Caffeinated Confessions #11- Things You May Not Know About Me

January 25th, 2014 Kimberly Feature 53 Comments

25th Jan

Caffeinated Confessions
Welcome to Caffeinated Confessions!
I wanted a forum where we could talk about bookish subjects from swoon-worthy covers to the price of eBooks. I hope to share my thoughts on a different subject each month. So that we can all chat and share opinions. In the process, I hope we get to know each other a little better. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and lets dish!

~*~*Things You May Not Know About Me*~*~

If you follow me or perhaps because of my social icon and blog name -you know I love my caffeine. Coffee is my preferred method of intake, usually hot with a splash of cream and a pinch of sugar.


coffee bat signal

You also know I am an eclectic reader from romance to horror and that I dabble in YA, NA and Adult but did you know…..

1. Why I use the nickname Kimba on my blog? I actually started out as Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. My first name is Kimberly, but as a child my father called me Kimba. He was referencing a story about Kimba the White Lion. I am dating myself here, but Kimba the White Lion was a TV series that aired from 1965-67. Β Since I was a toe-headed baby born during it’s TV run, the nickname stuck.




2. I am a Whovian. WTH?!? For those who don’t follow Doctor Who this terminology may sound foreign, but a Whovian is a *slightly obsessed* fan of the popular science fiction show Dr. Who. I have been watching it since I can remember. I have memories of sitting on the floor watching our old box television with my Dad(the kind that looked like a piece of giant furniture). I am also Browncoat..*Firefly fans* are nodding their heads.*



3. I am a homebody. When I do venture out I like to stay in this imaginary square that exists around my universe. Unless the hubby is with me, or I have absolutely no choice I shop and look for doctors, stores, books etc within a said imaginary square.




4. I love horror books but scare easily. And…Oh yeah, and I am a screamer. Best time to make me scream? Creep up on me when I shower ( the Bates Motel didn’t mold me into the courageous woman I am today!)



or when blogging…..My son is like a stealth cat, and accidentally makes me scream like a wounded banshee at least once a week! Now he claims after we both get over the shock of my screaming that he walks in normally to talk to me but I am so engrossed in the said activity that he just appears like a friggin’ ninja and my heart can’t take it!



5. I love naps. I need naps! Just like a little kid between 3 and 5 pm each day I need a 30-minute nap with my blanket. If I try and skip it, bad things happen. If I haven’t had one, I suggest you back away slowly…




6. I love tattooed men, rouges, cowboys, military men and bad boys in my books….


but married a smexy, cuddly, flannel-wearing geek.

7. I cannot, will not touch raw ground beef. I have a serious fear of it. I love burgers but they must be burnt when I eat them. The least little bit of pink and I am done with the meal. *charcoal biscuit anyone?* Each month we make homemade meatballs and Italian gravy (spaghetti sauce). I throw all the ingredients in a giant bowl but my husband has to mix the meat. Seriously…because it requires that you mix it by hand and roll them into balls.*EEEEEEK!* Soooo for 26 years, this is how we roll.




8. My taste in music is as eclectic as my taste in books. I love everything from Nickleback to Frank Sinatra. I have been to 6 Neil Diamond concerts. I wore a trash bag in the rain to listen to Pink Floyd, saw Chicago in the park and can sing most of Eminem’s songs. Β I blew my eardrum listening to Adrian Belew at a pub in Philadelphia.


9. I am a Jersey girl. So yes I say coffee, daughter, and water like a New Yorker, even though I grew up in south Jersey. We spent all of our summers at the Jersey shore and until 1979 I was like a fish,

you could not get me out of the water.

What happened in 1979 you ask??


A twelve-year-old girl sat down on the living room floor to watch an exciting new movie premiering on television for the first time……..JAWS!!!!!! From that moment on the ocean became a scary place. I stand in knee deep waves, watch for fins and freak when the kids go out too far.

10. I can be anal and have OCD tendencies. This both amuses and annoys my family. For example, I check and double check things have been done, turned off, closed etc. My bed must be made and YES, there is a certain way that the glasses must be put away in the cabinet.




Well there you have it, Ten things you may not know about me. So by now you probably think I am a little crazy or maybe you share similar traits. Share something I may not know about you..go on, tell me your secrets…..

