So apparently *real* bloggers are supposed to do this 100 Things business. Or so says my hot friend Nen and not only is she hot, she's smart. She's also a real blogger. Of course, when I was scouring my blog roll looking for clever, witty examples of 100 Things to inspire me I noticed a lot of people didn't actually have a 100 Things business and I get why. Holy Hell y'all this crap is hard!
Yes - this coming from the girl who broadcasts EVERYTHING on-line and who has no trouble spilling the most intimate details of her life to utter strangers (there are customer service reps across 3 continents who know my entire life story). That girl. Me. I had a hard time coming up with 100 Things. Well - let me rephrase that: I had a hard time coming up with 100 Things that I thought you would actually give a rat's ass about and that were interesting without being overly revealing. (Yes - I do have some boundaries. It's not always obvious but they are there.)
Anyways, it took a while, but I finally managed to come up with 100 pépites* de Rougie. Pépites that are hopefully fascinating. Insightful. Possibly life-changing. And on the greater than likely chance there's something I missed that you're just dying to know - leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I'm probably good for an answer. Just remember that my dad reads my blog so if it has to do with sex or drugs, I'm probably gonna lie. And if it has to do with sex and drugs, I'm just gonna flat-out deny it.
*Pépites is French for "nugget" which means chicken nuggets in French is pépites de poulet. Don't you feel smarter? You're welcome.
- I was born on August 11th. I am a Leo and the Sun is my ruling planet. This means I pretty much always need to be the center of attention.
- I was born at 3:59pm. My mother was in labor for less than an hour. In fact - I don't think she ever actually checked into the hospital.
- I didn't have a name for an entire week. Mom contemplated naming me Zoe (which incidentally is one of my dream names) but she was afraid I might not have the personality to carry off such a big name. She was wrong. Clearly.
- Another possible name was Katherine Raleigh but with a last name that starts with K, mom didn't want me to be called Katie K. Also - I think there's a rule about Jews being named Raleigh.
- In the end, my parents gave me a name which means Princess in Hebrew. It's very fitting nomenclature.
- My middle name is Rebecca.
- I was born and raised in New York City. I learned how to hail a taxi before I learned how to ride a bike.
- My taxi hailing skills are still legendary in some circles. I have been known to dart across 3 lanes of moving traffic in 4-inch heels, in the dark, in the rain just to grab a cab.
- I was a precocious child with a penchant for bursting out into song at inopportune times - like riding on the crosstown bus. My favorite for a while was "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" only I didn't know what virginity was so I'd always sing: "Lousy with Virginia tea." True story.
- My father made me listen to Howard Stern when I was growing up. This has shaped me in many ways and means there's very little you can say or do that will offend me. See also: BAD HABITS.
- I played Bonnie in our 8th Grade production of Anything Goes. I still remember my entire routine for Heaven Hop.
I'M NOT WEIRD. I'M JUST A LITTLE ECCENTRIC.
- I am Jewish but I celebrate Christmas. It's confusing - I know. Believe me I really struggled while standing in line at Wal-Mart with a 7.5 foot pre-lit Kennedy Fir in my cart.
- Grease 2 might be the best. Sequel. Ever. And for the record - I can sing the entire soundtrack and perform at least half of the dance sequences.
- I cannot pee in a lake. Or a pool. Or the ocean. I require porcelain under my ass.
- I have tremendous seafood issues. I like lobster and shrimp but I don't like crab. But I won't eat lobster salad or shrimp salad. But I will eat tuna salad. But only my tuna salad because I put enough lemon in there to make it not fishy. There's more but I'll spare you.
- Also - I don't believe in eating seafood during the day. Except for tuna salad. There's still more but really...
- I love to eat meat on the bone. I am especially fond of chicken wings, and I prefer the flats to drummies - more bones. I am fanatical about picking my bones clean so if we go out for wings together and you leave meat on the bone, I will probably reach across the table, pick up the half-masticated bones from your plate, and polish them clean. People either find this absolutely disgusting, a giant turn-on, or some weird hybrid of both.
- I cannot stand runny egg yolks. Give 'em to me scrambled. Give 'em to me in an omelet. Give 'em to me hard boiled. But poached or fried eggs with runny yolks kind of freak me out.
- I rarely wear pants. Generally, I'm a dress or skirt kind of girl. Even in the dead of winter.
- I don't understand women who wear open toed shoes but don't have pedicures.
- I don't understand people who order expensive meat and then ask for it well done. What's the point?
- I don't believe that Olive Garden qualifies as Italian food. In fact - I've never eaten at an Olive Garden. Ever. I pride myself on that fact.
- I believe in celebrating half-birthdays.
- I lost over 30 pounds on Atkins several years ago. I still have a lingering fear of carbs to this day.
- I am tremendously OCD. This applies to so many areas that if I were to address them all, this list would be known as 463 Things.
- I am friends with people I have never met IRL (In Real Life). The Internetweblogosphere is a pretty amazing place.
