I'm over at Jamie Ayres today with Clara's 18 Things, inspired by Jamie's book 18 Things.
Plus, I am waaaay behind, in giving thanks for an award. Allison at Geek Banter gave me the Very Inspirational Blogger Award a few weeks ago now. I meant to post about that on Monday, and here it is Wednesday. I'm pretty sure that Very Inspirational doesn't stand for Very Late. Despite my lateness, I am very thankful for Allison and this award!!! Thank you!
According to the rules, I have to share 7 things about myself that I have never revealed to you before. Here I go. (Wait, are there things I haven't revealed before? I have a tendency to say too much.)
1. I only have animals that can make their needs known to me by whining, barking, mewing, or by jumping on me. Why? I am a fish killer. Birds either tolerate me or hate me. I did raise rabbits way too successfully as a kid, and I think they're cute, but they are way too quiet. I just like noisy animals - currently, my beagle is barking - not a "I want you to play with me, feed me, or walk me" bark but the"I love barking" bark. I can actually tell the difference in the sound. And now, he went silent, which could mean he's found an animal to watch, or he's plotting a way out of the fence to knock over the neighbor's garbage cans. Noisy pets with big personalities always give me stories to tell, and they definitely help me meet the neighbors.
2. I like fun shaped paper clips, instead of the regular ones, but I use both.
3. I like Trader Joe's green tea mints - no one else I know likes them, but Trader Joe's keeps making them, so there must be someone else that does.
4. To celebrate the finish of Champion in the Darkness, my youngest daughter and I went to a ceramics place and I painted a ceramic box in the shape of a sword.
5. I've had three surgeries on my arms to recover the ability to move my arms, wrists, and fingers and to recover sensation in my hands. I don't take the ability to write, type, zip, button, and touch for granted. It's a gift.
6. My parents both have lifelong disabilities, but I didn't really think of it that way when I was younger, because they didn't. My mom has been deaf in one ear since birth, and my dad was born with something like hammer toes, and then had a surgery that went wrong and lost the part of his right leg as a teen. My mom has always loved to sing in choirs and praise teams, and my dad has always loved to stay active with skiing, canoeing, and tinkering on cars and motorcycles. They always find a way to do what they love. I think, or at least I hope, that gives me a different perspective on life.
7. I have a coin "can" that is shaped like big ben and has a picture of Peter Pan flying on it that I purchased in London in 2000.
I'm supposed to name seven people, and I did try to figure out who had received this award already and who hadn't . . .but I don't like choosing just seven people. You are all VERY INSPIRING bloggers to me. So, if you haven't already received this award, please take it and make it your own.
Please come visit with me at Jamie Ayres, and discover Clara's 18 Things!