10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

So it was a rare late morning/early afternoon and I had roughly about 20 minutes of alone time (both kids were napping) before my son would wake.

During these sporadic moments, I try and catch up on reading whether it’s with a book or a magazine. I typically avoid the television during my alone time but something told me to look at the channel guide—and then I saw it: 10 Things I Hate About You was on.

I can’t resist a Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie, especially a vintage one so I settled back on my couch and hoped my kids would let me watch a good chunk of it.

Evidently, I’m not embarrassed to admit this is one of favorite movies. It’s silly, it’s fun, it’s a good no need for deep thinking movie, and it inspired today’s post : )

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Me

  1. Spanish was my first language growing up but I was an English major in college and am now an English teacher. Being bilingual rocks!
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  2. My brother and I were born in the same year, he in January and me in December. Clearly, I was an oops baby.
  3. My favorite book is Where The Red Fern Grows and I cry every time I read it and I’ve read it too many times to count.
  4. There were 600+ people at my wedding
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  5. I once danced Michael Jackson’s Thriller in front of hundreds of people.The dance class at my high school sometimes asks teachers to perform at assemblies and for Homecoming this was the dance of choice. I couldn’t pass up this amazing opportunity. Seriously, the perks of being a teacher.
  6. My husband and I love basketball so much we chose our wedding day, October 23, in honor of Michael Jordan and also because it was before the NBA basketball season started.

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    Also, I love that I met Bill Simmons who started as a basketball/sports blogger and is now a commentator for ESPN.

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  7. I hate water. As in the ocean, lakes, swimming pool… I don’t like that I can’t see what my feet are touching and thinking about all the people that have been in the pool I’m considering getting into grosses me out. I would never want a house with a pool either because it’s too much maintenance and I’m lazy for those types of things.
  8. I had (have?) a serious soda addiction. I would drink about a 6 pack a day and in college it was that plus a few Big Gulps.Coca Cola. Don’t even think about offering me a Pepsi.
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  9. I like Meatloaf. Not the food.
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  10. I’ve written before that I’m an oxymoron in so many ways. I’m old school and am very reluctant when it comes to new technology. I’m always the last one to buy whatever was “in” and then never learn to use it to its full capacity nor care. But, technology fascinates me.

–What is one interesting thing about you or that you’ve done?

–Do you share any of my idiosyncrasies?

Game Time

Today is a big day. The NBA season begins.

My other love besides running is basketball and people who know me know that I’ve got this date marked on my calendar and that I schedule things in my life so they don’t conflict with games of utmost importance. In fact, my husband (who is also basketball obsessed) and I chose our wedding date so that it was before the season started and we chose the 23rd in honor of our favorite, Michael Jordan.

We look forward to Christmas day not only because of presents, food, and family but because of the big triple-header that’s always televised.

We think summer officially begins in June after a champion is crowned.

Tonight’s game is a big deal. It’s the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls. I detest LeBron James and will seriously go in to depression if he wins a third championship. What makes this match up such a big deal is that Chicago’s Derrick Rose is back. Derrick Rose sat out last year due to injuries and many speculate he’ll never regain his MVP status that rivaled LeBron’s.

This game is also important because I have a cousin who is a Miami Heat fanatic. I’m not kidding. The first time the Heat won it all he got a Heat tattoo. As in permanent tattoo. He’s gone to LeBron’s Vegas celebrations twice. He constantly updates his facebook status with something about Miami, the Heat, LeBron, or haters.

The Heat losing this game, albeit it being the first game, will allow me to plant a seed in his brain that this bad start is an omen of what the future holds for the team. They’re done. They can’t handle the pressure that is a three-peat. They’re too old. They won’t last 82 games.

He’ll tell me it’s only the first game but I won’t care. For a basketball fanatic, it’ll be a perfect way to start the season.

Book Signing Sunday–Jeffery Deaver

One of my passions is reading. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to read. When I was younger, my parents never had to worry about me as I would be more than content with curling up on the couch with a book and bag of sunflower seeds. I would read anything and everything but my favorite genre, even at a young age, has been crime/mystery/horror. I was obsessed with R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street books and as I got older, Stephen King and Dean Koontz. About ten years ago, I discovered a new author, Jeffery Deaver, and instantly I was in love.

His books are creepy and very disturbing—which I love. I have no idea what draws me to this genre of literature, it’s hardly intellectually stimulating (although I have learned some pretty interesting things from Deaver—I’ll explain later). The first book I read from him was The Bone Collector which introduced his now most famous character, Lincoln Rhyme. Rhyme is a quadriplegic but is a superman when it comes to forensics. The book is basically about a killer who has a very unusual/terrifying way of murdering his victims and leaves at each scene of the crime a clue–it’s like a game to him (or her). This book was made into a movie starring Denzel Washington as Rhyme and Angelina Jolie as Amelia Sachs, Rhymes’ sidekick. Very rarely do I like movie versions of books and very rarely do I like Angelina Jolie, but both worked incredibly this time around.

From there it was one book after another. I couldn’t and still can’t get enough of him. All of his books are very CSI so there is a lot of thinking involved when the reader is trying to solve the mystery. One of the main reasons I like Deaver is that in most of his books he also addresses something related to or happening in society. For example, one of his most recent books, The Kill Room, is about the U. S. government’s involvement in targeted assassinations which some say actually occurs. Another book, The Blue Nowhere, the killer is a computer hacker and the plot hones in on the lack of computer safety knowledge and the amount of access strangers have to personal information.

I like that about Deaver, I think it’s this aspect of his writing that makes his books that much more scary—what is happening in the plot could happen to us.

The book signing that I went to today was for his newest book, The October List–probably his most unique book in that it is written backward, starting from the end and ending at the beginning. Think the movie Memento. I’m very excited to start reading it.

How do I make time to read? As you know, my workouts start at 8 p.m. My gym is pretty fancy schmancy and they have a pretty comfortable lounge area. When I’m done with my workout and cool down, I grab a book from my gym bag and sit in one of the old leather chairs and read for 15 minutes. It’s the best way to end my gym session. Despite a busy day with my kids and my sometimes rigorous workouts, I love that I can still curl up with a book and relax. At least for a little while : )

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