Kiss and Tell: 5 Things People Don’t Know About You

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I started half a dozen ideas on serious business things for today’s post and they pretty much all sucked. It’s the holiday season and all we’re looking for is a little fun, right? So, I threw a note out on Twitter about the idea of a community tell all.

Hugs and Kisses

That got a rise from quite a few people so here’s the inaugural joint kiss and tell party.

The rules are simple: Tell five things about yourself that most people don’t know and probably wouldn’t have guessed. Keep it clean enough that explaining it to a six year old wouldn’t be mortifying. (I don’t know how many six year olds see this, but it’s a good rule of thumb.)

I’ll start things off and then you leave yours in the comments. I’ll keep an eye the progress of our little party.

Five Things

Personal Note: I found this much harder than you’d think since I keep personal stuff –well, personal.

  • I failed out of Brownies. Oh, the craft projects were fun but the meetings didn’t thrill me. The final straw was the big camping away trip. My mom got all the things together we were supposed to have and lugged it down to where we were leaving and I decided I didn’t want to go. The nice Brownie ladies must have spent a half hour trying to convince me it was fun but I was not going. That was my last Brownie experience.
  • I don’t sing but I can whistle.
  • I know how to use and am comfortable with a wide variety of hand and power tools – including a circular saw and router. That’s because my husband and I have done extensive remodeling and I’ve made a few small pieces of furniture.
  • I’ve milked a goat.
  • I read French about like a struggling middle school student and regret that I don’t speak it any better.

Now, it’s your turn-Pucker Up!


Someone (she who shall remain nameless) was musing out loud that it would be nice if there were prizes involved for telling all. So, Voila! There’s a drawing for three established business consulting sessions with the winners announced in the next post. I’ll draw (properly, from a hat) from the names of everyone who comments by midnight (EST) Tuesday the 14th. So, tell us about yourself!

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  1. Here I am! What a fun thing to do today, I need some fun. Anyway..

    1. I can write using my mouth to hold a pencil.
    2. I’ve got a gold and silver medal for swimming.
    3. I carried a guitar in a leather case about 1/4 of a mile – with my teeth.
    4. I’ve been on TV and radio.
    5. I don’t like Turkish Delight.

    1. Wow! I had no idea this would be so interesting! You must have a very strong mouth 🙂

      Thanks for playing!

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  3. I’ll play along:

    1. I played accordion as a kid; embarrassing, I know. Comes from a Mediterranean background!
    2. I skipped Brownies and went straight to Guides. I excelled, became obsessed with badges and had to quit due to stress.
    3. I can sing, love karaoke but can’t whistle worth a damn!
    4. I’ll read anything, from murder mysteries to historical novels to blogs. Once read a book on a scandal in the NHL because I was bored. I hate hockey.
    5. I have frequent fantasies of running away to New York or Italy; depends on my mood.


    1. Sandi, so fun! You passed Brownies – I’m impressed 🙂 I’ll read nearly anything too so I know how that is!
      Thanks for playing!

  4. Ahem. Ok. Let’s see:

    1. I once had a starring role in a comic book
    2. As a toddler, I was traumatized by Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires! commercials (and maybe Bambi), thus insisted matches=bad for at least a decade.
    3. At age 9, I tried to trick Santa Claus into proving he was real.
    4. I find shameful amusement in conspiracy theories and really bad science
    5. My favorite cookies are these awesome European almond butter thins, which I am certain Walmart will stop carrying any day, because it is a conspiracy. (which, of course, is a theory that amuses me greatly)

    1. Ha! I love your theories 🙂 We’ll have to get together and whisper about the bad science theory I’m concerned over 🙂

  5. Yay! A game!
    Here goes….

    1. I am totally double-jointed and can turn my arms all the way round backwards so my elbows point in and my hands point forward.
    2. I am utterly terrified of millipedes. They horrify me.
    3. When I was a kid, I couldn’t clean my teeth without reading a book propped up behind the taps. Still can’t.
    4. I speak Swahili. With an Italian accent. (I’m British. Go figure.)
    5. I tell people that I can breakdance. I can’t.

    1. I’m in awe of the Swahili thing – but get you on the millipede thing 🙂

      Thanks for playing along!

      1. I only just saw your comment, LaVonne! Right then, I need to somehow figure how to take a photo of myself while my arms are twisted up. I’m on it!

  6. I lived in Tanzania for a couple of years. Picked up both Swahili and a millipede phobia while I was there. Eishhh.

  7. Found your twitter post on Kiss & Tell and couldn’t resist… 🙂

    1) I’m a bit of a perfectionist… If there’s a picture frame hanging crooked on your wall… and I don’t know you… I’m still going to straighten it for you.
    2) Cinderella is my go to movie. Sure… I’ll watch a suspense or thriller now and then, but I still watch Cinderella after… Makes the world right again.
    3) I miss the simple competition that was sports in high school.
    4) I really wish I would’ve take some kind of web design class in college, cause now it’s tough figuring it out on your own. Even if just for blogger.
    5) Everyone always thinks my name is Kathy, cause Kassi sounds like Kathy over the phone. 🙂

  8. Yay! I’ll play, especially because I’ve had a dreadful day and I need to do something fun.

    1) I loved my maiden name because it was unique and ended in “z” (Milz)- pronounced just like “mills”. I hate my married name (Smith)- it’s okay, my husband knows :). So I kept it as a second middle name.
    2) I got both my undergrad and graduate degrees as a working adult. If that doesn’t teach you how to multi-task, nothing will.
    3) I was a kareoke DJ for several years- so I can sing. (You had to when no one else would!)
    4) Nothing freaks me out more than being in the dark with the closet doors open.
    5) I love horror films. (Freddy Krueger and Stephen King were early childhood influences.)

