In the spirit of posting more regularly, here are 15 random things about me, inspired by my friend, Isabel Jordan.
1. As a kid, the library was my safe haven. I spent alot of time in the main branch in downtown Winnipeg. I'd hop a bus and disappear into the safety of the stacks for hours. For the longest time, I was only allowed a child's library card. It drove me crazy because I was reading 2-3 grade levels above my age. When I turned 8, I finally managed to talk the adults into allowing me to have an adult card. I immediately dove into everything the library had about the Holocaust. I have always been fascinated by world history and felt that it's extremely important to be educated about what's going on in the world and why. The library saved me in so many ways. I am still a voracious reader.
2. I have the most ridiculous sense of gallows humour. In the absolute worst situation, I will find something to laugh about. My theory is that if I can laugh at it, I can survive it. I'm a good person to have around in a crisis.
3. My mind is a steel trap for music and lyrics. I can also create a mean mondegreen, thanks to my hearing impairment.
4. I hate shopping. The only thing I really enjoy shopping for is art supplies. I consider the mall the 7th circle of hell. Seriously.
5. I love tattoos. I have two and I want more. They are addictive!
6. My love language is food. If I love you, I will cook for you. It's a prairie thing.
7. I am obsessed with making journals. I have a stack of them. I enjoy the process of choosing the papers, the sewing and how they feel in my hands when they are done. I also have a hard time resisting buying commercially made journals. I am a paper junkie.
8. I'm an Aries, which means I am a risk taker. I am not happy unless I am growing and stretching outside my comfort zone. I am not afraid to put myself out there, to travel alone, to do something other people think I can't do. I find joy in discovering what I am capable of. The thing I am dying to do next is to climb Whistler's Via Ferrata . I look at my life as a series of adventures. I am always open to the next opportunity. Bring it!
9. People would tell you I'm an extrovert, but the truth is, I spend huge swaths of time by myself. I love people, but I need solitary time every day. I am not sure how or why this shift happened, but I think I lean more towards being an introvert. Can you be an introverted extrovert? Is that even a thing?
10. I am still looking for my creative tribe. Where are you? The Internet is great for keeping up with my far-flung creative friends, but it would be so nice to have a few local peeps (in my city) to get together with to create from time to time. Surely there are kindreds close to home who would like to connect. How come we have such a hard time finding one another?
11. I hate talking on the phone. I almost always let it go to voice mail. Yeah, I know. I'm one of those people. *hangs head* I prefer to communicate via email...or in person.
12. I want to learn to play the strum stick. I first saw this instrument when Tracy Chapman played one at a concert. I thought it was the oddest, coolest instrument. I don't have feeling in my hands, but the strum stick is supposed to be really easy to learn. I have a thing for string instruments. It's on my wish list.
13. If I ever win the lotto, the first thing I want to do is see the arctic circle. I dream of Canada's true north. It's a trip I've always wanted to do. I want to see how people live, to experience life beyond the tree line, to see the land and the snow and ice stretched out before me. I want to ice fish (which I've done as a child) to run sled dogs & sail the inside passage. The wilds of this country call to me.
14. I have an inspiration alter in my studio where I have my medals and other recognition for things I've accomplished in my life. It's there to serve as a daily reminder to strive to give back to the world, because that's how I roll. It keeps me focused on what's really important.
15. Someday, I would like to write a book. It's been on my life-list forever, but it's a matter of the right opportunity, at the right time. I am patient. It will happen when it's meant to.