Tagged! 7 Random Things

I’ve been tagged! This one was actually a little tricky since I just recently wrote my 100 things about Ruby post, but I’m a multifarious creature so I managed to come up with 7 more random things about me. Here you go:

  1. When I met and began dating my husband, one of the first things he did that swept me off my feet was to bring a book of poetry to read to me at my house. The book was Love Is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski. I swooned;)
  2. I went to an all-girls Catholic School during grades 5-8. Our playground games were burly and bad ass. Thanks to our antics, the maypole-thingy was deemed too dangerous and removed, one girl broke her collarbone during seesaw wars, and I accidentally knocked the head off a statue of St. Joseph during a snowy game of King of the Hill. Those nuns just loved us.
  3. My son was born at home. My birth was attended by two nurse midwives, my mother, and two close friends. There wasn’t a single man present. I had a relatively easy labor (just 4 hours) and a peaceful birth. Nothing has been easy since then, though!
  4. When I was pregnant I was one of those women who looks like she just swallowed a watermelon. I’m not exaggerating! My belly stuck straight out in appalling proportions, but if you saw me from behind you couldn’t even tell I was pregnant. Despite my diligent application of copious cocoa butter and Vitamin E lotion, I don’t just have stretch marks, I have saggy baggy skin all around my belly button. I’ve always had a perfectly flat tummy that I once loved to show off, but now I’m very self-conscious about it. Even though it’s flat as ever, I have the tummy of a 90-year old woman.
  5. I’ve never had a brand new car, and I don’t want one. The newest model I’ve ever owned is the 1999 S-10 pickup we currently drive. Our other vehicle is a 1989 Dodge Ram Van that we bought recently so we could finally transport all 6 kids in one vehicle on weekends. Prior to that I had a 1991 Grand Marquis and we needed both vehicles to travel anywhere with the whole family. When I’m alone I really prefer to get around on foot or by bicycle.
  6. I absolutely love thunderstorms. I find them to be intensely erotic and just altogether awe-inspiring. When I lived on my little sailboat in FL, lots of people would wonder how my son and I managed during storms, and wasn’t I afraid? In fact I loved nothing more than being on my boat (safely on its mooring, that is) during a fierce thunderstorm. I’ve seen some of the most incredible cloud formations while watching an approaching storm on the bay. I loved the sound of the wind and the rain and the way the boat would pivot on its mooring when the wind shifted, and the way the choppy seas tossed and rocked our little home on the water. Even my little one was fearless, bless his swarthy pirate heart. Hurricanes, however, are another story entirely. I love storms, but I’m not suicidal. I prefer to ride those out on dry land.
  7. I’m afraid of spiders but I love spiderwebs. Really big spiders simultaneously terrify and fascinate me. Some of them are truly beautiful and I don’t mind admiring them from a safe distance. I definitely prefer spiders who live in their webs to the ones that creep around in dark corners and sneak up on you without warning. I try not to kill them and if he’s available I’ll have Steel gently relocate them outdoors. I never kill spiders that I find outside because that’s their turf. But if I find one in my house then they better pray that Steel is around to remove them.

I’m supposed to tag 7 more bloggers, but I can’t think of anyone who hasn’t already done this meme. If you’re reading this and thinking “Pick me, pick me!” then by all means, go for it! If you do, please leave a comment so we know you’ve participated and then we can check out your answers.

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