Friday, 7 June 2013

Getting to Know You

Welcome to our new blog, I’m so excited to be here.  I thought I’d take this opportunity for us to get to know each other better.  Just the other day I was asked to tell five things about myself, five things that people wouldn’t know.  So I tell you what, I’ll tell you five things if you tell me five. 

Here goes.

1. I didn't grow up wanting to be a writer. I went to university, did a business degree, and became a Financial Officer for the Federal Government. I lasted one year in that field...shiver.

2. I grew up the youngest of three girls and I am a tomboy turned girlie girl. I JUST (and I'm not kidding) got a makeup lesson from my 18 year old (very girlie) daughter before I went to the RT conference in May)

3. I grew up a tomboy but I always LOVED shoes. LOL

4. I'm a foodie. I could spend hours watching cooking shows and I love Hell's Kitchen.

5. I HATE flying. HATE IT. I once asked a man sitting beside me if he would hold my hand during take off and landing. His wife didn't seem to appreciate it, but man, I HATE FLYING.

So there you have it.  Five things you didn’t know.  Next time I’m by, I’ll show you my work space.

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  1. Hey Cathryn, great idea for your post! Five things... hmmm.

    I spent a year as an insurance rep, traveling the back roads of this fair province and knocking on doors. Yep. The most surreal experience of my life. Lesson learned: I cannot sell anything.

    I once rode a sheep. Not intentionally. I was at ag college and the class was being shown how to flip a sheep onto its backside so it could be sheared, injected, whatever. The sheep didn't appreciate it, and she weighed 200 pounds to my 110. I ended up on her back as she streaked across the field.

    I have absolutely no sense of direction. None. After thirty-plus years in Halifax I still get lost.

    I, too, am a foodie. I can watch The Food Network all day.

    If you see me running, you'd better run, too, because there has to be something very scary chasing me.

    1. LOL Jenny. Great getting to know those things about you and still laughing a the sheep incident!

  2. OMG, Jennie -- LOL!

    Cathryn, I loved getting to know more about you. Didn't know about the tomboy thing or the fear-of-flying thing. In fact, I would never have suspected the tomboy thing!

    Here are my five things:

    I hate making phone calls to the point where I know it's a full-fledged phobia. As an experienced photographer, I've noticed that my hands shake if someone passes me their camera phone to take a picture, my phone phobia is so bad.

    I co-choreographed my grade 12 production of Oklahoma!, including the 15-minute dream ballet sequence. 48-year-old me would look at that time frame, the non-dancers in the choir production we were working with and would perhaps reconsider, or use highlights and trim down the scene. 17-year-old me said, "We can do it!" And we did.

    Before my knee injury, I took dance class at Halifax Dance and then at George Brown Dance in Toronto.

    I always thought I was a visual learner until I took a what-is-your-learning-style quiz over at Michelle Helliwell's blog. Suddenly I discovered (shocking!) that I'm in fact a kinesthetic learner, or learning by acting out the motions of the activity -- just like dancing. LOL!

    While researching my family history, I discovered a satisfying irony: in the 1650s, Philippe Mius d'Entremont came to Acadia to serve as a military aid to Governor Charles de la Tour. La Tour's nemesis was Charles de Menou d'Aulnay, whose military aid was Germain Doucet. Three hundred years later, the descendents of Mius d'Entremont and Doucet married and became my maternal grandparents.

    1. Wow, I didn't know any of those things about you Julia. Now I must go take that quiz because I think I'm a visual learner, too.

  3. I too am a tomboy, but I have a secret love of all things sparkly and gemstonish. I call it my "inner crow".

    I often sing - loudly - when there's no one home. I am totally a closet rock star.

    I can give a workshop or perform in front of 2000 people easier than I can in front of 10.

    This morning I was so out of sorts that I walked out of the bank and tried to get in the wrong car - and the lady was still in the driver's seat (the look of surprise was only matched by my look of embarrassment)

    I'm terrible in maths and sciences, but I pulled an A+ in Human Biology in university. I think because there are a) no equations and b) it's interesting. I can't tell you how many times I've pulled out that textbook for book research!

    1. A fellow tomboy! I'm not so great at math and science either.

  4. Hmm, I can't think if five things you don't know about me. I always say one of my kids suffers from OSD - over sharing disorder. Maybe the apple doesn't fall far from the tree?

  5. Great post!
    Five things about me, hmm.
    1. I love heights, but hate being underneath stuff. Ie. in New York, I would stare down at the street from my 42nd floor room (a lot) but would get nervous walking on the street with the buildings looming over me.
    2. LOVE thrill rides. Esp. roller coasters.
    3. I lose jewelry. If I'm not wearing it, then it'll be missing soon. (sometimes even if I wear it a lot - I've lost 2 wedding rings, so far.)
    4. I like to belly dance.
    5. My hubby and I were married on a Friday the thirteenth. *grin* In fact, this year (2013) we will be married for 13 years.

  6. I was also a tomboy growing up and once gave a boy a bloody nose while we were boxing. But I also loved makeup and frilly dresses. :)

    Five things you probably don't know about me:

    1. I'm named after my mother's favourite teacher, not a certain Mouseketeer who was popular at the time, which is what most people think.

    2. One of my hubby's nicknames for me is Anita because so many people think that's my name, even after I correct them. (One such person was our next door neighbour of five years. Right to the day we moved, he thought that was my name.)

    3. I met and shook hands with Princess Diana when she did a walkabout during her first visit to PEI. She was even more stunning in person, and was very gracious and warm. Luckily, I remembered to take a photo as she walked towards me because I was too starstruck to take one afterwards.

    4. I've had two things published for money: the first was a piece of trivia in The National Enquirer (I think I was in high school but maybe first year university) and the second was a anecdote about my mother for Reader's Digest. I don't have the actual copies of those magazines, but I still have the cheque stubs. :)

    5. I love to bake and it's one of the things I do to calm down when I get stressed. My daughter is the same way, and we joke that someday we're going to open a small bakery/cafe together.