To a scientist, being tagged means a little orange clip on one’s ear or a critter-cam on one’s back. Since I didn’t wake up with either of those this morning, I’m going with the child’s version of tag… and I guess now I’m IT! Which now means I have to dig deep into who I am and tell you seven little known facts about me. Okay, I don’t have to dig so deep, but perhaps there’s something new here you didn’t know … 

I’m not going to point fingers at the person who tagged me, but you know who you are. And I know for a fact you giggled maniacally as you added me to your list of victims, errr … taggetts. (Yes, that’s a word, look it up in the official Nina dictionary.) 

The rules are simple:
* List seven things about yourself

* Link to the blog of the person who tagged you (but I’m nice and I’m not going to “out” her).

* Tag seven new unsuspecting victims, um… friends and list their links on your blog. (And once again, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you’d like to pick up the challenge … consider yourself tagged!)

**** (Oh, and no tag backs… I added that one myself… ’cause I’m clever that way! *g*)

So here goes:
1. I’ve been with my guy for 36 years. Stop laughing, I’m still a young sexy thing… we started dating when I was 2 and married when I was 10!

2. I’ve lived in Maine most of my life with short stints in Rhode Island and New York. And though my heart will always consider Maine home, I’m happy to be living out of its cold winters.

3. I graduated Summa Cum Laude as the valedictorian of my college class with a degree in Marine Biology.

4. I love water. Feel at home swimming in the ocean, canoeing a lake or rafting a mountain stream. Living away from it has been difficult for me and in the next phase of my life I’m going to live very near a body of water.

5. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about 20 years ago. It’s an icky disease that seems to do what it wants, attack unnanounced and wreak havok on my body. Fortunately for me, though I did have to give up my teaching job, I am still somewhat mobile. And it moved me into the realm of writing… not a bad trade off!

6. I am a sun worshipper. I love all locations warm and sunny. I’ve visited the Virgin Islands and Hawaii as well as Florida of course. I still haven’t made it to the west coast and I do believe it’s God’s odd sense of humor that I lived most of my adult life in the artic north of Maine.

7. I’ve always wanted to be an actress. I was involved in drama when I was in high school and there was nothing more exciting for me than being on stage with all those people watching. (Hence the whole career in teaching… nothing better than 20 people held captive for an hour!) But my singing voice leaves a lot to be desired. I only sing solo… so low no one has to suffer through it! But I envy those children of actors who sort of just move into that profession.

Okay, I’ve beared my soul. How about sharing a couple of things about you too!

For the last couple of years I’ve sat diligently at my computer trying to come up with 13 somethings every week that would amuse my readers. I really liked doing it … most of the time. But it always came complete with pictures and that’s where my time got sucked away. So …

I don’t usually make resolutions. I’m one of those people that makes them then doesn’t follow them just so I feel a little naughty by sort of “breaking the rules”. Dumb I know. But that’s me. (I don’t take my daily calcium either because it’s as risky as I can get these days. LOL!)

Anyway, I’ve been really toying with this blog and trying to figure out what exactly I want from this little corner of the web. I mean ideally, I’d love people to stumble over here see all these wonderful books that I have and buy a copy or two. But that’s not going to happen … or not very often at least. But I think it’s sort of what I expected when I set up this blog.

Now, it’s not like I don’t have something to say or opinions about things … ask any of my family or friends and they will tell you I’m about the most chatty person around and opinions? Well, let’s just say I was raised to speak my mind even if I don’t agree with everyone around me or more often … especially when I don’t agree with the people around me! But I often get a little noodgie expressing them on the internet. For one, they never go away and two, they always seem to get misconstrued. And anyway I’ve found throughout 2009 there were just too many things pulling me from the one thing I need to focus on … writing.

So the one resolution I’m going to make for 2010 is that I’m probably going to be doing less memes on my blog that suck my time and do a lot more “me” things. I’ve already cut back on several of the places I used to hang out on the web. Though I’m sure Facebook and Twitter are habits I won’t be dropping any time soon. LOL! And that’s another reason this blog has become less important to me. I have other outlets to share my sorrows and celebrate my joys.

It’s not that I won’t be blogging. But I’ve given up on Thursday Thirteen and I think I’ll just be hanging out here and posting a couple of times a week. I know that doesn’t make for a great blog and people aren’t going to be beating a path to my site, but you know, that’s okay. I’ve got some great goals set for 2010 and with perseverence, hard work and a little luck I’m going to achieve them.

I hope you’ll drop by now and again, see what I’m up to, maybe find out about a book or two of mine. And definitely leave me a note once in awhile to let me know you were here.

Here’s hoping your 2010 is a blessed on as well.