13 Things You Might Not Know About Me

horses by oceanFollowing the lead of These Grace Filled Days, a blog I follow, I’m going to start off the year by telling you 13 things about myself that you may not know. I don’t think any of them will be shocking. Ready? Here goes:

1. I love animals, and if I didn’t have my husband reining me in, our household would probably be over run.

2. I’m a Californian, and although I’ve lived in Florida for 21 years,  whenever anyone asks me where I’m from, I say California. I just happen to live in Florida.

3. Although I consider myself an extrovert–I love having loads of people in my house–I’m not good at all at making small talk, and other people’s parties are usually uncomfortable for me. I’d rather have a small group of close friends that I can talk to than scads of people that I barely know.

4. I’m married to a reluctant vegetarian (he eats that way to help alleviate symptoms of his ulcerative colitis), and I have a child with a dairy allergy, so cooking is a challenge around my house.

5. I really don’t have a crafty bone in my body. I look at what other people do, and I think, “I could do that.” Truth is, I can’t. If I try, it never turns out looking right.

6. I’d much rather text and email than talk on the phone. I guess that’s the writer in me. Texts and emails can be edited. What you say just comes out the way you say it. No take backs.

7. I’m an adult orphan. My parents died within 16 months of each other. My dad had a heart attack in April 0f 2006 and I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer is August of 2007. There’s rarely a day that goes by that I don’t think about something I wish they could experience with my family.

8. I’ve always wanted to own a horse. Once, when my dad was between jobs, he applied for a position in Oregon. He said if he got it, we’d get a place where I could have a horse. Never happened. My dream home is on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a pasture of horses around it. A view of the ocean and horses is my idea of paradise.

9. I hate being cold. It seems to affect me more than others. I get chilled all the way through. I’d much rather sweat than shiver.

10. My mom was a concert violinist, but I never heard her play. That makes me sad. By the time I came along, she had long since put away her instrument to raise, at the time, three kids. Then my younger sister was added to the brood, and my mom sold her violin to help pay for the piano that now sits in my living room.

11. I cry whenever I see someone else crying. For real. Even if I catch just a few seconds of a movie or TV show, if they’re crying on screen, I cry. Hallmark commercials get me every time. Even if I’ve seen a movie or read a book 50 times, I’ll still cry. You know the movie “The Incredible Journey?” You know the part where Shadow finally shows up at the end after they had given up on him because he was so old? Yeah. Gets me. Every. Time.

12. I’m intrinsically lazy. Given the choice between sitting on the couch and reading a book, and getting up and doing something physical, I will choose the book every time.  It’s something I have to work really hard to overcome.

13. Years ago I got to be the only other voice on a demo tape that a friend of mine was making in hopes of launching a music career. I loved the experience of being in a studio and recording and had hopes of maybe being a singer myself some day. Oh well.

Can you relate to any of those? Let me hear from you.

Have a blessed new year!

Thankful today for:

743. still having the doors open in January

744. a new year

745. happy animals

746. clean water

747. leftovers

748. sight

749. my daughter’s delight in reading

750. my Christmas village

751. the bird’s antics

752. a wall filled with Christmas cards

 

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5 thoughts on “13 Things You Might Not Know About Me

  1. FORGIVE MY “YELLING,” I HAVE A CAST ON MY LEFT HAND. (DON’T ASK) FOR XMAS I RECEIVED FROM MY SIS-N-LAW A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK, ONE THOUSAND GIFTS, BY ANN VOSCAMP. I COULDN’T HELP BUT WONDER IF THIS BOOK IS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR LITANY OF THANKS ON YOUR BLOG. HER DAILY GIFT LIST IS NOT FOR THINGS THAT SHE WANTS, BUT OF GIFTS SHE ALREADY HAS. TODAY SEEMS TO BE THE IDEAL DAY TOBEGIN MY LIST. (TODAY IT WILL NECESSARILY BE 1. FOR A TALENTED SURGEON WITH A CHARMING SENSE OF HUMOR AND THE WILLINGNESS TO SPEND HIS NEW YEAR’S EVE AFTERNOON PIECING MY PAW BACK.) TOGETHER. 2. GOOD PAIN DRUGS 3. WARM SWEAT SHIRT WITH BIG SLEEVES 4. LEFT OVER BLACK-EYED PEAS AND GREENS 5. NOT HAVING TO COOK TONIGHT HAPPY NEW YEAR! MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AND PROTECT AND PROVIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY. Shelley Griffin

    >________________________________ > From: Compelled >To: shellgrff@sbcglobal.net >Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 8:44 AM >Subject: [New post] 13 Things You Might Not Know About Me > > > WordPress.com >stephreeves posted: “Following the lead of These Grace Filled Days, a blog I follow, I’m going to start off the year by telling you 13 things about myself that you may not know. I don’t think any of them will be shocking. Ready? Here goes: 1. I love animals, and if I didn'” >

  2. i knew most of them, except the one about you wanting a horse or the one about your mom playing the violin but you never heard her play! Oh and hey, don’t forget that WE sang a duet together in college – FRIENDS ARE FRIENDS FOREVER! (even if they don’t like to talk on the phone). LOVE YOU, friend 😉

  3. Although I’ve had the honor having your friendship, it was nice to read 13 things about you. People ought to know themselves. It’s a nice way to see where you’ve come from and where you want to go. You need to scrapbook these things on a page dedicated to you. Your kids and grandkids will treasure it.

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