Michelle from Chocolate and Marmalade Tea asked me to blog 6 things about myself and she also wrote some very kind words about my blog. I enjoy reading her fun and informative blog so check it out.

I remember or sort of remember a line from the movie You've Got Mail when Meg Ryan is sitting with Tom Hanks and she says her email friend has 152 insights into her soul or something like that. Anyway, I had to think about the 6 things I'm calling insights into my soul.

So here are 6 insights into my soul. Quite the buildup isn't it?

1- I am a Starbucks addict. Since I just bought a condo, I was thinking I could save money and you know pay the mortgage by cutting out my once a day Starbucks habit. But, I think that's just wrong. This is a joy in my life. I guess it's kind of a routine and to quote my sister, "Routine keeps us sane." I might go insane without my Starbucks. Will it be a grande ice no room Americano or a no whip Cafe Mocha? I have many happy memories of times spent at Starbucks with friends. Last year, I even gave the Starbucks staff at my favorite store in Reading, lightup Christmas pins, which by the way really perked them up. Hah, no pun intended!

2- I am a total animal lover. Case in point, when I was a teenager, I came home in the afternoon to find a squirrel drowning in our swimming pool. It was Fall. The squirrel had ripped the pool liner and he was swimming but failing fast. I ran and got the net we used to clean the pool and I fished him out. I thought if he didn't drown he might freeze to death. So after I got him out of the pool, I got a towel and wrapped him up in it and brought him to my neighbor who said an eyedropper of whiskey should warm him up. Poor thing was shivering or nervous or both. She gave him the whiskey and I took him home. Yes, I brought him inside the house! Good thing my mother was not home. Once inside the house, I used the blow dryer on him to dry him off before I released him. He was still in the towel. Anyway, I got him dried off and I put him outside in the backyard. He was still wrapped in the towel. I went inside the house and later I went to check on him and he was gone. I was thrilled that he was able to move. Of course, he was probably drunk! So you see I will go to any length to save an animal.

3- I think one of my talents is.... I am an excellent gift wrapper. I always receive nice comments on my gift wrap when I give someone a present. I keep snippets of ribbon, old buttons. silk flowers, recycled cards, etc in a hatbox. When I need a package tie- on I go to the hatbox to find something interesting for the top of the present.

4- I love reading magazines. It is a form of relaxation for me. My absolute favorite is Victoria Magazine. When they went out of business in the early 2000's I was depressed. I am so thrilled they're back in business. The subject matter, the photography, the shopping resources, fabulous!! I also enjoy reading Romantic Homes, Yankee Magazine, Country Living, and Country Home. And of course, Martha Stewart Living.

5- I love to ice skate. When I was younger, I took figure skating lessons. I followed amateur skating as a spectator too. In fact, I was at the 1994 National Championships in Detroit when Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by Tonya Harding's henchmen. I also attended the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. A trip of a lifetime! My sister was my travel partner when we went to the events. I skated as recently as last year. I still love to feel the cold on my face and the wind through my hair when I skate. I have a friend who bought new skates for the season so I am hoping to do some skating this winter.

6- I collect sports memorabilia. In my new condo, I am going to have a sports room. Finally, a room to house my Boston Garden chairs, my Tom Brady autographed football, and my Olympic pins. This has been a dream for many years. I finally have my sports museum.

Wow, I really enjoyed reminiscing and making this post all about me. How self centered am I?

So, I am supposed to send this off to 6 blogging friends but I don't know who to send it to as everyone I know has already been tagged. I think I will do this instead. Leave me a comment during the week of Dec 1st and tell me something you think you do better than anyone else. Tell me about your special talent then I will draw a name at the end of the week and give away a mystery package inspired by my love of living in New England. This will be my first giveaway!

It's Sunday night. Enjoy the upcoming week and think about your special talent. Looking forward to reading your comments.


kayellen said…
That squirrel story is a crack up!
I am still laughing:)
I don't know about the better then anyone...but I do like to gift wrap like you..I get teased from my family because I always have real ivy,or rosemary or a fresh flowers tied on the top with ribbon...they respond.. can I plant this? Where are the roots?!....

Have a great week:)

Salmagundi said…
Enjoyed this post so much. I never would have guessed about the sports memorbilia! I'm certainly not better than anyone, but I'm a decent quiltmaker. I made a good 20-year career out of making quilts for publication in magazines and books. Sally
Patti said…
Hi Elaine! Great post- I love magazines too! In fact, our school had a magazine recycling drive contest and I ended up taking some of the magazines brought in by the kids home with me to read- that's pretty bad- but I knew we weren't going to win. I don't know if there is anything I do better than anyone, but I love rubber stamps and everything that goes with them. I guess I buy double of what I have(by mistake) better than anyone else I know... Have a good week~ Patti
Fete et Fleur said…
I loved these! SO glad you managed to save the squirrel.

Sweet Sage said…
That's the sweetest squirrel story I've ever heard! Bless your heart! I tend to rescue drowning bugs. (???!)
So glad to know that I am not alone in my once-a-day Starbuck's habit :) Six drive-ups within 5 miles of my house .. this is DANGEROUS!! (Don't think about the $$!)
I don't consider myself talented at much, but I do give my all to whatever it is that I do ...
my Dad taught me that :)
Michelle said…
Hi Elaine!

I love getting to know you on these tags and it amazes me how much we are SO alike! I did find one thing in your six items that wasn't like me...the sports memorabilia one. :) That's fine though we have to be a little different, right? Okay, let's see...what do I do best? I have to say the best thing I have been told that I do is make the best chocolate chip cookies. :) My mom and dad always told me I should have started a cookie business.

Hope you're having a good week!!
Wanda said…
I too am a champion package wrapper, in fact the to me is the best part of giving a gift. I hope I am not too late for the drawing. TTFN
Loretta said…
Say, the 2010 winter Olympics will be in Vancouver BC, where I live. If you pay a visit, you must holler so I can meet you! (yep, I'm still reading your blog)

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