When people email me these “tell things about yourself” list thingies, I tend to not do them since the person sending me the email usually knows me pretty well already. But this time is different. I got tagged online from a reader (Hi, Plenipotentiary!) who started reading us during the LOLcat days. So she really doesn’t know me that well but she thinks we have lots in common. That’s a total compliment since I just read her eight things (actually seven, but I won’t hold it against her) and she’s about 1,000 times smarter and cooler than me. Also, I think she can kick my butt.
So just so she won’t come to Alabama and do that very thing, here are my eight things:
1. I am left handed and secretly want my little girl to be left handed also. I know this is a silly thing to wish for and it will be fine if she is not but until she proves otherwise, I want her to be a lefty. Until my nephew, Sam, came along I was the only lefty in my family. Believe me, Sam will NEVER be without left-handed scissors for as long as I live.
2. I love to take showers. Right now it’s the only time when I am guaranteed 10 minutes to myself but I loved them even before I had kids. It’s where I have my best ideas and the ideas that usually turn out to be the most outstanding art projects. I recently read that the water from the shower hitting your skin actually stimulates your brain cells firing. If that’s the case, I’m thinking I need to have a portable shower build just for me to carry around and have those great brainstorms!
3. I’ve had the same best friend since the seventh grade and I talk to her almost every day. We’ve been through a dozen boyfriends (most of them hers and never the same one for both of us, Thank God!), a husband and two kids (mine), sharing the same living space in college (almost didn’t survive that one), and more phone time logged between the two of us that a few small countries combined (usually to talk over the previously mentioned boys). Except for my husband, I’m pretty sure that no one knows me better. So if something isn’t covered here in my eight things that you want to know about me, drop her a line, she can probably answer your question.
4. In the past few years I’ve developed a phobia about poisonous spiders. Right after Eli was born, during all the sleep deprivation, a friend had to have her house sprayed for brown recluses, and that’s when I started to have a problem. We have both brown recluses and black widows living in our yard. This past week I got a gander at a brown recluse laying an egg sack on Eli’s playset and I’ve barely been able to let him go outside to play. I know they aren’t smart enough to lie in wait and jump on me when I least expect it, but somehow I still feel like that’s what’s going to happen.
5. While I was in high school I met Bill Clinton. This was when he was governor of Arkansas and he spoke at Governor’s School the year I attended. He did a lot for education in Arkansas and I think I managed to go to college on no fewer than five of the scholarship programs he set up while he was governor. Thanks, Bill!
6. I often dream about attending U2 concerts. I’m not sure why this is. Yes, I love the band, but I would think I would dream about talking to them or hanging out or something. But no, I attend concerts and usually end up in fights over the good seats. Although once I dreamed Bono sent me on a mission. I don’t really remember what the mission entailed but it was going to help a lot of people.
7. My two favorite things to read are romance novels and National Geographic magazine. Both are like popcorn to me. I get one and have to finish the whole thing in one sitting. The funny thing is, I’ve only had a NG subscription for about the past three years and I’ve been reading romance novels almost half my life.
8. I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was little. Now I’m a graphic designer. I still want to learn to sew, though. I guess there’s still time to make it big. Think Tim Gunn will have me?
I made it! There are my eight things. I told Stephen last night I wouldn’t be able to think of eight. Not only did I manage it but I think it’s stuff that most people actually don’t know about me.