Thanks so much Louise for gifting me this award!
I hesitated before I accepted it though. Getting this award is kind of like getting a chain letter – first you have to list 10 things about yourself, and then you have to pass it along. I struggled with both conditions because a. I’m not sure if I have 10 exciting things to say about myself, and b. I feel stupid passing the award on to blogs that are so much better than my own. But, unlike a chain letter that you dread getting (you know, you get them, and you go to delete them because they’re bs, but then you starting thinking, gosh, if I don’t do it, will I really lose all of my money and my family will be struck down by leprosy? and then you sheepishly send it on to your friends with a “I’m so sorry!” note), this is one of those fun chains – like when you pass on a recipe, or a favorite book – so I’m just passing on a few of my favorite blogs. Please go over and tell them that they are beautiful bloggers!
And now for 10 things about me –
1. I got married at 40 to the love of my life. I am so grateful I never settled.
3. Before I went to law school, I worked as an editorial assistant at a medical publishing company. I worked for the veterinary medicine editor, and once found myself retyping a manuscript that was 20 pages long about elephant dung. I believe it was that week that I decided to go to law school.
3. I won Best Paper on my law school final for Tax Class. I now have to pay an accountant to do my taxes. So much for my learnin’
4. My all time favorite book is Little Women.
This is my original copy. I bought it for fifty cents at the Warminster Library’s Used Book Sale on what I remember to be snowy day. Little Women, in my opinion, is the original primer for leading an authentic life (you can toss aside Eat Pray Love, just reread Little Women) and all life’s lessons can be found within its pages. And nothing is more romantic than the end of the book –
“Ah! thou gifest me such hope and courage, and I haf nothing to gif back but a full heart and these empty hands,” cried the Professor, quite overcome.
Jo never, never would learn to be proper, for when he said that as they stood upon the steps, she just put both hands into his, whispering tenderly, “Not empty now,” and stooping down, kissed her Friedrich under the unbrella.”
Perhaps, if it weren’t for Jo, I may have settled.
5. My best friend and I once wrote Gene Kelly a fan letter, begging him to bring back the big time movie musical. She and I might very well be to blame for Xanadu.
6. I am recovering from a serious World of Warcraft addiction. I began playing in an effort to bond with my stepson. We didn’t end up bonding, but I now have a dual spec’d level 80 druid equipped in Tier 9 gear on the Dawnbringer server. Creativity Boot Camp served as a fantastic intervention, and I am happy to report that I have not visited Azeroth in a good three weeks.
7. I went to Live Aid – the original Live Aid. It was my 16th birthday.
8. In high school, I wrote a 1000 page soap opera staring Duran Duran and my friends. The manuscript is now missing.
9. I’m actually not a big fan of Duran Duran. I love Bruce Springsteen. Born to Run was my first Bruce album that I bought on cassette tape – of course, I bought it because my name is in the song. I saw Bruce live for the first time in 1988. I was sitting in an English Lit class, the Modern Novel, discussing Humbert Humbert and Lolita, when this girl from my floor in the dorm passed me a note – “do you want to see Springsteen?” I looked back at her and nodded. She gathered her books, and walked out of class. I followed her. We drove down to the Amnesty concert in New York that day, and returned to Penn State sometime in the early morning. Awesome. I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen him since.
This is his butt from the last time we saw him.
10. Summer is my favorite season.
Happy summer everyone!