20 Things You Don't Know About Me
#1 Most everyone who knows me well calls me Joy Joy. Well, everyone except my dad, he still calls me Kiddo.
#2 One of my most debilitating symptoms of multiple sclerosis is fatigue. I tend not to mention it to many folks, because I'll inevitably hear, "Oh, I'm tired too..." I've found there is simply no sense in explaining that there is something different between staying out to late the night before work and waking up with this overwhelming fatigue and muscle weakness that is not easily described. Solution: coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. I live on coffee. My son calls it my favorite food.
#4 I have a slight obsession, okay an outright love affair, with Old Gringo cowboy boots. I need someone to build me a boot closet. I also might need adult supervision to avoid buying another pair. (I won't tell you how many pairs I have that need their own closet...) The boots pictured above are referred to as "thee boots" by my children. They were a Christmas gift from my dad after he found out I had a picture of them stuck on my fridge for nearly 5 years.
#5 I suffer from insomnia, so I spend entirely way too many wee hours of the morning scrolling through articles on tiny homes, politics, recipes, and sports on Twitter and when I get tired of reading, I start looking at interior design ideas and paint/color palettes on Pinterest.
#6 I make multimedia quilts using thread and an assortment of acrylic inks, paints, and dyes. It started out as a way to distract myself through nights of nerve pain and insomnia. I have a lot of fun creating new mini quilts.
#7 The top of my bucket list is seeing the Northern Lights. The inherent beauty fascinates me.
#8 I'm well known for my obsession with organizing everything and anything with Microsoft OneNote. In fact, so much so, that before I can even say "OneNote," most people say "I know, I know. You're gonna say OneNote."
#9 According to Myers-Briggs testing I took during college, my personality type would be classified as ISTJ. The funniest and most accurate thing I stumbled across regarding ISTJ personality types is this list of Top 10 List of ISTJ fears.
#10 Much to my son's horror, I write in my books. I underline, write in the margins, scribble, highlight, you name it.
#11 I'm an introvert through and through; however, I've been a single mom for years and I work from home. Adult conversation is typically elusive, so it means I long for someone to talk to at times. Mostly, I solve that by just writing and writing some more (refer back to #3...).
#12 My favorite color is grey. Though it drives me nuts that there are two acceptable spellings for gray.
#13 My favorite place to sit and stitch is by the water. I know all the perfect benches to sit and watch the tides go in and out. If I ever disappear for a while, anyone who knows me well knows a few of my favorite spots to hide from the world.
#14 A little metal eyeglasses case filled with crochet hooks is one of my prized possessions. It belonged to my mama. She used to spend hours crocheting thread into angels, rosettes, and plenty of other things. When she passed away, this was the one thing that I wanted to have to remember her by.
#15 I had the pleasure of making a quilt as part of the RJR Fabrics blog series "What Shade are You?" on my old website. I designed a paper-pieced heart block and made a quilt for my friends Laura and Joe using their wedding colors. It was one of my favorite quilts to design and make. (I'm updating the pattern and will share it here soon!!)
#16 I went back to school after my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and received my Master's Degree from The University of Alabama. It was something I'd always wanted to do and I was so proud to be able to accomplish that goal. Roll Tide Roll!!
#17 My favorite fall activity is tailgating and watching Husky football games with my family and friends. I love coming up with new ideas for food to share with everyone.
#18 Slowly I'm working on transitioning my home to make it as accessible as possible for me. I'm slightly nervous about living alone when my son goes off to college, but I'm excited to have raised independent and successful young adults.
#19 In the next two years, I'm going to be working with a dog trainer to self-train a service dog for balance and mobility.
#20 I first had symptoms of multiple sclerosis in 1997, and I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 2008. People have told me that I'm strong, having raised up my children as a single mom with MS, but that's only because I don't let anyone see me at my weakest moments. I hide those from the world and I've gotten very good at it. There have been so many ups and downs through the years, yet the one thing I've learned is that I dust myself off and try again every time I fall. It's all there is to do, each and every day.