Tuesday, July 30, 2013

All About Me

The creator of the blog Notes from the Buffer Zone has given me the Liebster Award.  Thank you!  I get to share 10 random things about myself and pass the award on to another lesser-known blog. So, before we get to me, please let me direct your attention to the mother-daughter duo at the blog Write Click.  They have a homey-yet-adventurous tone to their blog, and their photos are lovely.  Go take a peek and enjoy.

And now ten things you may not know about me:

1. Whenever I see the quotation "What would you do if you knew you would not fail?" my reply without hesitation is write a children's picture book.  A good one.  The best picture books are masterpieces of art and literature.  I love picture books and I love reading to small children, and I would love to be part of a child's introduction to the magic of books.

2. I wrote several poems that were published in a highly-regarded national children's magazine.  Someone drew illustrations to go along with my poems.  Even though this happened years ago, it is still quite thrilling to me.  

3. I have a master's degree in library science, but I graduated the semester before my school taught their first internet-related course.  I had on-the-job training for web searching.  A bunch of us librarians attended a workshop, and as we learned how to navigate Netscape, one of the older women in my group said "Well, this is certainly interesting, but I don't think the internet is for me.  I have better things to do with my time than sitting around pointing and clicking." She comes to mind as I sit around, pointing and clicking my days away.  I wonder if she is still working as a librarian? I myself am not.  I took time off when my kids were little and the profession changed when I wasn't looking.  I am not sure I fit into it any more.

4. I am envious of Beverly Cleary because she got to be a librarian in the days of old-fashioned bound indexes and card catalogs.

5. My dream career is that of Ursula Nordstrom's.

6. I am currently a freelance proofreader.  (Don't judge me by typos and errors in my blog!  I do proofread it, but I miss things from time to time, and it drives me crazy when I find the errors later!)

7. When I was a child my parents and grandparents gardened extensively and shopped at the farmer's market.  We ate fresh local food all summer long and preserved produce for eating all winter long.  One grandmother baked exclusively from scratch, and the other grandma darned our socks and knit slippers for us.  When my parents decided to put an addition on our house, my dad poured the cement, built the frame, and did all the masonry, including building a gorgeous fireplace and an entire wall made of stone.  Sometimes I am puzzled that current locavore and DIY lifestyles get sensationalized as if they are brand new phenomena.  

8. There are very few meals that make both of my children happy, but no one complains when I make a casserole that includes a can of cream of mushroom soup in the recipe.  I can serve my kids fresh vegetables and in-season fruit and try not to use processed foods, but some days I just want everyone to sit down and eat without complaining, and that's when I get out the can opener.

9.  You know those jokes about kids being picked last in gym class?  That was me.  I was picked last.  Every single time.  I was a terrible athlete!

10.  I was born with a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.  Even though I was periodically symptomatic during my childhood, it went undiagnosed until I was in my early 20s because any time I complained to an adult about my rapid heart beat, they would say "Your heart is beating fast?  That's normal when you exercise!"  The day I got the letter from the doctor telling me there was something wrong with my heart, I had two thoughts:  1) I am going to die, and 2) I need to call everyone from my high school gym class who made fun of me for needing to sit down in the middle of vigorous exercise. The delay in my diagnosis was probably a good thing, because in my childhood, treatments and cures involved medications with side effects and/or invasive (possibly open-heart) procedures, but right around the time I was diagnosed doctors were perfecting a much less invasive technique.  I was successfully treated in an outpatient procedure when I was 26 years old.