Thursday, March 08, 2007

10 Things

Well, it finally happened. I forgot it was Thursday. I got up this morning. Got the girls dressed, fed, their lunches packed. Dropped Sweet Pea off to school. Ran to the gym to squeeze in 30 minutes. Dropped Baby Girl off to school. Drove to work. Sat down at my computer. And said, "Oh Hell." :-)

So, as you can imagine I have nothing much to say. So I'm going to shamelessly steal an idea from one of our good friends Rhonda Nelson and play a little game. I'm going to list 10 things about me that you might not know. Then I'd like everyone to list some things about themselves that we wouldn't know. There will of course be prizes, mostly because I feel guilty.

1. I come from a HUGE family. My mother is the oldest of 14 children. I have a cousin who is 1 month older than my oldest child. In fact, I have cousins younger than my kids. My youngest aunt is 1 year older than my husband. It makes for loud, interesting family get-togethers.

2. I was in the color guard in high school - you know those people twirling the flags out on the field. I did that because I couldn't play the saxophone and hated the flute.

3. Summer before Senior year I went to Colorado for World Youth Day where catholic high school students from all around the world gathered to listen to the Pope speak.

4. I love camping. As a child we used to camp on Lake Michigan during the summer.

5. I love the ocean but hate getting in the water.

6. I spent my 7th birthday covered in calamine lotion after I contracted swimmer's itch from the lake we had rented a cabin on. It was not fun.

7. When I was five my sister had an allergic reaction to cold medicine and hallucinated snakes everywhere. She was tearing off her clothes, tearing off my clothes, screaming down the hallway. This is why I'm terrified of snakes.

8. When I was eight my brother disappeared. My mother couldn't find him anywhere. She called in the police. Had the residents from the assisted living center behind our house out combing the woods. The neighbors were all called into action. After a couple hours he crawled out from under my parent's bed where he'd decided to play hide and seek (forgetting to tell my mother) and fell asleep. Apparently, he curled up into a shadowed corner and simply blended in when no less than five people checked under that bed.

9. Um, I'm running out of unusual things...my favorite color is green?

10. I wanted to be a ballerina when I was little.

Okay, now it's your turn. Let us get to know you a little better.

Instigator

P.S. Don't forget that we've started a new contest - Red Hot Reads. You can enter by emailing me at instigator@writingplayground.com Give me your name, email, address, and how you found us for a chance to win a great basket full of books, chocolate and red hot fun.

12 comments:

Playground Monitor said...

1. I suppose everyone knows but you can't assume anything, so I'll admit that I'm WAY older than the rest of the Playfriends.

2. My sophomore year in high school, we had to do an English paper on an American poet. I chose Ogden Nash. In one of my reference sources I found an address and figured "What the heck!" I wrote him and he wrote back! That letter is in my safe deposit box.

3. By the time I was 2 years old I'd traveled to Yellowstone Park and back home (North Carolina). I don't remember a thing about the trip.

4. I didn't have my first date until I went to college. Pathetic, I know.

5. My freshman year in college I took a trip to NYC with the Interfaith Council. We were studying the relationship between religion and the arts. We went to museums and to NBC studios and also to a disco in the Village that Andy Warhol had a hand in founding. The night we were there a group called the Weathermen planted a pipe bomb. I still have a small scar on one leg from that explosion.

6. My husband is a preacher's kid and our 34th anniversary will be the same day as the Readers' Luncheon.

7. #1 son was born prematurely and #2 son was full term, but apparently inhaled coming through the birth canal and developed aspiration pneumonia. So both boys' first photos show them with an IV in their scalp. They're healthy as horses now.

8. I was ranked #9 in my high school graduating class.

9. I hate snakes too. Don't know why, but I do.

10. I won the Betty Crocker Homemaker Award my senior year in high school. It's a HUGE source of humor at our house. It's a written test, for crying out loud. You only had to know what escarole was, not make a dish with it.

PM

Kathy said...

Love learning tid-bits.

1. I used to bite when I was little.

2. I've always loved Comic books and comic book characters.

3. As a teen, I got to tour many German castles in my Humanities Class at Frankfurt High School.

4. As a teen, I was selected from the audience at an Heidelberg Castle presentation to participate in the production.

5. I always wore knee-socks, ergo the tan line that ran only from under my knee to mid-thigh where my shorts stopped.

6. My mother taught me to sew when I was 12 and said "from now on you have to make all your own clothes."

7. I can count to 10 in 6 languages. Understand and speak some German, took Spanish in HS, and went to Italian Language School in California for 6 months.

Smarty Pants said...

1. I was salutatorian of my high school graduating class until 2 days prior to graduation when final grades came in and some guy bumped both me and the valedictorian down a slot. Of course it was my much hated jr prom date.

