back to me

A few years ago, a friend’s husband told us about a co-worker who went on and on about himself. He listened and finally found some common ground and jumped in and tried to make conversation with him. The other guy, without missing a beat, said, “Okay. Well, back to me.” We laughed then, and continue the story when we see someone a little too absorbed in their own universe, and simply say, “well, back to me.” I’ve been tagged, and it’s more than you probably ever needed to know about me, but I WAS asked. Kathy at Charleston YaYa thinks there’s more to me than appears on paper. I have sad news. I really am that one-dimensional, but I’ll try to make it sound more interesting. Washing clothes and strolling down memory lane is interesting, right?

What was I doing 10 years ago?
Let’s see, ten years ago – 1998. Wow. Does that sound like yesterday to anyone else? Life was good with two teenagers and one ‘tween. We were in the throes of selecting my oldest son’s first car, carpools, and chasing our tails with after school activities. Mike travelled a lot and he was launching a new business. I was in the middle writing a book with a friend. Every day from nine to three, we worked at my computer, and we cranked out A Toolbox for Our Daughters. It was a time when I learned some really bad eating habits because Diane never stopped for lunch, but I had never missed a meal in my life to that date. I started my peanut butter crackers and Coke habit up again, and think I still like that better than lunch, which is the perfect lead in to the next question. See, you never knew I could use transitions in my writing.

My five favorite snacks. I guess this is confession time. I wished I could tell you about my friend’s favorite snacks (Skinny Cow ice cream cones. Dreyer’s fruit bars, or Laughing Cow cheese) but my favorites would all be in the “eat one, gain a pound” category. I love chips and salsa with lots of cilantro in the salsa. I also have a sweet tooth and can eat enough Hershey’s kisses in one sitting to make it look like another Hershey’s kiss with the foil wrappers when I’m finished—because I’m artistic like that. But other than chips and chocolate, coffee and Coke (my “c” snack list)…I’m really not a snack person.

Five things on my “to do” list today: My “to do” list this morning was about to kill me. I hit the road running and have whittled away at it, canceling some appointments, and scheduling others. My MasterCard was used by someone in Maryland, so I was on the phone with them. My brother and sister and I worked on a business plan to start a small business, and my husband and I are desperately trying to plan a vacation for the summer or fall. So we keep exchanging emails about dates that won’t work. I have to pick out doorknobs, as opposed to Clara on Bewitched, who only polished her doorknob collection. (Don’t ask. I watched too much TV as a kid.) So, life is never dull and most of the time I can’t account for my time or my money—which, again, is the perfect lead-in to the next question. Hey, two transitions in one post! I’m on a roll.

>Things I would do if I were a billionaire: I hate to sound dumb about this, but I don’t know. I know two things about money—it can make you crazy and it can make you bad. So, maybe I’m better off not knowing what I’d do with it.

Five jobs that I’ve had: My very first job was a board sander—I sanded boards for 25 cents a board. I didn’t get a billion dollars there. I never wore roller skates, but I was an A & W waitress. That was the hardest job I ever had, except being a mom. I also was a bank teller all through college, and that was the most fun I had working, except being a mom. Are you seeing a pattern here? I worked in jewelry sales once for about three months. Except for being a mom, the most heart-wrenching job I ever had was as an executive director for a women’s shelter. I also have worked in counseling battered women, and, for fun, and sometimes money, I like to write. I have a degree in business administration and marketing that I have never used for employment. How’s that for making your education work for you? Seriously, I have no regrets.

Five bad habits of mine: I tend to put off things that are important because I think they need more attention, when in reality, they need more later because I put them off! I drink too much coffee, and don’t stay with routines –exercise or otherwise, and I fall into the computer almost daily. My name is Annette and I am in information junkie. And let’s see, #4 should count twice, but I have an ample supply, so I’ll add enjoying eating as a recreational pastime instead of a function of the day.

