Here goes nothing:
1. MY HOMECOAST I have never lived - nor can I ever live - more than a 45 minute drive from the ocean. The Pacific Ocean has been my homecoast (sort of like hometown only not so crowded) and will always be my best ocean friend but I am not actually married to it. As kids we played at Tin Can Beach and vacationed in camp grounds down in Baja California. As a college student, I hung out at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and went camping at Big Sur. Post college, my beach haunts have mostly been on the NorCal coast. I can get to a pleasant restful beach in 25 minutes. I can get to cliffs and crashing waves in 35 minutes. Love it.
2. SOLITUDE AND SILENCE Sometime I am going to do a whole post about the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory. For now, though, I am going to tell you that I have most people fooled on the extrovert/introvert scale. I suspect that the people with whom I work and socialize would emphatically claim that I am an extrovert. HA! I am only a good learner and learned long ago that extroverts are more acceptable. I also learned that life appears easier as an apparent extrovert so I can play that role well, very well. Truth is, I get exhausted doing that and the real me comes out after hours. Give me solitude and silence anytime.
3. BOOTS! BOOTS! BOOTS! So here's the deal. I don't get along so well with winter. We just
don't appreciate each other enough, I guess. One thing about late fall/winter/early spring , though, is that I get to wear boots. Not those wimpy ankle boot things and not hiking boots nor cowboy boots but up to the knee, sometimes with maybe a two inch heel, strut your stuff boots. My boots are not only made for walking, they are made for striding with focus. They come with skirts and tights or jeans and scarves but always they come with a presence. They are sexy and they say, "Look out, people, here I come." But always with a smile.
4. THE APPLE CULT Yes, I am a longstanding, card carrying (iphone carrying?) member of the Apple Cult (Steve Jobs, may you rest in peace). I love my MacBookPro, my current iphone (4s), my "music box" (aka a tiny shuffle and earbuds that I take to bed at night), and maybe, maybe, maybe Santa will spring for an ipad this year. Even though I have a full time "real" job, I worked at the one and only Apple store in Somoma County for about six months about three years ago. My sole purpose in working there was to gain more knowledge about technology in general and, specifically, about Apple products. I LEARNED a great deal but I also BURNED myself out. Future employment gigs may have to wait until I can leave the "real" work world. In the meantime, I play and marvel at what technology brings to my world.
6. BEATING THE SUN UP (as in, beating the sleepy head sun out of bed in the morning) I have always been an early riser. As a kid I got up early (as did most members of my family) and the habit has been mine ever since. I typically wake up alert, ready to take on the day. When I was in college I began a daily exercise habit that lasts until this day. I do enjoy moving and I enjoy the solitude, particularly the early morning solitude. The outside world is still and quiet and I have time to think. For about 25 years I ran every morning. Sometimes I ran on the college track, sometimes in the neighborhood, sometimes (on weekends) in the hills near where I lived. There came a point where my knees were screaming too much so running became bike riding, and/or walking, and/ or elliptical cross training. I like to throw in a couple of short weight training sessions every week just for fun. I love the stretching part of exercise but it is the first part to be sacrificed to the gods of time. I will likely pay for that someday, if I am not already.
7. CUT FLOWERS In my ideal world, I spend a regular amount of time out in the yard, futzing in the garden. Notice I said "ideal world"? The real world won't allow me much time for that so I get hints of outdoor flowers in the spring and summer and a few that last into winter. About ten years ago, a friend of mine opened a small flower shop and that's when my cut flower habit began. I would stop in weekly and she would teach me what flowers "went together" that week. I blew between five and ten dollars of my hard earned money on a simple bouquet to put on the kitchen island every work. When my friend had to close her flower shop down a couple of years later, it was too late for me. I had grown fond of the lift I experienced every time I walked into the kitchen and saw the simple fresh flowers. I continue to give myself that gift nearly every week. It is such a simple thing to make me smile.
So there you have it. Seven things about me, none of them particularly exciting but all of them quirks that make me me. I will pass the Versatile Blogger Award on to Mark and anyone else who wants to pick it up.