Date Joined: May 9, 2016
Last Online: September 2, 2016
Birthday: September 8
Country: United States
So You Want to Know Who I Am, Huh?
The Early Years
I was born in northeast Ohio during the '70s. Everyone thinks their family is special, creative, unique ... and mine was no exception. I learned from my father that, even when you love someone, they sometimes leave you. My mother taught me how to overcome grief and do what you need to do to survive. My grandfather: the benefits of growing your own garden, working hard and being a good person, even to those who treat you badly.
Fast forward to the '90s and you'll find me in southwest Georgia. Here I've learned all about sweet tea, grits, and blessing your heart. The differences between northern and southern cultures are many and I'd be more than happy to discuss them with you any time.
Here and Now
I currently work as a Customer Service Rep for a box manufacturer. It's not what I really want to do but it's what pays the bills so who am I to complain? I've been at the same company, in the same position, for 9+ years now. I have tried my darndest to be put into a different department but, apparently, my manager finds me too valuable of an employee to lose me to another department. (Read that last line with all the sarcasm your heart can muster.)
Books, Books, Books
I love books. Like, addicted to them. I've read so many books while I was living my introverted childhood that I started a book review blog when I was in my late 20s to early 30s. It took off and I now have 3 co-reviewers helping me read and review books for authors and publishers. No, I don't get paid for my reviews but I do get free books ... and it makes me happy. =)
In case you'd like to know my favorite author, I'll tell you. It's the master of horror himself: Stephen King. If you've not read any of his work because you're too scared to then I'd recommend starting with his book 11/22/63. It's tamer than a lot of his work. If you haven't read any of his work just because you haven't had the time, you're making me extremely sad right about now. My absolutely FAVORITE book of his is It. And, please. do not judge my favorite book by the horrible, horrible 1990 television mini-series representation. The book is so much better than how it was portrayed on television.
Snail mail is a lost and dying art. I love groups and organizations that promote snail mail over email. Two of these are The Postal Society (I'm on there as @mrshemery and ChemoAngels (where I volunteer as an Angel for people going through chemotherapy).
My mother knitted and crocheted my entire life. She was always making doilies. She tried teaching me crocheting when I was a child but it just didn't stick. I was more into plastic canvas, puzzles, and cross-stitching. About a year or so ago, I finally found a "teach yourself to crochet" type book and decided to get it. The rest is history. I don't do a whole lot of fancy stitches but I do make afghans and have even started selling them as The Afghani Hooker ("Hooker" because you use a crochet hook and "Afghani" because I make afghans ... get it? LOL). I'll be opening an Etsy shop and Instagram account under that name so be on the lookout for it! =)
I love to cook and bake. Cooking allows me to be creative while baking is soothing and calming. If I've had a bad day, a day of baking (beating down bread dough, muscling my way through a mixture of cookie dough, etc.) helps get rid of a lot of frustration and puts me in a better mood.
There's so much more I could tell you about me (camping, religion, politics, soccer, family, Halloween, etc.) but I'd like to leave some mystery. If there's ever anything you'd like to know, message me! I'd be more than happy to talk to you.
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