One of my favorite things about the online sewing community is that we are all over the globe, encompassing many cultures and backgrounds, yet we are all held together by a common (not gonna say thread, that’s too easy) interest. We are so different, but I’ll be honest – with a lot of the sewing blogs that I follow, I feel as if the authors are my friends even though we have never met; I know I am not the only one who thinks that way, either.
Thus, I think of the wonderful Sarah of Wanderstitch as my friend across the pond and I look forward to her Sunday posts. We have similar figures, so I find it helpful to see what styles and silhouettes she chooses; and it’s especially fun to see her fabric choices because our coloring and print preferences are quite different. It’s funny – I’m usually not a frequent commenter on blogs, but I have gotten in the habit of commenting on almost all of Sarah’s posts because they invite dialogue. Sometimes I just cannot keep my thoughts to myself 😉
When I read her post today and got to the part where she nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award, I did a Sheila Broflovski:
Rather than restate everything that is already codified elsewhere, here is a link to the original Mystery Blogger Award post on Okoto Enigma’s blog.
So, three things about myself that I haven’t already said in my “About” section…
- When I first graduated from high school, I wanted to be a bio technician. My long-term plan was to eventually become a genetic counselor because I found genetic “translation” fascinating. I even won first prize in the annual biotech competition at my local community college, which involved performing what is called gel electrophoresis. However, the program I was in (at that same community college where I won the prize) was designed for research rather than diagnostics, which requires a different set of skills. Also, I realized that there was no way I could cope with a job that required me to essentially go to work every day and tell people that their kids were going to be screwed up. I did not and do not have the emotional fortitude for that. So I switched my major to English, because WHY NOT?! And now I am a college English Professor.
- Even though I’m not afraid of bugs or spiders and I am certainly not bothered by killing them, I absolutely cannot step on them. I am hypersensitive to certain things, and the sound/feel of a crunching carapace gives me the heebie jeebies like no other. Raid is my best friend in this regard, and my cats are great at notifying me of insect incursions so that I can be armed and ready to eliminate the interlopers without using shoes to do it.
- It’s pretty obvious if you enter my house, but not so much on the internet – Elephants have been my favorite animal since I was about 2 years old. I have tons of elephant art, decorations, figurines, etc. And the collection will continue to grow, because anyone who wants to give me a gift tends to default to something with an elephant on it. I am fine with this. I don’t particularly care about the luck aspect, so I do not have a preference for trunk-up poses. If it looks like an elephant, I will like it!
If I were to get a tattoo, it would be of this lovely mandala elephant! I wish I knew who drew it so that I could give him/her mad props.
Now for Sarah’s questions…
- If I could time travel, when would I go to? My initial impulse is to say Regency England, because I am a huge fan of Regency romances (M.C. Beaton/Marion Chesney is my hero!). But definitely not London because I’m not a city person – I’d probably be governess to some aristocrat’s bratty children on his country estate or whatever.
- If I could have one superpower, what would it be? I’m not sure if this is common or weirdly unique, but I have long wished that I could shoot a whirlwind out of my hands. When I worked at Barnes and Noble in my early 20s, I used to imagine myself flinging my arms at the shelves and generating a whirlwind that would blow books everywhere. And then I would immediately feel horrible because OMG DON’T DAMAGE THE BOOKS! But the image of papers flying everywhere just struck me as cool. Also, it would be nice to be able to blow cars off the road when their drivers are acting like assholes.
- What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured? So, funny story – being 4’10”, my face is at elbow-height for most guys and a lot of girls, so I refuse to play most sports for my own personal safety. When I was going through Navy Officer Candidate School, my class of 15 people was doing some pretty intense physical training. At a break in the exercises, our Senior Chief yelled at us to hydrate; all of our canteens were piled together in a corner, so there was a bit of a mob situation while we sorted out whose was whose, and we only had 60 seconds to get them, drink water, and then get back in line. Reminder – my face is at elbow level for most guys. Well, one of my friends went to turn around and elbowed me right in the nose. Fortunately it didn’t break, but it did start to bleed. I ran back to the line and was standing at attention while pinching the bridge of my nose with one hand to keep from bleeding all over the place. Our Senior Chief looked at me and said, “What’s wrong with you?!” and I yelled “ELBOW TO THE FACE, SIR!” He said, “get in the head!” so I ran to the bathroom to patch myself up. Thank God it wasn’t too bad, but it did hurt like hell. At least it was funny, even at the time, and I still laugh when I think about it.
- Would I rather know the history of every object I touched or be able to talk to animals? I’ve read books with characters that can do both of these things, and I think I’d much rather know the history of objects; animals are pretty damn stupid and I don’t even like listening to other people talk most of the time… But I enjoy history, particularly from a cultural anthropology perspective, so I think if I did have the ability to know the history of objects, I would spend WAY too much time at estate sales =) BTW, one of my favorite series that involves a character that can sense the history of an object is the Witchcraft Mysteries series by Juliet Blackwell. They are technically cozy mysteries and are set in present-day San Francisco.
- If I could only eat three foods for the rest of my life, what would they be? The first one is easy – Carnation Instant Breakfast (I know they changed the name to Breakfast Essentials but I don’t care) in milk chocolate, preferably the sugar-free version. I have drank one of these mixes nearly every morning for two decades. I also use it as a meal replacer when I am trying to lose/maintain weight. I really should own stock in the stuff at this point. For the second one, I desperately want to say turtle cheesecake, but I know that that would get old fast, so instead I’ll say Mushroom Fettuccine as made by Lindsay at Pinch of Yum. OMG that stuff is addicting and I finally got myself off of the kick of eating it 4 times every week. Her food blog is my absolute favorite, BTW. And third’s gotta be pizza with Italian sausage. I’m not picky about crust, although I do tend to prefer regular rather than thin or deep dish.
Ok, I know I’m supposed to nominate other people to do this, but I think everyone I follow has already done it. Does that mean I need to follow more bloggers? Come on, people, ditch Instagram and get back to blogging! Instead, I’ll just list 5 questions and anyone who wants to can reply in the comments. Is that a good compromise? And be sure to link your blog, if you have one.
- If you had to teach a 15min class on anything, what topic would you pick?
- What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own?
- Cake or ice cream?
- What is one thing that other people do that you cannot stand? (only one!)
- If you could be an animal, what would you be?