Nina Simone Was Not A Man

Simone at a concert in Morlaix, France, in May...
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Because Broadside and Oh My Words! wanted to know, here are 10 random, or maybe not-so random facts about moi:

1.  When I was a kid, I thought Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were married.  Because everyone who sang duets were married to each other.  Obviously.  I also thought Nina Simone was a man.   Because, well, just because.

2.  I was born in Dallas, was a kid in New York, and grew up in the Highlands of Scotland.  My accent is mine, and according to Sarge is ‘under several influences.’  Except when I’m on the phone with my mother, at which times it is back on Long Island.

3.  I have CP.  I am, by choice, a pretty-much-permenant wheelchair-user.  Unless there’s a party going on upstairs.

4.  When I was seven, I had various bits medically broken and stretched, all at once.  I have  ten scars that are so much a part of me; I don’t see them anymore.

5.  I lost all four of my grandparents within five years.  How and when they died has coloured the way I look at life.

6.  Growing up, my mental age was 40.  Now that I am 30, I feel that I’m actually my true age.

7.  I used to laugh entirely through my nose.  Now I laugh out loud.  I blame Sarge.

8.  I can have entire conversations using only movie quotes.  I cannot blame Sarge.

9.  One of my nicknames at Uni was Phoebe.  As in The One From Friends.

10.  I once fell off a toilet in Pisa, Italy.  I was not drunk.  This incident has since been dubbed ‘The Leaning Toilet of Pisa’.

100 Books Or Bust: Playing Catch-Up

Last weekend I hit 25, which means I am 11 books behind my target of 100. I am still having fun, and have enjoyed all the books on one level or another, brain-candy or bubble-gum.

Here be the first quarter, in reading order:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver

The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas

A Very Private Gentleman: A Novel – Martin Booth

I Was Amelia Earhart – Jane Mendelsohn

Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion

Summer Crossing – Truman Capote

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Aloft – Chang-rae Lee

Northline – Willy Vlautin

Body Surfing – Anita Shreve

The Snowman – Jo Nesbø

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Michael Chabon

The Piano Teacher – Janice Y.K. Lee

The Hours – Michael Cunningham

The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman

Room – Emma Donoghue

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender

The Devil’s Star – Jo Nesbø

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) – Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) – Suzanne Collins

Submarine – Joe Dunthorne

The Autobiography of Alice B.Toklas – Gertrude Stein

Working on 26-30!

Other 100 Books posts of mine can be found here.

What have you read this year?

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