Monday, May 23, 2011

Tell us something about you...

Here's the deal. I get nearly 900 hits a day.

Just a smattering of people ever comment.

So..I want to know all of you...

What if I ask a question?

Let's see who is out there...

Tell me (us) something that not many people know about you.

Or if that is too intrusive...tell what your favorite movie or book or television show is.

Or answer all above.

I really, really want to know who you are.

And this will help.

I'll start.

Something not many people know about me is that...I am nearly a perfect shot with a gun. How this happened is beyond me, because, seriously...I have never owned one. I only found out at a party out in the country when I was dared to try to hit a can off a fence. And I did it. Perfectly. 4 times.

That is something EASY to tell. Something HARD to tell would be: I stole a tube of lipstick once when I was in my 30's. It wasn't as if I was hard up for cash, I was making good money at the time. I just..did it. Still don't know why. All I know is that my heart was pounding when I got out to my car, undetected. I've never stolen anything again. But...I didn't take it back in either. And I did use the lipstick.

Now...tell me something about you....

C'mon...I know you're out there...


Anonymous said...

Interestingly, I bet most of us were not surprised you're a perfect shot... Atticus! ;-)

Something about me: I think I must have been in a circus in a previous life... more than once, maybe (circular, that! ;-) I am always drawn to circus movies, stories, etc. and the real circus, too... tho' more the Cirque du S kind. Not a fan of animal acts.

I drink too much coffee.

I think a lot about spiritual matters and try to practice spiritual ways but still manage to be cranky and impatient with both loved ones and strangers.

I am both stronger and saggier than the average fifty one year old woman.

I once heard a raccoon speak.

That still doesn't make sense to me but I know it happened. I heard his voice sort of... actually talking... and then there he was... like in a myth or something...

I'm pretty psychic and feel rather mixed about it.

I love neuroscience.

I don't mind sleeping with a lot of stuff on the bed - books I've been reading, cats, that sort of thing.

I love the smells of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cinamon, coconut.


Jason, as himself said...

900 hits a day? And only a smattering of comments?

I don't understand. Your posts give me so much to comment about.

But, I'll play along!

Something easy to tell about me: I learned to speak Navajo when I was 5. But then we moved away from the reservation and I forgot about it all.

Something hard to tell about me:

I sometimes smear stuff like butter or dirty dish rag juice on my mother-in-law's glasses.

ChiTown Girl said...

Hmmm...let's see....

Not many people know that I worked in the grocery business for 10 years before I started teaching full-time. And, I LOVED IT! I would go back to doing that in a heartbeat, if I could make my current salary.

Favorite Book: Love You Forever
Favorite Movie: Coming to America
Favorite TV Show: Far too many to list!

Anonymous said...

Something easy to tell....I have a daughter the same age as Liv, who also plays the violin, and is being raised by two mothers and a close yet distant father in the dirty South.

Something harder to tell....I once cheated on my wife and she forgave me. I think it made our relationship even stronger. We have been together 11 years. I hate her as much as I love her. Regardless, I know Im the luckiest girl in the world.

Favorite Book: The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Favorite Movie: The Crow and Natural Born Killers
Favorite TV Shows: American Idol, Californication, Dexter, and True Blood.

Fiona said...

Reading every day but not commenting? Guilty as charged.

Random things about me:

I used to drink, heavily. I kept a bottle of vodka in my desk drawer for over a year. Then I resigned and sorted out my problem.

I know as much about scuba diving as any instructor and have never once put my face underwater using scuba gear. I opened, ran and sold a dive centre in the Canary Islands (mid-life crisis and trying too hard to make my then-boyfriend happy).

I'm a life-long chronic nail biter and have stopped biting my nails for the first time in 10 years. They're looking really pretty :)

I've been overweight since the age of 12 and still can't find a good enough reason to lose weight, not even being diagnosed with diabetes type 2.

That corgi :) said...

that is a lot of hits per day; winder if they think your blog is a baking one, LOL, because of your title (which I think is a cute one, that's what made me want to check it out)

something not many know about me......

love raw cookie dough though I know it is not the best thing to eat due to salmonella


sybil law said...

My easy is the same as yours - also a perfect shot! That's funny.
My hard - I once tripped a girl in junior high and she came to school 2 days later on crutches. I never told.

lyon de clarasvals said...

I just can't think of anything.... Oh, I found a dead hummingbird in the watering can this morning. I know it died sometime yesterday evening. I put it in a jar, it's so beautiful.
900? See we keep telling you, Write a book.

Peggy said...

I'm not signing in because I don't fancy everything being searchable...

I was a full blown agoraphobic for a number of years, and I let my family take full advantage of it,even as they refused to believe in mental illness. I did, but that didn't help much.

