It’s time again to link up with the lovely ladies at iHomeschool Network and the “10 in 10 Series.” This week’s theme is: 10 Things You Should Know About Me.
Honestly, I can’t really say you should know these things about me. In fact, they’re more like: 10 Random Facts About Me That You Probably Could Live Without Knowing, But That I’m Going to Tell You Anyway (but really, that’s too long of a title).
And if you’re not absolutely bored to tears after reading them, feel free to check out these random facts about me.
1. I am an introvert (ISFJ to be exact), which means my main source of energy comes from within. I have to have time to be alone, to think, to dream, to plan, to create, to read, to write, to breathe. Although I love people, too much social interaction leaves me physically and emotionally drained. I will usually “click off” after a certain amount of time being with lots of people, and I tend to need a long time to recuperate from it. Being an introvert in a big family of extroverts has always been difficult. My own mother doesn’t even understand me. (I love you, Mom!) But I prefer intimate gatherings to large crowds any day.
2. I grew up in a home that was built before the Civil War. It was a big, gracious Southern home, with a secret room that hid runaway slaves as they made their way on the Underground Railroad to freedom. The entrance to the secret room was through my bedroom closet. Cool, huh?
3. I miss my big hair from the 80s and secretly wish perms would come back in style. <sigh>
4. I have a strange (probably obnoxious) habit of bursting forth into song – silly kid songs, 80s music, praise songs – you name it. My husband and children claim that I have a song for just about any subject or word they can come up with. I can’t help it — there’s always a song in my heart! I grew up singing in church (duets, trios, choir, and praise team). I love to sing harmony (preferably alto, but I can also sing tenor if necessary). I sing because I’m happy…I sing because I’m free…
5. I love to draw, paint and create. Sadly, I haven’t taken enough time over the years to do any of this. However, I recently set up a studio for myself where I finally have all my paints, canvases, easels and art supplies all together. I feel like I’m in Heaven!
6. My favorite novel of all times is Wuthering Heights. It’s a pitiful and tragic “romance” (I use that word loosely), yet it’s filled with passion and beautiful imagery. You can read a bit about my visit to the Brontë sisters’ home in Haworth, West Yorkshire, England here.
7. I’m in love with my own handwriting. Sad, but true. (I have excellent penmanship – it’s my claim to fame.) 😉
8. I’m terrified of moths, but caught snakes, frogs, and lizards as a kid and teenager. (Hey, snakes do not flutter at my face like moths do!) I even picked up a baby water moccasin once, only I didn’t know it was a baby water moccasin at the time until an adult told me so. (Oops!)
9. I have never had a professional pedicure (and probably never will) because my feet are so ticklish. I cannot stand anyone touching my feet – it’s even hard for me to touch them sometimes. One sure way to torture me is to tickle my feet.
10. If I could live anywhere in the world it would be right here in Georgia (although, I’d seriously consider moving to England…).
Now, don’t you feel all the better for knowing these random tidbits about me?
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.