Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ramble on,
And now's the time, the time is now
To sing my song...
Led Zepplin -- "Ramble On"

I've been "tagged" by Deana at Friday Night Fish Fry, so it's time to stop writing about the Short People and focus on myself for a bit. Here goes:

1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.

2. You must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.

3. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.


B: Bold. I am a strong person who doesn't mind speaking out. I've held presidential or chair roles in several organizations and I think it's because I don't have a problem with being the bad guy when necessary (not to mention no one else ever wants the job...too bad there is no "S" in my name for "sucker"). I try to tone down the aspects of this part of my personality that can be unpleasant (bossy, another "B" word), and turn it into a strength. I hope I succeed most of the time.

R: Radical. A friend once described me as "unconventional". I don't know if she meant it to be flattering, but I sure took it as a compliment. Who wants to be like everyone else?

O: Open-minded. While I am not shy about sharing my opinions, I truly don't expect everyone to agree with them. I love to engage in good-natured discussions about politics, religion, or anything else. I have friends who range the entire continuum and I love that.

O: Organized. Not as much as some of my friends (this means you, Janice!) but I am a list queen and I can carry a lot of info in my head. Every once in a while I slip up, but I am usually prepared, on time, and neat. "Organized" does not equal "clean", however. I am a terrible housecleaner. On a positive note, even though a given item may be covered in dust I know exactly where to find it.

K: Keen. Keen often means razor-sharp. I can certainly be sarcastic and even cutting at times. But keen can also mean perceptive; I am highly attuned to others and their feelings/needs, which comes in handy being a therapist. Keen is also synonymous with clever. I don't know about clever, but my brain is almost always switched to the "on" postition ( drives poor Tracy crazy). I can't just sit and watch TV; I will do crossword puzzles or read at the same time. The only other definition of keen I can think of is to howl or wail...I don't do that one, promise!

E: Earthy. I love the outdoors, flowers, the beach, nature, animals...the whole shebang. My house is full of rocks, shells, driftwood, birdsnests, and anything else I find and can use to bring the outside in. If I could have the windows open every day I would do it in a minute. Exceptions: humidity, mosquitos and greenheads, and poison ivy.

Whew! That was a tough meme. Okay, now the tagging part. I will hit up Brooke at Joycekids because she has the same name, my sister Clare at the Sunday Night Buttermilk Waltz, who's first name is Katherine. I will also hit up my friend Janice who doesn't have a blog but will, for the sake of our friendship, play along in the comments even though I outed her organizational skills (you know I worship your abilities). Thank you, Deana, for the challenge!


TheArthurs said...

Okay, I'll play along. I'll post my answers here then follow rule number three via e-mail. You're going to convince me to start blogging one of these days, aren't you?

Instead of facts about myself, I chose to find famous quotations that I think say something about me or about my life. It took me two days to find just the right ones!

My middle name is Carol

C - Change. Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken. ~Frank Herbert, American Writer

A - A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. ~Harriet Ward Beecher, 19th Century American Preacher

R - [I] Read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education. ~Tallulah Bankhead, American Actress

O - One of the delights of life is eating with friends. ~Laurie Colwin, American Writer

L - Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. ~Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

I know I cheated a little bit with the “R”, but that quotation was so perfect I couldn’t pass it up! Thanks for the challenge, Amy!

Deana said...

You really did do a good job with that. I think people will be happy to learn all those things about you and I thought your answers were superb! I like your radical answer...and I have to tone down that bossy thing myself. See wasn't it nice talking about yourself!

MissMeliss said...

Michele sent me to check out your answers to this meme - impressive response. You sound like the sort of person I'd want to get to know better.

Happy Friday.

Leigh in Atlanta said...

well written responses

michele sent me over

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Very very interesting...I am the one that tagged! I love the way these memes...well, the GOOD Ones, get around the blog world....It is funny that many people found this hard---I know I did---But I found it quite rewarding!

Thanks for your comment and I'm glad India liked that gorgeous flower....I'm with her on the colors, too!

kenju said...

You did a great job on this one. I did it about 2 weeks ago, and since my middle name is only 3 letters, mine was less of a challenge. Michele sent me to see you!

Dara said...

That was fun, you sound like a cool person! lol I love how you begin each entry with a song lyric - music was a big part of my days when I taught school. I put on "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" when it was cleanup time and to this day whenever my former students hear it (ages 19 and 20!) they feel like cleaning up - lol. Thanks for stopping by - yes the move is s good thing, see today's post.

gautami said...

I think Michele sent me here so that I learn a bit more about you. And wish your sister happy birthday!

BTW, I loved reading about India and William!

Shephard said...

I think unconventional is always a compliment, no matter how they intend it. They're either expressing their appreciation for it, or their discomfort. Either way, you're being you.
Michele says hello!

BreadBox said...

It's interesting watching bloggers I read complete these memes -- learning a little new about who they are or who they perceive themselves to be!

I also like thearthurs approach: using quotations is a nice touch.

Michele sent me, though I've been before and will be back again.

donna said...

Michele sent me....nice to learn a little more with each visit....

have a wonderful saturday


Leigh in Atlanta said...

hi again from michele

Bob-kat said...

Nearly everyone I visit at the moment seems to be doing this meme.

These are all great traits adn you did a great job of answering the questions.

Michele sent me to say hi.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I had this meme as well and found it tough going.

kenju said...

Michele sent me back. I re-read your meme and decided that I am everything you said about yourself, except radical....LOL. I'm too old for that!

kenju said...

Thanks, Amy! I work at home, and I have never advertised in 25 years of my business (all referral work). Tell your sister to email me at, and she can also come to my blog and click on the photo in the sidebar that says Tickle Your Fancy (the name of my business).

kenju said...

Back again, via Michele. Won't you post more often?

November Rain said...

Hi I came by to thank you for stopping by my blog and I must say I am glad I did

I did this Mimi on Novy news and loved it...

I love yours.. I too am open minded and earthy :)