I apologize for the blog silence! I've been busy with writing assignments, we're working on an enormous wholesale tankard order, and we're hosting the neighborhood potluck tonight.
So, as a placeholder, let me modify an older blog post and present some trivia:
• I’m left-handed but use scissors with my right hand (they didn’t have left-handed scissors when I was in kindergarten). My husband is also left-handed (including scissors), yet somehow between us we managed to hatch two right-handed kids. Go figure.
• I played the flute for many many years. Was quite good at it too.
• I used to dance ballet semi-professionally. That was many years and many pounds ago.
• When I was ten years old, my parents moved from New York State to California. Oh my goodness, I hated it there. I never did adapt to California. But living in California did give me one wonderful thing: my husband.
• I hate to cook but love to bake.
• I hate to sew but love to can.
• I hate coffee but love tea (except Earl Gray).
• I hate anything to do with crafts. No patience, I guess.
• I honestly don’t mind mucking out manure.
• I can’t set a mousetrap to save my life. I’m good at emptying them, though.
• I get seasick at the drop of a hat.
• When I was 16, I had an honest-to-goodness (and real freaky) out-of-body experience. I hope I never have one of those again.
• My favorite fruit is peaches. I like to joke that I’d sell my birthright for peaches.
• I adore broccoli in any size, shape, or form.
• I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 20.
• I weigh too much. Working on it.
• Without my glasses, I am blind as a bat – my vision is about 20/450.
• I adore writing (obviously) but I’m absolutely dismal at grammar. Any grasp of grammar is purely instinctive.
• I have a phobia of zero gravity. You know, the sensation you get on roller coasters and other horrors. My idea of the entertainment from hell would be to go bungee jumping or skydiving.
• When I was 16 I decided I wanted to become a field biologist after reading (about 250 times) Jane Goodall’s “In the Shadow of Man.” I still passionately admire Dr. Goodall. My dad took me to hear one of her lectures back in 1980 (a kindness I've never forgotten) and she signed my copy of her book. I majored in Zoology in college and Environment Education in grad school and worked as a field biologist for many years.
• One summer, while working as a field biologist, I stepped on two yellow jacket nests a week apart and was stung a total of 15 times. It gave me a terrible phobia of wasps that lasted about 20 years.
• I loathe tuna more than almost any other foodstuff on the planet. Even the smell makes me sick. I don’t care for celery either, largely because of its association with tuna.
• I have never touched drugs in any size, shape, or form (except prescription). I’ve never smoked. I drink one glass of wine (never red) about five times a week. I got drunk twice in my life (the first
time on red wine, hence the aversion) and decided never again.
• My ancestry is half Polish, half French. My paternal grandparents immigrated to this country around the turn of the (last) century. My mother’s people are Cajun French, descendants of the Acadians who were kicked out of Canada and eventually found their way to the bayous of Louisiana. My mother didn’t speak English until she was five and went to school.
• My husband and I tend to be obsessed with books. At one point we owned well over 5000 of them, though we’ve thinned our collection down to about 4000 or so.
• I love Baroque music and usually have it playing on my computer, quietly, all day long.
• Green is my favorite color.
• Don and I are coming up on our 30th anniversary. Where do the years go? He is my greatest blessing in life. Our kids are our next greatest blessings.
• I’m something of a jigsaw puzzle junkie. Doing puzzles relaxes me. I usually have one in the works at all times.
• I don’t like hot weather. I don’t mind cold weather. Hot summers are one of the factors that sent us fleeing from California.
• I’m an introvert and can go days without leaving home. Love our weekly potlucks, though.
So there you have it. Trivia.