I am supposed to be writing about Thanksgiving dinner today, but I’m having a hard time getting fired up about dinner for 6 – my parents, Sam, Rob and me, and a friend of the family who just lost his wife to cancer. My brother and his family would have bumped us up into the 12-ish person range, but they’re going to be with my sister in law’s family for Turkey Day.
I know at this point that I will make a turkey (free range and brined), two kinds of stuffing (chestnut-sausage and “plain), mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, cranberry relish and at least two pies. Next Wednesday I’ll publish my countdown for getting everything done in time, but unless we can find more guests wandering the streets in search of a good turkey dinner, I wont be breaking a sweat over this one.
I am excited to say that Barbara at Bless Us O Lord has tagged me for a meme. Never mind that I asked her to tag me; it still counts, right? I have been DYING to be tagged since I started blogging in June. Its like when the really smart, interesting girl in your English class asks if you want to do the Shakespeare project with her, or the really cool mom from your kid’s kindergarten class asks if you want to power walk with her some time. Thank you, Barbara, for making me feel like one of the “in” crowd.
Here, then, are seven random facts about me:
- I am allergic to chlorine, and can’t swim in pools. This problem was discovered during a summer in London when I was 9 years old, and had spent a lot of time swimming in a public pool which was heavily chlorinated because, as my complimentary socialized medicine pediatrician told my parents, of the likelihood that my fellow mermaids and mermen had various communicable and infectious diseases. Every few years I test myself to see if I still break out in hives, and so far, I still do.
- I was a very serious, classical musician for a long time (a cellist). During high school I played in the orchestra and in various string quartets, and during my senior year I played as a soloist with the orchestra and gave a recital. I was accepted into two conservatories, went to one for a year and a half, realized I had made a terrible mistake, and transferred into life as an English major.
- On “right brain/left brain” tests I always come out dead center. Every time.
- I have never played a team sport in my life but I have coached soccer.
- I have no tolerance for alcohol, and can maybe have one drink in an evening of socializing. Otherwise I a) fall asleep and b) feel wretched the next day. This is okay with me, and I’m a cheap date.
- I taught myself how to read when I was 4, and I taught my brother how to read when I was 8 and he was 4 because I was tired of reading him the book about fire trucks all the time.
- I am in a politically “mixed” marriage. I am the lefty.