10 Things About Me

Because my brain (and maybe yours) needs a little not-too-strenuous summer fun, and because I’m sure you’ve just been itching {ha!} to know weird and obscure facts about me, I now present:

10 facts you won’t find on my “About” page:

1) I love veggies.

As in, I’m ridiculously fond of them: Home grown tomatoes; grilled corn on the cob; fresh avocado with tortilla chips. I’m salivating just thinking about ’em! I’d take snap peas with hummus over chocolate cake [almost] any time, and always over most fruit. Possible exception: fresh-picked blueberries from my own blueberry bushes!

2) I make my bed first thing when I get up.

Every. Single. Day.
(Usually even before I go to the bathroom!)

3) I have a weird talent for finding four-leaf clovers.

My mom has always been able to do that, too. I see them even as I walk by, without specifically searching. I think this freakish talent is related to why clutter and messes makes me so crazy.
4-leaf clover

4) I wanted to be a bat.

When I was little I wanted to be a bat because they fly and they hang upside down, but they’re still mammals. For the record, I did specify being a fruit bat so I didn’t have to eat bugs or drink blood. (This one may weirdly be related to #5 below.)

5) I’m really popular — with mosquitoes.

Right in the middle of the day, during the brief time it took me to pick a spot to plant a hydrangea, I got more than a dozen mosquito bites. So I tried one of the companies advertising “mosquito-free yard” spray; the verdict is still out on how effective it’s been but I’m not playing the eaten-by-mosquitoes game any more this summer!

6) I have a lot of cousins.

Especially if you start counting second and third cousins. I’ve joked that just about everyone in Georgia is my cousin, and I think I’m only slightly exaggerating. It never occurred to me to be bothered or lonely growing up as an an only child because I had a steady supply of almost-siblings to play with. I’m blessed to still have most of them living close by and I see them more often than some people see their siblings.

7) I’m a biker.

Well, sort of. I am licensed to drive a motorcycle. I did own a motorcycle in my pre-parenting years. But I haven’t owned a motorcycle or even been riding in more than a decade — so maybe I’m a retired biker?

8) I learned to shoot a gun when I was two.

When I was born, we lived in a town slightly infamous for a law requiring residents to own a gun. That was never a problem for my dad. So he taught me to shoot at age two. Granted, my dad did have to hold the barrel of the 22 rifle I first used, but I was a darn good shot. It’s been a long time since I went shooting, but last time I went, I was still a darn good shot.

9) I was a movie star.

Ok, not really. But I have been an extra in a movie. It was super-cool to see all the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into making movies.

10) I was in an NBA commercial.

Because I’m such an amazing basketball player. OK, again, not really. I was one of a swarm of swing-dancers in a commercial for the NBA featuring “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” swing band.