eek. i thought i'd escaped being tagged, but z got me today. seven things about myself? like, interesting things about which i haven't already blogged ad nauseam? hm.
1. i edit everything. i mean, you know i'm an editor, but i'm talking about *everything* i read and everything i hear. if i'm watching television and someone says "which" when he or she should have said "that," i think to myself, "that" and picture redlining the sentence. a touch compulsive.
2. i'm a civil libertarian. i try not to get into politics here, because i've clearly identified my employer on my blog and my employer's objectivity is critical and so, therefore, is mine. but for a meme, here goes: i believe in the smallest government possible, often to degrees that others find offensive. but i think that the list of things that government does better than the private better is pretty short, and, more important, that the framers of our constitution did a really good job of writing that list down and giving us mechanisms for changing the list over time.
3. i've gotten migraines since i was 10 years old. for nearly all of that time, the headaches have been pretty much daily. i've been seeing a neurologist for the past few years who has helped a lot, but he does have me on a cocktail of meds that i wish i didn't have to take. i feel a lot better than i did without them, but i'm very sleepy and need a nap nearly every day. we're working on that.
4. knitting is my meditation, hobby, and addiction all in one and has been since i learned to knit four or five years ago. i learned from a couple of books, a few internet videos, and a little help from a friend. i always wish for more time, more yarn, and more patterns.
5. i really, really adore my husband. i know this gets into the "blogged about ad nauseam" territory, but seriously. i was married before and it wasn't like this. i was in other relationships before and it wasn't like this. he's just the sweetest, most patient, most generous, funniest, smartest man ever, constantly doing things for me and our dogs and our house, and i am just constantly amazed that we found each other. we are a perfect match (or complements, more often), in quirky ways that make me laugh every single day. i am in a constant state of wonder that someone--just a plain old regular someone--can go through life and *boom* find a person with whom to spend a lifetime, whose quirks are funny and not deathly irritating (though some are maybe like itch-level irritating), *and* whose eyes crinkle up when he smiles and whose mouth has those little lines beside them and whose eyes are green and brown and blue and mischievous and forgiving--whatever they're supposed to be at any given moment--and who has great cycling legs. really. thanks, universe. i'll take good care of him.
6. i lack good friends nearby. i have a few really close friends in the world, all of whom live really far away--the closest is a full day's drive from here. i do have one good friend in town, but she's busy renovating a flip house every weekend and is moving (you guessed it) out of state soon, too. it's sad to me, and quite lonely. i reach out to friends here to try to nurture those friendships, but i think i'm not very good at it. and i guess i'm rather a homebody, enjoying my time at home with smartboy, the dogs, and my knitting, or suffering from a migraine, enough of the time that i don't go out often. this cramps friendships, too, i imagine. but still. there have been many friendships in my life that have ended abruptly and with much bewilderment on my part, and i often wonder why, still. those friends often crop up in my dreams--unfinished business, i suppose.
7. i didn't know for a long time that i could make a living as an editor. i'd always loved writing and editing, but only as part of other jobs. so i did a lot of other jobs before landing where i am now--camp counselor then director, lots of retail and clerical stuff, collection agent, personnel clerk, research assistant (couple of stints in grad school + law school), system analyst, help desk clerk, software trainer, curriculum developer/instructional designer, webmaster....it's a long list. finally, freelance writer and editor, and eventually this. this is absolutely the best fit for me and i love it, even when it's stressful, even when authors are abusive, even when i don't feel supported by management, even when the content is depressing as hell. i love feeling like i'm really in the right career for me. it only took me 39 years to decide what i wanted to be when i grew up!
oh--who to tag. hm. do i know seven people who read this blog? how about jen, lisa, lea, amy, the knitting bandit, bethie, anna (eep--i've lost your blog address!), and karen.