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.