Sunday, October 28, 2007

I've Been Tagged!

Seven Random Facts About Me:
1. Today is my 12th wedding anniversary! (If it's still posting as October 28th)
2. I love writing, running, and karate...among other things such as knitting, crocheting, playing piano..
3. I love other languages and cultures! I took 2 years of German in high school and would love to re-learn German..I speak Finnish, and someday will be fluent in American Sign Language and Spanish (never mind the fact I know next to nothing in either ASL or Spanish!) :)
4. I come from a family of 4 boys, 7 girls and betwixt the lot of us, we have, ummmm, 52 children I believe! We have the best family get-togethers possible!!!
5. I love travelling! I've been to many states in the U.S., to Canada several times, lived in Finland for a year, then visited it again for a month once and almost 2 weeks another time, have been to Mexico twice and Sweden twice (while living in Finland). I even stood near the border of Russia while in Finland and watched trucks rumbling along in the distance and could see guard towers!
6. I can't stand mucousy body fluids! Especially vomit & dog drool!!!!!!!!! I truly do a full body shudder when I come into any contact with it, especially unexpected contact!
7. My mom died just after I turned 8. The kids in our family ranged in age from 19 to 2. I think this defined me to who I am today. I am a bit of a non-conformist and feel that this is due partially to my personality and partially due to my mother's death. Growing up without a mom forces you to grow up a bit fast and also to figure out a lot of life's lessons in your own way. I learned a ton from my sisters (and still do) as well as from everyone in my family. Then when you see people doing things just because (usually because that's just how everyone does it) it doesn't make sense to me so I continue to do things how life's school of hard knocks (or just life's school) has taught me!
Now, I'm supposed to tag 7 people...okay, now was it also 7 random facts or was I mixing it up with tagging 7 people? Oh well. I listed 7 facts and I'm stickin' to it! I will clarify with the people I tag if it is otherwise. I, however, don't know if I will be able to scrounge 7 people up from bloggers because I don't think I "know" 7 people yet but I will try! First, my sister, Kristin, then suburbancorrespondent, houseofdanes, shellie, (carrie tagged me so I can't pick her...) ummmmm, I'll go look at my comments because I know that there are a couple more I'm sure I could pick but can't remember off the top of my head what their names are! We'll start with these...I will have to go on and send the message to them on their blogs tomorrow because I am chronically sleep deprived and I have to be up in about 4 1/2 hours plus I'm sure my babycakes will have me up a couple of times between now and 5:30am, when my alarm will be going off. :)
Now this makes 3 posts in the last few hours!!! Boy, I was sure in the sharing mode!


Bia said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoyed reading the seven random facts about you. I, too, love languages and culture. My mother is from Italy, so I speak Italian and Spanish fluently (sorry, no Finnish!). I see you've done a lot of traveling . . . how about Italy? With my father in the military, most of my childhood was spent in Europe.
What a blessing to have such a large family!!
Finally, I agree with you about dog drool; baby drool I can take, dog drool, uh, no.
Happy anniversary!

carrie & troy keiser said...

These are great, I learned a lot! Wow! you do come from a big family! and I thought ours was big! That is Awesome. I took 2 yrs of German in HS too! I love sign langauge -- we used it with Robby because he had a speech problem. So then we used it with the twins.... and boy how helpful! My in-laws got us 4 Signing Time videos they are great for kids. Check em out
How cool all the places you've been.!

Darla said...

Just a side note...all the places I've travelled have been on very little money. I lived on a farm as part of a big family so we always coupon-shopped and bought off-brand. I learned to live off very little...when in college, even had many, many peanut butter sandwiches for meals (didn't even bother with jelly)! :) Just didn't want anyone to think I was acting like I'm some money-spending traveler or something. Nothing arrogant, just would scrape my coins together and go! Many trips I would take with my sisters (and different friends would accompany us but almost every trip was with a sister) and we would happily pack a stack of PBJ's to eat on the road, take turns driving and sleeping (we never would have thought of getting a hotel room while on the road) and had a blast while we were at it!!! We usually travelled to places we knew people so we would stay in their homes. Was a lot of fun!

houseofdanes said...

I loved your facts and getting to know you more. I can't believe how much your oldest, Holli, looks like her daddy and where in the world do you get your energy from? I'm working my new job ( now I'm on days and I'd take nights over it anytime) and I'm beat all the time. Other that Marley being preggers and working I don't do much.
I love your enthusiam and your willingness and need to learn.. keeps us young when our brain keeps going.
Always great reading your blogs neighbor, hope to someday see that HUGE family of yours..... can I interest you in another SLOBBERING great dane puppy?????

kristin said...

I loved reading your 7 random facts. Brought back many wonderful memories. Now that I'm tagged, you have to tell me the rules. And belated happy anniversary!

Kellan said...

Congratulations on your your new baby. You've got your hands full with all those girls - how fun! I enjoyed your list of 7. You tagged me on my site and you will be the 7th person this week that has tagged me - so I'm planning on doing just (1)7 Unique Things meme - I am not up to doing 7 of them - I'm not that interesting. I'll see you soon.