It's down to a very dull roar now. for which I give thanks on a daily basis.

On the fluffier side, I can take apart most anything, and am currently specializing in sheds and fencing.

Alesa Warcan said...

Sometimes your posts feel too private for me to comment on.
Besides what comment is worthy of big life assertions?
It's as if you were boldly saying "I am!", and I had nothing more to reply but "I am too." or "That's nice." or "I'm sorry that turned out that way." which all feel empty and trite no matter how much I mean them.

I do enjoy reading most of your posts, and insofar as a random person out in the interwebs can, I am rooting for you and yours.
Not many people know that I essentially flunked out of cooking-high-school... there were some petty school politics involved. But it does sound suitably dramatic when I say it that way. : j

Favourite book? Erm... Such a broad question with an ever shifting answer. Here's one that is always in my top twenty: "The bear went over the mountain" by William Kotzwinkle.

Movie? Same as above, here's one that has consistently been one of favourites for a while: Grosse point blank.

dive said...

Maria, you know just about all there is to know about me.
Hokay … what don't you know?
How's this? - I started out as trailer trash. Now I've moved up to being just trash.

Fen said...

I'm not sure whether I've ever commented on your blog, but here I am.

I used to fly helicopters, in what seemed like another life ago. I had a student license and my then partner was an instructor and I used to fly a lot. I do miss the flying, but not the ex!

lisa said...

I spend all my time reading blogs...really thats somethink everyone knows about me :) my life is way to boring to have a blog.

My girlfriend ended our six year long long distance relationship I thought we were going to spend the rest of our lives together...still in the hurt stage right now I guess its gunna take a while.

Australia wasn't for her :(
Cheers Lisa

Anonymous said...

Something easy to tell: I secretly adore Amish romance novels.

Something hard to tell: I binge eat M&M's. Like entire large size bags.

Favorite Book: All Things Great and Small
Favorite Movie: The American President
Favorite TV Show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

LL Cool Joe said...

Hmm, let's see.

In another life people used to stop me ALL the time and ask me for my autograph. They thought I was Kylie Minogue, and now in this life, I want to marry her.

How's that? ;)

Anonymous said...

Something easy about me... I tear up so easy. At commercials, ceremonies, church, when I see a person in uniform - totally random.

Something hard... coming out was one of the hardest things I have ever done for something that I know was right and true. I'd like to say that I don't care what others think or feel - but I do. When I look back, I wish I would have done things differently - with more confidence.

Anonymous said...

I first wanted to leave my husband when my last daughter was born, nineteen years ago. Apparently I'm a procrastinator of the finest order. That and her disability. And my depression.

Favorite book, "A Prayer for Owen Meany".

Sarahf said...

I'm very jealous of the 900 hits. Hmmm, something about me? I have lived and worked on 4 of the 5 continents, and have this weird desire to move to Africa just to make a point.
Favourite book: It's impossible to choose.
Favourite movie: Mary Poppins. I was obsessed as a child and it still makes me happy when I watch it.
Favourite TV show: Changes all the time. At the moment Mad Men and Chuck. I also love really cheesy Japanese dramas with boy band members in them.

Anonymous said...

Something about me not many people know... I'm jealous of my brother. Most people know we don't have an easy relationship and we don't really know what to do with each other. We're different from each other in so many ways. He's so easy going and social. His confidence I envy. He's a social butterfly, center of attention guy and I'm the wall flower shy hide from the crowded room person.

The easy, once when I was little my Mom packed up to leave my dad. I drew her a picture that said I'll miss you on the top, then I told her I was staying with my Daddy. I think that's the reason she stayed.

Favorite Movie Sabrina either version
Favorite Book Pride and Prejudice
Favorite TV Show Body of Proof, it's new and only has one season but I enjoy it.

True story said...

Something that no one knows.. hmm.. well, that's got to be several/many things, but here's one that comes to mind at the moment:

I love films. And I love TV shows. Not all of films and not all TV shows, but nevertheless. I am far away from somebody who will watch anything and in fact I'm pretty blunt about my movie taste. I'm far from a couch potato and in fact I don't watch TV, but get the few shows that I follow online. Now to the point: I think I have let media shape my idea of beauty. It doesn't have so much to do with weight (I don't like skinny bones, just prefer someone with normal weight), but more with face and general appearance I guess. Meaning I think I only lust after hot people. This does not mean I will be glad to date somebody who is beautiful and stupid, but I suppose it means I have an unhealthy image of a partner or a lover. They have to be hot and smart and perfect looking and so on and... that's just either non-existent or extremely hard to come by. It feels like I watched too many films and TV shows where only pretty people are on display. It kinda bothers me.

