Tag - I'm "It!"

My friend Barrie, "tagged" me in her blog, Barrie's Jewelry World, to tell you all seven random things about myself. Barrie's list was quite fun - she was such a rebel when she was younger and definitely had some interesting jobs! I, on the other hand, am totally boring and conventional. But since I've been tagged, I'll play along and try to come up with seven random things that you probably don't know about me.

1) Although I've lived in Oregon for most of my adult life, I was born in the South to parents who were from the South and I still consider myself a Southerner. I miss the South - the fabulous food, the friendly people, the more neighborly way of life, the basic values. If my husband wasn't an Oregonian with all of his family in the area, I'd live below the Mason-Dixon line in a heartbeat!

2) I used to practice law and was a halfway decent attorney. I passed the Oregon State Bar in 1990 and practiced law until late 1996. My caseload was emotionally draining - family law, criminal law and juvenile law. I closed my practice in 1996 and took a job as a picture framer. I still do framing and absolutely love it.

3) I'm a music fanatic. I hate TV and will almost always have music playing. Most any kind, but usually 70-80's rock, old time country, gospel and folk music. If it's by the Eagles, I love it. If it's by Gordon Lightfoot, I love it. If it's country from the 60's, I love it. And traditional gospel is probably my favorite of them all. Nothing beats "Amazing Grace" or "How Great Thou Art!"

4) I love to read and will read almost anything. The classified ads in the local Scappoose newspaper, the sides of cereal boxes, books, CD jackets, receipts, etc. Doesn't matter what it is, I like to read it.

5) I once tried out for "Jeopardy" but didn't get very far. Answering those questions when you're playing along at home is easy, but doing it when you're time pressured and competing with other trivia buffs is alot harder!

6) I'm socially inept. Put me in front of a classroom or a group full of people to give a talk or lecture and I'm not the least bit nervous. Put me in a social setting and expect me to make small talk, I freeze up faster than snow on Mt. Everest. I get so uncomfortable that I almost get physically ill. Maybe it's because I used to be painfully shy, or maybe it's because I don't see the point of small talk, but I'd really rather do almost anything else than try to be social at a party.

7) I love to dance. I'm not good at it but it's fun and I enjoy the heck out of it. My favorite song to dance to is "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by the Temptations. Or "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood. Just can't keep still when I hear those!

Okay, so my secrets are out. I'm a music-loving, former legal beagle, Southerner who can't make it onto Jeopardy and would rather listen to old gospel music and dance to The Temptations than go to a party! So now, I get to tag some other unsuspecting bloggers. Let's see, who will it be...


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