun. I finally broke down and dyed my hair a few years ago and have never looked back. I should probably listen to my Mom more often
25. I wanted to be a lifeguard and was a total water-baby when I was younger. I was told by a career counselor during high school that being a lifeguard wasn’t a viable profession. Then in university I wanted to be an volcanologist. I would love to go to Hawaii – not to spent time on the beach but to see the lava flows up close.
26. I swear a lot in real life. And, I talk with my hands. This probably has to do with being Italian and passionate about a lot of things. Or at least, that’s what I tell myself
27. I’ve never been married and I don’t have any children so you won’t get any marriage/kids stories from me. I don’t believe in settling in relationships and I probably value my independence too much. My Mom says she’s wants me to ‘settle down’ before she dies. I think she’ll still be around for quite a while
Why 27? It seemed like a good number of things to share.
Speaking of not settling, did you know that Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Art of Non-Conformity, came out today? I’m sure you’ve heard of him from around the internet, if not from my post recommending his Empire Building Kit. I also have bought some of his Unconventional Guides, including his Unconvential Guide to Working For Yourself and his Unconventional Guide to Freelancing 301. Plus, I was also in his inaugural $100Biz forum class back in February. I believe in Chris’s message and I think it will resonate with you, too. He’s definitely not settling in life. Check him out, if you haven’t already.