The second of our crusade challenges is to write a post starting with "You may not know this about me, but..."
I collect a lot of stuff. I have no room for skeletons in my closet, because it is full of all this other stuff!
I collect Parents Magazine Press picture books. I think I've mentioned before that I have very fond memories of getting books in the mail as a child. These books were from Parents Magazine Press and I LOVED them (and still do). Sadly Parent Magazine Press stopped producing picture books, so I scour book sales and Goodwill and garage sales for copies of my favorites. In fact, one of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant with my first son was create an eBay account so I could buy a copy of "Popcorn" by Frank Asch, which was my favorite. Anyone else know and love these? Like "Miss Mopp's Lucky Day" when she forgets her umbrella on the way to sell her baked goods? Or "Pets I Wouldn't Pick"? Or "Septimus Bean and his Flying Machine"?
I collect John Deere tractors (the toys, not the real things). This all began when my high school band did "Bohemian Rhapsody" as their halftime show at football games. They would bring the percussion stuff out with a little John Deere and I was so excited for the show I would yell, "Here comes the John Deere!" My friend took this to mean I loved John Deere and started giving me the little toys. I've been a John Deere enthusiast ever since. My dad arranged for me to help with the harvest last fall and drive a real JD Combine (that's me in the pink hat)!
I collect jobs. Now, these aren't taking up room in my closet, but still. Jobs I've actually been paid to do just go on and on. I've worked in a Deli/Bagel Shop. I worked in shop called Natural Wonders. I was a land surveyors assistant. I've been a babysitter for anywhere between one and nine children for extended periods of time. I've worked in a fitness center. I worked the front desk at residence halls. I was a secretary. I was a youth minister. I did transcription work. I did research. I worked in the costume jewelry department of L.S. Ayres. I once even waitressed a catered event at the Jewish Community Center (I really served people gefilte fish and latkas - that's kartoffelpuffer for you of German-descent). And I'm sure I could think of more if I wanted to continue down memory lane. But I'm tired just thinking of all that work!