Alright, I've been tagged by two people to be the IT in a round-robin game of "tell us eight things about yourself." And being tagged twice is tantamount to being double dared, so how can I not respond???
Here are the rules:
* Post the rules of the game.
* Tell us about eight random facts/habits about you.
* At the end of the post, choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
* People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things.
* Leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.
So, here goes.
1) Following in the footsteps of Dave's first post, I will share that I was in an elevator once with Smokey Robinson. He is much shorter than you think he is. I also met John Tesh at CBA, and the same year I met Kirk Cameron (be still my beating heart!). You can see the photos to prove it, although I'm not in the picture with Kirk because we ran out of film or something, but I DID take the picture you see here with my colleague Rick Franklin behind Kirk and his wife, what's-her-name. Also, I went to Preservation Hall in New Orleans to listen to some live jazz with J. I. Packer (and no, contrary to the expression on his face, I am not stepping on Packer's foot in this picture) and helped Michael Card at one of his book signings, but I guess that's not all that exciting. Let's see, I am friends with Sufjan Stevens' sister's best friend. . . does that count for anything? Ohh, and I also got to shake Roy Clark's hand once at a rodeo. . . don't ask.
2) I never learned to swim. I had really bad ear problems as a kid and postponed learning until I got to college where they forced me to take a swimming class, during which my ear drum burst and I got an official pardon from having to finish the class. So don't ever push me into the pool unless you're prepared to jump in after me and save my life.
3) Speaking of ears, I once had a tiny fly make a home in my right ear during the wee hours of the night in college. I was not made aware of the situation until three days later when my ear became infected. The nurses in the med center asked me, "Have you had a stitch in your ear drum. . . ohh, wait, I think it has wings!" Needless to say, I found the quickest way to remedy the situation and wore earrings that blinked "No Vacancy" for several years afterwards.
4) I love to do madlibs. Sometimes I make my husband do them with me when we are on a trip. Or when I am on a trip and he calls me to see how the long drive is going. Or when he is on a trip and I call him to make sure he's still awake while driving. Or when my friends come over on Saturday night. Or at Christmas. Or my birthday. I love madlibs! In fact, I love madlibs so much that I dressed up as one for Halloween one year. Some of you might also recognize another IVP employee in this photo dressed as Rainbow Bright. . .
5) I used to own a lovebird named Penfold (pictured below). I got him as a chick, and I loved him, but nobody else seemed to be able to enjoy his charms. One of his eyes was blind and shriveled, his beak was crooked (apparently he suffered a trauma in the egg. . .) and his squak could make blood drip from your ears, but I thought he was loveable. Anyhow, my husband did not agree and politely requested that I find a new home for him. He (the bird, not my husband) eventually moved in with someone who worked at the vet and loved animals, and changed his name to Pedro for reasons unknown.
6) When I was growing up my mom used to do a slide presentation on Colonial Williamsburg for local groups like the library and my fifth grade class. She came in costume, and so did I. Eventually we got my father into the act, wearing knickers and a tri-cornered hat. For several summers we were hired as singers/strollers at a huge craft fair in Ohio called Yankee Peddler. We worked the crowd with a Ben Franklin impersonator, and even did a singing/dancing routine three times a day on one of the stages. We performed scenes from the movie 1776. My father recited the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. It was a crazy time.
7) I went to State Solo and Ensemble my senior year of high school and sang at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival with 9 other students from around the state. The only thing I ever lettered in during high school was choir. :) I am still a choir/solo geek, and I think Mendelsohnn's oratorio, Elijah, is just about the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.
8) I am always cold. Well, not always, but generally if the weather dips below 78, I've got a chill. I always used a space heater when I had an office at IVP, and now I still use one in my home office about 2/3 of the year. My cell phone says "Man, it's cold!" across the screen when you open it. If you're sweating, I'm probably just comfortable.
Well, I guess that's everything, and since I don't know that many bloggers to tag, and since the people I tagged last time for this sort of thing did not do as I'd hoped and run out and start their own blog, I guess I'll just have to leave it at that.