Warning - I ramble...
- I grew up in a Mennonite family and have some Amish relatives from my grandmother's families. Yes we drove a car, but there are still a lot of Amish and Old Order Mennonites who live in this area. I can remember my mother wearing a covering on her head at church when I was small (looked like a knit doily) but fewer and fewer did as I grew older and the church became more "modern".
- I love music. From the hymns I sang in church as a child (Dad sang bass, Mom alto, Me soprano and my brother Tenor) to the camp songs around the fire every summer, music has always been a part of my life. I played flute in middle and high school, took piano lessons, sang in the Choir in high school, and also did Color Guard in marching band. Those experiences are some of my best memories, including the Trip to Toronto my Senior Year to watch my first "real" stage show (Beauty and the Beast) and the trip to Walt Disney World. It was amazing marching down main street flipping a flag and listening to MY band play just before the fireworks show.
- I once broke my toe shoes in the middle of a performance and kept on dancing anyway. I love to dance. I took ballet lessons for 20 years - was a dance major in college my freshman year but had a baby instead of staying on that path professionally. I continued to take lessons when I could. I still dance whenever I get the chance.
- I was an English (Creative Writing) major for the rest of college with a minor in Sociology but never finished my degree, I had two kids to support after my divorce so school was off my list of things I could do.
- I am a manga and anime addict. I got started in college, when Sailor Moon played on Toonami every afternoon in 1998 - when my then 1 year old son was taking his nap. It also was my gateway to the internet and PHP - free "dial-in" from the college meant I could be online all the time, and every fan had their own website. My dad was playing around with linux, running a server off his cable connection (back before port blocking and bad latency) and gave me some space to play. I wanted a forum and he installed PHP for me - the rest as they say is history. But I still have my anime and manga collections and write Fanfiction about my favorite shows.
- I have never taken a single computer class. I learned PHP because my forum software wouldn't work and no one would help. I learned html and css to help with my site. I learned to admin a linux box so I could run my fun toys. I learned C because Andrei pissed me off. Seriously.
- I still play with dolls. I collect American Girl dolls and love to design period clothes for them. I love to sew. I made my own wedding dresses (both of them) - the second one I designed as well. By extension I also knit and crochet and embroider and do cross stitch. The saddest thing I ever made was a piece when my grandfather died - it was a border of red carnations with a bible verse. They buried it with him.
Now for seven people to pass off to: this is really hard for me because so many people have been tagged that I know, but I've been told it's legal to tag someone until they write a tag post ;)
- Andrei Zmievski - the man who started my descent into C madness
- Chris Shiflett - My boss, who does far too much and needs a vacation and introduced me to the only beer I've actually been able to drink
- Wez Furlong - Who when I complained no one was looking at my windows patches opened up his laptop and gave me karma
- Sara Golemon - Who held my hand when I was learning C and PHP internals, answered every stupid question, and is a hell of a lot of fun to drink with.
- Luke Welling - who teaches me the most interesting Australian phrases, and can turn any bad thing at the office into a laugh worthy lukeism.
- Bob Madjak - PHP-GTK buddy and the closest PHP dev I've ever met (as in physically) who sat in my basement during the phpthrowdown and slept ;)
- Joe Stagner - who got me software when I needed it and always answered my "look what I did" with "Cool" instead of "Why are you doing that on Windows"
And now for the 7 things rules:
- Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
- Share seven facts about yourself in the post - some random, some weird.
- Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
- Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.