Friday Fun: What’s Surprising About You?

Don’t you love how daily life offers so many great decent ideas for blog posts? This week I was being interviewed for a magazine article and one of the questions was, “What is something about you that writers would be surprised to know?”

Of course, I share so much about myself on the blog and on Twitter that I figured nothing about me would surprise anyone. So I asked a couple of my friends for help. They came up with a short list.

Herewith (because I was never one for keeping the “mystery” in the relationship), a few things you might find surprising about me:

→ I love scuba diving and I met my husband on a scuba excursion. He was the divemaster.

→ In my town, at my church, and at my kids’ school, I’m just another mom. Nobody knows I’m an agent. (I guess that would make me a secret agent.)

→ I like to crochet. I bake a lot. And the crockpot is my friend. Call me Suzie Homemaker.

→ For pure pleasure and mind-candy I regularly read…(gasp) People Magazine!

→ For ten years I’ve been keeping a journal in which I list every book I read.

→ Despite the wide variety of books I read, I just don’t like fantasy. Sorry. (Wait, I don’t think that one is a surprise.)

→ My favorite drink (besides coffee) is (wait, besides Merlot, too) is a Washington apple martini. Yum.

→ Oh, almost forgot Diet Coke. That too.

What is something about YOU that your fellow blog readers might be surprised to know?

Tell us in the comments.

Have a good weekend!

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  4. Mechelle Fogelsong on November 9, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    >I fence.

    The sword kind, not the chain link kind.

  5. Liesl on November 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    >Lori I think that sounds like a great story opener! Talk about curious.

    Despite my affinity for romance, I really don't like my husband to bring me flowers under any circumstance, and I hate jewelry. My wedding ring is all I wear.

    Other than that, my brother was shocked to learn that I like to listen to Survivor and Van Halen while I run. Gets the blood pumping!

  6. Lori Benton on November 9, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    >I have a tattoo, but I never wanted it.

  7. Dayspring on November 9, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    >At 11 I won the American national spelling bee for Christian schools.

    At 14 I stood in line for three hours to meet Michael Crawford, the original Phantom of the Opera.

    At age 16 I worked as a chiropractic therapist. I had no qualifications.

    At 19 I moved to Scotland and have been there ever since. And at 23 I married the lawyer who helped me get my work permit.

    I once wrote a murder mystery script based on the 6th-century court of the Byzantine emperor Justinian. Because there aren't any on the market, surprisingly.

    I have been to Istanbul a few times and can speak some Turkish.

  8. Kate on November 8, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    >This was a wonderful and unexpected prompt. I had not thought about this before and it gave me the inspiration for a post comparing my job as a cake decorator with my passion for writing. I would've never thought of it if it had not been for this post, so thank you.

  9. Katherine Jenkins on November 8, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    >What's suprising about me? So many things! First of all, I married a monk and am writing a book about it! Next, my living room has become a place where amazing things happen…where people of all different backgrounds, beliefs, traditions and nationalities come together. I feel truly blessed! Rather than try to control this wheel of life, I'm letting it take me where I need to go and it's an amazing process. Peace to you and all you do, Kathy

  10. Mindy Obenhaus on November 8, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    >My husband is the scuba person in our house, though my fourteen year old son is quickly becoming interested.

    I go to Sonic every morning like some go to Starbucks. Can't get rolling without at least a large Diet Coke.

    I've also processed my own deer meat. That's something I don't care to repeat. Takes WAY too much time.

    Oh, and I make a mean chicken fried steak.

  11. A man called Valance on November 8, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    >I'm a Brit.

  12. randi shaw on November 8, 2009 at 1:58 AM

    >sorry to repost,
    for some odd reason my blog page says it is not there when clicking on my name, it is, it is there it is under randishaw

    i might have copied the url incorrectly.

    thanks, and

  13. randi shaw on November 8, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    >Hi, finding this site is a blessing.

    Since I do not think I am that interesting, I mean I am interesting but I have to stop and think
    What might be interesting about me?

    Let’s see, I am ambidextrous, I can write with my left or right hand, I actually perfected this in grade four so I could use my left hand in case I broke my right wrist or arm. And, therefore, I would not miss time away from school. I write with either hand. What was I thinking? ‘Smiling'

    I was born in Copenhagen. I visited Canada and the States as a kid. I wanted to return and I did.
    I do count in Danish and I think in Danish. I have lost my Danish accent though!

    After approaching several banks, I obtained a business loan. The chocolate shop was born. I catered to the corporate; I did extremely well with the marketing and the promotions. The business was a success.
    The niche’ was, Imported Belgian chocolates. Other chocolate shops did use Belgian chocolate and Canadian ingredients. I offered something unique… IMPORTED Belgian chocolates.

