Sunday, February 05, 2006

5 strange things



I got tagged by Maria Antunes www.pimpolhices.blogspot.com I love her blog and work and she has asked 5 strange things about me. I am not sure how strange they are but here goes:

1. My mother was born in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, CA. She was discovered on the streets of Hollywood by a producer because she looked a little like Shirley Temple and she was a darling little girl. My grandmother took her to the studios on the behest of this producer and she would not stop crying so they sent her home. I was born in San Diego, Ca and when I was a little girl I was discovered by a man in television who thought I had a great singing voice and wanted me to do some tests. My mother refused.
2. The first professional illustration job I got was drawing a picture of a dancer wearing a certain type of clothing that dancers prefer. I was 19, it was published in an issue of Dance Magazine and trust me it was atrocious. Strange that it ever got published it was that bad!
3.I like to do the same things everyday at the same time. I don't have to but I feel best if I do because I have worked at home for so long that I need to have a routine like people do at a regular job so I manage my time this way and I don't answer the phone while I am working.
4. I drink coffee in the morning and 1 cup in the afternoon as a boost and I only drink pure cranberry juice unsweetened diluted with water all day every day.
5. I have lived in very remote areas of Topanga Canyon and spend enormous amounts of time alone and I never feel afraid or alone. I have gone weeks without seeing or talking to people and I find it totally delightful! Before I was married of course.
Left: my mom "Babs" Right: val

12 comments:

Janet said...

CUUUTE Pics!!! I don't know about "strange" either, but I enjoyed reading your Fun facts!

carla said...

What delicious tidbits! I love the pictures of you and Babs (:>), and I love the glimpse into what your life is like...actually, nothing seems strange to me at all! I am with you on the coffee and the cranberry juice, and the need for a routine. Thanks for sharing:>

Caroline said...

Interesting facts - great to get more of a feel for who you are behind all those houses! And aren't tastes funny - I can't abide either coffee or cranberry - thank goodness for variety eh?

cristosova said...

What lovely photographs!
An unrelated note: I was curious to hear you live in Topanga, do you happen to know the Theatricum Botanicum? I learned about it when reading about Will Geer and his life, it sounds like an interesting place...

andrea said...

Another delightful post, Val, and delightful photos of you and your mother. I enjoy spending time alone, too, so when my youngest went off to school full-time and I quit teaching, having a chunk of alone time every day was the most precious gift imaginable. I still relish it.

kan said...

such a nice treat to learn about you!
i enjoy alone time too, it runs in my family, we all are happy doing our own thing! i think it is healthly.

how did you become drawn to your sweet houses?
do you illo other objects or people?

Toni said...

Oh Val what fun to see your cute face and learn a little bit about you. i need routine also but it doesn't always happen. I try

Roz Foster said...

Very interesting to know! You are a very cute kid. I don't know if you can still sing, Val, but you sure can paint. Do you still sing?

merlinprincesse said...

So nice to learn a bit more about you!

Maria Antunes said...

yuppiiii... thank's! :-)
I love your blog and your work. *·]·*

Baskerville Hound said...

Thanks for sharing these interesting facts about you Val :)

AscenderRisesAbove said...

Happened to stumble upon this. Fascinating; I too must have a very routine scheduale or I can't find my flow again until the next day. A great deal of that day is spent not interacting with other people; and not answering the phone.