50 Things About Me

 I've been meaning to do this forever and a day (and I think I did it back in the day, but that blog is long gone...).  Here's 50 things me. 

1.  I moved around my whole life, and now I'm settled in the Land of Enchantment.  Never leaving.

2.  My family is very small.  I only have 1 brother and 1 cousin.  

3.  My mother emigrated to the U.S. at age 12.  She was born in Poland.

4.  I don't like dresses, and have always been something of a "tomboy".  

5.  I can't walk in heels.  I would break a leg.

6.  I've been married three times.  The last one stuck, and we've been married 17 years.

7.  My paternal grandfather committed suicide when my father was 4 by driving into a tree.  He had bipolar disease and was an alcoholic.

8.  My family once owned a roadhouse in New England called The Nine Owls.  

9.  My favorite colors are jewel tones, purple, emerald, fuschia.  

10.  I rarely get dressed for work, now that I work remotely.  I do have a wide array of comfy pajamas though.

11.  Bras are from hell.  I have always hated being big-breasted, and wish I had done the breast reduction thing a zillion years ago.  Too late now.

12.  I have struggled with mental illness my whole life.  It literally took decades for me to get a proper diagnosis and the right meds.

13.  Horses were the love of my life until I was in my 20s, on my own, and couldn't afford them anymore.  I was an accomplished equestrienne, and often wonder what happened to all the ribbons and trophies I collected along the way.  I honestly can't remember.

14.  I can't do things that require me to do two separate things with my hands, like playing guitar, or piano, that sort of thing.  Oddly, I can type 120 words a minute.

15.  I had cats my whole life until I met second ex, and he had dogs.  I can't imagine life without a dog these days.

16.  Maddie, our Texas Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog/Australian Shepherd mix) is a nut case but the sweetest girl ever.

17.  I have a pastel portrait of our last dog, Ginger, hanging on the wall of our house.  I have no portraits of the cats.  

18.  Mom moved out here a little over a year ago from South Carolina.  I'm still not sure she likes New Mexico, but I know she likes having me around.

19.  Politically, I'm a moderate liberal.  

20.  More about what I believe can be found in the sidebar of the blog.

21.  I used to love cooking, then my OCD got very bad.  I was afraid to cook because I was afraid it would not be perfect.  I didn't cook for 15 years.  In 2020, I got on the right medication for OCD, and it changed my life.  Cooking is my hobby now.

22.  I consider myself a foodie, and love everything food related--restaurants, cookbooks, cooking, etc.

23.  My favorite cuisines are New Mexican, Creole/Cajun, Southern, and anything Asian.

24.  I grew up in Mississippi, and was mostly always embarrassed by that. 

25.  I am an abuse survivor (not from anyone in my family)

26.  I have been agnostic most of my life, but I do pray to something greater than myself.  I'm not big on organized religion.

27.  I hate lima beans, bananas, and mealy apples.

28.  My favorite food is chips and salsa.  I literally could eat it morning, noon, and night.

29.  The weirdest thing I eat, according to my husband, is "raw" eggs (which in the rest of the world, we call soft boiled).  I love a runny yolk.

30.  The weirdest thing HE eats is innards.  Chicken livers, tripe, tongue, etc.  Ugggh, just no.  The only innard related thing I eat is liverwurst, which I have loved since I was a kid. 

31.  I am a re-watcher of movies and re-reader of books.  I find it relaxing and soothing to fall into something I really like.

32.  I hate showers, and avoid them when I can.  I don't like water on my head.  I love baths, and have a garden tub to take them in.  I call it my mini-pool.

33.  I was the editor of my high school yearbook, and I don't own a copy.  It got lost along the way.

34.  I was bullied throughout 6th grade by a boy named Robert, in Connecticut.  It was so bad, I refused to go to school.  He made fun of my Mississippi accent, called me a hick, and dumb, and ignorant.  After that experience, I worked very hard at taming my accent, and most people can figure out I'm from the South, but not where.  I'm OK with that.  I have never forgotten that experience, and it colored much of my insecurities throughout a lot of my life.

35.  I'm not a big fan of jewelry.  I like it on other people, but only wear my wedding rings.  I've even given up earrings.

36.  I have a daughter and 2 grandchildren, a boy and a girl.  We are not close, which is a bummer, but it is what it is.  Divorce sucks.

37.  My favorite vacation ever is a tie between a camping trip in Canyonlands, Utah with ex number 2 and the second trip to Puerto Rico with hubs.  They were both amazing.

38.  I miss my Dad a lot.  Even though he could be a shit, I admired him so much, and know that he loved me.

39.  I am a registered nurse, and have been for 30 years.  I left the bedside after 10 years in ICU/OR, and haven't looked back.  I like being behind the scenes.

40.  My first career was as a technical writer in the nuclear power industry.  Go figure.

41.  My Dad got me the job.

42.  One of my favorite TV shows is Chopped.

43.  I've always wanted to travel to Great Britain, but I doubt that I'll ever make it happen.  The idea of being on a plane for that long just makes me shudder.

44.  The favorite food from my childhood is my mother's potato pancakes.  She calls them "Kartoffelpfannkuchen".

45.  I have a side gig that I work, about 10 hours a week, doing oncology abstraction.  What is that, you might say?  Basically, I go through medical records looking for very specific data points that can't easily be captured without clinical knowledge -- basically, it requires a person, not a computer, to do it.  I can see this being another career avenue for me someday.

46.  I love my house.  This is the first house in all my adult life that I have decorated, and it's so cozy and warm, and it just makes me very happy to look around at all the things we've collected, the photos, and such.

47.  I love to dance, but am not graceful in the least.

48.  I look like my mother, but my personality is my father's, or so I've been told.

49.  I am kind, especially to the elderly.  

50.  I still Ma'am and Sir everyone older than me, or in a position of authority.  You can take the girl out of the South, but it's hard to get the South out of the girl.

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