Ok, I’ve been tagged by Joeymom of Life with Joey to tell you eight things about myself. Can’t imagine anything more boring to others but…one never knows!
1. Let others know who tagged you.
2. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
3. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.
4. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.
So…whaddaya wanna know about l’il ol me??
1. I’ve lived in eight different states but have returned to my hometown. I’ve lived in DE, NJ, PA, NY, MA, OH, LA, and CA…only ONE of those was exclusively for college. The rest I actually lived and worked. My favorites? CA, NY, MA.
2. I am a classically trained singer. I lived in NYC for a while and tried my hand (er, um, voice) at Broadway and got as far as some call-backs for touring shows. I’ve sung in non-professional opera companies, community theaters, cabarets, and done recitals at the NY Public Library. I learned all my music by ear…couldn’t read music well-enough to save my life…until AFTER I left NYC! Now, my primary audience is a 3 1/2 year old critic who HATES when I sing anything but kids’ songs or stuff from Mary Poppins! (Hey kid, people used to pay money to hear your mama sing you know…)
3. I am hopelessly, shamelessly addicted to Regency-era romance novels (think Stephanie Laurens, Georgette Hyer, etc.). Hey, my life is stressful enough every day — when I want to get away from it all I want to get as far away as possible!
4. I went to a Quaker school in high school. I was the fifth generation in my family to do so. I am not a practicing Quaker.
5. When I was 15 I went to Italy as part of a national youth chorus. We sang for the Pope.
6. I have a degree in broadcast journalism and even won a few awards in college for my reporting. I’ve never worked a day in my life as a PAID journalist! LOL
7. Since I was a high school student, I always wanted to work with disabled kids. It took me along time to get there —I even took some early childhood ed courses toward a second degree while living in CA (didn’t finish b/c I got pregnant w/Nik). Be careful what you wish for, it has a funny way of coming true —just not in the way you envisioned!
8. In spite of my outspokenness on topics about which I am passionate, and my willingness to make a fool of myself in front of total strangers (see #2 & #5), I hate large gatherings of people. I can address my state senate but cannot make small-talk at a cocktail party.
In fact, I hate talking about myself at all! This was a hard meme for me to do…which is why I did it. Every once in a while it’s good to stretch outside my comfort zone.
Some people I’d like to know more about:
1. TJ’s Mom over at One March Day. She always has good stuff at her place. Sometimes it is funny and entertaining, sometimes poignant and very moving. Always a good read.
2. Mom to JBG from Hoop Dee Doo and PDD. I only recently discovered her blog and am in awe of the fact that she has three small kids, two with autism, and she not only manages to write but she keeps it very real!
3. Gretchen, Henry’s mom, writes on her eponymous blog (I’ve been longing to use that word!). I feel like she could be the mom down the street that I’d like to get to know better and hang out with.
4. Jennifer Graf Groneberg, writes about life with her beautiful family on Pinwheels with such exquisite coloring that I find myself feeling things much more keenly after reading her posts. I usually read her blog last in the day because it is so wonderful. Truly. Do yourself a favor and go there now.
5. I first found Vicki Forman through a link on Mom-NOS.’ site I was hooked and can’t wait to see what she’s written each month in her Special Needs Mama column on Literary Mama. I am jealous that another of my favorites, Kristen (From Here to There and Back), got to meet her in person today.
6. That would be Kristen, mentioned above. We’ve been emailing a bit and I wish we loved close enough to get together for coffee. She is a very talented writer with a gift for thoughtful expression and warmth.
7. Christine, at Day Sixty-Seven. I found her blog recently and have been following closely the exploits of her sons, her recent embarking upon a new teaching (ad)venture with her son, Oliver, and waiting to read about her new career choice. She writes with raw honesty and lots of humor. And she doesn’t have a brain tumor!
8. My final choice is selfish —I miss reading her posts lately — the ubiquitous Mom-NOS! I mean, I know she loves Palmer Cartney, mows a mean lawn, and breaks for music…but I want more! (Please??) 🙂