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12 Little-Known Facts About Me

Maxfield Parrish, "Morning"

Maxfield Parrish, “Morning”

Because the Sparkling Vintage Life blog has seen an uptick in new subscribers this summer (welcome, and thank you!), I thought it would be a good idea to get to know each other a little better. I’ll start. Here are 12 things about me you might not know, selected at random from the fringes of my mind:

  1. I used to play the violin. I took private lessons and played in orchestras all through school. However, I never really cottoned to it, thus practiced as little as I could get away with, thus never got to be very good, and frustrated my teachers. Studying the violin did help me acquire a taste for the symphony, though, which I still enjoy, so it wasn’t a total waste. I haven’t touched a violin in years. If I ever did pick it up again, I’d set the classical stuff aside and learn to play mountain-style fiddle A fitting thing, since I live on a mountain.scandinavian folk dancing
  2. I used to play the piano–and still do. Unlike the violin, I enjoy playing piano. I keep a keyboard in my writing room and noodle around on it when I need inspiration or just a break.
  3. In high school I did Scandinavian folk dancing with the Nordic Folk Dancers.
  4. My all-time favorite food is peanut butter. I could practically live on the stuff.
  5. I’m terrible at sports. Really, truly horrible. Not one athletic cell in my body.
  6. But I love to dance.
  7. My favorite dead artist is Maxfield Parrish. My favorite living artist is my brother Greg.

    Lamont tartan

    Lamont tartan

  8. I dream of one day traveling to the U. K., especially the Lake District in England and the Loch Lomond area of Scotland.
  9. “Lomond” is a form of “Lamont,” a Highland clan. I love our tartan and own a fabulous tartan kilt that, sadly, I don’t fit into. I also love our motto: Ne parcus nec spernus, “Neither spare nor despise,” which is replete with practical applications.
  10. In college I had a double major in English and French. I spent my junior year of college in Strasbourg, France. That experience is good for a few future novels right there.
  11. I am a fan of the Oxford comma. Look it up.
  12. I miss my mom every single day. That’s not a little-known fact. What is little-known is that we shared a love of storybook mice and, thanks to her, I have an impressive collection of mice figurines, Christmas ornaments, and Beatrix Potter books.

    mice collection

    Just a few of my many mice.

So that’s me. What about you? What’s something that few people know about you. Feel free to share a fact or two (or twelve!) about yourself in the comments.

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