Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tag I'm It!

I was surprised to see my name tagged over on my friend Jessica's blog, and since this is my very first tag, I guess I should play along!  I am not sure where the original idea came from, but it seems to be popping up all over the blogosphere lately, so here goes:

The Rules:
  • You must post the rules
  • Post 11 fun facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you; then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged
  • Tag 11 people and link them in your post
  • Let them know you have tagged them!
My 11 Fun Facts
  1. I have had a really wide variety of jobs and internships in my life.  The include my current position as a golf sales manager for a Marriott resort in Miami (since some of you always wonder what I do!), a church planter (twice! Although I will only take credit for this past one), an event coordinator for the FedEx Orange Bowl (which was probably my favorite), a tournament coordinator for a country club, a front desk clerk and lifeguard at the YMCA, a camp counselor, a resident assistant for my college dorm, a hostess and food runner at a restaurant, a barn assistant for a horseback lessons farm, a Visa clerk for the US Embassy in Mexico City (yes, it's true!), and an intern in the educational department at the Knoxville Zoo.  As vast as that sounds, my husband's list is even more random.  Together we could probably conquer the world.
  2. I spent my entire childhood dreaming of being a famous actress or singer on Broadway.  No, I can't sing nearly well enough to ever get anywhere, but I still feel like I could rise to the challenge if Steven Speilberg ever called me up to be in one of his films.  Piece of cake.  And if I could ever be given one talent, it would be to open my mouth and sing like Adele or Carrie Underwood or someone of the likes.  Sigh.
  3. I love to eat out but can hardly ever pick where I want to go.  Unless I'm pregnant, in which case I know EXACTLY where I want to go and no other place will do!
  4. Being married and having kids is everything I have ever wanted out of life.  I'm trying to figure out what the next dream is since I feel like I'm living mine every single day.  And even though my kiddos stress me out at times, it really is better than I ever imagined.
  5. Growing up I took dance lessons for 15 years.  I still kick myself for ever giving up on it as I still love it.  I feel like that someone in this world (maybe me perhaps?) needs to figure out a way to make pursuing that passion something that people can do even through adulthood, since the only ones who can are those who do it professionally.
  6. I love chick flicks and chick-lit.  I rarely find time to read a book and when I do I try to pick something "meaty" and worth my while.  But occasionally, I pick up something mindless and lighthearted and rediscover that I actually do like to read.
  7. I was never a straight-A student (well, after 5th grade anyway).  Not because I was not smart enough, but because I would rather sit in the back and chat with my friends all day long.  I cared about my grades, but just enough to keep my GPA over a 3.5.  Even so, I still managed to graduate in the top ten percent of my class.
  8. If I did it all over again I would not have gone into college with a major.  My college application said "broadcasting," I entered as a freshman as pre-vet, and graduated with a degree in recreation and tourism management.  Even now I sometimes think I should have gone into journalism, communications, or teaching.  I don't think a person really ever knows at 18.
  9. I am baffled daily as to why my husband ever actually married me.  I don't even come close to deserving him.  This just proves to me that God's plans are far more amazing than we can ever come close to comprehending.  Also a little fun trivia... it has always rained on big days for us- our first date, the day he proposed, our wedding day, and the days that Jake and Lilly were born.  Well, Jake was snow, but you get the point!
  10. I have only 11 sets of ribs.  We're supposed to have 12 apparently.  I blame my lack of a torso on this strange attribute.
  11. I love to plan things... parties, vacations, events, etc.  I have had a few jobs that have allowed me to do this for a living, but now it's mostly for our family's personal events.  One of the best compliments I have ever received was being called the "Ambassador of Fun" by my friends in Florida.  In all things we do, I truly do believe that they should be fun.  Otherwise, what's the point?
Okay, so I'm not entirely sure if those were "fun" facts, and many revolved around my work-life, which really came as a surprise to me, but oh well.  Now for Jessica's questions:

