I have been tagged for the very first time by Mr. Spartacus, so here are 10 random things about me:
1. I'm originally from New Haven CT, but when my parents split up, my mother moved us back to her native Philadelphia (I was 6), and that's still my hometown.
2. I love to buy books. I can't remember when I was last in a library. I have way too many books.
3. I am a total sucker for overpriced skincare products. I completely believe the hype. I've curtailed the habit somewhat (what with the small children and large mortgage), but the siren call is always audible when I walk through the cosmetics department at a department store.
4. I was a very good student in high school and was named a National Merit Scholarship commended student (didn't make semi-finals) but for some reason, I lost interest and was a terrible student in college. I dropped out of Temple University after 2 years, and have just recently decided that I need to finish my degree.
5. Anyone who's here probably knows this, but my husband is Korean. His mother was very unhappy that her only son was dating a white woman and she refused to attend our wedding. She loves me now; the 2 adorable grandsons might just have something to do with that. Someday I'll tell you more about the time she showed up at my door at 1 AM and burned my ears with Korean invective...I'm pretty sure I learned the Korean word for "ho" that night.
6. I worked in retail for a long time, managing a small boutique and then working in Customer Service for Nordstrom for 7 years, until I had my first child. If the hours and the pay were better, I'd still be doing it...I loved that job. (But I don't miss working weekends, nights, and holidays)
7. My stepfather and I didn't get along when I was growing up. I was convinced that he hated me. When I was 18, after my first year in college, I was asleep one morning when he woke me up and told me that he'd heard on the radio that Springsteen tickets were going on sale in less than an hour....I needed to get up and dressed and he'd drive me to the Ticketron outlet to get in line. I had about $20 so I told him that I couldn't afford the tickets. "Get up", he said, "don't worry about the money." I got up, and fast. We were about 30th in line, and with the $100 he gave me, I got 4 7th row seats and took my 2 best friends and one friend's brother (my sister didn't want to go). Turns out he didn't hate me after all.
8. In 1984, I cast my first presidential vote, for Walter Mondale. In 1988, I voted for Michael Dukakis. I had shaken both of their hands; Mondale's at a rally at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dukakis' at a speech at City Hall in Philadelphia.
In 1992, I was living in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Bill Clinton was going to appear in Wilmington, and my friends wanted to go and hear him speak. I refused to go with them, for fear that I'd shake his hand and jinx the election. I'm pretty sure that I'm responsible for his later win. You're welcome. *
9. What the hell? I'm having a hard time coming up with 10. OK, here's #9...I have a sister who's young enough (20) to be my daughter. (My mom was the only pregnant woman at her 25th high school reunion.) We all love and spoil her to death.
10. My first child, born the natural way, weighed over 10 pounds. Neither my husband or I are large people, so I was a bit of a celebrity in the hospital. My 2nd child came via c-section (breach), and was more average-sized (8 pounds, 9 ounces). They are the funniest children in the world.