I've been tagged by the Love2learnmom to do the Ten Random Facts about myself meme. I can't hold a candle to the Minnesota Mom's meme. I never swam with dolphins, lived in a castle, took pictures of famous people, or attended presidential inaugurations, (Notice, folks, she doesn't even include in her meme that she once made dinner for Martha Stuart!) but I'll do my best...
1. Growing up, my family called me "Susie."
2. Once, when I was little, a friend's mother meant to say to her daughter, "Go play in the pool with Susie." but what she really said was, "Go play in the sooz with Poolie." After that, my family called me Susie Poolie, as a nickname. I often use this as my username on the web.
3. I love music, but I can't sing. One of the many things that motivates me to want to get to heaven is the thought that, there, I might be able to sing... really and truly sing the praises of God.
4. I am good at a great many things, but I am excellent at NOTHING. Sometimes, I wish I could trade in my abilities in less important areas so that I could receive greater ability in a few select areas.
5. In high school, I listened to bands like U2, Ten Thousand Maniacs, and The Indigo Girls. I wrote bad poetry and hung out with the artsy-types.
6. I married the first man I met at college. After a few casual dates he asked me if I would ever consider seriously dating a protestant (He was one at the time). I said, "No, because I could never marry one. It wouldn't be good for my own faith or for my children." He said, "I would never want to compromise your faith and so I guess this is the end of the road for us." He really did back off at that point, which made me really respect him. He joined the Catholic Church in October of our senior year and we married 14 months later.
7. I won the "Young Author's Award" for a story I wrote and illustrated in the first grade. It was about a girl who was too small to do all the things she wanted to do. She was very frustrated with herself until her family was accidentally locked out of their house. She was the only one small enough to crawl through a cracked window and rescue her family. They were all so pleased with her and she was pleased with herself. THE END. The prize for this award (besides the beautiful flowers I received when they announced the winner) was an all-day writers conference with other Young Authors from all over the state. I went with my father. The guest speaker was William H. Armstrong. We received autographed copies of his award winning book, "Sounder," and they served us peanut butter and mint jelly sandwiches for lunch. I liked the conference, but those sandwiches really grossed me out.
8. When my husband decided to go to law school after four years of teaching, I called my dearest friend and college roommate to tell her about it (She lived on the opposite coast at the time). She then told her husband about it and he decided to go, too. So, I got to have another three years living close this very special friend. Now, sadly, she lives on the opposite coast again. I am always scheming to find a way to see her.
9. I was a staff writer for TiberRiver.com for the three years my husband was in law school. I loved this job and the people I worked with. Since they went out of business however, none of the book reviews I wrote in that time have ever been put to any real use.
10. I would like to write again in some capacity, though I do not know exactly what and where just yet. I would like to write things that inspire in my readers a greater love for God, His Church on Earth, and for all things good and beautiful.