Because, let's face it, I blog because I want a place to talk about me. Well, I am kind of joking but not really. This is my place to be me, to write my thoughts, and to ramble on aimlessly when I feel like it, but a little more information about me might be nice. I think all you know about me so far is that I love books, I have a husband and children, and I am going to London in April. (Hurray! I will mention that at every opportunity. Sorry.) That doesn't really tell you much though, does it? So here are the first few facts about me that pop into my head.
I am an introvert and shy. No, those are not the same things. And yes, I knew I was an introvert before the internet made it popular. The whole introvert thing is a blog post in and of itself. I have a lot of thoughts meandering through my head about the subject. I'll save them for later. The shy thing is probably why I have a blog. I just find it easier to write than talk unless I know you well. I came across a quote I like in The Ginger Griffin. The heroine was described as being "caught, as usual, between the flood of her ideas and the lack of words in which to clothe them." If I know you I talk too much but strangers think I am quiet. My husband can't understand how they could ever think that. Poor man. Apparently the flood of ideas and the words in which to clothe them come together when I am around him.
I grew up in Connecticut, moved to Illinois when I got married, and then moved back to Connecticut about eight years later. Illinois was fine, we lived outside Chicago, but it is just so flat and treeless. I felt exposed all the time. The east coast is so cozy and hilly and full of trees. My husband says it can be claustrophobic. He likes wide open spaces. Funny how we are affected by where we are raised.
I like to bake. I especially like to bake if I am stressed. If my family comes home and finds the kitchen counters covered with various baked goods they know to watch out. That is a sure sign I am having a bad day. Oh, I also express my affection through baked goods. If you have never received cookies from me then maybe I really am not too fond of you.
To go along with that, I am gluten intolerant. I know it is faddish now but my doctor suggested giving up gluten in an attempt to control horrible migraines. It helped though it isn't a cure. So I bake but can't eat it. Life isn't fair.
When I was a child I wanted to be a travel writer. I couldn't believe people were paid to travel the world and then write about it. It still sounds like a dream job to me.
I met my husband in Germany. We were both on vacation. We got married a year after we met.
I am the most uncoordinated person I know. Organized sports are a nightmare, I can't dance to save my life, and exercise videos are a...challenge.
Cheesecake is my favorite dessert. I also like to bake cheesecake. I rarely give that away. If you are given cheesecake by me you must be one of my favorite people in the world.
I have always wanted to live in Europe. I think I need to be a travel writer based in Europe. Could life get any better? And then I could learn another language which would be fantastic.
I must be boring because I have had trouble coming up with these facts. Or else I just over analyze. I kept thinking "Do you really want to tell everyone that?" Though really, I should spill all my secrets now when there aren't too many of you reading.