Recently I was tagged by my friend Pam over at Hawleyville for this challenge. Pam and I have been friends for over three years now, having first met on Vox. One of these days I’m going to fly out to her neck of the woods and join her when she visits the Shot Fairy. 😉
1.) My first job was cleaning rooms at the Holiday Inn when I was 15. I lasted 2 weeks. I could barely keep my own room clean at that age, let alone an entire floor of dirty hotel rooms. The manager was an older lady named Hazel. The staff secretly called her Witch Hazel. On the day I announced I was giving my 2 weeks notice she said I could just leave now and gave me a shove down the hallway towards the time cards. Guess the name was fitting, huh? My Dad had to turn around and come get me after just dropping me off. Thus ending my career as a chamber maid.
2.) I went to Catholic school for junior high and in that time I learned to love to write. In Mr. Brunner’s 7th grade religion class he had us keep what was called a Religion Journal. I was 12 at the time and here I am at 43 still journaling. There was a sense of relief at that young age in being able to write everything down. Even now I still feel a sense of relief when getting things down on paper. In addition to having an outlet, this sometimes has helped me see things more clearly when dealing with something particularly vexing. Once in a great while I’ll pull out one of these notebooks to look back on what I was doing say, in 1984. I used to listen to the radio a lot while journaling and would often jot down songs from that time period. It’s like looking at a written time capsule. Journaling of course has led to blogging, which has been a wonderful experience all around.
3.)I was engaged twice before meeting my husband; once in my early 20s and once in my late 20s. Both of those earlier times I was presented with a ring. When hubby and I met and decided to get married, I didn’t give a darn about a ring. After we had been married for a year we decided to get one. I met hubby during Happy Hour at a Mexican restaurant back in 2004. I couldn’t stop looking at him. He was one of the most handsomest men I had ever seen and he also didn’t pay me the time of day. I forgot about him but kept running into him at the same place. Finally he noticed me. Years of online dating and I meet my husband in a bar. Go figure. 😉
4.) Ferrets! Ferrets have been a part of my life since 1996. An ex-boyfriend wanted a pet that would be good to have while living in an apartment. CJ was the first ferret I ever knew and loved. I swear my Smokey is the reincarnated version of CJ. They are a lot alike personality-wise and looks-wise, too. After CJ came Cindy. They were the best of buds. Why stop at 2? I acquired Petey a few years later and the three of them accompanied me out to Arizona during the big move 10 years ago. I can still see them in my rear-view mirror hanging out in their hammock in the back of my SUV. When they all passed in 2003, Monsoon came into my life. She sadly had to be put to sleep this past April (man, I still miss her so much!) and then I adopted Smokey in early May from where she had been dropped off at a shelter in the Tucson area.
5.)My Father’s parents were from Connecticut. I remember spending a lot of time at their home as a child. My Grandfather built the house in the early 1940s. At the time it was the only house on a large hill in the middle of a cow pasture. My Dad remembers waking up in the middle of the night and there being a cow looking at him through the window. My Grandparents had a built-in pool, also built by my Grandfather. There were lots of fruit trees in their yard and also a trampoline that was built into the ground. My sisters and I spent many an afternoon eating peaches and bouncing on the trampoline. The trees and the trampoline are long gone. Only the stumps remain of the trees and a shallow hole in the ground where the trampoline once was. My Grandmother, God bless her, still lives there and will be 91 this December. Their home was one of the few that still has a root cellar. Their garage door also faces the backyard because as the neighborhood grew, the street was made facing the other side of the house.
6.)My Grandfather told me before he passed that we were related to the Mongolian conqueror, Genghis Khan. He pointed out Asian features in different family members once at a get together. I asked my Dad later if this was true and he said he doubted it. So, I’m not sure if there is any validity to this but I also thought it was interesting. I do know for a fact though that I am a distant cousin of Bing Crosby.
7.) I am blessed with a job that I enjoy going to every day. About two years ago I took my current job more out of necessity than anything else and I can’t even begin to describe how much I enjoy it. My Boss is great. The office is by far one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever worked in and when I leave my job at the end of the day I feel so much satisfaction and confidence in what I’m doing that I don’t see myself being anywhere else. I have a big say in what happens here and it has been a compliment to me when my boss has come to me on a few occasions to seek my advice. I can’t say enough good things about where I work.
8.) In 1981 I was 13. My Mom and I were walking down a street in London when suddenly she put her hand in front of me to stop me. We both looked up to see a burnt out structure that was now boarded up. It was the US Embassy that had been bombed by extremists. This was the first time in my life I had seen something like that. Since then I have been to the sites of where the Alfred T. Murrah building in Oklahoma City stood (there was still office furniture in the parking lot) and of course Ground Zero in New York.
9.) I go to church. I am far from perfect and would never judge anyone on their beliefs on that matter. Some stuff I write about here but its more personal to me. I was born and raised Catholic and stopped going once I was old enough to leave home. I started going again in 2003, stopped for a while, and then started to get consistent again in 2009. Hubby was raised in the Bible belt and his Dad was a minister. He is the only one in his family that is not a church goer. I respect his wishes, he respects mine, and we make it work.
10.) In my late teens, early 20s I studied opera music. I was convinced I’d grow up and be a singer. Back then it was rumored that Pat Benatar had studied opera so I did, too. I sang in a few local bands but grew up and kind of forgot about singing. Earlier I played the electric guitar and would sometimes bring it to school with me to practice during study hall. One time it was out of tune and the shy music kid who road on my bus decided to tune it for me. That shy kid dropped out after school ended that year and became the bass player for a band popular in the early ’90s called Extreme. Flash forward to 2011 and that same shy kid, Nuno Bettencourt, is now playing guitar for Rihanna. Wish I had’ve kept that guitar!
Well, there it is. And now I’m tagging the following folks for the same: