Monday, November 13, 2006

But Enough About Me

(I just realized that the title of this post is also the title of a book I just started and am totally loving. I didn't mean to steal Jancee Dunn's thunder! Sorry, Jancee! Once I'm done the book, I'll give you my thoughts, but so far, I adore it. Laugh out loud good.)

So...many moons ago, I got tagged by Manic Mommy, which means that I have to spill five sordid details about my life, things that you guys would otherwise not know. So, she asked, I'm answering!

And while I'm sharing, check out Larramie's blog for today, where she kindly discusses moi. I'm so, so flattered! But check out her blog anyway because she's a smart, fun writer with savvy things to say about the world and pop culture.

1) Many people have seen me nekkid. Okay, get your minds out of the gutter, you pervs. No, I'm not a big old ho-bag. What I'm actually referring to is that in college, back when I was active in a lot of theater productions, I appeared in Hair, and yes, we did the nude scene. Wow, let me tell you, there is nothing so terrifying as stripping down and walking on stage in front of hundreds of people whom you would see the next day in class or at a fraternity party. Do note that I opted to skip the scene the night that my parents and brother attended. TMI, indeed.

2) I'm a picker. Not my skin, rather my food. I have some weird eating habits that my husband has come to mock over the years. Case in point: I only like the crusts of rolls, so weed out the insides and place them on his bread plate. I buy pints of Ben N Jerry's Half-Baked Frozen Yogurt, then spoon the actual ice cream onto the lid or down the drain or to my dog, while pretty much eating only the cookie dough chunks or brownie bits. (I know - why not just eat a cookie or brownie? I dunno.) I adore pizza, but cheese makes me sick, so I'll pick off almost all of the cheese and leave it sitting in a congealed mound on my plate. (Yes, it's pretty gross.) I also love raw oatmeal. I know, seriously, what's wrong with me?

3) I dated a celebrity. Ha! That got your interest, right? Okay, he's really more of a B-lister, but still, it's sort of a fun thing to spill. Truth be told, he was a very good friend for many years, and I had no idea that he was interested, probably because he was SO different from my type and it never occurred to me to entertain anything romantic. Anyhoo, long story short, he finally wooed me and things went sour. No hard feelings here (really - we were friendly for a long time afterward and then just drifted out of touch), though my husband mocks me endlessly for it. (And no, I shan't reveal said celeb's name! I don't smooch and tell. But I will say that he has a new show that's debuting this month on a major network. So there's a clue.)

4) What do Angelina Jolie, Madonna and I all have in common? Yes, I am the adoptive mother of an African child! Okay, well, not as literally as them, but I was so inspired by that One concert (I can't remember the official name) a few years ago that I went all Sally Struthers and adopted a boy named Duncan (yes, really!) in Uganda. I send him occasional letters and toys and presents, and I like to think that my $20 a month is helping him in some small way. (And yes, my husband also laughs at me for this one too.) I adopted him through PlanUSA, a very reputable charity, if anyone is interested.

5) Ricky Schroeder was my first celebrity crush. Thereby setting off a looooong string of celebrity crushes. Seriously, I remember fawning over his picture in Dynamite magazine and putting up "The Ricker" in my fifth grade locker. Other celebrity crushes over the years have included, but certainly aren't limited to: Tom Cruise (pre-crazy, pre-gay, during his Top Gun phase...I know, I know, I'm ashamed to even admit it, but 'fess up, you had a crush on him too), Kevin Costner (during his Untouchables through No Way Out period), Ethan Hawke (ew, I know, but it was during the whole Reality Bites slacker-chic era), Scott Wolf (Party of Five did it for me), Michael Vartan, Scott Speedman, Hugh Grant, a certain Office actor (ahem, I believe that I've mentioned him a time or two before), and I'm adding a new one as of this weekend: Leonardo DiCaprio. I just saw The Departed and holy sexiness, I'm on that train!

So...who were your celebrity crushes? Anything else you want to share, now that I've done my own spilling?


xxxx said...

I pick cheese off my pizza, too. And yes, the pile on the plate looks naaaasty!

Isn't Leo hot, hot, hot in that movie? I really enjoyed that movie more than I thought I would. I am so all over a Best Actor nom for him. He's my latest crush ... I have lots of others (Vartan, Cruise, Wolf, JK) on my list too!

Allison Winn Scotch said...

