Monday, June 11, 2007

I've Been Tagged

I have been tagged by no less than three (three for the Trinity) people: mompriest, lj, and serena. Good grief! Talk about overkill. Soooo...I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.

1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

3.At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. (although I think it might be difficult for me to come up with 8... so many people I "know have already been tagged!)

4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

So here goes:

1. I'm left-handed. This has caused a few problems along the way, learning to knit, for example, ironing (I discovered that I should stand on the other side of the ironing board), and learning to tie my shoelaces, of all things. My mom couldn't figure out how to teach me how to do it, so every day of Kindergarten she would just do it for me. Until the day we had "a shoe-lace tying contest" at Kindergarten, and I couldn't do it. The little boy who lived two houses down from us, Dan, sat me down on the curb in front of our house and taught me.

2. I wanted to be an author starting from the age of about 7. I used to write my own Dick and Jane stories -- thought mine were more interesting. I tried short stories, a mystery, poetry, a couple of science fiction stories, and even short plays. My sister illustrated a couple of "works." At various points I would look at past stories, poetry and etc. and discover that they weren't as good as I thought, and then I would throw them away. Now that makes me kind of sad.

3. I type 80 words a minute. My mother told me if I wanted to be a writer, I should learn to type, so I learned. I worked as a typist during the summers through college, as a secretary after college, before seminary.

4. My mother is Norwegian and my father is Swedish, which is considered a mixed marriage in Minnesota. I'm Lutheran through-and-through, although in college I forayed into charismatic religion (I drew the line at being slain in the spirit, though).

5. During my senior year of seminary, I played the part of Eliza in a church production of My Fair Lady. I enjoyed learning two accents. I still passed all of my classes. The first time I drove out to South Dakota, I listened to the sound track and sang all the way out there.

6. I have been a pastor for 13 years. My first churches were in NE South Dakota. I had three small churches that I pastored for about 4 years. I am now an associate pastor in a larger congregation in a first-ring suburb.

7. The first thing I learned to cook was spaghetti. In high school I often cooked supper because my mom was working. We had a lot of spaghetti (and hamburger helper, too). (This does not include the open-face sandwiches I made for my little brother. I used cookie cutters to make shapes out of the lunch meat and cheese -- got it from the Betty Crocker kids cookbook.)

8. I got married for the first (and I hope only) time to a wonderful man (and great composer and guitar player) at 41. I have taken a few detours in life, I guess. I have two step-sons, and I am neurotically attached to my dog.

Okay: I'm going to tag Marsha, Dogblogger, Dorothy (who probably won't play), and Singing Owl. But I'll have to figure out how to tag them tomorrow A.M. I'm also going to tag JWB and leah.

16 comments:

Serena said...

Great play! And, boy are you popular! I only got tagged once -:)

Serena said...

Okay, I feel better ... I was tagged twice -:)

Singing Owl said...

Okay, this is cheating maybe, but I just recently, verrry recently, was tagged with a very similar meme. :-) If you wanna see it,
here is a link.

mompriest said...

Good play, and obviously your time, since three of us tagged you!

lj said...

Nicely done. I was in high school musicals and wrote short stories as a child, too. I started in 2nd grade after I plowed through the Little House books and decided I wanted to be just like Laura Ingalls. Of course, I didn't grow up as a homesteader ...

JWD said...

Woohoo! I've never been tagged before! I was starting to feel like the last kid picked for the schoolyard kickball game. :)

Thanks. I'll sleep on my answers and post tomorrow.

Barbara B. said...

I had to laugh about your "mixed marriage" in Minnesota comment (with your mother being Norwegian and father Swedish) -- so true there!

RevDrKate said...

What a great play. I resonated as a left-handed, former Twin Citian with a yen to publish! LOL at the mixed marriage. Only in Minnesota!

mompriest said...

diane, I left a note on my post but will leave on here as well: to find the article go to www.alban.org then click on Conversations then search for A Saving Remnant. Should come up, although you may need to be a member to access it. Then again it is worth joining...

more cows than people said...

hey diane, i'm thinking of you, truly, in what you have assessed will be a stressful week.

i have been tagged umpteen times for this... i'm think i might share more than eight things, consequently, but... not now... it's a semi-stressful week for me too. i'll be interviewing you when this week is through, k?

hey, btw, i'm glad we've found each other.

peace to you, more cows

Marsha said...

Ohmigosh... I've been traveling all day to find a tag when I arrive at my destination. I will try to respond to the tag tomorrow Diane. My brain is a little fuddled (muddled and fuzzy) at the moment and I probably couldn't come up with a coherent thought right now if my life depended on it.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

oh dear there is no such thing as a neurotical attachment to a dog. They are holy beings... often so much holier than we are. :)

Leah said...

Ok, Diane--you got me! Hey, sorry I haven't been able to respond sooner; with my home puter close to dead, I'm online now for the first time since Sunday, so it may be a while before I can respond, but I assure you I'll come over here and link to whatever I write. Happy Wednesday!

DogBlogger said...

We finally found time to play!

Leah said...

Diane! Hi! Hey, I started my 8 things, but haven't finished yet; I want to wait until I have time to tag before actually posting mine. Blessed Sunday!

Leah Sophia said...

Almost three months later, 8 things about me! With all the interviews, etc. making the rounds, I figured it was time to finish and in the end, it wasn't all that difficult, after all. Hugs and healing purrrrs to you and Scout.