40 things to know about me...

Kim Brooks
Babbling Brooks Column
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     Now that the COVID-19 restrictions are loosening up some, those of us who have been going stir-crazy sitting at home attempting puzzles and watching TV are ready to get out and safely attain a sense of semi-normalcy.

     I ventured to my hometown of Earlville to finally see my immediate family face-to-face. A good ol’ fashioned bonfire was just the ticket!

     But up until now, my social life amounted to going to work every day, which I appreciated, and video chat apps with my fellow barflies. (Even covering city council and board of supervisor meetings via Zoom has given me a bit of reprieve.)

     I imagine those who have been cooped up with their family or significant others have gained a new appreciation of family (or not). Perhaps some even learned a few things about their loved ones they never knew before…

     Recently a fellow news reporter friend of mine shared a “copy-and-paste” social media post titled “40 Things About Me.” Lots of these types of posts have been circulating Facebook, mainly as something for us to do sitting around at home.

     So I thought why not share 40 things about myself with our readers, after over 10 years with you all…

Do you put ketchup on hotdogs?

     Very much so! Something you might not know about me: I am a bit of a condiment hog. The more the better!

Choice of soda/pop?

     Definitely Mt. Dew!

Do you own a gun?


Can you swim?

     Yes, but it’s been forever since I’ve put my swimming skills to the test.

Hot dog or cheeseburger?

     Cheeseburger. Not a hot dog fan.

Favorite food?

     Pizza (but no veggies on top).

Do you believe in ghosts?

     Not really. I believe our loved ones who have passed on are watching over us, but not in the form of ghosts.

What do you drink in the morning?

     Right when I get up in the morning, it’s a glass of water. By mid-morning, my must-have is a vanilla frappuccino.

Can you do 100 pushups?

     I don’t know, but I don’t think I can all in one setting.

Favorite time of the year?

     The transition between spring and summer.

Favorite hobby?

     Reading and hoarding books.

Do you have tattoos?

     Yes, two.

Do you wear glasses?

     No, and I am the only one in my immediate family who have never had to wear glasses.

Do you have a phobia?

     Snakes and (believe it or not) public speaking.

Do you have a nickname?

     My real name is Kimberly, but I very much prefer to be called “Kim.” (In high school, I was called “Shorty.” I honestly didn’t object to it either.)

Three favorite drinks?

     Mt. Dew, V8 Splash, and chocolate milk.

Lake or ocean?

     Lake, especially Lake Michigan.

Rain or snow?


Can you change a tire?

     No. I call a professional for this.

Favorite flower?


Can you drive a stick?


Have you ever gone skydiving?

     No and it’s not something I ever plan to do.

Do you have kids?


Favorite color?



     Obviously you all know what I do for a living…

Can you whistle?


Favorite vacation?

     Any time I go to a different spot along Lake Michigan. This is tied with my first trip to Washington, D.C. with my mom a few years ago.


     One younger sister, Stefanie, and a brother-in-law, Mitch.



Do you prefer a shower or bath?

     Shower. No time to waste with a bath.

Last song you listened to?

     I can’t remember, but likely something country.

Did you ever break a bone?

     Thankfully, no.

How many TVs do you have?


Worst pain?

     Probably a couple of years ago when I had an abscessed tooth.

Do you like to sing?

     I do, but not in public because no one wants to listen to that!

Are your parents still alive?

     Yes, both of them. And my maternal grandfather, at the age of 94, is still killing it at life!

Favorite sport?

     No offense, Pete Temple, but I am not a huge all-around sports fan. But I absolutely love watching the Olympics.

What do you like to binge watch?

     West Wing, The Crown, Scandal, and so many others.

Pumpkin or pecan pie?

     If I’m going to be honest, neither.

Did you always see yourself in your current profession?

     I did always see myself in this profession since my senior year of high school. This is what I went to college for. But prior to that, I had thoughts of being a math teacher or, no joke, a pastor (that was another life).


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