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Revised 28 March 2011

01. FIRST NAME
Ginger. I have legally changed my last name three times (marriage, divorce, marriage), my first name once, and tweaked my middle name around a bit too. We do not discuss my original first name, so don't ask. Thanks. :)

02. AGE
I turned 30 in December 2010.

03. LOCATION
I currently live alone in a tiny studio apartment that I love to bits. My apartment is located in Bellevue, Washington, which is not the right place for me. So plan is in progress to change this. ... Er, not to change the location of my apartment. Just my location. The apartment is going to have to get left behind.

04. OCCUPATION
I am a Certified Professional Coder through the American Academy of Professional Coders, which means I have letters after my name. Officially, I am a clinical data analyst and forms coordinator at a major hospital in Seattle, which means I design and maintain billing documents, do medical coding, handle a lot of billing issues, and generally do whatever needs doing, and I mostly can't make short posts to complain about problems at work, because they usually have complicated explanations needed to understand why they're problems. I have one coworker who is fabulously amazing and one who does absolutely nothing (mostly because she never comes to work), along with several others who are mostly nondescript, and right now am utterly swamped with various major projects. [ETA: The coworker who never comes to work has put in her notice effective 4/1. Yay! My boss appears to be making tiny steps toward giving me her job. Bigger yay!]

I started working for MyHospital as a temp to help on one special project in October 2004. At the end of my first week, the small ill-tempered Irish guy who held the job at the time threw a temper tantrum and quit, and my boss's boss wouldn't let him take it back (because they'd already let him take it back the last three times he quit). I applied for the opening as soon as it was posted, and was hired permanently in March 2005.

In addition, I am also a part-time cashier at a Target store in my area. Go go employee discount.

05. PARTNER?
Happily and healthily single.

06. KIDS?
I am childfree -- of the sane variety, not the intarwebs crazy sort -- and have been all my life. But I have several parent friends on my LJ who would, I hope, vouch for my lack of crazy in this regard.

07. BROTHERS/SISTERS
My brother is 2 years younger than me, married to a sweet lady with two kids (aged 10 and 15) from a previous relationship who adore him, and lives in the mid-Michigan area. My sister is four years younger than me and is currently living with my parents in between phases of the wandering lifestyle she's been living for the last several years. I'm not terribly close to either of them and don't see them often, but we get along much better now that we're adults. Well, my brother and I do. My sister and I get along a little better, but not much.

08. PETS
I currently have no pets, but anticipate adopting a greyhound this summer. [ETA: Puppy plan is currently on hold.]

09. LIST THE 3-5 BIGGEST THINGS GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE
If I read this as "things that take up most of my time and energy...
a. Work.
b. I am in school at full-and-two-thirds time (20 credits, when full-time is 12), with the intention of finishing my associate's degree in June and transferring to UNCG to for a BS in Public Health Studies through an online program. For winter quarter, I'm taking Intro to Lit, Small Group Communications, Composition II, and DINOSAURS. [ETA: Winter quarter is almost over. Spring quarter will be Intro to Psych, Human Sexuality World Civ 1800-current, Human Nutrition, and Elementary Statistics. Summer quarter, post-graduation, will be an independent study on the role of women in science fiction.]
c. I have a couple of Masonic affiliations -- I'm an officer in my local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and on the advisory board for an assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow, a girls' leadership and service organization. Between OES meetings, board meetings and Rainbow meetings, they take up every Thursday evening of my life, and it's a rare weekend that I don't have an event or committee meeting for something.
d. In what little spare time I still have after that, I have quite a few knitting projects either in progress or planned, most of which have at least loose deadlines, so I do as much knitting-in-front-of-a-movie as I can.
e. Beyond knitting, I also love to read - especially historical non-fiction and auto/biographies, alternative history, and epic fantasy/SF series. Mostly my reading time is limited to on the bus and a few minutes every night before bed. This means I generally only manage 3-4 books a week. (Yes, I read like a gerbil on crack. I love my library.)

10. PARENTS
My parents were married in 1975. My mother is also a medical coder/biller (she was thrilled when she found out I was sticking with medical coding and finance) for a small family practice in Grand Ledge, and my father has been half-owner of a small office furniture and supply store in Lansing since 1988. They live just south of Lansing with two cats of my mother's, plus my sister and her two cats are living with them for the time being.

11. WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS?
My two best friends in the whole wide world are Joyce and Holly, and I don't know what I would do without them. I spend most of my face-to-face hang-out time with Ari, and have a deep and abiding fondness for Mical.

12. MISC:
I drive a 2009 Smart Passion named Mira. I also have three computers, also named -- a Macbook named Garibaldi, a Mac Mini named Sheridan, and a desktop frankenbox named Nagaina. I use both Windows 7 and Mac operating systems and do not participate in or sanction OS wars. I hate talking on the phone, and love my iPad Kipling.

Beyond that, I'm pretty willing to answer questions :)

Date: 2011-01-02 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadeejf.livejournal.com
If you do wind up adopting a greyhound, you should be friends with the (totally local and totally awesome) [livejournal.com profile] bubblesutonium. She is all super-knowledgeable about greyhounds and hers are super-cute, too. :)

Date: 2011-01-02 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lneef.livejournal.com
I enjoy speculating as to your original first name. I think perhaps you must be a superhero hiding your identity.

If you need a friend-who-is-a-parent reference on being a non-psycho childfree, let me know, I'll give it to you.

Date: 2011-01-02 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faecat.livejournal.com
Fab, adding you to the references section on my intarwebs resume :)

Date: 2011-01-21 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] new-iconoclast.livejournal.com
She's definitely a superhero. I'll vouch for the non-psycho part.

Date: 2011-06-15 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dawgdays.livejournal.com
Is your Smart black? With two dents in the back bumper? With a cowboy hat on the dashboard? Driving east on 8th, turning north on 148th, sometime around 6:00 this evening?

If so, I think I was driving behind you on 8th before you turned.

No, I'm not stalking you. I noticed the dents first.

Date: 2011-06-15 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faecat.livejournal.com
Oh, lolarity - yes, that was me, I was headed over to Arby's to have dinner with a couple of my boys :) What a small world!
Edited Date: 2011-06-15 04:31 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-14 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] transfattyacid.livejournal.com
we are the same age and I do not have children. Should I be worried that people might assume I am psycho? I didn't really get that statement.

Date: 2011-10-14 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faecat.livejournal.com
The people in the LJ communities such as [livejournal.com profile] childfree have a reputation, as a collective, for being not just lacking in the desire for children, but flat-out hostile toward children and parents for no reason other than their existence. Therefore I distinguish between being childfree, which is the easiest and quickest shorthand to say "I don't have children, nor do I ever want to have children," and being crazy internet childfree in the same way that one might say "I'm a Christian, but I'm not a super conservative Bible thumper."

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