What You Don’t Know About Me

I want to know you—but not just your name. I want to know something weird about you! So here’s a few bits of trivia about me. Leave a comment with some of yours!


…hate watermelon.
…almost flunked pre-calculus. Twice.
…once had a dog that was allergic to my cat.
…keep the SyFy channel on non-stop on my bathroom TV.
…have a TV in my bathroom.
…used to believe Luke Skywalker was coming for me in his land cruiser.
…used to have a crush on Whorf.
…and then Spike.
…am diagnosed OCD. But am only OCD about certain things. Washing my hair is not one of them.
…name my vacuum cleaners.
…own a hunting bow.
…am famous for my split pea soup. I’ve also been known to burn water.
…live in sweatpants and wish they made Geranimals for adults.
…did I mention I don’t like to wash my hair?
…have fished all over the world—including for piraña on the Amazon.
…once caught a 60 lb. halibut in Alaska.
…get lost everywhere I go, no matter how many times I’ve been there.
…am a compulsive cleaner
…love to bowl—and suck at it.
…think of food the entire time I’m working out.

Your turn. 🙂

  • David Coe
    Posted at 03:41h, 30 May Reply

    Love chocolate almond marshmallow ice cream but Blue Bell only makes it 3 months out of the year.

    I am a grandfather # PawPaw x 12

    My wife and I have a one year old American Bulldog that weighs 83 lbs and isn’t overweight.

    I used to rodeo back in the day.

    Not sure I like being retired.!!!

    Love my huge double shower

    Avid watcher of old Star Trek, Andy Griffith, and Longmire series.

    Love OLD country music

    Would love to figure this writing/publishing thing out.

    Can trace my ancestry back to the first two brother and cousin who immigrated to America in late 1800/early 1900’s.

    Last gunfighter killed by Wild Bill Hickok was a Coe.

  • Sage Mauldin
    Posted at 18:00h, 12 August Reply


    …have sleep paralysis.
    …love chickens–and birds in general.
    …own a hunting bow.
    …hate hearing people smack and chew their food.
    …drink coffee from sunup to sundown.
    …am a voracious reader of–hides behind hands–research articles.
    …brush my teeth at least four times a day (this might have something to do with how much coffee I consume…).
    …keep my apartment so clean that there is no evidence of living in it (my roommate hates me).
    …laugh in awkward situations.
    ..am a devoted coadjutant.
    …am sensitive to people’s caprices.
    …prefer the company of nature to the company of people.

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 06:33h, 12 August Reply

    –I have OCD, but it’s mostly obsessional; aside from general rules about handwashing/food prep and service, I have a handful of triggers that can set off some really bad compulsive cycles. Sometimes this veers into a form of hypochondria.

    –I love reading and stories. I am a terrible creative writing teacher because I get caught up in the stories being told and have a hard time fairly evaluating the work.

    –I’m working on a novel and want to finish it, but I have to finish my dissertation first because I’m running out of time for that.

    –I’m a name-nerd and have been since I was a child, and I make lists of names the way that some people idly doodle. I love thinking about names and am pretty picky about favorites. I can’t stand “yooneek” name spellings; names like C/Katherine or Elis/zabeth don’t bother me; I don’t even mind a spelling that makes a name more aesthetically pleasing to look at it when written down, like “Ashleigh” instead of “Ashley,” but when random letters are doubled or vowels randomly replaced with other vowels or vowel combinations or /y/, or when they do things like change all the /c/ names to /k/ names just because their own name starts with a /k/ (you know who I’m talking about), then I get really angry at the parents for wasting their chance to give their child a meaningful and beautiful name because I don’t have kids as much as I’ve always wanted them. I have a short list ready to go if I ever get the chance to name one (or more) of my own.

    –Also, I put a lot of thought into naming pets and characters.

    –I have a hobby of creating blends of tea inspired by my favorite fandoms on Adagio; Michael Cudlitz (Abraham on The Walking Dead) got a hold of the teas I created for Abraham and another character, Eugene (Josh McDermitt), and tweeted that someone had made them into tea, and it made my year.

    –The best thing to eat in the summer is a fresh tomato sandwich, and the next best is a fresh peach.

    –Sitting in the water at the beach heals my soul.

  • Wendy Blanton
    Posted at 12:32h, 11 August Reply

    I love watermelon, but only local and in season. Melons trucked in from far away places aren’t worth my time.

    My cats each have multiple nicknames, and they answer to all their names. At least, as much as cats answer.