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw and Howler. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Find @kimbacaffeinate on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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53 Responses to “Caffeinated Confessions #11- Things You May Not Know About Me”

  1. Lisa Miller

    Hi! I love your blog. Unfortunately, I spend way too much time just reading blogs about books instead of reading the books themselves! Does anyone else have that problem? LOL. We do have a lot in common and I enjoy yo
    ur reviews so you’ll see me in the future! πŸ™‚

  2. Tabitha the Pabkins

    I don’t like going in the ocean either – I like to LOOK at it. It pretty much ruined my desire to be a marine biologist cause they’d have to spend months at sea and actually you know GET in the water. Oh well.

    I HATE touching raw meat as well. It gives me the eeby jeebies and I have to take a shower afterwards. Strange I know. This was so awesome – I loved learning these little things about you!!

  3. Michele

    I LOVE this post! Mckenzie is sitting with me; and as we read this together, she says, “WOW, Mom… you and Ms. Kimba have A LOT in common.” We really do, my friend. And your Dad’s nickname and the story of Kimba the White Lion gave us so many feels. *hugs*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love his new look John and I am excited to see what he brings as the new Doctor.

  4. Candace

    I scare easily too. My husband scares me a lot on accident. I never use to scream, but the last year or so I scream like a crazy person.
    I can’t read horror books or watch horror movies. Well, I can read SOME horror, it depends.
    Thanks for sharing some stuff about yourself with us!

  5. Alina

    I think I’m going to nickname my mom “banshee” now because she’s exactly the same. When I walk into the kitchen to get a glass of water or something and she didn’t hear me come in she jumps and screams as soon as she realizes someone is there and then she says “Oh my heart! I need to put a cat bell on you.” πŸ™‚ Fun post, thanks for sharing!

  6. Heidi

    Very revealing and funny. It was interesting and fun getting to know you better. I laughed!

  7. Berls

    It’s funny that your nickname developed as a child. Berls was one I kind of gave myself as a kid. I cut of the first part of all longer words for a while, so I used to say “me Berley” instead of Kimberly. That got everyone calling me Berls. It stuck in my family, though in the wider world I’m generally known as Kim or Kimberly.

    Is it possible to be a wanna-be Whovian? My brother and step-son and a couple of besties are Whovians and every time they talk about the show, it sounds great. I just haven’t had the time to watch it. I am a total Whedonite, though as much as I liked Firefly and Serenity, I’m more of a Buffy girl. And I LOVED Dollhouse. Why do most of his shows end up cancelled :'(?

    I think I’m a wanna-be homebody too. Life keeps forcing me to move around a lot. But if I had my choice, I’d live in the DEEP country and never leave it.

    I also scare easily – and love horror. I watch all horror movies at home though, and end up either under the covers or in the hallway, shouting to my BF “did it happen yet?” LOL He also sneaks up on me when blogging and scares me. He does it on purpose. My reaction to being scared – I scream, jump, and slap – all at once. You’d think he’d stop.

    I’m not a napper and never have been. I resist sleep because I always have so much I want to do and my poor parents have told me all about how I refused to sleep until everyone else was going to bed. I’m still that way. My brother says it’s because I’m a busy body. I deny that accusation.

    Okay – I just realized I seem to be writing a blog post right here in my comment. Oops lol I’ll just conclude by saying I’m dating (for almost 9 years) a tattooed man, you can’t keep me out of the ocean despite said tattooed man’s fears (which are similar to yours), I don’t like coffee (or most caffeine in general) but adore the smell, my BF has too much OCD for me to have any or we’d go insane(like he NEEDS pills OCD), and this was the funnest post πŸ™‚ LOL Sorry for my really long comment.

  8. Trish

    I love these posts as I love finding out more about my favourite bloggers πŸ™‚
    I’m not a screamer but I am a jumper! I startle so easily and usually terrify the life out of other people with my over the top reactions!
    And I wish I could nap (but doubt my boss would approve!!) however I find instead of refreshing me that they make me grumpy and often give me headaches. I love the idea of them but nope, not for me.
    And I love every sort of musical too from musicals to rap. I hate to be boxed into one genre whether it’s books, movies or music.

