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Now, on to the purpose for this post. I'm amazed by the number of memes that are going around the food blogs right now. I have several I need to get to, but Cookiecrumb is up next, since she tagged me a week ago for Ten Things You Never Knew About Me. Now remember, some of my students and their parents read this blog, so I cannot reveal too much. So this list is the things I am willing to reveal.
1. I'm a bit of a shopaholic. Most of you know of my love for Costco, but my real shopping extravagance is Chicos. I absolutely love their clothes, and buy things there even when I can't afford them. (And in a store where their sizes are 0-1-2-3, I now wear a size 1 in tops and size .5 in pants. That's like a size 8 in regular American sizing. Very cool.)
2. I shook hands with John Edwards during the presidential campaign. I was completly excited to meet him because in the reddest state in the nation, I am a very liberal Democrat. (Ok, some of you did know that, but not everybody.) Plus he was absolutely gorgeous, in kind of a college boy kind of way.
3. During college I worked as a waitress at a fancy French restaurant in Salt Lake, which is where I became a foodie. This is where I learned to eat escargot, pate, scallops with garlic and butter, and other such delicacies (including garlic bread dipped in bernaise sauce, one of the waitress' favorite snacks.) During that time I waited on Robert Redford, Billy Joel, and Vincent Price. They all left good tips.
4. Most of my house except the kitchen and bathroom is decorated in African Art. In the bedroom I have a line of masks up near where the wall meets the ceiling, which some of my nieces and nephews think is a bit scary. I've purchased quite a bit of it in import shops in various U.S. cities, but some pieces were actually purchased in Africa.
5. Besides being a shopaholic, I'm something of a gold jewelry freak. I could be in danger of some day turning into one of those elderly ladies who have a whole arm full of bracelets, but I try to keep myself in control. I bought quite a bit of my gold in Hong Kong, and other pieces in Chinatown in New York and San Francisco, where they have great deals on gold.
6. In a previous life (just a "few" years ago) I used to teach aerobics. At that time I weighed 20 pounds less than I do now and was solid muscle. I did like being really strong, and I do still exercise a lot more than most people (especially in my age bracket - which I am NOT going to reveal), but I am not solid muscle any more. Sigh.
7. Besides being president of my local teacher's union, I was also on the Board of Directors of the National Education Association for 5 years. (Expense account dinners in Washington D.C. were part of the reason I needed to go on a diet when I did.) I got to hear lots of famous people speak including both Clintons, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Ted Kennedy, Elizabeth Dole, and John Edwards. It was cool. Now I am retired from politics. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)
8. I have been to the continents of Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America, of course. Now I need to work on the other three. Also lots more of Asia and Europe and Africa. I'm totally nuts about traveling, limited only by my Utah Teacher's Salary.
9. I've been listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers twice, which apparently is something only 5% of teachers in the U.S. can claim. Although WWAAT is something of a marketing scheme (they try to get you to buy the books that list you or other merchandise like plaques), the nominations come from former students, which is nice.
10. My brother says I must confess this, so I will. In my kitchen I have a side-by-side refrigerator and also an upright freezer. On the side of the freezer I have a list of the contents, with an inventory in pencil. When I take something out I erase the number and lower it. I'm not totally compulsive about it; periodically I have to throw the list away and re-inventory the contents, but I admit I'm a bit compulsively organized. It just seems natural for me. I tried to take a picture, but decided it wasn't worth showing. You will just have to take my word on this.
Now I am going to tag some people I am very curious about:
1. Indira from Mahanandi
2. TFP from The Food Pornographer
3. Sailu from Sailu's Food
4. Karina from Recipes from a Gluten Free Goddess
5. Kristen from The Way the Cookie Crumbles
If they don't want to do it, that's ok. My only request is, don't tag me back! I've already got two other memes I need to do, and I've been tagged four times for the four things meme, which thank goodness I have already done. Whew. All this self revelation is a bit exhausting.