About me? For real? Is it even possible to convey who I am via text on a screen? No, I think not. But it seems the norm to give basic facts about oneself, so I too shall do that, and I will also do my best to explain why I have started this blog.

Facts about me:

  • Name: Anna Cohen
  • Hebrew Name: Chana Cohen
  • Maiden Name: Hertzberg
  • Born in: Houston, Texas
  • Raised in: Yonkers, New York
  • Current residence: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Elementary School: S.A.R. Academy
  • High School: Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls
  • Seminary: Midreshet Harova
  • College: Emuna College of Art and Technology
  • Degree: B.Ed. and certification in Graphic Design: Print and Multimedia
  • Occupation: Photo editor/Photoshop ninja (hi-ya!)
  • Family status: daughter of scientists, younger sister of 2 older brother genius engineers, wife of a programmer, mother of future astronaut. Bottom line: nerd-wannabe.
  • Religion: Jewish and proud of it!
  • Politics: I try to avoid them.
  • Favorite Foods: Pasta with pesto and parmesan cheese, Breadcrumb chicken, Raw cookie dough, Duncan Hines brownie batter, Chocolate
  • Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Indiana Jones, Princess Bride
  • Favorite Books: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Odyssey, The Kingkiller Chronicles
  • Favorite TV Shows: (it changes every few years, so I’ll start from the beginning) Full House, Simpsons, Hercules and Xena, Buffy, Alias, 24, Castle, Modern Family
  • Favorite Music: Classic rock, Celtic tunes, Chassidic niggunim
  • Favorite Activities: cooking, cleaning, eating, sleeping, reading, acting, puzzles, photography, being out in nature, playing with puppies
  • Favorite Piece of Furniture: Bed
  • Collections: Stuffed animals
  • Bad Habit: Nail-biting (*Note: Now that I’ve broken that habit, I have no other bad habits. Yes, I’ve achieved perfection.)
  • Good Habit: Domestic goddess
  • When I was little, what I wanted to be when I grew up: Author, Olympic gymnast, Academy Award winning actress, director and screen play writer (and briefly in 4th grade I wanted to work at the car wash)
  • Now that I’m older, what I want to be (when I grow up?): A cross between Xena and Sydney Bristow, or an elf (Tolkien, not Santa)
  • I think I covered most bases with this so I’ll continue…

What this blog is:

It’s really just a place for me to talk and talk and talk where people have no choice but to listen (or not, but if you’re  reading this then you are clearly listening) and occasionally add their own two agurot, but never interrupting me. Yes, I like talking. I like telling stories. Primarily stories about me. Because I am fascinating. It sounds egotistical, but I like to think of it as a somewhat over-healthy self-esteem issue. In high school my constant need for attention was known as “YCS” – Youngest Child Syndrome. Do I really suffer from this? Probably. Is it a bad thing? I don’t think so. I mean, I don’t think I’m greater than other people. I find other people fascinating too. But as one of many fascinating people, it is my obligation to put myself out there. So, why should you follow my blog? Maybe you shouldn’t. It really depends on what you like to get out of reading blogs. If you’re looking for deep and moving stories… probably not the best place for it. If you’re looking to expand your worldly knowledge… probably still not the best place. Same for philosophical stuff. I hate philosophy. But if you’re looking for a fun and entertaining read, you’ve got a winner!

The blog’s name:

So now that we’ve established that this blog will, for the most part, be personal stories, what is the significance to the blog’s name? Well, since coming to Israel I have been told one thing over and over again in response to my stories: “את חיה בסרט” – “at chaya b’seret” – Google translate “The animal movie” – actual, literal translation “You live in a movie” – meaning “That story is out-of-this-world crazy!” (or “You’re dreaming”), and that is what I hope to do… bring you out-of-this-world crazy stories… or at least entertaining stories (and probably an occasional deeply moving story, some random worldly knowledge, and maybe even a philosophical something, but don’t hold it against me).


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