(Can I be honest and say that I’m afraid I’m revealing all my good party stories? And that if we ever meet in person, I’ll wind up telling these same stories and you’ll roll your eyes and think to yourselves, “Uh, yeah. We’ve heard this one already.”)
Also? This post is the result of me avoiding writing the post about traditions and rituals that I’ve been meaning to write.
In no particular order, I present the Facts with Varying Amounts of Interestingness.
1. I learned a lot of crafts from my grandmother, which means I did a lot of grandmother-ish crafts as a child.
I used to do needlepoint. And make beaded wire flowers. And quilling! Yes, I used to quill. Generally not something you would expect from a nine year-old.
I even used quilling in a project for school when we were studying the 13 Colonies.
(Okay, fine…this one isn’t a story I’d be likely to bust out at a cocktail party.)
2. I once was in a serious hurricane.
Her name was Marilyn. I was in St. Croix.
Electricity was out by dinner time. The eye passed over maybe 9 or 10pm, I think. I definitely remember that things got really quiet – it even stopped raining while the eye was overhead. Even though I knew it was the eye, I was crushed when the other half of the hurricane picked back up, because in the hour or so of quiet, I’d convinced myself it was over.
That was such a long night. And So. Loud. But the aftermath was really the worst, I think. Poor visibility in the water for what seemed like a week or two after the storm. And once it cleared up, the reefs were in shambles. I still feel sad when I think about that. Circle of life, shmircle of life.
3. I can’t drive a stick shift, and probably will never learn.
Well, I guess that’s not quite true. After the hurricane, I had to drive a Suzuki Samurai between the dive shop and the house. I almost wrecked it once. But the only reason I could drive it was because there were hardly any cars around (see: hurricane) and there were no hills. And I wasn’t going to have to parallel park.
So, get me to a large, flat area that’s devoid of other cars and I’ll be happy to drive stick.
4. I attended the wrap party for The Cowboy Way.
I never saw the movie, but some portion of it was filmed in Montauk on Long Island, since that’s where the party was.
That’s about all I can say about that. In writing, anyway.
5. I love the idea of dogs, but they are too stinky, slobbery and high-maintenance for me, so I’ve remained a cat person.
I’m high-maintenance enough, thankyouverymuch. And the crotch sniffing? I’ll pass.
6. I have one tattoo. Which I acquired in Bangkok, Thailand.
Looking back, probably not the wisest place to have someone stick needles into one’s body. And before anyone lectures me about all the diseases I could have caught, I got tested a couple years later when the scales of youth’s stupidity fell off my eyes.
7. I was a vegetarian for five years.
I gave it up because of #8.
8. I did a year abroad in Japan and lived with a Japanese family.
It was just easier to eat what they served than to try to explain my choices in Japanese.
9. I have a mad crush on New England accents.
I don’t have the accent, because I didn’t move to New Hampshire until I was 12. And I hated the accent when I was there. I thought it was so ugly.
But now that I moved away, I love hearing it. It’s utterly beautiful to me.
10. A tarot reading changed my life.
Might sound melodramatic, but it really, really was that reading that set me on the path I’m on now. Up to that point, I’d been too scared to try anything new, for fear that I’d be bad at it or not like it. And that was in spite of reading Barbara Sher and Martha Beck, and working with a coach.
Although I’d heard it before, one of the things he said was, “Life is not a dress rehearsal.”
Perhaps a bit cliche, but somehow that helped things click and a month later I started my life coach training.
There you have it.
Wow. I think this was probably the most fun I’ve had writing a blog post since my blog was born! Much gratitude to Sarah and Kelly for inspiring this!
How about you guys? Care to participate? Leave a random or bizarre fact in the comments, or write your own post and link to it here so we can all enjoy!
Happy holidays, everyone. Thanks for being here.