There's something ironic about receiving the Sugar Doll Blogger Award on the same day I reviewed Robin Brande's Fat Cat. Hmmmm. But, I do want to thank the wonderful authors at Mystery Lovers Kitchen for awarding it to me.
As the recipient, I'm supposed to share ten interesting things about me. Since I'm almost finished listing ten, with one to go tomorrow, I could be lazy, and list those same ten. But, I'll come up with ten more facts. And, then that's it! I appreciate the awards, but I'm not listing any more facts. I'm not that interesting!
1. I bake a mean cherry pie. This is appropriate since Mystery Lovers Kitchen includes recipes. I already gave them my recipe for buckeye candy. But, I have a wonderful recipe for pie crust, courtesy of my mother, who won first prize at the Ohio State Fair with her cherry pie.
2. I share a birthday with my college roommate, Jamie. We were born on April 1. No joke! And, we're both short. I always thought the computer matched us as roommates it thought it was funny.
3. When I was Director of my hometown library, I chaperoned a high school group on their trip to Spain. Terrific group - five girls. And, I bought five pieces of pottery, over three trips to the same shop in Barcelona. Loved Spain!
4. Poor Jim. We've been married for over twenty-six years, but I always said the best year of my life was the year I was in grad school. I went to grad school in Washington, D.C., and did something - a museum, a play, an event, every weekend I was there for an entire year.
5. As a kid, I lost my two front teeth when I was having a puppet fight with the neighbor kid, his puppet slipped, and accidently hit me in the mouth.
6. I have loved country music since I was thirteen, and I attended my first Johnny Cash concert. I saw him three times, and had a pennant in my dorm room, saying "I Love Johnny," when Jamie, my college roommate, moved in. As a music major, she was a little unhappy with my taste in music. Later, Jamie learned to appreciate Johnny Cash. Yes, "I was country, when country wasn't cool."
7. I was once the source for a Jeopardy answer when they called the library, and I saw my answer given on the show. "Legend has it, this island was named because the pirate, Jose Gaspar, kept captive women there." "What is Captiva?" (It's only a legend. They wanted me to verify he kept women there, and I said, no, it was a legend, so that's how they phrased it.)
8. I hosted a birthday party for actress Patricia Neal when I was Manager of the Captiva Memorial Library.
9. Just before it was torn down, I was allowed to go through the house, by myself, where Anne Morrow Lindbergh stayed when she wrote Gift from the Sea.
10. One day, Jean Shepherd, author of A Christmas Story, sat and told me stories for over an hour, when he and I were the only two people in the Captiva Library.
Ten, probably not-so-interesting things about me! But, thank you for the Sugar Doll Blogger Award. That's special.