I’m feeling a little guilty because no one has posted anything here for a while (and our last post was even a guest post — thanks Beatrice!). But I’m also pretty much incapable of higher thought function at the moment, so you get to read some more random nothingness. There has recently been a fad on facebook where you post 25 random facts about yourself. I joined in, mostly because I had enjoyed reading what other people wrote so much. I thought I would share my list with you as well, and I would love to get to know all of you better by hearing some random facts about your life.
1. I’ve belonged to a moms group for over a year and have yet to go to a meeting. They have, however, given me lots of great ideas for things to do with the fam.
2. I write novels. Or I try to, at least. Someday I’ll actually finish one, and then we’ll see if I can get it published. (I’m about halfway through the current one, but I’m kind of stuck as real life has been bogging me down recently.)
3. My oldest son has autism. It can be a struggle (for him and us), but he’s doing better all the time, and he’s a really fun kid.
4. I hate grocery shopping with a passion. Actually, I hate most shopping (other than book shopping), but grocery shopping is the worst. That might be because I can’t avoid it nearly as well as I can the rest (though I still make my husband do a lot of it).
5. The bed in my guest room is one continual (huge) pile of laundry. At least it’s clean laundry.
6. I have seen the movie Cars hundreds of times (literally – really, I’m not exaggerating). It still doesn’t get on my nerves, which has got to make it about the best movie ever made.
7. I blog (on the bloggernacle, for anyone who knows what that is). Anonymously, on a group blog, which is more fun for me. I like blogs largely for their discussions.
8. I majored in anthropology and (kind of) minored in computer science in college. I got funny looks both places for it, but I enjoyed the diversity.
9. I also took a lot of classes just for fun, and they ran the gamut, too – history of us foreign policy, shakespeare, german literature (in german), quantum physics, differential equations in calculus…
10. I took an electrical engineering digital systems lab for fun that was the bane of the EE majors. Everyone in the class nearly fell off their stools when they found out I didn’t _have_ to be there. It was one of the best classes I ever took. I was lab partners with my roommate and best friend, and every week we got together, had dinner, watched Gilmore Girls and put together our circuit.
11. I bond with my siblings and father by playing facebook word games with them. We’re actually quite good, if I do say so myself.
12. In high school my friends and I would get together every Friday night and watch X-Files together. We might have been a little dorky, but we had fun and there was no drinking involved (I was the only Mormon), which is pretty impressive.
13. My parents never gave me a curfew in high school. Whenever I asked when I should be home my dad would reply by saying, “When do you _think_ you should be home?” I generally set a time an hour past my friends’ curfew, because then even if we were running a little late I’d still be home early.
14. The first time my dad ever tried to set a curfew for me was on New Years Eve when I was a senior in college and just home for Christmas break. There was no way I was going to let him start setting curfews at that late date, and I told him so. I got home about 10 minutes after the curfew. My fiancé (now husband, and we’d just gotten “unofficially engaged” the day before and hadn’t told anyone yet) was stressed out by this, since he wanted to make a good impression on my dad, but I didn’t let that stop me.
15. Oh yes, we got engaged 5 days after we started dating, and 10 days after our first date. It was completely insane (which I was fully aware of at the time), but it’s worked out pretty well anyway.
16. We kept it a secret at first because I was way too embarrassed to admit I’d gotten engaged that quickly. We didn’t have to worry about family approval, though – my dad had told me I could marry DH about 6 months before I ever even spoke to him. It was kind of random, but hey, that’s my dad.
17. If I tease you, it means I like you. My whole family’s kind of that way.
18. I can’t whistle. Even though I play the flute. It’s really not the same thing at all.
19. I’m extremely allergic to coffee. Or at least the smell of it, which gives me horrible migraines. (I’ve never actually ingested any, so I don’t know how I would react.) I can’t be in an enclosed space with a cup of coffee – in high school I would have to ask my teachers to get rid of it or give me a note to the nurse’s office (they were generally willing to finish it or throw it out, though I think I went to the nurse’s office at least once).
20. In high school I read a book a day. It wasn’t that hard, considering I read through most of my classes, which I got away with because I could read and still pay attention.
21. I used to be a member of the SCA (that’s the Society for Creative Anachronism). I’d like to be again, sometime, when my kids are a little older. I especially miss the dancing (and if there was a dance guild around here, I’d do that even if I didn’t make it to events).
22. In college I worked at a museum. When I tell people that, they usually get the wrong impression of what I did, because the museum was closed the entire 3 years I worked there. I worked in the collections department, and I spent my time inventorying, packing, and then unpacking artifacts. It was pretty much the best job ever (especially since my co-workers were awesome). I’d love to do it again some day.
23. I remember music and lyrics amazingly well, but not the titles of songs or the names of bands. I can sing you an entire song, but if you ask me what song it is, I’ll shrug helplessly. (This has gotten very slightly better recently, as our van has one of those displays on it’s radio that tells you the title and artist of the song while it’s playing. I used to make my coworker John perform this service in college.)
24. My recurring nightmare is that I’m in high school, it’s almost the end of my senior year, and I realize I haven’t been going to classes all semester and I’m probably not going to graduate. This is a very strange dream to have, considering it’s been many years since high school and there was never any chance I wouldn’t graduate. But hey, who knows about that strange subconscious?
25. I love light rain, and overcast sweater weather. I think I’d love living in the northwest (of course, my husband would hate it).
26. My husband and I don’t agree on anything. Really.
27. In high school I contracted an unidentified virus (I think) that gave me Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. For 6 months I slept 17 hours a day. I don’t sleep that much any more, but I still need a lot of sleep.
(Yes, I know there are more than 25. I started typing some up, and when I went back to number them I realized I’d come up with 27. I decided to just leave them all in, ’cause I’m rebellious like that.)