Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Maybe she's part owl

Dear Internets,

I am feeling much better this morning. It's amazing what sleep, inspiring political speeches, and videos about herding cats can do for my mood. Winning a song from iTunes from Last Name Unknown, and I getting tagged by Perfectly Cursed Life didn't hurt either.

I have never been tagged before, so this is really exciting for me. I have to say eight things about myself that you may have known before.

Eight Things You May or May Not Know About Jane
  1. I have a tendency to become nocturnal. I can't call it insomnia because I love being awake at night so much. I seriously feel like I come alive at around 10:00 p.m.
  2. Perhaps paradoxically, I also love mornings. I have a tendency to bound out of bed and bounce around like a puppy on the weekend. I try to make up for it by fixing breakfast, or picking up tacos, or cleaning while I wait for everyone else to wake up.
  3. I can't stand it when people talk on the phone in public restrooms.
  4. I can touch my elbows together behind my back. I discovered this in my freshman year of high school, while learning about evolution in biology. A student teacher showed us pictures of owls in flight as a visual aid. "Look at how they have evolved the ability to stretch their wings so far back. That's why owls are such powerful flyers." A few seconds later, the kid sitting behind me said, "looks like Jane has evolved that ability too." I was super embarrassed, more about causing a disruption in class than about being a freak of nature. I am pretty sure everyone tried to do it, though.
  5. I used to be able to lay on my stomach and touch the bottoms of my feet to the top of my head, but I am no longer that flexible.
  6. My first paycheck ever was for modeling for a math textbook (watch out, boys!). I never wanted to be a model, though, which is a good thing since I'm 5'4" and average-looking. My secret dream careers have included living history museum curator, ambassador, high school math teacher, architect, and animator, among about a zillion others.
  7. My first real job was at a farm/history museum. I learned to cook cornbread in a Dutch oven, walk on stilts, milk a cow, and herd small children.
  8. When I was in second grade, the boy I had a crush on surprised me in front of the whole class on my birthday with plastic flowers and a bottle of nail polish. As an eight-year-old girl, this was pretty much the equivalent of being proposed to at the Super Bowl (before people did that type of thing all the time). I had no idea that twenty years later, that would still be the most romantic moment of my life.
The ninth thing that you may not know about me is that I am really pretty shy at first in real life. I am too nervous to tag anyone (what if no one responds? What if they don't like being tagged as much as I do?). So instead, I will write a poem for anyone who decides to participate (and lets me know that they did). Hopefully lots and lots of you will, because there's almost nothing I like more than inflicting my bad poetry on the Internets.



brandy said...

Awww... #8 made me feel all mushy. In grade 6 a boy asked me out in front of 35 students. He wasn't the most popular student, or the most outgoing, but he did it, and he asked bravely. I got scared and ran out of the room. I've never met a man since who's been as brave as that guy was in the sixth grade. Sigh.

tal said...

brandy- time to facebook that guy!

Samantha Grace said...

I love the story about the nailpolish and flowers! How freaking adorable!!! That was worth the tag!

I truly love your blog and I look forward to reading more as time goes on.

Maybe you are an owl....