    My muse is Walter Mitty. He likes to be called Walter or Walt (as it Whitman), but he goes on strike if you call him Wally.

    I’m addicted to cold brew coffee.

    I love good scotch.

    If I drink pop, it’s semi-flat. I purposely shake out some of the carbonation or I’m not fit to be around anyone except drunk frat boys.

    • tosca
      Posted at 16:11h, 11 August Reply

      I love cold coffee, cold coffee drinks, iced coffee…

  • Tabitha Caplinger
    Posted at 19:29h, 10 August Reply

    -prefer to wear pajamas
    -have grocery shopped in said pajamas
    – get too emotionally invested in television characters
    -had a crush on welsey crusher
    -was obsessed with Seaquest DSV and still watch episodes
    -had a sea quest book cover in high school
    -can’t stand chipped nail polish
    -love banana flavored things but hate actual bananas
    -wait until my kids go to bed to eat chocolate so I don’t have to share

    • tosca
      Posted at 16:11h, 11 August Reply

      I run around in pajamas, too!

  • Gina Barlean
    Posted at 17:46h, 10 August Reply

    Love a bowl of melted cheese. Always give my cats long weird nicknames. (Smudge is Smudgarooni) Have really big, big toes. Prefer flat pop. Love me a stout or porter. Could sit in a blues bar all night long and do so whenever I get the chance. Drink hot water instead of coffee or tea. Not that big a fan of chocolate. Love change. Cannot stand to listen to people chew!!!!! Adore sloths. Want to be Tosca Lee when I grow up. 😉

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:58h, 10 August Reply

      Aww, Gina. :> Love a good stout. But flat pop??? Ewww…. 😀

  • Jen Rosen
    Posted at 16:01h, 10 August Reply


    . . . loathe when people use the phrase “but yet.”
    . . . would much rather have plain sour cream with my chips than chip dip.
    . . . took seven years to write my first novel.
    . . . hate running, but wish I had a runner’s body.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:57h, 10 August Reply

      I hear you on the running–and the sour cream. :>

  • Teri Benham
    Posted at 15:55h, 10 August Reply

    – Love all kinds of food but cannot think about the food being in my mouth because then I notice the texture and it will send me running for the bathroom, or trash can, or whatever. So gross. The only texture I can think about is creamy and I’m fine.
    – I can handle losing people in my life (except for my children) but when my dog died I ended up in therapy for six months.
    – I can’t sleep with underwear on. I will toss and turn half the night until I take them off.
    _ My two grown sons and once sat outside of the house in the van for three hours while we waited for someone to come home and kill the spider that was between us and the front door of the house.
    – I broke three bones in my leg/ankle sleep walking one night while dreaming about spiders. Had to have emergency surgery that night because the breaks were so severe they cut off the circulation to my foot. I still have an ankle full of pins.
    – I once rearranged and entire cruise and flights home in order to climb right into the car and race two hours by car and drag every last Ted Dekker book I owned (and I own A LOT) to his book signing. He then signed every single book with total grace and patience while he was sick with bronchitis and I know he just wanted to go home.
    – I can only play Candy Crush on my phone if the Andy Griffith show in on TV. Otherwise, my brain just won’t process the information. I can also only play Hay Day or Zombie Castaways if Criminal Minds is on.
    _ I must have one of four movies on to sleep. Signs, The Village, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton’s).
    – I also cannot sleep unless there is a full bottle of fresh water by the bed. I may not drink it at all but it MUST be there.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:57h, 10 August Reply

      LOL on the spiders. After that surgery, no wonder you’re afraid of them!

  • Donna McChristian
    Posted at 15:33h, 10 August Reply

    I get lost, yes, but I also forget where I’m going and that I’m driving. ????. I LOVE Legos but do not share them with my grandson. All dials must be set on a PRIME number. With volumes this is tricky because the leap from 7 to 11 can be significant. ????

