Thursday, July 25, 2013

Enough About Me- Let's Talk About You

What is something unique about you (other than your fingerprints) that we wouldn't know by reading your blog or your comments?

Please don't be shy. I am friends with the most talented people in blogland. I would love to hear from you-

An addendum: I am so enjoying your replies- this is fun!!!

112 comments:

  1. My dog got sprayed by a skunk yesterday? anyone else deal with that....THAT makes me unique! ha

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    1. We've had a surplus of skunks this year- so glad though, that none of us or the animals have been sprayed!

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    2. One of my dogs got out once at night and came home at 3 a.m. with that unique scent. I was so happy to see him that I sprayed him with a bunch of perfume and let him in the bed with me.

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    3. Janie: Love reaches beyond odors!

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  2. I was born and raised in India but have seen a lot of good in lots of culture other than mine. Therefore my unique culture is made up of some aspects of culture like clothes, food and music taste from a lot of different backgrounds. Some of my friends say that I am like a Hippy but a clean one with clean thoughts about relationships.

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    1. Munir: I love that- a clean hippie with clean thoughts! Well said, my friend~

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  3. My history. Truth, we are all pretty much alike and have more things in common than things we hold uniquely. This is an uncomfortable thing to admit, because we all like to think of ourselves as something special, and certainly something better than the examples of humanity with which we are surrounded. So what makes one different? His-story. It is the back fill, our ancestors, heritage, circumstances we have faced and do face that make us different. For every person who has failed, the cliché “There but for the grace of God...” is certainly applicable. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” To tell our story is to define our uniqueness.

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    1. vanilla: This is one of my all time favorite comments on a blog- ever. Love it!

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  4. Hi, Shelly! Vanilla is a hard act to follow and I won't even attempt to write as great a comment. All I can think of is the story behind my left handedness. When I showed early signs of being left handed, my first and second grade teachers practically broke my arm trying to "correct" me and get me to write with my right hand. It didn't work and they finally gave up. FF to 5th grade when I won a penmanship contest, judged to have the most "correct" and attractive handwriting in my class.

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    1. Shady: I am glad you persevered and did not let them switch your dominant hand. Even though they meant well, so much damage was done from that way of thinking. Good for you, and way to show them!

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    2. That's funny Shady! I am also left handed and my 5th grade teacher actually put me at a table with a group of other left handers (like 4 other kids) and wanted me to teach them how to write correctly. (I guess because I don't put my hand over my writing or something)

      I cut right though, because in school, the lefty scissors were always bent and awful, if they had any at all. So I used the righty scissors.

      Hey, we are in the right mind.

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    3. Jamie: You two crack me up! I can remember being a little jealous of lefties when I was in school because there were so few of them. And Jamie, I stubbornly tried to use lefty scissors for a whole school year (I think in 2nd grade) because I didn't want to admit I'd put the wrong ones in the basket at the store!

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    4. Made me laugh right outloud! So funny!

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    5. Jamie: I'd forgotten how stubborn I used to be (maybe still am...)-

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  5. I love Vanilla's answer! I gratefully accept all the Amazing Grace he will offer. Not much makes me different from anyone else. I'm ditzy, not very analytical, and a bit of a workaholic. And I have an amazing family I love very much.

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    1. Carol: You and I sound much alike! And being blessed with an amazing family is the greatest thing of all~

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  6. Okay, confession time: I notice that as I get older I'm becoming much more emotional. I was driving down the freeway recently and I saw a mother duck trying to herd her babies across four lanes of traffic. Her task seemed hopeless and I was surprised to discover tears on my cheeks. Over some friggin ducks! I circled back and they must have made it because there weren't any squished ducks anywhere.

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    1. Stephen: I think as we get older our hearts get more tender. I would have done the exact same thing with the ducks. I'm glad to know they made it!

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  7. Aw, Stephen's comment is so sweet. I think I'm becoming less emotional as I get older. Being married to a crazy person sucked a lot of the emotion out of me. I'm not quite as sarcastic as I used to be. PTSD doesn't dog me the way it did for such a long time. My depression and panic attacks still surface, but I'm better able to overcome them. However, I refuse to give up my OCD. It keep everything so well organized.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie: I used to be way sarcastic when I was younger, and I think it has been lost somewhere in middle age. And OCD can work to a person's favor. I wish I had some of it...

