The newest chain-game in the blogosphere (much easier than the ice bucket challenge) involves one blogger nominating another to share seven facts about him or herself. I’m not sure how it got started, but I’d suspect it was motivated by the fact that blog followers may feel they “know” their favorite bloggers based on posts covering personal topics and philosophies. In truth, however, even when we actually know the person behind our favorite blogs, it’s always fun to learn new things about them.
For example, I have known the awesome blogger who nominated me, Carolina of Mama Instincts, for more than two years (we met in a Meet-Up group for first time moms-to-be). I knew she had “an obsession with diaper bags and baby carriers” (as she put it on her 7 Fact About Me post) but I would have never guessed that she loves to sleep in – Carolina always seems to have so much energy and seems to cram 18-hours of activities and accomplishments into every day, I cannot imagine that she ever sleeps much past dawn!
Okay, so here are 7 things you might not know about me, followed by a few fellow-blogger nominations:
- I love crafts. Beading, knitting, ceramics, jewelry-making, crocheting, or
anything that involves construction paper, glitter glue, or felt. My dad is very artistic, so we grew up doing craft projects the same way other families might watch TV or play sports in the yard. I’m not sure my parents still appreciate my collages as much as they did when I was a kid, but they pretend to like them and I sure enjoy making them! I have been working on my son’s baby book since before he was born and it’s pretty much up to date because I love to get out my glue stick and decals after he goes to bed.
- I have consistently kept a diary since I was 8. My parents wanted me to improve my penmanship (which remains horrible), so told me they’d buy me a book I wanted (on how to juggle) if I would keep a journal every day for one month. It was tough at first, but by the end of the month I was hooked and have never stopped. There are more than 50 journals filled with my handwriting stashed in attics, basements, and closets. I almost never go back and read them, but every once in awhile they provide a good read (like when my husband and I got married almost 8 years after we first met, it was really fun to read back on my account of our first adventures and falling in love). I make time to write at least a few times a week and use the exercise to reflect on what is going on in my life and what is to come.
- I am physically restless. I do not like to stay in one place, whether it’s trying to fall asleep in bed, sitting on a plane, living in one home, or staying
in the same city. There is so much to do, see, and explore. No matter where I am I wonder what it must be like somewhere else. That’s not to say I’m constantly unsatisfied. To the contrary, I make the most of wherever I am, even if it’s stuck on a plane for 10 hours (as I will be later today, enjoying quality time with my husband and son). Also, a little bit goes a long way. I don’t need to go for a run every morning to get my wiggles out; my walk to work suits me fine. Similarly, I do not itch to relocate as long as we take a trip to someplace new and different every month or two (today we are off to Budapest and Vienna for two weeks – both places I have never been and know very little about, exciting!).
- I have been a Certified Group Fitness Instructor for more than 9 years. Maybe this stems from my restlessness, or perhaps it is the result of watching my mom’s aerobics classes as a small child, but I really love exercising with a bunch of (mostly) strangers. I’ve done it all – boxing, step, hot yoga, zumba, weight lifting, TRX, CrossFit, barre, and lots of other fad workouts that come and go. I am energized by the music and those around me, whether I am trying a new format or teaching one I’ve done for years. Over the past 8 years, I have met some great folks while teaching at several D.C.-area gyms in my spare time.
- My “secret” dream is to be a musical playwright. My grandfather was a playwright and a composer, and my dad is a screenwriter, so story-telling is in my blood. I started writing shows for my friends when we were really young, and by high school, I was writing and producing works for a local school. I will never make a living at it, but I would love to someday pair with an amazing composer and create something that will make people happy. For now, I am content just writing songs for my son (that I insist on singing to him, whether he likes them or not).
- I am afraid of cars. Skydiving, bungee jumping, singing in front of 30,000 people, visiting maximum-security Brazilian prisons, deciding to get married after not seeing each other in 6.5 years … none of this scares me.
But put me in a car on a rainy day, or alongside a construction site, or surrounded by lots of angry foreign drivers, and I have to close my eyes (not when I’m driving of course, but I avoid that when at all possible). This fear is also evident when crossing or near a street on foot or on a bike. It’s not a debilitating paranoia – I ride in cars all the time – but just a slightly-more-than-healthy respect for statistics that say I am far more likely to be injured or killed by a car than by practically any other natural or man-made threat. Needless to say, my husband and I do not own a car.
- I enjoy writing silly poems,
For birthdays or welcome-homes,
Sonnet or haiku, any kind will do,
I don’t mind if they elicit groans. 🙂
In turn, I nominate two of my favorite blogs (I should note: I follow a lot of personal blogs of my close friends, and while I think they’re fantastic, I’m not sure my friends would want them mentioned here, so the following are two Mommy Blogs I have come across entirely by chance that I think are worth a read):
Revolution From Home – Beth become a mother at 17 and decided she wanted to live an alternative lifestyle, complete with breastfeeding, yoga, an organic chicken farm, Waldorf schooling, and 3+ years raising four girls in rural southern Mexico. That way of life would not suit me (I have hippie roots but I’m a city girl), but it’s fun to live vicariously.
Yoonanimous – I don’t know Yoona, an opinionated working mom to two boys with lots of attitude, but I really wish I did. I get excited every time I find one of her posts in my inbox; they always make me laugh. I appreciate anyone who can make the craziness of kids, work, marriage, and life generally seem so universal and humorous.
And now .. off to the airport!