Way back in April, I was nominated by Megan Michaels for the Liebster Award.


I was a total flake and never followed up on it. (Sorry Megan.  See previous post re: procrastination.)  However, I found her questions and want to at least attempt to answer them.

  • What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
    • Reading is pretty much my favorite way to spend any free time.
  • Do you have any pet peeves?
    • Heavens, yes.  My former middle school students could tell you quite a few of them.  I can’t stand conflicting noises, like people playing a television and a radio at the same time.  One or the other is fine, but not both.
  • What were you like as a kid?
    • Far more adventurous than people tend to expect, given my disability.  My mom once joked that I would argue with the devil himself. I was a cheerleader in 7th grade and did all the normal kid things –field trips, dances, etc.  That surprises people, and I’ve never really figured out why.
  • Did you—or do you—have a nickname? What’s the story behind it?
    • More than one.  In the rural south, it comes with the territory.  Most of them are derivatives of my given name so I can’t reveal them.  However, my grandfather has always (and still does) called me Knothead.  I don’t know why.  He’s done it as long as I can remember.
  • Who was your favorite schoolteacher or college professor? Why?
    • My 6th grade teacher.  She introduced me to the concept of creative writing.  Until that year, all my English papers had involved boring reports.  For some reason, it had never occurred to me prior to then that people actually made up and wrote all the books that I devoured constantly. It seems obvious, looking back, but at the time, it was a major epiphany. A lightbulb came on in my head that literally shifted my reality. She also told me, even way back then, that I was talented as a writer and would one day write a book. 🙂 It’s really a pity she doesn’t know – and can’t know by virtue of what I write – that she was right.
  • If your house was on fire, what’s the first thing you’d grab to save? And why?
    • My cats. They are my babies. My dog stays outside most of the time so he would probably be okay. Assuming they were all already okay, it would probably be photographs and family genealogy paperwork that has come down to me from my grandfather.
  • What was your favorite childhood toy? And why?
    • Various stuffed animals. The favorite changed at different phases throughout my childhood, but I’ve always had them. I still do truthfully. Now I pass them off as a collection, though most of them aren’t the least bit valuable to anybody but me. The truth is they’re a semi-socially acceptable way to indulge my inner “little girl”.
  • What was your worst job?
    • Doing data entry for my mother’s crop insurance business as a teenager. At the time, there were government subsidies on peanut crops that were complicated and made insuring them even more complicated. Documenting all of that was incredibly tedious and generally a pain. To this day, it has been my gauge for other jobs. When it got to be that teaching was more stressful than dealing with peanut quotas, I knew it was time to go.
  • Where is your happy space?
    • Sitting on the porch, especially around dusk.  There’s something very peaceful about it.
  • What is in your fridge right now?
    • Coke Zero, a ton of vegetables from last week’s delivery, jelly, eggs, milk, probably some sort of leftovers.
  • If you could travel back to any one point in time what would it be? And why?
    • I’m not sure I can pick just one… I’m a bit of a history buff so there are quite a few. I like the old West, and anything to do with Scottish history. Although, if I had to pick just one, it would probably be the 1950s, before my grandmother died. She died when my father was a child so I had never met her, but I’ve been told my whole life that I am a lot like her. I’d like to actually meet her and find out if that was true.

I suppose it’s better late than never.  Now that you know more about me than you ever cared to know, go check out what my fellow bloggers are up to.