I was tagged by Emily for this one. I often feel like the weirdest person in the room so this shouldn't be too hard.
1. I'll start with an easy one. A lot of people who know me already know this about me. I studied costume design in college and grad school. I desinged costumes for several plays and musicals and I loved it until grad school where two things happened to derail me. First grad school was incredibly hard. I was working 20 hours a day and I still wasn't as good as most of the people I went to school with. There were some amazingly talented people in my school. Second I realized what an incredibly difficult career I had picked for myself and I took that advice that is often given to actors -- if there is anything else you want to do, do that.
2. Continuing the theme...while I was in graduate school at SMU in Dallas, TX I worked a short stint as a shopper for the TV show Walker, Texas Ranger. That was a really fun job. I never shopped for Chuck Norris -- just the extras, but it was still great. I wish it paid better because I probably still would be working as a shopper.
3. Before going to someone else's house for dinner I will often eat at home first. I am a pathetically, child-like picky eater and I hate feeling like I am being held hostage and forced to eat something I don't like. If I am not hungry it is much easier to deal with. Sometimes this has really saved my night.
4. I have to have the bed made. I cannot leave the house with the bed left unmade. I cannot get into an unmade bed. I can barely stand to be in a room with an unmade bed. Interestingly, I don't feel that way in hotel rooms at all.
5. When I shower I always wash in the same order. I never realized it until a few years ago, but I know that if I do something out of order, I get all messed up and end up getting out of the shower with conditioner in my hair or soap still on me. I think it was born out of necessity because I am often only half-awake in the shower so the routine helps me get through it efficiently.
6. I talk to myself in this weird whispering under my breath way when I am alone. I drive myself crazy when I do it, but I can't help it. It especially happens when I am working at home and I haven't really spoken to anyone all day or in hotel rooms when traveling on business.
7. I hate Bruce Springsteen. I know it is like I am missing some kind of gene or something, but I have never, ever liked his music and I don't think I ever will. There are a couple of songs I can tolerate, but overall I just cannot understand the phenomenon that is Bruce Springsteen. And please don't try to explain -- I still won't get it. Really.