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:56h, 10 August Reply

      I nearly flunked math. I had to go look up what a prime number was. 😀

  • Heather Harvey
    Posted at 12:54h, 10 August Reply

    – I’m getting married on September 3rd. September is my favorite month. My fiancé wanted to get married three months from the engagement but the date landed in August. I could not bear the thought if getting married in August as it is my least favorite month.
    – I have OCD but haven’t been officially diagnosed. It’s very difficult to get a VA appointment for mental health issues.
    – My favorite number is 24,708
    – I’ve served 16 years in the Army as a helicopter mechanic. I was usually the only femal mechanic.
    – I have trypophobia, the fear of holes. I get queasy when I see clusters of holes. Especially if it is organic in nature, like lotus flowers.
    – Some of my favorite nicknames that I’ve been called are Bubbles, Dory, and Hobbit.
    – I find the Fibinoci sequence to be beautiful.
    – I’m afraid to vacuum when it’s dark out. I think someone will sneak up behind me a snatch me up.
    – I collect custom painted replica human skulls. I have a plan to get a set of 12 complete with backstories.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:55h, 10 August Reply

      Congratulations on your upcoming marriage, Heather! And now, thanks to you, I will never vacuum after dark again.

  • Carol Anne Beers
    Posted at 08:17h, 10 August Reply

    also dislike watermelon
    Do not like.milk on my cereal
    love rhe smell of skunk and think they are so cute as they waddle away
    love to hike and will drive just about anywhere
    went camping in the Grand Canyon in November with an expected overnight temperature in the teens..

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:55h, 10 August Reply

      So many watermelon dislikers in one place–I feel like we need to form a club!

  • Heather Kellerhals
    Posted at 05:45h, 10 August Reply


    -Was left handed when I was little but my father made me use my right hand because “the world was right handed”. I’m still screwed up from that
    -Have to put everything on left sided first or I don’t feel like I’m dress correctly
    -Will watch Alien and Jaws if its on TV no matter what else is on.
    -Became claustrophobic after being shoved in an MRI machine that looked like it was the first one off the production line. Now I can barely stand to talk about it without panicking
    -Love frogs and reptiles but do the screamy girl dance over spiders and insects.
    -If you see me you’d never guess I’m in stg 3 kidney failure and have an auto immune disease.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:54h, 10 August Reply

      I. Love. Aliens. And same thing about spiders and insects. Screams dancing all over.

  • Jen Rose
    Posted at 04:00h, 10 August Reply

    – Have enjoyed this sharing of oddities
    – Love to hike, but more so I can take photos than for the exercise it offers
    – Can’t seem to see Stargate often enough (though I will continue to try)
    – Want to express myself through photos because words never seem to work for me
    – Used to write all the time
    – Still dress up for Halloween (I’m only 34 after all)
    – And often times when it’s not Halloween as well
    – Prefer animated movies to live action
    – And while I have nothing against watermelon itself, I do take issue with everything being seedless now because kids now will never know the joys of seed spitting contests

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:54h, 10 August Reply

      You’re right, Jen! What happened to seeds, anyway??

  • Penny E Stone
    Posted at 03:49h, 10 August Reply

    I love salt on watermelon, cantaloupe, and apples.

    I want my cream of wheat and oatmeal to be dry and thick enough to chew, not liquidity.

    My self esteem is tied to how productive I am.

    With degenerative disk disease, stenosis of the spine, and inflammatory joints, I experience a lot of pain. I have had 8 back surgeries, spent 1 year bedfast, and cherish the ability to walk again.

    I hate shaving my legs, but love how they feel afterwards.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:53h, 10 August Reply

      Wow, Penny–that’s a lot of surgeries. Way to go on keeping up the fight!

  • Elizabeth Buzard
    Posted at 02:13h, 10 August Reply

    -I don’t like oranges. I can’t stand the texture.
    -I have pointe shoes with taps on the bottom because my favorite kinds of dance are pointe and clogging. Might as well combine the two!
    -I have a bearded dragon named Norbert, and I take him outside on a leash.
    -Sometimes when I get bored I memorize poetry for fun.
    -Bad SyFy movies are my guilty pleasure.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:52h, 10 August Reply

      I need a video of the dancing one of these days!

  • Laura Shuck
    Posted at 02:02h, 10 August Reply

    I hate peas & limas; texture.
    I’ve probably read 1000’s of books; at least 100 per year since pre-teenage years.
    Love to learn, just about anything.
    My personality type is INFJ, which was was explained as an “odd” personality by a therapist.
    I’m afraid of toads & frogs, a fact my 13 year old boy takes great delight in reminding me.
    I have a large pond with…many frogs.
    Chocolate gives me migraines.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:52h, 10 August Reply

      LOL on the frog pond. 😀 I love little frogs. Dislike lima beans.

