2. In theory, I love to travel. In practice, I hate airplanes. Something about recirculating air, tiny cups of watery soda, and airplane bathrooms just puts me over the edge of sanity.
3. Before I started grad school, I really loved to read. I still enjoy reading for pleasure during the summer, but it is the last thing I want to do during the school year.
4. I am terrified of being buried alive or drowning. The thought of that claustrophobic 'I can't breathe' feeling being the last experience of my life is terrifying. Ergo, I tend to be claustrophobic. Don't get too close and definitely don't hug me too hard.
5. I love watching TV on DVD. My favorite shows are Arrested Development, The Office, and Veronica Mars. There's something so comforting about joining my favorite TV families for a little decompression after a long day at school.
6. I don't know how I lived before I had a TiVo. I hate commercials. Why are they always so much louder than regular television? And irritating?
7. Mr. H-B and I were originally going to get married on August 13, 2008. It's a good thing two of our brothers couldn't come that day, because I really didn't want to have to celebrate an anniversary on Friday the 13th. August 12th is a much more pleasing anniversary.
8. I am allergic to formaldehyde and toluene, both ingredients in fingernail polish. There are disastrous consequences when I use a polish that contains either of these. Trust me on this.
9. I eat string cheese at least three times a week. It's a great snack that's easy to pack. I avoid feeling like a kindergartner by eating it in bites instead of pulling it apart into strings.
10. I like taking pictures of random things. Mr. H-B mocks me for snapping shots of lamps, manhole covers, everything I cook.
11. I have a really hard time eating odd numbers of things like popcorn or small candies. I count the popcorn as I put it in my mouth, just to be sure.
12. When I was younger, I had to be in control of the remote whenever we watched TV. I often went so far as to take it with me when I had to leave the TV room. This has gotten considerably better and I no longer take the remote to the restroom with me.
13. I hate clutter. I am constantly bagging things to take to Goodwill in a futile attempt to keep the chaos under control.
14. However, I find it very difficult to get rid of books.
15. I love all of our nieces and nephews, but having our own children scares the crap out of me. Taking care of a dog is hard enough, but no one calls the cops if you leave a dog in a crate all day while you're at school.
16. I feel guilty for leaving Greta in her crate all day, so we always have 'tummy rub time' when I get home. Let me clarify: I rub Greta's stomach. Not the other way around.
17. It takes all of my willpower not to give in and buy the latest gadget. I love new computers, cellphones, PDAs, etc.
18. I really like kitchen gadgets. My dream is to someday have a kitchen big enough to hold a stand mixer in addition to the other things I have. Come to think of it, I'm looking forward to having a kitchen with more than 3 1/2 feet of continuous counter space.
19. I lived in an apartment with hardwood floors in Boston and have sworn I will never do that again. I hated trying to keep the dust
20. I really like fresh fruit and wish I could always have a bowl of it on the counter. Unfortunately, I can't stand the fruit flies that take over our apartment. I have to settle for frozen fruit a lot of the time.
21. I absolutely cannot stand the sound of styrofoam scraping against styrofoam or cardboard. The sound makes me physically ill.
22. When Mr. H-B and I combined our DVD collections, we only had two doubles to get rid of despite our similar taste in movies.
23. I can't wait until the so-called digital transition happens so that obnoxious banner will stop running across the top of the television screen.
24. I have a good memory. I remember things that happened yesterday as well as many things that happened 25-plus years ago. But I don't just remember what happened, I remember details like what people were wearing or what was on the radio.
25. But I cannot memorize music to save my life. After I forgot my recital piece mid-performance in 5th grade, I never tried again.