8 random things about myself:
1) I have a very mixed heritage: my grandfather immigrated to Peru from Japan in 1925 at age 11. When he grew up, he married a local girl and they had 8 kids. My mom was #4. When she was in her 20s, she met my dad who had just gone to Peru as a missionary from the US. He’s straight-up Anglo with a genealogy going back to the Mayflower. My sister and I grew up mostly in Peru.
2) My early childhood memories involve playing with Quechua children in rural villages in Peru. When I was 7, I learned how to weave a belt on a back-strap loom.
3) I placed 6th in a regional (Western NY) spelling bee at age 10.
4) My senior year in high school I was both valedictorian and student council president. It helped that there were only 20 kids in grades 9-12.
5) As an undergrad, I and two friends started a Medieval Club at our midwestern school. The highlight of the year was a hand-kissing contest that I helped judge.
6) After graduating, I spent four years as a community development volunteer in rural Bolivia, which is where I met my husband!
7) During that time, I had a motorcycle accident in which I fractured my left tibia. But I didn’t think it was broken, so I hobbled around on it for five days before getting an x-ray and, subsequently a cast. It was while laid up for six weeks that I learned how to knit.
8) One time, between jobs, I spent 7 months or so writing a novel that I’ve never showed to anyone.
I tag anyone reading this who hasn’t done it yet!!!