Here's how it works: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged, including the person who tagged you (me). If I tagged you, it's because you tagged me, I mentioned you (either implicitly or explicitly), I want to know more about you, I think you relate to or will be amused by something I've written here, or any combination these reasons. If you are reading this and I didn't tag you, I'm glad that you are. I would never intentionally dis you. Most likely, you've already been tagged by someone else. I've seen a few of these around.
1. I took Russian because I loved Anna Karenina (the book, not the movie), and Mikhail Baryshnikhov. Later on I found I could get a job with it, so I majored in it. I have no Russian ancestors, and I have never visited any Russian speaking country.
2. I have adored science fiction/ fantasy genre, both literature, TV and film, since I can remember. I wanted to marry Captain Kirk when I was about ten, I really am not sure how many times I have read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the list goes on to this very day to include Farscape, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter, to name but a few.
3. I am appalled by the lingering stigma of mental illness, and the secrecy and shame that that engenders. I wish we could all be more open and sharing with each other, especially the menfolk.
4. There were fairies in my garden in Scotland when I was five. I was sure of it, I could hear the music. My sister TL says I used to talk about the fairies coming, then I would shriek, and run off. The "Torchwood" episode with the little girl and the faeries that were after her resonated with me on a visceral level. I still love stories and artwork with fairies in them.
5. It's a very small world. My Mom made me take ballet and piano growing up in Utah. I didn't stick with either, but my sister Kathy danced for a long time and her best friend was my piano teacher. I now live in Massachusetts, and my childhood piano teacher lives one town away, about ten minutes drive.
6. I do love my animals, dogs, cats, and horses, but dogs are my favorite. In fact, these days I'm pretty sure I prefer dogs to the majority of the people I meet, with the possible exception of some snappy Chihuahuas.
7. I would never have started acting, if my mother hadn't needed "volunteers" for her productions she was doing in graduate school, both in Utah, and in Arizona. My first bit was a ten minute scene of a family fight we improvised for some conference at Park City when I was nine. I didn't want to do it, but I got some new clothes, and a day off from school. More readers theater productions would follow, where I was "persuaded" to participate, but I didn't actually seek out the stage on my own, until Tucson High did "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and I've been addicted ever since. These past five years are the longest I've ever gone without being in a show. It's been dreadful.
8. I tend to mimic other people's accents without thinking about it. This was especially a problem when we lived in England, and I had to conscientiously stop doing when I realized people thought I was mocking them, when I really wasn't. In the same vein, I realized how stupid it sounds when you tell someone they have a lovely accent, when people said it to me.
9. I need more light! I have Seasonal Affective Disorder pretty bad, I miss the south or the southwest, I'd take either. On dark, dreary days I could easily spend all day in bed, if life would let me, preferably with hot tea or coffee and scones.
10. I wake up slow. I'm not good in the mornings, and it's best if I don't have to truly interact with anyone before nine, ten is even better. Coffee helps.
11. I moved my Senior year and had to change High Schools. It was traumatic, and I would have done almost anything to stay in Tucson for my Senior year. Unfortunately, none of my friends families wanted me to live with them for a year. The only good thing about moving back to Utah, was my friend Eric, with whom I'd played in the Wasatch Junior Youth Orchestra several years earlier. That was about it. Even though I desperately want to move someplace sunnier RIGHT NOW, I won't do that to my son who is a Junior this year.
12. I have always wanted to live in a city, especially London or NYC, but I always end up living just outside them, DC, Baltimore, London, Atlanta, and now Boston. Oh well.
13. I start projects that I never finish. I am also easily distracted and have been know to have several half finished projects going simultaneously. Unless you give me a deadline, then it will be done on time. No deadline, possibly never done. I have fabric for curtains, or pillows, or skirts I meant to make, and have never unfolded. Yes, I have been diagnosed with adult ADD, and probably had it as a child as well.
14. I often give the appearance of not caring about what other people think of me, or of conforming to to some arbitrary social "norm." While this is generally true, I care a lot more, and my feelings get hurt more often than I let on.
15. I wield a mean wet saw. A friend taught me how to tile around 1990, and I have been tiling floors and walls in my houses ever since.
16. I believe in God, but I don't go to church. However, if you find one that works for you, go for it.
17. I'm a frustrated musical theater star. I've been known to break into show tunes, I love to sing along with records or the radio; I dance sometimes too. I can carry a tune, but I'm not a great singer. #1 son is greatly annoyed by this habit, and is always telling me to stop. As if. No one in my house joins in with me on the show tunes, except for "Avenue Q."
18. The 12 years I spent in the D.C. area left me thoroughly cynical. I mistrust all politicians, and feel that neither party has the high moral ground. I think we should change our campaign system to be more like the British, and limit the campaign time to 4 or 6 months. It's getting ridiculous here.
19. I could probably live on breakfast cereal.
20. I Lost on Jeopardy, in 1986. Thanks for the Rice-a-Roni and the Turtle Wax. It was fun, although I had to say I was a "Government Clerk" instead of " Russian Linguist," or "Spy."
21. I have always had a hard time telling right from left when giving directions. I'll say right, and point left, and vice verse. If you are ever in a car with me, follow the hand signals.
22. I played in Carnegie Hall in 1979 with "America's Youth in Concert." After New York, we played in Rome, Florence, Venice, Geneva, Paris and London, where I met up with my Mom, who had been in Edinburgh writing her dissertation. We saw three West End plays in three days. I played flute in the orchestra. Best trip ever, I was 17 and in Europe without my parents.
23. The only reason I ever wanted to be a boy, was because the boy scouts went to cooler camps. No matter how good the Girl Scout camps might be, the Boy Scout camps my brother went to were even more adventurous, and nothing could beat the Jamboree in Montana he went to. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy being female.
24. I don't love to sew, but I know how. I have made window treatments, and decorative pillows in the three houses I've owned. I gave up on clothes; I never finished them.
25. I have a live and let live policy. I try to be reasonable, and take the attitude of "why can't we all just get along." It doesn't always work. I have a temper that often gets the better of me, but I have been working to control it most of my adult life. On the plus side, I don't hold grudges.
There, whew, I'm finally finished. I didn't tag 25 people, but I tagged most of the people I know that haven't already done this.
I got tagged over on Facebook.