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You Asked, I Answered – Part 1

A few weeks back I took a chance and asked if any of you had any questions to ask me. I enjoy getting to know a blogger through some personal tidbits. Not too much, mind you, but enough to know they are real flesh and blood and not just some troll posting as a reader. Ahem, went off a bit there.. so here we go with the first set of questions. There will be three parts unless I receive anymore questions between now and the final post.

Rhapsodyinbooks asks:

What I want to know is, how do you find time for reading between work and kids and husband and taking care of the house? Do they let you read undisturbed or do you need to hide out somewhere?

For the most part, the kids are fine. They know reading is my thing and they are old enough now to feed themselves (just kidding). It’s The Hub who is the problem. He does not get it, and never will so I endure endless comments about my reading. As far as the house is concerned, I am an organization freak so I cannot read until the house is in order. This leaves me time to read at night and I read a lot while at work (before work and at lunch). Sometimes I can sneak away to my room if they are all watching a really good movie. I have been known to do that.

Helen Murdoch asks:

You may not want to share this with us, but I seem to remember you had a post about medical stuff that was going on. I’d love to know how you’re doing!

I was diagnosed with lupus a few years ago. Lupus is frustrating because you look perfectly normal and in most cases quite healthy but your body is essentially attacking itself. It’s an auto-immune disorder and manifests itself in many ways. For me, it’s mostly food allergies, skin rashes and problems with inflammation of my vocal cords. The vocal cord thing actually caused me to change job roles because I used to do a lot of public speaking and I am not able to do that anymore. On top of all that, extreme exhaustion. Most days I am running at about 80% which is much better than when I was first diagnosed.

Sandy says:

You know, I remember you doing a list of things about yourself that I totally LOVED. Random things. I know you have alluded to the fact that you didn’t necessarily have the happiest childhood, so we are going to avoid that unless you want to talk about it. I would love to know about your reading life as a child.

I turned to books for escape. At age 5, I would spend as much time as I could in the school library before going home and when I finished with those, I forged my mother’s signature to obtain a library card from the public library. I’d spend hours there, going through the Nancy Drew books (my fave!). There was a librarian who took me under her wing. She’d hide all the Nancy Drew books for me and then turned me onto other books once I had read all of those. I loved Encyclopedia Brown, Beezus and Ramona, and Victoria Holt which is strange since I was only 7 or so at the time.

In case anyone is curious, the random list Sandy refers to is under the About tab, above.

BermudaOnions asks:

I do think knowing more about the blogger helps you form a connection and also helps you realize if their tastes are similar to yours. I remember reading about your childhood and I’m wondering where you grew up.

I was born in Manhattan but only lived there until I was about two. Although young, I do remember Central Park and the zoo and the subway. Oh, the subway scared me to death. Then we moved to California and I grew-up in Hollywood. We moved a lot during this time but it was always just a few blocks from where we lived before, so the streets of Hollywood were my playground.

Lisa asks:

How is it that you are able to read so many books?! What kind of work do you do?. Does it have to do with publishing and you are reading for work and pleasure? I think it is amazing that you read so many books and I love that you review them for us here.

I don’t think I read nearly enough. Not at much as some other bloggers, that’s for sure. Lisa, I am a technical writer/web developer who specializes in instructional design. Although working for a university means that my job is always changing, it always hovers around those duties. Because of my work, I am always online which makes it easy to stay connected.  There was a short moment in time where I managed the Facebook and Twitter accounts for my department but they decided they didn’t want a social networking presence, so those accounts are just sitting out there…so lonely.  Nope, I just read for pleasure.

Well, that’s it for today. If you missed a chance to ask me a question and still want to, just post it in comments. I will post the other parts over the next couple of weeks.

Could be fun, or very embarrassing…

The other day I was thinking (stifle your giggles, please) about why I like to visit blogs and it really comes down to something quite simple. My main reason for visiting a blog is usually the blogger. There is a connection there or I can really hear his/her voice when she writes. I also enjoy personal tidbits. I know this is an area of controversy because some bloggers are very strict about not posting anything too personal, but I really enjoy those little hints of who they really are.

In an effort to be more open, I was wondering if there is anything you’d like to know about me.  This is of course hinging on the idea that people would like to know more about me. This is where it could get embarrassing. What if no one responds? What if I hear nothing but crickets? Well, that would be a story in and of itself, wouldn’t it?

So, if there is something you’d like to know about me, ask me in comments or email me if it’s one of those super-secret questions that you would only ask in confidence. I’ll answer them in a post, or over a few posts depending on how many questions I get.

If no one asks anything I will crawl off and seek counseling immediately. Just kidding. Oh my, I can already hear the crickets.