  9. Holly

    This was fun, and made me smile. πŸ™‚ I do share some OCD tendencies, but not in all things. Haven’t joined the bandwagon of Dr. Who yet. Loved Jaws as a kid – but definitely always think about it when I’m in the ocean. Don’t do many scary movies anymore (certain types though, for instance I can handle most vampire (with exception to Salem’s Lot) and zombie flicks) or books. They cause me to be afraid of the dark, no really. Mmm – tattooed men in books are HOT. But my hubby would never, ever get one. He is the complete opposite of my book crushes. I suppose what they say is true – that what’s hot in books isn’t really hot in real life. haha

    Enjoyed learning a bit more about you!
    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

  10. Debbie Haupt

    Kimba, THANKS!!!! you’ve not only made my day, made me laugh up my coffee and snort but also answered those questions I always ask about my e-friends who I may have never meet but feel very close to all the same and what a great idea for a blog post.

  11. sherry fundin

    Wonderful post. I enjoyed learning about you and sharing a few laughs. I hate red and raw meat too. Like everything well done. Have a great Sunday.

  12. Sharon - Obsession with Books

    This was such a fabulous post Kimba! I enjoyed getting to know you a little more πŸ™‚ I’m embarrassed to admit I had no idea what a whovian was & don’t think I’ve ever watched a Dr Who episode. I love a bad boy in books as well πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Erin

    Interesting facts. I wish I could be revived by short naps but my body sees them as another night of full sleep so gets miserable after only an hr or so if I have to wake up!

  14. Kristin

    OMGosh!!! This is so awesomesomely spectacular!!!! That is so cool you’re from Jersey!!! How did you end up in the Midwest?! And you kept your accent???? Crazy!!

    And I can totally relate to the homebody in you!!! Were you always like that or do you think you’re getting more and more settled in your “square” as you’ve gotten older?? I know I have and I’d much rather stay in than go out. Although, I will drive the extra miles once in a while to go shopping in Detroit, an hour south, to just get away from our boring stores πŸ™‚

    Thank you for sharing a few pieces of yourself!!!!

  15. The_Book_Queen

    Have no fear, you are not alone about needing your burger to be well, well don. I was raised on “well, well, well done, almost burn them, seriously!” burgers. I still like them that way. Oh, and thin, they must be thin! No thick, bloody burger for me — YUCK!

    Also, I hate touching raw meat (not just hamburger). So how do I get around this to do all the cooking in the house, even as a young teen? Gloves, food safe disposable gloves. They are my best friend when I need to do something but don’t want to actually touch it. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for sharing!


  16. lisa thomson

    I love these kind of posts. Great little tid bits you’ve shared make me feel as though I know you. I can relate to the ‘Jaws fear’ thingy. I loooove coffee and books, too. That’s why I started following you on Blog lovin’!

  17. Angie

    I love to learn more about the blogger behind the blog. Since we are book bloggers we really don’t talk to much about ourselves. I love naps too. I always see people say they can’t nap and I just look at them crazy.

  18. Kay

    This was a lot of fun! I liked getting to know the person behind the blog. I may have to do something like this sometime on my blog. Anyway, we are a lot alike. I have many small OCD tendencies as well, luckily my husband doesn’t mind. I also listen to all kinds of music and read all kinds of different books. And although I’m not a Whovian I do enjoy watching Doctor Who. πŸ™‚

  19. Ginny

    Loved learning new things about you!!! I love naps too and you already know I’m slightly on the OCD side. Hmmmm…what is something you don’t know…probably nothing, I talk too much to keep anything a secret. πŸ™‚

  20. aurian

    Awesome post Kimba! I really dislike having to touch naked chicken. So I just pour on the spices and touch them only with a big fork.

    The homebody thing you have? That is just supporting your local community/economy πŸ˜‰ completely normal. Why should you go further away to shop then you have to? It saves on gas and reading time.

  21. Lindy

    What a fun post Kim! I feel like I’m getting to know you better through this post. I’m a very eclectic reader as well, though my blog doesn’t really reflect it. I love horror movies too, but get scared from crazy roller coaster ride drops. I hate Magic Mountain. I love caffeine, and bad boys too, but I also love golden boys!

