With only a few days to go before the dreaded wrist surgery that will surely leave me helpless and insane, here are some random items I thought you should know. I hope you’ll make your own List ‘o Randomness and send it to me. I’ll feature it … you … while I’m recovering.
- When I was three I learned to skip.
- When I was four I got sick and was bedridden for the next five years.
- When I was seven I thought I was Nancy Drew and if someone would only let me out of bed, I’d prove it.
- When I was nine I wanted to be a nurse — in Africa.
- We didn’t have a television until I was twelve.
- We also didn’t have a car and either walked or took the bus. You could do that in Portland.
- I sucked at Latin and probably should have taken Spanish.
- My husband and children are the greatest people I know.
- Until they figured me out, I got to sit with my camera on the floor of a Phoenix Suns game, a press badge clipped to my shirt, a ridiculous grin on my face.
- Everything I’ve published has been by accident, by coincidence or very much unintended.
- Among other things, I survived a brain tumor.
- I’ve been bald twice and am now working on the third and final balding of my dear little head.
- Of the poets and novelists I’ve met, every single one is kind, gracious … and if you look closely (just around the eyes) you can see they’re each still stunned at their good fortune to be published writers.
- Being an intentional writer is very different from an accidental word-flinger. Just look at the sorry state of my query letters for proof of this statement.
- I once caught a large stream trout with two feet of string, a hook and a salmon egg, thoroughly enraging my ex-hubby and all his fancy fishing gear. Now you know why he’s my ex – one, for leaving me at the edge of a stream with nothing but a piece of string, and two, for being mad at me for catching a fish with that silly piece of string.
- I’m suspicious of anyone who has black-and-white, my-way-or-the-highway answers to complex questions.
- I love Seattle except when it rains … and rains … and rains.
- Bunnies cavort in my yard.
- I’d rather eat my own eyeballs than have to choke down a bowl of good-for-me oatmeal.
- I limp.
- I’m blessed with life, love, good friends, excellent doggies and all the boxed wine I can consume now and then.
- If you add a drop of chocolate to your Starbucks nonfat, no foam latte, it removes the bitter taste.
- The older I get, the more I’m amazed at how the body manages all its little symbiotic cellular relationships.
- I share my birthday with Edgar Allen Poe … and Dolly Parton.
- I thoroughly believe any new president needs more than a week and a half in office before people start picking on him.
#25, I agree. I did not vote for him, but he is the PRESIDENT! I will support him and the office he holds to the best of my ability. As long as he doesn’t make a total mess of everything, then he deserves my support and the support of us all!
You, Sir, are a very honorable man. We each voted for our personal pick, but had Senator McCain become our 44th President, I would have supported him with my best just as you. These are complicated times with no simple answers. I pray for our new President and I pray for us all.
Thank you for your kind comment. I’m honored to know you as a fellow writer, but mostly as a true friend!
#24—I share my birthday with Queen Victoria!
Queen Victoria? Offhand, I’d say that’s why you’re such a stand-up guy. Anyone who shares a birthday with a Queen is stellar if you believe such things.
1. When I was 7, I spent a month in bed with Mono. My grandma brought me a box with 30 wrapped presents–one for every day. I miss her.
2. When I was growing up, I wanted to be a brain surgeon. My teenage fear of cadavers and math kept me from it.
3. I hate it when people sum up the total of a person with a glance. Especially doctors to their patients.
4. Motherhood is the hardest job in the world–even when you are bad at it.
5. I’ve never had good hair and when I was little, I used to wrap my head in a huge army green towel–turban style–hanging down my back, and pretend I was CHER
6. I also feel that my husband and children are the greatest people I have ever known.
7. I was born on my grandparents anniversary. Their first granddaughter.
8. I am way too crazy about dogs.
9. A bachelors degree in Psychology will get you a job at the mall.
10. The more I learn, the less I realize I know. Unlike when I was 13 and knew everything.
11. I am glad I know you.