    I am honest when I say that I did not gain weight. Not one single ounce and I devoured the chocolates. I did eat more than a dozen chocolates every day for three years. I only ate the Dark Chocolates.

    When my husband was transferred to another province, I sold the business. I miss it, It was a very interesting and wonderful experience. However, there were stressful times as well.

    I love oil painting and sketching.

    and, I prefer to write my name in all lower case letters.

    It is interesting to ask "what is there about you that is interesting?"

    It caused me to stop in my tracks and think. "hey randi, what is there about you that is interesting?" laugh!1!

    I do know what IS of interest to me…this site! And, I will be spending a great deal of time browsing through every topic and link…it is fantastic.

    I have very, very recently started my own blog, it is still a baby blog, smiling!

    It is more like a journal of sorts. Writing and rambling is what it is. A little of this and a little of that, whatever comes to mind I write about. And, mostly it is about me.

    My passion is writing and I am currently writing a fiction-fantasy novel.

    Thank you for allowing me to share.

  14. Yamile on November 8, 2009 at 1:19 AM

    >Terresa, I love dulce de leche, noquis and asado too. I have to add mate to the list. But that's not a secret at all.
    Jason, I'm amazed. I don't even know what all those languages mean (computers, I know). One day I'd like to learn.

  15. Jessica on November 7, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    >I'm not sure anything on your list was too surprising except the book journal. Wow!! I've never heard of someone doing that. It sounds pretty cool.

    I'm not sure there's anything surprising about me. I think I already told everyone in the blogosphere that I eat some form of chocolate everyday, and that I read pretty much everyday. I'm addicted to those two things.
    Not sure there's anything else surprising… well, sometimes my hubby likes to give people a shocker by telling them that rap/hip hop is my favorite kind of music. 😉 It's only surprising if you know me in person though.

    Interesting stuff! I loved reading all of these answers. Many of the commenters have done and know some amazing, unique things.

  16. C.J. Darlington on November 7, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    >Oh, for crying out loud. These sort of questions are so hard to answer about yourself! I do have a few though…

    I've never read Jane Austen, or watched any of the movies based on her books. (Ducking tomatoes as we speak.)

    I'm a licensed amateur radio operator and know Morse Code.

    I was homeschooled Grades 1-12 (but I don't think that's a secret anymore!)

  17. Tricia on November 7, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    >Here's two most people don't know about me:

    1. I used to be a paid model. I'm a few weeks away from turning forty-five and I look every bit my age: gravity, neglect, hips spreading over the chair as I write endlessly. I will never tell someone to their face that I was a model in Santa Barbara for ten years; I simply don't want to see their expressions of disbelief as they look closer.

    2. I wear hearing aids. They are in-the-ear and hidden. I don't advertise it but don't exactly hide it either. I've needed them all my life and finally got a pair in my twenties. Besides the obvious, one of the effects was gained confidence and self-esteem. The bad effects was I stopped reading books for awhile to go to the movies and watch TV–something I never did before because I couldn't hear.
    I'm back to reading. I hate TV.

  18. Stephanie Shott on November 7, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    >I'm much like Rachelle in the fact that I'm basically an open book. My blog is evidence of that. But I did come up with a a few surprises.

    – I met my husband in a bar. He was the drummer in the band. (That was B.C. – before Christ).

    – I may be a missionary girl, but I'm really a sissy. An adventurous sissy to core.

    – I hate to fly (this falls under the sissy category).

    – I'm passionate about politics and preserving out country's godly heritage. I secretly would love to run for office. I guess it's not a secret now.

    That's all I can think of now, but it was fun to reflect on those not-so-obvious areas of our lives.

  19. Rick Barry on November 7, 2009 at 5:07 AM

    >The amazing thing to me about this article is how many diverse things you manage to stay involved in, Rachelle. I was already impressed at your daily blog, which must take time from your agenting hours. You DO still sleep, don't you?

    Surprising things about me? Well, twice I've jumped out of perfectly good airplanes (in flight) just for the fun of it. With a parachute, of course. I've also visited Russia and Ukraine over 30 times, with additional trips to Argentina, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Turkey (I'm there right now) and other locales. Oh, and I'm a member of the 44th Bomb Group Veterans Association.

  20. Wendy Lawton on November 7, 2009 at 3:58 AM

    >I was a home economics major in college. (Does that date me?) Back in the day I could tailor a man's suit, organize a household and make an impressive souffle. And, like Rachelle, I loved to crochet.

    What fun to read all these secret facts.

  21. Terresa on November 7, 2009 at 1:58 AM

    >I have a rose tattoo. I love to eat noquis, asado, and dulce de leche. And sometimes I snore.