    1. Hey Christy – thanks for playing – this has been way more fun than I expected 🙂

      Oh, that’s funny about the horror films and closet doors – you think that’s related?

      1. Probably so Monette. Really anywhere that I can’t see what’s there, but I think someone (or something!) can see me freaks me out. (another example is being in a lit room at night by windows). Yes, I have issues. LOL.

    2. I kept my maiden name as a second name too. I was adamant about keeping my maiden name before I married. I wasn’t planning on falling in love making me a total romantic mush who wanted to take my hubby’s name, so I kept mine, added his and initial my middle names. The mouthful is Shawna Renee Bound Atteberry.

      1. Shawna – what a lovely story. I use my maiden name professionally which makes me Monette Lassiter Satterfield 🙂

  9. 1. Whilst cutting kindling for the fire, I hit my finger with the axe. It bled for a very long time. My family now has an electric heater and I have a scar as memory.

    2. I’ve travelled around parts of Australia with my dad on his airplane. Fun adventure!

    3. I’ve never been overseas.

    4. I can’t play any musical instrument.

    5. One of the favourite times of my day is going for nightly walks with my fiance. We missed one for the first time the other day because of massive storms.

    1. Peter – these are wonderful! I’ve been really pleased to see the personality of each come out – really neat!

      That must have been one powerful whack with the axe – you’re lucky you have the finger to have the scar 🙂

  10. Okay, five things, um…
    Here goes:
    1) I can read upside down, for pages at a time – I was a first grade teacher and it’s a necessary skill.
    2) The pronunciation of schedule with a “sh” at the beginning makes my back crawl
    3) Once I start reading a book I will finish it no matter how much I can’t stand it, because it *might* get better
    4) I haven’t used shampoo since April. Once a week I use a bit of baking soda and water followed by a vinegar rinse.
    5) I have been known to eat an entire package of bacon in one sitting. (repeatedly)

    1. Oh, Kathryn, you’re neat! I can read and write numbers upside down – it’s a number whisperer thing – as an accountant you learn it quickly.

      That’s funny about not putting down a book – I have a similar problem with bad movies, there’s always hope 🙂

  11. Wow, these are all so good, I feel inadequate but I’ll try:

    1. I once went to Hollywood to be a movie star but couldn’t work up the nerve to go to even one audition.
    2. I spent my high school years living in a skid row hotel with my parents and a bunch of alcoholics who were actually nice old guys – who just smelled bad.
    3. I’ve been married 4 times. No comment!
    4. I gave birth to two kids, 22 years apart.
    5. I like to read magazines back to front.

    1. LaVonne – you’re always tops!

      I have a friend who reads magazines the same way 🙂

      Thanks for playing along and for getting it started with your encouragement.

  12. Oh. I love these things. Love the other comments.

    1. I can’t use chopsticks. I have to ask for a fork or one of those little plastic clippy things they have for kids. This has been socially embarrassing on many occasions.

    2. I can’t sing (but I wish I could) – so I admire the karaoke singers in the comments. Also: this doesn’t keep me from singing in the car. As long as I’m on my own.

    3. I was never in Brownies as a child. I did, however, eat “interesting” brownies as an adult. (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)

    5. I’m not very good at counting.

    1. Hey Patty, if you care to learn to use chopsticks the two best methods I found are: use popcorn as your practice medium until you get comfy with the grip and movement of the chopsticks and you might need to choke up on the chopsticks themselves for better control. Nobody says you have to hold them at the very end. I learned to use them in summer school and we learned on popcorn. Good luck.

    2. LOL! Patty – you’ve got a great sense of humor 🙂

      It’s been a ton of fun hearing these from everyone. I don’t use chopsticks either 🙂

      Thanks for joining in!

  13. I’ll play.

    1. I’ve worn glasses since just before my 16th birthday. I’ve never been legally required to wear them – except for my first year or so in Florida. The DMV employee wasn’t watching when I took the eye test (sans glasses), thus assuming I had to wear them.

    2. I’ve been married twice. I met both the former and the current husbands on the internet.

    3. I’m kinda indecisive. But when I make up my mind, there is very little that can change it.

    4. I’ve cut my own hair since 1994. In fact, I’ve hated every haircut I’ve paid for since 1994, mostly because the hairdresser doesn’t listen to me.

