- I want to take an aerial silks class. When I reach a particular goal I’ve set for myself, this is my reward.
- I am a mezzo-soprano.
- I have terrible stage fright about singing.
- Someone once wrote a song about me. It’s very unflattering.
- I thought the air guitar was an actual thing for a really long time.
- I hate banana flavored things. Same goes for grape. I don’t mind the actual fruits though.
- I’ve still never jumped into any body of water.
- I’ve only been to the real ocean three times.
- 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.
- 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.
- I have a well documented obsession with candles and other things that make my house smell nice.
- I have the opposite of an obsession with cleaning my house.
- 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.
- Except death metal. I can’t stand it.
- 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.
- I understand things by feeling 🙂
- I am an INFP.
- And an HSP.
- I am Sanguine-melancholic.
- As far as that goes, I have a mixture of the good characteristics from both types, but my bad ones are mainly sanguine.
- I like defining things.
- 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).
- At high altitudes my hair behaves itself and is very wavy/curly. I can’t explain this phenomenon.
- The first time I flew was in 2007.
- I think maybe I’m kinda nerdy.
- 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.
- I play Skyrim and I’m really looking forward to Elder Scrolls Online.
- 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.
- 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.
- I’ve only been admitted to the hospital twice since birth — meningitis at 2 and 1/2 and tonsillectomy at 8.
- Almost as a rule, I detest Will Ferrell movies.
- I will watch Elf.
- I love the Dirty Harry movies.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- I have super vivid dreams and I am usually able to recall at least one every night. Nightmares are very rare for me.
- I own a dozen hippy dippy books on childbirth.
- I would like to write for EastEnders.
- I have never attended a midnight opening screening for any film and I can’t ever imagine myself doing it in the future.
- I HATE crowds of people.
- My favorite time of day to see a movie is noon, when it’s just me and 5 other people.
- I have hitchhiker’s thumbs.
- On one side of my family (Walters) I am the oldest of 23 great-grandchildren.
- I learned prepositions in alphabetical order in 6th grade and I can still recite them from memory.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Her wedding was the first time I served as a bridesmaid.
Paw Paw carried me up the hill as he looked out across the pasture for a mama cow and her new baby calf. I don’t really remember this part, only that I was out with him that day to check the cows. I think he’d taken me to give my mom a little break (she had a new baby — my brother, Kyle).
We got to the top of this hill and somewhere along the way the mama cow was located and she was none too happy to see us. Paw Paw knew he was going to have to run and he knew it wasn’t something safe or smart to do with little 20 month old me in his arms.
There, on top of the hill, was a tree. One of its branches was low enough that he could reach up and set me down on it. He put my tiny arms around the trunk of the tree and told me to hold on and not let go. I don’t think I was scared just then, but I knew he was serious. Maybe I should add that I was speaking in full sentences at this point, so it wasn’t like he was sticking a tiny baby up there with no clue what was going on. I was a toddler though and we should probably be glad this all happened in the 1980s and not now, otherwise I might have ended up on the news.
Paw Paw told me to sit still and hold on tight to the tree and that’s exactly what I did. I trusted him absolutely. He went to lead the mama cow away from me and to find her baby. I don’t know how much time passed, but the next thing I remember, and the strongest, earliest memory of my life is what happened next.
Running up to the tree where I sat high above the ground, here came the mama cow. She ran right up underneath me and the top of her head brushed the bottom of my little bare feet. I hugged the tree tight and squalled just as loud as my lungs would permit. That scared the cow and she turned to run away from my bellowing cries.
A few moments later, after what felt like forever, Paw Paw returned and rescued me from my perch. I recall telling this story, especially the bit about the cow rubbing my feet, to anyone that would listen. I know Paw Paw can tell it better, so maybe I’ll ask him to refresh my memory on all the details. And maybe I’ll go find this tree.
Photo above was taken around the time of the cow adventure, maybe even the same day. I feel like that might have been the outfit I was wearing when it happened.
Seriously, y’all…if you want to make yourself feel old fast, take your baby cousin’s senior photos. I had just finished 3rd grade when she was born. And I can remember entire conversations I had with people during that year of school so it can’t be that long ago, right?
I was honored when Kayla asked if I would take some photos for her. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, we met at the crack of dawn on a Saturday in October that turned out to be cloudy and made for some very interesting light. Not what I was going for, but we’ll get some sunshine shots when spring rolls around.
I’m dipping my toe in the water with this stuff and (drumroll) am now open to taking senior portraits and family photos. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
These photos have been ready for a while, but I wasn’t able to connect with Kayla until Thanksgiving and I didn’t want to post them here until she had seen them. So, no need to delay any longer!