  1. Where would you go if you had an all-expenses paid trip somewhere?
  2. What do you remember about kindergarten?  I remember a lot about the building itself and the playground.  The clearest day is when we had a tornado come through our town and spent the day sitting in the hallway with our heads between our knees.  A lot of parents came and picked their kids up, but mine never did, which didn't make me very happy.  Ha!  But the coolest part was that we had to eat lunch by candlelight in the cafeteria since there was no power.
  3. Where did you and your spouse go on your first date?  The Cheesecake Factory... yum!  And they were basically mopping the floors around us and had to finally kick us out.  We ended the night with a walk down Las Olas Boulevard.  It was perfection.
  4. It's 10:30 pm on a weeknight. What are you doing?  I am more than likely falling asleep on the couch while we watch our tv shows or a movie.
  5. What did your senior prom dress look like?  It was a grayish-silvery satin straight dress with an open back.  It also had a bit of a train.  I'm not even doing it justice with that description (and don't have a picture anywhere here) but it's still something I would wear today... if it still fit!
  6. If you could instantly be fluent in one language, what would it be?  Probably Spanish.  I was this close to being fluent when we left Mexico (another fun fact... we lived in Mexico for awhile as well as Panama, New York, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Illinois, and now Kentucky), but have since lost almost all of it.
  7. What is the proudest moment of your life?  I beam with pride whenever I witness either one of my children learn something new.  But honestly, my proudest moment by far was this past Sunday.  Seeing all of those new faces pour into our church building after years of dreaming (for Josh) and months of work and preparation (for both of us) was one of the most incredibly moving days of my life.
  8. Are there any words people say you pronounce funny?  Josh thinks I sound like I'm from Minnesota when I used to yell at the dogs.  Weird, I know.  But words like, "no" and "coat" and "Coke" apparently all sound very northern.  I still can't hear it.
  9. What do people need to know about you to "really" know you?  Wow, that's a tough one.  I think the people who really know me understand how loyal I am... it's almost to a fault.  I love people so much and just want to stay connected with those that I love.  It's hard for me to walk away from people, but in some situations, you just have to.
  10. What was your favorite class in college?  I had many, but particularly enjoyed my Animal Science 201 class (back when I was a pre-vet major).  It was basically anatomy and physiology of animals... I am fascinated by how the body works and the different parts, but also learned that knowledge is as far as I want that to go. I nearly lost my lunch when we did our dissections, which was when I decided that being a veterinarian was not for me.  Also, I have never wanted to work so hard for an A in my life.
  11. You're craving something salty. What do you grab?  I probably go to the kitchen and make popcorn the "old fashioned way" on the stove.  Yum!  I might have to go get some right now.
Ok, now I'm tagging Laura, Channa, Chelsea, Amber, Morgan, Mindy, Liz, Lynette, Jenny, Monica, and Amanda.  Wow, I didn't realize I had so many blogging friends!  Here are your questions... ready, set, go!
  1. You have just been given a very large sum of money (we're talking millions)... what do you do with it?
  2. If you could change careers and be anything (without having to go through training, education, etc.), what would you do?
  3. What is the best vacation you've ever been on?
  4. What is your favorite movie?
  5. If you could have dinner with three people, who would you choose and why?  Haha... that sounds like a college essay question, doesn't it?  
  6. What's is the most favorite thing (or outfit) you've ever worn?
  7. What is your most vivid childhood memory?
  8. If an actress was to play you in a movie, who would it be?
  9. What is the best thing that you know how to cook or bake?
  10. What are three things on your bucket list?
  11. Do you have a go-to Starbucks order?  If so, what is it?  If not, what is your guilty pleasure?
Happy blogging everyone!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!  And thanks for tagging me, Jessica... this was a fun one!


  1. Thanks for playing along, Kim! I'd love to actually meet you in person if you're ever in Nashville! I'm from Louisville and my parents are big UK fans, so maybe we'll be in Lexington some time!

  2. Fun! I can't wait to do this post. Thanks for tagging me! I learned some new fun facts about you...the 11 ribs thing made me laugh. I'm going to do something similar to that in my 11 facts!