This meme is going the rounds on facebook and I've been tagged a few times, but I am meme-monogamous, so I'm doing it on lj.
1. I live in New York City and it is the southernmost place I have ever lived.
2. I'm left-handed, very left-handed.
3. I'm one of six siblings and in birth order we are boy, girl, boy, girl, boy, girl.
4. I can't carry a tune to save my life but I have a very good verbal memory. So I know all the lyrics to lots of songs I can't sing.
5. I didn't own a home until I was 36 years old, when my then spouse and I bought a coop together.
6. I first lived without parents or spouse when I was 46, if you don't count a brief time in college (and I don't).
7. I write X-Men fanfic, mostly slash, mostly Scott/Logan.
8. I've been to India once, Israel twice, Ireland and England many times, Singapore and Japan and France once. That is the sum total of my overseas experience.
9. I'm severely myopic and can't see much at all without my glasses now, but I didn't need glasses at all until age 15, and as late as college I still didn't wear them all the time.
10. Until I was almost 7, I lived in rural North Dakota, in a small Norwegian American town. I'm told that when we moved to Connecticut my sibs and I were four little Jewish kids with Norwegian accents.
11. I'm a dual citizen - U.S. and Canada.
12. I was born in Winnipeg, which is in central Canada. My parents both grew up there, but I never lived there (my mother just went home to have babies). Most of my extended family is still there and I refer to it as my Ancestral Home Town.
13. I'm quite active in my shul. I've done a variety of things for/with the shul, including serving on the Board of Trustees and various committees, and chairing the Hebrew School Committee for a few years. Now I edit/produce the weekly newsletter, which I like as a volunteer task because I can do it at home in my pyjamas and don't have to go to meetings.
14. My first overseas trip was a "Teen Tour" to Israel when I was 15 years old, through a now defunct program called the National Bar Mitzvah club. You signed up for it at 12/13, sent money regularly over the next three years and then spent the summer in Israel when you were 15 or 16 (depending on when your birthday fell). The late 1960s and early 1970s were a time of such rapid inflation that the program was losing money and my year was the last one.
15. I'm a committed lactivist, although actual breastfeeding seems far in my past now. I breastfed for over 8 years, pumped at work, convinced my employer (after I was done pumping) that providing pumping and breastfeeding support to employees was a cost-effective move, and have met many of my good friends through breastfeeding activism.
16. I worked for several years as a volunteer on the first National AIDS Hotline. I sometimes think about how I spent Monday evenings in the mid-1980s listening to gay men talk about their sex lives and then used what I learned much later in writing slash.
17. I worked at La Ronde, the amusement park in Montreal that was built for Expo 67, for several summers in the 1970s, managing a souvenir shop. American tourists who were shopping at my store often complimented me on my English. I always responded by saying "Thank you, it's my first language."
18. I worked most of my career in finance, but I've been working in public health emergency management the past few years and like it much better. Unfortunately the pay is lousy. Fortunately (at least for now) I'm employed.
19. I love to cook.
20. I have never lived anywhere that had a television in the living room.
21. I watch very little tv (generally <2 hours a week and many weeks I never turn it on) and have seen none of the popular tv dramas or comedy shows of the last couple of decades. I've never seen a reality tv show either. I miss tv, but don't have time for it. I sometimes read fanfic for tv shows I've never seen, if I can get a summary of characters and plot.
22. One year my New Year's Resolutions were to watch more tv and to drink more alcohol. In the grand tradition of New Year's Resolutions I did neither.
23. When my kids were small, I found I had to have "favorites" of all sorts of things, things I'd never considered what my favorite of it was. So, my favorite dinosaur is a stegosaurus; my favorite animal is a dolphin; my favorite imaginary animal is a dragon; my favorite color is burgundy; my favorite food is lobster; my favorite drink is coffee.
24. I have really great number sense, which led me when I was younger to think I was good at mathematics. University level mathematics in general, and topology in particular, disabused me of that notion.
25. I had my youngest daughter by VBAC.
The original meme said to tag 25 people but I'm not going to do that. But I'd happily read and comment on this meme if anyone I know does it.