A local newspaper columnist posted hers in her column this morning, and since I'm at a loss for blog posts, here's mine. By the way, I'm spending a good bit of time on Facebook these days. Feel free to friend me, as long as you're not a crazy person.
2. I used to be super shy and introverted. People really wore me out. I’ve morphed into a raging extrovert. I’m still quiet, but I love people. They give me energy and I love to meet new people and hear their stories.
3. That being said, I have a strong aversion to needy, clingy, crazy people who will suck my energy dry, if I allow them.
4. I become more and more like my father every day, particularly in the motormouth department.
5. I will probably convert to Judaism before I die.
6. I’m very pro-Israel. Few people know this about me.
7. I didn’t have a drop of alchohol until my 21st birthday.
8. I quit drinking 9 years ago. Too many lost brain cells.
9. I have little patience and hardly any compassion for people who abuse alcohol and drugs. Both things have ruined my immediate family.
10.. I never re-read anything I’ve written.
11. I have had little contact with people from my past. I never wanted to revisit people I knew when I despised myself and when I was, frankly, nuttier than a fruitcake. That is, until this Facebook thing. Which I’m loving.
12. My mom is frickin' awesome! She runs a business, deals with crazy relatives and has to be the best daughter ever. The way she cared for and cares for her parents always amazes me and makes me proud. I wish she lived closer so we could do things together and so I could take care of her when the time comes.
13. I’m moving toward vegetarianism, ever so slowly.
14. Sausage put me through college. Family business.
15. I have a British fetish. TV, books, movies, history.
16. I spent childhood summers in Greenbriar County, WV. I miss those summers.
17. I spend too much time thinking about how I would re-do my life if I were granted do-overs.
18. I have done “prayerful healing touch” for church members. (Okay, that could sound kind of naughty, but it's not. It may not be in the Presbyterian Book of Order, but it's all above-board).
19. I just spent six years on the Board of Deacons, two as vice-moderator and one as secretary. I’ve never said that publicly, because my denomination has a problem with gay folks and I’ve been afraid of a witch hunt.
20. Sometimes I have a persecution complex.
21. I have internalized homophobia and I'm not sure I'll ever get rid of it..
22. Whereas I used to be a morose and severely depressed person, so much so that my childhood nickname was “Frowny Face,” now I’m a giggling goofball who laughs at pretty much anything. Even Dad Humor.
23. I’m pretty sure I’ll have some kind of blood cancer in my lifetime. Genes will out, I’m afraid. On my mother's side alone, we have lymphoma, leukemia and Hodgkin's.
24. I miss my uncle, who died in 1994 just before his 45th birthday. I wish I could have gotten to know him better.
24. My extended family is full of fundamentalist Christians.
25. I’m very grateful my parents put me in Catholic Schools. Religion class was the first time I’d ever heard that God did not sit down with a quill pen and write the Bible, chapter by chapter. My religious experiences at Sacred Heart and Charleston Catholic opened me up to a world beyond Biblical literalism.
26. Shortly after my arrival at Sacred Heart, my 7th grade English teacher called me up to her desk and told me I was not allowed to take the Eucharist because I was Protestant. I never knew. That hurt.
27. One more for the road: I think that people who say that "relationships are work" are usually with the wrong person. I'm with the right person.