11 Random Things You May Not Know About Me

Several of my crochet blogging buddies have been publishing articles with a title similar to this one. I’ve enjoyed reading them so much that I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and write one of my own. Plus, I haven’t published anything since the end of March, and I figured this would be a nice change from what I typically write about.

1. I think 13 is a lucky number.

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In fact, I was going to call this article, 13 Things You May Not Know About Me, but it was getting to be too long, so I cut back to 11.

The number 13 has gotten so much bad press for so long that I decided during the 90s to start viewing it as a lucky number. In this way, I would banish any triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) that might be lurking in the recesses of my subconscious. And every time 13 falls on a Friday, I know it’s going to be a lucky day for me. After all, there are 13 lunar cycles and Friday is Venus’ day (vendredi in French), making it a day that celebrates women.

2. I majored in linguistics and minored in French in college.

I was one of those students who excelled in language arts in elementary and high school but loathed math and science, despite having a father who was both a mathematician and a scientist. Clearly, those genes skipped my generation.

3. I learned to knit before I learned to crochet.

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And I’m pretty sure I was embroidering before that. I learned to crochet as a teenager but continued knitting well into my twenties. But I finally got frustrated with how long it took to knit up a piece, and by my thirties I was hooked on crochet. I still knit from time to time, but only small projects I can finish quickly.

4. I never left the North American continent until I was 57 years old.

The only time I was outside the US was when my parents and I traveled to Montreal, Canada in 1967 for the World’s Fair. Even my daughter went to Jamaica on her senior class trip. I could have chaperoned but I didn’t make it.

However, I made up for my lack of travel in 2007 when I moved 3,000+ miles away to the middle of the Pacific Ocean and the island of Oahu, Hawaii where I now live.

5. I suffered terribly from glossaphobia until my early 40s.

That’s fear of public speaking if you hadn’t already guessed. Yes, I know; it’s the number one fear people suffer from, but I had it bad. It wasn’t until I took a part time job as a basic writing instructor at a community college that I finally moved passed it. Funny thing is, I discovered that I LOVE teaching.

6. I read romance novels.

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But I came to them late, in the 90s after learning to my shock and dismay that one of my good friends, who has a PhD in linguistics, read them. “What could this intelligent woman possibly see in that drivel?” I thought. I even convinced myself it would be easy to write one and bought a “futuristic” romance novel to read as a first step. I’ve been reading them ever since even though I’ve never gotten around to writing one (a lot harder than I thought).

7. I can read tarot cards and interpret astrological charts.

I have always been fascinated with alternate ways of viewing reality and the so-called new age. In fact, my father once told me he remembered me being interested in astrology when I was in high school.

My interest in the tarot emerged after getting a reading from a “psychic” who used tarot cards in the reading and saw me with a baby! Needless to say, I had no intention of having a baby any time soon, but three months later, I was pregnant and my curiosity in the cards was peaked.

And it was astrology that boosted my confidence in my math skills because I needed a lot of math to calculate the charts by hand (thank goodness software now does all the calculating).

8. I know how to accurately interpret my dreams.

Recalling my dreams has always been easy. In fact, I had lucid dreams as a kid, so I’ve always wanted to know what they mean. Thanks to Gayle Delaney’s interview method of dream interpretation (aff), I’ve gotten pretty good at understanding the information they contain. I kept a dream journal for many years and would really like to get back into the habit of recording my dreams.

9. I know how to cook but I don’t like to.

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Image via Flickr by Benimoto

Maybe because I had such a temperamental, nit-picking eater to raise, I simply stopped when she finally went off to college. Or it could be that I’m just lazy. Whatever the reason, if I can’t prepare a meal in 15 minutes or less, I probably won’t eat it. But I really want to stop eating so much nuked food and am on the lookout for easy-to-prepare (of course!), healthy meals.

10. I love to walk and dance.

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And I need to do a lot more of both the older I get. I used to walk all the time in my 40s and 50s and danced like a fool in my 30s. But I’ve slacked off since reaching “The Big Six Oh.” I keep promising myself I’m going to walk more, so I’ve slowly started walking a few times a week in my neighborhood.

I haven’t found a way to incorporate dancing into my routine yet since I’m pretty much a homebody (the 11th thing you may not know about me) but I haven’t given up looking. A line dancing class would be ideal!

So now you know a bit more about me other than the fact that I love to crochet. If you’d like to get to know more about some other crochet bloggers, check out these links:

Sedie of Yarn Obsession
Corina of Stitch11
Lorene of Cre8tion Crochet
Kim of Wips ‘N Chains
Rebeckah of Rebeckah’s Treasures
Cylinda of Crochet Memories
Celina of Simply Collectible

I've been crocheting for over 40 years and blogging since 2004 - two of my favorite things in the world to do besides walking the beaches of windward Oahu, Hawaii.

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