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1) I married my highschool sweetheart at 18.

2) I have a heart condition - Pulmonary Stenosis. 

It makes me prone to infection and, among other things, means I’m not allowed to give blood (what?!), and not supposed to get a tattoo. So there’s that.

3) I wrote my first “novel” at 16. 

It was 100 typed pages and inspired by a friend’s “bad boy” crush that I found interesting and tragic. The story will never see the light of day, of course. 

4) I’ve been to Japan as a teen.

My high school band took a trip to play in Japan. I was a terrible alto sax player, but a great traveler.

5) I’ve also been to Paraguay and Brazil.  

My husband’s family is from Paraguay, in the Mennonite colonies, so we flew down to visit them. I learned that not EVERYBODY speaks English :) 

6) I once had 15 hamsters. 

Then we found out my dad had an allergy and had to give most of them away. He let me keep my favourite, but it died mysteriously when I was away at camp...

7) My love of writing really took off in second grade..
when a teacher praised my creative writing and encouraged me to keep at it. I did. When I won a contest in grade four for a story entitled “Why Doesn’t My Daddy Hamster Love Me” (Inspired by true events based on the life of my hamsters) - I discovered the joy of being “published”. 

8) I used to have a “Highlander” obsession. 

For my 18th birthday I had a Scottish bagpipe player come and play in my basement. Lol. It was hilariously awkward. 

9) Speaking of obsessions, I’m also a total Buffy and Dr. Who Nerd
I used to be obsessed with Buffy as a teen, and am currently a major fangirl of Doctor Who. I tend to nerd out when I find something I love. Stories with fantastical elements and tragic, lonely heroes always just grab me. 


10) I am both extroverted and socially awkward.
It’s kind of unfair. Sometimes, people assume social awkwardness is only attached to introverted people. You know, those people who find crowds draining and prefer to recharge on their own - rather than being energized by larger groups. But actually, I find introverts often manage to avoid social awkwardness altogether simply by the fact that they are more selective in their social engagement, more thoughtful and deliberate with their words, more careful with the social energy they choose to expend. 

But I love being around people - groups of people and social interaction energize me. When I’m trying to work and I’m alone, I’m distracted by my own thoughts and bored quickly. In a crowded coffee shop, I can work happily to the hum of voices around me. Unfortunately, I’m also fairly socially awkward. It’s not that I don’t know what the right thing to say is in a situation… it’s just I don’t know until after I’ve said the wrong thing. And further, I am painfully aware that I’m going to say the wrong thing - I’ll be too blunt, or too honest, or too sarcastic, or too over-sharey… or just too weird… and so my social awkwardness gets in the way of my extroverted nature. And it doesn’t help that most of my friends are introverts. Sigh. Such is the plight of an extroverted, socially awkward nerd. :) 



And there we are: 10 facts about yours truly. 

 


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