Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Spilling the beans...

Melba has asked me to spill 10 beans about myself, and so without further adieu...

1.) If my house were burning,
the first thing I'd grab would be my journals.
They are my most valuable possession.

2.) I feel most "me" in my old flannel.

3.) I get a kick out of seeing students' eyes light up when they realize that they have something important to say and it leaves me feeling energized in a way that nothing else does.

4.) I sniff the coffee beans every morning before grinding them.

5.) I think about returning to India every day. And it's the only thing that's kept me from starting a family.

6.) I was afraid of heights until I built my own house.

7.) Before that...I lived in some pretty weird places including a hogan I built in the high desert of Arizona and a shack deep in the woods of Minnesota (to name a few). I like living without water or electricity because I feel more connected to my life...but now I live like a "normal" person with phone, internet, and cable too...
My kitchen counter is full of electrical appliances.

8). My best friend, Abe, died nearly a year ago and I still miss him every day. There will never again be a dog quite like him.

9). I love it when I get stuck at a rail road crossing and have to wait for the train. The sound and vibration is enough to almost pull my heart out of my chest. When I was 20 I hopped freights from Minnesota to Alaska. It took 3 weeks to get there...and if I was as brave as I was then, I'd do it again.

10). One time my husband and I did an experiment to see what our kids would look like if we had any. Something went awry.


Endment said...

Love this post. What adventures you are having in your life!

Robin Williams, comedian says:
"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."

Mark said...


I really enjoyed this post.

Your number 3 is my number 1.

Jes said...

Wow. I admire you even more now than I did before, if that is possible.

You're so awesome. You've done some really neat things in your life.

beansprout said...

You've definitely had some grad adventures and I'm sure there are many more to come. I lost my sweet Alex Girlie Dog a little less than a year ago and I miss her everyday. She made such a wonderful contribution to my life as I'm sure your pooch did too.

Anonymous said...

I love the attempt to see what your children look like! And don't let wanting to return to India keep you from having children if that is what you want--we're going back with the Madam once she's past her first birthday. Where did you visit while you were there...I mostly stayed in Bombay, because that is where TEG (my husband) is from, but I've also been to Hyderabad and further down south.

Ah, I love India! We need to chat about it sometime.

And tell me more about Minnesota...since I'm moving to Minneapolis in a few months.

Great post...I'll stop babbling now. :)

melba said...

You are so much fun! I wish I could come play with you. (I just realized Ernie from Sesame Street is singing this...come play today...) After my children, I would save my journals too. Thanks for spliing.

Pollard said...

I wish I had the courage to live like you have. The jumpin' trains bean... So much respect. Wow.

gkgirl said...

wow...this has been a great post
giving me so much more insight
about you...
those are amazing things you
have done!


harmonyinline said...

I love the places you have lived the hogan and the shack deep in the woods they sound so Waldenesque,part of me wants to live
more in touch with nature, but then I hear a compelling little voice the says no hot bath no internet and thats the end of that ideal.

Kristine said...

You jumped trains! Wow!
I am so excited about that fact! I once saw a movie called Catching on. It was a film about people who live their lives riding the freights. I loved that film. Months after seeing it we lived near railroad tracks so I'd always look at the train hoping to see someone trying to jump on , or hoping to spot someone riding...
Much respect. What a wild woman you are!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

arriving from sunday scribblings; really enjoyed this bean post complete with photos,,,