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    2. My kids would love it if I could send you some of my OCD.

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    3. Janie: That's why you are such a good editor-

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  8. I'm a song writer. I've written music for a movie (Riding Destiny), and I've written some music for a children's CD. Now I just need to write some more so it can be finished!

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    1. Sherry: How many hidden talents do you have, girl? Way to go!!!

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    2. That's fabulous, Sherry. You're so darn talented!

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    3. Sherry: I was just wondering- do you have a YouTube station or anywhere online where we could hear some of your music? That would be wonderful!

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  9. I can pick up any object with my toes!!! [No, I am not a freaky night club dancer...so, guys...get that notion out of your head *snort*]

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    1. HOOTIN ANNI: HAA!!! I would love to see that. Actually, one of my sisters can do that. My toes just get in the way.

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  10. When I was in grade one till grade four in school I learned how to write lines hundreds of lines with three pencils and did it very well. Lots of practice.
    I shall not chew gum in class.
    I shall not talk in class.
    I shall stay seated in class. I guess I was a cross between a touble maker and a comedian with ADHD. B

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    1. Buttons: Oh, I'm sorry, but I had to laugh. I had to write some lines in school, too, particularly about 6th and 7th grade...

      You developed quite a good talent!

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  11. I hope you know I meant three lines at a time with three pencils. B

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    1. Buttons: I had it exactly pictured in my mind!

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  12. Apart from a reviewer, book blogger, I'm also an editor and edit romance fiction novels. Guess everyone knows this.

    Nas

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    1. Nas: You wear many hats, my friend, and all of them well~

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    2. Thanks Shelly! I'm enjoying everyone's answers too!

      Nas

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    3. Has: you are one thoroughly interesting person!

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  13. Even though I come across as a no nonsense, practical, say it like it is kinda of a gal, which I am, I also have a very good sense about people. I'm sensitive to their feelings and can read body language even at it's slightest.

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    1. Saimi: You'd be my kind of friend! I'm an astute observer of body language, too~

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  14. When I was 24, I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and given 6 months to live. I was also pregnant with my first baby at the time so had to have a termination. Back then, 1 in 5 people lost their battle with cancer. The women I became friends whilst going through treatment all died leaving behind small children. I really struggled with that.

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    1. Lyndylou: Oh, my friend, I was so touched at your comment I cried. Your attitude is always so full of fun and determination that no one would ever know. I'm sending big hugs to you, and I also want to say I'm so proud to know you.

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  15. Van you believe I have written a book? Just thinking what to do about it right now.

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    1. Sandie: Details! We need details on your book- how exciting!

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  16. When I was little, I used to roller skate around the block and pretend I was Brooke Shields.

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    1. Missed Periods: Brooke Shields- what a blast from the past! (Not that you are old- just hadn't thought of her in a long time).

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  17. I enjoy being alone. Right now, I'm at a fun vacation resort and my husband and kids are at the pool. And I'm content. :)

    When I was employed, I overheard someone refer to me as a recluse because I went through a phase of going to my car to drive to the park to eat my lunch, or I'd sit at my desk to eat while reading a book.

    Rest assured that I'm hardly a recluse. I am blessed with many friends and see them very often.

    Good topic. I've enjoyed reading the comments of the others.

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    1. Anita: That's much like me. I'm content to be alone with a book, or just to soak up the sun, but still in the vicinity of my family. I hope you are having a wonderful time with weather to match- sounds fabulous!!!

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  18. I meant to say that I'm in the villa while they are at the pool.

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    1. Anita: That's what I had that pictured in my mind!

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  19. This sounds like a cliche but when I was a senior in high school (and an honor student) my first love was a pot smoking bad boy who missed the previous year of school because he was in reform school for staling the family car and crossing the state line with a gun. (I knew it was all crazy family acting out stuff--takes one to know one--and his brilliant mensa computer nerd self came to the fore a few years later.) We're still friends.

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    1. Rita: I love it! I also love that you are still friends. What a terrific story that would make for you to write (hint..hint..) :)

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  20. I like Vanilla's insightful comment. We are all human beings and that makes us as alike as ants in an anthill, and yet we are all unique by way of our individual experiences, circumstances, talents, deficits, choices and genes.