    Fun post!

  22. Sharon Mayhew on November 7, 2009 at 12:01 AM

    >I keep a list of all the books I read too. I also keep a spreadsheet on my daily exercise.

  23. Catherine M. on November 6, 2009 at 11:53 PM

    >I've always wanted to be a professional figure skater. Often as I listen to music, I'll imagine myself as this amazing skater moving to the rhythm of the music, making incredible jumps with perfect landings, simply gliding across the ice.

    I don't have the body for it, never have, never will. And I've never set foot on the ice. I'm afraid I'll make a fool of myself, and then all those daydreams will be gone forever.

  24. Heather Sunseri on November 6, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    >Rachelle, you and I have a lot in common. Scuba diving, crockpot, Merlot, Diet Coke, I actually prefer a Pomegranate martini, but I'm willing to try the Washington apple.

    Things that might surprise my fellow blog readers:

    1. The things listed above.
    2. Met my husband in the infield of the Kentucky Derby (now, that's a story!)
    3. Despite the items listed above, I'm very much a homebody.

  25. emilymurdoch on November 6, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    >Great post! So much fun — I loved reading everyone's responses.

    Here we go:

    1) I'm a lefty. As a child in catholic school (only kindergarten and first grade) the nuns tried with all their might to turn me into a righty, but I was having none of it.

    So, people notice with interest when I write with my left, but do a serious doubletake (like when signing papers for our house) to see that my husband is a lefty, too.

    Considering that leftys make up less than 3% of the population, I did a doubletake, also, when I first met my husband.

    He's only the second lefty I've known in my life. The first was my best friend at age seven — pure coincidence, also.

    2) (While we're on the subject of hands): My husband likes to tease me about my supposed "writer's hands", calloused from the physical labor I do for the horses on our ranch. Being a writer, I'm supposed to have soft hands, right?

    3) I sing to the dogs. I sing them to sleep at night, making up new words to old tunes, but also, each dog has their own song with their own name in it.

    4)I'm at the end of Query Road! I start agent revisions on my YA novel, Brave New Girl, next week.

    What excites me most about it? I plan for a portion of the book proceeds to go toward saving the Pryor Mountain Mustang herd in Montana.

    You can read about these wild horses, here:

    5) Which brings us to, I'm extremely passionate about saving America's wild horse herds — as passionate as I am about writing.

  26. Brandi G. on November 6, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    >I'm a very private person usually (except when you get some tequila in me), so my list is probably a lot longer than most's.

    1. I have a low tolerance for pain, but I giggled the whole time I was getting a tattoo (which people can't believe I have one).

    2. I have a cheesy/corny sense of humor and laugh at simple things.

    3. I can roll around in mud and be perfectly fine, until my hands get dirty…and then I have to wash them.

    4. That childhood rule of "Don't talk to strangers" still keeps me from approaching people.

    5. I'm a redneck girlie girl. I'll pair camouflage with ballerina flats.

    6. People think I'm stuck up, but I'm just extremely shy. Go figure.

  27. R. K. Mortenson on November 6, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    >I also appreciate your secret agentness, Rachelle. 🙂

    I once worked as a hardware salesman.
    and a bank teller.
    and at a construction site.
    and at McDonalds…for one month.

    I love classical music.
    and hip hop.

    I had a mohawk once
    for one day.
    Then I shaved my head cueball smooth.

    I've been to every continent save two: South America (I have been to Mexico though) and Antarctica.

    I like Reddiwhip straight from the can.

    I've read Moby-Dick in its entirety. Took me three years.

  28. DCS on November 6, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    >I've competed in the Pikes Peak Ascent trail race four times (13 miles with 8000 feet of climbing for you flatlanders)and done it in under four hours every time except once.

  29. Arabella on November 6, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    >I'm absolutely obsessed with natural health and have been studying how the body works for years. I love mild exercise (yoga, etc), sunshine, and cod liver oil. This is not really a surprise, but my other obsession is Enlightenment history and literature. Another really strange one (not in my opinion) is my love for accordion music in all its forms, especially Mexican and Texan accordionistas.

    Wow, that felt really good to tell the world. The hero in my book is an accordion player, and the heroine is the owner of a health food shop, not surprisingly!

  30. Em-Musing on November 6, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    >I have a deep and strong Christian spirituality. I don't talk about it with everyone, only to those who open the door.

  31. Crystal Laine Miller on November 6, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    >I loved this topic.

    I guess my thing is that I competed in international championship trapshooting (NOT skeet) and own (and have flown with) my custom 12-gauge shotgun made by the finest gunmakers in the world, the (Italian) Perazzis. It has both singles and doubles interchangeable barrels.

