Sunday, October 28, 2007

7 things about me

McHope at The Infertility Monster tagged me . . . nearly 4 weeks ago now (or is it 5 weeks?). Without further ado . . . 7 fun, quirky, interesting, odd things about me.

1) I still sleep with my baby blanket. Ok, not the same blanket, but as close a copy as I could get. There have been more than a few generations over the years. It is adult sized, but it still has the nice silky feel, it isn't too hot in the summer, yet is an extra insulation in the winter. Besides, I just like it.

2) I live for chocolate. I rarely get through the day without at least a few squares of the really dark stuff. I usually prefer 72% - 85% cocoa. Did I say "rarely"? I'm not sure if I ever get through a day without some of the good stuff. I reached the point in a pregnancy where junk food tends to make me sick pretty quickly so I have cut back on my chocolate consumption, but not by much.

3) I have a very strong right / wrong paradigm. That is, I feel that things should be done the right way and nothing else is good enough. That programming has caused me a lot of pain as I struggled to have a baby outside of having sex (obviously, the only right way to have a baby) and every step further from that we have come. A side effect of that is my desire to tell people they ought to recycle, breastfeed, sell the SUV, etc. I could be a lifestyle police force all by myself. As I have gotten better with allowing myself to see a wider range of "right", I have gotten better about allowing others to make their own best choices too.

4) I am a bit of a geek. When I was in junior high I used to watch the original Star Trek with a notebook so I could record important notes and quotes for later memorization. I could tell you the name of the episode and the season it aired within the first 2 seconds. I could probably still quote you some lines from some of my favorite episodes and come pretty close. How about Plato's Stepchildren where Alexander declares (after Kirk offers him a chance to develop telekinesis like his oppressors), "Do you think I want that? To become my own worst enemy?" Actually, I am pretty far off there I think. But from the same episode I am certain Spock sings, "Take care young maidens and value your wine. Be watchful of young men in their velvet prime. Deeply they'll swallow from your finest kegs and swiftly be gone, leaving bitter dregs." AND most importantly this episode showed the first interracial kiss on television. Uhura and Kirk barely manage a peck - but they did it.

5) I joined the US Peace Corps and was sent to The Gambia in West Africa. I was there 8 months . . . more than a bit shy of the 2 year commitment. I had been dating Brad for five years when I left. It is a long story, but it was the right thing to do at the time. Little did I know I would miss him so much. I cried every day, but it was worth it. It was my experience in my host compound that flipped on the maternal switch. I always thought I would want kids some day, but after hanging out with the women and children and babies for a few months, I couldn't wait to come home, get married and have kids. I came home, we got married and you know the story about the kids.

6) I love to dance. I absolutely love it. You could say I need it. For better or worse, I didn't take my first dance class until I was in college - a jazz dance class - and I quickly found out how little I knew about more formal dancing. I continued to take classes - mostly jazz and modern - ballet scared me as needing way more training than I had. Heck, in my modern dance class I was at least twice the age of most of the students and had a good 5 years on the teacher, but I loved it. Even when my leaps were more like low hops. Man, those 6 year olds could dance circles around me! My husband and I took partner style dancing for several years, but we have been out of practice for the last 3 or so. My most enjoyable dancing still takes place in my living room or kitchen where I can just let it all out.

7) I am a pirate who doesn't do anything. Seriously, the Ve.ggie T.ales song could be Brad's and my theme song. We can hang out in a cafe and read books any night of the week. Should we mow the lawn or take a walk? Yep, the walk wins every time. Notice how my blog is right out of blogger template? I haven't gotten around to that either. I haven't touched my blog roll in months. I have 3 bags of fall bulbs that I bought a month ago. I am confident I will get them planted. Tomorrow. Some quite cold day in November I will realize that it will be now or never and I will get them done. When we even have a semi-productive day, we call it a "Jon Day" after a friend of ours who can't sit still. It is late Sunday and I should probably get some laundry going, but then again, I could probably do it tomorrow instead.

There you have it. A little more about Kami. There are many, many bloggers I would like to know more about. I am going to suggest Meg at Perpetually Waiting because she has been particularly quiet lately and Peep from Conflicted - we just met and it would be nice to get to know her better.


Geohde said...

Mmmmm Chocolate.

I could really do with some about now.....not to bleat about me in a a post about you, but it sure sucks to bleed in the middle of an artificial cycle. When it's meant to be impossible. Urgh...


Me said...

"A side effect of that is my desire to tell people they ought to recycle, breastfeed, sell the SUV, etc. I could be a lifestyle police force all by myself."

This could have been me talking.

AwkwardMoments said...

Fun post .. I love getting to know people this way. Yum Chocolate and no i will be singing the veggie tails song all iday .. my husband loves that song - he secretly (or not so secretly) wants to be a pirate

niobe said...

I have to say that, just from reading your blog, I never would have imagined you the way you describe yourself. It's fascinating to have this window into how people view themselves.

Lori Lavender Luz said...

Ha. I have a notebook somewhere of the stardates and episode titles of The Next Generation.

What weirdos we are!

lub said...

Thanks for sharing! I love those things. I wish I was to the point in pregnancy where junk food made me sick- I am a junk-y!

One View said...

I agree with Niobe. Just from reading your blog, I would have never guessed some of things you shared. I'm learning a totally new side of you from this post. Thanks for sharing. Its always nice to get to know more about our bloggers outside of IF.

I LOVE chocolate too.. :) :) especially dark. Most of my friends only like milk so they always give me the dark. They say dark chocolate lovers are real chocolate lovers... :)

MrsSpock said...

Another Trekkie in the IF Blogosphere? Whoo Hoo!

All my cats have had a Star Trek middle name. I'm still trying to convince my husband Tiberius (as in James Tiberius Kirk) would be a good middle name for a boy.

Lisa said...

I didn't realize how many female Star Trek dorks there are out there. I'm sorry to say I am not one of them. It's good to know you a little better!

K said...

You are so interesting!

Kami said...

Lori - You are a geek! I haven't done that since Jr. High! ;) Nice to see all the Sci Fi ladies out there.

Any good book recommendations?

Kim - Interesting? Dorky, maybe.

I am a bit surprised I surprised people with a little more of my personality.

Thanks for your comments.

meg said...

Kami, thanks for all your great comments. Really helping. A lot!

And I love the dark chocolate too--it's really the only way to go.