    Did you know that our footprints are unique in the same way our fingerprints are? A bit of trivia I heard recently.

    Inspired by Buttons' comment, I recall that around Grade 3 or 4 I learned to print and write backwards, so that it appeared the correct way if you looked at it in a mirror. I could also print and read upside down - not me, the paper :) I think I got the idea from a children's magazine. That was a LONG time ago! What a fun post - I'm enjoying the answers. What about you, Shelly? 'Fess up, now!

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    1. jenny_o: You and I are alike in that we can both write upside down and backwards! And I did not know about the footprints, but it does make sense since our fingerprints are engineered like that.

      You and vanilla say so eloquently what I feel- we are all so alike that we have to find ways to work in harmony, yet we are so unique that there can't be another one like us.

      And as for me, hmmmm. When I was a kid, my reading speed was tested at over 700 words per minute. If only I could drive that fast!

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    2. Wow ... that is amazing about your reading speed! And reading is such an important foundation for learning. You had a great start!

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    3. jenny-o: I don't know that I could read that fast now as my mind was much more limber then...

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  21. Unique? I continually get lost whenever I go to places despite using a map, a phone for directions and getting advice from people on the street. I have no sense of direction and always have to leave my home extremely early to find places. I just don't know why this happens. I've done it all my life.
    There was a time that I walked around for well over and hour only to end up in the exact same place that I started. It brought tears to my eyes. I was so mad.

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    1. Rum-Punch Drunk: My location skills can get a bit rusty as I rely on my husband or on my GPS to get me places. I would never want to be dropped in the middle of a wilderness and be expected to find my way back. At least you compensate by leaving home early enough to get there-

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  22. My family tree is quite unique. On my father's side, I can trace my family tree back about 1300 years.

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    1. Pat: Wow- 1300 years? Amazing! That is always fascinating to me!

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  23. Hmmm... I've been blogging for about 5 years, there is ery little left to reveal on blogland!
    You made me think so thanks for that..

    ok, here's one: when I was younger I loved going to Butlins camp! Alot of people hated Butlins and still do but I LOVED it! We only had one in Ireland and it's closed nowand the accomodation used to house immigrant families.

    xx Jazzy

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    1. jazzygal: I read up on Butlins camp and it sounds like fabulous fun! Why did some people hate it? And blogging 5 years? Way to go!!!

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  24. Shelly - You are so interesting that I don't think we could have "enough about you".

    Me, I'm pretty much a homebody, when life allows me to be. The rest of the time I just keep on keeping on. Something unique? Uhhhh, well, let's see - how about I once went dancing with Tom Hank's uncle? Yes, THAT Tom Hanks. :)

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    1. Marsha: Now that's the kind of fun stuff I live to find out! Wow! I hope you write a post about that someday (or have you already?). Now girl, that's fun!

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  25. Dearest Shelly;
    First of all, you amazed me to read your reading speed☆☆☆ You must have been a great learner when kid♪♪♪
    Oh, I have already written down all my personal things, too... Well, when I was 4th grade of elementary school girl, skimmed milk changed into bottled milk. The tastes was amazingly better than the former one♡♡♡ At home, I drink milk with all meals. I wished the calcium worked for my body better p;) I feel like I'm suffering 'milk deficiency' when I fresh out if it.
    Fun to read others comment as well♬♬♬

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Hope this can be unique, and also wish I've never wrote about this to you before p;)

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    2. orchid: I love the story of how you came to love milk, my dear friend! My grandfather was a dairy farmer, and I remember well those big milk cows and them being milked twice every day, and I've loved milk since. And you're right- it is a great source of calcium, which we all need to help keep our bones strong as move through life.

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    3. orchid: And I'm so glad you shared it, my dear friend! Thank you!

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  26. Hi Shelly...just returning to visit with you and thank you for jumping over to my birding photo blog and view my special birds this weekend.

    I hope you're doing well!!!

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    1. Anni: Loved those birds pics- those baby coots are a sight!

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  27. Most people don't know that I work six days a week outside the house. (Whew!)

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    1. Cindy: Girrrrlll!!!! That's a lot of work! Don't overdo, my friend~

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  28. Back in the 90's I hand sewed a queen size quilt for my father and step-mother.

