Saturday, August 25, 2007

8 things

The Quilting Pirate tagged me to tell 8 not-so-obvious things about myself. No quilting content in this post, so please skip it if you're not interested.

1. I have two birthdays. When I was born, each town in the state of Washington decided whether it would be on daylight savings time or not. Can you imagine how confusing? My dad was in the Army, so I was born on Ft. Lewis (on daylight savings time) at 12:55 a.m. on August 14. However, even though my birth certificate gives the Ft. Lewis time, it says I was born in Tacoma (where Ft. Lewis is), but Tacoma was not on daylight savings time. In Tacoma, it was 11:55 p.m. on August 13. I think I should get to celebrate both days!

2. My family moved when I was 6 weeks old and I've never been back to Tacoma. My dad was stationed in Europe and we traveled while living there, so I visited 18 countries by the time I was 3. Too bad I don't remember them!

3. I'm related to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. I'm sure you don't believe that, but it's true -- when my Irish great-grandparents immigrated to the US, they chose to honor their new country by naming their sons Thomas Jefferson Sullivan, Benjamin Franklin Sullivan, and George Washington Sullivan (my grandfather).

4. I'm training to do a 3-day, 60-mile walk. (12 miles today -- done 8 already!) I am not the least bit athletic and have never done anything like this before. Wish me luck!

5. I used to be a medieval historian.

6. When I was 12 years old, I played the piano on coast-to-coast TV. Not so spiffy as it sounds -- we were living in the Panama Canal Zone, so the distance between the Atlantic and Pacific was only 50 miles. The show was a news segment where I was playing a simple song as an accompaniment to a bunch of 6-yr-olds in a rhythm band. My 15 minutes of fame, squandered!

7. I've written a soyfoods cookbook.

8. I have an overactive imagination. When I was 9 years old, I was completely convinced that if the Russians attacked the US (remember the Cold War?), I would be the first person killed. I had the whole thing worked out and it made perfect sense to me.

I have not been part of the online quilting community for very long, so I don't know who has been tagged and who hasn't. I tag those Q4P members who have not done this to do it now!


Cheryl said...

You have some very interesting "not-so-obvious things" about you. A medieval historian...very interesting~

Jane Weston said...

I think that's a great fact about your great-grandparents naming their children after George, Ben and Tom.
And yes..I think you are definitely allowed to have 2 birthdays...just like the Queen :o)

Laurel S Holman said...

I feel proud to say I knew several of those already, but not everything. Two birthdays? That's good luck, I'm certain. By the way, we brought the I Spy quilt on vacation and it provided great diversion both in the car, and in Big Bear, where Julia and her Nana (grandmother) played games with the quilt several times during the trip. What a treasure!!!

Ming said...

This is an interesting post! You remind me that I could have two birthdays too. One is on the solar calendar; the other one is on the lunar calendar --as traditionally many Chinese celebrate this one. ;-)

Samantha said...

What fun facts to share! I say, have a double birthday- as long as it means you don't age twice as fast!

comicbooklady said...

Hi! thanks for dropping by my blog! I also made a t-shirt quilt for my hubby, you can check out my nov 11,2006 post, if you want. See you in class!

Quilting Pirate said...

what a great list!!! Thanks for playing along!

diva of quilts said...

I've got an overactive imagination as well. Sometimes I have to watch myself that I don't get too carried away.