Monday, September 14, 2009

The Big 3-0

No, I'm NOT turning 30 (unfortunately!), just celebrating the fact that I now have 30 followers! And, even though I'm not (yet) consistent with my posts, I just wanted to say thank you(THANK YOU!) to all who still follow my blog (or even just pop in occasionally) for sticking with me.

And so, taking a cue from this post by Karen Strong over at Musings of a Novelista, I am going to list 30 things you may, or may not, know about me:

1) I have 1 brother who is 6 years younger than me.
2) I wear glasses (mainly when driving).
3) I wore a uniform for 12 years.
4) No, I wasn't in the military, just Catholic school (1st thru 12th grade).
5) I am not Catholic, though.
6) I grew up in New York City, specifically upper Manhattan, and more specifically the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem.
(If you're interested in this section of Harlem, wikipedia explains it much better than I ever could.)
7) I am often mistaken for being Hispanic.
8) Unfortunately, I do not know any Spanish.
9) However, I did take 3 years of French in high school, which still doesn't help because I've pretty much forgotten all of it. So . . . I would still need a French dictionary if I ever went to France.
10) Facts of Life was a favorite show as a kid. AND so was Diff'rent Strokes, Brady Bunch, Wonder Woman, The Jeffersons, Little House on the Prairie, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and . . . I could probably go on & on . . . brings back great memories of childhood, though!
11) I graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
12) My majors in college were English & Economics.
13) However, I did not get a job on Wall Street.
14) I did get a job in reference publishing.
15) I have an ancient computer. No, seriously, it is ANCIENT, like the monitor has the huge back to it circa the 1990s. I know, I know, it is definitely time for a new one.
16) My husband is a cook/chef, and yes, he can cook much better than me, thank the Lord!
17) We have 2 daughters.
18) AND my mother and grandmother live with us. Yes, you heard, er, read that right.
19) Which is why I mainly write late at night when EVERYONE is asleep.
20) Love Your Life by Victoria Osteen is a favorite inspirational book.
21) And also Reposition Yourself by T.D. Jakes
22) I don't drink. (Well, ONLY socially--and even then I mainly favor margaritas & daiquiris)
23) I don't smoke, and have never tried. Nope, not even once!
24) I can't swim.
25) My favorite pastry is a chocolate croissant.
26) And I LOVE white chocolate in practically any form.
27) I am also partial to lemon meringue pie.
28) I got my first library card when I was 8 years old.
29) I first found out I had somewhat of a talent for writing when I was 16 years old during a semester of creative writing in high school. I'd often receive a fiction writing assignment handed back with "Is this real?" or "Did this really happen?" jotted at the bottom of a story.
30) But I did not seriously think of writing for publication (or even writing children's books at all)till 20 years later.


Tess said...

Love learning all these fun things about you, Crystal! Thanks for sharing them.

And, who wants to be 30 again? Not me! I'll own where I am and remind myself I am that much closer to my dream :)

MG Higgins said...

Bring on the lemon meringue pie! I love that you shared so much about yourself.

Crystal said...

Tess--Glad you enjoyed my little list. Yes, being closer to your dream is definitely better!

MG--Thanks for stopping by! I haven't had that pie in a long, long time . . . gotta get one soon!

Karen Strong said...

Hey Crystal!

I love reading lists about people. We liked a lot of the same shows growing up.

And don't worry. My monitor in my office is ancient as well. It will probably die on my any moment now. LOL.

T. Anne said...

That was wonderful! I really enjoy reading about my blogging buddies. Suddenly I'm craving a chocolate croissant...hmmm... wonder why? ;)

Kelly said...

Interesting things! We have a few things in common, too! I am a Lutheran who attends Catholic church with my family. I loooooooove white chocolate. I have never smoked, and occasionally socially drink. And my husband is a better cook than me too! :)

Crystal said...

Hey Karen--glad I'm not the only one with ancient equipment!

Hi T. Anne--glad you enjoyed the list; aren't those chocolate croissants delicious?

Hi Kelly--Wow, we have a lot in common! Yes, white chocolate is soooo good. But I won't turn down milk chocolate, either! :)

Thanks for stopping by, guys!

Trish said...

I love reading about other writers too.

I also love lemon meringue pie, and have never smoked, but I do like my one glass of wine every night.

I also went to a Catholic school and had to wear a uniform. (I'm not a Catholic now though.) I loved all those shows and I can't swim, but I can float. Hehehe.

Thanks for sharing all that, I feel like I know you better now.

Crystal said...

Hey Trish, thanks for stoppiong by & noting what we have in common; it's fun comparing likenesses! I wish I could float, though. Don't laugh . . . I really, really CANNOT float. Okay, go ahead & laugh. :)

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Thanks for sharing about yourself!

Crystal said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tess M.(from Six Feet Under Blog)!

Helene said...

This was fun to read! I also loved Facts of Life when I was younger! It'd be nice if they had shows on like that in this day in age, rather than Hannah Montana and the Suite Life.

And you certainly have a full house these days, don't you?

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! Hope you'll be back! Oh and congrats on increasing you followers!!

Crystal said...

Glad you enjoyed my little list, Helene! Yes, there should be more shows like Facts of Life! I always enjoy reading your posts, Helene (although I'm a bit lazy on leaving comments!). It reminds me I'm not alone in this often demanding, sometimes frustrating, yet funny & rewarding struggle we call motherhood. I will definitely be back to visit you! :)

Olugbemisola (Mrs. Pilkington) said...

Great list (and it made me hungry)! And thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope first grade is going well! :)

Crystal said...

Glad to see you over here, Gbemi!

Yes, first grade is going well so far . . . hope your little one is enjoying it, too!

Diane said...

Really fun list. I would be hard pressed to come up with interesting facts that were not completely embarrassing to me. :O)

Crystal said...

Hi Diane! Yeah, I had to think pretty hard for this list . . . but is was fun doing it! Thanks for stopping by!