  • Amanda Willie
    Posted at 02:02h, 10 August Reply

    I have a ridiculously complex system for eating french fries. I hate pointy fries and refuse to eat the sharp ends. Love the guts of the fry and really like the soft, almost under done ones best.
    I love soggy cereal, and will happily wait until it’s the perfect texture before I eat it. (I have several texture issues)
    I HAVE to have ice in my drinks, I’m so happy with my generic yeti cup because it keeps my drink so cold. I hate bottled water, unless there’s ice to pour it over.
    I hate unnecessary noise, which is hilarious because my husband makes more noise than any human (other than my brother). I think God did that for fun.
    I’m allergic to perfume,and feel that there should be manditory serving sizes on all perfume/cologne bottles, like spray it once and it won’t spray again for 24 hours. (Axe is banned from our house)
    For seven years I told everyone I turned 28 on my birthday. After I hit 35, I suddenly found peace with my age and haven’t turned 28 since 🙂

    • Heather Kellerhals
      Posted at 05:22h, 10 August Reply

      Please take your perfume idea to manufacturing immediately! Haha! I get horrible migraines from perfumes and people seem to bathe in it more often then not. Awesome idea ????

      • Amanda Willie
        Posted at 19:09h, 10 August Reply


      • Amanda Willie
        Posted at 19:13h, 10 August Reply

        I totally understand! I don’t know how they can stand it themselves! If you can taste it, it’s too much.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:51h, 10 August Reply

      I am with you on the Axe litigation. I’ll sign any petition.

  • Jaleesa Gibson
    Posted at 02:02h, 10 August Reply

    Lets see, I…

    -also name my vacuums, currently have a Rico and a mini named Vera (extra points if you know where that name came from)
    -eat pizza and all other triangular foods from the base to the point
    -arrange my plate so that I eat my food from least liked to most liked in a clockwise pattern
    -read classic literature to my beta Chiaotzu
    -sometimes wish men in anime were real so it would be acceptable to have a crush on them
    -won’t eat green fruit, actual fruit doesn’t have to be green the skin is enough (except watermelon)
    -used to wear a backpack weighed down with books in hopes of becoming like Goku
    -occasionally still try to produce a Kamehameha wave
    -have used Shakespeare to put babies to sleep
    -when that doesn’t work singing a Beetle inspired lullaby does

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:51h, 10 August Reply

      “I call it Vera.” ;D

      Now I want a vacuum named Vera.

  • Mike Lawrence
    Posted at 02:01h, 10 August Reply

    I used to be somebody, now I’m retired.
    I attended kindergarten twice.
    I was in school for 55 years.
    I did a 4 year BS program in 5.5 years.
    I taught senior high history, government, and sociology for 37 years.
    I started writing my first book in 1971. It is still in my file drawer.
    I am allergic to sugar, but I eat some anyway because I’m addicted.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:49h, 10 August Reply

      LOL Mike re: the sugar! And you know, I went to kindergarten twice, too. You have done and taught a lot of school!

  • Danielle Hale
    Posted at 02:01h, 10 August Reply

    -I love watermelon
    -I associate with both Lois Lane and Martha Kent (I was just Lois until I had two amazing sons)
    -I was a duel Math/language arts major.
    -love the Olympics
    -My hair is 4 ft. Long…literally
    -mosquitoes do not bite me, or if they do, it doesn’t leave a mark or anything. I just assume they don’t.
    -I am a descendant of Vikings (the same ones on the History Channel show)
    -David Cassidy was my boyfriend when I was 4.
    -Peanut butter and jelly rocks!
    -I am the one who dropped her first copy of The Progeny in the Lou.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:48h, 10 August Reply

      Danielle–lol! I am still laughing (sorry) about the dropped copy of The Progeny. 😀 And I love, love Vikings on the History Channel. In college, I studied Viking sagas for a semester. Loved it. 🙂

  • Sarah Lara
    Posted at 01:59h, 10 August Reply

    …am obsessed with all things Marvel.
    …am left handed so I practice my calligraphy backwards.
    …don’t eat anything stuffed (i.e. eclairs, jelly donuts, etc.).
    …own throwing knives.
    …have been playing the piano for almost 20 years (I’m 24).
    …once at LAX got mistaken for being 12…I was 20…
    …believe the kitchen floor must always be clean…always.
    …do not enjoy being outside unless its 65 degrees or below.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:47h, 10 August Reply

      Sarah, I started piano at age 4, too!

