Thursday, March 26, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

So, Lydia at writerquake ( has tagged me to do a "25 Random Things About Me" List. OK--Here you go!

1. If I could bestow any talent upon myself, it would be the gift of singing ability. I can’t sing, but I so wish I could.

2. I am drawn to left-handed people. I’m married to one, my best friend is one, and two of my sons are. I think I have some right-brained tendencies, but I’m a righty myself.

3. I have been in love with my husband since I was 16 years old.

4. I have never felt closer to God than the three times when I gave birth. Whenever I start to doubt, or feel far from Her, I remember my birth experiences.

5. I started a blog to help me be brave enough to share my writing with more than just a few family members.

6. I am a sister to two brothers and mother to three sons, but throughout my life I have been surrounded by women. I have aunts and cousins who are as close to me as any sisters could be. And my brothers have been nice enough to marry women I am proud to call my sisters.

7. I am a quiet person living in a loud household.

8. I absolutely love my job. I can’t imagine having any kind of career that doesn’t involve teaching.

9. This week, my students made me smile. Often!

10. I am allergic to the sun. Too much sun exposure, and my face swells up. It’s not convenient being allergic to the planet’s source of light and heat. It’s one of the reasons we moved north.

11. No one makes me laugh harder than my son, Jack.

12. My oldest son Seamus is graduating from high school in June, and I get teary eyed sometimes just thinking about it. My first born is a young man now. I am proud and wistful all at once.

13. My son Brendan still likes to hug and kiss me. I don’t know how long this will last, but I am loving every minute of it.

14. I live in a place where we see moose several times a year. I find moose sightings to be almost mystical experiences.

15. I love the Little Spokane River.

16. I am enjoying cooking more now than at any other time in my life.

17. If left to my own devices, I have a tendency to withdraw and become sedentary. One of the things I love about my husband is that he likes to move and do. I need that!

18. I firmly believe that heaven will be filled with cheesecake.

19. I love Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. I’m pretty crazy about Steve Carrell, too.

20. My husband has an enormous capacity for unconditional love. I am a truly lucky woman.

21. My idea of the perfect vacation is reading a good book while surrounded by beautiful scenery.

22. My other idea of a perfect vacation is visiting my nephew, Liam and my niece, Molly.

23. I am going to give yoga another try in April. I am a truly remedial yoga student.
24. When I was in tenth grade, my English teacher played us a recording of Dylan Thomas reading "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night." It changed my life.

25. My favorite flower is the tulip. I am so grateful to live somewhere where tulips grow. They are so perfectly curved, smooth, and bright, they almost make me cry.


  1. Erin, your list was super interesting. Your randomness reads beautifully. :)
    #3-amazing. #4-love the reference to Her. For me God is a father-mother combo, no gender at all. #7-reminds me of my sis in a house with two teen sons #14-hope to see one someday and you are so lucky to know them.

  2. # 3 made me cry, you are so very lucky. I too love Jon and Stephen! Great list.

  3. I have a son named Jack too. Which son of yours is the baseball player? It would be funny if it is Jack because my Jack is a baseball player too. He is an 11-year-old baseball fanatic. My older son Joe (14) does not enjoy team sports at all. They are quite the opposites.

    Great list. Every item made me smile and wish that we lived closer to each other so we could meet.

    Have I mentioned before that I love your red hair? My mom has red hair so I have always had a special place in my heart for redheads. I dated one in college and I really wanted it to last because I figured we would have a good chance of having redheaded children together. It didn't last but I do have a great husband and two beautiful brown-haired sons.

    By the way, my mom is 61 and she does not have one grey hair on her head. I am finding greys on a daily basis.

  4. Hi Laura,
    It's actually my son Brendan who is the baseball player. He is a 10-year-old baseball fanatic. He has his first practice of the season today (if our April snow melts in time. Grrr...). None of my boys have red hair. They all started out as blonde, but now Brendan is the only blondie I have left; the other two have brown hair now.

    I enjoy having red hair now, but hated it when I was a kid. I hope to be as lucky as your mom in the grey hair department, but I do have some. Right now they just look like blonde highlights!

    I wished we lived closer, too! Thanks for reading my list. :0)

  5. re # 1 - me too. I have sometimes thought that I would never have lost my faith if I could sing.

    re #4 - this is fascinating, i'd like to hear more. Have you written any poems about it?

    re #5 - I'm so glad you are sharing your writing! This still resounds with me all the time:
    That for a mother
    There is no embracing without pulling
    No rejoicing without grieving?
    That to look at you now is to know
    That your birth was the beginning
    Of your leaving?

    re: your red hair -- woudl you believe that I spend a ridiculous amount of money to be a redhead? I am jealous of your gorgeous color!

  6. Hi Anne,
    Would you believe I hated having red hair when I was little? I have written some poems about my childbirth experiences. I haven't posted them here yet, though. Maybe I will soon...
    Glad that poem still resonates with you. It's one of my favorites! Thanks for perusing!