I have to tell you seven things

I’ve been a rather lazy blogger lately, haven’t I? I wish I could say it’s because the Muse graced me with 50,000 words on my WIP, but such is not the case. Among other things, I’ve been busy with the Super Secret Project, researching book marketing options, and dealing with cell phone problems. Only one of those was enjoyable.

A couple of weeks ago, Lynn Davidson honored me by giving me the Versatile Blogger award. I’m sure she thought I forgot about it, but I didn’t. At that time, I had just blogged about two other blog awards and thought I should wait awhile to announce another one. So, thank you for the Versatile Blogger award, Lynn!

One condition of this award is that I’m to pass it along to 15 other bloggers, but since I so recently passed awards on to 13 bloggers, I’m not going to honor that condition this time. The other rule is that I have to reveal 7 things about myself.

It seems I have no trouble talking about myself on this blog, so it was hard to think of seven things I’d not already revealed. Never fear. I’d done this before, and most of you weren’t following this blog then, so I’m recycling.

1. I hate the taste of coffee … in any form. A bad experience with a coffee cream is why I have to break open every chocolate in my box before I put it in my mouth.

2. I get anxious and irritable when I sweat. Seriously, you wouldn’t want to be my workout partner.

3.  I tend to read magazines from back to front. I’ve always done this, but I don’t know why. It’s somewhat confusing. I never do this with books.

4.  I have only one lung. When I was thirteen, I had a pneumonectomy.

5.  Lukewarm food disgusts me. Hot food should be served hot. I’ve even been known to pre-heat the dinner plates.

6.  I gave my very important final report for sixth grade social studies on Atlantis. I had a tolerant teacher; she gave me an A.

7.  I’ve come this close to choking to death two times. The first time, I was about six and lingering at the breakfast table with my father and grandfather. I choked on a piece of bacon. I remember being surprised that I couldn’t breathe, then scared, but I didn’t alert either of them. My world started going black around the edges. The next thing I knew, the room was bright again, the bacon was gone, and my father and grandfather were still carrying on their conversation, oblivious to my close call.

The second time, I was in my late twenties and eating pizza with my husband and another couple. Suddenly, I couldn’t breathe. They all looked at me when I jumped out of my chair, and I recall seeing the moment they realized I was choking, but I also saw their panic and knew they had no idea what to do. I had one clear thought: I’m going to die. Then, acting purely on mother’s instinct, my friend Karen jumped up and jerked my arm straight up. The force ejected the bit of pizza crust and I breathed again.

There you go. I can imagine how thrilled you are that you took time to read my blog today. Why don’t you tell me something I might not know about you?

28 thoughts on “I have to tell you seven things

  1. I hate lukewarm food too! I like it HOT and GMR always gapes because he can’t believe I can eat food that hot . . . but if it’s supposed to be hot and it’s lukewarm – ugh . . . especially things like soup.

    Something about me not many people know: I hate bare feet on me – if someone puts their bare foot on me, I crinnnnge — unless it’s my granddaughter *laughing*

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    1. Kat, I’m glad to know my aversion to lukewarm is not just something weird about me as my husband thinks. 🙂

      Well, I’m barefoot most of the time, so if we ever meet in Real Life, I’ll remember to keep mine well away from yours. 😀

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  2. #2 – anxious and irritable when sweaty: That makes you the perfect workout leader instead. 🙂

    #5 – pre-heated dinner plates: One local restaurant, now closed, did this with their charger plates. I always liked the place. Too bad a street realignment project took away their business. Regarding lukewarm food, it has to be good for me to eat it.

    #6 – the Atlantis report: It had to exist – either in the Mediterranean, middle of the Alantic Ocean, or in the Caribbean. That’s what all the Atlantis documentaries say. 🙂

    #7 – your choking incidents: Too, too scary.

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  3. I don’t like the taste of coffee either, but I love the smell. So every now and then I think if it smells so good, it should be good, and I try it. I am always sorry after. (When will I learn!)

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    1. Well, Darlene, I hate the smell too, so I’m never tempted like you are. I remember when our Barnes & Noble first added a coffee shop (not Starbucks, back then) and ruined the book browsing experience for me. 😦

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    1. What an interesting question, Mary Jean! There’s no “if” in that for me. I have no knowledge of specific lives, but I often wonder if there are clues in my affinities and aversions. Speaking of reincarnation, also in 6th grade, I gave a report on India and that was when I first realized not everyone believed in reincarnation. Until then, I’d never discussed it with anyone because I’d just figured it was a fact everyone knew.

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  4. No coffee and a potential choking victim? I can see we’re going to have some anxious moments during sleep-overs!?! 😉
    Hello, Miss Linda. How are things? It is always good to hear from you. I’m crazy busy, but wanted to take this moment to check in with you. Take it easy, ok? I don’t want to see your name on the evening news unless it’s talk of a blockbuster novel. Okay? *waves*

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  5. Hi Linda,
    I think it’s okay if you pass the award on to a few others later. Actually, 15 is a high number and not everyone has stuck with that required number but mentioned only a few other bloggers.

    You mentioned very interesting tidbits about yourself, four of which fit me fairly well, too.

    We do have our quirks, don’t we? 🙂

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  6. I’m overjoyed to find out there are actually three of us.
    You, Chris King and I all read magazines and newspapers from back to front. I’ve never admitted that before. It’s not just mags and newspapers though. When you were writing your 6th grade dissertation on Atlantis I was reading comic books from back to front. It’s a relief to let that out.

    Who was that 6th grade teacher?

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