Lori E @ Family Trees May Contain Nuts has tagged me to tell six things about myself that will help you get to know me. I met Lori last week when I left a comment on her blog immediately after Florida Sue. She wrote me back, thanked me for sending her a video, and made reference to me as “Lucy .” I was a bit confused, but remained nonplused at being called by a name other than my own. She e-mailed me again, after coming to the realization that she was not talking to Florida Sue. She explained that the two of them refer to each other as “Lucy,” as in Ethel and Lucy of the old television show, “ I Love Lucy.” When she tagged me she told me that by participating in this little game, I would have to be forever known as Ethel, because having more than two Lucy’s would be too confusing. So, as the newly named “Ethel,” I will tell you a bit about me……
1. I often give others the impression that I “have it all together” and am extremely organized. I do like order and am always prepared when I have to present ideas and complete projects. I work diligently, meet deadlines, and follow through until the job comes to fruition. Truth is, that is my public side! At home, my desk is probably just as in as much disarray as the next person’s. I sometimes forget to balance my checkbook or pay a bill on time. My pantries are a little messy and my herbs and spices are definitely not alphabetized. I often spend hours reading blogs or watching favorite TV shows. I am a child of the 50’s and thus severely addicted to television!
2. My sense of humor doesn’t always make people laugh. In fact, I think I sometimes offend others with my facetious remarks. I was a journalism major and am used to writing satire. As is the case with many satirists, I am often perceived too literally. People don’t always get the joke, and they are offended. Hmmmm, maybe, just maybe, I might not be as funny as I think I am….
3. I love people. I am a loyal friend. I will defend the underdog. I stand up for what I believe in. I am opinionated and voice my opinion vehemently. I respect that others may disagree with me and realize that it is their right to do so. But I still know I am most likely right….. Oh, and I don’t like to admit that I could be wrong….
4. I used to be a fitness professional. Yup, I taught fitness classes and did personal training. I loved getting paid to work out because I’m basically a little lazy and don’t like to work out by myself. I started teaching in the eighties, at the heyday of the aerobic dancing phase. Remember high impact aerobics? My knees and the rest of my body parts have taken a beating over the past 20 plus years, let me tell you! At one point I was teaching 9 classes a week AND working full-time.
But sadly, age began creeping up on me and Mother Nature said, “Sue, peri-menopause is going to make you put on a little weight and your body will take on an apple shape.” So the pounds crept on…. and on…. and on…. I became embarrassed to stand up in front of a class - I was cardio-vascularly fit but was a bit heavier looking than the svelte, twenty-something, newbie aerobics instructor that taught the class in the time slot after me. So when my gym went under due to the economy, I stopped teaching. Which, in turn, meant I stopped working out. Now I know what I have to do to get back into shape, but I can’t seem to make myself do it. hmmm…. Remember the organizational and the camaraderie things I told you about earlier?
5. I grew up as the oldest child of five in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Yes, the original Las Vegas, since my little hometown was settled many years before that Nevada city. When I tell people where I am from, people usually say or ask one of three things. I am often asked, “What was it like growing up in Vegas? I bet you learned to gamble at an early age.”
OR, “ Wow, you grew up in a foreign country?” To which I respond that New Mexico became the 47th state in 1912. Did these people not take geography in school? Didn’t they have to learn state capitals?
OR, “ I can tell by your black hair and dark eyes that you are Mexican.” hmmmm, what about being Black Irish, or Italian, or just having dark brown hair and eyes without making an ethnic distinction?
6. Gee, almost there…. Didn’t think this egomaniac would have such a tough time talking about herself…. As independent as I am, I sometimes need a little pat on the back and a little reaffirmation, just like anybody else. Blogging helps give me this. Not that I don’t get this in my day to day life, but it’s nice to be told by someone other than a family member or a close friend that my opinion is valued. Or that I’ve caught a good deal while out thrifting. (Just a few of my friends and family members get this) It’s as though I lead two separate lives. tee hee I now have the electronic equivalent of what this baby boomer used to call pen pals. I’ve forged new friendships with a special binding kinship, and I’m looking forward to meeting more of you, whether in person or just in bloggy world.
So now you have a little scoop on Sue, aka, Ethel. And by the way, Lori, I once had a friend who decided that because we always got ourselves into so much trouble when we were together, she called us Lucy and Ethel. And guess who was Ethel?????
Okay, now I’m tagging the following 6 people . Tell us 6 things about yourself and then pass it on.
Fellow Ohioan ~ Sherry @Edie Marie’s Attic
Another fellow Ohioan ~Patti @ Crystal Rose Cottage
Brenda @Cozy Little House
Betty @ Betty’s corner of the world
Spencer @Bellamere Cottage
Debbie @ One Vintage Hag