15 Random Facts About Me

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by

I just read Nancy Stordahl’s latest post titled 15 Random Facts & A Blogging Challenge Too!, where she shared 15 facts about herself. And I thought, what a great idea, so that’s what my post this week is about.

And, as Nancy has done, I’m putting a challenge out there for others in the blogosphere to blog on 15 (or less or more) facts about yourselves.

Here are 15 random facts to know about me:

1. I’m from the Bronx, NY, home of the New York Yankees. I am now living in the Midwest, but I miss my family who have remained in New York. I visit when I can. I also miss NY food, particularly pizza and bagels.
2. From the age of 12 to 18, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I’ve always been crazy-in-love with animals. In fact, I used to rescue cats from trees on my way to and from school. During my high school years, I volunteered at an animal hospital. Nothing says humility like working in a kennel or passing out when watching surgery. I’ve done both.
3. My favorite field trip took place when I was in high school. Our biology class went to Sloan-Kettering to learn about cancer cells (ironic, huh?). I did get to work an electron microscope, which was beyond cool and a memory I will always treasure.
4. I went to Michigan State University because of its veterinary program.
5. I changed my major to English.
6. I teach English literature and writing at a local university. Being a teacher is fulfilling, and I enjoy helping others.
7. I love writing. So. Much.
8. My favorite hobby is art — in particular, oil painting and drawing. These are completely relaxing activities for me. One day I’d like to go on an artist’s retreat in Italy, France, and/or Ireland.
9. I’m more than halfway done reading War and Peace. I’ve since lost track of many a few characters and it’s taking me forever to get through, but I’m determined to finish it.
10. My daughter has gotten me hooked — literally and figuratively — on the Rainbow Loom, where you make jewelry out of rubber bands, and there’s, like, a zillion different patterns. Luckily YouTube has many instructional videos. She and I have recently mastered the fishtail pattern! This is why War and Peace is taking me so long.
11. I wear a lucky pendant I never take off. It has my daughter’s Chinese name, which literally translates to something like “highest luck.”
12. I am terrible with plants and admire those with a green thumb. My mom is a great gardener, but plants/gardens under my care don’t fare well.
13. My favorite instrument is the violin. I don’t play it, but I sure enjoy listening. I love strings in general, but the violin soothes me like no other.
14. I have a wide range of musical tastes — from classical to folk to rock — and like most people, I am loyal to my favorite artists who speak to my heart. When people critique my musical tastes, I get exceedingly annoyed and take it quite personally.
15. I began blogging for two reasons: because my efforts to have a newspaper column on patient empowerment fell through. I also wanted to write a book on this topic and felt more comfortable creating a book in small chunks. I’m trying to get the completed manuscript published. I’d also like to write more about topics other than cancer. But, for now, I still have a lot to say on this subject. And I’m proud to be a member of a wonderful blogging community of writers and readers.

Well, there you have it. The 15 random facts about me. I had fun writing this, and I hope to write more non-cancer-related posts in the future.

What are some random facts about yourself?

I would love to hear about you.

War and Peace

My lucky pendant

My lucky pendant

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17 Responses to 15 Random Facts About Me

  1. Elissa Malcohn had this to say about that:

    Following on your and Nancy’s heels! Here’s my blog post:

    Fellow Nu Yawka here, born/raised in Brooklyn. My mother grew up in the Bronx. My partner is a MI State alum. I didn’t major in English (mine was psych.), but I minored in it and took English honors. I’ve taught creative writing in adult ed. Art (doodling in my case) saved me when chemo made the creative writing parts of my brain hard to reach. I’m also a musical omnivore, with roots in 20th century classical (my father taught music; mother taught English). Love the rest, too. Good luck with the manuscript — and thanks for the inspiration!

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Hi Elissa,

      Wow. I didn’t know you were born and raised in Brooklyn! I wonder where in the Bronx your mom grew up. We have so much in common. Your family sounds fascinating.

      I can’t wait to read your blog post.

  2. Rebecca had this to say about that:

    Beth, we have some things in common!

    As you know I am from NY. I also love to write (and wish I did more reading). I adore animals too. My favorite instrument is the violin! Can’t play it either. My dream is to publish a book about my childhood memories with my mama (taking me long to finish each short story).

    It’s nice to learn more about you. I am planning to share some facts about myself as well.

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Hi Rebecca,

      We definitely have some things in common. Greetings, fellow New Yorker and violin/animal lover!

      Your idea for your book sounds wonderful. I hope you publish it, and I would love to read it.

      I’m looking forward to reading more about you, too!

  3. Nancy's Point had this to say about that:

    Hi Beth,
    I’m glad you decided to participate in this challenge. Once in a while it’s lovely to write about things other than cancer. I’m hoping more of our blogging friends jump in too. It’s fun to learn more about each other. And thank you for the mention!

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Nancy, I totally agree that writing about non-cancer-related topics is refreshing. I agree that it is so much fun to learn about each other.

      Thank you for inspiring me!

  4. Marie Ennis-O'Connor (@JBBC) had this to say about that:

    Loved learning these facts about you Beth!

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  6. Eileen@womaninthehat had this to say about that:

    Beth, I enjoyed getting to know you better!

  7. Susan had this to say about that:

    I also started in New York! I love all of this especially the pendent you always wear of your “highest luck”daughters Chinese name. Also switching from vet to English, musical tastes, violin, and being an English teacher. Wow! It’s so nice to learn more about you.I am looking forward to doing mine too! xx – Susan

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Hi Susan,

      I love that you are a fellow New Yorker! Thank you for reading all about me. I look forward to reading all about you!

  8. Renn had this to say about that:

    Hi Beth! Such a great list! Thanks for sharing with all of us. Great idea of Nancy’s, and it got me off my blogging butt!
    PS Former NYer too.

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Thanks, Renn! It was so much fun to write. Glad your a fellow former New Yorker! I’m glad you are taking part in the challenge!

  9. Natrice Rese had this to say about that:

    Thanks Beth for stating facts about you. This is a great way to share what we love, what matters and become better friends. Have a great week ahead!

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Thank you, Natrice, for reading these facts about me. It was a fun exercise, and I’m so glad the blogosphere has caught on.

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