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Show and Tell Time!

I've stolen *ahem* borrowed (and slightly dented) this from wanderingsmith:

"The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away. More than one question is allowed. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you!"

Now, here's how I've dented this. I don't mind answering questions. I'm of a generation where I don't believe in sharing identifying info in a public post, and generally I don't f-lock, so I won't be tellin' you my full legal name or anything, but otherwise, ask away. I've just been historically bad at turning that around and being nosy with others. So in answer to wanderingsmith I didn't ask a question, I gave her a random collection of facts about me with the offer of a chance to respond in kind if she was so inclined. So feel free to do it her way and ask question(s), or my way and share a bit about you, and I'll share back.



My biggest fear is heights. I wasn't born with it, but one day when I was four I looked over the landing railing into the living room, and thought "I could climb over this and jump. And I would hurt myself landing. Part of me wants to try." Instantly, fear blossomed. I don't mind flying though.

I'm shy, but I overcompensate, so most people don't really notice that, other than by an occasional moment of awkwardness when the pressure of silence makes me say/do anything to relieve it. Teal'c's interrogation technique would get me telling everything I know in seconds flat.

The pets I've had are cats, a dog, a rooster, two goats, and a lamb. The last 4 became dinner. I was seven, I was freaked, but I am still a carnivore, although I did skip the meat course on those nights. My brother had guppies and praying mantises when we were growing up. It made me decide that pets should have fur.

My parents had me when they were still in college, and then divorced. I have 5 siblings. Two brothers on my dad's side, and a brother and two sisters on my mom's side. It took the reproductive lives of 6 adults to produce us 6 kids, and my husband and I have only two biological kids (4 total), so don't blame my family for world overpopulation.

Cauliflower is the only veggie that absolutely will not pass my lips. My favorite fruits are cherries and figs. I can drink coffee black and enjoy it, but I prefer it whitened and sweetened. Tea needs to be plain and preferably slightly weak. When I was growing up spaghetti was always my favorite dinner, but now it is shrimp and artichoke casserole. Ice cream is the dessert I find it hardest to pass up, and Coffee Toffee Crunch was my favorite Ben and Jerry's flavor.

I don't have a favorite color, but I hate pink, due to having had it forced on me when I was a tomboy growing up. I wear mostly jewel-tone reds, greens, and blues, and rich browns and blacks to complement my coloring (VERY dark brown hair now greying, with green-brown hazel eyes and very fair pink-and-white freckled skin).

I don't lie. I do misdirect as necessary where others would use a social or "little white" lie. Being honest should not be a license to be brutal.

My house is usually a mess. I grew up knowing better, but I lead a busy life, and for the foreseeable future, this is the way it's going to be. In the Great Someday, it will be spotless.

Three of my grandparents lived into their nineties, and both grandmothers made it to 97.

It shocked me to learn (as an adult) that fishing was deemed to be a male-dominated pastime. Who knew?

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not_a_zatarc
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
"I'm shy, but I overcompensate, so most people don't really notice that, other than by an occasional moment of awkwardness when the pressure of silence makes me say/do anything to relieve it. Teal'c's interrogation technique would get me telling everything I know in seconds flat."

OMG, it's scary how just like that I am! lol. I'm super shy, but in situations like that I just start saying things. It's so awkward. Like, yesterday, first day of classes...no one is talking. I just start saying stupid stuff like, "Wow, is this teacher gonna show up or what?" Bad, awkward, me. XP

Okay, I have a question for you. I've been curious for a while now. How did you choose your username, and how the heck to you pronounce it? XD
thothmes
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
I wanted to be an Egyptologist when I grew up, and I still wouldn't mind it, if it didn't mean moving to a big city. I like it here in the country. Besides being an Egyptologist means spending half your year in Egypt, and half here. My husband's a doctor. The patients don't take too well to being told their next check-up will take place in Luxor, Egypt.

Most people are familiar with Tutankhamon, who was the last of a line of pharaohs that started Egypt's period of greatest power and expansion, known collectively at the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt's New Kingdom. One of the most dynamic pharaohs of the Eighteenth Dynasty, and the one who single handedly did most of the expanding was Menkhepperre Thothmes III known as (depending on how you transliterate the hieroglyphics) Thuthmose, Thothmes, Tuthmosis, etc. Thothmes is probably preferred form with modern Egyptologists. Thoth was the god of wisdom, and "mes" or "mose" as it is sometimes rendered just means "son". So "Moses" simply means "son" in Ancient Egyptian. Thothmes mean's Thoth-God-of-Wisdom's Son. Not only is Thothmes III my favorite pharaoh, and has been since I was eight (hey, I come from a family of academics. Geek is my native tongue!), but it just so happens that Shannon, my never-used first name (I have gone by a nickname since I could speak) translates as "little wise one", so it fits. Way T.M.I., but there you have it.

It's pronounced like it's spelled Thoth (rhymes with Roth) - Mes (as in "Your room's a total mess!), accent on the second syllable.
not_a_zatarc
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Cool. That's very interesting, and not at all TMI. lol. :) I wouldn't have asked if I didn't want a big explanation. XD
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