I recently was tagged by Molly of the blog Bailey Girl Five to share seven things about myself. I’m not usually one to participate in this sort of internet-tag game, but I think there’s something nice about sharing something unexpected. Plus, I tend to focus primarily on crafting activities on my blog (well, that and Simon), so I thought it might be nice to share a few things you might not know about me. Here goes!
1. Ironically, I am usually pretty wary of sharing things on the internet! As my friends know, I’m not a big fan of the facebook– I generally think that if I want to share information with people, I will tell them! I think I’m a little old-fashioned in that I prefer slower forms of communication. I found blogging to be a good way to share my crafting with family and friends in a simple way, though, so here I am!
2. I often say I’m addicted to 2 things: Fabric, and club soda. I daydream about fabric I want to buy and what I’d make out of it. And I drink club soda like it’s going out of style. I gave up “real” pop (or soda, depending on where you are regionally, I’ve learned) years ago, but I can’t get enough of the fizzy stuff sans sugar. For Christmas this year, J’s family gave me a soda stream, and there may or may not be photos of me hugging it. I think if my 2 addictions are A) something functional (like fabric) and B) WATER, I’m doing ok.
3. I was never a great student growing up, and I really didn’t like school very much. I would much rather spend my time doing more creative things than studying. I think part of my problem is that I’ve never been good at memorizing things, and so much of educational success requires such focused thought patterns. That is not my strength!
4. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for school as a youngster (yes, I just said youngster), I have been in school for a very. long. time. After finishing my bachelors degree, I went on to get two masters degrees, and am getting close to finishing my Ph.D. I discovered that graduate school was a good fit for me, because they generally don’t make you memorize stuff, and you get to do research! Ok, the cat is out of the bag– I’m a nerd.
5. I started doing research as an undergraduate when I wrote an honors thesis. I won the undergrad research award at my school for my work, and I thought “hey, I might be onto something here!” So I kept on doing research (and teaching) and haven’t stopped yet.
6. I do research on gender, health, and body image. The last few years, I’ve been working on projects examining older women’s experiences of body image, and how feelings about the body relate to health and well-being. I’m very excited about this work, because there’s relatively little research on body image among older women, and I think these things are really important to consider when thinking about quality of life as we age.
7. When I’m not researching or sewing, I love to spend time hiking with J and Simon, and making really yummy homemade food. J has an organic garden that provides us with lots of fresh produce in the summer and fall, and we’re learning more each year about how to preserve our harvest to last us into the winter. Nothing tastes as good as food we grew ourselves!