Friday, May 16, 2008

"10 Things" Meme

Donna, my fellow Lynryd Skynryd and Chicago fan, has tagged me for the "List 10 Weird/Random Facts About Yourself" Meme.

1)My real name is "Kathy", not "Kathleen" or "Katherine". My favorite uncle always called me "Katrina".

2)When I was a little tyke, I used to go ice fishing with my dad. Ice fishing was very well depicted in the "Grumpy Old Men" movies. You sit in a little wood house and drill a hole in the ice and drop your line in. You shouldn't talk as it might scare the fish. Then you drink something hot from a thermos. Then you go and visit the other houses. Finally, your toes are numb and it's time to go home.

3)My favorite fragrance is gardenia.

4)In 1972, when I was in high school, my girlfriends and I took my dad's car (without permission) and drove to St. Cloud (where Milemaster Sarah lives) to see our very first concert. We did not know much, if anything, about the performer, but heck, it was a real true concert. The artist's name was Elton John.

5)Several years ago I worked weekends at a living history farm. It depicted life along the river in the 1800's. I answered questions and told people not touch anything. I wore the full costume, complete with ankle boots, bloomers and a corset under a long sleeved dress with high collar, plus a bonnet. It wasn't too bad until we got into summer - try being enthusiastic about the settlers when every inch of your body is oozing sweat and you can't breath......

6 My next door neighbor has two standard poodles, names "Arthur" and "Guinevere". They are often out walking as I leave for the bus. During the winter, he lets their fur grow shaggy for warmth, and each spring gives them the traditional pom-pom cut. Well, today they had gotten their cuts and were so stuck-up they pretended not know me - prancing around like they were royalty. (I love them anyway.)

7)I do not like the insulin pens - find them much too bulky - I can squeeze a couple of syringes and two vials of insulin into a very small zippered pouch, and that works fine for me.

8)I have a habit of buying way too many birthday cards - probably have a couple hundred. When someone's day is approaching, I lay some of them out on the floor and spend long moments contemplating which one to give. It is such a hoot to find the absolute perfect one, that I may have bought years ago before I even knew that person.

9)Both of my grannies were first generation immigrants - my mom's mother from Denmark, my father's mother from Norway. There was a bit of competitiveness between them regarding traditions and customs, but they both enriched my life beyond measure.

10)About 10 yewars ago, when I was trying to make a difficult decision, I went camping by myself. I chose a big family type campgrounds where I knew there would be lot of people close by. It was the most frightening night of my lfe. My imagination got away from me and I was certain there would be a big sharp knife slashing through my tent, with some psychotic prison escapee reacy to chop me up.
That night of fear helped to put things in order, and when I left I was thinkng clearly about the situation and very confident about what to do next

Any other weirdos out there? If so 'fess up and consider yourself tagged.
Have a great weekend, everyone.


meanderings said...

Hee, hee - yup, I also have many articles on "how to declutter."

Donna said...

Hi Kathy (my fellow Lynyrd Skynyrd & Chicago fan) - very interesting stuff. I love the story of the ice fishing when you were little. And I thought of my son when you mentioned the birthday card thing. He can always find the perfect card, too. You both have that gift. That's so cool.

Thanks for doing this. It was fun to read! Have a great weekend.

Zazzy said...

Hi Kathy! I'd like to have your supply of birthday cards. I keep saying that I'm going to buy a bunch - but I'd probably put them where I wouldn't lose them and never see them again.

Molly said...



Good thing Dixie isn't a standard poodle. I don't think I'd ever be able to stomach the french cut. :-)
I also hate insulin pens. I tried using one and absolutely hated it. It felt so clunky.
#10 sounds like fun.

Molly said...

PS. Have you been to this link?! It's so fun to watch. I find it really relaxing... thought you might too!

Molly and Dixie

Lynnea said...

Kathy....did you work at Oliver Kelley Farm??? My kids went there ALL the time. I betcha my kids would remember you if they saw you!

I remember going once when it was near 90 and one of the workers had layers and layers of clothes on. She said very cheerily that it was actually cool because of all the sweat!! I'll take my shorts thank-you very much!!:-)