Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ten Things

Look at that!  I have received an award, thanks to the generosity of Tracy at Pull Up a Toadstool.  :-)

The rules say to pass it along to six people, however since I have such a small and dedicated group of commenters, I am leaving it open to any of you to accept this award and continue passing it along.  You all deserve it!

The rules also say that I'm supposed to come up with a list of ten facts about myself that are not widely known.  This I shall endeavour to do.  It's going to be tough, because I've spilled almost every detail about my life on this blog at some point.  Here goes:

1)  As a baby, I was an early reader, but a late walker.

2)  It saddens me considerably that I cannot wear most shades of yellow.  Yellow makes me look blotchy and ill.  Too bad, because it's such a pretty colour.

3)  When I was four years old I had a dream that I still remember.  In it, the creatures from "Where the Wild Things Are" kidnapped me from my daycare nap room.  They were planning on eating me for dinner.  They sat me on their kitchen counter while they prepared a salad.  I guess even scary monsters need their veggies.  (N.B. The salad was blue.)

4)  My middle name was supposed to be "Alexandra", but my grandmother complained to my mother that this would make my full name too long.  "Such a big name for such a little girl!" she said.  So my mother shortened my middle name to Ann.  I wish she hadn't.  I would have loved to have a long, romantic name like a character from a Russian novel.

5)  I can lean forward and put the palms of my hands flat on the floor without bending my knees.

6)  I have trouble opening bottles and jars. Recently I was so frustrated and thirsty that I came this close to asking a random young man on the subway to open a bottle of apple juice for me.  Fortunately, with a lot of red-faced straining and hand pain, I managed to get it open myself.

7)  [Squeamish alert: skip this one if you have a weak stomach.]  I have a scar on my right leg from when I was six years old.  I was running up a flight of stairs after a friend, when she knocked a framed piece of artwork off the wall.  The piece hit the stairs and shattered.  A chunk of glass flew into my leg.  My mother took me to the doctor but refused to let him give me stitches, as she felt the process would be traumatizing, so the remaining scar is relatively large.  It doesn't bother me much.  I don't bare my legs above the knee anyway.

8)  I used to walk with an exaggerated turn-out like Charlie Chaplin.  I wore orthotics for four years in my early 20's to correct my gait.

9)  I have really great teeth.  They're straight, strong, and never give me any trouble.

10)  I love to write, but I haven't been inspired to write fiction since I was a teenager.  Sometimes I wonder if I should try my hand at a very short story, and see what happens.  But there's so much interesting real stuff happening all the time, and it takes precedence.

Alright kidoodles!  Grab the challenge and run with it!  It's all yours.


DarcKnyt said...

OUCH on the leg thing, and my commiseration on the name. I didn't get one I'm particularly fond of either, which is why I don't go by it any more. ;)

Jameil said...

This was awesome. It encapsulates some of the best of your tweets. I like your dream tweets the best! I only like the brightest (non-neon) sunshiny yellow. Pale yellows are my nemesis. Almost as much as orange.
4) Alexandra is a gorgeous name! If one of our nieces' middle name wasn't Alexia, we'd probably have an Alexandra or Alexa middle name for our second daughter.
5) My flexibility has improved greatly since I started running. Awesome!
6) Next time do it! He probably would've been glad to help.
7) I got 4 stitches in my head when I was 6. The pediatric surgeon was fantastic. He made me tell him the story of Br'er Rabbit to take my mind off of it. The shot before the stitches was the worst thing.
10) You would be AMAZING at very short stories! Please do it!!!!

Lynn said...

I have a middle name that's kind of generic, too, and that's what they decided to call me. :)

Granny Annie said...

You did a great job of coming up with ten interesting things. My brother and I have the same walk as you. Our footprints in the snow are hysterical.

Sparkling Red said...

DarcKnyt: I convinced myself to like my middle name because it's something I have in common with Raggedy Ann. :-)

Jameil: I'm so happy that you like my dream tweets! I wasn't sure if anyone was finding them entertaining.
I wasn't too shy to ask a guy for help. What held me back was that I didn't have a straw, and I didn't want some strange guy's hands all over the mouth of the bottle.

Lynn: At least generic names are easy to spell.

Granny Annie: It's great in ballet class, having a natural turn-out. I'm not sure how much comfort that would be to your brother.

LL Cool Joe said...

Ouch to the leg injury!

Your name could have been shortened to Alex anyway. I have a friend called Alex, it's a cool name for a girl I think.

So do you now walk normally?

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Warped Mind of Ron said...

Another reason I consider salads Evil!!! Because monsters eat them before consuming children...

Sparkling Red said...

LL Cool Joe: Yes, I now have a fairly average gait.

Ron: Only blue salads are evil.

Tracy Makara said...

This was so much fun to read! I'll be on the lookout for blue salads...and if I see any, I'll be sure to run. The short story thing would be fantastic! I just know that you would be great. Maybe someday you'll do it. :)

DarcsFalcon said...

Congratulations on the award! You deserve it. :)

I bet if you'd gotten that Alexandra, you'd have ended up wanting Ann. We're so funny that way, aren't we? I envied my friend her curly hair, she wanted my straight.

Either way your name would be lovely, because it belongs to you and you are a lovely person. :)