In order to make my blogging a bit more regular, I will be using the next few Fridays to answer the 30 Things questions that many other bloggers I know and love have been answering and which I found here. I will answer five a week, which means there will be 5 Friday posts you can count on! I will attempt to add pictures when applicable so it is not quite so boring looking.
1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
- I am 60 years old and thinking that sounds way older than I feel.
- One of my favorite sayings has become, “Time flies when you’re getting old.”
- I have two brilliant, beautiful, and funny daughters both of whom have Master’s Degrees and jobs they love. I am blessed.
- I married a rock musician who now plies his trade as a Minister of Worship at our church. Another blessing.
- I retired after 30 years of teaching in 2005.
- Then I taught at a university as an adjunct and trainer for six years.
- I love to read.
- I started quilting in 2003 after loving and admiring quilts for many years.
- I have never liked to exercise.
- I am a horrible nail biter. I almost don’t even have nails.
- I like my current house so much that I have to consciously keep myself from loving it. Seriously, it’s a just place to live. I especially love this room:
- My mother-in-law lived with us here for 9 1/2 years and still owns half the house (which is how a rock musician and a teacher could afford such a nice house).
- I don’t cook very often. (My husband is such a picky eater that if I cooked all the time it would be almost two completely different meals each time I cooked. Restaurants do this better and with less whining.)
- I am half of a mixed marriage – my undergrad degree is from Michigan State University, my husband’s from the University of Michigan.
- I’m healthier than I deserve to be.
- I have always wanted to write a book, but I don’t have the discipline to make myself do it.
- I have always told people that my mother-in-law is one of the sweetest women on earth (she is, actually). Now that we don’t live together anymore, I feel that way again. (Two women in one house really isn’t good.)
- I seem to have developed an allergy to the sun (or actually, I think it is sunscreen). It does awful things to my skin.
- I am an introvert. It has taken me almost an hour to get this far on this post because I hate having to think of things to say about me.
- I enjoy watching movies a lot.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
- I am afraid of losing my eyesight. Everything I love to do involves my eyes. I’m a visual learner. One day I realized this and the rest is history. At least I don’t let myself think about it very often.
- Public speaking. I think I’m the only one in my family who hates having a microphone in my hand. It has just always been a fear, although I have to admit teaching makes you do a lot of it. I’ve never been nervous in front of a class – just in front of everyone else in the world.
- I really can’t think of anything else I’m afraid of. Really. I have a healthy dislike of things like bees and mice, but I’m not afraid of them. Sorry. I’ve been thinking for five minutes and all I can come up with is that I have a healthy fear of the Lord, which the Bible tells me is the beginning of wisdom. But just the beginning, mind you.
3. Describe your relationship with your parents. I was sort of my mom’s kid, my sister was more my dad’s, which just sort of says I had some of my dad’s personality and my sister had more of my mom’s. This year marks the 30th year since my mom passed away. My dad passed away in 1996. So I really don’t have a current relationship with either of them. If I did, I would be scared.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
- High school is the worst time of your life. Don’t worry about it. (Don’t believe all the people who tell you it’s the best time of your life. It’s not.)
- Write. Keep writing. Never stop.
- Don’t assume you will have breast cancer because your mom did. You don’t by the time you’re 60.
- Don’t feel guilty when your sister does. It’s not your fault.
- Don’t think you have to fight the desire to be a teacher because it is not a feminist friendly job and there is a glut of teachers. It is what God created you to do and you will have a job.
- That guy is not worth it.
- Maybe you should avoid doing anything too stupid in college.
- Take the Shakespeare class from one of the profs you don’t like. It will be worth it, and you won’t take it at all if you wait for the great prof to teach it.
- You don’t have to follow all the rules.
- You’ve got your mom for another 15 years, really! Don’t worry about it so much.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
- My family, including my future son-in-law and my sister and her family.
- My friends.
- My lovely house.
Whew! That was harder than I expected.