WhimsyBeams has bestowed a blog award upon this little space. Thank you! =D
I'm honored that I have such supportive, loyal, and knowledgeable readers. You all make my day!
In true award recipient style, I'll share 10 facts you may or may not have learned about me via the blog in the time I've been writing and you've been reading.
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1. I learned to love running in 2007 when Amy moved back to Maine from Texas. She hauled me out on the road that spring and taught me the form and pacing I needed to succeed. I've been running, or thinking about running, ever since.
2. Growing up, my family pretty much only ate green beans and corn for veggies. It's taken many friends to plug my nose and shove other delicious foods down my gullet to get me to the point where I actually like veggies and eat them willingly! Heck, I've even become mostly vegetarian!
3. Nana Sirois taught me to knit when I was six years old. I've been knitting ever since. In fifth grade, when I first moved to Skowhegan, ME, I would knit in class when I was done the assignment early. Later in high school, one of my schoolmates teased me in the lunchroom and asked "grandma Jen" to knit him a sweater. I was sorely tempted to make him this sweater for our ten year reunion last summer.
4. I am an adult survivor of multiple types of abuse by multiple abusers in childhood. It's been a long road to travel. I've been in and out of therapy since childhood with varying levels of success and remission. I've tried many kinds of cognitive and behavioral therapies, medicines, and programs. I've even landed in the psych ER and a mental health hospital on the course of this journey. Recovery is a spiral: sometimes I'm in a better place than other times, but as long as I keep moving forward, I make progress.
5. I've been married and divorced. Luckily, my former husband and I were able to maintain our friendship.
6. I've always dreamed of living on the outskirts of a college town or a city in a comfortable home with enough land to have flower, veggie, and herb gardens, keep chickens for fresh eggs and humane meat, and perhaps have some alpacas for fiber. Of course, there will be at least two puppies and some kitties, too. I've sold Gabe on this idea. =)
7. I can't have kids due to some of the abuse I've experienced, but Gabe and I are considering being emergency foster care providers in the near future (a year or two). Perhaps we'll adopt, too. We haven't decided on that yet.
8. At the age of twenty-nine, I sometimes still have to jump into bed because I have such an active imagination that sometimes there is still a "monster under the bed."
9. Despite this, or perhaps because of this, I love the horror/thriller genre. Steven King. The Masters of Horror short films. I love it all!
The Knitting Girl, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1869
10. It's a toss up between video games, knitting, and reading for me when I have down time. I love them all but they all take the same mental and physical demands. I usually pick knitting to an audio book if I have one available. Otherwise, I try to split the time evenly between reading and knitting.