The goofy title is for 2 reasons: first, while I wasn't paying attention, I managed to write 100 posts. Whaddya know? So this, tada, is the 101st. The other reason...well, here:
Ok, we all know I have a procrastination issue. But eventually I get to stuff, really, I do. And here's proof. A short time ago a few months ago, I got tagged to play the 7-random-things-about-me game. Then I got tagged again. And again. It's not that it didn't look like fun (because it did) and it's certainly not that I didn't totally love reading the things that my taggers wrote about themselves on their own blogs (because I did). They are all 3 fascinating and talented people...2 of which have never driven a car. Who knew?
There's Elizabeth Metz, who I found myself drawn to over and over again when drifting through links on Illustration Friday. Her beautiful illustrations always catch my eye...and she is smart and clever and I just found out it seems we have the same favorite movie! How many other grownups do you know who still fall back on a silly fairy tale as their favorite? You can read the other 5 things I haven't already blurted out about her here.
Then there's Amber Alvarez. I was lucky to get Amber as my new neighbor at Surtex last year and she's been cracking me up ever since...she's got the biting wit of a real New Yorker but has never lost that Island sweetness. Oh and her art is awesomely adorable. I dare you to say that, along with her full name, 3 times fast. Even if you can't do that, you really must read her hilarious 7 things.
And last but certainly not least is another Surtex buddy Gina Rivas, who creates art as warm and bright and gorgeous as she is herself. If you don't already know Gina, you really ought to check out her blog & website and get to know her and her beautiful art! I only get to see Gina once a year at the show and it's been fun to get a peek into the real Gina on her new blog!
And now, the 101 part. Actually in blabbing on and on about myself so in the past 100 posts (I had a hard time thinking of 7 new things I haven't already told you) we're probably up to a much higher number, but for the sake of the post we'll still call it Beth Logan 101:
7 Random Things (most of) You Didn't Already Know About Me, in No Particular Order.
1. I have always been a grouch in the morning, even when I was little. A real bear. Growly and hairy and with claws. Ok, mostly just growly. Delicious coffee has become a very important part of my morning. But not this important.
2. When I was a little girl I named my first cat Henrietta, after that slightly creepy meow-meow-meowing puppet on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. I think she sort of resented the name...my Henrietta was a rather crotchety and ill-tempered little kitty.
3. After dropping out of art school I went for a whole year without drawing or painting a single thing. I'll never do that again. Sometimes now I might have to go weeks at a time without putting a pencil to paper, for some reason or another. When that happens I get really cranky and can't wait to start creating again.
4. I have freakishly long toes that can bend twice....in, and then out again. Or in twice, like fingers bend. I often pick stuff up with these prehensile toes instead of bending over. I can't draw with them though. Are you familiar with these amazing people?
5. Since I've already covered my favorite movie of all time (anyone want a peanut?) we'll move to second favorite: Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
I have always been a Pee Wee Herman fan. I can't help it. Watched Pee Wee's Playhouse every Saturday morning back in the day (yes I was already a grownup then). Got Pee Wee and Chairy action figures for Christmas one year, but my first puppy Stella devoured them. Don't talk to me about shady theatres and scandal and mugshots and such. I can't hear you. My fingers are in my ears and I'm shouting "blah blah blah..." I love Pee Wee.
6. I was "legally blind" until I was 6 years old. All that means is that I had pretty lousy vision which improved after wearing glasses for a few years. It remains pretty lousy, but is much better than when I was little. I've worn glasses or contacts since I was 18 months old. I've recently started seeing better, close-up, without either of them. This really freaks me out because it means I'm that age...when people's arms aren't long enough to focus on the thing in their hand, when you hear things like, "I can't see that...I can't find my reading glasses", when you may spy me peeking over the top of my specs with that granny-gaze, squinting, entire face stretched and twisted into that scowly mug that only old people's faces can stretch into. That expression that makes teenagers cringe unconsciously. I have news for you, teenagers. You know why you cringe? It's because someday you will also make that face. Believe me. I thought I never would, but this is terrifying and horrific...I do it. I make the face.
7. 7 is actually my favorite number. My birthday is on a 7th. At birth I weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces, and for years my mom had me convinced that I was even born at 7am. More recently, though, I got hold of my birth certificate and it says 11:45am. Oh well. But that might give you a clue as to where I got my habit of harmless story-improving exaggeration. Still I'm all about the number 7. I met Husband Guy (whose birthday has a 7 in it) on a 7th, and we got married on yet another 7th. I could go on and on...
Alright. Finally, the last part of this 7-things-game is that I'm supposed to tag 7 more people. But here's the thing: since I took so long to get around to it, every single person I know in Blogland has already done it. I'm the last one. This is what I get for procrastinating. So I'm afraid I'm going to cheat and skip the last step. But thanks to Gina, Elizabeth, and Amber for including me...it was fun! And the rest of you, have you gone to those girls' blogs yet and checked them out? Really you need to do that now.