Ok, it’s not about mystery today. Someone on Facebook provoked me (or is it tagged? I forget) to do one of those “write 25 things nobody knows about you” or something like that. Possibly it’s too much information, or at the very least an overshare, but I trust you’ll forgive me. Here you go:
1. It really bugs me when businesses choose cutesy names that include misspelled words like Kwik Wash and Sun Your Bunz.
2. As much as I love winter holidays, when the first breath of spring comes along it reminds me of how I felt as a child when I knew it was time to start counting the days until school was out.
3. I miss the time when it was not only acceptable, but expected, to put a dollar’s worth of gas in the car and cruise Main Street for hours. I especially hate that my kids never knew such a time.
4. I love getting a case of a client’s advance review copies in the mail. It’s like a box full of hope for a new beginning.
5. When I read things (all too often) like wolla when it should be voila or would of when it should be would have it’s usually enough to make me put down the book and not read another word.
6. When I was in junior high, I won a contest in Tiger Beat Magazine to get a phone call from Davy Jones of the Monkees. I wasn’t home when he called and he never called back. Nearly broke my heart.
7. When I moved to a small school in the fourth grade, I was promoted to the fifth grade because I was ahead of the class. When I was in high school, I took Jr. English by correspondence so I could graduate a year early, mostly because they wanted to get rid of me. I was a bit of a troublemaker (thus the name Rebel…). Course, I outgrew it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
8. I’m reasonably certain that chocolate is the fifth, and best, food group.
10. Good music can change almost anything. Good includes, but is not limited to, Beatles, Stones, Hall & Oates, Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Three Dog Night, Creedence Clearwater and even Leon Russell some days…yes, I’m a child of the 70s.
11. Blogging does not come easily to me. I know, you’re shocked.
12. I love to learn. If I could, I’d stay in school the rest of my life.
13. I know I shouldn’t but I love fried eggs and bacon with waffles.
14. I still think that jeans and Reeboks qualify as wardrobe staples.
15. It galls me that I gave birth to five children with little or no medication, yet a tiny mouse can provoke me to scream like a girl.
16. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is my favorite group of movies bar none, and the LOTR Trivial Pursuit my favorite game. Tolkein rocks. And I’m not surprised that he and C.S. Lewis were friends.
17. The card game of Rook was banned from the dormitories of our university the semester after my then-fiancé (now my hubby) and I conducted multiple tournaments that caused some students gasp to skip classes.
18. I was also accused that semester of practicing kung fu (I did) in the nude (I did NOT), perpetuating that Rebel nickname.
19. I have a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and am currently working on a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Criminal Justice. I plan to complete my PhD within the next five years.
20. When at Bouchercon or any other convention where there are a lot of people, many of whom know my name when I don’t know theirs, you’ll usually find me hiding in the bar (not drinking) or some other relatively secluded place.
21. I love the music of the Bee Gees although I don’t, and never did, participate in disco.
22. I used to play on the basketball team and run track. Sometimes I wish I still did. I love to be outside.
23. I like jigsaw puzzles and buffalos and teapots.
24. I don’t watch much TV but I still like to watch Home Improvement sometimes. I have absolutely no valid explanation for that.
25. Watching my children grow into independent, full functioning adults is a wonderful, even exhilarating, experience and I find it hard to believe I had anything to do with it but I’m really glad I got to be a part. They are the best part of me.
26. Bonus: Capt. Scott Huckabee, formerly of the CCPD, taught me many things while chatting in his office and riding in the squad car, and inspired a love and respect for law enforcement and criminal justice. He was the first to explain to me that BEM stands for booger eating morons. And that it’s hard to hit a target you can’t see. Those little bits of trivia that somehow shaped my life.
Till next time,