Inspired by a Jones Design Company post this week, here are seven things that you may not know about me, in bullet points. Not quite as in depth, and a lot more random, but here goes:
1. Approximately 32% of the reason that I became a teacher is so that I can
still buy school supplies each year. That may not be true. But it
might. I really love post-it notes, and new Sharpies, and don't even
get me started on the perfectly sharpened Ticonderoga pencil.
2. I am a complete and total introvert. Some people have laughed and don't believe me when I tell them this, but it is very true. Introverts are not necessarily shy all of the time, but are recharged by being alone, whereas extroverts are recharged by being with people. I love you all, but people exhaust me- which makes my career choice of teaching and work at church interesting and challenging. At the time of writing this, I have been in my apartment for over 48 hours, by myself, (thanks to no-school-cold-weather-days), and it has been the best and most rejuvenating thing ever.
3. I bite my nails. Trust, me I know that it is gross and unprofessional
and a good way to get sick. I (and in my younger days, my mom) have
tried many things to stop, but nothing has stuck. I gave it up for Lent
one year and did fairly well offering it up as a sacrifice. My friend
rewarded me with a manicure just before Easter, but about a week later
they were chewed to the quick again. So now I just keep them painted all
of the time in bright colors- it is much harder to chew on your nails
when they are covered in dark blue nail polish.
4. I entered the world of smart phones a couple of weeks ago. I had resisted for quite a while, but it was time to upgrade from my little slide-out-keyboard-can't-receive-every-other-text-message clunker and come into the 2010's. Honestly, one of the reasons why I had avoided getting a smart phone was an excuse to not be connected. People expect you to be available all of the time...and, well, see #2. However, I love technology and finding new ways to use it, so I have quite enjoyed having so many things at my fingertips. And, I can always turn it off if necessary, right?
5. If choosing, I would always pick a roadtrip over a plane ride. I love vacations that have low planning, spontaneous stops, and unforeseen adventures. Getting to your destination can be half the fun, and is a great opportunity to really get to know people.
6. I am a genealogy nerd. Well, I have been a genealogy nerd, and need to get back to putting some time in it. It was kind of a weird hobby to have in high school and college...visiting tiny libraries to find family records, dragging my parents to distant family reunions just to meet other people who could share information, hand writing letters to people decades older than me who knew my family way-back-when. I literally have had nightmares about loosing my family scrapbooks in a fire or seismic fissure or volcanic eruption.
7. Speaking of nightmares, I have very vivid realistic dreams, and I usually remember them. From being a Jew in Nazi controlled Germany, to witnessing a demonic possession, to random (untrue) happenings in the lives of people I know, I never know what I am going to dream next. I don't usually hold on to the stories for too long each day unless they are really weird/scary/funny or I have someone to tell first thing in the morning. My family got a few ear fulls during the two weeks we spent together over Christmas break. Maybe I should write a book...
What are seven random things that describe you?
Thanks, Kelly for hosting!