So, Becky over at Suburban Matron tagged me, which means I am now obligated to (1) post seven interesting facts about myself and (2) tag somebody else, if I can think of anyone to tag. So, forthwith:
Seven Facts About Jane
1. My husband, Mark, is precisely nine months older than me. We like to joke that I was made for him.
2. I am not a creative writer. I am an analytical writer. Fun for me is not cutting loose and riffing on some crazy creative idea; it’s analyzing what works, and why, and how to reproduce it. I like textbooks. I like Excel. I like saying things like, “The three elements necessary for an unforgettable character are..”
I read fiction with a very careful, critical eye. And if you sit down to watch TV with me, prepare to listen to me expound on the Principles of Story, at least a little bit.
3. I can’t get enough reality TV. Wife Swap, 17 Kids and Counting, Boot Camp, Kept. No matter how pointless or how trashy, at some point, I’ve been addicted to it.
I think what I like best about reality TV is that it’s TV that spurs conversation. Mark and I have had discussions about everything from parenting to management to the meaning of life in front of the tube.
My favorites are the really well judged contest shows, like Project Runway and Top Chef. And because I am analytical, I can tell you exactly why Tom Colicchio is the best judge evah!
4. I also can’t get enough Remington Steele. You want to know the one person in America who actually bought Remington Steele on DVD? Yeah, that would be me.
5. I get wildly, if briefly, enthusiastic about all sorts of projects. In college, it was quilting. In my early marriage, it was orchid growing. (Dude, you can distill and mist and fertilize all you want, but those things are stubborn!) When we first moved into the house, it was upholstery. During the last season of Project Runway, it was fashion design. And currently it’s sushi making.
I will read and research and pour my heart into it. And at some point, more than likely, I will just let it go. I know enough about myself at this point in life to enjoy the upswing, and not get too hung up on the inevitable downswing. It is just who I am.
6. I love living in the South. I really, really, really do. I love the food and the friendliness and the casual joy in life. And everything it between.
So if you make a comment about how stupid or racist you think Southerners are, I will give you a pained, tight smile to politely remind you who you’re talking to. And nothing more will be said. But I will never forget your comment. And unless we’re already close, I will never forgive you, either.
7. I eat bologna and mustard sandwiches. I know, I know. They sound gross. I’m gonna be honest with you: they kinda taste gross. But what can I do? They are my childhood flashback food.
And there you have it: seven facts about me. I’m supposed to tag someone else, but I don’t really know anyone else who blogs, so… I guess I lose?