    My coach is( and was) a world class champion who trained even snipers. My husband was third in the world one day in the championship singles handicap.

  32. Julie Gillies on November 6, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    >So, Rachelle, you're incognito. I think I'll always picture you in a trench coat from now on. LOL

    What a hoot reading all of these secrets.


    I once flew all the way to Scotland at the age of 24 to meet a gentleman pen-pal, thinking it would be romantic and wonderful. It wasn't.

    I'm a candle freak. When we moved to Florida from Michigan we lost our fireplace, so to make up for it, I light candles.

    I bake up a frenzy when I'm stressed. I find it relaxing.

    I don't read romance novels EXCEPT Christmasy ones, and only during November and December. It's my annual sappy splurge.

    My maiden name is Dillinger, and I once worked as a bank teller before I married. I got fake held-up at least twice a week by customers who thought they were hilarious.

  33. Joanne Sher on November 6, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    >What a fun post!

    Lessee…I think snakes and bugs and things like that are COOL. I used to be the bug killer in my girls' dorm in college. Everyone else RAN!

  34. Rachelle on November 6, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    >Camille, as long as it doesn't sound like the Johnny Rivers song, we're good.

    Also, you're not going to be in the closet about being a "romantic" when your book comes out!

  35. Camille Cannon Eide on November 6, 2009 at 12:22 PM


    I am no surprise to those who know me best because they know I'm a walking paradox:

    I like action flicks AND Jane Austen flicks.

    I play bass guitar and bake cinnamon rolls.

    I like Classical and Classic Rock (they are more closely related than you might think)

    I ride a rumbling v-twin but I fear carrying a doggy-bag out of a restaurant.

    I’m artsy AND anal.

    I’m an ex-stoner/hippie who’s a lot more right wing than you might think.

    I’m a cool, hardheaded, logic-minded NON-girlie girl but also a closet romantic

    I forget a lot of important things but I never forget phone numbers or driving directions.

    I can’t figure out football, but I can navigate cross coutnry without a GPS.

    I love the smell of freesia. And I always thought the lyrics to "Blinded by the Light" that say "revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night" were saying something else entirely.

    Rachelle, I’m going to write a song about you, Secret Agent girl. 🙂

  36. Reesha on November 6, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    >I make pop-up books filled with secret codes for my brothers to figure out and be amazed at their older sister's coolness.

    I used to teach Origami.

    My favorite food is lutefisk.

  37. Christina Davis on November 6, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    >I cannot believe people in your community don't know you're an agent!

    When my husband goes out of town for business I eat onion rings every day he's gone. He hates the smell of onions so I don't eat them when he's here because I love him. But when he's gone I load up. DO NOT TELL ANYONE WHAT I SAID. My blog followers don't know this either, they probably think I'm neat and picky and would never stuff down onion rings 3 days in a row.

  38. Erica Vetsch on November 6, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    >My motto is: Nothing from the sea. I don't eat seafood in any way, shape, or form.

    I can't walk on manhole covers or sidewalk grating.

    Heights scare the hoo-ha out of me.

    I own more than 70 John Wayne movies. Pilgrim. 🙂

    Have a great weekend.

  39. Caroline Starr Rose on November 6, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    >My claim to fame is having stayed in the room Hemingway rented while writing The Sun Also Rises. It's in an old Spanish castle outside of Pamplona and happens to be the family property of dear friends.

  40. Carol Benedict on November 6, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    >My sense of direction is so bad that I've been lost hundreds, possibly thousands, of times. My husband has to write down landmarks for me along with the street names every time I go somewhere besides the local stores. Even with that help, probably 80% of my cell phone use is related to me calling someone because I can't find the place I'm looking for.

    In high school I planned to study business and become a secretary, but I was so bad at typing that my teacher offered to give me a passing grade (which I did not deserve) if I would promise never to take another typing class. So I went to college instead.

  41. Kat Harris on November 6, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    >I'm a distant relative of Evel Knievel.

  42. Anonymous on November 6, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    >Talk about too much information!
    Did we really need to be grossed out about the zits? Like characters, often it's best to keep some secrets and retain a sense of mystery…The others sound pretty tame to me–no ex-porn stars? No ex-cons? LOL

  43. Cole Gibsen on November 6, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    >Great post!

    I recently came forward with my own secret information in my latest blog post. Two things that might suprise people:

    1. I roomed with a stripper during my last year of high school.

    2. I train dogs professionally, competing at advanced levels in obedience and agility. I have also trained protection and narcotic dogs for the police and millitary.

  44. Rachel on November 6, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    >Rachelle, I have long wondered if you told the other moms about your job! I'm so glad you divulged this tidbit.

