{Is that a fact?}

Written in response to Renee's call for factoid pages ...

Zodiac: Aquarius

Chinese Zodiac: Wood Tiger

Politics: Moderate-to-Liberal. Though I hate the process of politics itself.

God?: I do not believe in God as I have heard him/her/it formulated by most major world religions.

Religion: A varied mish-mash of Judeo-Christian, Wiccan, Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. Staying open-minded is key.

Worst Flaw: Anger. Temper, temper mon capitaine.

Best Strength: Creativity and generosity. I love to make things to make people happy.

Phobia: I am afraid of heights, but thrilled by them at the same time. When up high I become obsessed with the need to fly. Gravity is a challenge, not an obstacle.

Scars: I sliced off the top of my left little toe tripping on a grate at the swimming pool when I was 11 years old. This also left a nasty gouge in the next toe over which had to have stitches. All 2 of them. This is almost completely unnoticeable and is the only "surgery" I've had other than having my wisdom teeth pulled.

Speaking of wisdom teeth: I had five of 'em.

Hair: Reddish Brown. I used to be able to sit on my hair. I cut it up to my ear-lobes when I was 20 after years of it inching up bit by bit. Not too long ago it was a stringy mess that reached nearly to my bum again. I chopped it all off recently all the way up to the tips of my collarbone. Gar it's short, but it needed the lift.

Eyes: Two. Blue. I am VERY far-sighted and my left eye wanders. I wear these oval glasses that look much better than my old ones but are very "teachery".

Ears: Two. Very small. Pierced at age 10

Complexion: Fair. I've got that whole peaches and cream thang going on. The one hundred small gods were kind to me -- I rarely break out.

Pet Peeves: Dishonesty, and clothes left on the floor by the bed.

Least Favorite Foods: I hate mayonnaise, mustard, relish, salad dressing and almost any other kind of sauce you could possibly think of putting on a sandwich, except butter. I love butter. But in the interests of weight and heart health, I no longer indulge myself on a regular basis.

Favorite Foods: Chooooooocolate! Tuna fish. French fries. Popovers. Salsa!

Soda: Dr. Pepper, Root Beer or Ginger Ale. No diet soda -- the taste of Nutrasweet makes me ill.

Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Or, more generically, chocolate chip.

Hobbies: I am a bookworm, an artist and a die-hard science-fiction/fantasy fan. I also sew. A lot.

Talents: I can read a page per minute in a large page, small typeface book. I play the oboe, piano and recorder. I sing mezzo-soprano.

Languages: English. French. Spanish. Japanese

Cats: There are four currently inhabiting my life: Shara Khan (brown and gray tabby with white socks, tummy and patch between her lovely forest-green eyes) and her three children: Mephistopheles (Mephisto) Phishface (perfect little tuxedo cat with a big voice), Sasha Flufftail (also a tux cat, but fuzzy and a girl), Tiger Toebiter (looks just like mom sans white patch between the eyes)

Music: I own the Time-Life 80's music series on CD. Enya. Clannad. Mike Oldfield. Enigma. Billy Idol. Pet Shop Boys. Handel. Bach. (can we say eclectic?) No country, no rap.

Books: I don't have ONE favorite author. But J.R.R. Tolkien, Guy Gavriel Kay, Tad Williams, Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, Judith Tarr and Robin McKinley top the list.

How I Learned To Read: The Hobbit was the first full-length book I ever read. My father started reading it to me when I was 4. I don't know exactly when, but I started picking it up after he'd turned the lights out to see what happened next.

Favorite Time of Day: Twilight

Most Creative Time of Day: 22:00-2:00

Coffee? Tea?: I hate coffee ... but I LOVE tea and hot cocoa

I slapped a boy on the playground when I was ten. He had a handprint on his face for 2 days.

I pass out when I have blood drawn.

I hate clearing the dishwsher after it's been run.

I love taking walks, but never seem to make time to do so.

I am not a morning person.

Yes I do have pictures of myself around here somewhere. No you can't see them right now. I'm still reformatting this journal almost a year after instituting the current design. The archives are taking forever. Well ... okay, here are two.