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25 things about me

1. My favorite TV series became the Star Trek series a few years ago.
2. I would like to visit Israel.
3. I grew up in the Houston area, and even though I have not lived in TX since 1998 I still say "y'all." "You'uns" is a stupid word.
4. I worked church nursery from 2000-2002 and now am teaching a Sunday school class with adults twice my age!
5. Some of the first kids I ever kept in nursery (long before the above stint) now are big grown-ups (gulps and waves to y'all).
6. I've had nine surgeries, and I think if I have any more I won't be able to answer the questions on doctors' forms. They're all becoming a mishmash called "eye surgery" and "sinus surgery."
7. I can take five "horse pills" in one swallow. (You probably should not try this at home unless you are desperate to learn time management.)
8. I can read in four languages besides English.
9. I ccan read braille backwards and upside down (another thingnot really worth trying at home).
10. I am having to avoid the cafe on campus so that I will not buy muffins... At some point during seminary, I developed the habit of celebrating accomplishments with a muffin. The problem is that I just find all kinds of things to view as accomplishments! (Nice way to build a positive attitude when I only get my muffin if I can think of something good to go with it.)
11. I had a cat who lived to be 19 years old. (My current cats are two nine-year-olds andInca the queen who is 13.)
12. I strongly dislike living alone. I've discovered that I really enjoy being with people as long as I have a little quiet time now and then.
13. I like snow but not single-digit temps.
14. Coffee does not give me a major energy boost, but I do like to drink it.
15. If you don't know what to feed me on account of all my food allergies and other things, you can pretty much never go wrong with a bean dish--as long as it has no cheese. I love beans almost any way. (Note that coffee comes from beans! Ha ha!)
16. I often have difficulty seeing myself as an adult even though I am doing adult things.
17. I fear being disliked and left out, but there are many people I would like very much to get to know better.
18. I express myself best through writing and music, and sometimes I write music.
19. I learned to read braille music as a child and found out later that very few of my peers even knew that such a thing existed. There is now a strong movement to teach it to young children. I wish that more music was available in braille, particularly music for church choirs. I dislike being a follower!
20. I dislike beaches.
21. I like movies. (Don't forget to tell me what's going on during the quiet parts!)
22. I have met some 50 people in person after first communicating for a while online. I have never had a truly bad experience, and I feel tremendously blessed to have met such amazing friends whom I never would have met otherwise.
23. I was once terrified of dogs. I am still only truly comfortable with my own dogs and am really still a cat person at heart.
24. I went to my first two weeks away summer camp when I was ten years old.
25. I would like to live to be 100.


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Jan. 25th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on braille music for young children. My braille student will hopefully be starting piano lessons soon from a teacher who happens to know braille music (she's totally blind). This student's mom has asked my thoughts on braille music, and I said I thought it should be learned for theory, the same as for sighted children. Another blind TVI in the area who knows music said she didn't think it was necessary to learn at all, due to the fact that it can't be read while actually playing so pieces still have to be memorized. The mom is concerned that learning braille music might be confusing since her child is also currently learning literary braille and nemeth.

I happened to learn first print music during piano lessons as a kid, and then later braille music from a blind piano teacher as a teenager. I happen to find even enlarged print music almost impossible to read accurately, so if I ever became serious about learning piano beyond the basics it would be braille music for me. Since I can't read print or braille music while playing, the "disadvantage" of braille music wouldn't make much difference to me.
Jan. 25th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
braille music
The thing about memorizing... Even if she learned by ear, she would memorize. So why not give her music so that she can learn accurately and have the theory? Like you, I was confused with braille music at first. For what it's worth, I was nine and was learning without the help of a teacher familiar with braille music. So when I didn't understand something no one could explain it. It would likely have been different if I studied with someone who knew braille music.
Jan. 25th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Curious what all your food allergies are? I liked reading about you trying to learn to manage them. It was interesting.

Yay for muffins!

I had no idea you had grown up in Texas.
Jan. 25th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Texas and food
I have some old recordings in which I have a pretty serious Texas accent. They are quite funny. My accent tends to alter depending on my location, but the Texan comes back when I am either angry or very passionate.

Foods are very challenging. I avoid aged things (cheeses, sour cream, mayonnaise, etc.)
i also avoid foods with high salicylate content--these are chemically similar to aspirin, and this is probably what caused my issues with polyps and severe asthma. It is very hard to stay on this diet because most fruits and veggies have high salicylate content. I try to avoid thehighest ones: dark leafy greens. I had to give up spinach, which I love. I also have an allergy to melons which cross-reacts with strawberries.

Beans, onions, and peppers are my friends. LOL! I take a hoard of megavitamins and eat lots of the stuff I can have.
Jan. 25th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Texas and food
That's a lot of my favorites you can't have.
Jan. 25th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Texas and food
What does a texas accent even sound like? LOL!
Jan. 25th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Loved this post! I like learning things about you that I never knew before! See, you learn something new everyday:)
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Jan. 25th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
No I don't remember what and who which characters are which LOL!
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Jan. 26th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
that isnt helping me though. Thanks
Jan. 27th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
thanks for sharing I think I am going to try to do something similar I love coffee too doesnt keep me awake either
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
Food alergies
I have been wondering about why you have so many food alergies. Have you read any books by Dr. John Sarno? He deals with back pain but I am thinking that his principles are applicable to much more than back pain.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Food alergies
Not sure if you will see this... (Who are you?) I actually know the answer to that question.

I have a sensitivity to the chemical that gives aspirin its inflammatory properties. This same chemical is also found in many foods--foods which are supposed to be healthy. We will see in time whether I can tolerate some of them as my IgE levels are regulated... I also have a mold allergy, which causes me to react to certain types of processed foods (by developing a headache).
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