On Giants' Shoulders

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

10 Random Facts

Karen said that if we read her blog we were tagged so here goes:

1. I was born in Vermont and have lived here my whole life. The only interesting thing I've done as far as that is concerned is to live in different parts of Vermont. I grew up in the center of the state, but I've lived both on the Canadian border (you could open my bathroom window and spit into Canda) and in the center west part of the state (Rutland County). I went to grade school in Northfield, high school in Randolph, and college in Burlington. For grad school it was a split between Northfield and Castleton, and then I ditched grad school for babies.

2. I play the piano and once upon a time played the violin (but never very well). I can't make any claims to being the musical one in the Swift family though. The musical branch of the family lives in the Bronx. However, unlike my late sister, I'm not tone deaf.

3. I have only written one real play in my life, I was 14 and just finishing 8th grade. It was a humorous sketch about a doctor a nurse and a patient.

4. I was voted class best actress in high school, but never acted again (well at least not on stage, I've done some pretty stellar performances in real life). I memorized the entire script of Sorry Wrong Number and could still recite the whole thing years later.

5. I was the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for our high school my senior year (which only shows that I was better at taking tests than keeping up with housework).

6. I taught public school for a year and a half before I got married. I also taught parochial school for a couple of months 3 years ago. Both experiences convinced me that I'm a far better homeschool teacher than classroom teacher and that homeschooled students are nicer than their institutionalized counterparts in general. Oh, I homeschooled my kids all the way until college and I still teach a class of homeschoolers.

7. I've never worked very long for a private company. Most of my paid employment was either with the state of Vermont or a public school. I spent my first year out of college working as a secretary for the highway department and spent most of my time that first summer coloring maps with colored pencils.

8. I have done some sort of volunteer work for most of the past 31 years. I volunteered at our local school, I was a La Leche League Leader, I was and am a 4-H volunteer, I taught Sunday School for years. Volunteers like mothers are often underappreciated.

9. I once fell asleep at a Janis Joplin concert. I wasn't drunk, I wasn't stoned, I was just incredibly tired and incredibly bored. It was Kakewalk weekend and it was simply one of the events on the schedule to which my date dragged me. No one can believe I could sleep through Janice, but even her screaming didn't keep me awake. Please note I didn't marry that guy, but the one I did marry was a Janice Joplin fan at one point. Fortunately, he also liked Simon and Garfunkle and the Carpenters which were much more my speed.

10. I could be transported back to Little House on the Prairie or Understood Betsy times and have a pretty good shot at surviving well. I know how to can, bake, preserve, clean a chicken, spin yarn, knit socks, even sew with a treadle sewing machine. I can operate a wood stove, churn butter, and write with a dip pen. I know how to plant herbs, start new cuttings, and dry them for winter. If we ever have a major crisis that knocks out the modern conveniences I'll be able to manage. Of course when the phone line went out today and I was without my internet connection for hours I wasn't so sure how happy I'd be if we lost all those conveniences. Still the romance of it is great.

So I'm tagging, Abby, Jim, Laura, Amanda, Susan, and Paul.


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