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Patient Saver's List

September 17th, 2016 at 02:16 am

Ooh, I played this game once before but I don't remember what was on my list then.

1. I never married and have no kids. (See #19 below for a hint why.)

2. I LOVE to travel and did a fair amount in my 30s, mainly to Europe, about 5 or 6 times, and also at least 3 major trips thru Canada (Canadian Rockies, Yukon, Montreal, Nova Scotia, Laurentian Mts), Mexico, Costa Rica, US Virgin Islands. My favorite state is Alaska.

3. I'm an amateur naturalist and love studying insects, birds, butterflies, critters, you name it.

4. I'm a liberal.

5. Probably the most interesting thing about me are the many unusual jobs I've held, including 2 fun journalism jobs and another one working for a company that investigated insurance fraud cases. I also worked for a nonprofit environmental group that was very hands-on, requiring me to pack and sort over a dozen different types of tree seedlings, and also manage a trout fingerling sale we did as a fundraiser.

6. I also went to law school in Boston, but dropped out after a year (probably a mistake).

7. My favorite color is turquoise.

8. I'm a history buff.

9 I'm a genealogy fanatic.

10 Social injustice bothers me a lot.

11 I am proud of having paid off a 30-year mortgage in 17 years and all the progress I've made saving for my retirement.

12 I'm probably an atheist. Agnostic at best. If I had to pick a religion, it would be Buddhism, and I am interested in Eastern philosophy, yoga, meditation, healthcare, etc.

13 I've been writing for a living all my life, marketing, mostly.

14 My favorite kind of writing happens when I can act as an advocate for others, which is something I did in what was close to my dream job when I worked as a personal finance writer for a consumer website that has since gone belly up.

15 I have had chickadees and wild turkeys eat out of my hand.

16 The beauty, symmetry and synergism of the natural world will always fill me with wonder.

17 I like to record everything I see (using a camera)

18 I am a vegan-in-process with a strong interest in diet and nutrition

19 When I was very young, I was kidnapped by my father during a contentious post-divorce dispute between my parents over visitation. Since that time, I've had 3 step-parents (2 step-fathers and 1 step-mother). My parents outlived them all.

20. I've met one fellow SA blogger here, twice! And would do it again.

7 Responses to “Patient Saver's List”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Great, interesting list! I have always enjoyed your blogs, photos and writing! Thank you for always sharing your pictures and adventures!!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    We have a lot of points in common!

    That's crazy about your dad kidnapping you. Have you ever talked to him (or your mom) about it? I just watched a documentary where the subject/director finds out later in life that his mom had taken him and his sister to another country with the intention of living there, giving little notice or explanation to their dad, who she'd split up with but was still very much in the kids' lives. It wasn't the biggest point of the documentary but it really struck me, so then to read this list was strange.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Very interesting list! Especially the job history, and you should be very proud of paying off your mortgage so quickly.

  4. Tabs Says:

    Oooh, that is very interesting indeed. Would love to hear more details about that kidnapping thing, but if it's too much to talk about, you don't have to.

  5. laura Says:


    Interesting tidbits indeed!

    I was headed to law school after baby 3. Best laid plans derailed by next child. Smile I always wonder what would life be like if I had pursued that path rather than full-time motherhood?

  6. Laura S. Says:

    You live an interesting life! I always look forward to your posts. I would love to visit Europe and Nova Scotia!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    My parents history (mostly my moms) is partly why it took me so long to get married. If I had your history ... yeah, I get it.

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