In honor of my birthday, which is today (June 2) I was inspired by my friend, Nicole Dean who a while back did the same type of post. I thought it was so cool I immediately started my list of things in my life that I don’t usually talk about.
Sure you know all the cool speech accolades and business stuff I’ve done, but here are a few things you may not know about me, in no particular order, other than this is how I thought of them!
- Once I won the title of “Miss Cadillac Ranch” at the country line dance club I used to go to 2-3 nights per week for cardio, dancing, and fun!
- I met my husband on New Year’s Eve about an hour before midnight. Shortly after the ball dropped, I circled back and asked him if he kissed anyone at midnight. He hadn’t so I told him to quick kiss me for luck in the new year. LOL It worked. 🙂
- I spent a semester abroad studying French language, culture and civilization in Paris at the Universite de Paris Sorbonne. Based on my accent, the locals thought I was French, but based on my looks, several times Italian tourists stopped me and asked me for directions – in Italian. I don’t speak Italian.
- I studied Kenpo karate for almost three years and was 2 belts away from a black belt. I only stopped training because I was dating the head Sensei and when we broke it off it would have been weird to keep going.
- The first play I was in was in 5th grade, the year I moved to a new school. I played the lead, Lucy, in “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.”
- The first play I was in in high school was a 2-character 1-act called, “Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?” I played the role of “girl” and got to do about 3 different accents. Not long after, the boy who played the role of “boy” and I began competing in Humorous Duet Acting with a scene from that play and in my second tournament ever we took first place. People laughed a lot. I was hooked.
- I used to teach scrapbooking classes at my local scrapbook store and a major national chain and have been a paid scrapbook artist for one of the popular scrapbook magazines. I hold a “Bachelor of Scrapbooking Arts” from Creating Keepsakes University.
- I volunteered to teach first graders and kindergartners religious education at my church for 5 years long before I had kids of my own.
- I took every possible foods & nutrition course in high school and was a certified gourmet cook by the time I graduated.
- After college I never rented any apartment ever. I paid off all my college loans by the time I was 24 and bought my first house 3 months later.
- I am distantly related to Shirley Temple. I never met her.
- I am much more closely related to Cheri Oteri, known from her Saturday Night Live fame. She used to do the cheerleader sketch with Will Farrell. Her grandmother is my great aunt on my Mom’s side. I haven’t met her yet, either.
- I passed my thesis defense unanimously on the first try with zero revisions. I was then told not to let that get around because no one had ever done it before and would likely never do it again in that department. It’s possible I got the sympathy vote – I was 6 1/2 months pregnant at the time, but I’ll take it. 🙂
- I used to wait tables in high school, college and even after college part-time on the weekends even with my full-time job. I loved having the cash in my pocket after every shift!
- Both my daughters’ names came from deeply religious experiences. For our first baby, we wanted to be surprised. If we had a girl, we’d chosen the name Mackenzie, until one morning in Mass when I was about 7 months along, the priest was preaching about grace and every single time he said that word, my baby literally jumped for joy. We had no idea if she was a boy or a girl, but at that moment I knew. She was a girl and her name was Grace. My younger daughter Miranda is named after an angel.
- I spent a weekend in a convent, contemplating becoming a Sister. I didn’t. 😉
- I sang back-up in a rock & roll band. That lasted just about as long as me being a Sister.
- I was born just outside Philadelphia and lived there until I was 10 when my Dad’s job transferred us to the Chicago area.
- I LOVE roller coasters of all kinds. The faster & more loops the better! I’ve done my best to instill that love into my girls.
- I ran track and was a sprinter and high jumper for 7 years from grade school through most of high school. I stopped just before my senior year in high school when I realized nobody was chasing me & I hated running. I was in it for the friendships, several of which were rekindled thanks to Facebook. My senior year I focused on speech team; that decision seems to have worked out pretty well for me 🙂
- My first new car at age 22 was a zippy little red convertible, a Mercury Capri XR2 with hard top for the winters. The upgraded model I wanted only came in a stick shift so I took it. People, guys especially, were oddly impressed that I could drive a manual shift car. I drove it for 10 years until I was pregnant with my older daughter and my husband and I decided a 10-year old convertible was probably not the best car for an infant in a car seat.
- For my 39th birthday I went skydiving. Looking back, I’m pretty sure if there is such a thing as a mid-life crisis, I was having one then. I have since never wanted to jump out of an airplane at 13,000+ feet again. But it sure was fun – and terrifying only when I was in the plane, crawling to the open door looking out. At clouds. And the curvature of the earth.
- I’ve snorkeled with dolphins in the wild when I was on my honeymoon. We were at Manele Bay on Lanai in Hawaii and a few curious dolphins came very close. They are way bigger and a bit scarier when in a situation like that! Truly awesome is an accurate description.
I hope you had as much fun reading this as I did writing it! Any surprises for you? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.