Cindy over at My Brilliant Mistakes recently tagged me for a blogger’s list-meme, so I wanted to delight her – and you – with eight random facts about me. It will also make up for the fact I haven’t blogged in a few days.
Here are the rules:
(The rules are more interesting if you imagine a voiceover by the fast-talking guy who reads the financing disclosure at the end of a car commercial.)
- We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
- Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
- People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
- At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
- Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
So…here are eight random facts about me:
1. I took piano lessons for 9 years during my youth. I think I was a decent player, but I wasn’t disciplined about practicing. Two years ago I decided to give playing another try and bought a piano. I’ve played it, oh, maybe 9 times since I’ve owned it. I guess I never outgrew that discipline thing.
2. I was the drum major in our high school marching band. I did not do back-flips off of the podium. That would have been unladylike in my brown polyester skirt. Besides, I wanted to live to see graduation.
3. My ideal partner would be a Talk Soup (now, “The Soup“) host — smart, cute in his boyish charm/impish grin kind of way, and very funny — combined with Bill Gates. Yes, Bill. Sure, his money and success are nice, but it’s the fact he wants to give away all of his money to charity that I personally find kind of hot. (Did I use Bill Gates and “hot” together?) Ok, it’s certainly attractive to me. Warren Buffet’s another one, but, frankly, he’s a little too old.
4. Right now a great vacation would be a week alone with a pile of good books to read and no schedule to follow. A serene outdoor setting, plus a ready supply of Caramel Frappaccinos and dark chocolate, would make it ideal.
5. Watching America’s Funniest Home Videos drives me into an insane rage. It takes only 3 seconds for me to begin yelling at the TV, “Yeah, right, that was REAL FUNNY when the concrete block dropped on that guy’s foot! Yeah, funny — HA, HA, HA!” It’s just that I don’t see anything funny about it.
6. My parents force-fed me Olive Loaf when I was a child. No, I’m kidding…they didn’t force-feed anything to me, but Olive Loaf was apparently one of the only things I would eat for nearly a year. Consuming large quantities of processed meat and pimento-stuffed olives explains a lot about me.
7. One of my favorite college courses was Primate Social Behavior. For 30 seconds I thought I could be the next Jane Goodall. But then I decided I liked to shower regularly and that living with chimps wasn’t really my thing. Nevertheless, it was enormously helpful in preparing me for working in Corporate America (and riding public transportation early in my career), becoming a parent and dating.
8. I’m not a “rebel” in the traditional sense, but I don’t always follow the rules… which is why I am choosing to ignore rules 4 and 5 for now. Self-awareness and liberation made me this way!
So, here are a few bonus facts to make up for #8:
9. My children and I are all Virgos. You’d think we’d all cheerfully put away our clothes and straighten up the house without complaint each night, but we don’t. That being said, in general, our house is organized and habitable. This week, we enter our combined three-week Birthday Bonanza celebration!
10. I prefer to drink my coffee black (unless it’s the really bad stuff in our office – but at least that’s free). The best coffee I ever had was at a place in Lansing, MI near MSU (that other large university). Unless there was something other than coffee beans in my brew, I seem to recall the place had tubas and other instruments hanging on the walls and from the ceiling. (LB, help me out here, you know the place.) The coffee I drank, Kenyan I think, was heavenly. Only a delicious chocolate treat to go with it could have made it better.
11. Some of the things I’d like to do one day, for no one else but me: volunteer for the American Red Cross, act in a play, take voice (singing) lessons, paint a floor cloth, go white-water rafting again, do a tandem-jump (maybe), learn how to tile my backsplash, publish my first novel, write my second novel…
12. Overall, I’m happy with myself and my life, and that’s a good place to be. Things aren’t perfect or always go as planned or at the pace I think they should, but I’d like to think it’s all where it needs to be right now.