Five places I’ve lived: I haven’t lived five different places. This morning, the MasterCard people asked me for a previous address. I said, um? Twenty years ago? That was my last previous address! I’ve lived throughout Texas, was born in Houston, and am back here now, just for the last twenty-five years. I am a 7th generation Texan, if that tells you anything. I guess we’re predictable if not downright boring.

Five random things people wouldn’t know about me: Well, speaking of boring, you know I’m just blowing my socks off with all this transition. Random, huh? I’m left-handed, inside the brain, but do most things right-handed except write and paint. I like to cook though I rarely do. I love to play piano for my own enjoyment, but you’ll probably never hear me play in front of someone else. I was born and married in a year that ends with 0, which was brilliant planning for being easy to remember, if you’re considering what year to be born or get married in. I am a closet and shower singer, and believe I get my greatest inspirational moments in the shower and at 4 a.m. when I have no paper and pen to remember it—which reminds me of a question I would love the answer to…do you think an idea that come at 4 a.m. is a great creative moment, your very possible magnum opus, or do we just think those ideas are brilliant in the clear, stillness of the night? There’s another one that I am fairly certain you know about me—I get off track very easily these days. Okay, one more and I’ll put you out of your misery wading through this randomness. I am an identical twin.

Five cds that I’d have to take on a desert island: Since I get to pick the whole CD, I’d definitely start with Eagles’ Very Best of. Now, I’m humming “Desperado” and can’t think of another song. I’d need some beach music, so I’d probably go with a Joan Baez CD like “Diamonds and Rust.” Another I’d need for my “get back on track” music is Terry MacAlmon’s Live Worship. I never make it past track 6, “Even So,” without a change of heart. And I have to have some Selah, either “Bless the Broken Road,” or “Duets,” and their original “Hiding Place.” And life would be good, even on a deserted island with that kind of praise.

People that I want to get to know better………Consider yourself tagged, my sweet friend Angie, and my two new friends, Sherry, and Annette. This was fun. Hope you enjoyed “all about me” today. And I wish for each of you some “back to me” time this day, where you take time to relax just for yourself.


9 thoughts on “back to me

  1. I’m sorry I didn’t read this earlier in the week. It was delightful to read. You did a great job in transitioning….I too don’t use my degree, but I know that going to college and finishing helped me to start and finish things and not be a quitter and Moms aren’t allowed to quit. We just keep on keeping on. Mine finally don’t need me as much since thiers are older, but it was nice to be needed than long. Thanks for posting all of this and the one on the sand dollar. I love them…Blessings..Mary Lou sorry that i posted two comments on today’s post…I hit the bar too many times..tried to delete them but only managed to delete one.

  2. Hello friend!! Thanks so much for sharing – I don’t usually do those, but wanted to know more about my friends. I am so blessed to have you in my life. I love watching the way that God is working among us!! love, Kathy

  3. Thanks for sharing. It was great an very nicely written. It’s interesting to see how many people like salsa/chips!!

  4. I wanted to go point by point and comment about similarities, etc., but then I realized that this post is actually NOT ABOUT ME! Fancy that! Loved reading this.

  5. Hi Annie!

    I’m getting to know a little more about you now, and we share two things on your list: I’m also a lefty, and I LOVE the song ‘Bless the Broken Road’ also. And oh yes, Hershey Kisses are good too!

  6. Oh, my! I so enjoyed knowing more about you. An indentical twin?? You are obviously and very special person and your friends and family are so blessed to have you in their lives.

    Since I’ve been tagged, I’ll be sharing my info asap:)


  7. To my sweet friend, Annette!
    I know I’ve only known you for almost a year, but I know a lot of what you shared and am honored to know every detail! I know exactly what you’d do if you were a billionaire. You would use it to Glorify God. Every cent of it! I’ll write all about ME when I get back from the grocery store buying Skinny Cow ice cream cones, Dreyer’s fruit bars and Laughing Cow cheese …and a cup of coffee!
    Angie xoxo

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