    I homeschool my three kids, run 25 miles a week, and play violin professionally. However, while I manage to make myself sound somewhat hardcore, I cannot consistently wake up with my alarm. I oversleep every livelong day. I am addicted to sunless tanner, and if cigarettes weren't bad for me, I'd smoke a pack a day. Like I did in college. 🙂

  45. Dara on November 6, 2009 at 10:50 AM


    Well, my husband was my first boyfriend–never had any relationship experience before him. So, I don't have the "dreaded ex" like many people do.

    I'm terrified of the water. Can't swim; have no desire to learn (the mandatory swimming class in high school couldn't end fast enough!).

    I dreamed of being an archeologist–and still do, in some ways.

    I crochet occassionally, although I only know a couple of patterns/stitches.

    I have a weakness for good anime and manga…as well as spending hours on YouTube watching and/or making animated music videos 😛

  46. Rosslyn Elliott on November 6, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    >When I was twelve, I kept a poster of George Michael on my wall and occasionally kissed it.

    Ah, the disappointing realizations adulthood brings. LOL!

  47. writer jim on November 6, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    >I was in a mall resturaunt seated by a window. A pretty young lady walked past. She was very trim, except for her sexy bottom, that I found myself staring at until she disappeared. Ten minutes later, here she came…going the other way. Wiggle, wiggle, WIGGLE she went. I HAD to take action: I got up and went out, and CAUSED us to meet. I said, "HI, you're pretty!" In two months I married Roxanne.

    Just prior to meeting Roxie that day, she had changed her life, and went forward at church to receive Christ. Immediately, she prayed to God to send her a Christian to marry. We've been together 35 years now. She knows that every day I have one thing on my mind: loving God and obeying Him. She is a most wonderful wife, helping me faithfully to serve our wonderful God.

  48. Lynnda - Passionate for the Glory of God on November 6, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    >Good morning Rachelle,

    It's fun to learn surprises about people as we get to know each other.

    Here are some of mine:

    1. I love to whistle hymns.
    2. I was 40 years old when I graduated from college with an electrical engineering degree.
    3. I took a baby boa constrictor to church to use as an object lesson in the young adults Sunday School class I was teaching. (Boy, did that cause a stir in the church!)

    Enjoy your week-end.

    Be blessed,


  49. Teri on November 6, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    >These are fun to read.

    Andrew, that was a fun contrast.
    GAG, Angie. ; )
    Shelly, I like that French music idea. That's something I would do.

  50. Roxane B. Salonen on November 6, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    >Alright, here goes:

    I've been known (by a few flies on walls) to drink pickle juice when the pickles are all gone.

    I'm a distant relative of Bach (the composer).

    I grew up on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in NE Montana, but I'm a non-Native.

    I am a cantor at our church.

    My favorite drink is a white chocolate mocha. (Think I'll go get one now…)

  51. Teri on November 6, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    >It surprises – no, SHOCKS my friends that I follow the UFC. Cosely.

    And that I like cigars.

    And that I used to ditch class in high school most of the time.

    Ha, that makes me sound like a rebel of some sort. I'm not! I'm super girly and a researcher, I love Medieval History and lip gloss, I have six kids….ok, that usually shocks strangers. I know they think I'm making it up.

  52. Candee Fick on November 6, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    >Thanks for sharing – especially about being a "secret" agent. I needed the smile today.

    About me? My husband and I were set up by matchmaking students and got engaged three weeks after our first date. (And married less than three months later.)

    I failed art in 4th grade (this from the straight A student in high school and college).

    I'm a bookaholic (Okay, that one's not a surprise.)

    I'm also a Susie Homemaker – crochet, quilt, scrapbook, homemade salsa, cookie jar, etc.

  53. Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side on November 6, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    >Hey! I keep a list of books I've read too. I think mine goes back to 1997, but I also think I've forgotten to add some recently. Better get on that today . . .

    My little surprise that even my friends don't know is that I like to listen to French music when I'm working around the house. Something about it just makes me happy, even though I have no idea what they're saying.

  54. Ellen B on November 6, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    >I really love that you're a secret agent, Rachelle – mostly because I'm such an open book, I can't imagine having a great career and not bragging like crazy!

    There aren't manu surprising things about me.

    I still bite my nails at 25, which is rare. But I won't bite them on Fridays or Sundays because of an old rhyme that says it's bad luck, and I make a special effort to bite them on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays because of the same rhyme.

  55. Kristen Torres-Toro on November 6, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    >Hmm… Something about me no one knows…. I used to detail cars and LOVED it. It's a pretty random job for someone like me.

    Have a great weekend!

  56. David A. Todd on November 6, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    >I lived with my family five years in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. We were planning to live in Kuwait for ten or more years till Sadaam Hussein kicked me out.

  57. Rachel H. Evans on November 6, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    >Secret agent. Awesome.

    Things that might surprise people about me:

    1) I'm obsessed with college football, and never miss an Alabama game.

    2) I run three miles a day. (It's always a bummer when I mention this and folks respond with "really?")

    3) I love Oprah.

    4) Since childhood, I've hated carbonated beverages.

  58. Kate on November 6, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    >The only one I can think of is that I can still do the splits. Hmm might return if I think of something better


  59. yarnbuck on November 6, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    >Reminds me of the ice-breaker game we've done in Sunday schools, supper clubs, etc. You tell 2 truths and 1 lie about yourself. Everybody has to guess the lie. 'Course in a venue like this, there aren't enough presupositions for me to set anybody up. But try the game sometime. It's even better if you've been around the other folks for a couple of years.

  60. T. Anne on November 6, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    >I used to work on a locked psych unit, for a small eternity. I loved it.

    I live next door to my MIL and sadly no statue has been erected for me in the neighborhood 😉

    I home school.

    And Rachelle, that island you met you hubby off of? I wrote a YA series based on it. It was simply too inspiring to look at.

  61. Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought on November 6, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    >Secret agent—Nice!

    My kind of post. Fun to learn more about you, Rachelle.

    Here are a few of mine:

    I’m proud to admit I can croak like a frog. My sister tried for hours to emulate the frog noise and almost foamed at the mouth in her desperate attempt to be so cool.

    I get really excited about a competitive game of Charades.

    I recently learned I’m a pacing soccer mom. I used to laugh at how my dad would pace at my sister’s games and now look at me!

    And for another soccer related secret…I used to fake hyperventilating during soccer games in elementary school. Healthy, I know. 😀

    I can be alone and feel 100% comfortable laughing.

    Few things embarrass me.

    I’m not scared of bugs.

    Jody, our Samoyed eats baby wipes. Rachelle, I’d like a Washington apple martini tonight. Yum.
    ~ Wendy

  62. Matthew Meadors on November 6, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    >In light of yesterday's horrible shooting at Ft. Hood, I'll start off with that I was born in the Ft. Hood hospital.

    I used to compete in powerlifting and took third in the nationals one year.

    Played football against Bill Goldberg (the famous pro wrestler) for 6 years in junior high and high school.

    Played football with Dennis Byrd (broke his neck while playing for NY Jets) while at the University of Tulsa.

    My wife and I are high school sweethearts. Started going steady the day after I turned 16.

    My wife and I love romantic comedies.

  63. Matilda McCloud on November 6, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    >I watch The Sound of Music every time it's on TV (same with Legally Blonde)

    My favorite 2 hours a week is singing in my women's choir

    I'm a vegetarian, but can't give up eating hamburgers in diners or Chicken Tikka Masala in Indian restaurants

    I write a blog devoted just to frogs (really)

  64. Richard Mabry on November 6, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    >Before I went to medical school I played semi-pro baseball–could throw the curve ball but couldn't hit it.

  65. DL Hammons on November 6, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    >Most of my acquaintences are unaware that I lack the sense of smell. Never had one. Even though my family and close friends know about my malady, they still stick things under my nose and ask me to take a whiff. I just smile and say … "Smells like chicken."

  66. CKHB on November 6, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    >I am terrified of hypodermic needles, to the point where I have had dental work done without novocaine because I'm more scared of needles than I am of drills.

    On the other hand, I have no fear of heights. We went bungee jumping on our honeymoon. My husband still hasn't forgiven me for that…

  67. Heidi Cautrell on November 6, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    >It's interesting to read all the little tidbits that people have to make them stand out in a crowd.

    As for me, I'm a computer programmer by trade and I play World of Warcraft in my spare time. That's right, I'm a gamer girl. Who writes fan fiction for a lot of her WoW characters. I even went so far as to tear a few of them out of WoW and put them into my own world because I was so attached to them. After all, I can't publish fan fiction!

  68. Katie Ganshert on November 6, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    >You're leading a secret double life! Mom by day, agent by night! Love your list.

    Surprising things about me? I'm sort of a "what you see is what you get" kind of gal, so that's a tough one…

    So how about silly things about me?

    – I have a crush on Colin Firth of which my husband is completely aware.

    – I get up at 4 a.m. every weekday morning and I love it.

    – I have a bowl of ice cream smothered in Hersheys syrup every night. I really can't help myself.

    – My husband and I have a very cliched romance story. People ask how we met. I say, "He was the hot delivery guy. I was the besotted receptionist. He asked me out. I screamed yes, and we lived happily ever after."

    – I love the smell of my lab's ears. Weird, I know.

