Wednesday, 20 June 2012
This is me.
These are fifteen random and rambling facts about me.
- I am in a blogging slump. Not because I don't have anything to say, but because I'm tired and busy and this is an emotionally difficult time of year for me. I've started a few posts and deleted them or left them unfinished in a file. I'll eventually get my groove back.
- The older I get, the more joy I find in simple things. Every night I write down one thing that brought me joy and one thing for which I was grateful during that day. The joys are all simple ones; a sunny day, geocaching with a friend, a hike with my family, riding my bike, going to a movie with my husband, wildflowers in a ditch, fireflies in the backyard, sunset over the lake. I'm the cheapest date in the history of the world.
- I love road trips. I especially love road trips to places I haven't been before. I love finding cool little places off the beaten track, which is one of the things I enjoy most about geocaching.
- I enjoy cemeteries, especially old cemeteries. I like the peacefulness and, in some cases, the spookiness of them. I like to look over the headstones and get a sense of the history of the area.
- I think of time as already complete; a panorama of past, present and future that is all happening at once. And sometimes I think the past and the future bump into the present and some people can sometimes sense it.
- I am one of those people. My grandmother was one of those people. My daughter is one of those people. Of the three of us, that awareness is strongest in my daughter.
- I think that people who get their panties in a twist over "Xanga Drama" need to experience a little real life drama and get some perspective. Bullying and stalking aside, Xanga Drama is mostly childish bids for attention. Some people need to unplug and go outside to play for a while.
- I am in the act of procrastination. Xanga is great for that. I should be in the kitchen sterilizing jars and measuring sugar and mashing blackberries, but it's hot and I'd much rather be eating ice cream. So instead of doing what I should be doing or what I want to be doing, I'm blogging. (There's still a pretty fair chance that ice cream will be eaten, though.)
- I have been doing some volunteer work for the Red Cross. There's a 99.9% chance that your local Red Cross chapter needs volunteers. If you don't want to bother with training to assist in disasters, you can always volunteer to go in once a week to answer the phone. I am doing both. I am pretty close to finishing my disaster training and becoming a DAT (Disaster Action Team) member with a vest and everything.
- I love water. Oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, puddles... I love how it looks and feels and sounds. I love the way it reflects the world around it, whether it's trees reflected in a puddle, or the sky making an entire ocean look blue. Water, to me, is a miracle.
- I only have a few stray strands of gray hair on my head, but my eyebrows are going gray much faster. I have my hair dyed a warm copper color, pretty close to my natural brown. When I have it done, I have my stylist put some of the dye on my eyebrows. I had my hair done today and my husband told me my eyebrows look "almost neon; kind of like a leprechaun."
- I have a quirky, offbeat sense of humor. I love quirky, offbeat movies like Joe Vs. the Volcano, O Brother Where Art Thou, Strictly Ballroom, and The Hudsucker Proxy. I also think having almost neon, kind of leprechaunish eyebrows is rather awesome.
- My husband and I have been married for 31 years, 9 months and 5 days. We have a beautiful and talented daughter who is 27 years old. My husband and daughter are both on xanga. @Bookmark61 and @joyouswind
- I am reading The Dresden Files book series. When I try to describe these books to people, even I am shocked that I've been enjoying them so much. Wizards, vampires, faeries, demons, Knights of the Cross, werewolves... Pretty much the entire spectrum of fantasy, horror and fairy tale characters can be found in the books and it all sounds pretty corny when you try to talk about them, but they are good reads and I'm sad to be nearing the end of the published series.
- I like old things and retro things. When I finally go in the kitchen and start mashing the blackberries, I will be doing it with an antique wooden potato masher. I use ladies' vintage handkerchiefs. I got an awesome retro bicycle for Mother's Day. I enjoy modern conveniences and technology, but I love the look and feel of old stuff.
So that's fifteen things about me. Nothing exciting or shocking or very surprising. I'll end with a deep and relevant question. Should I make the jam and then eat the ice cream, or eat the ice cream and then make the jam?
UPDATE: I made the jam first. Then I rewarded myself with a shower. Then I ate the ice cream.