Tuesday, December 13, 2005


By a. maria, who writes: "The directions are....."Write 5 random facts about yourself, and then list the names of 5 people whom you in turn infect. Also, leave a post to these people letting them know they have been infected".....

Such a taskmaster!! At first I thought they had to be five random SECRET facts about myself, but now I see that is not the case. However, since I've pondered this question for DAYS (ok, one day), I already have my facts, and yeah, they are secret, so keep 'em to yourself ok?

1. On Easter Sunday, 1997, my appendix burst. I was living in Richmond, Va., at the time, and was in D.C. visiting my boyfriend and his family. I went to church (stood through the whole boring thing while something in my abdomen was busy hurting like heck) and then went to Easter dinner at his parents house, drank wine, had dessert, all the while my appendix was busy bursting. I had to spend a week in D.C. recuperating. The thing is, I'm a girl and girls are so used to things hurting that we mostly ignore them. Until, oops! Ka-boom. Proving once again that girls are superior to boys.

2. On Christmas Day, 2002, I spent eight hours making an incredible (Jon, I hope you are reading this) "Chocolate Coffee Volcano Cake," hands-down the best cake I have ever made, that the evil Nigella Lawson called "infant-school easy" to make. (She did! Read it here!) It required the use of a blowtorch (I am not making this up).

(For some reason, men seem particularly drawn to Nigella. But I digress.)

The next day I landed in the hospital with what was the start of a several-year stint of back problems. Coincidence? I think not.

3. My ex-husband is blind. (Wait, that's about him, isn't it? Tough.) He's been blind from birth. Just so you know, and as my contribution to humanity, blind people do not have superior hearing or other heightened senses. And blind people can be stupid jerks, too, just like everyone else. Honest.

4. I was 5'8" and 150 pounds in sixth grade. This does not make for a happy time in elementary school.

5. I was painfully, painfully shy growing up (see #4). My eighth grade teacher told me that unless I spoke up in class, I would never get anywhere in life. That admonition "to speak up" in class kept me from opening my mouth in class for years. I still find it painful. Way to motivate!

Well, now, wasn't that fun?

I have to tag five other people? I believe Naomi banned memes from her site, due to some quite cogent points she raised about them. (However, if you've changed your mind, and feel like spilling your guts, have at it.) I hereby officially tag (whether they ever know it or not) 21st Century Mom; Holly; Kim; Plods; and Jack.



21st Century Mom said...

Roger that. I'll have to think about it, though because you've set the bar kind of high on the quality of these facts. Thanks a bunch!

a.maria said...

"Proving once again that girls are superior to boys."


"And blind people can be stupid jerks, too, just like everyone else. Honest."

love it.

Kim said...

I'm not sure that I shared as well as you did. And surely, I didn't write nearly as eloquently, but I played. It was fun.

susie said...

Isn't it amazing how we remember those comments by teachers? I had one, too, that stayed with me for way too long.

Riona said...

Jeanne, I totally hear ya: I am 5"10 and have been since I was 11. It SUCKS!