The very accomplished Dennis West
has tagged me, so I'm back for the next installment of 20 random facts about myself. I think this is a fun game, but I have to say that the concept of "random facts" is worth a closer look. After all... how random are these facts we post? I mean, whether we actually let the facts roll off our fingers spontaneously or mull them over before posting, isn't there always an editing process going on? Either consciously or subconsciously, we control our images. How much should we show of ourselves? What are our best parts? Should we give away a little more? It's really like a strip tease, as we peel away a few layers to show what we want to show, while keeping the audience curious to know more. Nonetheless, I'm enjoying learning about my fellow bloggers, so I like doing this. I'm figuring that we could all easily get up to 100 facts if we keep retagging one another...which is not too far from what's already happening. Or...we could try something new, say an illustrated version of "Two Truths and One Lie." That would be a really fun challenge...is anyone game?
So here I go again, and I promise I will try to be as spontaneously random as I can...21. I'm 5'9".22. I once ate an ant to impress a group of kids. They weren't impressed. I wasn't either. Ants taste terrible.23. Once upon a time, I lived on a sailboat in the Caribbean.24. I haven't been swimming in over three years. Oh well.25. I've seen a ghost.26. I did not attend my high school, college, or graduate school graduation ceremonies.27. I get very cranky if I'm interrupted when I'm trying to think.28. I attended Catholic school for nine years and know the wrath of nuns.29. I believe in God, but not organized religion.30. I am physically very strong for a woman my age, and probably for a woman half my age. 31. I don't know how to work most of the high-tech gadgets we have in our home. Too many weird switches!32. I have never read, nor do I intend to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy or any Harry Potter novels. Please forgive me.33. I just signed up for National Novel Writing Month. Am I crazy? We'll see... 34. As a child, I was an avid trash scavenger. Among my best found treasures were discarded wallpaper sample books, piles of photography journals, and two sterling silver belt buckles. I used some of the wallpaper to decorate my dollhouse and I still have the belt buckles. 35. I also collected the discarded window displays from the liquor store that was on my way home from school. I managed to amass a good supply of flimsy colorful satin fabric that I used to make costumes and cardboard props that I used to decorate my bedroom. I remember in particular a cardboard street lamp that I propped up next to my bed...for atmosphere. 36. I ran away from home for a few days when I was in high school. 37. Every day I make Jol a "love sandwich" to take to work for his breakfast: almond butter and strawberry jam on home baked multigrain bread. He loves eating it and I love making it:> 38. I sold a painting for $400 when I was in high school.39. I used to pretend to be sick so I could stay home from school and read all day. 40. I am looking forward to the day when I can spend less time teaching and more time doing.
That didn't take too long, although I did it in bits and pieces. I think the following people haven't been tagged, and I know I'm interested to know more about them:JaimieCharlesToniBeckyMeganIsay