I found a list of 25 things about me that I wrote in 2009. Most of them are still valid, so with only a few minor modifications to bring it up to date, I’m reproducing it here.
1. I can’t stand to eat raw vegetables. I know I should eat them. I know they’re healthy. But I don’t like them. I eat a variety of cooked vegetables, but I pass on the raw veggies.
2. I have a specific disability in remembering the contents of weather forecasts. At the beginning of a weather report, I tell myself, “Pay attention. Here’s the weather forecast.” I concentrate hard on understanding the information. Then as soon as it’s over, I ask myself, “Now what’s the weather supposed to be like tomorrow?” and I can’t remember at all.
3. I don’t get “brain freeze” or ice cream headaches. However, if I eat too much cold food too quickly, it makes me cough.
4. I only had three wisdom teeth. They have been removed.
5. I made homemade baby food for my son Peter. He only ever ate one jar of store-bought baby food, some sort of fruit dessert that my husband bought. I skipped baby food entirely with Simon and used baby-led weaning. It’s a heck of a lot easier.
6. The first time I traveled outside the US or Canada was just after my 28th birthday.
7. The first country I visited outside of the US and Canada was Denmark, followed shortly thereafter by other countries on the Baltic Sea and then several countries in the Caribbean.
8. I’ve donated blood about 37 times. I don’t have an exact count because I’ve moved around and donated with four different organizations and I’ve lost track. I figure ’tis better to give than to receive.
9. I’ve never broken a bone, had stitches, or been to the emergency room for any reason other than accompanying or visiting someone else who needed medical attention.
10. The farthest north and west I’ve traveled is Fairbanks, Alaska. The farthest south is Cozumel, Mexico. The farthest east is St. Petersburg, Russia.
11. I have worn glasses since I was seven years old. I’ve tried contacts twice, but I don’t find them very comfortable and they’re more work to take care of, so I’ve given up on them.
12. My husband, Don, was my high school sweetheart. We met on ham radio when I was 16 and he was 17. We talked on the radio almost every evening but didn’t see each other in person very often as I lived in Michigan and he lived in Ontario.
13. In one of our very first conversations, Don mentioned that he needed to find a date for the prom in June (this was in September). I considered volunteering to go with him if he didn’t find anyone else, but thought that might be too bold, so I didn’t. When June rolled around, I did end up going to the prom with him.
14. We don’t know what country we were in the first time we kissed. It was in the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
15. At that time (pre e-mail), my friend Alana and I used to exchange very long letters. In the letter when I first described Don, I said something like, “One of these days, one of the people I describe to you will be the person I end up marrying.”
16. When I was in elementary school and middle school, my ambition was to become a primatologist.
17. I am currently the only one in my family who is not a dual citizen (US/Canadian). I applied for Canadian citizenship last September when I became eligible, but the processing time keeps lengthening (when I applied, 80% of routine applications were done within 21 months, but now it’s up to 25 months). I trust that it will eventually happen, but I don’t know when.
18. Although I worked as a French teacher for over four years, I’ve never been to France. However, I did study in Quebec for six weeks.
19. I don’t like paying people to cut my hair, so I cut it myself. I just let it grow until it gets too long, then I cut a few inches off.
20. I also cut my kids’ hair. Simon has never had a “real” haircut and Peter has only had one–Don took him for a haircut shortly after Simon was born because he figured I wasn’t up to doing it.
21. Horror movies completely do not appeal to me. I can’t even stand to watch commercials for them.
22. My first job was delivering an advertising paper twice a week. I started when I was eleven. My brother and I worked together on that paper route for three and a half years.
23. I worked in a coffee shop for a year but I don’t drink coffee.
24. I had a goldfish named Cleopatra for about five years when I was a kid. She grew so big that a 10-gallon aquarium didn’t seem large enough for her to be comfortable, so I found someone with a fishpond and got permission to release her there.
25. I still wish on stars.