I was tagged for this meme on facebook. Since I'm still struggling with new years resolutions, I thought I'd cross post it.
1.) I cannot wink my right eye. When I was a kid, my sister thought it was really funny to ask me to try in front of other people. I try; nothing happens.
2.) Two years ago (almost), I signed up for a nine month intensive yoga program and got pregnant, basically in the same week. (Maya came a little early so she got to attend the final weekend on the outside.)
3.) I've seen a great deal of dance and know an inordinate amount of dance vocabulary for a non-dancer.
4.) I like to go places and then climb things (on foot, no special equipment). In China, we climbed Emei Shan (峨嵋山;) it took two days.
5.) I like the semi-colon but try not to overuse it.
6.) I regret letting my French language skills atrophy and not sticking with the violin when I was a kid.
7.) I don't regret turning down more than one job opportunity early in my career that would have taken me away from Mac. You make choices.
8.) I run pretty slowly so have trouble finding running partners, but I can go a long way. I've finished the Marine Corps Marathon twice. Both times, I signed up with the AIDS Marathon Training Program (which I don't think does DC anymore) after a disappointing national election.
9.) I gave birth in my living room - on purpose. (password required for details)
10.) I learned how to spackle walls well by doing it badly the first time around. (Did you know that spackle is a proper name? My spell check really wants me to capitalize it.)
11.) I have trouble prioritizing.
12.) Several years ago, I made a list of five things titled: what I want. It helps.
13.) I spent all four years of college working technical theater (three as a student supervisor) and took a class in lighting design. These are not skills that currently get a lot of use.
14.) I don't watch much TV and have never seen the Daily Show (not even on YouTube), which makes me wonder if I'm in the wrong line of work.
15.) On February 18th, I probably won't get broadcast television anymore.
16.) When I was 16, I was planning to be a French teacher.
17.) I've been to China, Sri Lanka, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Italy, the Caribbean, and most of the United States. I'll finally get to France this spring.
18.) I spent a lot of my childhood on a boat but never really became a competent sailor. I married a guy who gets seasick so that probably won't change.
19.) I never made a very good actor because I have trouble getting out of my own head. Yoga helps with that but I didn't start that until decades after I gave up theatre.
20.) I don't have a head for lyrics but I remember details and trivia.
21.) I once lived in a three-bedroom apartment with four people, two parakeets, two gerbils, three guinea pigs, several tropical fish tanks, a ferret, and a cat. They were not all mine but they were among the reasons that Mac, who's desperately allergic to all things furry, thought we'd never get together.
22.) Another reason was that early in Mac's attempt to woo me, I spent not quite an entire evening telling him how I'd resolved not to date at all for a while. I might have said a year. I was 19.
23.) Sometime in the late 1980's, my father accidentally disabled our computer (for those it means something to: he deleted the DOS autoexec.bat). Luckily, a wiser friend was able to come over with operating system disks and set things right again. I decided then that I would know enough about computers so that wouldn't happen to me again. In my first week as office manager at U.S.PIRG (10+ years later), I disabled one of the shared computers (I accidentally deleted the command.com). I did manage to fix it myself but, between bad operating disks and a malfunctioning CD drive, it took me several days.
24.) I've been drinking coffee regularly since about the time of the autoexec.bat incident, but occasionally give it up for years at a time or switch to only decaf. Right now, I get about half a cup of regular a day because more than that messes with Maya's sleep.
25.) I need more excuses to do stuff like this.