    5. I used to be an internet DJ in the virtual world of Second Life. I was known for being able to find obscure requests and for my marathon DJing shifts. My record for continuous DJing is 18 hours.

    1. Hey Skaja, this is great! I’ve worn glasses since I was in high school – nearsighted – but I “could” still drive without them but don’t really want to!

      Thanks for playing!

  14. What a great idea Monette, you can’t have all business all the time so here’s my list:

    1. I prefer to eat my popcorn with chopsticks (hate getting the butter and salt all over my hands).

    2. I’m a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do

    3. I hate to drive. Cross country driving I don’t mind so much but local driving I totally detest!

    4. I decided I didn’t want to join the brownie because of having to sell the cookies.

    5. I’ve operated more heavy equipment than most people in my age group- especially being a female.

    1. Margeaux – yep – it’s been a great ice breaker and I’ve had fun and hope everyone else has too 🙂

      Heavy Equipment – seriously?!? And I thought I had something with the goat!

      PS Hey everybody, look for a True Stories post on Margeaux and her business soon!

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  16. Wow, these are all so great!

    1. I wouldn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance as a kid–didn’t want to make such big promises. I would put my hand over my heart and sometimes move my mouth, though (collaborator).

    2. Also didn’t ‘fly up’ from Brownies because of oath-phobia–wouldn’t swear I’d be ‘thrifty’.

    3. I used to call my sneakers ‘Spidey shoes’ (as an adult).

    4. A big white dog jumped for my throat and grabbed hold of my-er-chest instead once when I was going door to door with a clipboard for women’s employment rights.

    5. I wanted to make snow angels all the way around my house before I moved in. Didn’t actually do it. Liked the thought.

    1. Hi Jude! Glad you could come play 🙂

      That’s a good one about the dog – piercing even 😉

  17. Someone told me I was invited to come here… Something about twits that chirp, I believe? Anyway. I never turn down an invitation to a party. So here you go.

    Five things people don’t know about me, your friendly not-so-buttoned-down business plan. Ahem.

    1. Yes, I really do have a clown nose. I’m a little sensitive on the topic. Try not to stare.
    2. I flunked out of Ringling’s Clown College. Ok, I didn’t even get accepted. Oh, the shame, the shame!
    3. I’m very shy. No. Really. Behind those flashing carnival lights is a socially anxious Circus Barker addicted to Xanax.
    4. I make awesome popcorn.
    5. I have a mad crush on Felinda, the high-wire-walking wolf-girl. Yes, I know how inappropriate it is, and I don’t care…


    1. Oh It’s #Emmit – I’m star struck 🙂

      Thanks for coming by and telling all – you’re the life of this party!

  18. Great idea – especially the prizes! 😉

    1. Won a prize from a radio station because I knew the names of Santa’s reindeer.

    2. Because I took Italian, German and French diction classes, I can properly pronounce words whose meaning I do not know. 🙂

    3. Flew in a plane piloted by Five Dollar Frank while on a white water rafting trip in WV.

    4. Currently live with 5 cats, but have had as many as 18 at one time. (Easy to do when you adopt litters!)

    5. Frequently serve as an example of what not to do when my sister is talking to her children. 😉

    1. Yes the prizes were a great idea – weren’t they?

      I didn’t know that about the diction classes – funny!

      Thanks for coming by and playing along!

  19. 1. I can’t whistle.
    2. I so fell in love with Bob from The Dresden Files books that I nicknamed a skull I bought for Halloween Bob. Bob is always out–regardless of the time of year.
    3. We also have a mummified skeleton we put bunny ears on and call Frank (in honor of Donnie Darko). Frank is always out as well and dons a Santa hat at Christmas.
    4. Since I’m on the subject of macabre this is how The Hubby (then boyfriend) and I spent our first Valentine’s Day weekend together because it was sub-zero in Chicago: we hunkered down on the couch and watched Donnie Darko, Being John Malkovich, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Ground Hog Day. We thought it was romantic. 🙂
    5. My wedding dress was red because there was no in H-E-double hockey sticks I was entombing myself in all white.

    1. Shawna – great things about you!

      I have a Halloween skull out all year round too – I’ve drawn and painted it several times 🙂

      Thanks for playing

  20. This is fun and I wouldn’t be posting without the encouragement of the contest. Thank you!

    1.My belly button is an ‘inny’, but when I was little I could poke it out at will.

    2.I’ve been engaged several times; the first time at 18. Only married once, though. I’m glad I waited- this partnership is everything I imagined, only with more laundry and washing of dishes.

    3.When I was about to lose my last 3 or 4 teeth, I wrote a letter to the ToothFairy explaining about inflation and scarcity. That letter won me a 100% raise.

    4. I’ve lived in 3 countries, 8 US states,16 towns, & 30+ houses.

    5. I have a collection of dictionaries.

    1. Christyna – thanks for playing – it’s great to have you here!

      Your Tooth Fairy tale is fantastic 🙂 I’ll bet you’re a tough negotiator.

      Thanks for letting me know that about the contest – I’ll be drawing the names (as stated, from a hat) just before the next post on Wed 12/15. Good Luck!

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