Saturday, June 09, 2007

Oh man! I guess I'm it.

Vicki M. Taylor, who is the author of the wonderful book Trust in the Wind (I reviewed this book here in May), tagged me, and now I have to come up with 8 unique things to tell you about myself. I'm not sure if these things will help you understand me or give you reasons to avoid me, but it's who I am.

1) I am a Laura Ingalls Wilder and Little House on the Prairie (LHOP) fanatic. I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to books by and about Wilder and her family. I've reviewed books about and by her daughter Rose Wilder Lane here at my blog. I watched Michael Landon's adaptation of these books when it originally aired in the 1970's and 80's. It remains my all time favorite show. I own a Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder, LHOP) Yahoo Group, administrate a LHOP forum, and have written many LHOP fan fiction stories. I have two Laura Ingalls Wilder writing projects in mind if I ever find the time to put them together.

2) I taught catechism in the Catholic Church for ten years and ran the elementary age program for five years, which garnered me the Pope Pious X award.

3) I have a Christmas fetish. Christmas is my favorite time of year. Of course, around here it's almost an all year round event. I finally put my oldest daughter's tree down in the cellar tonight. From Thanksgiving until some time in January, I have 8 trees inside my home and 7 trees outside. My goal is to have every room of my house decorated during the season (even the bathrooms). I'm pretty close now, but my mother-in-law says she hopes she's gone home to meet her Maker before I achieve my goal.

4) I worked fourteen years in retail; I was a bank teller for two different credit unions; I worked as an office manager for a manufacturing firm, and was a data management analyst for a Fortune 100 company before I left the workforce in 2004 to stay home with my kids.

5) Speaking of my children, I have a son who turned 20 last month and two daughters who are 5 and 3. It is strange having a child in college and one in Kindergarten, but I figure it could make for some interesting story ideas.

6) I ran for public office in 2003. I lost, but I still got 40% of the vote against a person who had lived in town for over twenty years.

7) I danced for over nine years. I had dreams of touring with a ballet company. When my mother became ill, I quit. It is one of my biggest regrets.

8) I can spread my toes out so much that it looks like I have bird feet. I don't know how I discovered this trait, but I loved grossing out my middle sister with it when we were younger.

Now that you know more about me than you ever cared to, I'll tag the following people: Sadie, Amber, Candela, JoElle, Peg, Rhett, Karina, and Joyce.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ewwww... now I know more about you then I wanted to!!! *LOL*

Ok so really most of them I already knew but remind me to never ask to see you feet!!

Your Little House and Dean Butler friend...


12:00 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

If you think the feet is weird, you should see what I can do with my hand. When I did this little trick it would gross out everyone, not just my middle sister--which was really fun by the way.

Thanks for checking in.


12:02 AM  
Blogger Vicki M. Taylor said...

When I was a kid, I read the LHOP books over and over. I couldn't get enough of them.

The only "physical" thing I can do that is weird is I can wiggle my nose. Yep. Not quite Samantha style. But I can. Got it from my mom.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I still read the LHOP books and the Anne of Green Gables series. I recently reread "The Long Winter" and reviewed it for our LHOP forum. It's still my favorite out of the entire series.

Thanks for checking in Vicki.


2:50 PM  
Blogger Tiff/Amber Miller said...

I did this a few weeks ago, and here's the link:

Thanks for tagging me though.

6:31 PM  
Blogger madhatter said...

okay...cheryl...I did the tag thingy on my blog...

kind of fun...hearing all this cool stuff about each other!


7:25 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

I knew all about the Little House fan stuff. But you ran for public office? That is totally coool!

I really didn't need to know about the toes, but hey, sure that info will come in handy some day. Heh!

~ forest elf

4:46 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Yeah, I ran for housing authority, which would have been a five-year post. It worked out well that I didn't get in because I was pregnant and then decided to move forward with my writing. Just proves that when God closes a door, He always opens a window.

As far as the toe stuff, the requirement was 8 unique things and that is about as unique as I get. LOL!

Thanks for stopping by.


6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl: I finally got my answers posted at:
This was fun :-)

1:47 AM  

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