Step right up, y'all and take a look at today's featured attraction. Little known facts will be shared... some interesting, some shocking, some downright embarrassing.
So grab some cotton candy, put down your sparklers and be prepared to be dazzled with the brilliance that is... ME!
(Stop laughing and enjoy, 'kay...)
1. I’m a second generation native Floridian on both the maternal and paternal sides. Yes, we do exist. I’m proud of my state, weird as it may be, and as much as I bitch and moan about the heat and lack of seasons, I cannot imagine living anywhere else. (I’m also a third generation graduate of the University of Florida...GO GATORS!!!)
2. I hate snakes. Snakes are the debil -- just read Genesis and the story of Adam and Eve in case you had any doubts. Can’t even stand to see them on TV, much less in person. Needless to say, I don’t watch a lot of Animal Planet. Will sings a little song about picking up baby bumblebees/puppy dogs/kitty cats/etc. His favorite verse is about the baby rattlesnake, which he sings over and over, complete with the Ssssssss sound effects. Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor...
3. I’m not a big fan of chocolate. I don’t dislike it, but I also don’t go out of my way to find it -- no chocoholic tendencies here. Now, caramel and/or pralines are a complete other story... a praline from Aunt Sally’s in New Orleans is a little bit of heaven as far as I’m concerned.
4. I can’t drive a stick shift. I have a recurring nightmare in which there’s some sort of emergency and I’m the only one who can drive to safety and the only vehicle available is a stick. I also have a recurring nightmare about trying to drop a class in college before the drop period ends and not being able to find the administration building. Thank goodness the two scenarios have never collided into one Super Nightmare. Yet.
5. I have never seen one single episode of Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m the only person I know who can make this claim, by the way.
6. I didn’t see snow in earnest until I was 35 years old. (See fun fact #1 for a logical explanation of this.) I’d seen the fake stuff on some ski excursions to NC in my youth and there are photos of me as a toddler, posing with my parents next to a patch of snow in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But see drifts and drifts of the powdery stuff -- not until just a few years ago. I did it right, though -- in Park City, Utah. That was totally some serious snow. And I loved it. Although I quickly discovered that I’m better at apres ski then actual skiing. One day of lessons. It wasn’t pretty.
7. I would rather speak in front of a group of 100+ people than go to a cocktail party where I know only one or two people. Public speaking = love and thrive. Small talk = terrifying and paralyzing. I have been known to decline invitations to great parties because of this. Help...
8. My happy place is my kitchen. I love to cook and read about cooking and think about cooking. My home library has well over 100 cookbooks. I would never want to be a professional chef or caterer, though. I’m content being a fairly proficient home cook, thank you very much. Although I do wish my knife skills were better...
9. I’ve never broken a bone, never had the chicken pox or other such afflictions and still have my tonsils. Quite the medical marvel, aren’t I?
10. I’ve not seem my natural hair color in 15 years. Underneath the colorworks on my lovely locks, I’m probably 60-75 percent grey. Yep. Premature greying runs in the family -- just not ready to go there yet.
11. I almost failed kindergarten because I couldn’t tie my shoes. Seriously.
12. I took piano lessons for 10 years. You’d never know it now, because I didn’t keep up with it, but for a while there, I was pretty darn mediocre. My double-jointed pinky was a real issue, as it kinked up after playing for longer than 20 minutes. However, I can still read music pretty well and can plunk out a tune one-handed, which comes in handy with the Choir Urchins (sidebar fun fact: I direct the 4 & 5 year old choir at my church. Most challenging -- and rewarding -- 45 minutes of my week. Just you wait for the stories...)
13. I won money betting on sporting events -- when I was in middle school. Used to throw my lunch coin into the ring with the boys for the World Series and Super Bowl pools. Did OK with the baseball -- GO REDS! -- but got creamed when it came to football. Stupid Vikings. Damn Raiders. Haven’t bet on sports since.
But I am thinking about doing the Fantasy Football thing, if I can find some cohorts in crime who are interested... hint!