My first blog ‘tag’

I’m always amazed to learn that people other than my family are reading my blog. Although I don’t have any desire to “go pro” blogging, it’s fun to feel included in the blogger community. Ivy from Wake Up for Makeup tagged me in a post the other day and I’m playing along.

Here’s what I’m supposed to do:

  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
  • Create 11 new questions.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in your post.
  • Thank the person that nominated you and tell the people you’ve nominated.


My 11 Random Facts

  • My craziest job was as a camp counselor in Colorado. I led a mounted search party for a llama, lived in a tent that at one point became infested with pack rats and walked past horses every day to go to work in a cabin. Also, I fell out of a tree and got to experience Wilderness First Aid firsthand! I didn’t realize how pathetic I looked until a disposable camera from that summer got mailed to me a year later. Pretty crazy:

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  • I love to sing along to the radio (especially Oldies from the ’50s &’60s) and I know pretty much  all of the words. I just don’t have good timing, so I belt the lyrics out at the wrong points. This makes Joe laugh at me.
  • I ran cross country from 8th grade through senior year of high school. I wasn’t fast, but it helped me make a great group of down-t0-earth friends who still hang out when we can.
  • I was allllmost on The Tonight Show for my 8th grade science project, “The Scoop on Poop.” I did one sample of a larger microbiology project at a local University studying whether or not there was pathogenic bacteria in the feces of non-migratory Canada geese. The producers asked me to send in a tape, but apparently I wasn’t geeky enough or something.
  • I once rode a camel in Qatar.
  • I went to Catholic school for 13 years (in the western suburbs of Chicago). I wish I still got to wear a uniform. In college, my friends threatened to nominate me for “what not to wear” because I hadn’t mastered the art of dressing.
  • uniform
  • I am obsessed with manatees, and have been since 2nd grade, but still haven’t seen one in the wild. (Goal for my 30th birthday!)

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  • I made the first move to date Joe. (And in basically every other relationship.) A girl knows what she wants, OK?
  • My brother and I had pet gerbils named Lucy and Ethel when we were growing up. They were males.
  • I volunteered at two Living History Museums (yes, in costume) from aged 9-18. I could make a yarn doll in my sleep.
  • I love to read and can get so absorbed in a book that I tune everything else out. The first time I read an entire chapter book in one sitting was Matilda, in 3rd grade. It’s still one of my favorite feelings.

My answers to Ivy’s questions and tags are below the jump…

My answers to Ivy’s questions:

  1. What word makes you cringe?
    Moist. Nobody likes that word. Do you ever have awesome cake in your mouth and want to be like, “This cake is so ____,” but don’t want to gross people by saying it? I do.
  2. If you had to eat one food everyday, for the rest of your life, would would that food be?
    Does cereal count? There are so many different kinds and I could eat it at any meal. Or for every meal.
  3. How do you stay creative?
    I make a huge mess by getting out a bunch of materials and experimenting. Mostly lately I’ve been challenging myself with quilting projects. I also joined a really casual monthly creative writing group, which has been awesome. We talk about the art and craft of writing and then write on prompts together.
  4. If you could re-do it, would you have studied something else in college? If you didn’t attend, what would you study if someone gave you free tuition?
    I studied journalism and English at Mizzou. I’m happy I have a strong set of communication skills, and I still freelance, but I wish I would have made up an interdisciplinary major. Entrepreneurship, political science and creative writing?
  5. Do you speak any other languages?
    A little bit of Spanish, but not enough for someone whose last name is Sanchez.
  6. Do you have any tattoos? Do you like them?
    No. That summer I spent as a camp counselor, I was going to get Grateful Dead lyrics tattooed on my foot, but my friends told my mom about it and she literally called me while I was on the side of a mountain and screamed my ear off. I think about getting the words “Ink it” on my wrist, to remind me to write down my thoughts, dreams and t0-dos.
  7. What quality do you find most attractive in others?
    Oooh, this one is from the Proust Questionnaire. I’d say, a desire to help.
  8. Would you ever consider plastic surgery? I totally want to get my spider veins taken care of. But I would probably not do anything to my face.
  9. Do you love or loathe exercise?
    Loathe during, love afterward.
  10. If you could furnish your entire house, for free, from one catalog/store/website, which would it be?
    The “for free” part is key here. Tough one! Anthropologie or Design Within Reach (which is currently out of my reach).
  11. What is one skill or hobby you’ve always wanted to learn?
    I bought a mandolin in college and have never played it. (I kind of broke it.) I’d love to learn how to sing, too.

My 11 new questions
1. What character (book/TV/movie) do you wish was your babysitter when you were growing up?
2. Your go-to roadtrip food?
3. You found $100 in your pocket and have to spend it right away! What do you buy?
4. What book do you tell other people they have to read? (If you really don’t read, what movie do you tell other people they simply must see?
5. What’s one of the most meaningful gifts you’ve given or received?
6. Which company/product/organization do you most enjoy following on social media?
7. What was your favorite grade in school? What made it the best?
8. What three things (not people or pets) would you need to feel at home?
9. Beverage of choice?
10. If you could start a business, what would you want to sell or what service would you provide?
11. What words do you live by?

11 Bloggers I’m “nominating” for this game

Cara – I’m always linking to things Cara sends me from her California world, where she’s become a new mom and from which she remains a dear friend and confidante.
Amy – Amy’s about to move to Pella, so I’m extra grateful I’ll be able to keep up with her via her blog. Also, I don’t think that short distance will end our occasional breakfasts together.
Nicole – She got a shoutout on my Des Moines bloggers list and I think she might have fun with this one!
Kiley – Can’t believe I left off this ultra-fashionable lady off the last DSM list. She is helping break Iowa stereotypes with her style posts.
Jen – Jen’s just switched her domain from HeyJenRenee to a new blog, makexdo.
Calee – Calee and I worked together at Drake. She’s seriously one of the craftiest, best multitaskers I know.
Alexson – About to have her first baby, I’m already daydreaming a maternity leave meetup.
Amber – Amber was a huge help working with “I Have a Dream” students this fall and is also an avid reader.
Andrea – We’ve reunited over a Wednesday evening writing group and it feels so good!
Laura – LP’s pretending she’s abandoning her blog documenting birthday year goals and adventures, but maybe she’ll play along?
Mandey – I met Mandey when I worked at Juice and recently started following her blog. She has the world’s cutest twin boys in California. If our baby is a little dude, I am totally ordering up one of her adorable bow ties.


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6 responses to “My first blog ‘tag’

  1. ivysavanah

    I so enjoyed reading your answers B! Thanks for joining in the fun 🙂 I love discovering other bloggers through these tags too.

  2. Thanks for tagging me! I do love these kind of posts and it is always such an honor to be tagged by other bloggers.
    I miss IHAD! I hope things are going well!

  3. Love this! Thanks for the tag, I’ll work on my answers this week 🙂

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  5. I know where you can see a wild manatee! I think it’s called Blue Springs park or something like that. It’s on the route between Orlando and Daytona in Florida. We stopped there once and was so cool! There were a bunch of them just swimming around and really close to the edge of the water. You would love it!

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