  22. ShootingStarsMag

    How fun! I love finding out new things about bloggers. I’m a bit scared of the ocean too. I went over the summer and it was alright, but I can’t go too far. I’m also kind of OCD about things too.

  23. Lily B

    Oh my god that was so cute and funny I think you and I have a few things in common thought XD which is totally awesome. Besides being an eclectic reader myself.

    1. I cannot stand horror movies, thought I have recently gingerly been dipping my toes in scary books. The problem besides being scared easily (no halloween houses for me thank you) I am absolutely horrified and scared of blood and needles. Really, start talking about that and I am on the floor in a ball squirming. Put me near a needle and I will have a full blown panic attack, it’s awesome..not lol.
    2. I love my bad boys in books, tattoos, bikers, yes please. I married a guy with a motorcycle and freak out every-time he get’s on one of those things. Every time a bad boy does something daring in a book I swoon. When my husband does it, I want to put him in time out.
    3. I too am a bit OCD, I double, sometimes triple check things and if I don’t do it it bothers me. One of those things is making sure the doors are locked when I leave the house. If I don’t remember checking it or did not, I actually have to stop the car, go back and test it.
    4. I live in the middle of no where after moving from NYC and scared shitless of driving, seriously…I wish I had my own break paddle installed on my side of the car.
    5. I don’t like touching raw meat, nope cannot do it either. I don’t eat red meat either but only chicken, turkey and fish. I have to have the fat off the chicken before I cook it, so my husband does it for me. I will not touch it nor will I cook red meat for him, he has to do it. If I absolutely have to touch meat, I use those thongs to do it, my fingers will not come near it even in a glove.
    6. I love my coffee as much as I love my naps. I cannot go a morning without coffee, if I do I am so cranky.
    7. I love animals and am a softy. We rescued a stray cat from injury and now he lives in our back hallway even thought he goes out every day to party outside. I also rescued another stray recently that walked right into my house and did not have the heart to throw her back out so now I have 5 cats and 2 dogs living with me cause they found the neighborhood sucker.
    8. I am a gamer, love my MMORPGS and I met my husband through one of them.
    9. I am originally from Europe πŸ˜‰ so my grammar probably sucks,
    10. I would no cook before I met my husband no matter how many times my mom wanted me to learn. Now every time I visit them and offer help or bake something, this is her reaction –> O.O

  24. Sharlene Wegner

    Oh, now I want a nap! I work 6 days a wk, so I never get the chance! My family will tell you that I am obsessed with books & reading. Our little spare bedroom is my personal library now. LOL! And I am the opposite of OCD with cleaning. LOL!

  25. Christine

    I love Firefly! Really wish they made more than one season πŸ™

    And I’ve been vacationing in Ocean City, NJ every single summer of my life (minus one when I couldn’t get the days off from work) & even had my first birthday down there. I’ve never watched Jaws, so I’m still part fish πŸ™‚

    So fun to learn a bit more about you, thanks for sharing!

  26. Andrea

    What a fun post! I hate touching ground meat (and eating it) and make my husband form the meatballs too. And yes, to being easily scared in the shower. My husband loves to sneak up and start talking to me, even though I’ve told him the worst thing you can do is scare a woman in the shower.
    Thanks for sharing this, Kimberly. I really enjoyed it!

  27. Victoria (aka Zemfirka)

    You are so funny Kim! πŸ™‚ And let me tell you about the OCD: I’m a neat freak – my friends used to make fun of me in college, they said my room was the cleanest on campus. Seriously, I couldn’t do homework if I haven’t cleaned first!!!

  28. A Voracious Reader

    1. I don’t remember Kimba the White Lion
    2. I have never seen an episode of Dr. Who though I have seen a few Firefly
    3. I hate going anywhere that’s not a bookstore (or home improvement store)
    4. I’ve recently discovered I enjoy horror books, but I’ve never liked horror movies (go figure, because what I can picture in my head is so much scarier than a movie)
    5. I rarely nap because I can’t just nap for 30 minutes and get up, my naps last for hours
    6. Yes to all of those and I’d add scarred and/or slightly damaged men, too and I married a Marine *winks*
    7. Raw meat doesn’t bother me, I just put on latex gloves to handle it, but I have to say I’m not a fan of hamburger cooked or not. It stinks. lol Plus, I love, love, love my steak medium-rare, it must be red in the middle and oozing (sorry for that visual lol)
    8. I also have eclectic tastes, but always end up back at 80s Rock
    9. I didn’t see an ocean until I was in my 20s so Jaws never really had an impact on me other than it has some great lines I love to quote.
    10. I don’t think I have any OCD tendencies. Ok, maybe I do when it comes to spelling. I tend to edit posts if I can to correct them rather than let them go.

