Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Seven Things You Don't Know About Me!

Virginia Creeper Trail - Damascus, VA 
Once a year, we bike the 38 mile Virginia Creeper Trail either on Mr. B's Fall Break or his Spring Break.  This was taken last October about half way between Whitetop and Damascus.

As promised in yesterday's post and to fulfill the rules of the blog award I received, here are seven things you do not know about me:

1)  I absolutely LOVE to read.  My mother was/is a librarian, so I come by it honestly.  I was the child who got in trouble for having a book and a flashlight under the covers after lights out.  I also got in trouble plenty of times for bringing a book to the dinner table and being rather disrespectful when asked to put it away.  Right now, I am reading "Take Four" by Karen Kingsbury, and "The Me I Want To Be" by John Ortberg (this is for an upcoming fall study at my church).  I just finished "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah and have five or six others waiting.  I also love mysteries and anything travel related.  Add my daily Bible readings and all of your blogs to that and reading is a full-time job.  Wish I got paid for it!!  LOL!

2) Mr. B and I were both music majors in college.  My degree is in Music Education with emphasis in piano and a minor in Psychology.  What makes that interesting is that other than playing for my church many years ago and a short stint teaching privately, I have never used that degree in the field of music.  I took the education part of that and enjoyed a lengthy career in Human Resources, Career Development and Adult Education.

3)  I have two phobias - Thunderstorms and snakes  (Probably why summer is NOT my favorite season!)

4) I am extremely claustrophobic.  In 1985, I went to the UT vs. FL football game in Gainesville and got caught up in a crowd driven panic situation on a very tight exit ramp.  It was so tight I couldn't breathe and I almost passed out.  Since that time, I've been terrified in any enclosed space.  If I was claustrophobic prior to that incident, I don't remember it.

5) Travel has always been my passion and as a young teen, I decided that someday I would circle the perimeter of the US in an RV.  And someday, I will.  Agreement to do this was included in my marriage vows.  (Just kidding!)  Other travel goals include spending a night in every state capital, visiting all the National Parks and every continent.  (Hope you're still reading my blog 15 years from now and you'll know how I'm  progressing on all these goals.)

6) I love flowers.  My two favorites are Gerbera Daisies and Tulips.  

7) My favorite Bible Verse is Psalm 121:1-2 
I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains?
   No, my strength comes from God,
      who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. (The Message translation)
   And my Life Verse is Proverbs 30:7-9
And then he prayed, "God, I'm asking for two things
   before I die; don't refuse me—
Banish lies from my lips
   and liars from my presence.
Give me enough food to live on,
   neither too much nor too little.
If I'm too full, I might get independent,
   saying, 'God? Who needs him?'
If I'm poor, I might steal
   and dishonor the name of my God."
(The Message Translation)
I chose this as my Life Verse at a youth retreat when I was 14 or 15 and long before I began struggling with my weight.  Little did I know how fitting it would be in later years.

With the big birthday looming in a few days, today's agenda included a trip to the DMV for a new Driver's License.  I've become quite spoiled being able to renew online and was not happy to be required to make a personal appearance in order to have a new picture made.  I am happy to report that my current weight is considerably less than the weight they had on file from ten years ago (and I bet I had lied about that)!!  I did fudge today by a few pounds since you all can verify that I WILL be 18 pounds lighter in a few months!  The day continued to improve when my new photo is one of the best pictures I've had made in a long time.  Yep, I can live with it for ten years and there is no way I look like I'm 55.  

Treated myself to a small lite Petro, a local favorite founded during the 1982 World's Fair. 


  1. I love to get to know the little details about other bloggers. It gives me that much more of a feeling of "knowing' others here in blogland. Thanks so much for sharing.


  2. Good things to know about you! I was a big reader as a kid; wish I had the time now. Of course, now I read blogs!

    Me, too, claustrophobic, but not traceable to any one incident. Great verse! Thanks for sharing.

  3. We have a lot in common. I majored in Music and have never used it except to sing in church and community choirs. I also love to read. I have 5 or 6 books going at any given time. I also enjoy biking, and hiking and seeing the National Parks. BTW, your comment on my recent post about biking the C&O canal--DH and I have that on our to-do list, too. Maybe we can plan to do it together, seriously. I like your verses, too, amazing how the Proverbs verses fit so well.

  4. Hi there!

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    I know the struggles of weight loss very well. I was 269 pounds when I had my son in September 2008, and now I am 177...95 pounds gone! Working hard to get 5-10 more off :)

    I was a HUGE reader as a kid as well, but I haven't picked up a book in years :(

  5. Cool list, very cool! Deb

  6. It was a lot of fun to learn a little more about you. I use to read a lot, I need to get back to doing that. Now I blog instead!

  7. How fun to learn these things about you. And to see what we have in common. I am a big reader too, also got that from my mom. I won an award in the first grade for reading the most books:) And I also worked in HR and career development, a lifetime ago, it seems.

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  9. I love those little trivia things. It is like the slam books in junior high. Remember them?

    I think the life verse is great. The hand of God is incredible, isn't it?

    On my quick trip to my sisters a few weeks ago, the security guard at the airport did a double take when she looked between me and my ID. She finally said "You look great!" and handed it back to me. Then I had to look at it, and I was a little shocked myself at the change. It is only two years old!