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    1. Sharon: Oh, how special! That is a prized keepsake~

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  29. As a child I befriended the suffering kids who had serious social acceptance issues. Loners, freaks, the kind that were not conventionally good looking and who carried the burden of being different. I rebelled in my heart against the popular, athletic, good looking, wealthy kids. My distaste for arrogance and greed has never changed. But the thing about me that you might not know is that sometimes I can be unkind in my actions and arrogantly attached to my ideals. I loathe self righteousness, but sometimes in defense of my values I can be that way.

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    1. Jenny: I love your caring, compassionate heart. That you've been a lifelong champion for those who are unaccepted and unloved by society is just another star in your stellar character. I think I can sometimes do the same in being so stubbornly attached to what I believe that it can manifest in some negative things. Still, revealing those things is a great step towards eradicating them.

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  30. You are so sweet!

    Let's see. I'm awkward in situations where I know nobody. I'll cling to whomever I know and won't let go.

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    1. Lydia: Thank you! And I think my poor husband has permanent nail marks in his arm where I've dug into them in social situations that are new~

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  31. I let my kids play two hours of minecraft today just so I could get some work done! Quality parenting!

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    1. Stephanie: Been there, done that!!!

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  32. Me you want to know about me, well what can I say I am funny, ok maybe not, I am a real go getter, ok maybe not, I am a great dancer, ok maybe not, I am always busy............this one is more or less true.......Now I am also a big fan of yours and not the type the goes round and around blowing air everywhere, although I have been told I am full of hot air but who wants hot air blown on them............lol unless of course it is blood cold...........but let's move on.........I am so much a happy person, well sometimes I pretend to be happy because no one wants to be around a misery guts, trust me I know this to be true my sister Sue is a right misery guts and no one likes being around her for very long.............lol

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    1. Jo-Anne: You, my friend, are a riot, and I always leave your place with a smile! You are right- no one likes to be around misery for too long. And I hope things look up for your sister Sue before too long~

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  33. Unique about me? Let's see: I've been reading biographies since I was in the second or third grade, maybe earlier. I have always been drawn to them. What else...digging into my memory banks, oh, when I was 20, I considered joining a Catholic convent as a nun but decided I was too young to make such a life-altering commitment. So, instead, I opted for immersing myself in religious study and still am pretty immersed. I continue to have that zeal for religious study, but am now married to a wonderful man and the mother of two beautiful kids. Oh, and I'm partially color-blind. :-) I'd say at least some of that is pretty unique!

    Thanks for asking. What's unique about you, my friend?

    ~JD

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    1. Biographies and memoirs are still my favorite genres! How interesting about you almost entering the convent- that's a huge decision, and I think you chose wisely, while still keeping your devotion.

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  34. I'm really quiet--but I think my favorite part of writing is crafting dialogue!

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  35. Hi Shelly! I'm finally catching up on blogs after a busy summer break. What a fun post! It reminds me of that dateline piece they used to do where the host would throw a dart at a map and then go to that town and randomly pick a name out of the phone book and then do a whole show about that person. And they were always fascinating! Everyone truly does have a story--but very few would think that they do. Hmmm....Something unique about me? I speak Hungarian.

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    1. Felt Family: Beszél magyarul! Now that is amazing- and I hope this says what I put into the translator! It has been such fun reading these, and adds more support to what I already know- bloggers are simply amazing.

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    2. Oh, Shelly! My heart skipped a beat. For a split second I was in shock that you speak Hungarian too! :) Then I laughed. And yes, the translator worked perfectly.

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    3. Nancy: I'm still amazed you know Hungarian! Knowing another language is such a great skill~

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  36. When I was in second grade, I read the most books in my school and got to be on our small town local tv. I wore pink cotton shorts and a pink and white tank top. All of the other girls from other schools wore dresses.

    I am so delayed in commenting because I've been on vacation and haven't had much wifi access!

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    1. Amy: Now that is a great thing to be on tv for, but I hope you didn't feel out of place! Do you still have a tape of it to show your kids?

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  37. This is a great idea! Ummm...I am trying to think of something but my blog site is an open book---I am always telling everyone all of my dirty little secrets. Let's see....in elementary school I was painfully shy and chubby....and bullied because I had to wear a patch over one eye for a year due to sight problems. Flash forward 40 years and some of those "bullies" are now my good friends. Life is funny like that.

