I have been a seriously practicing Christian since Easter of 1991.
With the exception of one year spent in southwest Oklahoma, I have
lived my entire life within a 50-mile radius of Lexington, KY.
One of the hardest questions for me to answer is, Where are
you from? since I was born in one town, spent my childhood in
another, and spent my teenage years in yet another.
I have never been west of Wichita Falls, TX.
At age 7, I attended Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada.
Other than that, I have never been outside the United States.
I have one brother (younger) who lives with his wife and three children
in Hope, KS.
My favorite color is green.
My favorite rock band is U2.
I like most genres of music, including classic rock, Celtic, classical,
Gregorian chant, bluegrass, and even some rap and country.
My favorite comedy movie of all time is Monty Pythons Holy
Grail. And Blazing Saddles. And all the Austin
Powers movies. And anything else with Mike Myers, Mel Brook, or
Monty Python associated with it. And
My favorite dramatic movie is Braveheart. And Rob
My favorite regular beer is Killians (genuine Irish beer made
And then theres Guinness! (not a regular beer
I used to be a belly dancer, for fun more than for profit.
I used to be a member of a 50s and 60s cover
band, as a backup singer. Once again, for fun more than for profit.
I am a calligrapher and artist, for fun and a little profit.
I once illustrated a childrens book entitled, Goose on
My not-so-secret dream is to live and minister in Ireland.
I have been known to hang out with pagans, wiccans, homosexuals, and
I once long-distance dated a man from Norway, and almost married him.
Although I sit at a computer for 8-10 hours a day, processing dental
claims, I consider myself to be functionally computer illiterate.
When I was a child, I used to beg for braces because all the other
kids called me beaver. Fortunately, I grew into my teeth
I graduated from high school 5th in a class of 362.
I was a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist in high school.
One of my biggest regrets in life is not accepting the four-year scholarship
I was offered to the University of Louisville and instead making my
parents pay for college, because I didnt want to be away
from my friends, none of whom I know now.
Because I grew up about 10 miles from the nearest town, I had never
had a pizza delivered to my door until I went to college.
I never drank alcohol until I got to college.
I was once told by a college accounting professor, in answer to a
question of how to improve my grade, that I should go home and have
I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University (after five years and
one summer semester of trudging through four different majors in two
colleges of the university) with a Marketing degree that I have yet
to use in a marketable way.
My nickname in college was Little Widget. Long story.
After my freshman year of college, I found out that my roommate for
that year was a lesbian.
The friend I have had for the longest time was a roommate in college
(not that one), and weve known each other for 25 years now.
Although my longest-term friend is female, most of my closest friends
have been male.
When I was engaged to be married, all my best friends were guys, so
they threw me a bachelorette party.
Another not-so-secret dream of mine is to go back to school and get
a degree in graphic design.
I try to work out three times a week, and have a friend (Rachel) who
functions as a personal trainer for me.
My fitness goal is to lose 100 pounds and get back some (or all) of
Once I meet my fitness goal (or get reasonably close), I want to get
either a tattoo or a belly-button piercing to celebrate.
As of now, I have no tattoos or piercings (other than my ears, of
I am (hopefully) at the end of a two-year battle with Graves
I am obsessive about the proper use of punctuation, spelling, and
grammar. (PLEASE dont use its when it should
I like to learn new (and especially obscure) words and use them in
My favorite game show is Jeopardy.
My favorite board game is Trivial Pursuit. And Cranium.
I have a phobic aversion to scary movies of any kind.
Im a good cook, but I have a limited repertoire, because I hate
to cook for just me.
I dont have one friend that I feel like I can tell EVERYTHING
I make up for that by having several friends that I can tell most
I waver back and forth between wanting to be married again and wanting
to stay single forever.
I used to be such a big fan of Christian comedian/singer Mark Lowry
that I believed (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) that I was destined to marry
him. I still enjoy his humor, but Im over the crush.
I have a tendency to dominate conversations, especially in party
I hate to shop for clothing.
I love to shop at crafts fairs and hardware stores.
Im a lousy housekeeper.
Im a procrastinator and a perfectionist, which psychologists
say often go together.
I never knew my mothers mother or my fathers father.
I subscribe to the philosophy that, if you take the photos, you dont
have to be in the photos.
I am politically conservative, but more liberal theologically.
I voted for George W. Bush, and dont apologize for it.
Giving me a houseplant is cruel and unusual punishmentfor the
I have far too much clutterin my apartment and in my life.
My dream house would be either a quaint little cottage
with a rose garden, or a two-story building in an urban area where I
could run a coffee shop/gallery downstairs and live upstairs.
When I die, I want to be cremated and have my ashes scattered somewhere
lovely. I havent decided where yet, but hopefully I have plenty
of time to figure that out.
I have signed the back of my drivers license to be an organ
donor. Have you?
I have a tendency to lapse into a voice almost resembling baby talk
when I want to say something serious in a non-threatening manner.
Im a sucker for people with foreign accents, especially Irish,
Scottish, or Australian.
My current favorite ethnic food is Mediterranean (Greek, Middle Eastern,
I have no pets.
I have no children.
I have been known to babysit friends kids as an excuse to go
to kids movies.
I just bought tires for the first time without consulting my father
about the purchase beforehand.
I feel closer to my family at Vine & Branches than
I do to my own biological family. This, I think, is due to distance,
both physical and emotional.
My best physical talent is my singing ability.
I used to think that I would never live to the outrageously old age
Now that Im past 40, I realize that my life is just beginning
in so many ways.
Id love to become a vegetarian, except for that whole no
I sometimes obsess over what I call flow-chart moments
times in my life when I had two paths to choose from. I wonder what
life would be like if I had chosen the other path.
My eyes are green with an outer rim of blue, causing them to appear
as any color from bright green to violet, depending on what Im
I have names picked out for the children that, at this point, I may
never have: Kathryn for a girl and Aidan for a boy.
Theres this vestigial Charismatic part of my brain (deeply buried)
that thinks that my destined husband is in Ireland, tapping his foot
and wondering where the heck I am.
Sometimes I secretly cringe inside when Im talking to someone
and they mispronounce a word.
I would love to learn the art of woodworking and furniture-making.
I have never smoked a cigarette (or anything else, for that matter).
I have never taken illegal drugs.
I am the only person I know who grew up in Central Kentucky, yet has
an active dislike of anything having to do with the University of Kentucky,
especially their sports teams.
I listen to the Rush Limbaugh show on the radio.
I believe that no one is truly ugly until they open their
mouth and words come out.
I would love to learn how to paint icons, with the proper symbols
I just bought my first piece of game software (Hoyle Card Games),
and Im already addicted to it.
I cant be bothered with action computer games, though.
I use Microsoft at work and Mac at home.
Im an avid reader. If a book interests me, Ill lose all
track of time for three to four hours or more, reading.
I have a tendency, when watching TV, to tune out all ambient noise,
including conversations Im supposed to be participating in. This
happens even if the sound is down.
I have a very strong work ethic, and it bothers me when those around
me at work slack off.
I am probably at my least Christian when Im driving.
I think it would be fun to have an herb garden and make soaps, lotions,
etc., for sale and personal use.
I have discovered that its virtually impossible to do one of
these 100 things lists without thinking what a narcissist
I must be to attempt this!
the new Lord of the Rings movie poster--nice, huh?
"To live life only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here's where things grow. But of course, without the top, you can't have any sides. It's the top that defines the sides." ~from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig