I love it when bloggers post lists of things I didn’t know about them. It almost always proves that you can’t judge a book by its cover. In many ways, I am an open book.

 

But I still have my secrets…

          1.  When I was a kid, I hated my name because it was different. I didn’t meet another Richelle until I was in my 30s. It was so annoying that I could never find “personalized” stuff with my name growing up. I am over it, though. I love my name now.
          2.  I learned to read when I was four, and my favorite thing to read was the encyclopedia. I still read only non-fiction. I am a knowledge junkie.
          3.  Although I am totally the person who walks into a room and cannot remember what I went there for, I have a bizarre memory for certain things, like numbers. I have memorized my social security number, my husbands, my driver’s license, my library card, my 10 digit numerical wi-fi password and my debit card as well as random phone numbers and addresses. I also rarely forget names.
          4.  Although my theme decor is kind of goth (my sister calls it “Addams Family) I do NOT like scary movies or gore of any kind.

            Welcome to Red Scorpio's House

            Welcome to Red Scorpio’s House

          5. As well as anxiety/panic issues, I have Fibromyalgia. I never  use these as an excuse for self-pity, because I realize how good my life truly is. My favorite aunt lost her only son, my beloved cousin Brandon, in a tragic accident. My plight is nothing compared to that.
          6. I am a total foodie. I love trying new food. That’s probably not a secret, but I bet you didn’t know that I cannot eat the skin of a peach. Even thinking about it makes me gag.
          7. Some people might call me a hoarder, but I like to think of myself as a collector. My current collections include travel bars, Ouija boards, cowboy boots, Alice in Wonderland memorabilia, cookie jars,  Vans and pretty much anything black and red . I have over 20 pairs of Vans. Most of them are black or red or both, naturally my faves are red & black plaid.
          8. You already know I love black and red, but did you know that I love all things cherry? My dishes (two different sets, actually), my wallet, of course a bunch of handbags, the curtains in the Tiny Trailer, and my favorite, a complete set of luggage. Just to name a few.

            My Beautiful Cherry Luggage

            My Beautiful Cherry Luggage

          9. I love animals. When I was a little kid, I considered becoming a vet, but reconsidered when I realized what that entails. I have had some strange pets over the years, like snakes, tarantulas and my precious Sphinx cats. Right now we have 2 Boston terriers, three chickens (one ‘regular’, one Silkie and one Showgirl) and Frank, our Sulcata tortoise. If you follow me on Facebook, then you already know this.

            Showgirl chicken Liza and Sulcata tortoise Frank

            Liza and Frank

          10. I am obsessed with Hello Kitty. Probably more than a 48-year-old woman should be, but hey I’m only like 20-something on the inside. Did you know that according to her back story, Hello Kitty’s name is Kitty White and that she lives in London?
          11. In my shop I sell jewelry, but I also make and sell oxygen tank covers. When my dad Bob became dependent on oxygen after losing a lung to cancer (see #5), he hated lugging that hideous tank around so I started making them for him, and then for others too.
          12. I met my husband, Greg, at work when I was 18. We have worked together for about 25 years all told, at three different places. We have been married since 1987.
            Wedding Day 1987

            Wedding Day 1987

            GnR May 2014

            GnR May 2014

          13. I have a strange aversion to the color blue. No idea why. I had to change the graphic for the blog hop from blue to red. I do not allow blue items to be displayed in my house, never write in blue ink and basically don’t use blue products. I have the world’s greatest organizing binder, but it is blue and I cannot bring myself to use it. I tried several times before I finally just had to get rid of it because I knew it would never happen.

Alright, so now you know my deepest, darkest secrets. Just kidding, there are so many more that you will never know. I am a Scorpio, after all.

 

 An enigma, wrapped in a riddle, surrounded by mystery.