Saturday, February 24, 2007

Five Things You Don't Know About Me

Well, I was just "tagged" by my fellow blogger Elizabeth, to list out five things that people may not know about me. This is a hard task, since some of you who read this blog have known me practically forever, but I'll give it a shot.

1. One of my favorite songs is "Blue Moon" by the Marcels. I once called the local oldies radio station to request it, and the DJ said "Are you even old enough to know that song?" (I was about 10 years old) and I was so offended. When most kids my age were listening to Bon Jovi, Debbie Gibson, Wham! etc. I was listening to the Del Vikings, Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers. Quiz me on an old fifties song in the comments; I bet you I know it. ;-)

2. I missed my 8th grade graduation, by choice. When I was in 8th grade, my team won a state scholastic competition and we went to the nationals in Washington D.C. (Yeah, I was a total nerd.) I had to miss 8th grade graduation to go, and my friends gave me much grief over it, but I didn't even care. I got to see an original Renoir painting at the National Museum of Art (among other things). That whole trip is one big happy memory for me.

3. I didn't go to my Senior Prom. In fact, I never went to any dance or prom. I went to a rock concert the night of my Junior Prom and had a blast. I never understood why people wanted to pay to get dressed up and stand around and whisper about each other the whole night (who was there with who, who was dressed in what, etc.) If they'd been 50's dancing or swing dancing (ah -back in the day when dancing used to actually be fun) I would have been there with bobby socks on!

4. I was an EXTREMELY shy kid. I was one of those kids who, if you just said "hello" to me, I'd hide behind my mother's legs. Didn't get much better as I got older. I preferred to just sit in a corner and listen, taking it all in. Besides, I was teased and picked on already by kids because of the way I looked, so I felt like opening my mouth, and risk saying something stupid, would just give them more ammunition. I almost failed a history class (regardless of perfect "A's" on all tests and homework) because I wouldn't participate in class discussion. I still feel that shy now, especially when I'm in new situations or around new people - I clam up.

5. I illustrated a children's book when I was 16 years old. It never got published, but I did the artwork for every single page. It was a story about a boy who couldn't get rid of his hiccups. A guy who was trying to break into children's books wrote the story, and he was referred to me by an art teacher. At one point, that was my goal in life, to write and illustrate children's books. It's still something I think about doing.

Well, that ended up being a trip down memory lane! Most of you already know the more current "interesting things" about me, so we had to take a trip to the past. Hope you enjoyed reading them!

Now...I'm going to tag...