A friend tagged me. And since I missed The Office due to a baby boy who didn’t want to sleep yet I’ve got a few spare minutes before I go to bed. So, here we go.
Rules: If you you get this, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.
1. My initials are AZ, which I think is pretty cool, especially for being the book lover that I am (B, I realize I don’t read nearly as much as you these days…but eventually I will get the HP series finished…I promise). Which leads me to #2.
2. I love books. Sometimes I find myself picking up a new book just to smell the pages. I particularly love the books with uneven, ragged edges. And, yes, I absolutely will judge a book by the cover (and smell!).
3. My house was clean before I had kids. Now it isn’t and I’m ok with this.
4. I grew up on a farm. My parents are two of the most wonderful, hardworking, and kind people I’ve ever known. Anything good that I accomplish is because I had supportive parents. These wonderful parents have become amazing grandparents.
5. I like my in-laws (actually, I love them!)
6. I like pie crust – raw, uncooked pie crust. I think I often make the pie for the pie crust.
7. I’ve never colored my hair. After the perm I had in 4th grade I’ve been too scared to add chemicals to my hair. If you saw the pictures you wouldn’t ask why.
8. I’m incredibly in love with my husband and I genuinely like him, too.
9. I’m often torn between enjoying where I live and wanting to plant a huge garden in my backyard. Sometimes I want to pick up and move to the country and ‘live off of the land’. I think I’d be living by myself. I married a city boy. I slide in and out of both worlds and sometimes feel like I don’t quite fit in either.
10. My kids are amazing. Nothing brings me greater joy than watching them interact with each other.
11. Almost every person in my Dad’s family, including women, has graduated from college since the early 1900’s. When I once told a co-worker this, the person asked me if I felt embarrassed and like an under achiever because I am a marketing coordinator. I didn’t even know how to respond.
12. I lived next door to my grandfather for 21 out of 24 years that he was alive during my lifetime. I became much closer to him during the last three years. It is amazing what growing older did for the both of us. I still have his large print books throughout my house. I firmly believe that God gave me A knowing that I’d be devastated losing him. He died in 2005, which was the worst year of my life, with the marvelous exception of A. She saved the year and I’d repeat it if I got her at the end. Sometimes if I think about that summer I still almost lose my breath.
13. I graduated in three years from college. I took 24 hours one semester and planned a wedding. This was not because I was smart, more because I was cheap and determined. College was over 23k a year and I’m still paying it off.
14. I am the oldest child in my family and the shortest. My siblings rock and they have my back.
15. I really, really like nacho cheese. I share this affinity with my brother-in-law. I think he likes it even more than I do.
16. I don’t think I’ve ever had long finger nails. I had my nails done for my wedding. I accidentally got one of the nails caught, ever so briefly, in a fan. All of the photos of my hands clearly show the split down the center of my nail. Did I mention I work with books? My hands usually have at least one paper cut.
17. I love to cook and bake. I want to become really skilled in baking bread. I’m working on it.
18. I could easily become a vegetarian…if I could still eat chicken broth. I like the taste of chicken, just not the texture.
19. I have a wickedly good memory, especially for conversations. This can be both a good and bad trait.
20. My favorite place to visit is Jekyll Island. There is a quote that says that “once your feet have touch the sand, you will always want to come back.” Some of my favorite memories of summers were on this island. It was equally as enjoyable to take my own family there.
21. I am terrible at geography and directions.
22. I took painting lessons from 5th grade to my senior year in high school. Part of my degree is in commercial graphics. I wish I hadn’t stopped painting because I’m afraid I’ve forgotten how to paint. I remember my teacher saying how much easier it is to teach children to paint because they don’t know that the art can be poorly done. She was absolutely correct.
23. I love to help people anonymously. I’d love to do this more and hope to have the budget to do so someday.
24. I value my faith.
25. I hate, hate, hate church games (you know…run with the egg on the spoon and don’t drop it) and ice breakers. One of the first things that B and I attended together was a New Years Eve party at his church (I was 16) where we played lots and lots of church games. I knew I liked him when I controlled the disdain and didn’t hyperventilate. He kissed me the next morning. It was well worth it.
And that is it.