On the off chance you haven’t had enough of me, May has tagged me to provide seven habits/quirks/facts about myself. Without further ado, and in no particular order:
1) I am solar powered and have to live in a sunny climate in order to thrive. After living 32 years living in one of the cloudiest, overcast parts of the U.S. (the Detroit area) I now relish the abundant sunshine available in the south Bay area of California. I swear I’m more productive, energetic and generally happier when the sun is shining.
2) On my bed stand you’ll find I enjoy reading intense nonfiction books on disease, historical figures and events, and I secretly (well, not anymore) devour with the same energy gossipy offerings like People and Us Weekly.
3) I was 35 or 36 before I first tasted asparagus. Yeah, I grew up in a household that was firmly in the canned vegetable camp and didn’t fully appreciate fresh vegetables until I stepped foot in a Whole Foods. Now I’m a fresh vegetable zealot. And on a related item, I’ve never tried guacamole and, in spite of living in California, I have no plans to do so.
4) I’m the Forest Gump of my family. Through work and other random encounters, I’ve personally met among others: Prince Philip (yes, the Queen’s husband); Lee Iacocca; Peter Graves (of the original TV series Mission Impossible fame); President Bill Clinton; Senator John McCain; Super Bowl winning Hall of Fame Football player Ronnie Lott; singers Michael McDonald (of Doobie Brothers fame) and Kenny Loggins.
5) I’ve had to wear braces: twice. Just got the damn things off for the second time 18 months ago. You want to talk embarassing try sitting in an orthodontist office with prepubscents when you’re far from it. And I was also born cross-eyed and pigeon toed, but I wasn’t by the time I was two. Here’s Mel’s cartoon version of me — there’s a striking resemblance … beginning with the glass of wine!
6) I was married on an island in the Pacific by a pastor who delivered half the service in a language I don’t understand, but it was legal.
7) My name is on a plaque in the Smithsonian Museum along with few others for a project that marked a technological breakthrough in history. Wow. Even I can hardly believe that!
Now I’d like to hear seven unusual things about: Chicklet at Blurb This; McHope at Infertility Monster; Geohde at Mission Impossible; Heather at Big P and Me; and Vee at The Sweet Life.
September 19, 2007 5:23 pm
VERY cool=) I am going to the Smithsonian Museum this weekend! I want to find your plaque!
September 19, 2007 8:16 pm
I’ve been thinking about a second round of braces. It seems unAmerican not to have perfect teeth.
Want to know more about the Smithsonian.
September 19, 2007 8:20 pm
Really?!!! But guacamole is SOOO good! It’s like green butter 🙂 Wait. That sounds gross.
I’m with you on being solar powered. When I lived in CO I actually felt better, got sick less often, and was surely happier on a surface level. How could I be unhappy in such a beautiful sunshiney setting?!? (dang i miss the west)
September 19, 2007 8:20 pm
Gloom! Doom! And Orlando Bloom! I like it!
Also, I too will have to return to braces in the near future, partly to undo the mess the first set of braces left me with. *sigh*
Thank you for doing this!
September 19, 2007 8:37 pm
Shocking news about your lack of asparagus exposure. You must have been surprised by that first pee…
September 19, 2007 9:02 pm
When I visit the in-laws in California, I am always amazed that they have avocados growing right in their backyard and can whip up a batch of fresh guacamole just on whim. You’re like a New Orleanian who has never had red beans and rice (oh wait, that was me until my senior year of high school).
September 19, 2007 9:37 pm
I had braces twice too! The second time was in college. Talk about being a big dork! Not the best way to get a date.
And my teeth are still crooked.
September 20, 2007 10:49 am
You got me!
Now that I’ve been tagged three times, I really better get my lazy A into G and rise to the challenge 🙂
It’s not going to be easy give how verbally incontinent I am on my blog about everything unusual about me!
September 20, 2007 12:12 pm
Wow, you can name-drop – including your own! Now I want to know what was so plaque-worthy.
September 20, 2007 2:50 pm
I’ve had to wear braces twice as well. Once as a teenager and once in my mid twenties. I was wearing them when I first met DH.. 🙂 I love those gossip magazines as well..
September 21, 2007 12:30 am
I’m all about the gossip rags, except I just get my fill online – about every couple hours with perez.
Thx for the tag – I’ll do this this weekend:-)
September 21, 2007 3:20 pm
Okay, I have to know — what technological invention did you help create? Tell, tell!
September 21, 2007 3:45 pm
I’m not a technologist myself but I was on the team that brought the technology to life. And I can’t tell you what it was because that would divulge my true identity (the team got loads of recognition). I’m waiting until my book is published to reveal my true identity. I prefer a thin veil of mystery for now…hey a girl’s gotta have it, right?
September 23, 2007 12:46 pm
WOWZA! You dark horse you… I’m impressed! And I’ll be waiting with baited breath to find out about that technology thingamagic. 🙂