Monday, May 14, 2007

Eight Things About Me

Paula has been a blogging buddy (and dear friend) for a long time, and because I love her so, I agreed to play along with being tagged with a meme that involves posting eight things which you probably don't know about me. Check out Paula's responses at .

Here are the rules: Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog. I noticed Paula already picked several of my favorite bloggers!!!

So, here are my 8 things (please keep in mind my 19 year old daughter reads my blog - so, it's a kid-friendly list):

1). My first name is actually Mary. The nuns in grade school insisted on calling me by my first name, even though my family called me Valerie. Hence, I still answer to "Mary", as I have friends from grade school who can't break the habit of calling me by that name.
2). My most favorite candy is anise.
3). I have an annoying habit of saying "like", "you know", "uh", "cool" - just like I was still a teenager. I still use the word "potty" - which is left over from when the kids were little.
4). My favorite movie is The Muppett's "Christmas Carol". The song "The Love is Gone" makes me cry every time.
5). I never wanted to be a mom until I was in my early thirties. In all honesty, I wouldn't have been a good mom, at all, up until the point where I finally accepted God back into my life.
6). I enjoy being in my 50's. I never thought I would because I thought it sounded so "old" - but this age brings so many opportunities and a certain level of respect. However, I'm still quite capable of carrying several grocery bags out of the store all by myself- much to the amazement of the young teenage baggers who insist on calling me "ma'am", followed by a worried "are you sure you can getall that"?
7). My biggest pet peeve is lying. Don't ever lie to me. It will take forever for me to trust you again. I may forgive - but I have a hard time forgetting. It has to do with being lied to all the time when I was a kid - and thus I have zero tolerance for it now. I can tell with 99% certainty when somebody is lying to me or making up a story so that I don't find out the truth about what they did - sometimes I confront them, sometimes I don't, sometimes I wait until they come clean. But don't ever think you're fooling me when you're lying or leaving things out of what you're telling me. Plus, my professional training has taught me how to trust my intuitions, and I'm usually right.
8). My favorite memory of my mother is dancing with her to the "Lawrence Welk" band when it was on television in the 60's. My dad wouldn't dance with her ever - so I was her reluctant partner. As much as I hated the dancing part, I loved seeing the laughter in her eyes and the smile on her upturned lips. It was such a gift to see her happy, if only for a short while.

Here are the bloggers I have tagged:

~Ann at

~Shawnda at

~Kevin at (come on, Kevin, you know you want to do this!)

~Barbara at

~Deb (Ukok) at

~Mrs. Diamond at

~Carol at

~Hey Jules at

Let's have some fun with this! And thanks, in advance, for humoring me with your participation AND your answers!


At 2:57 AM, Anonymous ukok said...

This looks like fun! Thanks, Val :-)

At 1:07 PM, Blogger c.a. Marks said...

okie dokie, i'll get on it just as soon as I can.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Oh, lying bugs me too! Big time, it's one of my pet peeves too.

At 9:43 PM, Blogger annb said...

Thanks for the tag! I love meme's and you're the first one who's ever tagged me that wasn't a member of my family! I'm really excited. I just hope I can think of 8 interesting facts about myself.
I love your list. My parents called both my sisters and myself by our middle names! I vowed never to do that to my children! I still have to list my first name and it's a real pain trying to get everyone to call me Ann rather than Sara!
I never heard of anise candy. I always thought anise was a spice or an herb or something like that. You've taught me something!
I still use the word "potty" - also a left-over from when my children were young. I still use the word with my grandchildren!
I am looking forward to turning "50"! I'm always glad when I meet other women who are proud of their age - not trying to hide it. There are four other women in my office who are the same age as me - 49 - yet not one of them is happy about it! I think that's very sad! I'm actually looking forward to joining AARP!
I completely agree with you about lying! I don't understand why a person lies . . . about anything! I believe that every lie is discovered in time!
Well, I'm going now to do my 8! Thanks again!

At 11:23 PM, Blogger annb said...

My list of 8 is up! This was fun! Thanks

At 10:30 AM, Blogger c.a. Marks said...

OK, my 8 Things MEME is up at my place! ;-)

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous c.a. Marks said...

At the Alabama Improper site, not my other site.

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Barbara said...

OK _ will give it a go - sounds like fun - just need a day or two - thanks -enjoy your break away.....

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Gina Burgess said...

I hate lying, too. It comes from my ex-husband who is an accomplished pathological liar.

At 10:26 PM, Blogger Paulaswalk said...

Oh I love your answers. And you still don't look a day over 30! Thanks for playing along. Hope you're having a blessed weekend.

Love and hugs,


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