Ten Things About Me – Old Skool

Today’s prompt in the Kickin’ it Old Skool Blog-a-Thon is to tell everyone ten things about me.

Ten things… Hmm.

I think I’ve written posts like this before. Do I come up with ten new things, or just ten interesting things that new readers might not know (but regulars on my blog probably do know).

I’ll give you ten things that often surprise people. I tend to meet people through one of the items on the list, then they’re a little shocked to find out about the others…

1) A am a real, live vertebrate paleontologist. I have that career that every nine-year-old in America wants (except for mine, of course). Most people at some point have been fascinated by dinosaurs, and I’ve made a career of it. Well, sort of, anyway. I study mostly fossil mammals, but that’s another blog post.

Me in the Canadian High Arctic. That's a glacier behind me. Just doin' a little science...

Me in the Canadian High Arctic. That’s a glacier behind me. Just doin’ a little science…

2) I am studying swordplay. Not Olympic fencing, mind you. Classical fencing. The martial art. And longsword whenever I can.

3) I enjoy sewing period costumes. The 14th and 15th centuries of Europe are my favorites. I like to go to Renaissance Faires in costume whenever I can.

Me having a bit of fun in costume at a friend's wedding.

Me having a bit of fun in costume at a friend’s wedding. This combines both numbers 2 and 3.

4) I also participate in the Society for Creative Anachronism, which is a lot of fun. It gives me an excuse to wear all the period clothes I make. I also like to put on armor and join in with the SCA’s heavy weapons – which looks like real sword fighting to the untrained eye, but really isn’t.

That's me in my helmet. I'm doing duck lips, I swear!

That’s me in my helmet. I’m doing duck lips, I swear!

5) I write fiction. I’ve written a few books, none of which are published, yet. I need to work on revisions, but I keep writing more books. The one I really need to finish is called “Prince of Herongarde.” It’s written and only need revision and editing. (‘Only,’ she says.)

Herongarde - the realm of Sir Trey

Herongarde – the realm of Sir Trey

6) I’m also a geochemist. I have to get paid somehow. I spend many, many hours in a laboratory arguing with an unruly mass spectrometer. You’ll see posts about that from time to time.

The mass spectrometer. I spend too much time in here.

The mass spectrometer. I spend too much time in here.

7) Years ago, way back in high school, I painted regularly. Some of my artwork is showcased here. I still like to paint, but I don’t do it often any more because of time limitations (see above).

Skeptical Pronon. This I painted in about one week for an art show in high school. Arcylic on masonite. All rights reserved.

Skeptical Pronon. This I painted in about one week for an art show in high school. Arcylic on masonite. All rights reserved.

8) I suffer from social anxiety. Yes, I do. Medications and therapy and all of that. Most who only know me casually don’t believe me.

9) I, with my husband and son, live rurally and have chickens. At last count, we had 29 chickens: 28 hens and a rooster. We get lots and lots of eggs.

Our chickens' first experiences with snow.

Our chickens’ first experiences with snow.

10) My son is on the Autism spectrum, which makes life rather interesting at times…

The good Captains Feathersword. My son and I getting ready to Trick or Treat together, a few years ago.

The good Captains Feathersword. My son and I getting ready to Trick or Treat together, a few years ago.

 

So these are ten things about me. Now to get on to the next thing: writing tomorrow’s Friday Headlines post!

7 thoughts on “Ten Things About Me – Old Skool

  1. Very cool! Nice to meet you. My youngest son is autistic and it does make life very interesting. They can be such a blessing as well 🙂

    Very cool job and yes, my son said for MANY years he was going be a paleontologist 😉

    Love the pics!

  2. Cool. When I was 15 I went on a paleontology dig… in the high desert in Nevada. Came home with some amazing ammonites and a piece of slate with fossilized bugs of some sort. What a great time that was! Loved it!

  3. Wow that is ten very interesting things about you, I love the your career it sounds so interesting, I have a son who would love to be a palaeontologist. Lovely pictures your hobby of sword play sounds wild.

  4. Hi Penny, I loved reading your ten things. From your first picture on Life on the Go I thought wow she lives a really interesting life. Now, I am even more impressed. Your artwork is awesome. I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to meet you this year.

  5. I really enjoyed your list and think its interesting how anachronisms are also found in your artwork. You are so colorful! Your son must really like playing dress up with you, great photos.

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