Friday, August 17, 2012

5 Fact Friday

I just discovered 5 Fact Friday.  Since everything is all about me anyway, I thought I'd join in.  It looks to be a pretty new meme, so check it out.   My 5 facts:

1.   I'm retired for exactly one month, on Sunday.  I'm still trying to figure out who I am now, working on it every day.  I have yet to finish moving out of my office, but that will be done next Wednesday, lord willing and the creek don't rise. 

This pic was taken a while ago -- by now the books have all been boxed up, but there's still so much to do.  Come Tuesday and Wednesday, the big push.

2.  I hate moving.  Hate it, hate it, hate it.  So I have not been a happy camper lately.  I would pay anyone just about anything to get them to move for me.

3.  I have the sweetest and most adorable cat in the world.  Her name is Little Buttercup, and in the past 14 months she has brought more joy into my life than I could imagine.  She's such a good stress-reducer, she loves me to pieces which is always a nice ego boost, and she's funny as heck.  Here's Buttercup then, when we rescued her:

 Buttercup at 7 weeks

And here she is now, all grown up and clearly queen of all she surveys, lying on my letters and a bag full of art supplies she "helped me" open:

 Buttercup at 16 months; linkup to Favorite Photo Friday

3.  I love audiobooks.  They have gotten me through the past 7 years of a 150 mile commute, but I still "read" them any time I'm in the car. I've pulled over to the side of the road to cry at sad parts, sat in the car for 10 minutes after arriving home to finish a good part, even gone out for a drive because I wanted to hear another chapter.  If you want any recommendations, I've got 'em.  (Two words:  Tana French)

4.  I love grammar.  It's a chicken-and-egg kind of thing:  Did I become an English prof because I loved grammar, or did I come to love grammar once I was headed toward being an English prof?  The trouble is that not everyone else loves grammar, and I never correct anyone else.  Here's a question for you -- if I were to offer a course through community college extension or something like that, on "grammar for writers,"  not the whole kit and kaboodle but on the things that will really make you a better writer, do you think anyone would sign up??

5.  I love Jimi Hendrix and always will.  For a long time, I've had a vision of myself as a little old lady, driving down the street with "Purple Haze" blasting from the open windows . . . I'm not quite there yet, but maybe soon -- 

So there you have it.  What are the five things you want to share?



TexWisGirl said...

congrats on surviving one month! :) your kitten/cat is gorgeous! :)

Dotti said...

Thank you for visiting me at Camper! I'm so happy to find your blog; I've bookmarked it so I can visit again.

I retired at the end of December and I love it! I hope you will, too. My daughter, after enduring a 100-mile per day commute will begin working in our hometown next month. We're overjoyed!

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Anonymous said...

I would never have guessed the Jimi Hendrix!!! Once a flower child always a flower child ;)

Helen said...

Sounds like you retirement is going to be very fulfilling. I like the Jimi Hendrix idea very much!

Nancy Claeys said...

I remember when you first got Buttercup. :)

Roan said...

Lucky you! I'm not quite to retirement yet, but not that much longer. It scares me a little. What will I find to do all day?

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thanks, everyone -- Danielle, what you said is absolutely true -- I want to write soon about the music of our youths and how it sticks with us. That will address the Jimi Hendrix phenomenon.

Roan, if you're an active person, you will be active during your retirement. I have a list as long as my arm of things I want/need to do.

Chris Flynn said...

Oh yes... I'll sign up for your class! Grammar for Writers! How about through the Rec centers? senior centers? Be a speaker at one of the bookshops? Let me know,I'll be there!

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thanks for your answer, Chris! It's something I'm really thinking about --

Deanna said...

This was so fun reading about you. Congrats on your retirement...I have been retired for quite a few years and altho I miss seeing those that I grew to love I sure don't miss the work part. Your little kitty is so sweet and I would definitely sign up for a class on better grammar for us bloggers....but you have to title it something fun for attraction.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Transitions always take time ~ am sure you know that ~ Now is time for you to do what you want! Awsome photography especially of your dear cat ~ she is adorable ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Jenny said...

One month! Congratulations!

Your cat is quite sweet!

She looks cuddly!

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Found your link on ROY and enjoyed reading your 5 facts! Hope your move is going well!

Ginny said...

Hi, Just blog hopping and found you today. I retired from education six years ago. I loved what I did so there are things I will always miss but I have found lots of new things that I love to do. I do think people would come to a class. Great idea.