Getting To Know You

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve made up a game called Yes, this is True to help you get to know me a little better. I’d like to know more about you too, so please leave a few truths about yourself in the comments.

My Idea of a good Valentine’s Day Celebration

Truths About Me

  1. I was born in Florida and have never lived anywhere else
  2. My husband is my best friend (I know we all say that, but it is true)
  3. I eat red meat at least two times per week
  4. If I was inclined to have a pet, it would likely be a cat (that doesn’t shed)
  5. I am/was an ordained Deacon in the Presbyterian church
  6. I created a publishing center for children in a public elementary school
  7. I served as PTA President for two years at my daughter’s Elementary School
  8. I am a self-proclaimed domestic goddess and love home decorating, entertaining, re-decorating…crafting, sewing, floral design, and tablescapes
  9. I value authenticity and individualism in my friendships and on-line connections
  10. I was a swim coach for tykes and toddlers
  11. I think of myself as being creative
  12. I value education and life-long-learning
  13. I have a ‘Potty Mouth’
  14. I was an original founder of my community Women’s Club (now in its 17th year)
  15. I wrote a journal writing workshop in 1996 and conducted sessions several weeks per year for 2 years
  16. I jumped out of an airplane, once and would definitely do it again
  17. I love zip-lines, aerial obstacle courses, paddle boards, kayaks and outdoor adventures in general
  18. I once won an upgrade to a Celebrity Suite on a cruise ship while playing Bingo
  19. I was a member of the Miami Ski Club for several years
  20. I know how to use a variety of power tools
  21. I kept a daily journal for nearly 30 years – they are all boring as hell
  22. I am most comfortable in jeans, a tee-shirt and flip flops
  23. I prefer natural nails
  24. I hate small talk
  25. I will call ‘bulls**t when I hear it (even if I know there will be consequences)
  26. I once owned a horse named Rocky
  27. I don’t have any tattoos and only my ears are pierced
  28. I don’t like dark chocolate
  29. If I were a fruit, I’d be a Pineapple – prickly on the outside but sweet on the inside
  30. I can’t tolerate people who smoke cigarettes, but I will take a puff or two of a very nice cigar
  31. My favorite sweet treat is vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce
  32. Everyone knows my favorite color is blue
  33. I am an eternal optimist

Happy Valentine’s Day

Your Turn

Please share (in the comments) at least 5 things about yourself that I can’t get from reading your blog. Or better yet, write your own list of ‘truths’ and link back to this post so we can all get to know each other better.

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