- My three biggest fears in life are, in no particular order, flying, dentists and snakes. I can face the first one with some small amount of courage. No such luck with the other two. Ask anyone who has been out walking with me when I have encountered a snake. Or who has seen me after major dental work.
- My socks must match some part of my wardrobe. I know that post with the picture of me walking the dog early in the morning might seem to indicate otherwise, but it is true. My dad was the same way, so possibly there is a gene of some sort responsible for this. In the picture above I can guarantee you that my socks had at least some blue in them. If they didn't I would definitely not be smiling.
- In the past I have been employed as a truck driver. Not the kind who drives huge transport trucks across the country and eats at greasy diners along the way. I was the kind who drove trucks in wheat fields and hauled the loads to grain elevators. It was all part of growing up on a farm.
- One of my biggest pet peeves in life is people who talk incessantly but don't have anything to say. Imagine my excitement when I read about the latest technology coming out of Japan. It is a speech jamming gun that stops people from talking by freezing the brain. In my experience the people I know who need this technology applied already have frozen brains, but still, it might just work.
- I have a degree in mathematics, which seems odd considering most of my knitting mistakes are because I don't seem to be able to count. I take heart in the fact that I once sat through a university math lecture where the professor could not get a formula to work out. He spent the whole hour trying to get it to come together, only to discover at the end of the class that he had added something wrong at the very beginning. This would have been a member of the same math department that had several professors who went out to cut some fire wood. After careful calculations as to where the tree would fall they proceeded to chop it down. It landed squarely on top of their truck.
- In spite of the fact I have a fairly good grasp of mathematics, I have absolutely no spatial sense. It is like I was born without an inner gyroscope. This would account for the fact I consistently park my car at least two feet from the curb.
- I have always been very good at sports with the exception of golf, bowling and billiards. I think my failure with these three is due to that spatial sense defect. I might be the only person on the face of the planet who has unintentionally had both a bowling ball and a golf ball go backwards instead of forwards.
- My body's reaction to stress is to turn off the memory switch in my brain. The first time this happened was when Alexandra was a toddler and got air ambulanced to Children's Hospital in Vancouver. For the first three days she was there I could not for the life of me remember the name of the disease she had been diagnosed with in spite of the fact I had been told repeatedly what it was. I remember feeling a strange sense of panic at the time, wondering if I was losing my mind. I now realize it is my brain's way of coping, and it has become my "stress barometer." When I find myself unable to remember the simplest things I know I am on overload.
- What was I just saying??
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Useless Random Facts
Here are some really random facts about me. This is the kind of blog post one resorts to when life has gotten away from them for the past week. It is amazing how much energy one tiny puppy with a bladder the size of a lentil takes!