36 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

1. I have face blindness (Prosopagnosia).

It takes me a long time to remember what someone looks like and if they change their hairstyle, hair color, or sometimes just their clothes, they’re a different person.

2. I’m colorblind.

My grandfather was monochromatic, meaning he only saw shades of gray. I can see all the colors, but misidentify certain shades. For years I had no idea what the inside color of my house was.

3. I love animals.

4. I have a thing for cars.

Call it (non-sexual) car porn if you’d like, but I can surf the web for hours looking at cars.

5. I’m an auditory learner.

I struggled with reading comprehension all throughout high school until my aunt, a school psychologist, suggested I read to myself aloud. It changed my life.

6. I’m a vegan.

OK, this has changed somewhat. I don’t eat beef or pork because research shows they have the same emotions humans do. We wouldn’t kill and eat a toddler, but that’s basically what happens when we pen up and slaughter pigs and cows. Yes, I hope this statement changes your mind and your diet. I started eating chicken and turkey, but look for more humane sources and try to stick to an otherwise vegan diet.

7. I struggle with clinical depression.

I see a therapist regularly, work out 3-5 days a week, watch my diet, take my meds, and make relationships a priority. I have found significant relief!

8. I’m an introvert.

And I LOVE being alone.

9. I don’t like movies.

With face blindness, every scene of a movie is like starting over with new actors, which makes it difficult to follow a storyline. But movies in general are time-suckers.

10. I don’t watch a lot of TV.

Same reasons as above. I have a 20-minute attention span.

11. Metaphors are lost on me.

Say what you mean and mean what you say or you’ll get a blank stare.

12. Extroverts are some of my favorite people.

Add a great smile, sincerity, humility, and you’ve got me under your spell.

13. The tip of my fourth finger was cut off, and so was my dad’s, and so was my daughter’s!

Weird, right? The fourth fingers of our left hands were all cut off in freak accidents as children. My daughter’s and mine were sewn back on.

14. Humor is as important to me as honesty.

And incredibly sexy!

15. I started going gray when I was 15.

It’s a family trait. We’re all gray prematurely. When my husband starts to look his age, I’ll start to look mine. Until then…my hair is brown.

16. I’m an insomniac.

And it’s killing me.

17. I wanted to be a Broadway singer when I was young.

Cliché, right? I grew up watching Carol Burnett and thought how amazing it would be to dance, sing and tell jokes for a living. I didn’t know I could sing until I was a teenager. Then I went into the ministry.

18. I was a gospel singer.

I lost my singing voice several years ago due to vocal paresis (paralyzed vocal cord), but on a good day I still have a three-octave range.

19. I was in “doctor” school for one day before I dropped out.

All set to work toward my Ph.D. in organizational leadership, I saw the amount of work on the syllabus and decided my time was better spent writing books.

20. I hate hiking.

A rock is a rock and a tree is a tree. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Google pictures provide all the outdoor stimulation I need.

21. I don’t like the taste of alcohol.

But I’ve recently started social drinking. One is all I can take.

22. I own a company that does corporate education and instructional design.

Corporate Kindergarten (or CK) has been operating since 2011. I love strategic planning and helping companies and individuals figure out how to communicate their messages to other people.

23. I hate cooking with a passion

24. My favorite “celebrities” are researchers and college professors.

This is probably why I have so few friends.

25. I’m a nerd.

Based on number 24, this should come as no surprise.

26. I’m addicted to sugar.

But working on it!

27. I want to be cremated when I die because I’m claustrophobic.

I’m fully aware that this is an irrational fear.

28. I never attended any of my graduations.

29. I’m a federally recognized Native American.

I’m a registered (card-carrying) member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (or documented worker as I call it).

30. I hate talking on the phone.

I’d prefer a text to a phone call.

31. My pet peeve is when someone sends a message that just says “Hi.”

If you want a response, tell me why you are contacting me. Tell me about yourself. Make conversation. Ask a question.

32. I don’t get app notifications on my phone because I have to get rid of them right away.

33. I hate bugs.

34. It takes me a long time to write endings.

I’ve never figured out a simple way to wrap things up.

35. I hate being on video.

36. I always give my pets people names.

Bob. Eddy. Sam. Habib.