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Posted on Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 9:49 am

Month Meme - Day 1

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Ganked this from mrstater. Would love to see more people do it, if you've got any time at all!

Day 1: Your Name
My name is Rachael Nicole. According to my parents, they had decided that if I were a boy I would be Randall Leroy and if I were a girl I would be either Rachael Dawn or Megan Nicole. Once I arrived, my mother asked my father if I looked more like a Rachael or a Megan and the doctor said I couldn't be a Megan because Megans are red-headed imps and I wasn't a redhead. To which my parents replied "That's her big sister at home," since my sister, then three years old, is in fact very much a red head and I suspect every three-year-old child in the history of the world could be described as an imp. Sounds to me like the doctor had a bad experience with a Megan somewhere in his past, but that's how I ended up as Rachael. My parents say they don't remember why they swapped the middle names but that they just realized somewhere along the line that Rachael Dawn, Rachael Nicole, Megan Dawn, and Megan Nicole all worked and somehow ended up going with the other middle name than the one originally intended to go with Rachael. I'm glad they did because my last name is also two syllables and I like that everything has the same beats.

As to nicknames, I've had many. Most people just call me Rachael but some do shorten it to Rach or Ray and I have no problems with either. I'm not a fan of Rachie, unless it is from my mother. When I was a kid, one of my grandfathers called me Nicky. Apparently when my parents told him I was Rachael Nicole, the first thing he asked was "Are you going to call her Nicky?" which made no sense to anyone but him. It is sort of reasonable in that my mother and all her siblings were called by their middle names as children, and my mother still goes by her middle name though some of her siblings have switched to their first names, but my grandfather is actually my mom's stepdad and wasn't in the picture during her childhood, my mother hates that she has to go by her middle name because it complicates legal documents but she hates her first name even more, and my big sister wasn't called by her middle name so he really shouldn't have expected that I would go by my middle name. He stuck with it, though, and called me Nicky more often than not at least until I was out of elementary school. I really didn't care either way and I'm not sure why he stopped.

My primary nickname as a kid was Turbo Tongue, which was given to me by my grandfather (other side of the family than the Nicky one) when I was two or three because I talked so much and so fast, something which has never changed. I had to drop Turbo Tongue as a nickname somewhere around puberty because the boys suddenly thought it might mean something different than it ever had before.

I pretty much go by Bratty or BrattyJedi everywhere online. It's been my handle since sometime in high school in the late 90s and I'm good with it.

Those are probably all my main names and far more than you wanted to know about names. Only other thing I can think of about names is that if I ever get married, I am not changing my name. I've got too much invested in the one I've got. I might be convinced to do some kind of hyphenation thing for personal life and keep just my current name for professional stuff, but I'll only hyphenate or whatever if he, whoever "he" might be, does, too.

The Days of the Meme
1. Your name
2. All the places you’ve lived
3. Your first best friend
4. Your childhood fears
5. What you were like in high school
6. Your favourite and least favourite subjects at school
7. Your first boyfriend or girlfriend
8. Your oldest hobby
9. Your sexuality
10. What you look for in a partner
11. Your kids, or your feelings about having kids
12. Your pets, past and present
13. Foods you love and foods you hate
14. What your life was like ten years ago
15. How much alcohol you drink
16. Your worst illness
17. What you do at work
18. A question or comment people should never make to you
19. The style of clothing you feel most comfortable in
20. Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert
21. Who you have a crush on
22. A friendship you lost
23. Three achievements you’re proud of
24. Your political views
25. Your religious beliefs
26. Your perfect night out
27. Whether you like to plan ahead or be spontaneous
28. What you look for in a friend
29. Whether you’re a night owl or a morning lark
30. How you would like people to remember you
Lazy - I no want to work today
Feeling: Lazy - I no want to work today
Exploring: Professor's House (Dog and House Sitting)
Listening: Bon Jovi - Story of My Life

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