I have a love/hate relationship with the 100 Things. I love getting into the corners of the minds and lives of bloggers I like, being surprised, seeing how they emerge as individuals beyond the fiber stuff. On the other hand, at about Thing 19, my mind, she wanders. So I'm going to do this installment-style and create a category for anyone who wants them all at once. Oh, and I'm also planning to post an FO for each set. Great expectations and all.
1. The smell of eucalyptus really sends me. When I was pregnant, I had cans of Burt's Bees bath salts stashed around the house and huffed it constantly. I sometimes got up in the middle of the night to bury my nose in it. Now I put eucalyptus essential oil in my bath, and sometimes dab some on my p.j. sleeve before I get in bed.
2. I have been a nailbiter all my life. You may have noticed this in photos in previous posts. The only two times I have been able to grow out my nails have been for my wedding and prom. I'm not really trying anymore. I think at this point having nails would drive me crazy with their clickety-clicking, and might mess with my knitting mojo. So no nails.
3. I have a degree in English literature with a minor in Spanish from The College of William and Mary, and also an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I have a novel in a drawer.
4. I was born at exactly midnight on August 12. The doctor allowed my mother, who was busy telling all who would listen about her love for potatoes (read: she got the good drugs), to choose August 11 as my birthday, as that was "the day I did all the work." My father was busy asking confused nurses about the circumcision procedures (read: contact high?), and the doctor almost dropped me. I am told I kept a pretty level head throughout it all. So I am a Leo. (Congrats to Lisa and Robyn!)
5. Although I've spent most of my academic life in the liberal arts, my slight tendency towards OCD means my mind is always looking for patterns, counting, and arranging what it sees. Specifically, while I am in a car, I often look at license plates and make equations out of the numbers and letters on them. I think this is part of why I love to knit.
6. When I was 8, a boy got on a waterslide too close behind me and ended up falling on top of me at the bottom. My pinkie was jammed and remains so to this day. It aches when I knit too much stockinette on straights or circulars, so I have to break it up with a little patterning or dpns.
8. It drives me up the wall when people mistake its for it's, your for you're, and their for they're or there. Up. The. Wall. I will admit to having a comma problem, though.
9. When I was in sixth grade I stared down this woman, who had reported my bad behavior to my teacher. It's a long story, but in hindsight, I was being a brat. She didn't help matters with that hair or that attitude, though. (Her son was a really nice guy.)
10. I have lived in Valencia, Spain and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I collect these, almost all of which I bought while living in SMA, and plan to remodel our tiny bathroom this summer in a manner befitting their display.
* Hanny's socks, they are finito. See Knits '06.