I've been tagged by RevKim. Here are the rules:
1.I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5.Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they are tagged and to visit your blog.
1. I would rather be dancing than just about anything else. Not formal dancing or line dancing or any kind of organized dancing, mind you. Dancing like we did in the old days (60s-70s). Music: Motown, disco, some rock (e.g., Eric Clapton's "Let It Rain").
2. Gardening is a new passion for me. It figures I would wait till I moved to hard-to-garden, frigid, dry, short-growing-season Zone 4 before this passion hit me. I have a 5' x 5' perennial flower garden and a couple of other little spots in the yard I'm working on.
3. I am currently experiencing a reoccurrence of the terribly annoying, Connie-specific condition known as Stress Nose. Don't ask.
4. I make homemade dog food for the three mutt princesses, Sally, Bernice, and Cookie, and I don't mind a bit, and neither do they.
5. I can't seem to get into reading much of anything these days except memoirs, poetry, and the Bible. For one who consumed fiction constantly for years, this seems strange.
6. I miss playing the piano seriously as I did in my childhood and early adult years. I had to ask Guy recently not to play a recording of sonatas by the French composer Casadesus because it would be too emotional for me; I worked very hard on one of his sonatas and played it in recital in my 20s. This unwillingness even to hear a piece that gave me such joy (and hard work) tells me my soul needs a return to the piano, and not just on Sunday morning.
7. I am struggling with guilt over wanting a more pleasurable and slightly more sophisticated lifestyle. My professor and mentor, Tom McClenahan, pointed out to me last week that enjoying life = worship, and that these lovely things I miss are not bad in themselves but only a problem if they become the motivating factor in one's life, thereby taking the place of God. What do I want? Some city amenities nearby (and "nearby" means nearer than the current 1.5 hour drive through the mountains to Salt Lake City), or living in a more sophisticated small town than Evanston; a deck or porch; a dining room. Now that I write this down, it really doesn't seem that I'm going over to the dark side, does it?
8. It's easier for me to blog when I'm feeling up and energetic, and a lot harder when I'm lacking energy and struggling with discouragement. I bet I'm not alone on this one!