  69. Jason on November 6, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    >Like Yamille, I speak five languages…Java, Javascript, C++, C#, and VB .NET. As far as I know I don't speak them in my sleep. 🙂

    Most folks at work are surprised to hear I write fiction…most folks who meet me are surprised to hear I write code.

  70. Lisa Jordan on November 6, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    >Hmm, not sure what would surprise people about me. I'm kind of an open book–at times, that gets me into trouble. 🙂

    Other than many people not believing I'm 40 (no, I don't look my age. Love that!) with a son who is a freshman in college, I'd say some people would be surprised to learn I eloped with my hubby. He was a Marine home on leave and came into the restaurant where I was working for the summer. I fell in love (lust?) with him as soon as I saw him. I was talking to a couple of friends at the time. I said to them, "You see that guy over there? I don't him. I've never seen him before in my life, but I'm going to marry him." We dated long distance for 18 months–in the days before e-mail and cell phones (as we know them today). I planned to transfer to a university closer to his Marine base and he got orders to S.C., which added 10 more hours to our distance. Three weeks after Hurricane Hugo wrecked havoc on Charleston, SC, I moved down there and we eloped. We just celebrated our 20th anniversary.

    I'm very much a Suzy Homemaker, too. I love to crochet, stamp, and scrapbook.

  71. Scott on November 6, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    >I absolutely love Anne of Green Gables – the book and the first two movies. I cry every single time I read the book or watch the movie, oh, and I laugh out loud too.

    In the first week I owned the movie Mamma Mia I watched it every single day, and did the sing-along twice. No, I can't sing, but my cat thinks I can, so what else matters?

    I love, love, love to cook. I love to take a basic recipe and Scottify it into something amazing. Okay, every now and then one of my experiments is not so amazing. But I haven't put anyone in the hospital yet from my cooking experiments. Yet.

    I love hotdogs on the grill, almost charred to perfection.

    I . . .

    Well, as much as I share on my blog, there's still a lot I keep to myself. The rest I'll spill on Oprah once she announces my book is the next Oprah Book Club selection. : )


  72. ginny martyn on November 6, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    >I have a bible degree. (I'm working on a do-over in writing/lit.)

    My second toe is longer than my first.

    My friends thinks I'm allergic to sea food. I'm not allergic I just hate it.

  73. Emily Ashton on November 6, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    >The biggest shock to those around me would probably be that I am a writer. Everyone knows that I love to tell stories, in fact my boss specifically invited me to lunch to be a "buffer" between two awkward co-workers because, as he said, "You can talk and keep everyone laughing."

    But, I doubt any of them would realize I actually put the words on paper and, because I prefer to write mysteries, most of it isn't funny!

  74. Jenni on November 6, 2009 at 7:40 AM

    >I LOVE the reading journal idea. I just might have to borrow that one.

    Things about me:

    I am sort of a health nut six days a week. But that seventh day I cheat. Sometimes with – gasp – McDonalds.

    I love everything Disney. I love Disney world, I have Mickey head placemats and Tinkerbell Christmas ornaments. That's a side-effect of living near Orlando, I think.

    I live for planning parties. I harbor not-so-secret event design ambitions.

  75. Krista Phillips on November 6, 2009 at 7:36 AM

    >Surprising Krista things:

    I met a guy in an Internet chatroom when I was 17… married him when I was 18… had my first baby at 19. It is our running joke that I helped increase the teen pregnancy rate.

    *sniff* That little girl is NINE today. Blah BLAH! How do they get so old?!?

    Um… I am addicted to the bachelor/bachelorette. I know I shouldn't… but it's my splurge.

    I have a love affair with anything chocolate with caramel.

    Okay, I know there is more, but it's too early in the morning to think of anything!

  76. Alexis @ tobebeautiful on November 6, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    >I'm addicted to Starbucks (and I don't even feel bad that it's a corporate chain).

    I am an avid collector of children's books and children's movies (and, yes, even Barney). I guess you can say I'm a kid at heart.

    Since I was four, I have wanted a ballet stage in my room. I never got it, but you can count on seeing one in my future daughter's room someday!

    I have conversations with other people in my car…even when they're not there.

    I'm super shy, but once you get to know me, I am super outgoing. Seriously.

    I hate going to parties. I think they are the most awkward things on the earth.

    And last but not least- not too many years ago, my goal in life was to be Britney Spears. 🙂

  77. Simon C. Larter on November 6, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    >And I just posted one of those "seven things about you" bits the other day, too. It's not hard to find things people don't know about you when you've only been blogging for two months, but here're three, just for fun:

    1. Tattoos. One so far, three pending.

    2. I sometimes play Stokowski's orchestral transcription of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor at full volume in the car, then air conduct. People look at me funny when they pass me.

