Thursday, January 26, 2012

11 Random Things ...

So after reading a number of these 11 Random Things posts, I have been tagged (and I feel so ... included!  Thanks, Jen!

The rules:

1. Post these rules
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people! 

Here are 11 random things about me ...

1.  Marriage.  Hubby and I (barely) knew each other in high school, never dated.  Ran into him 12 years post-high school, dated a month, then eloped.  We have three beautiful daughters and have been married 15.5 years.
2.  Piano.  At age 45, after a 30-year break, I have resumed piano lessons.  I do not want to see "middle age" as a time of stagnation, but continued growth.

3.  Allergy.  My husband is allergic to horseradish.  How bizarre is that??

4.  Children.  I had my third child 23 days before my 40th birthday.  She arrived less than 4 hours after the first contraction, and was born EIGHT MINUTES after we got to the hospital!  I may be an old, slow runner, but I'm a darn fast "birther"!

5.  Food.  Everyone kids me about my "chocoholism".  In truth, while I have always loved chocolate, as I have gotten older I don't crave it nearly as much.  Cheese, bread and wine are actually higher on my list these days.

6.  Running.  I try so hard not to worry about my speed, but when I look at other blogs and see someone complain about their 9 minute/mile pace, I want to scream.  I would LOVE to have that kind of pace!

7.  Jokes.  I was born in West Virginia.  I'm an attorney by profession.  You can imagine the thick skin I've had to develop to handle all those jokes!!

8.  Sense of Humor.  Related to #7 above, my sense of humor is by far my best attribute.  This may also come from being a "fat chick" for a good portion of my life, so much of my humor is the self-deprecating kind.

9.  Heritage.  We can trace one side of our family back to English settlers who arrived here in the late 1600s.  However, I relate much more to my Irish ancestry--loud, beer-drinking, fun-loving folks!

10.  Movies.  I'm not much into chick flicks.  There is enough drama in real life, so I'd rather get swept up into a good action/adventure type movie.  Iron Man, the Bourne series, that's more my speed.  Hubby appreciates this attribute!!

11.  Travel.  My college major was French Language & Literature.  I've never been to France.  Very sad.  I love to travel, so someday ...

Answers to Jen's questions:

1.  What was your first job?  Candy-striper at the local hospital, age 13.  Found out very quickly I couldn't stand the sight of blood (or sick people, for that matter!) so I got to sell sandwiches to dreamy docs at the "canteen" instead!
2.  If you could only hear one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Graceland by Paul Simon.  It isn't my favorite song of all time, but it invariably makes me happy, and that counts for a lot.
3.  Favorite quote or saying?  Bring it on!
4.  Disney World, Vegas or a cruise?  Cruise, because I've never been on one.  I lose too much money in Vegas.
5.  Your favorite "kid" movie?  Babe.  Love that one.
6.  Celebrity crush?  Robert Downey, Jr.  Hands down.  Everyone (even my dear hubby) knows that I call him "my boyfriend".
7.  Dream race?  Any race in which I'm actually proud of my time!
8.  Favorite blog? (Bonus points if it's mine… just kidding. not really.) :)  Yours, of course!  Actually, any blog that I can read and feel uplifted rather than intimidated. 
9.  Italian food, Greek Food or Asian?  Italian, of course!  Married to one, so it has to be that!
10. Favorite sports team?  Not much of a sports nut, sorry to say.  The UVa Cavaliers--go Hoos!
11. What was your first concert?  Beach Boys

11 Questions for those I tag:

1.  If you could change your first name, what name would you choose?
2.  Do you have siblings?  If so, how many?
3.  What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
4.  Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
5.  What's your dream job?
6.  Do you take compliments well?
7.  What is your favorite physical attribute?
8.  Which article of clothing do you own that always makes you feel beautiful?
9.   Dogs or cats?
10. Have you broken any bones?  Which ones and how old were you?
11. Absolute favorite vacation spot (or dream vacation spot)?

I'm tagging:

If I've tagged you and you don't care to do this (or got tagged elsewhere), I totally get it.  However, I've had fun with it and hope you will, too! 


  1. Done. Just for you.

    1. You so rock! Hope you have fun with this!

  2. Awesome list! Loved it - thanks for participating :) Could so relate to those annoying "did an easy 9:30 pace today" Love the Beach boys! My first crush was Robert Downey Jr. Fell for him right after watching Weird Science in 1987 or something.

    1. I had a lot of fun with this, Jen! My husband, however, was a bit taken aback that I listed HIS weird allergy on MY list of random things! Sounds like we've got a lot in common. Who knows ... maybe we'll meet up at BOSTON someday (hahahahahaha!).

  3. Love your true! Happy also to have found YOUR blog :) I'm a fellow turtle so we'll likely have lots in common. Thanks for sharing your journey.

    1. Turtles rock! We may not be the fastest, but it takes even more oomph to go out and run when you know Boston is a pipe dream! Don't get me wrong--I get loads of inspiration from those speedy runners--I just don't know that I'll ever be there, and I have to tell myself IT'S OKAY!!!