Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
9. I'd much rather take the scenic route, and I like to take different routes coming and going.
8. This is a good thing, since my talent for getting lost amounts to a superpower. Under conditions of sufficient stress, I can get lost in the few blocks between my house and the freeway.
7. My internal compass defines east as toward the nearest ocean, a navigational strategy that has served me well in my native Pennsylvania, badly in California, and with indescribable weirdness in Connecticut, whose coast is on the south. Do not ride with me in Madison, Wisconsin, an otherwise charming city hundreds of miles from either ocean, whose downtown lies in a narrow corridor between two large lakes.
6, In my teens, I was a fundamentalist. However, I also had a subscription to Off Our Backs, the radical lesbian feminist publication. I also took a copy of Radcliffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness to a Youth for Christ conference. I was a queer, kinky, feminist, left-wing intellectual -- and also a sincere born-again believer in a church whose members believed that imagination was sinful, intelligence was dangerous, and woman's place was in the kitchen.
5. I'm still a queer, kinky, feminist left-wing intellectual, and I'm still a Christian -- although I am no longer a fundamentalist or even particularly evangelical. I don't take Scripture literally or believe in young-earth creationism, although I used to. (Yes, I know the confession is supposed to come on the last day.)
4. I baked my first loaf of bread at age 10, but I was doing serious cooking well before that. Wanting to play with dough is just a step up from my earlier delight in making mud pies. Even in my high chair I was so interested in playing with my food that they called me "Messy Bessy."
3. I'm a sensualist. I revel in scents, sounds, textures, colors, high winds, thunderstorms, old houses, grand old trees, late-afternoon sunlight on leaves. This world is so beautiful, and I love to share my love of it. The ability to *enjoy* is another of my superpowers. (Which may be why I don't usually mind getting lost, unless someone is waiting for me.)
2. Driving fast on curving mountain roads is another thing I love. I used to take that kind of pleasure in walking, too, but years of asthma and lack of exercise have left me so out of shape I no longer experience that. I plan to rebuild, though.
1. I love my people. I wish I could gather you all in, feed you, hug you, hold you.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you'd never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever).
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two words that describe your life right now.
Day Ten: One confession.