Seven things I’ve never said on my blog. (Tagged by the lovely evenshine.)
1. When I was a little girl I wished I had a tail, like Lucy Little in The Littles books, that I could put a bow on, and swish around, and twirl the end of it around my finger.
2. Mr. Smith and I took years of weekly private ballroom dancing lessons. We got pretty good, especially with the Fox Trot and the Waltz. That ended with Shark's birth. Now, without a refresher, we'd be just a few swing steps above the classic "high school hang."
3. I never babysat in high school (except my youngest cousin, like, once) and my mom actually thought perhaps I would not ever have children, I was that not interested in kids of any age or type.
4. I did over a dozen plays in local theater companies between ages 14 and 20. One of my last roles was Ado Annie in a dinner theater production of Oklahoma! where the wind came sweepin' down the plain while I belted out the song "I'm Just A Girl Who Cain't Say No!" It was the second time I'd done that musical; the first time I was the choreographer and also danced the role of Laurey in the dream ballet scene.
5. In between having Shark Boy and Honey Bear, I hiked the longest slot canyon in the world, Buckskin Gulch in Utah, with my dad. We hiked Buckskin then continued on, hiking through Paria Canyon until we emerged, after 4 days, at the beautiful Colorado River. Hiking that remote canyon was something on Dad's "Do Before You Croak" list and he'd wanted to do it since high school. It.was.awesome.
The entrance to a slot canyon looks like this:
After the week spent in the backcountry, we drove to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at Tuweep. It was October, just before they close the roads for snow. I took this picture of my Dad standing on the North Rim. Can you see him?
6. My #1 dream job? To travel the world, take pictures of it, and write about it. (It's possible I have said that on my blog before.)
7. There are days when I can't even believe I'm a grown up and responsible for important stuff.
Ten things that make me happy. (Tagged by mudmama, whom I may get to meet at Blissdom!)
Sunshine on my shoulders
My kids laughter (I have 3 of them!)
Being Catholic (seriously - LOVE)
Having my braces off
Last week at Mass it was, as per usual, standing room only for late arivals. We were late. When it was time to kneel, Mr. Smith and Shark Boy knelt on the floor right in front of me, side by side. Big and little. Dark and blonde. Heads bowed, arms crossed on knees. My men. It made my heart nearly burst. Very happy.
Also - mocha almond fudge ice cream
If you are reading this, I tag you!
(I think that was 11 things that make me happy, but did you notice? Math is not on the list.)
(Also, I'm giving away grocery money! Go enter!)