Younger, thinner days.
So, I was casually reading Grace's latest post (and by casually, I mean snort-laughing throughout, as always) and noticed at the very end that she had tagged a few more bloggers to keep the whole "five things" thing going. And one of them was ME! Whaaat? I immediately texted my sister and said "Look at the bottom of Grace's post!" Because I'm a big fan of the Camp, I was flattered (obviously) and more than willing to be tagged.
So, I'm it. Five things about me that you may or may not (probably already) know.
1. I am third of four girls in my family. When I was growing up I always wanted a brother but now that I live with a male all the time (my husband, for those of you who weren't sure) I'm not that unhappy about not having a brother. My cousin Andrew lived next door and he was the closest thing I got, which was fine. =) My oldest sister Amanda is 29 (ancient!), married to Steven, and has two adorable kids that love me deeply. She is the world's best pianist and answers the phone when I call multiple times a day. April is 27, married to Jake, and has two adorable children also... Leslie loves me... Landon is too young to realize how wonderful I am yet. =) She can make me laugh harder than almost anyone else and is oh so pretty. Amy is 20 (how this is possible, I do not know) and is married to her job. She has no children unless you count the two yappy cocker spaniels that live at my parents' home, which I don't. She can sing like Karen Carpenter and enjoys making truly hideous faces when we FaceTime.
2. I was an English major and mentally correct other people's grammar all. the. time. Of course, it doesn't help that I am now an English teacher and teach the rules every day, so I'm constantly reminded of them. Still, though... it's kind of a problem. Also, I mentally rewrite signs, advertisements, stories, articles, and pretty much everything I read on a regular basis.
3. I tried not to copy Grace entirely, but oh well... I, too, am shy. I'm not as terribly shy about walking up and introducing myself to people (I don't love it, but two choir tours and a summer with the ensemble kind of forced me to get over that) but anything like asking a waiter to fix my order, returning something at a store, etc. makes me queasy. Oh, and I've talked about it before, but I get physically ill if I am asked to do any kind of public speaking. You might find that fact hard to believe considering what I do for a living (you know, talking in front of kids all day) but for some reason I don't get nervous about teaching at all. However, ask me to make a speech (of any kind) and I am a wreck.
4. I married my high school/college sweetheart who also happened to be my first real boyfriend. (Not that any previous boyfriends were imaginary... just nonexistent.) I don't talk about him a whole lot here just because I don't like to nauseate people but he really is awesome and far, far better than I deserve (ask anyone, especially my mother. They'll confirm.)
5. This is probably the most random item, but I really hate shower/party games. No, I do not want to collect the safety pins when someone says "baby" or be the first to diaper a doll or act out something or make a wedding dress out of toilet paper. I know some people love this stuff, but I just am not one of those people. I will willingly keep score, but other than that I'd just as soon sit it out. (Party pooper, right here.)
There you go, Grace! If I think of someone to tag, I'll alert you fine folks as soon as possible. Now you know five more things about me... consider yourself well-informed.