This is a bit of a detour from where I thought I was going yesterday.
Just read Elizabeth Anne‘s blog where she took this from Joanna who was following Jessica‘s lead … and there the trail grows cold but it’s definitely going around the Campaigner circle. The idea is to post ten random facts about yourself, in order to get to know each other.
I’ve done this on facebook, where I love this particular meme, and if you’ve followed my blog you pretty much know a lot about me already because I’m an unapologetic “sharer.” I want to be known. And I want to know other people, too. It’s all about figuring out how the world works and how we all interlock.
So here are my ten random facts, many directly inspired by the facts I’ve read about others.
– I love using chopsticks (just like Joanna). When I use them in restaurants featuring Asian cuisine, I feel it honors the people whose culture I’m sharing. But it also shows that I’ve mastered the technique, that I’m open-minded enough to have tried something different. That’s important to me.
– I’m halfway to earning my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I’m not doing this so much to compete with others, as I am doing it as a test of my own endurance. It’s a physical challenge, and physical things have never been my strongest suit.
– I love exploring my own genealogy. I am in fact using my own ancestors as characters in a piece of historical fiction I’m doodling around with. I love finding famous people I’m connected with. I don’t so much love finding out I’m related to infamous people. But I’ll bet we all are, if we just did some digging.
– I collect mugs. Mostly from places I travel to, but also as souvenirs from concerts and restaurants and Big Theatrical Productions, and also mugs featuring witty little life sayings I feel need to be displayed as reminders. And each morning I spend a few moments choosing *just the right mug* to put my coffee in to set the mood of the day. It’s a wonderful part of my morning routine.
– I’m an “early adopter” in many things. I have always been the one to introduce new technology/music/ideas to my friends. Yet I am an idiot when it comes to setting such technology up. I never did quite understand the Fax Machine. Stereo systems scare me, and if my printer quits talking to my computer … man, time to call in the resident Teenage Boy to fix it. That, and small gasoline engines. Ugh.
– Last year I traveled alone around Europe, from Paris through Germany to Prague (where I met friends) and then on to Zurich and Milan, Italy (where I saw my favorite band, MUSE, in concert) and then back to Paris. I’m pretty fearless that way. Perhaps I should be more afraid. But then life wouldn’t be as rich and fun.
– I was a pretty fearful kid. My motto has changed though, from my mother’s “be careful of what can hurt you!” to “I don’t want to live with the regret of not doing something because I was too afraid.” I like my new motto sooo much better.
– I am completely comfortable being alone with my own head. In fact, I can’t read while traveling unless I have to get something read and that’s the only time I have to do it. I love just looking out the window at the world going by.
– I love the taste of wheat. I’ve recently come to the conclusion that I’m gluten-intolerant. This sucks.
– My bucket list includes lots of physical challenges that I need to do just to prove to myself how strong I am. Jumping into an icy lake on New Years Day was on the list. It is now checked off. Riding in a hot air balloon (I’m afraid of heights) is also checked off. Running a mini-triathlon is still on the list. Walking a great distance over many days is still on the list.
Jumping out of an airplane is not. I’m not crazy, no matter what my motto says!
Can’t wait to read yours!