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    1. menopausal mama: I really love that they are now your friends. Did any of them ever apologize or try to make amends for how they treated you?

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  38. Something that not a lot of people know about me is that I have a paralyzing fear of spiders. And it gets worse as I get older lol. I love snakes, critters, etc. But spiders...different story :)

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    1. Optimistic: Oh, I'm so with you there!!!

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  39. Hmm! Don't I already talk too much about myself?!

    There's the love I have of the accordion, my non-verbal communications in the early morning, the suspicions I have that the city bus has much in common with primitive man's social dealings.

    But did you know that I'm roughly 50% gray? ACK! I get my hair done every six weeks.

    :-)

    Pearl

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    1. Pearlie: I'm convinced we could conquer the world with a couple of good accordions. When people want to fight, start squeezing the old box and get their feet moving to polka time instead.

      And your hair is lovely~

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  40. Hmm, not much interesting over here but I am a walking contradiction and my loved ones always make fun of it. I love Chanel bags and mission trips to Africa, watching beauty pageants and The History Channel, and going out with friends as much as spending a lot of time alone.

    Share things about you with us!!!! I feel like I always learn when I read about your adventures!

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    1. Saumya: I love those contradictions! It means you're very well rounded. As for me, hmmm. I live a pretty sedate life. Ummm- I am partially deaf, which most people don't realize who know me, and I am a very good lip reader

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  41. That is one of the hardest questions I've ever had to answer because I give all of myself completely to my blog. I guess I'd have to say I'm a fat girl in a skinny girls body. Once you're heavy, you always see yourself as that, even when you're at your peak fitness level. Does that make sense?

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    1. Julie: As one who's lost over 160 lbs., I totally get you. And good for you, girl!

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    2. Shelly, Everyone loves a good weight loss story. Have you posted one? If not, do plan to?

      Same questions for you, too, Julie.

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    3. Julie, I just popped over to your site and see that you 'have' posted your story. I'll be reading it soon.

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  42. I'd planned to be a fashion designer in high school. I even attended a summer class at FIT.

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  43. As a freshman in high school, I lived on a tiny island near Guam, named Saipan. It had been a WWII naval base, and one of the cliffs was named Suicide Cliff, because so many Japanese soldiers jumped to their death there. I also learned to water ski there, and ate many new kinds of food.

    It's now a tourist spot, very built up, so I don't think I'd want to return there. But it's a sweet memory.

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    1. Jeanette: I've heard of Saipan! What an interesting place to live- I had no idea about the cliff. What great memories you must have-

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  44. I come from a medical family and although I wanted to be a singer or dancer, my mother said, "No, you are going into nursing." My R.N. professional title in Australia is,
    Sister Crystal Lindsey.... (some people think only nuns are called Sister).
    Also, although I never talk about my religious affiliation I am a Sally soldier ..... that is I am a member of the Salvation Army, but currently I attend the Methodists.. I firmly believe that all Christian denominations belong to the body of Christ and as such should stand together in one accord. I am NOT religious (like the Pharisees)but rather a believer and follower of Christ... much love sent to you my sweet friend Shelly. xxx

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    1. Crystal Mary: Fascinating! I did not know that all about the titles, nor about Sallys. And I am with you- not religious at all! So glad you and yours are doing better, my friend! xo-

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  45. Hi there Shelly! When I was a little girl, I used to go to Saturday morning cinema, and they ran a competition to see who could get the most things into a matchbox, and I WON!! (I won a nice fountain pen). Again, when I was a little girl, my dad used to spend hours sitting with me and teaching me handwriting. I still enjoy handwriting. (Well, you did ask!!!).

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    1. thisisme: How fascinating! That must have been such a thrill! I love that your dad worked with you on your handwriting and that it is still something that, I'm sure, you do very well. Sadly, handwriting is becoming a rapidly lost art.

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  46. I don't like the way I sound when I talk. I think I sound like a munchikin. The other day, while speaking before a youth group, I had a parent say, "I love your voice. It's so soothing." So much for thinking my voice sounds like a munchikin.

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    1. Simone: What a compliment! We always seem to sound different in our heads than what others hear, right?

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