2. At one point, I was very fluent in Spanish. I even dreamt in Spanish sometimes. Now I can barely order a taco.

3. I used to be a tree-hugging, uber-liberal, hippie, vegetarian, new-age environmentalist with card carrying memberships to Greenpeace, WWF and the Sierra Club.

4. DB is only the second guy I've ever really dated.

5. I have a three year old sister. Cause my mom's a masochist. And no, there are no siblings between us. I was 24 when she was born.

6. My roommate used to have a 6 foot red boa constrictor named Lily (for all you snake haters out there). She used to curl up on the couch with me and watch tv.

7. I used to weigh like 300 lbs.

8. When I was a baby, my hair was curly and golden blonde. It kept tangling so my mom cut it into a Dorothy Hamill bob and it turned straight and dark brown. It wasn't until I was about 12 that my hair lightened up and went completely insanely curly.

9. I have an irrational fear of clowns.

10. I rode in 1st class from LA to Las Vegas once sitting next to the lead singer of Smashmouth.

robynl said...

1) I hate snakes and mice.

2) I am a worrier from the get-go

3) I love the color purple(blues)

4) I think book thongs are the neatest invention in some time.

5) I have never had any children of my own.

6) I have 3 step children, two of which(boys) lived with us for a few years. The other is a girl.

7) I have a twin brother who is totally my opposite.

8) I am a dog lover and have a toy purebred Apricot poodle named Sam.

9) I lost my Mom to breast cancer when she was 73 and Dad to heart/cancer when he was 80; 2 yrs. + apart.

10) I love entering contests.

Problem Child said...

I must be too forthcoming in my blogs--I can't think of much to tell y'all...

1.) I once talked to Mikhail Barshinkov on the telephone--for like a second.

2.) I dated a set of brothers--not at the same time, though. The worst part? I went out with #1, then #2, then #1 again.

3) My daughter's real name is unpronouncable by most people.

4) I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 32--this after dancing for all those years...

5) I love musicals.

6.) I was a huge Barbara Mandrell fan as a kid. So huge, my mom checked me out of school the day of BM's car accident so she could tell me herself.

7) One of my ex-boyfriends is an Olympic Gold medalist now.

8) I was a little sister for the UT Swim Team, even though I can barely swim.

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Playground Monitor said...

robynl wrote: I think book thongs are the neatest invention in some time.

I do too! *grin*

PM

Kathy said...

Clowns scare the begeebers out of me, too. Loved to watch them at rodeos until the movie, IT, came out.

More King anyone?

Kathy

Pat said...

1. I have green eyes.

2. I like watching baseball games, esp. The LA Dodgers - went to my first playoff game last year - with my daughter who is a Met Fan.

3. I love to read romance but only contemps.

4. I used to be an avid bowler and was treasurer of both my leagues.

5. I work close to home as a receptionist.

6. I have 2 kids, but my dad came from a family of 5 brothers and 3 sisters. My mom had a brother and has 2 sister.

7. My mom just turned 87 on Wed and Dad will be 89 in Oct.

8. My sister and I both have October bdays.

9. My daughter got married Sept. 05 and it was one of the happiest days of my life - everyone should be lucky enuf to experience their daughter getting married.

10. I got autographs of several baseball players (Dodgers) when I was a teen:
Willie Davis and Frank Howard were 2 that I remember. Getting old isnt fun, cant remember who else.

Pat said...

Some more:
I too am deathly afraid of snakes and IT also scared me to death - couldnt get to sleep that night after watching it.

My mom has 1 sister - made a type.

catslady said...

l. I love Stephen King.
2. I like snakes better than spiders.
3. I have 6 inside cats and take care of 5 feral cats (at the moment - it changes).
4. I married my high school sweetheart.
5. I've been married almost 38 years.
6. I wanted to be an artist by went to secretarial school to please my parents and now my youngest daughter wants to be one.
7. My oldest daughter just got engaged.
8. I waited 15 years on purpose before having my 2 kids.
9. I favorite thing to do is read.
10. I have more books than time left on this earth to read.

Angel said...

1. I'm an identical twin--the good one :)

2. I was home schooled from 6th grade on.

3. I graduated high school at 15 years old.

4. My husband is the only man I've ever dated.

5. Last night I tried the new whole wheat Krispy Kreme donuts (and no I couldn't figure out how many WW points they were).

6. Like Smarty Pants, I have younger siblings. My brother was born when I was 19, my sister when I was 23. I threw both of my Mom's baby showers.

7. I also threw my mother a lingerie shower last year when she got married. That was interesting...

8. I always thought my twin would be a writer. Instead I'm a writer and she's a teacher.

9. Snakes don't bother me. Now spiders.... eeeewwwww! I suffer severe arachnophobia.

10. Y'all probably know that I'm going to Scotland this year. But what you may not know is that I'm afraid of flying.