Fellow blogger Nancy Stordahl at Nancy's Point is a writer whose work I both respect and enjoy reading. Her latest post was a fun one that just begged to be followed up on. She shared 15 random facts about herself and encouraged readers to join in and do the same. I didn't take the opportunity the first time she did this last year, but it grabbed me this year.
So I started my list yesterday morning after reading her post and here is what I came up with:
1. Ice cream always soothes me.
2. With the exception of Clay County, Iowa where I lived for 6 years, every other county I have
resided in has a name of Native American origin: Minnehaha, Poweshiek, Winnebago, Dakota,
Black Hawk, and Winneshiek.
3. I am the youngest of 8 sisters. I also have 5 brothers.
4. I didn't travel by air until I was 30.
5. My favorite hangover "cure" in my drinking days was an ice cold Mountain Dew.
6. I was going to keep my maiden name, until I met Mr. Valentine.
7. When I started teaching, I took so many notes to prepare for lessons/lectures that callouses
developed on my right index and middle finger. (No computer for me then.) It took years for the callouses to go away.
8. It can take me weeks to read a book-I tend to fall asleep quickly. Not bored, just tired.
9. My "favorite" household chores since childhood have been sweeping/vacuuming floors
and making beds.
10. A couple of my favorite T.V. series over the years have been Cheers and Sex and the City.
11. When alone in my car, the radio is often LOUD.
12. I love consignment store and clearance rack shopping.
13. From an early age, I was a collector. Things I have collected include rocks, matchbooks, and wedding napkins. (Those last two would be harder to collect today wouldn't they?)
14. I had my first cell phone (a flip phone) for 7 years. Who does that anymore?
15. I like the jokes on Laffy Taffy.
It was fun to think about random things as I went about my business of the day. It wasn't too hard to come up with 15. When done, it amounts to a gratitude list of a different kind. Life is interesting. We are each interesting.
Thanks for the idea Nancy! Who else wants to join in?