- If I need to cry I either watch Debra Winger's death scene in Terms of Endearment or the second-to-last scene in Little Princess. "Papa - it's me Sarah" gets me every time.
- My hair is naturally curly. From the time I was 12 or so, I straightened it religiously because having curly hair gave me a headache. Recently, I've learned to love my curls again.
- I can't whistle or burp.
- There's only one way to load a dishwasher: my way.
THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T EXPECT TO DISCOVER
- I was at the World Trade Center when the first plane hit.
- The best hug I ever received was from my father on September 12, 2001.
- I have 2 tattoos. This means I can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery. But that's ok because I'd prefer to be in some sort of above-ground mausoleum since being buried alive is one of my biggest fears.
- I am also afraid of raw chicken, heights and losing my parents. Actually - I am not afraid of the actual raw chicken - just of getting salmonella from it.
- I'm less liberal than most people think. I'm probably more of a Libertarian then anything, but I am registered as a Republican. I keep meaning to change that.
- I used to smoke 2+ packs a day. I quit smoking April 1, 1996 and haven't had a puff since.
- But I do smoke the occasional cigar.
- I spend less money on clothes and shoes than most people think. Most of my cute dresses are from Target and all of my expensive shoes were purchased years ago when my 20-something self thought that she was entitled to Jimmy Choo.
- For the record, I haven't worn my Jimmy Choos in probably 2 years. Maybe longer.
- I do splurge on my toilet paper though. I have a sensitive tushi and I need the toilet paper with lotion.
- Also, my underwear costs $18/pair.
- I have read every Harry Potter book at least twice AND seen every Harry Potter movie at least twice. For books 4 - 7 I was one of *those* people who was on line to buy the book at midnight.
- I got glasses when I was in 7th grade. I moved to contacts in high school and got LASIK back in 2000. Letting someone stick a laser in my eye was one of the smartest decisions I've ever made.
- Growing up I was a competitive ice skater. I got all the way to Freestyle 5 but couldn't handle an axel and thus ended my dreams of becoming the next Dorothy Hamill.
- When I was a kid, I wanted to be the first female, Jewish president of the United States. I am not exactly sure why since I have no interest in politics.
- I also wanted to be a buyer for Bloomingdales and an actress.
- After my parents shelled out an assload of money to send me to Duke, and after I graduated cum laude with a degree in economics, I enrolled in a 6 week acting workshop at NYU. When I wasn't immediately *discovered* by one of my professors, I realized there was a difference between being an actress and simply being a Drama Queen. I am a Drama Queen.
- I hated high school and felt like something of a social misfit/outcast/wallflower for most of it.
- I was Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper. The fact that I was an economics major in college and that I've worked in finance for over 10 years, still has me scratching my head.
- I completed the 2009 Kiawah Half-Marathon in 1:59:48. My goal was to finish in under 2 hours. I had 11 seconds to spare. I was thrilled.
- At the end of my Junior year in high school, I met with the college guidance counselor to discuss my schedule senior year. She asked me why I was signed up for BC Calculus. I said because I'd been in advanced math since First Grade. The fact that she even asked the question still pisses me off.
- I love to cook. And bake. I'm pretty darn good at both. My specialty is probably my Quattro Chip Cookies so named because they contain 4 kinds of chocolate. The recipe is proprietary and I guard it more fiercely then the Colonel guards his chicken recipe (blend of 13 herbs and spices my ass).
- My next career is Cookie Queen and I plan to dethrone Mrs. Fields.
- I also have a weird knack for meatballs.
- I am ultra competitive. ULTRA.
- I own my own power drill and I know how to use it.
- Recently I took up shooting. I am the only girl at the shooting range in a shift dress and pearls.
- I love roller coasters. The faster, the higher, the more upside-downier, the loopier, the twistier - the better.
- Years ago I took up boxing. I didn't compete but I trained in an old school gym with no A/C, a bunch of sweaty men and a Russian trainer named Steve. Of course, my boxing gloves were pink.
- I have mad phat jump rope skillz yo!
- When I was 7 or 8 I decided that I wanted Kate Jackson's hair style (because apparently at that tender age I was already watching Charlie's Angels). Although my hair was long(ish) and curly (and Kate's hair was short(ish) and straight), I conveniently waited until I emerged from the shower one day, combed my hair straight, and CHOPPED. Mom wasn't too happy.
- I wish life offered us more occasions to wear big hats and feather boas.
- I have 3 tiaras. I've been known to wear them out on occasion, because really - why not?
- I didn't hit my stride until I turned 30. But once I hit it, I hit it with a vengeance and I keep getting better as I get older. I am actually looking forward to my 40s (though I still have more than a few years to go).
- I not only overshare the intimate details my life, I tend to broadcast them. For this reason, Twitter is either my biggest savior or my biggest downfall. Probably the latter.
