Change.31–Twenty Five Things

January 31, 2009 · 4 comments

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25randomthingsYou know that “25 Random Things” meme that’s been flashing around FaceBook? I got tagged weeks ago, and kept putting it off. (Do you sense a theme this month? Oh, be quiet.) But then friends, who are as busy if not busier than I am, managed to make their lists, and, shamed, I decided I better get to it.
1. I tend to feel overwhelmed by my life a lot of the time.
2. I know that it’s ridiculous for me to be overwhelmed by my life, which is fun, and cushy, and healthy and full of love. But I am.
3. I love old dishes, silverware and crystal. This used to get me into trouble on eBay.
4. I recently started spinning (bike, not wool) and I’m a little obsessed with it. We’ll see if it lasts.
5. When I was 7 years old, I wore bifocals.
6. I once had sex in a tree. (Sorry, Mom.)
7. I took Mandarin Chinese for a while in high school, and I loved drawing the characters.
8. When I was a little girl, I had penpals around the world: England, Japan, France, Vermont…
9. My first pet was a black and white rabbit named Scrambley. When she died, a mean kid in my eighth grade class made a crack about “the rabbit dying” (you know, the old school pregnancy test) and I neither understood it nor found it funny.
10. One of my gross habits that I don’t want anyone to know about is that I love to pick at my toenails.
11. I met my husband at an Ethiopian restaurant. He was with his girlfriend.
12. I have several first cousins I have never met.
13. I have lived in four countries and thirteen cities.
14. When I was three, I loved a statue in the Cincinnati Museum of Art called “Eve Disconsolate.” I always thought that would be a good name for a band.
15. My favorite slow-dance song in high school was “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones.
16. My favorite Rolling Stones cover is “Beast of Burden” by Bette Midler.
17. I often have insomnia. I’m writing this at 2:20 a.m.
18. I am infinitely better at starting things than at finishing them.
19. Some of my favorite works of fiction are all of Robertson Davies’ books, but I cannot remember the plot of any of them.
20. The best experience I’ve ever had in a museum was a Rothko retrospective at the Whitney about ten years ago.
21. My favorite flowers are bachelors buttons and pansies.
22. I always think I might see a plane fall out of the sky, or drive off the edge of a bridge. Maybe that’s why I don’t travel much.
23. One of my earliest memories is walking in the woods with my mother. I must have been three.
24. One of my biggest regrets is that my father never got to know my kids, and vice versa.
25. I have always loved poetry, and write a lot of it in my head.

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Margaret 01.31.09 at 8:41 am

I suspected some of these things, was reassured by the Rolling Stones sub-theme (me, too), and #22 is the humdinger. (Again, me, too.) I feel as if I need to do mine after all, reading yours. Thanks.

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Mary Anne Davis 01.31.09 at 10:43 am

OMG, you are shaming me into it, too!! I think I have been tagged 30 times! Yikes. Good for you. :) My list won’t be as good. (that’s why I haven’t done it- nagging insecurity and competitiveness) ;) ohoh, I’ve started my list on your blog….

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hilary 01.31.09 at 12:17 pm

i LOVE your list. i love your love of poetry. did you take the class at steepletop? i love the 25 list on facebook and am obsessed by it, even though i am not on facebook.
and–i am overwhelmed by life most of the time, too. xo

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Rebecca 02.03.09 at 10:19 am

I love #20, that you would think to isolate your favorite museum experience. If we could travel together I would take you to the Rothko Chapel and the Cy Twombly museum in HouTx. You would love these places.

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