The deep dark secrets . . . .

I’m falling behind in my linky parties.  I just got so busy!!!  But I liked this week’s Tuesday Topics, and considering how long I made last week’s entry, I know I need to keep this week’s list short!  Here we go:

The Austin Family Diary

  1. I was legally blind when I was 10 years old.  I got contacts at 13 because the weight and size of the bottles I had to wear was giving me migraine headaches.  At 20, my dad had to wear glasses for the first time ever.  He called me up saying “Good grief Kelly, this sucks!  If you could ever have that surgery that would fix your vision, I would totally pay for it”.  The week after I graduated from college I held him to that promise.  It’s been 18 years.  I still wear glasses at night, but it’s so worth it!
  2. I love to fly stunt kites.  One of these days I’ll get up the nerve to compete, but for now it’s just a heck of a lot of fun.
  3. I used to do costume work for the theater.  I was a union member (IATSE #55!) and worked backstage while in college for some great tours that came through–Les Mis, Cats, Roy Rogers Follies–and some not so great ones–Sesame Street Live, anyone??  Still I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.  What a fun time.  I almost joined a national tour of Oliver! but didn’t because I knew if I left college three weeks before graduation I’d never finish.  But I still love the theater.  I volunteered at a local theater at 15 years to see things for free, like Rent, Wicked, and The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee.
  4. I know there’s a fourth that’s interesting, but I can’t think of what it is.  So I’ll resort to my stupid body tricks.  I can make my eyeballs move independently of each other.  Kinda freaks the kiddos out! 🙂