- I hurl a lot of F-bombs. More than is probably appropriate for a drunken sailor on shore leave. I know it's a sign of weakness. I'm fucking working on it.
- Most days I crack my first Coke Zero Cherry before 7am.
- Although I drink obscene quantities of diet caffeinated soda, my coffee and tea have to be decaf. Otherwise my heart will explode out of my chest, my breathing gets very rapid and I will likely have a massive anxiety attack. And then you'll either have to take me to the ER or listen to me ramble incessantly for an hour or so.
- I am glued to my Crackberry and have no capacity for disconnecting in general.
- I have a slight case of ADD. Although I prefer to call it My Amazing Ability To Multitask, really it's more li - oh look! Something shiny!
THINGS THAT MAKE ME ALL TINGLY
- I love my family fiercely. I would not be where I am today without their love and support.
- If I could bring anyone back from the dead, it would be Cary Grant or Gregory Peck (especially the Atticus Finch Gregory Peck because OMG - hot and noble!). Or possibly William Powell. But only as Nick Charles.
- I love to shop. For anything. Going to CVS to buy toothpaste gives me a thrill.
- I have more make-up than most drag queens and I add to the collection frequently. That said, these days I wear very little.
- I believe that a woman should always have her own money.
- I believe the keys to a happy marriage are separate bathrooms, separate closets and separate checking accounts.
- I love Italy and I spent my first semester Junior year in Florence. At one point I was nearly fluent in Italian. Now I'm lucky if I can order an insalata Caprese at an Italian restaurant.
- Although I'm not French, I pretty much drink wine every day.
- Butter makes everything better. So does goat cheese. And bacon. And mayonnaise. In fact - if it were socially acceptable, I'd eat mayonnaise straight out of the jar with a spoon.
- I love anything that sparkles and glitters.
- One of my favorite flavors of ice cream is mint chocolate chip. However, after I found out that Timothy McVeigh requested 2 pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream for his final meal, I stopped disclosing that information. I guess I didn't want to be mistaken for a psychopath.
- Guinness, Target, McDonald's fries, being surprised with flowers, letterpress stationery, Audrey Hepburn movies and Baby Guinness all make me smile. Yes - there is such a thing as Baby Guinness.
THOSE THAT MEAN THE MOST
- My Dad is my biggest cheerleader and my biggest inspiration. I admire him for turning his passion into a successful, paying career and I hope to follow in his footsteps one day.
- My Mom is the most beautiful woman I know. She has taught me what it means to be a strong, independent and proud woman.
- I am 34 years old and I still need my parents. I am not ashamed to admit this.
- I am fortunate to have the world's best older brother. He wasn't the kind of older brother to buy me beer or introduce me to his friends or sneak me into R-rated movies. He was - and still is - the kind of brother to always look out for me and make sure I am ok.
- I have a 4 year old nephew. He's delicious and adorable and he makes my ovaries all twitchy.
- I have no living grandparents. Two of my grandparents died before I was even born and my last remaining grandmother died my Senior year in college.
- My paternal grandfather ran a candy store. I always thought that was pretty cool.
- My maternal grandmother was one of the first women to graduate from Yale Law School. That might be where I get my badassness from.
- The one good thing to come out of high school was my best friend. She is the only person who knows everything about me (and I mean EVERYTHING) and I'd be lost without her.
- My Senior year in college I lived with 7 other women. We are still friends today (over a decade later) and we have annual reunions. I love them all and they will always be in my life.
- These days, you're likely to find me at a sports bar drinking beer and eating wings with The Boys. I'm also usually yelling "Suck it (hated sports team here)" and making inappropriately crude comments (see #10). I've grown a pair and I'm proud.
- I have a guardian angel here on Earth. Her name is Becky.
NOW THAT I'M OFFICIALLY A SOUTHERN BELLE
- I grew up in an apartment on the Upper East Side. I now live in a small town in rural North Carolina. All the jokes about Green Acres have long ago been made but still feel free to call me Zsa Zsa.
- Despite my Upper East Side roots, I love NASCAR. It's basically a social experiment gone totally awry.
- I root for Jimmie Johnson. Not because he's the 4-time Sprint Cup winner, but because a friend of mine runs his private foundation and when I started watching racing, I wanted to root for someone I felt like I had a small connection with.
- Things I've picked up since living in the South: y'all, pimento cheese, NASCAR, and biscuits. Things I can't wrap my head around: grits, sweet tea, and Rascal Flatts.
- Reasons I love living in a small town: running into someone I know at the post office/grocery store; being a regular at the local bakery and café; being remembered by the lady at the post office; neighbors dropping by unexpectedly with baked goods/fresh produce from their garden.
- I came up with the term rougeneck when I was trying to describe myself to a new friend. Although I watch NASCAR and listen to country music, I also carry a Louis Vuitton handbag and wear pearls. Rougeneck seemed like the right way to marry it all together because let's face it - everything sounds better in French.
IN THE BEGINNING