Jennifer said...

Okay - I'll speak up from lurkdom I've been enjoying your blog - thanks for sharing your writing with all of us.

ME: Canadian. Two-mom family with 3 kids. Overeducated homeschooling mom...

Easy to tell:

Favourite writers: Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood

Hard (ie: a bit embarrassing to tell)

Favourite tv show: America's Next Top Model

Mark said...

900 hits a day? How the hell does that happen? Seriously, email me and let me know how that happens.
I got nothing to hide. What you see and read about me is all there is about me.
My favorite T.V. show was Terminator until the gave it the ax. And on that note, my favorite Movie is T2. I can't get enough of Arnold. I should be his maid!
Your Friend, m.

Kaitlyn said...

Hmm...something not many people know about me is that I hold on to my previous faith (catholic) very strongly despite the lack of acceptance I feel from them these days...

I live in a mid-size town in Ontario, Canada, and am lucky to be marrying the girl of my dreams next April, although not in my parents church which hurts my heart (see above)

I am in the process of becoming a midwife, a long process, but something I really feel will change my future.

I read too much to pick just one book, but Harry Potter will always be at the top of my list.

This Mom said...

Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird
(A) Favorite Movie: Moulin Rouge
(A) Favorite TV Show: Bones
Can't pick just one movie or show...

So something about me huh?
I am not a good swimmer. I can't dog paddle or float and when I do "swim" it is only in a pool and it is just a quick movement from one side to another. It's really just the momentum that gets me there I think. Large bodies of water are a bit panicky for me for that reason.

I nearly always clean my plate when I eat. Literally. Shell jokes that I stop time and lick my plate because it is practically clean when I'm done eating. And I am not a "sopper" so it's not bread that wipes it all up. I'm just weird about leaving stuff on my plate.

Karen said...

Easy: I am a school librarian and I love my students. We have the best time.

Hard: I am going to visit a friend in Denver who is very sick and I am scared to death that I will cry in front of her.

Earth Muffin said...

I comment on almost all of your posts, but I'll play anyway.

Favorite movie: Almost Famous
Favorite book: The Red Tent
Favorite TV show: Weeds

Something not many people know about me...I am not a sports fan, but I have an uncanny knack for being able to match a city to a team name for football, baseball and most basketball teams. Give me the city, I can name the team and vice versa. I can only assume it's from osmosis, sitting in rooms where either my brother or husband were watching ESPN. That's an easy one.

The hard one...sometimes when I just don't feel like being around my very sweet, but very large and very loud family for holidays, I lie about our whereabouts. I say we have other plans when we actually don't. I don't do this for the BIG holidays, like Christmas or Thanksgiving, but I have been known to do it for 4th of July, Memorial Day and even this year on Mother's Day. My mom was out of town, so I wasn't blowing her off, just the rest of them. I love them all, but...GAWD. Sometimes they are just a bit much, you know?

Echo said...

I finished my MA in English Literature nearly a year ago, and have been waiting tables since. Before I finished grad school I was set on getting my PhD, but seeing how many people in academia are unsatisfied with their jobs is making me think twice. I'm considering teaching high school, which is a rather new consideration for me.

I live in Seattle at the moment. Love it, but have a difficult time justifying the cost of living here.

I too drink lots of coffee. The post-school free time I have on my hands has made it easy for me to read indiscriminately, and I highly recommend "Room," "The God of Small Things," and "Cutting for Stone."

I used to blog very regularly, when I was traveling a lot. I stopped when I stopped feeling like I had interesting things to say (which happened to coincide with the cessation of overseas trips). When I decided I had interesting things to say again, I was teaching college freshman and never resumed blogging for fear of being lurked by them :)

TV: The Killing, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, Dancing with the Stars

Music: Bob Dylan, Antje Duvekot, The Weepies, Ani Difranco, Neko Case, etc. etc. etc.

e said...

I've always wanted to own a laundromat. I love how they smell; the clean ones anyway. I love the smell of clean laundry. I think I was a laundress in a previous life. Doing the laundry is my favorite chore.

Julie H. said...

My secret: I am horrifically jealous of Santana from Glee in every way.

Thank you for blogging!

Anonymous said...

So many things you write about yourself are eerily similar to things about me/my feelings... might be a reason I continue to be a reader of this blog - you seem like a kindred spirit. For example, just from this post: I too am an excellent shot though I've never owned a gun (10/10). Also, I am your age, feel an echo in my spirit when you talk about the strong feeling motherhood evokes in you, was raised on the prairie, though considerably further south than you. I live in an historic neighborhood in a grand old house built in 1875 and love it and my neighborhood. I love words and all things science. I love working in my herb garden (at my home) and vegetable garden in our neighborhood's community garden. (I however, don't sing to my vegetables.) Current events and local, national and international issues fascinate me. I love Prairie Home Companion. Having lived a stint very close to Lake Woebegone, PHC never ceases to amuse me with its character sketches that ring so true for people I knew. My current favorite tv shows are Justified and Breaking Bad, with a little Mad Men thrown in. My choice in movies is usually something foreign or independent.

