Wednesday, September 12, 2007

8 random things

Julie tagged me for this meme, so here are 8 random facts about me:

1. My favorite cakes to eat are coconut cake and caramel cake.

2. My favorite cakes to make are pound cakes.

3. I like rainy and cloudy days. Living in upstate New York for 3 1/2 years was great for the overcast days. Living in southern California for 3 1/2 years was hard because of the scarcity of cloudy and rainy days.

4. Someday I would like to have a canoe.

5. I always wear or bring a cardigan when I go anywhere.

6. When I was little (from the age of 4 until I was 11) I loved to swing so much that I frequently wore out the chains on my swing. I would swing for hours in all kinds of weather, except for heavy rain. On Saturdays I would swing all day, until it was time to go to bed. I was very weird. But my parents always knew where I was!

7. I love road trips.

8. The best idea I ever had was when I was 10 and I made paperdoll dollhouses using magazine pictures of rooms that I propped up in my bedroom windows. This kept me and two of my cousins occupied for the summer.

And I tag



Blogger Dana said...

Yum! I love pound cake, too.

Dana in GA

PS Dont worry about the tag thing.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Donna Boucher said...

That swinging thing is odd. Really.
I can imagine it in a dark comedy.
The camera would pan out to the swing set and there you would be.
Always swinging.

I liked to swing too. But not to that extent. I like to rock tho.
I was the child always rocking in a rocking chair...and I rocked my head back and forth on my pillow to get to sleep.

I wondered if I was not help enough as a baby. Like those monkeys who run back and forth in their cages.

Do you come from a very large family? I can't remember.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I know, Donna, I think it's really odd, too - and I'm the one who did it!

I would swing when I was worried, or sad, or bored, or happy. It was a kind of self-soothing mechanism, really. Like an alcoholic running for the drink cabinet as soon as she walks in the door, I ran for the swing the minute I got home from school, and stayed on it until I had to go in for supper.

I never had a pacifier, or a "blankie" or a favorite stuffed animal - I had THE SWING. Maybe my attachment to it was the reason I never enjoyed going to the beach on the rare occasions that we went...

No, just me and my brother. You think it's some kind of attachment disorder? Hehe!

And I rocked in bed to get to sleep, too. But I don't anymore, and swinging now makes me dizzy and sick. Which kind of proves my oft-said mantra that one pretty much outgrows all childish habits by 18, if not before!

(I like the dark comedy idea... .)

1:25 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

More web-analysis here:

You know, the more I think about it, I'm pretty certain that the swing-obsession started with school, when my parents put me in pre-school at age 4. I hated it. After that I hated kindergarten, then first grade, and every grade and begged my parents to take me out of school and let me stay home.

I probably should have been medicated. Instead I self-medicated with The Swing!

1:30 PM  
Blogger Donna Boucher said...


Me too.

I went to kindergarten when I was four! (I turned five late in Sept) I have always felt this was way too early for me and blame lots of odd behaviors and terrible grades on this :o)

I actually think the fact that we learned to soothe outselves is quite good.

I have not owned a rocking chair in a long, long time.
But right about now...
I have an urge to rock a bit.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Wool Winder said...

I don't think it's so weird that you loved to swing so much. I did too, though I don't remember wearing out any chains, so maybe I wasn't as obsessed with it as you. I still remember swinging when I was in high school, but then we moved and we didn't put a swing at our new house. I wish I had a swing in the yard now. Think of all the good exercise I could be getting.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Tracy, is swinging good exercise? I wonder if I could overcome that inner-ear problem and swing for exercise... Probably not. I'm better off in a rocking chair. Not as far to fall.

I'm glad to know you loved swinging, too.

6:08 PM  

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