I’m reaching the point where I have more cyberfriends than I do physical ones, and one of my dearest is Jess Ferguson. Jess is the author of Praise, Prayers and Observations and a writer for the Times of Southwest Louisiana (SWLA). She is one of the most supportive, encouraging, and loyal people I know. I love her to pieces and I’m honored to know her.
Now my sweet, wonderful, encouraging friend just zapped me with the “Honest Scrap” Award. Whether it’s an award or a challenge I leave for you to decide. I have to reveal eight truths about me. Considering this entire weblog is about me and my mundane life, it will be difficult to come up with eight things my regular readers don’t already know.
But I’ll try:
1. I cry easily whenever something touches me, like Aggie Villanueva’s photography or Keith Wallis’s poetry. I’ve even been known to cry at commercials. I once cried so much during the praise music at our church, I washed all my makeup off. Now I wear only water-proof mascara.
2. I love to fish. Saltwater fishing whenever possible, but fishing in general. My mom would get me out of school sometimes and we’d play hooky at our favorite fishing hole.
3. The funniest lie I ever told was in response to a want-ad for a singer/guitar player for a band. I called the number, told the man answering that I could sing everything from Carly Simon to Karen Carpenter, and was prolific on the acoustical and bass guitars (I can’t play either–but I could sing quite a few of the songs of the era). I told him my name was Pepper Minte, and that I had a sister named Cinna Minte and a brother named Spear. Embellishment for that kind of lie is always necessary, so I also told him my parents had an odd sense of humor. He bought it.
4. The next lie I told was to get out of the job offer with the band.
5. My funniest sin was stealing my mother’s cigarettes when I was a kid. A friend had taught me how to slit open the bottom of the pack and take one from the middle, so I did. Before I could escape with my prize, though, Mom came into the room. With teenage quick thinking, I slipped the cigarette into my bra before she saw me. Too bad there wasn’t anything there to keep it from sliding straight to the floor.
6. I quit smoking in October 2008 after fighting the habit for almost ten years. (Celebrate with me, friends!)
7. In the sixth grade, I joined the school band and remained in it until I was a high school junior (when I dedicated my time to the choir until I graduated). I played clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon. My favorite of those is the bassoon–it has a personality all it’s own.
8. My favorite Sonic Happy Hour drink is a cherry chocolate Coke. I thought I was unique with my concoction until I heard someone else order one in a town four hours away from my own.
There you have it. More about me than you ever wanted to know.
Now it’s time for my favorite part: Zonking someone else with this award!
The eight people get to tell eight truths about themselves are:
- Victor Travison (aka Dave Kissling), The Book Lightwalker Files
- Liberty Speidel, Word Wanderings
- Suzanne Hartmann, Write at Home
- Tamera Kraft, Word Sharpeners
- Mel Nolte, Christian Fantasy
- Shaddy, Paper Cut Screams
- Winter Peck, Rodeo with a Twist of Suspense
- Terry Walker, Wayfarer Walk