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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.
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  • 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…

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A little piece of my heart (health)

On Friday, I went to the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon*, and in addition to enjoying a scrumptious lunch complete with a cheesecake parfait dessert, listening to inspiring speakers and scoring a heart-shaped bike light, I got some food for thought.

Confession: I’ve been struggling with how to stay healthy lately. I got really discouraged in April, after Joe and I trained for the Drake Relays half marathon in an attempt to get back in shape. Not only did I feel like the training wasn’t really getting me on track, the week after the race when I had my annual health assessment, the woman administering mine actually asked me if I work out at all! The scale wasn’t tipping in my favor, although thankfully my cholesterol and lipids and all the other things they measure were in good order. (To her credit, the health screening lady was just trying to remind me that I need to do cardio and strength training in addition to running.) Then summer was a blur and with no races to look forward do, blah-blah-blah excuses.

My dad died from a stroke/heart attack before the age of 70, and had a history of diabetes and hypertension for years, so I need to be especially serious about heart health and exercise. I need to incorporate long walks (the exercise routine with the lowest dropout rate) back into my life — and I can try to start by walking to work again at least three days a week.

I also really want to try swimming, so that I can build my confidence and maybe even do a mini triathlon some time. (Cassie is pretty inspiring on that front, and she’s convinced me I can do it!) I am currently a terrible swimmer, which makes training in the pool extremely intimidating. Joe and I went to swim at Drake a couple of weeks ago so I could show him my baseline skills, and we shared a lane while he coached me through front crawl in between people who were whipping past me using the butterfly. I’m looking forward to starting a swimming routine together this winter. Blogging about things makes them actually happen, right?

I think my heart will thank me!

*Alexson invited me to sit at a blogger table with Amber and Nicole, so I felt like a VIP. Except that if I was truly an A-lister, my hair in this photo would land me on a Fashion Don’t page: I’m not sure what was happening there, but I’m excited to wear my new I ❤ MY HEART workout shirt!


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