Tuesday, May 15, 2007


I've been tagged by Judy Perez to tell seven random things about myself. I have no idea what this blog game is intended to reveal, but here goes.

1. I'm an Okie from Muskogee. Well, I spent four years there anyway, roughly fourth through eighth grade. Honestly, I am an Okie by birth, but I escaped as soon as feasible.

2. I read everything EVERYWHERE, including shampoo bottles in the bathroom and cereal labels at the table. I often have half a dozen books in progress at once. I love science fiction or fantasy, murder mysteries, education, history and, of course, art. Right now, I'm reading "A Short History of Everything," "The Blue Djinn of Babylon," "How to Read a Book," "Why Gender Matters," "The Art of Painting on Glass," "Prince of Dogs," and "Great Expectations."

3. Ice cream is my favorite food. Even in the snow. Or even made of snow.

4. Either full soaking wet or completely dry is fine, but I hate to be damp. I LOATHE water rides!

5. My suburban neighbors call upon me to identify scary critters and talk them out of wielding weapons. I've fished snakes out of pools, relocated tarantulas, and recognized the wild turkey in the front yard. Last week we had a four foot rat snake. I have no sympathy whatsoever for scorpions.

6. I have vivid memories of my grandparents' farm: a wood stove for cooking outside in the summer, a wringer washing machine, an acre garden plot, catching chickens for mom and the aunts to fry for dinner, eating legs from frogs my cousin shot with his BB gun at the pond, and watching a tornado approach while hoping to avoid ducking into the snake infested cellar.

7. Sewing was a necessity for me. I was 5'11" tall long before the days of internet shopping. The only pants that were ever long enough when I was young were the ones I made for myself. I haven't made a stitch of clothing in twenty years.