Things you didn’t know.

A post notification appeared in my inbox from a favourite blog – Reinvention is a Mutha! It always gives my heart a lift to see her there; she invariable adds to my life with her writing.

This was a “get to know you” post, but a unique one. In it, she shared seven things about herself that we may or may not have known. New insights. I was thrilled to learn that she’s also tattoo-mad – although she outstrips me in numbers. I’m going to have to up my game.

I probably should’ve held onto that bit of personal information; I could have used it for my own list.

The “seven things you may not know” is a chain post. I find those to be great fun. And an honour. I love being tagged. It’s nice to know there are people “out there” reading the things I write.

To be honest, my first reaction to the tag was “but what don’t they know?” This is probably because I tend to over-identify with my mental illnesses and recovery struggles. It’s a personal characteristic I hate, but it exists nonetheless. But I paused and took a breath and thought about. I reminded myself that there is more to me than my neuroses. I reminded myself that I’m actually a whole person.

So, with some further ado namely the rules, here are seven things that I probably haven’t shared in the writings I’ve done.

The Rules

1. Share seven facts about yourself that aren’t super-present in your blog;

2. Tag seven bloggers you adore; and

3. Shout out back to me so I can I read and get to know more about everyone too.

Seven Things About Me

1. I am extremely superstitious. It’s odd because I’m quite logical and I like things to be fact-based. It causes conflict with my spiritual beliefs because I try and make them rational and logical too. I like to think of my superstitious nature as simply being cautious. The old wives’ tales are probably fantasy, but why risk it? So, I toss salt over my shoulder if I spill. I avoid cracks on sidewalks. I don’t walk under ladders. I’m suspicious of the number 13 and Friday the 13th. I don’t like the combination of “666”. And I would never open an umbrella indoors.

2. I try very hard not to kill bugs. I mean, I try hard not to kill anything, but I’m very careful with bugs. I catch and release spiders, flies, wasps, and the like. I use lemon oil to keep out the ants. I hang bags of water and pennies in the doors to keep out flies. I had a wasp nest in the grass in the backyard this year. I had to destroy it to stop them from stinging my 20-month-old grandson and I still feel guilty about doing so.

3. I’m kind of a grammar fiend. My mother was an English teacher so I’m predisposed. Plus, I like clarity and good grammar encourages it. Kids should all be watching Schoolhouse Rock. I loved theirgrammar lessons. I still sing Conjunction Junction in my head when deciding on whether or not to use one. And, I completely relate to Lynne Truss and her frustration with how language is used out in the world. Specifically, in advertising and branding. I think her idea of carrying a sharpie to make corrections on signs and slogans is a good one. Of course, I’m nervous about posting this now, worried about grammatical errors I’ve made.

4. I collect stuffed animals. I have a lot of them. Not reality show lots, but definitely more than thirty. I’m not entirely convinced they don’t have feelings, so I put them up in groups or pairs so they don’t get lonely. I also don’t touch stuffies when I’m in stores because if I do, I have to buy them. I worry they might feel rejected. Yes, I know they don’t really feel things but in my heart they kind of do, so I prefer to err on the side of caution.

5. I love the water. Being near it, listening to it, feeling it, swimming in it, being on it. Unfortunately, I’m also afraid of the water – at least, deep water. I’m afraid of what might be lurking below. In my head, it’s monsters. I know it’s unlikely, but the fear takes over when I’m swimming sometimes. That can be awkward. On the upside, I’ve met several very charming lifeguards.

6. I have a long-term relationship with romance novels. It vaguely embarrasses me. I feel like I should be reading something more “significant” or “elevated” but I love escapism. I like the stories and the characters, the romance and the happily-ever-afters. I have collections of favourite authors in my library but the e-reader has been my salvation. Now people can’t see what I’m reading and comment on it. It’s none of their business anyhow (someday I’ll believe that).

7. I don’t like bacon. Really. I don’t mind the smell, sometimes, but the taste – ick. It tastes like stringy fat.

Seven bloggers I adore

1. One day at a time…

2. Blog posts from the edge

3. Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha


5. Out of My Mind

6. Midnight Harmony

7. kpm

By Em

I like writing. Words help me unpack my thoughts so things start to make sense. I suppose that once I figure out life, the universe, and everything (my thanks to Douglas Adams), I'll have nothing left to say. "Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing, and learn as you go." E. L. Doctorow


  1. This was wonderful! I learned lots about you- it is bizarre to think- “what I am pouring my soul out on here- what could you not know?!” But I didn’t know any of your seven. We have a huge stuffy collection in our house! My daughter is nuts for those “beany boos” with the huge eyes!

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  2. Fabulous post, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know more about you. I relate to your experience about stuffies, I’m like that with crystals. If I leave a crystal alone for to long I get afraid that I am hurting their feelings. I also by crystals that look “poorly”. I feel like I am rescuing them.

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