1. I'm so glad the world didn't end yesterday, because today is my birthday. I have to use a calculator to figure out how old I am, because I've lost track. Seriously, I pretty much stopped counting or caring after about 45. And I'm really bad at math.
2. I used to be a journalist for a trade publication called Network World. (Check out the link and tell me that isn't the most tedious stuff you've ever read.)
3. I have one son, and one daughter-in-law.
|Me in my 20s with my new-born son. How about those eyeglasses?|
4. I've been married to the same man, the infamous Nigel (who is English), for 31 years. We met at a Dungeons and Dragons game, and I waited the entire night for him to drop the obviously fake English accent. Nigel has two qualities that I cherish -- he makes me laugh, and he makes me think. I'm not quite sure what quality I have that makes him keep coming home to me at night. I don't know what strange course my life would have taken if I hadn't married him, but I know I wouldn't be the same person.
5. I have a pallid little Princess Ariel soprano singing voice. I wish I could sing like Bette Midler. (I don't have a Princess Ariel body). I sing in the car and the shower now, and nothing else.
6. I used to be active in community theater, and played several roles that I loved -- Betty Meeks in The Foreigner, Aunt Abigail in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Arlene in the musical Baby.
|That's me on the right in red, playing Aunt Abby in Arsenic and Old Lace, looking so much older than my years (I hope)|
7. Besides acting, I used to do lots of other behind-the-scenes stuff in community theater, everything from costuming to props to stage managing.
8. I wanted very much to be a fiction writer when I was young. Actually, I guess I still do. But I can't seem to finish anything I start (other than nice, short blog posts with lots of pictures).
9. I majored in English Language and Literature, and went to Gordon College, a small Christian liberal arts college in Wenham, MA.
|Me on Graduation Day|
10. I like to cook, read, make crafts, garden (of course), and I used to like to sew. I probably do still like to sew, but I haven't done anything except hem pants and sew buttons in several years. (I made wedding dresses and bridesmaid's gowns for two of my nieces.) I also made my son a silver lame tuxedo with tails to wear to the junior prom. It went very well with his purple and green hair.
|My beautiful niece on her wedding day wearing the dress I made for her.|
|Two of her bridesmaids wearing the Wedgewood Blue silk dupioni dresses I made.|
12. I've been happier living in Washington state than I ever was living in Massachusetts. But I do miss my family who are all back east.
13. For the most part, I don't drink alcohol and for the whole part, I don't smoke. But I sure do like to eat.
14. I love cats, and I'm afraid of big dogs. And medium-sized dogs. And little dogs who bark a lot. Except for my son's cute little doggies, Lily and Stewart. They are exempt. Plus, they're not yappy.
15. I was a hard-core Trekkie, back in the 60s. I still remember watching the first episode about the salt vampire.
|A school photo from the 60s. I loved paisley back then. I think everyone did.|
16. I've never gone skiing. I don't want to, either. Throwing myself off a mountain on two bent pieces of wood doesn't sound like fun.
17. I used to like horse-back riding. I haven't ridden a horse since the late 80s, when I fell off one. I was riding at DisneyWorld, and something spooked the horses while we were crossing an open field, and they all ran out of control. Just about everyone fell off, so I didn't feel so bad. DisneyWorld gave me a big gift basket of fruit to make up for it.
|Me at DisneyWorld, having a different kind of animal encounter, in a really crazy Hawaiian shirt.|
18. I'd rather have a tooth pulled than to have to talk on the telephone. I'm an introvert, and my hearing is bad (I have tinnitus), so making out words on the phone is a challenge.
Now you probably know as much about me as just about anyone I can call a friend. Wheeeee!