We really are like kindred spirits aren't we? :)

Anonymous said...

We'll all be lamenting our boring love lives now, Allison, while we're scouring the new season listings to guess who you once dated. ;)

I liked Bruce Boxleitner from Scarecrow and Mrs. King when I was younger. More recently I've fallen for Scott Foley, Viggo Mortensen and Hugh Jackman.

Allison Winn Scotch said...

LOL, Therese. Trust me, it really wasn't anything thrilling, other than occasional side-long glances from people in, like, Blockbuster, when they tried to figure out if they'd gone to high school with him or knew him from one of his shows.

Ooh, yes, Scott Foley is looking mighty fine these days, isn't he?

Anonymous said...

Hi, Allison,

Gosh, I thought I was the only woman who didn't care for ice cream!

I also dated a celeb, rock star, and had a wonderful time until I fell in love with my current husband. The only difference between dating a celeb and dating aregular guy is the quality of the restaurant.

Like you, I don't often kiss-and-tell either.

Are you doing the days left to pub date yet? I can't wait to read it.

Larramie said...

Guess one of my sordid details might include the fact that I've never had any celebrity crushes! Is that startling? Or is it boring to know I realzed -- at a tender age -- that such guys were true fantasies? Otoh, crushes in real life...well, I admit to having my very own "McDreamy." *VBG*

And, even if Allison isn't counting down to pub date yet (because she's likely counting down to a closer impending date) I'm doing so in a monthly fashion. Truth: It was my pleasure/honor to feature her on today's post!

xxxx said...

I mean YOUR list .. but of course, you figured that out! :)

Trish Ryan said...

We did HAIR in college - but flesh-colored unitards won out over artistic integrity :)

Dawn said...

What a fun post, Allison. Since I am procrastinating, I'll spill a few things.

1) I'm not much of an actress. In high school, I was always involved in the school musicals -- but only in the chorus. In Sweet Charity, though, the director decided to give me a line. All I had to say was "is he dead?" Well, it didn't work out so well and the director recast the "role." Despite my lack of dramatic talent and severe stage fright, I did volunteer for a role in a small Christmas play at church this year. Mainly because my husband is involved and I thought it would be something fun for us to do together. What was I thinking!! :)

2) Im glad to hear I'm not the only person who picks pizza apart. First, I eat the outer edge of the crust. Next, the veggies -- one by one with a fork, starting with the veggies I like least (red peppers) and ending with the ones I like the best (mushrooms). Then I eat the cheese (I love cheese!!), and finish off with the sauce. I usually leave toss the rest, because by this time it looks really unappealing.

3) I've never dated a celebrity, but I did date someone who wanted desperately to be a celebrity. He was always applying for the Real World, and spending tons of money on modeling agency scams. He even claimed that he *almost* had Chris O'Donnell's role in Batman (despite never even auditioning and having ZERO acting experience -- but whatever). I tried to be supportive and encouraging, but the truth is I just didn't see it happening -- mainly because he had no experience and was unwilling to pay his dues by taking acting classes or trying out community theater. Imagine my surprise a decade later when I heard his name mentioned in association with a popular soap opera. Then I realized, oh wait a minute -- it is just a character on the show that happens to have the same name he does.

4) Our plan is to eventually adopt a child. Not through Plan USA (although that is a very cool thing to do, too, and I might go check them out in the meantime!), but one that will actually come home to live with us.

5) First celebrity crush?? That's easy: Kirk Cameron. Michael J. Fox was on the list, too, and like so many other girls -- Tom Cruise (although, how embarrassing to admit it!!).

Allison Winn Scotch said...

Trish- Clearly you guys had no artistic integrity or dedication to your craft. :) Hee. No, I suspect that our nude scene was more of a ploy by our director to sell more tickets!

Dawn-LOL - Kirk Cameron! I'm seriously cracking up over here!

Jenny said...

Ricky! Oh gosh, I honestly thought I was going to grow up and marry him when I was 12. I even saw him once (when I was married and 32 years old). Still such a cutie and his family was adorable.

Sara Hantz said...

So funny!! I tagged you too, ages ago..... we can count this hahahaahahahah

Allison Winn Scotch said...

Sara- You DID??? Honestly, I must have missed it!! I'm so sorry! But okay, we'll just count this because if I have to reveal 5 more things about myself, it might get sordid. :)