  • Lesley Stringer
    Posted at 01:56h, 10 August Reply

    -My first love was Dr. Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters. Not the actor mind you, but the fictional character.
    -I, too, crushed on Spike.
    -I can quote pretty much every line from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast because I watched it so much as a child.
    -I only watched it so much because I wanted the library.
    -I frequently research serial killers for writing projects, and have freaked out my local librarian because of it.
    -I like mango flavored things, but really don’t care to eat actual mango.

    • Darcy Pfile
      Posted at 02:56h, 10 August Reply

      Mango, me too!

      • Lesley Stringer
        Posted at 03:15h, 10 August Reply

        Ah! I’m not alone!

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:47h, 10 August Reply

      Lesley, you need a serial killer library. :>

  • Tyler Carrington
    Posted at 01:38h, 10 August Reply

    About me:

    I too, do not like watermelon.
    I love eating peanut butter straight out of the jar.
    I have High Functioning (or mild) Asperger’s syndrome.
    I do like liver and onions.
    I love to drive, VERY long distances! Driving to Realm Makers from Missouri was awesome!
    My favorite band is U2, and I’ve seen them live twice.
    I love Mountain Dew, probably too much.
    I love listening to instrumental epic music whilst writing.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:46h, 10 August Reply

      Watermelon haters, unite! We need t-shirts! I actually used to get sick at the smell of peanut butter, but now like to eat it out the jar, too. :>

  • Jennifer Zarifeh Major
    Posted at 01:32h, 10 August Reply

    -gag if I see or hear people spitting
    -will happily hold a snake but basically faint and scream high enough to break glass if a *see* a bug
    -cannot eat canned peas
    -was allergic to watermelon for years and can now eat it, and quite happily, too
    -have had several horrid bouts of altitude sickness
    -had a 200 lb pig get waaaay too close to me in a ditch in the Andes
    -can only eat fresh apples when I’m pregnant…my baby is 13…thus, no fresh apples for a while
    -can sing along to La Bamba, and can tell you what each phrase means
    -once had a female security agent, in a foreign country, discover what underwire bars were…while I was wearing one

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:45h, 10 August Reply

      LOL Jennifer, laughing at the bra one. And I can’t eat canned peas either. Gross.

  • Darcy Pfile
    Posted at 01:28h, 10 August Reply

    …also hate watermelon
    …hate banana everything. I can’t even touch one. That smell, GROSS! Can’t watch people eat them.

    • tosca
      Posted at 18:44h, 10 August Reply

      LOL Darcy–the banana thing made me laugh!

  • Kimberli C
    Posted at 00:55h, 10 August Reply

    – brush my teeth with my eyes closed (that includes gargling). Can’t watch others either. It’s just gross.
    – love playing video games.
    – love watching cartoons and animated movies.
    – enjoy eating tomatoes like an apple.
    – eat soup every morning, except on weekends.
    – enjoy tech (tablets, computers, etc.) too much.
    – daydream about shopping at Best Buy or the Apple Store and buying myself and everyone in the store whatever we want.
    – also hate watermelon.
    – enjoy acting and dancing.


    • tosca
      Posted at 01:12h, 10 August Reply

      Yes!!! We are soul sisters who hate watermelon! I knew there was another one of us somewhere in the universe! And I love Chinese soup breakfast. :>

  • Charles A Kompare
    Posted at 21:20h, 09 August Reply

    I have minor Asperger’s syndrome which includes OCD, fear of traveling, communication problems and an even bigger problem understanding what people mean instead of what they say. I have a chiweenie that is a emotional support service animal I dont understand subway it should be called sauce way because they add new sauces not really new subs and perhaps the one I get the most flak for is I am a people watcher/studier I find people very intriguing they do some weird thing which makes me ponder philosophical nature of all of mankind. I am a Pokemon fan and lastly I study philosophy and theology and quantum physics for fun. ????

    • tosca
      Posted at 01:12h, 10 August Reply

      Love this, Charles. Thank you! I love the studying quantum physics for fun (I wish I understood it better). And I totally want a picture of your dog!

      • Donna McChristian
        Posted at 15:52h, 10 August Reply

        I with you both on the fascination for the study of quantum physics and my frustration to understand it beyond a second grade level! Lol. There’s a book I would recommend that helped a lot (as well as inspired a few story ideas!) called Beyond the Cosmos by Hugh Ross. He really did a great job of describing concepts in a way that I could visualize. In order to understand things I have to picture them and this is hardly possible in the field of quantumness. Lol.

      • Greg Turnquist
        Posted at 03:05h, 25 May Reply

        Me too! Read Schrodingers Kittens as a neat title for a layman.

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