Friday, March 16, 2007

5 Things You May Not Know About Me....

Ok, Em & Bardouble BOTH tagged me, so I'm just following through. And I say "May not" because I'm sure some people (Mom & middle sis) will know these things.

1) I was 5 months pregnant with my DD when I graduated High School (on time, with the rest of my class). And for the record (because there was a lot of speculation going around about me during HS, and I always feel the need to clarify) her Dad was my first & is my only!

2) When I was a kid, I had a major fixation (and it's not really diminished very much) on pioneer children. I mean, my Mom bought me a dress from the American Girl catalog that looked just like "Kirsten's" school dress. I had a rag doll. I read ALL of the Mandie (Lois Gladys Leppard's little Victorian character) books. I similarly loved the Little House books, and anything else I could get my hands on that included characters living in cabins or traveling in wagon trains. I also now have my Dad's Foxfire books (while not pioneer, a much more rugged lifestyle than what is currently lived by most of our nation) and the Appalachian Book of Foxfire cookery (use it frequently, actually).

3) I've always wanted to learn to play the piano. I actually took 6 months worth of lessons when I was in first grade, and that's the only good thing I recall about the school that I went to at that point. I really wish I'd been able to keep up lessons, but Mom says that our finances were not good at that time, and we couldn't afford it. Mom is now taking piano lessons, and someday I'd like to take piano lessons as well.

4) I have, at times, gotten so lost in day-dreams that I cannot remember what has gone on during points in my life. Esp. third grade. I don't really recall third grade, except that I'd have elaborate imaginary tea parties with a queen (I think the queen of England, but I may not have been THAT specific) at my little cubicle in school. (Went to a private school that separated desks into cubicles & we worked at our own pace from workbooks, with very little real oversight, and no formally educated teachers. My mom is the reason I passed 3rd & 4th grades at all, as she tutored me in the evenings, after school. On my own I'd read through the workbooks, enjoying the stories that accompanied them, but never did the work.) There were similar episodes in HS, where I'd get so lost in my books and my fantasy life, that I don't recall much of what actually went on during those times.

5) I was 23 before I got my driver's license. I had nasty panic attacks & migraines as a teen that scared the dickens out of me, and for the longest time I absolutely refused to drive. I was afraid I'd have a panic-attack/migraine on the road, lose control, and kill myself or somebody else. I even spent the first few years of DD's life relying on family to get her & I to dr's appointments & grocery shopping. I still don't really LIKE driving, and if I'm going anywhere else with somebody who drives, I'd just as soon be a passenger. However, I DO drive, and I have yet to have a migraine or panic attack (I get them again, though not as frequently, and not in conjunction like I used to) that caused me to lose control & kill myself or somebody else. *wry smile*

Personally, I don't think it's a bad thing that I waited so long to get my DL. I mean, I started out with low insurance, I'm a responsible driver. I don't let myself get distracted while I'm driving. To tell you the truth, I don't think it'd be a bad thing to keep kids from getting their DL's until they're 18. Living right beside the local HS has allowed me to see (and participate in) too many accidents caused by teenagers who drive like idiots. Not to say some adults don't drive like idiots, but teens do it as a matter of course, in my experience.

Ok, five things that you may not have known about me. I'm sure my mom knew all of them. I'm sure my middle sis knew all of them. I have a feeling one or two of my online friends maybe knew one or two of these. I'm really an open book, most of the time. It's hard to come up with 5 things that very few people don't know about me.

Have a Blessed Day!


Dirk_Star said...

Double tagged! Yikes...

I didn't start doing the driving thing until my early forties. Like you, I had bad panic attacks when driving.

I believe it went back to an accident in my youth when my dad's Rambler was creamed by a Caddilac.

Now I'm a speed demon...

By the way, I have to say I think the chili pepper does have a rather saucy smile.

Em said...

Kati, sorry about the double tag. I didn't pay enough attention to who Barb tagged, I guess. Or maybe we just really wanted to know a lot about you! Great list. Our son is almost 20 and still refuses to drive. Seemed odd to us in the beginning, but now it is just part of how things are.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kati, thank you so much for the birthday greetings.... I will use the mug, you sounded just my friend who gave it to me! She lectured me for a good 5 minutes, any longer and everyone knows, I stop

I'm 37 now and I still don't drive. I have no wish to put myself behind the wheel. Most times, I won't even be a passenger. I prefer to use the old fashioned method of walking(when shopping, I use my "granny" cart). It's not so bad now that I live in a congested city with most things close by but when I lived in Edmonton and I would walk from the north end to the south, that took some doing! Of course I was much much younger

Brightest blessings


Bardouble29 said...

Great blog, thanks for playing along and sharing. I love finding out new things about our blogger friends. Everyone here, is so unique and diverse!

susan said...

Just visiting from Barb's. How fun to get to know little things about you right away. :)

Wizened Wizard said...

Time passes and there are always excuses. Don't wait any longer! Take the piano lessons!!!

I have several very adult friends who renewed or began piano lessons recently. They love this "indulgence" and are so glad they are giving themselves this gift of time and enjoyment.

I imagine you daydreaming while playing beautiful music...

Anonymous said...

Katie, I lost your e-mail addy. Can you e-mail me again???


whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I didn't get my driver's license until I was 21!

Kati said...

Wow, I thought it was more rare than that, to not drive until one's 20's.

Hi Susan!!! Welcome to my Blog!

Dirk, fortunately my panic attacks aren't CAUSED by the thought of driving, but they used to be very unpredictable with no known cause. I was afraid that one would happen while I was driving and I'd cause an accident. But I've never had a panic attack while driving, thank goodness. Now they're caused by me being exposed to IV's, blood-tests, or even talking about (or hearing others carry on long conversations about) the same. So, much more predictable now.

Heb, I think it's great that you can walk most places. I rather wish I could. I used to walk to & from work, when I worked at my neighbourhood library. But once DD entered Daycare I had to start driving so that I could schlep her to the DC before coming back for work. (The day-care was further down the road than my library.) Unfortunately the grocery store is too far to walk to, comfortably, in -40 deg. weather. ;)

Wiz, one day MY finances may be such that I can take piano lessons. LOL Of course, I also need to find a place to set up my keyboard, and a stand for it. *grin* Unfortunately, right now our spare finances & time revolve around DD's hockey schedual and our work scheduals. Doesn't leave a much extra time for even getting the basics done, much less taking lessons.