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About Me

Not to be elusive, here's a little about myself:

    ~Rather than providing paragraphs of unimportant information about myself, I've clipped (and altered somewhat) this nifty survey from Lady Katherine's site.  (Er...Lady Katherine has mentioned that she, in turn, clipped this form from Kelda Blakeney's Palace.)  Now you have all that unimportant information in an easy to read format!

Name:  Christina Renée Mara Potter
Nicknames: Tigger, Christy~belle, Christy (by the family.  Call me this and die), Chris, ChristinaXena, Tsar Nichi (it's the best anagram we could manage), Christina~bird,  Chrysippe (It spoke Greek!)...uhm, I don't think I'll tell you the rest.
Date of Birth: February 15, 1979 (Lupercalia)
Parents:  Robert and Joan
Sibs: the little brother, Eric (also known as "Irk."  Affectionately, of course.)
School: University of Dallas, the most classically-inclined school in the world.
Pets/names:  Like I said, I have a younger brother.  Does that count?  I used to have an imaginary tiger named Marmalade, and my cousin and I once co-owned a little Morgan horse named Star.
Jobs:  This summer, I was a day camp counselor to a bunch of very small balls of energy.  Right now, I'm working as a campus safety dispatcher at my school, which means that I get paid to do my homework.  I'm also editor of the University of Dallas's scholarly journal...but that position pays in coffee, only.
Hobbies:  reading, writing, studying history (particulary ancient Greece and Tudor England), playing with my computer, dance, Savate (It's a French martial art), acting, costuming, traveling, visiting museums, camping, and going on adventures with my friends ("So...I hear you have corn sharks...").
Things I collect:  books (too many!), pre-Raphaelite prints, costumes, music boxes
Best advice ever given:  "Life's a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"  "Don't tell me that you can't do it.  ACT like you can!"  "We all eventually become who we pretend to be." "Chill out!"
Word or phrases you use too much:  "Ya think?" "No kidding!" "Ciao, bella!" "You, too, are expendable." "Bully!" "La!"
Non-sport game in which you excel:  Twister!  How could I have forgotten Twister?  Star Wars Trivial Pursuit! (It was Kati's answer originally, but it holds true for me, too!)  I'm also deadly at paper-rock-scissors.
A non-sport game you enjoy:  Strike a Match, Trivial Pursuit, Taboo, Cranium
Dream Car/ mode of transportation:  I'm quite happy with the car I have.  It's red.  It's lovely.  I call it the Day Dream, of course.
Fave amusement park ride:  the indoor roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas
Special Skills/Talents:  I'm a contortionist...Er, that is, I'm very flexible.  I also seem to do fairly well with writing and editing.  I imitate voices and accents.  I can get a fire going in the rain.  And I can put my lipstick on without a mirror.
Character traits I look for:  intelligence, a sense of humor, loyalty, a vivid imagination, and a love of adventure.  Why do I suddenly feel like I'm writing a personal ad?
What I want to be: a Superhero!  I would settle for being a world-famous author/poet/scholar, though.
Denomination:  Catholic
Fave music:  folk music (particularly Celtic), musicals, Christmas carols, classic rock (as in Beatles, not the heavy stuff).
Fave Food:  bread!!!!  Pasta, beef, potatoes, and anything with cheese or tomato sauce!  And chocolate, of course!
Fave Vacation:  I love Paris, the Isle of Capri, Venice (Ah!  Venice!), and southern Greece.  I would like to see more of England--particularly the southwest.  I also want to go to Africa someday.
Fave Subject: Literature!!!!!!!
Least Fave Subject: Science.  They misphrase things purposely, I swear!
Only Real Sport: Ultimate Frisbee!
Fave Actor(s):  Douglas Sills (duh!), Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Bruce Campbell, Denzel Washington, Kenneth Branaugh, Danny Kaye, Clark Gable, Anthony Andrews