    Something about me that you may not know…hmmmm. In 1994, I went on a vacation for 7 days to the Bahamas. Alone. I took a beach bag full of Harlequins (about 30 or so of them) and read them all.

  29. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I freak out when someone sneaks up behind me…it’s usually my grandson, who is trying to be quiet and is always surprised when I shriek.

    Love Neal Diamond…and I’m definitely a bit OCD.

    Thanks for sharing.

  30. kara-karina

    Love this post, K.! πŸ™‚ Doctor Who rocks and there is nothing wrong with geeks! πŸ™‚ I am married to a bad boy turned geek so have the best of both *grinning*

  31. kindlemom1

    I knew there was a reason we get a long so well Kim, we have way too much in common LOL! I am not even going to tell you how much because, it is crazy.

    I loved reading this, it was fun getting to know you better and get a little peak into your life. πŸ˜‰

  32. Dani

    LOL! Great post! πŸ™‚

    So I can’t do horror at all. Give me nightmares for weeks!

    Now my music taste is like yours. I love Neil Diamond! I also love the Celtic Women, Blue October, Sarah McLaughlin, Kenny Rogers and so many more. My music taste just doesn’t make sense to anyone. πŸ™‚ I am currently rockin’ Enya because she helps me keep my BP low. πŸ™‚

  33. Tammy

    Awesome post Kimba! I hate to admit it, but I vaguely remember Kimba the White Lion;) I’m also a loyal Browncoat (thought not a Whovian) and a homebody too! I hate leaving the house:) I have the same reaction to onions that you have to raw hamburger. But I don’t EVER allow onions in my house!

  34. Diana Leigh

    Ooo, I think we are sisters from another mister! πŸ˜‰ Pink meat is the worst. *gags* If I see a tiny bit of pink in my burger or steak, show’s over. Blech. I’m also a homebody who doesn’t like to venture outside a certain area alone. (Glad I’m not the only one!) And, those afternoon naps are heavenly, aren’t they?

  35. Emily

    loved this post! πŸ™‚
    especially number 6 – i fall for all these men in books, but more than anything i love my geeky other half. so i can so relate! πŸ˜€

    happy Saturday xxx

  36. Cora

    I loved this post so much haha.

    I used to run around outside no problem, then I watched a documentary about indigenous snakes and now just try and get my into long grass. Go on, try.

    I freaking hate snakes.

  37. Fishgirl182

    Hah some of your answers remind me of my other friend Kimberly from The Windy Pages. She is from jersey and likes super well done burgers as well. Handling meat does not bother me at all. I grew up watching my mom debone fish and chopping meat so I have no aversion to it.

    I love horror books and movies too but I am a wimp. During scary movies I will sometimes cover my ears because the sudden sounds freak me out more than the images.

    And I love Jaws. Saw it again recently on the big screen. It’s so good. Director Kevin smith always talks about how he won’t go into the water because of Jaws.

    Great post. I feel like I learned a lot. πŸ™‚

  38. Michaela

    Whenever you get to OCD you should just step back and tell yourself that everything is gonna be “Shiny”. <3 me some Firefly! I think Joss Whedon should give up on network television and write books. It's great getting to know you πŸ™‚

  39. Michelle

    I don’t mind touching ground beef…I can’t touch any other raw meat though. If I do touch it I can’t eat it, so last year when I was making meals I couldn’t even get myself to eat them. I completely forgot about Kimba the White Lion! Thanks for sharing, this was a lot of fun!

  40. Christy

    Bwahahaha! I’m like that with meat too, which is part of the reason I don’t like going to fast food places. I literally need my burgers burned. I can’t even eat dark meat because I with gag. It has to be well done, dry-ish breast. And the rest of your info … I do believe we’re compatible. lol.