Versatile? Me?

Well, it seems that Bevchen over at Confuzzledom has given me this award.

As these things go, there are a bunch of rules you’re supposed to follow, but I’m going to break them. Yes. This elementary school teacher is actually going to break the rules. Shocking, I know.

I’m not going to break all of them, of course. That would be just too scary. But I am thanking Bevchen for her kindness in passing The Versatile Blogger Award on to me, and I am linking to her blog. And I am going to tell you seven random facts about me. Hopefully they will be so random that I have not ever mentioned them here on my blog.

Here goes:

1) I was fascinated by maps as a child. Maps of all kinds: world maps, country maps, provincial road maps, street maps of cities, floor plans of houses (those are sort-of maps, aren’t they?). I could spend hours sprawled on the living room floor, oblivious to everyone else in my family stepping over and around and sometimes (in the case of my brother) on me, staring at a road map and planning how to get from one place to another. To this day, everywhere I travel, I collect paper maps. Yes I have a GPS, yes I have Google Maps on my phone, but a paper map is still a total necessity to my well-beingwhen I’m away from home.

2) My first word was “car-car”. Not “Mama” or “Dada”. “Car-car”. That tells you a lot about why I am with Porsche Guy, doesn’t it?

3) I think I have adult-onset ADHD. I used to have a tremendous capacity for paying attention. Even when I was bored, I could pay attention. But now I have completely lost that ability. I can’t even turn on the TV without also playing some game on my laptop or phone at the same time. I can’t read anything for more than maybe ten minutes, tops, and then I have to get up and do something else. Often I start something and don’t finish it, or else I never start it at all – and then I have the audacity to wonder what the hell interrupted me so that I never got around to completing whatever it was. I tune in and out of conversations, and even if I am tuned in, don’t ask me what we just talked about, because I have no idea. Yep, ADHD – or else menopause.

4) I loved high school. Really! Oh sure, there were parts that didn’t impress me too much, but on the whole, I had tonnes of fun, worked hard, played hard, and enjoyed it all tremendously. And I’d do it again, if I could!

5) I wish I had the courage to get a small, discreet tattoo. I don’t know where I’d put it, maybe on my hip or my wrist or my ankle. I have no clue what I’d want it to look like either. But it doesn’t matter, because I am too afraid of the pain to get one anyway.

6) I am basically an introvert. It has taken me most of my life to admit to and be okay with this, but it is true. And it’s not a bad thing. All it means is that I recharge my batteries by being alone, that I must have alone time to function as a reasonably competent human being. If I am forced to be with people, even people that I adore, for a long time, I am miserable and nasty and not much fun to be around. Once I get some time by myself, I am a happy little social butterfly again – till I need to be alone again. So don’t take it personally, it’s not you, it’s me.

7) One of my favourite breakfasts is birthday cake. This was a tradition of long standing for me. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a birthday cake for many years now. But it is my birthday in eight days. I may have to rectify the situation and get back to this treasured and long-missed ritual.

So – what do you think? Am I versatile enough for you?

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4 responses to “Versatile? Me?

  1. I have always known that I was/am an introvert. And I still love maps. I was invariably the navigator on our family trips – my mother was hopeless at directions and my father simply never paid attention. I have no idea where I got it from. In fact, until I realized there was no career in it, I wanted to be a cartographer. Unless I wanted to teach in high school, and being the introvert that I was, that idea was too terrifying to consider.
    I eat pie for breakfast and hate birthday cake. Unless it is chocolate.
    Now, I will my last piece of chocolate and go visit Bevchen’s blog.

    • And somehow, despite being an introvert, I did become a teacher. Not high school, true: my specialty is primary-aged kids. They’re smaller than I am and therefore not scary. They will usually stop whatever they are doing if you threaten to tell their mothers.

  2. I’m with you, dear sister, on virtually all of yours, like maps, ADHD multi-tasking, excess socializing being exhausting and “Please, can we go home now?” The only one in which we differ is high school. I absolutely hated HS and one of the reasons, ironically, I became a HS teacher was to make the experience brighter than I was. You must remember that when we were growing up, right? Birthday cake for brekkie?? I’ll have to try that. And wonderfully happy pending birthday to you.

    • Ha! We MUST share genetic material somewhere along the line! But maybe enjoying high school is more of a female thing? Many of the women I know liked it, and many of my male acquaintances didn’t. I don’t know. And thanks for the early birthday wishes! 😀