Do you ever hear a word and immediately get a song stuck in your head? For me, with the word lately, it’s always the following. Or that one song by Divine.

What have I been up to lately?



  1. I cut off 13 inches of hair. Well, didn’t. A stylist named Mackenzie did it for me and I am so happy with the results.
  2. I’ve been reading a lot more.
  3. Bought some plane tickets and booked a few places to stay. My trip is on!
  4. Got a new nephew. Now I have two.
  5. Had one really bad day and dyed my hair very dark brown (not pictured). That’s what I do.
  6. Halfway through phase two of my work project. About 95% complete with the whole thing.
  7. And lastly, since it’s Downton season here in the US, I’ve been doing Picture Shows & Petticoats. We also live tweet the episodes and you can check that out here.

Fifty More Facts

  1. I want to take an aerial silks class. When I reach a particular goal I’ve set for myself, this is my reward.
  2. I am a mezzo-soprano.
  3. I have terrible stage fright about singing.
  4. Someone once wrote a song about me. It’s very unflattering.
  5. I thought the air guitar was an actual thing for a really long time.
  6. I hate banana flavored things. Same goes for grape. I don’t mind the actual fruits though.
  7. I’ve still never jumped into any body of water.
  8. I’ve only been to the real ocean three times.
  9. I’m pretty bad at blog commenting. I read blogs all the time and think about commenting but don’t always know what to say. Then I feel guilty about it and they pile up and I eventually go on a commenting marathon.
  10. One of my pet peeves is when people mispronounce words. This is also a great fear of mine. When I was a child I think it helped me develop a bigger vocabulary — whenever I didn’t know how to say a word I would have to come up with a synonym.
  11. I have a well documented obsession with candles and other things that make my house smell nice.
  12. I have the opposite of an obsession with cleaning my house.
  13. My taste in music is very eclectic. I like show tunes, bluegrass, some pop, early 90s soft rock, angry girl music, the occasional rap song, Barbra Streisand, and most everything in between.
  14. Except death metal. I can’t stand it.
  15. I like to read poetry. I don’t always understand it, but I enjoy it. Sometimes I think it’s more about feeling it than understanding it anyway.
  16. I understand things by feeling 🙂
  17. I am an INFP.
  18. And an HSP.
  19. I am Sanguine-melancholic.
  20. As far as that goes, I have a mixture of the good characteristics from both types, but my bad ones are mainly sanguine.
  21. I like defining things.
  22. I do not like pretzels, but I will eat them in a pinch (e.g., on a plane or if they are the only thing left in a bag of Gardetto’s or Chex Mix).
  23. At high altitudes my hair behaves itself and is very wavy/curly. I can’t explain this phenomenon.
  24. The first time I flew was in 2007.
  25. I think maybe I’m kinda nerdy.
  26. Nerd fact: I used to play text-based RPGs online. And honestly? They were really fun and a pretty good writing exercise if you’re playing one where you do more than “Remove mace from pack,” “Wield mace,” and “Hit knight with mace.” You guys thought I was kidding.
  27. I play Skyrim and I’m really looking forward to Elder Scrolls Online.
  28. I developed allergies as an adult/when I moved to Norman. I don’t know if it’s related to where I’m living or if I was fated to develop them once I got older.
  29. My favorite pie is cherry, followed closely by pecan pie with no pecans, and then coconut creme. I also really like my Nannie’s recipe for apple creme, but that recipe always seems hit or miss depending on the apples.
  30. I’ve only been admitted to the hospital twice since birth — meningitis at 2 and 1/2 and tonsillectomy at 8.
  31. Almost as a rule, I detest Will Ferrell movies.
  32. I will watch Elf.
  33. I love the Dirty Harry movies.
  34. When I learned to shoot, I said I wanted “whatever Harry Callahan shoots.” Luckily my instructor had a better idea of what I could handle than I did.
  35. The first episode of Doctor Who that I ever watched was “Doomsday.” It wasn’t on purpose and I didn’t have a clue what I was seeing. I was home from college one weekend, watching BBC America, and there it was.
  36. The second one I saw was “The Girl In The Fireplace.” If you really know me and you know those episodes, I think you can figure out that they were the perfect place for me to start.
  37. I joined my local 4H chapter in 3rd grade (age 8) so I could go to writing contests. To my horror, I came in 3rd place for the poetry contest and 1st place for the essay. Horror, because I knew I was destined to be a poet and essays were dumb! (I seriously said this.)
  38. I have super vivid dreams and I am usually able to recall at least one every night. Nightmares are very rare for me.
  39. I own a dozen hippy dippy books on childbirth.
  40. I would like to write for EastEnders.
  41. I have never attended a midnight opening screening for any film and I can’t ever imagine myself doing it in the future.
  42. I HATE crowds of people.
  43. My favorite time of day to see a movie is noon, when it’s just me and 5 other people.
  44. I have hitchhiker’s thumbs.
  45. On one side of my family (Walters) I am the oldest of 23 great-grandchildren.
  46. I learned prepositions in alphabetical order in 6th grade and I can still recite them from memory.
  47. In 2nd grade I sang “Yakety Yak” in a school musical. I was a mom with a baby on her hip, wagging my finger at kids who refused to do their chores.
  48. In college I took a vocal performance class and sang “My Lord, What A Morning” and “He Shall Feed His Flock.” I wish I had pursued this further.
  49. My cousin Heather is one of my best friends. Aside from seeing each other a few times at vacation bible school when we were little, we really didn’t meet until we decided to room together in college.
  50. Her wedding was the first time I served as a bridesmaid.

Tuesday List

  1. Had a belated lunch with a friend yesterday for my birthday. The company was wonderful, the food was so-so. It’s a new local place and because I wasn’t thrilled with it I won’t mention who they are. I’m not sure it’s fair to judge a restaurant by their caesar salad.
  2. The weather is changing and I’m going to blame today’s marathon headache on that. Hopefully it was that and nothing more. I’d rather not be coming down with something.
  3. I’ve got some Doctor Who to catch up on by Saturday, but you’re looking at a woman who has done some serious TV bingeing. I think I’ll manage.
  4. Speaking of Doctor Who, I ordered the Nanny Who shirt from TeeFury a few weeks ago and it arrived today — labeled the correct size, but almost 3 inches smaller in width than what the sizing chart indicates it should be. I’ve ordered from them before and never had this sort of issue, so I hope it’ll be resolved quickly.
  5. Thanksgiving is next week and I need to figure out what dishes I’ll be taking to the gatherings we’re attending. I’m thinking a dessert for one and a side for another. The latest issue of Food & Wine has some interesting sweet potato recipes and I may try out a few of those.
  6. I’m hearing a lot about Black Friday starting earlier than usual, essentially getting rid of the sales being on Friday, and I wonder impact this will have. Are folks going to buy more? It’s rotten that so many people will have to miss Thanksgiving with their families.
  7. The Saturday after Thanksgiving I’ll be seeing John Mayer in OKC. I haven’t listened to him much in recent years, but I thought it would be fun. His music has come back around to something I enjoy again. And maybe I’ll finally get to hear him sing “Comfortable” live.
  8. After next week’s busyness is over I’ll start assembling Christmas gifts. Yup, I am going the homemade route with some of them again this year, but these are different.