Saturday, January 3, 2009

Seven Things You Probably Don't Need to Know About Me

I was tagged by Paul Bogush for the "Seven Things You Don't Know ABout Me" Meme...

7. A few people know this, but I make glass beads. A few years ago, I was on my 7000th shopping trip with my wife for beads and decided to learn to make them for her. You heat glass to over 1000 degrees and then you can shape it and blend different colors. I am a terrible salesperson, so my attempt at sales failed. So now I make them for dear friends.

6. A few years ago, my wife and I were score keepers for the National AAU Junior Olympics in the Gymnastics. We got to travel to Knoxville, Detroit, and New Orleans. I learned a lot about gymnastics...and a lot of unbecoming things about the AAU (don't get me started).  
5.  Which leads me to.....we were in New Orleans exactly three weeks before Hurricane Katrina. I was completely mesmerized by New Orleans and so terribly saddened by the events. I met so many wonderful people while I was there. I had to remove CNN and other news channels from our TV for a few weeks because my wife cried about the devastation.

4.    I love to create top ten lists  ..... which is why this list is numbered backwards. My friends at school and I handle stressful colleagues by lampooning them with a Top Ten list.

3-  A semi-secret dream is that I would like to create a book of my photography.  I love catching a something beautiful with my camera. I almost always have a camera in my book bag.

2- I enjoy reading Young Adult books way more than adult books.  Not the angst-ridden ones, but books with a good story. "Looking for Alaska," "Higher Power of Lucky,"and  "Aurora County All-Stars" are some of my favorites.

1-   I didn't get married until I was 32 because I waited to find the woman of my dreams...and I did....and they lived happily ever after.


I tag:  Stacy Kasse
Annette Holder

9 comments:

Mrs. Holder said...

your number one brought tears to my eyes...I am a romantic at heart. That was an incredibly sweet thing to say about your wife. I hope my husband says these things about me.

loonyhiker said...

This was wonderful! Do you have pictures of your glass beads? I'd love to see them. I can't imagine working with anything that hot. When we were in Venice,Italy I watched them work with glass and it was truly amazing.

kmulford said...

Loved the romance, love the potential for seeing more of your beads someday -- but really can't wait to see some of your photography triumphs!

diane said...

Interesting Terry Trivia, with the happy ending you deserve!

You should do a whole posting about your beautiful beads and how you use them.

HOW TO MAKE GLASS said...

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Kim Caise said...

That was just beautiful Terry - just as your photography and beadwork! You should consider creating jewelry and such or selling the beads on ebay. I would be happy to help you - they are too nice to keep hidden from everyone! And your #1 was so beautiful - I am sure your wife appreciated it. Thank you for sharing these items with us.

mhobkirk said...

Really enjoyed reading this. When we travel we've been to several glass blowing studios, I love watching them.

Anonymous said...

No doubt you read all the Gary Paulsen stuff. I loved those beads. Always looking for new stuff for my wife. How can I get some?
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Ellen said...

Awww... #1 is my favorite.