Fave Actress(es):  Lucy Lawless, Sophia Loren, Hudson Leick, Kirsten Dunst, Madeline Kahn, Jane Seymour
Fave Movie(s): all three of the original Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Much Ado About Nothing, What Dreams May Come, The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982), The Court Jester, Little Women, Mulan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney), Braveheart
Fave music video:  Uhm...I see very few music videos, but my reigning favorite is "Tonight," by Smashing Pumpkins
Fave male singer(s):  Douglas Sills, Leonard Cohen, Billy Joel, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens
Fave female singer(s):  Christine Andreas, Sarah McLachlan, Loreena McKennitt, Faith Hill, Dar Williams
Fave band(s):  U2, the Ravens (they're local), Six-Mile Bridge (also local), Save Ferris, Dave Matthews Band, Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles, the Eagles
Fave animals:  horses and birds
Fave T.V. show:  Xena: Warrior Princess, Jack of All Trades, News Radio, Malcolm in the Middle
Fave Day of Week:  Frrrrrrriday!
Fave Month:  October.  Indian Summer!
Fave holiday:  Christmas, followed by Carnivale
Fave part of the newspaper:  the "Life" section--it has the comics!
Fave books:  Ceremony (Leslie Marmon Silko), A Ring of Endless Light (Madeleine L'Engle), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Madeleine L'Engle), the Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis), the Dark is Rising series (Susan Cooper), the Lioness Rampant series (Tamora Pierce), the Harry Potter books (J.K. Rowlings), The Scarlet Pimpernel and its sequels (Baroness Emmuska Orczy), Candide (Voltaire), The Bronze Bow (Speare), A Time of Darkness (Sheryl Jordan), anything by David Eddings, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce), The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett), Frankenstein (Mary Shelley), Emma (Jane Austen), The Great Gilly Hopkins (Katharine Paterson), Jazz (Toni Morrison), Omeros (Derek Walcott)
Favorites that aren't exactly books:  The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer's Night's Dream, Measure For Measure, Love's Labors Lost (Shakespeare, you see), The Rivals (Richard Sheridan), the Faerie Queene (Edmund Spenser), Antigone (Sophocles), Antigone (Jean Anouille), the Frogs (Aristophanes), Cyrano de Bergerac, the short stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I have yet to read any of his longer works), Yvain (Chrétien de Troyes), Mourning Becomes Electra (Eugene O'Neill)
Fave poets (I had to add this one; it was sorely missed!):  T.S. Eliot, Robert Penn Warren, William Shakespeare, John Donne, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, Dylan Thomas, William Butler Yeats, Langston Hughes
Fave musicals (another necessary addition):  The Scarlet Pimpernel (I'll bet that one was a surprise!), The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Evita, Kiss Me Kate, Rent, Brigadoon, 1776
Tartar control or whitening:  I don't care.
Fave Cereal: oatmeal.  Does that count?
Peanut or Regular M&M's: Peanut
Fave M&M Color:  Green
Soda or Pop:  Dr. Pepper is the only thing anyone should be drinking.  That's what I ask for.
Fave beer:  Guiness
Fave alcoholic beverage: Merlot, Port, or Frozen Margaritas
Hardest thing for you to do:  Greek homework. (*smile*).  Really?  Show vulnerability.  Believe it or not, I also don't like to show emotion much.
Biggest fears:  being betrayed, being humiliated.  I'm also afraid of spiders and crickets. :)
Hopes for the future:  Become a famous author/poet/playwright/actress, marry the reincarnation of Percy Blakeney, and have a few children.  And, to quote Harriet the Spy: "I want to see the world, and I want to write down everything!"  Oh, did you mean realistic hopes?
Carnivore or Herbivore: definitely a carnivore.  I don't do the vegetable thing.

  ~Gah!  So, that's more than a little about myself, but you did click on the link.  Don't blame me!

"St. Just would have given much to be back in his lonely, squalid lodgings now."