Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Five Secrets about Me for New Year's Eve

The uber-talented kickboxing blogger J.H. Moncrieff tagged me in the Five Secrets about Me blog hop that's going around. 



In celebration of the start of a new year, I'm joining in. Here goes.

#1: I'm related to Jesse James. I'm not 100 percent certain how--my great-great-great-grandmother and Jesse James' father were siblings. There could be a few more "greats" in that grandmother part!



#2: I'm deathly afraid of roaches. Yes, I know they can't hurt me, but nothing freaks me out like the sight of one of these:



#3: My middle name is Breckenridge. I always hated it until my mom pointed me to my ancestor's Wikipedia page. Now I'm pretty darn proud!



#4: I went to school to be a TV reporter. Then I learned how little they made. Not that I would have been very good at it. But I anchored the news and worked as a reporter for my campus news station for a while. It did allow me to hone my writing skills and it led to a career in public relations, which is how I spent my 20s.



#5: I've worked all kinds of interesting side jobs over the years. This includes selling stuff on eBay back in the early days (I once made $500 on a rare Natalie Wood magazine that I found at a used record store) and working as a mystery shopper. Neither paid well for the work they required, but they were fun.


That's all my secrets for now! I'm tagging Anna and Pat Hatt but my tags are always optional! I hope everyone has a...


77 comments:

  1. Good to know about you , wish you a happy new year :)

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    1. Happy new year to you, too, Aunt Mary!

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  2. I hate roaches too ewww. They are just so gross ....

    I hope you have a wonderful and very happy new year...xox ♡

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    1. When I worked downtown, occasionally you'd see these gigantic roaches crawling around. I was told they were "sewer roaches." That didn't help with my fear of them!

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  3. My wife freaks at the sight of roaches.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Me, too, although luckily I don't see them often.

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  4. thanks for all the little infos. Happy new year and I wish you all the best for 2015!

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  5. Great post, Stephanie. Wishing you all the best for the new year.

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  6. Great Post! Roaches freak me out beyond belief. Yuck! Have a Happy New Year!

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    1. They are fairly nasty--so I picked an animated version to freak us all out!

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  7. That's cool that you have that ancestor knowledge. Centipedes freak me out. Happy New Year!

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    1. I probably would know a lot more if I used a site like Ancestry.com

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  8. I had to scroll super fast past that roach pic. Ugh! They totally creep me out. Here in FL, they call them palmetto bugs, but they're still horrible. Shudder!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. I hear they fly in Florida? The only thing worse than a roach is a FLYING roach!

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  9. There's a nasty roach squirming on your blog, crash it, crash it :)
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. I definitely scroll past it very quickly. Happy New Year to you, too!

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    2. Dezzmeister.... did you say "crash"it? Don't you mean.... crush it :p :p

      Sorry about that, Stephanie. Dazzling Dezzy likes it when I tease him. But he's right about one thing.... that's a nasty roach you've got there.

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  10. You are right about selling on ebay, lots of work for sometimes not much gain. Happy new year!

    Betty

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    1. In the early days, you could make more--now it's all about businesses. I can't sell my old laptop on there, for instance, because people would rather buy something like that from one of the many businesses selling them on there. So those businesses could buy my laptop for a fraction of the price and resell it and make a huge profit. It's a buyer's market on there now, too--so you're in danger of chargebacks. You could buy something on there and file a dispute and if the seller didn't protect him/herself, you'd get your $$$ back and keep the item. It's just too risky. I don't even bother anymore. But I do buy things on there occasionally.

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  11. These are some really interesting facts about you. Happy New Year's Eve, and wishing you all the best.

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    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you, too!

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  12. Thankfully there are no nasty roaches around here. Supposedly, take it with a grain of salt, but I'm related to Jessie James too, as they found something up on some farm here that our ancestors owned, not sure how true it is though. So who knows. lol the school one is so true. Hmmm secrets, hmm I'll have to think, the cat has a big mouth and revealed most things already.

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    1. I think Jesse James had a fairly large family (siblings and their kids, I think?), so there are a lot of us. Especially people whose ancestry can be traced back to Missouri... My grandmother regularly went to the James family reunion when she was alive. The relation was on her side--and it's fairly distant. I'm definitely not a direct descendent!

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  13. What interesting facts. Crazy that you are related to Jesse James and a judge! Both sides of the law. :) It does sound like you have had some unique jobs. You are the first mystery shopper that I have met (well, that I know of- since they are a mystery). ;)

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

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    1. Anyone can mystery shop--go through this site to find reputable jobs: http://www.mysteryshop.org/. I got a lot of free meals. I just found most of the jobs now require too many hoops for the money. I'm not going to go to the mall, purchase an item, hang around for an hour, then return that item...plus fill out pages of paperwork, just to get $5 or $10. It's not worth it at all. You can make more than that on even the low-paying Elance jobs without leaving your house! I did once get a free dinner for two at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. That was WELL worth it. I think once you get more experience you're referred for higher-paying jobs. I was really into it back when I was doing it and that's how the higher-paying jobs made it to my inbox.

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  14. i like the name breckenridge. :) the company i worked for for many years held an annual meeting in breckenridge colorado one year (before i joined them). to capture their sales history, a report was presented there that became known as the breckenridge report. it was one of my favorite pieces to add to each year. :)

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    1. People have actually asked me if I was conceived on a ski slope! I think I was named after the son of the guy on the Wikipedia page...the Breckenridge middle name was passed around a lot in my family! But it bugged me when I was a kid that my middle name came from a male relative.

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  15. Love these and how cool to be both related to Jesse and Charles?

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  16. happy new year! I totally relate to #4.

