Not Quite 100 Things About Me

More than you probably need to know, but here goes:
Name Given at Birth: Ursula Petula Barzey
Nicknames I’ll Answer To: Ubee or Urs
Astrological sign: Leo
Age: 32 (August 11th, 1970)
Race: Black (my ancestors came to the Americas by way of Carribbean island called Montserrat)
Highest Level of Education Completed: Bachelor of Arts with High Honors from the University of Michigan (May 1992)
Occupation: Sales/Business Development for a national consulting firm
Marital status: Single (awaiting my Prince)
How many children: None
Pets: 1 Cat name Choo-Choo
Do you drink (alcohol): Yes, but mainly on social occasions
Do you smoke: Never!
Favorite outdoor activities: Camping, Hiking, People Watching
Favorite indoor activities: Reading Good Books, Watching TV, Cruising the Internet
Favorite colors: Black, Burgundy, Navy Blue
Favorite type of music: Blues, R & B, Jazz
Favorite musical groups/performers: Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Anita Baker
What’s in your home CD/Cassette player right now: Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye
What’s in you car CD/Cassette player right now: I don’t have a car or a cassette player
Do you play an instrument: No
One pillow or two: Four
Croutons or bacon bits: Croutons
Favorite salad dressing: French or Paul Newman’s Balsamic Vinaigrette
Have you ever had your appendix or tonsils removed: No
Have you ever gone skinny-dipping: No (but never say never)
Do you make fun of people: Not intentionally
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up: Lawyer
What would be your dream job now: I wish I knew
Have you ever been convicted of a crime: No
Places you’d most like to visit: Anywhere in Africa, Europe & Australia
Your first car: I’ve never owned a car
Dream car: Volvo station wagon (they seem like such stable and reliable cars)
Toothpaste: Colgate or Crest
Shampoo/Conditioner: Nexxus
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite holiday: My birthday (oh wait, that’s not a holiday yet!)
Favorite board/card game: Scrabble
Favorite hobbies: Reading/Collecting Good Books, Ebay, Political Memorabilia


Favorite sport to play: I don’t play any ๐Ÿ™
Favorite sport to watch: College Football
Least favorite sport to watch: Hockey
Most humiliating moment: I’d rather not say
Do you have any siblings: Two Sisters, one older and one younger
Do you get along with your parents: My mom died March 10, 1994; I haven’t spoken to my dad in over 15 years
Favorite place to chill: My apartment
Favorite place to visit: Chicago lakefront
What is your bad time of day: Between 6-7am, when I have to get up for work
What is your good time of day: When I’m home relaxing
Favorite perfume: Spellbound or Pleasure by Estee Lauder
Favorite scent of candle: Vanilla
Favorite flower/plant: Roses and Lilies
Favorite subject in school: Math in High School; Political Science/Communications in College
Least favorite subject in school: Astronomy
Favorite authors: Stephen Carter, Nelson Demille, Ralph Ellison, John Grisham, Wally Lamb, Henry Miller, Paul Theroux
Favorite book genre: I’ll read anything
Favorite books: Integrity, The Gold Coast, Invisible Man, A Time to Kill, She’s Come Undone, The Tropic of Cancer, O-Zone
Current book I’m reading: My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
Favorite magazine: Newsweek (I’ve been a subscriber for 10+ years)
Favorite movie you have seen recently: Drumline
Favorite movie of all time: Lawrence of Arabia
Other favorite movies: Ben Hur, The Godfather, Reservoir Dogs, To Sir With Love, The Graduate, Goodfellas
Favorite actors/actresses: Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, John Cusack, Sidney Poitier, Angela Bassett, Julia Roberts
Favorite TV programs: The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, Real World, West Wing, Law & Order, CSI: Crime Scene Investigations
Favorite cartoon show: Daria (an MTV production)
Favorite food: Chinese or Italian
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
Favorite ice cream: Cookies & Cream
Favorite Snapple: Lemonade
Favorite Beer: Corona
Favorite Wine: Chardonnay in the summer
Close friends (in Chicago): Scott, Robin, Victoria
Worst enemies: I don’t think I really have any
Interesting fact about your childhood: I don’t remember much about my childhood
How many rings before you answer the phone: 2 to 3
The first thing you do in the morning: Take a Shower
Favorite thing to do when you’re home alone: Lounge in Bed Reading a Good Book
Things that make you feel good: A Good Book, A Hot Shower, A Warm Embrace
Things you don’t like: Liars, Racist, Idiots, etc.
Worst feeling in the world: Knowing that I can’t take back all those painful memories
Best feeling in the world: Being in Love
Do you get motion sickness: Not really
Roller Coasters – Deadly or Exciting: Exciting
Thunderstorms – Cool or Scary: Very Cool
Pen or Pencil: Pen
Do you like to drive: I have my drivers license but only use it about once or twice every couple of years.
Do you sleep with stuffed animals: Too old for that
Did you have imaginary friends or a blanket as a child: No
What is on the walls of your room: Paintings (of flowers)
What words or phrases do you overuse: Like and Wicked
How would you characterize your political leanings: Liberal
Favorite Quotes/Lyrics/Poems:
“Ooh, now let’s get down tonight
Baby I’m hot just like an oven
I need some lovin’
And baby, I can’t hold it much longer
It’s getting stronger and stronger
And when I get that feeling
I want Sexual Healing
Sexual Healing, oh baby”
Marvin Gaye, Sexual Healing. To read the words to the song, go here.
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
To read the full speech, go to JFK Library & Museum.
“For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.” Senator Edward Kennedy, Speech to Democratic National convention, August 19, 1980.
To read the full speech, go to The History Place: Great Speeches Collection.
So do I still have any more secrets to share, oh yeah!

