10 Things about me

by Aug 4, 20214 comments

Random things about me (aka M.E.)

I am participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to post every day this month (#blogboost).  We were issued a challenge to write 10 Random Things about ourselves as an introduction.  As a secondary challenge, I decided to do it quickly and without too much thought.  So, here goes:

art quilt
art quilt
  1. I have my father’s eyes and calm demeanor – and a touch of my mother’s stubborn streak
  2. I don’t have a favourite colour – unless rainbow counts?  I love playing with colour in different combinations to create interest and texture
  3. In the past 2 years, I have decided to tell people I am an artist instead of describing myself as ‘someone who makes things’.
  4. In addition to Canada and the US, I have lived and taught in Japan, Morocco, and the Czech Republic.  I have visited more than 40 countries.  Pictures at right of me with some of my students, who took me to a wedding dresser when I bought a wedding kimono.  I didn’t know it was a wedding kimono when I bought it.  I also didn’t realize the ordeal of dressing for the occasion – seven layers of silk under dresses, 2 tiny samuri knives tucked in the bodice and about 4 feet of train tucked up into a bustle.  Also, I don’t have black hair; that is a wig I was told weighed about 10 kg (20 lbs)  How would you like to wear that all day while remaining as graceful as a geisha.
  5. I am an enthusiastic volunteer and have spent 40 years as volunteer and staff at not-for-profit organizations, mainly as Project Coordinator and/ or Volunteer Manager.  I have directed music and arts festivals, worked in environmental education, led build crews for Habitat for Humanity, taught ESL and literacy, and led historical tours, to name a few.  I am so grateful for all the opportunities to participate with great teams and learn so much from kind and generous people.
  6. I have been an adult educator for 30+ years and love it. My first years of teaching were in Junior High music. I am not cut out to be a junior high teacher. Or a music teacher for that matter.
  7. I have had my own businesses off and on since I was 13 and started selling macrame wall hangings and bags at community events.
  8. I have a tendency to overthinking – and maybe perfectionism. Though I’m not sure that is the right word. I’m working on it. I have a plan. It’s a good plan. Maybe it could use just a little tweaking.
  9. I have visited all 10 provinces and lived in five. I have always wanted to see the territories and still hope to do that, perhaps even for a work term (a bonus random fact)
  10. I have never felt confident in drawing skills and can’t sketch anything that looks like what I have in mind.   I have always wished that I could draw more realistically and have learned that I am more successful with fabric and thread.  As an example, this picture of my first art quilt.  I like to think I have come a long way.
Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Educator, Artist, Storyteller



    Mary Elizabeth, sometimes I think it is fun to write about yourself, humbling for one, and interesting to read about others. Thank you for sharing. The quilt is beautiful.

    • Mary Elizabeth

      Thanks, Deb. It is funny as I also enjoy reading about others but wonder if anyone would care about my random thoughts. But you’re right, it is fun and humbling. Thanks for the feedback and the kind words about my quilt – and for taking the time to comment.

  2. Anita

    Wow, I didn’t realize how many layers and how much weight a wedding kimono was. That is a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing about yourself!

    • Mary Elizabeth

      The weight really surprised me too. Wedding days seem stressful enough without having to stand with grace while wearing that gear all day. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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