10 More Things You Don’t Know About Me

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A couple of years ago I wrote a post called “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me.” It was kind of a lark, but I have heard from many people over the past few months about how that post really helped them connect with what I was saying. I’ve been told it made me seem more human, and showed that I was actually a person going through these things along with you. So I thought I would share another 10 things that you don’t know about me.

  1. I am a classically trained musician, who occasionally “gigs”. I have been playing flute since I was 9, and I spent a year in college as a music performance major. Until I figured out I wasn’t good enough to make a living at it. I do occasionally play weddings and such, but while the money is really, really good, the people are crazy.
  2. I once broke a toe playing Scrabble. No kidding. It was my turn, and I had to use the restroom. I tried to take out the door frame with my little toe. The door frame won.
  3. I detest shoe shopping. A friend of mine usually is the reason I shop for new shoes…she notices I need new ones, and we go shopping. During the summer I live in Birkenstocks.
  4. I don’t like peaches with the fuzz still on. I think it’s a texture thing. I have to peel them.
  5. My favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice. I first read it the summer before grade eight, and I read it at least once a year. I never tire of the story, the character development, or Austen’s way of exposing the inconsistencies present in her characters.
  6. Single reed instruments grate on my nerves. Clarinets, saxophones all get me. I suspect there is something about the overtones. Double reed instruments, like oboe, English horn and bagpipe, I love.
  7. I love ice skating. Coming from a very cold part of the country, I learned to skate almost as soon as I could walk. I own my own skates, and I try to make it over to the ice rink once or twice during the winter. As much as I love it, though, I am merely adequate. I never took lessons, and you will not see any jumps out of my skating.
  8. I do have a strong spiritual practice, and I do not talk about it. People who know me know, but acquaintances do not. I find that the United States, for all its supposed freedoms and tolerances, still has pockets of entrenched closed-minded “if you don’t belong to us you’re going to Hell.” I happen to live in one of those areas, and so I simply do not talk about it. The reason this aspect of my life never appears on the blog is because of that reticence in my daily life.
  9. I still hate vacuuming. That hasn’t changed since the last 10 Things list.
  10. I love unsweetened iced tea. This will probably be a mystery to those outside the South of the United States. Let me explain to the rest of the world: Americans take hot tea and serve it over a glass of ice. It is very refreshing. To those outside the South, there is an added feature: Southerners serve “sweet tea” which to me tastes like a glass of sugar mixed with a few ice cubes and a drop of tea. I prefer unsweet, or “Northern” tea. But then, I am a Yankee.

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  1. says

    It’s always refreshing to feel that you know someone just a little bit better. Thanks for sharing. Your openness is something to admire.

  2. Martha says

    Suggestion for #4 (peaches): I understand and agree. However, when I discovered nectarines, I never looked back. To me, they are close enough :)