I got the idea to blog this today from a post I saw on Facebook. Inspired by blogger Jessica Bowman, contributors post five random personal facts. Sounds fun, right? Below my 5 things is a tool you can use to link your blog if you post five things we don’t know about you. I hope you’ll come out and play!
1. I Married a Hong Kong Popstar.
Yep, I snagged me a mullet-headed bass playing hunk of a popstar back in the 80’s when mullets were the sexy look (business in the front, party in the back!) Jerry and I were serving in an outfit known as Youth With a Mission (YWAM). He was part of Christian band that ended up gaining quite a bit of local popularity and even garnered a nod as Best New Band one year from the Hong Kong Pop Awards (kinda like the Grammys). He’s the one in the forefront of the lineup on this cd cover. The band went on to put out several albums and filmed a few music videos that were aired many times on HK television. Fans would sometimes recognize Jerry when we were out and about and would ask him for his autograph. I found it amusing to watch my rather shy, introvert husband get flustered when a Chinese teenager thrust a pen and paper at him. Oh I wish I could have Instagrammed those days!
2. I Had a Fling with the Occupy Movement
I attended the first Occupy march a year ago in October with a very tentative attitude. By the end of the day, the new social/political movement had captured my heart and imagination. (I took many photos of the march that day which you can view HERE) I never became a hardcore Occupy activist, but the message of justice of the Occupy movement hooked me in. I do not regret any of the marches I participated in and there was even a short film made of my involvement by a film maker from Christianity Today. You can see it HERE...but oh God, I look so.…fat. Ugh. Vain. I know. But there you have it. I swore I’d go on a diet after I saw the clip.)
3. I Used to be a Professional Cleaning Woman
I ran my own cleaning service for eight years from 2002 – 2010. I cleaned hundreds of toilets in homes and offices and vacuumed miles upon miles of carpet. I worked alone most of the time and smelled like bleach all of the time. It was a great gig while my kids were in grade school and middle school. I was self-employed and worked my own schedule. I don’t miss retiring my mop bucket but I do miss being self-employed!
4. I Hate Onions. With a Passion. Hate them.
This says it all! I have a few great stories of how I managed to negotiate a plate full of onion-laden food without embarrassing myself or the host. My family’s favorite one is the time we were on a mission in a Mexico and our host family took us to the “best taqueria in Tijuana.” This place put onions on EVERYTHING. There was no escape. I prayed silently, “Oh Jesus, you said to eat what was ever set before you. Here goes.” I took a tentative bite of the onion-infested carne asada taco… then promptly drank my entire Pepsi in one gulp. I somehow managed to save face by insisting that I was still full from our delicious (and onion free) lunch.
5. Every Night I Obsessively Check if the Doors are Locked
Every single night. I will check the front door, the back door, get ready for bed then recheck them. I will sometimes get up from bed if I am unsure that the house is locked up. It is common for me to check three times on average. More if I am feeling particularly spooked, like last month when we had a rash of neighborhood burglaries. I also lock the doors in the minivan. Once while zooming along the freeway, I locked the doors after realizing they were unlocked. I quipped to my son, “You’re safe now.” To which he, cheeky lad that he is, unlocked the doors and quipped back, “No we’re not.”
So those are five things you didn’t know about me but now you do. I’d love to know a few things about you. Post a comment and let us get to know you better!
Or better yet, post five things on your blog and link it back here using the Linky tool below. It will be fun! Just make sure your doors are locked while you blog. Maybe go check right now. Like I’m about to do.…