Wow! Today is a great day! Not only is it my daughter's second birthday, but today I also became the recipient of a blog award! Wowza! My friend Andrea loves my Sound Off posts, which is why she felt I deserved the Honest Scrap blog award.
Now, the birthday recap post will come a bit later, but apparently this blog award requires me to post TEN things about myself. So here goes:
1. I am a hard core geek. So much so, that I dressed up in costume for the premiers of Return of the King and the final Star Wars movie. I love all things Star Wars, ancient history, Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, and much much more. I think that's mostly why my husband loves me so much; I'm "the prettiest nerd he's ever met!"
2. Andrea awarded me this honor because she felt that my Sound Off's made her always want to say, "You go, girl!" Truth is, those are really hard for me to write. It's not that I am not an opinonated person or have an issue with sharing my views (which anyone close to me knows that is soooo unlike me), but it's hard to come clean about things in the blogosphere. Anything you write has the potential to live forever in the digital world, so you have to think very long and hard about the impact you have. With that said, while I may be strongly opinionated, I am always willing to hear out the other side of the story in a respectful manner; just don't expect me to change my mind very easily!
3. I am the Queen of Trivia and Useless Knowledge. My only weakness in a game of Trivial Pursuit is Sports. But I know lots of random things, can remember dates and events down to the tiniest detail, and have a slightly photographic memory. I used to work with a guy that would test me once a week and ask me random stuff; I was pretty spot on about 90% of the time. My personal credo is "Knowledge is Power" and I live it to the fullest!
4. I used to be afraid of spiders. But then I was stung by a scorpion, so now spiders have moved down a rung or two on the ladder of "Things I Abhor Greatly." Seriously, if I had to choose being in the room with a giant scorpion or spider, I'd choose spider. That's saying a lot!
5. Besides being a baker someday, I harbor a secret dream of becoming the next great American novelist. My dream career would involve waking up in the morning, writing some stuff for my novels, articles, etc, and then baking in the afternoon, before whipping up a nice gourmet meal and then calling it an evening by spending time with my family and friends, maybe watching a movie and sharing a bottle of good wine. When that happens, I know I'll have made it!
6. When I found out I was pregnant, I really really really wanted a boy. So much so that I cried when the sonogram tech told me it was a girl. I had no idea what to do with girls. I knew how to handle boys. But despite my misgivings, God knew EXACTLY what he was doing and now I would NEVER trade my daughter for a boy. She is everything I wanted and then some. Girls rock! (And secretly, I hope to have another one, but I don't tell my husband that...he's still grappling with the thoughts of what life will be like when Billa's older! Ha!)
7. I have an amazing singing voice. Not to toot my own horn, but really, I do and if there's anything I have confidence about, it's my singing voice. I was trained classically and took vocal lessons for years. I can sing opera, jazz, classical, Broadway, and just about any other style out there. But most of all, I love jazz and gospel. If I couldn't write or bake, I'd be a jazz singer. I get really nervous when I perform in front of a big crowd though, so I don't perform as much as I used to. But if you invite me to karaoke night, you'd best be ready!
8. My biggest challenge as a parent is balance. I struggle daily with trying to juggle my roles as mother and wife and still leave time to pursue my interests and dreams. I'm hoping lots of other moms go through the same thing (and if so what their advice would be on how to handle it all), otherwise I'm going to feel like a huge jerk to my husband and daughter. It's kind of funny actually, because potty training, sleep training, eating issues, control issues, most of that stuff doesn't worry me like it used to, and those are all really huge issues for parents! I worry more about whether or not my daughter will be in therapy or years or whether my husband and I will break up because I can't find enough time for all three parts of my life. But that's another blog post!
9. I talk to myself. Out loud. A lot. And mostly in the car. People who drive by me probably think I'm crazy, but I don't care (Ok, 80% of the time I don't care). I play with dialogue for stories I'm writing, working out solutions to issues going on in my life, or just singing out loud. It's quite refreshing to be able to just let it all out sometimes.
10. I grew up on a horse boarding ranch and while every girl was jealous and wanted to be me, I hated it. I am horribly allergic to horses and I couldn't see, breathe, or smell half the time because I was overcome from my reactions to them. It sure broke my mama's heart because she LOVES horses. Besides learning how to ride Western and care for horses, she taught me a little bit of trick riding once (I stood in the saddle while my horse cantered around the ring...until I totally lost my balance and bit the dust) and I had two ponies: a paint pony named Lucite and a Shetland named Tinkerbell.
So there you have it! Boy, those were hard to write. Sometimes I feel like such an open book, it's hard to think of things that most people might not know about me. I now hereby award this to Caroline, a former coworker who has now become a dear friend and to my friend Victoria, who has been one of my dearest and oldest friends. Neither one of these ladies is afraid to tell it like it is, which is probably why I love them so much. Thanks Andrea for the award and congrats to Caroline and Victoria, whom I now pass it on to!