    3. I have no fear of heights, as my day job involves climbing on roofs and (occasionally) 500' tall industrial chimneys.

    There ya go. Me in a pistachio shell (that's all that would fit).

  78. Sharon A. Lavy on November 6, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    >I went snorkeling in Cancun years ago. The guide held my right hand. He was impressed when I finally quit pinching my nose shut with my left hand and trusted the nose piece and breathing tube.

    Planning a trip to Cancun in February. Snorkeling will be part of the trip.

    I love to READ about scuba diving but~~shudder~~shudder. I am a wimp.

    Great post Rachelle.

  79. Lydia Sharp on November 6, 2009 at 7:21 AM

    >You and I have a lot in common, Rachelle. 🙂

    Something about me?

    As a tween, I was addicted to the Sweet Valley High series.

    As an adult, I'm addicted to peanut butter.

    When the movie Titanic was released, I splurged and went to see it in the theater three times…and cried every time. Not at the end, though. At the part where the violinist does a solo and they show a clip of the Irish woman in the bunk with her children, soothing their fears and all the while knowing they will die soon…yep, here come the tears again. *grabs tissue*

    Okay, I was going to put more, but my mind went blank after that last one. Guess that'll have to be good enough.

  80. Angie Ledbetter on November 6, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    >Hello, my name is Angie, and I'm a zit popper. (My twin is too. She even send me videos that would gross a normal person out.) :0)

  81. Judith Mercado on November 6, 2009 at 6:41 AM

    >Most, apart from my husband, don't know that I am an IRL racing fan. I know all the race car drivers and jump up and down like a crazed fan when I watch races.

  82. Jody Hedlund on November 6, 2009 at 6:17 AM

    >The crochetting surprises me! But the others all strike me as very "Rachelle." So, what can I tell you about myself that you might not already know? Hmmm. . .

    I try to write around five noisy–I mean angelic kids. (Oh, yeah, you know that.)

    My Golden eats socks and pony tails and just about anything else left laying on the ground. (OK, that might not come as a surprise either.)

    How about, I actually like to crochet too? (Can we be Suzie homemaker together in all our spare time?)

  83. Mulled Vine on November 6, 2009 at 6:07 AM

    >I adore classical music.
    I play pretty good bass guitar in a church band but think most contempary Christian music is complete drivel.
    I do software architecture by day.
    I wrote an online novel starting as a fictional blog diary, and am considering publishing it.
    I don't do change well.

  84. Tami Boesiger on November 6, 2009 at 6:07 AM

    >People in your community really don't know you're an agent?!

    I've always thought it would be cool to have a secret tattoo myself.

  85. Roger on November 6, 2009 at 5:56 AM

    >I taught myself to sail on a Styrofoam boat I won in a contest I entered 292 times.

  86. Book Maven on November 6, 2009 at 5:39 AM

    >I had my appendix taken out by Enid Blyton's husband (fortunately he was a surgeon).

    I crochet too, Rachelle,and keep a book journal. Must try a Washington apple martini. I wonder if you can get them in the UK?

  87. Robert Young on November 6, 2009 at 5:16 AM

    >I can speak Spanish pretty well, and when I visited Spain this past summer, I got a huge kick out of surprising all the locals when I was able to talk with them rather than wave my hands around and gargle awkwardly like my cousins.

    Also, I'm 19. But that's obvious.

  88. Leigh Lyons on November 6, 2009 at 3:59 AM

    >Although I'm not, my MC is very very christian and I can't really imagine her any other way.

    Other than that, I actually have, and will sing along with, the remixes of old Disney songs.

  89. Wendy on November 6, 2009 at 3:31 AM

    >I've got no sense of smell, so I research how things smell for my writing more often than anything else. It's funny because I often get told it's the thing I describe best! I guess it's because I have to think about it the most 🙂

  90. Yamile on November 6, 2009 at 3:07 AM

    >I speak five languages. I mix them a lot now, especially when I'm dreaming. So if you don't speak Spanish/English/Portuguese/Italian?\/French, you won't know what I mutter about in my sleep.
    I talk when I'm asleep, and my husband and children take advantage of me. I never remember what I say/agree to when I'm sleeping.

  91. Andrew on November 6, 2009 at 2:27 AM

    >Most people think I'm something of a knuckledragger (engineering teacher, welder, former security contractor, has more Pit Bulls than most people have socks)…

    But I have a deep and abiding love for Flemish painting of the 15th and 16th centuries, and have produced a number of videos on that topic.

    And I have seen all of Kenneth Brannagh's Shakespearean movies many, many times.

    And I like chick flicks.

    Thank you…hold the applause…and now I shall return to my cave to grunt and scratch for awhile.