Who I am: female, christian, daughter, wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, host mom to two 'daughters' in Germany, sister, auntie, American, Native American, designer, thinker, perfectionist who likes reading, cooking, design, gardening, photography, family, travel, a good on-the-rocks margarita made by my husband, beaches, my country. My children + their spouses and grandchildren are the great joys of our life. I feel compelled to help those who ask. I get frustrated at people who should know better, but don't act on it. I think my/our generation has chased a dollar and good times over more serious issues to our and our country's detriment. (We are waht icall the Peter Pan generation - we have refused to grow up.) My heart aches when I see children being treated poorly by their parents. I've been known to intervene. I recently went one-on-one with a man trying to steal my purse (he won, I did not, but he had a getaway car and two accomplices and I was on foot!) I am not afraid to stake my ground and hold it. It is eery how many people I know tell me I should have been a counselor. Perhaps I missed my true calling.

Some things people may not know about me? I am a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation; I have a thing for salt: hawaiian, french, english, smoked, lemon, herbed; I wish I had taken more math in college; if I could go back and choose a something to do with the rest of my life, I'd learn more about agriculture and have a 'farm' helping at risk young women discover the power of hard work, being self-reliant, good nutrition, home grown food and the power they have to shape their world in a positive way.

Thanks for asking about us. I often ponder the interesting relationship a blog reader has to a blog's author. It can be very voyeuristic, one way relationship and that is probably not good for either party!

Anonymous said...

I have screwed up so much it would make your head spin. I regret all of it.
I am the best friend anyone can know. If I love you, you can tell me anything and that will not ever change.
I hate cockroaches.
I have two methods of getting rid of hiccups that are amazing.
And, I love reading your stories and learning about your life.
A heterosexual, married, Christian woman

sleep deprived said...

Another lurker:)

Easy: I lived in Thailand for a year and half, and gave birth to my second child there. I miss real mangos.

Hard: Um...I have four kids and even though I love them to death, lately I just want a break.

Ezekiel said...

Hard: I have a wife and a boyfriend. I haven't been able to tell people in 'real' life because I'm so scared of hurting them. I've been with my wife for over 11 years and with my boyfriend for almost nine. Everyone thinks we're just friends.

Easy: I can wiggle my second toe on my left foot independently. It looks neat.

I recently read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and I adored it.

Really enjoying The Big C [TV] at the moment.

Movie is harder, I love films. I think I'll go with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I loved it when I was little so it is a source of comfort for me, plus it is really good fun.

Frontier Mom said...

Guilty as charged....I adore reading your blog and keep you all in my thoughts and prayers, and yet don't comment.

Easy: I love writing poetry

Hard: My best poetry is inspired by the man I love...who isn't my husband.


Texas2Tennessee said...

Hey Maria...been reading your blog for a few years and do post comments every so often.

What you see is what you get when encountering me. Since we only encounter each other in cyberspace, I'll divulge that I am a compulsive liar.

MaMaMia said...

hmm. i wonder what you'd want to know about me. . . .past kind of stuff? maybe don't post this, ok? but i'll share with you. . . only had two sexual partners in my life. the first, a man, a sax player for Wynton Marsalis, the second, my female partner for almost 14 years. crazy?

Nicole said...

Soo I'm a lurker.

Also a grad student in engineering, I like to read you blog when I should be working on computer programs.

Thing not too many people know about: is that I moved to Europe for love, crazily with happy ever after mentality, but learned life is not a fairy tale.

Book(s): Wizard's 1st Rule (Series)
TV: Supernatural

Your blog is a favorite book of sorts also, I love the way you write, very descriptive. And you make 'normal' seem exciting somehow. So don't stop! :)


Camlin said...

I don't comment as much but I read as often as I used to.

Easy to tell: I used to weigh 300 pounds.

Harder....hmmm...I procrastinate and forget things because I am very disorganized. Or I used to be. I'm working on it.

Miss L said...

I only comment once in a blue moon, but i love this blog so. hard.

Easy to tell: I am a sex worker for my 9-5 job, and I LOVE it (am in a legal area of s.w. and I get paid well to make people happy all day).

Hard to tell: I want to become more of an activist, for s.w. rights, and queer rights, but I am terrified that I don't have the backbone or the nerve.