25 Comments
  1. What happened to the American idealism and American goodwill expressed in JFK’s quote? *sigh*
    BTW, you misspelled Corona.

  2. Oops! Thanks for catching. I’ve made the appropriate correction. You would think I would have caught spelling error earlier as Corona is my signature drink when I go out. Plus one of my best friends works for the company here in US that imports the darn thing.

  3. you sound fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Just surfing the web, came across your site, Iยดm from Sweden…you seem like a funny person…=)

  5. Strange that we have the same taste in salad dressing. Stranger yet that I was able to find a bottle of Paul Newman’s Balsamic Vinaigrette here in Samoa. Nice site. Love the JFK quote, BTW, since I’m a Peace Corps volunteer.

  6. Hey… just wanted you to know that I checked this out… it’s great!
    Connie

  7. Hi! I was just surfing the GOB list for Chicago blogs, and found yours. You sound very interesting! Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. From EastAfrica but based in Chicago. You sound interesting; I hope you writing reflects your personality.

  9. I just wanted to find out what happens when I write my name into a surching-mashine. WOW, I never knew that there are so many! I like your answer of best feeling in the wold. Iยดs really being in love! Bye Ursula from Germany

  10. Hi Ursula
    Love the site and enjoyed the biography
    One thing we have in common…..
    “Favorite cartoon show: Daria”
    Even I don’t understand why an English guy would relate to it at all, but there you go, nowt as queer as folk….
    Joy

  11. Was searching the web for another Barzey I’m trying to find and saw your name.

  12. Wow, my best friend Sydney was born on Montserrat.

  13. Great site, Just remember when you get a tax refund. It was always your money you just left the feds use it for free.

  14. Hi Ursula
    Read that one of the places you’d most like to visit is anywhere in Africa, would happily welcome you. I’m in South Africa, and believe that there’s a lot in common between u and I. Maybe it’s influenced by the name. Enjoyed reading the ‘Ursula’s not so secret history’reminded me of my own.

  15. Yet another Ursula to add to the list! I was born on August 10th, a day before the site’s owner (and a few years earlier). I love being a Leo and I love my unique name. I wasn’t fond of my name as a kid either and was called some of the same awful nicknames that others were. As an adult, I answer to Urs, but only to my close friends. I’m a Registered Nurse, so at work I am known as Nursula or Urs the Nurse.
    My Mom picked out this name when she was 18 years old. She went to see the Broadway Musical, “Bye Bye Birdie” and there was a character named Ursula. She loved the character and she loved the actor who played her, so she decided that someday she would have a daughter and her name would be Ursula. Some years later, she named me when she was 6 months pregnant. She didn’t pick out any boy names, even though she didn’t know if I would be a girl, but … here I am!
    I have a tatoo with a mother and a baby bear, to represent Ursa major and Ursa minor. I had fun reading through all the Ursula stories on the website. It’s interesting to see all the people who share this unique name. I’m glad that my Mother chose this name and I do think it helps to remind me that I am a special and unique individual. Thanks for the website!

  16. I PUT MY NAME IN COZ I’M BORED. U SOUND PRETTY COOL. I’M AN IRISH URSULA AND I TOO HATED MY NAME AS A KID BUT HAVE COME TO LOVE ITS INDIVIDUALITY. WE ARE A DYING BREED! GOOD LUCK

  17. I PUT MY NAME IN COZ I’M BORED. U SOUND PRETTY COOL. I’M AN IRISH URSULA AND I TOO HATED MY NAME AS A KID BUT HAVE COME TO LOVE THE FACT URSULA ANDRES WAS SO STUNNING, I WAS NAMED AFTER HER, EVERYONES PROB A BIT LET DOWN BY MY LOOKS THOUGH HA HA. WE ARE A DYING BREED! GOOD LUCK

  18. Wishing all of you guys a HAPPY new year. May 2005 bring you more love, laughter, health, and blessings.

  19. Hi Ursula,
    I was searching for information about relocating from Chicago to London and I found your site. It sounds like you’ve had some interesting experiences so far. I’m so glad you were able to bring Choo-Choo (who’s adorable!!) abroad.
    You seem like a wonderful person and I wish you the best of luck in the UK!

  20. Hi Ursula
    I just discovered your blog. I noticed that you went to U of M. (I too am a wolverine.) I went into your stats to see when you finished and realized that we have the same birthday. Just wanted to send a shout from a fellow “Leo” sistuh.
    Peace.

  21. Hi Fellow Ursula ๐Ÿ™‚
    We have the same nick names!! I came across your site on day just by searching for info about my name. I read through your site and your awesome. I’m suprise by how many things people can have in common. I also didn’t like my name as a kid, but grew up loving it because its so unique and not many of us are out there. Anyways, I’m from los angeles, quit a ways away. I added you to my fav link list on my site. Just wanted to give a guick hellow to a fellow Urs/Ubee.

  22. I love the nickname Ubee! So cute ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like scrabble too! I found your site on this Scrabble blogs page.

  23. hey ursula searching threw the comp i found your web site and thought it was funny that my name is ursula and also born in august 16 and i`m 32 . just sain hi

  24. Hey Ursula!
    I found your site by accident, you’re an inspiration!
    We need more people like you if we’re gonna survive.
    I believe that you will find your prince…
    xox

  25. Hi Ursula!
    You just crossed my mind for some reason and I decided to google your name and there you are! I’ve missed you through the years and wondered where you ended up. England – Wow! It would be great to catch up sometime. I’m still in Cedar Rapids, IA, married now with two kids. Missing those single days back in Chicago! I hope all is well with you.
    Rebecca

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