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    1. That journalism education has really paid off in my case. At least it didn't go to waste! When I was in I.T., I felt like I wasn't doing what I was meant to do, but now I write about technology, so it all worked out in the end!

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  17. Jesse James is a distant relative? Cool. I'm distantly related to Lloyd, Jeff, and Beau Bridges.

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    1. Is it weird that I think that's even cooler?!

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    2. It is kinda cool, innit?

      Happy New Year to you!

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  18. And you should be proud of your middle name. That's awesome.

    Have a fabulous day and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee! Happy New Year to you, too.

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  19. Really cool secret facts! Happy New Year!

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  20. Loved these snippets about you. Such a cool family tree. And a very Happy New Year to you.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I have some interesting ancestors.

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  21. I love the name, Breckenridge! Love your secrets - so interesting!
    Happy Newest, New Year!

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    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you, too.

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  22. You have some fantastic secrets, Stephanie. I loved the one about your middle name and your relation to Jesse James, but they were all interesting. You certainly upped the ante.

    And calling me uber-talented was a HUGE bonus. Thanks for participating! Sorry I haven't been around much...will catch up with your blog in the New Year. xoxo

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    1. I think we've all been out of sorts the past couple of weeks. Hope you have a great New Year's Eve!

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  23. Ick to roaches-I'm with you. I think it is really cool that Jesse James is your 3 times Great Uncle! Have a wonderful New Year!

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    1. Could be more times great uncle, actually. We aren't 100% sure, but he's pretty far up there!

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  24. I totally share your feelings about roaches *shudders*

    Happy New Year!

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    1. They are icky. Luckily I don't see too many these days. The last time I saw one, it was in the Nashville Farmer's Market, while we were eating. I picked up my purse and kept my feet up on my chair the rest of the time we were there. I had one crawl into my pocket once when I was on a bus and hitch a ride with me all the way into work.

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  25. I sold on Ebay for several years. It WAS a lot of work for little payoff. Happy new year to you too!

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    1. SO true. I used to sell all my old clothes when I got tired of them. I finally just decided my time was worth money and now I donate them!

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  26. Breckenridge... What's wrong with that name? Nothing. Exactly.

    Hey, I'm just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year. I know, I'm a bit early. :))

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too! Not early at all.

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  27. My middle name is Blair, it was my grandfather's name, but you don't see many guys named Blair anymore.

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    1. It's all flip-flopped now. Boys' names have become girls' names and vice versa. I like the name Blair for a boy, though.

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  28. Just so you know, the cockroach GIF was the thing that showed first on the link to your blog today. Ick...

    I like your middle name. I, unfortunately, was named after my father...

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    1. Super ick. At least it got your attention, though!

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  29. Happy New Year, Stephanie! Thanks for sharing 5 extra facts about you!

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  30. Don't like roaches, don't move to the Georgia coast (or Florida or South Carolina, or North Carolina) as the place is full of them and supposedly they may be the only animal to survive a nuclear war. On that thought, have a Happy New Year and may we not have to test the resilence of a cockroach :)

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    1. I love the beach but I think I'll stay in Tennessee!

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  31. Happy new year to you!

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  32. There's nothing like being invited into a person's house and several roaches scamper across the wall and you're like saying to yourself, "okay, so would it be rude if I scream and run out?"

    Seriously, you don't just co-exist with roaches. They are the creepiest things ever! Worse than a spider.

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    1. Yikes! That's never happened to me, but I can see how it would, especially in college. When I was in college, I ended up in an apartment with roaches. They wouldn't do anything about it. I ended up spending very little time there because the manager wouldn't do anything about it.

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    2. And that apt. complex STILL has roaches! Hilarious--20 years and they haven't done anything about the roaches... http://www.apartmentratings.com/tn/murfreesboro/university-terrace-apartments_615893493337130/

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  33. Haha, I see Sage's comment. I'm from the Keys. They are called palmetto bugs (Florida stink roach) down there. They can grow to 5 inches. They fly. They do NOT like to come in your house. Here in NC (where I live now) the roaches are smaller and not as plentiful as Sage suggests. I think they live in every state. (I hate them too.)

    WOW, you have a lot of fame in your family. Breckenridge AND Jesse James! SCHWEET!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Yikes!!! I don't think I want to move there. I'd freak out if a roach flew in my general vicinity.

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  34. That's so interesting! I hate roaches too but I think bee's freak me out more than any other insect does. Good grief I really dislike them.

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    1. Bees, wasps, and spiders--things that can actually HURT me? I'm not all that scared of them. That would be rational! I do tend to leave an area if a bee or wasp is around, though, just in case they decide they want to sting someone today.

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  35. Oh, my! Your ancestor has a wiki page? How awesome! Wishing you all the best for 2015!

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    1. I know! Although I just wrote three Wikipedia pages for a client--seems anyone can write a Wikipedia page for themselves. I don't know if Wikipedia will approve a page for someone who isn't somehow a public figure, though. The pages I wrote were for businesses and the entrepreneur who owned them.

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  36. I went to school for broadcast journalism, too! I loved working at the campus news station -- and even more so at our ABC station in Philadelphia -- but in the end, the writing part of it was my favorite. :)

    Happy New Year to you, too!

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  37. Fun to learn more about you, Stephanie. I hear you on the cockroaches. Lived in Malaysia once. They actually flew. Stepped on one in the dark. I swear it had to be 3 inches long. Really freaked me out. Husband came running and laughed. It was thoroughly squished. Not one of my finer moments :) My son majored in broadcast communications and interned with a TV station in Oregon, but later switched to business degree.

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  38. My end of the globe, we have the big flying cockroaches... ewwww... and I'm also scared of them...
    Happy New Year to you and your family, Steph!

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