Thursday, April 23, 2009

The List

Bits & Bytes About The Author of This Blog (in no particular order)

Others find me bossy at times, or exacting, or both.

I was my mother’s wife. She was a hard-working single mom, and from the age of ten I took over the grocery shopping, cooking, and a good deal of the housework. Voluntarily, I might add.

I adore most children but won’t put up with horrid behavior.

If patience is a virtue then I’m virtuous.

A peculiar darkish brown Florida-shaped birthmark about two inches long appeared on my neck the first time my mother applied Coppertone suntan lotion on my six year old body. Said birthmark had faded and mysteriously disappeared by the time I was twelve.

In true Virgo fashion it’s usually all or nothing at all with me.

My French Grandmother would buy multiple packages of M & M’s so she could fill a bowl with red ones, (my favorites) just for me. Her other grandkids could have cared less; the color of candies they wolfed down bore little or no importance. After the bad things I’ve heard about FD & C Red Dye #40 I sure hope I don’t come down with cancer!

Under no certain terms am I willing to discuss politics or religion at the dinner table.

My mother never got over how good my memory was. I could recount events that happened when I was a baby with great detail.

Upon earning over three dollars one fine sunny day after setting up a row of TV trays and selling cast offs to passers by: mostly miss-matched glassware, old issues of Reader’s Digest, odds and ends from the junk drawer in the mudroom, doll clothes, and my outgrown sweater covered in fuzz-balls, I immediately ran down to Gordon’s market, a corner store where I frequently squandered collected pennies, to purchase a jar of maraschino cherries. My red food fixation rearing it’s ugly head again. And I sat down at the curb right there in front of the market to feast on foodstuff that I’d previously eaten only one at a time. I learned that “one at a time” was a fine approach to the ingestion of something so sweet and syrupy. I think I managed to down about six cherries before decided to pitch the jar in the nearby trash can.

Cooking relaxes me.

The E, L, N, and most of the M are worn off of the keyboard on my Mac.

When brushing my teeth I almost always close my eyes.

White walls and blank pages have the same effect on me, I want to fill them with color and life.

I’ll stop here. That’s enough bits & bytes for today.









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15 comments:

Woman in a Window said...

You raced out and bought a jar of maraschino cherries? You weirdo! And I mean that in the best of ways!

Kirti said...

You'd be a very interesting character in a novel! Perhaps you should write yourself in...

lakeviewer said...

Aren't we having fun yet? These lists are soooo inherently revealing.

katherine. said...

interesting tidbits.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Now you all know way, way, way too much about me.

Lauri Kubuitsile said...

What fun! The cherry story is hilarious- I dreamed of eating the whole bottle but , luckily it seems now, I never got the chance. As a former teacher, I am completely with you regarding badly behaved children. Luckily here in Botswana, where all adults are parents to all children, there is no problem stopping a kid and telling him to sort himself out.

Kim said...

I'm with you on the no discussion of politics or religion at the dinner table - to be honest I hate discussing it at all. nobody's business!

A Fitness Minute with Pat Anderson said...

Let me know if you need any help with your weight training!
Bits and Bytes should be a regular on your blog. Enjoyed reading it.

Linda S. Socha said...

Great fun and well written. Love your blog!

If you are in the neighborhood stop by Psyche Connections and say hello!
Linda

C. Michael Cox said...

"I was my mother's wife"

That is one of the best self-descriptions I've ever heard. Great line!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

thanks for all the lovely comments. On Monday I will visit all your blogs, this weekend I am doing my best TO STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER!

Lover of Life said...

Loved these little bits and bytes. You are a wonderful writer. Looking forward to your book!

Kirti said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you for your comment...you know, I liked your interpretation of "domestic harmony and joy"...I think you're right--that painting does point to a happy home--I guess that's why we're so drawn to it...

GutsyWriter said...

I'm a Virgo, and I don't know if I'd say it's all or nothing. I am impatient, although you said you're patient.
A French Grandma. So you have part of France in you too. See you Monday. A smart thing to do.
I'm off to LA Book Festival tomorrow.

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