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Thursday, December 20, 2007


I've been tagged by the creative Jen at The Fabled Needle. I'm supposed to tell you 10 weird/interesting facts about myself. Maybe it's just me, but I found this really hard to write - I'm just not terribly weird .... and it's crazy busy around here! I'm sure it would have been much easier to write from a tranquil, relaxing oasis like the one pictured below.
(The Reception by Frederick John Lewis, 1873 from The Scented Salamander)

Here goes:

1) Spent my formative young years being raised abroad in Japan and Hong Kong. America was a completely foreign country to me when I moved here. I thought Americans were strange because every day at school the kids would stand up suddenly in eerie silence, orient to the corner of the room with military precision, and start chanting in unison. What the?? What on earth were they doing?????? After a few weeks it was explained to me that they were chanting to a flag up near the ceiling - oh yeah - like THAT made it seem any less bizarre!

Rest assured, I am quiet capable of doing the Pledge of Allegiance now :)

2) I can bake breads & desserts like a diva, but if it's not something floury & sugary from the oven.. better get take out because everything else will be both burned and soupy. My husband, a gourmet cook, always wonders how you can both burn food and have it a liquid mush. I tell him it takes a special brand of talent :)

3) Buttons, especially cool carved vintage ones, make me happy.

4) I've been to Stonehenge.

5) My New Year's Wish every year is the deepest desire that every animal in a shelter find a happy home with a loving family.

5) I fell for the S. Morgensteen plot device in the Princess Bride. If you've read the book (NOT the movie) and want to be shocked go here. (it's about halfway down the page)

6) I'm a sap for historical costume movies.

7) I am a book addict. Cheerfully addicted with no plans to reform. Before I had children I read 10-20 books a week. Now that I have children I still read, it's just Chicken Little and Winnie the Pooh now :) An adult book is a rare luxury so I try to make sure it's a great one. Anybody have a great book recommendation?

8) I built my backyard patio almost entirely by myself. Lugged 50 lb. pavers from Home Depot, dug the ground, prepared the crushed rock and sand base, laid the pavers levelly and with the proper tilt for drainage! Those stones were heavy, but what a feeling of accomplishment. Girl power!!!

9) I have a whole cupboard full of yarn for which I have no plans. Why did I buy it? It was pretty, I fell in love, it was going home with me in the car before I knew it. I love to just open the cupboard and look at all the pretty. Husband thinks I'm nuts.

10) I think being a mommy is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world :)

Now I get to tag some of you! Have fun with it!:

Gracie Belle Butterfly
Jo at NeereAnDear
Michelle at Hold Dear
Lola Enchanted
Sandra at Warehouse Artchix

P.S. There's still room in my PIF for happy crafters if you are interested (see post below). You don't need to do a thing until after the holidays :)


Natasha Burns said...

Oh thank you for tagging me! LOL I am so boring but I will try hard to think of 10 things!!
Love to learn about you, wow you should be so proud superwoman of your patio effort! And you grew up in Japan and Hong Kong, how fascinating! I had no idea that kids turn to a flag and pledge allegiance, Australians are not particurly patriotic, most kids struggle to know the words to our national anthem, it's so sad!!!

Alison Gibbs said...

This is a great post and a way to get to know you.How wonderful to have such an interesting time in your formative years. When I was at school( I am 53)we used to have a morning assembly, face towards the Australian Flag and make a pledge to the Queen of England(they discovered Australia)and sing the National Anthem. Don't know if they still do that.
Have a wonderful christmas.
Alison said...

You are a fascinating person and I loved reading this list.

KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

Loved this post, i think thats what blogging is all about, getting to know one another and sharing our "gifts" with everyone. Each of us have a special gift,it's amazing how much creativity is just a click away! I liked all your answers and can relate to most of them:) But the one i feel is my favorite at this time is number 5, i was just at the shelter looking for my cat,{which we found yayy}and it was so sad i could die, i wished i was so rich so i could make a huge monster of a camp for all the animals that need a home, a real home. Thanks for your sweet post! I must make you a banner next! Hugs, Kimberly

karin (creativechaos) said...

Is it cheating if I repost the one I did a while back? hee hee.... I think it describes me to a T ....did you read it?

m i c h e l l e said...

Hi Heather...Your number five is the BEST and I now know more than ever that you are a very special person and I'm so happy we're friends!!!

I'm gonna give this a go...I've been a blog slacker lately so maybe this will help me get back in the groove.

Happy Holidays to you and your family!


Pinkie Denise said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, enjoyed reading you tag, I'll be back
Pinkie Denise

KV said...

Well, fellow book lover -- I don't happen to think that is weird! You would love our home . . . both my husband and I merged our libraries over 24 years ago and it has grown and grown and grown! My yarn stash is nearly as big, too.

Kathy V in NM

lauren said...

HA! loooove this meme! (re numbers 2, 6, 7 & 9: uh-huh! me too!!!) :)

ps: congrats on 100 posts! i'm looking forward to the *next* 100!

pss: your cupcake paintings are AMAZING!!! (i say that like it's surprising...or like EVEERYTHING ELSE you make is just sort of "ho hum"...which it emphatically is NOT; but even by your own high standards: DA CUPCAKES RAWK!!!)


bluemuf said...

I enjoyed reading the 10 things about you. Great Post.

Have a Merry Christmas


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Felicia said...

Right back at ya with the historical costumes in movies :)

Mary Timme said...

Oh you poor thing. I was totally amazed that we had to the Pledge of Alligence too. And I didn't think I'd heard the nursery rhymes in kindergarten, so I thought I was just good at memorizing them all really quick. Aren't we funny little people as children! I love it.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Oh- what a lovely job- we just love reading these and seeing how many things we have in common! LOL, could relate to so many of these!

kari & kijsa

Lori said...

Heather, what a wonderful list!!! i will do this when i come back from my little break...have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Monica Yvette said...

Well you are far more interesting than you give yourself credit for. I can identify with #1. I always thought it was weird too. I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love right now. Kind of late, I know. It's been on the best sellers list for forever now. Happy Holidays,

Kari & Kijsa said...

We just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful package....we posted about it on our blog today!

We are so glad we were the winners!

What a blessing!

Merry Christmas blessings,

kari and kijsa

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Had fun reading your post! I always wondered what PIF was and in the post below you explained! Thank you! Have a great Christmas.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

stonehenge! sounds fascinating.

Anonymous said...

Hi Heather, that's just us deleting our comment, made a typo error on that entry, so sorry! Must be getting tired and confused, it's that time of year!! It was so intersting to learn more about you! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing break ! Jenn and Jacqui