26 Things About Me (plus some)

First off, I’m solid.  Appointment yesterday meant a missed workout day, but Bradley and I got up early and ran a little over three miles before 9:00 this morning.  It felt kind of weird and unsettling to get that out of the way so early in the day.  I almost missed ‘dreading’ my run…  Which really just made me realize how much I love running.  When I’m not in a consistent running cycle I really feel it in my attitude and willingness to run.  When I’m running almost daily, I look forward to the endorphin rush.  And there’s some serious head clearing that happens as well, a rendering.  Thoughts rise to the surface and it’s like a unique clarity happens.  Some of my best blog writing happens when I’m out on the streets, and by the time I return home I’ve got it rehearsed and ready to write!  

{Took my mom to tea at the Queen Mary Tea Room to celebrate her birthday, while my dad and Bradley ended up at the new McMenaminns celebrating our marine’s Veteran’s Day with a whiskey flight! }

{Much love and respect to those who serve, but I have a special place for my own marine, my dad. ❤️}
 Every once in a while I like to do one of those things you see floating around on Facebook where you tell all about yourself in some little cutest way.  I saw one today and went for it.  I like them here because it’s a simple way to catch up on a little about who I am.  

Twenty-six things about me…

A- Accomplishments: I lost about 150 pounds, give or take depending on the moment, I have two marvelous kids, I ran a half marathon without walking or stopping, I finished and paid for my college education almost entirely on my own.  Married a stone-cold fox. 😈

B- Biggest fear: if we’re talking phobias, it’s heights, snakes and caterpillars.  If it’s the stuff that keeps me up at night, it’s dying prematurely from a preventable illness.

C- Colors you love: I love soft, sage greens and turquoise blues.  I guess my bests are sea glass colors.  I will also add pink, purple and glitter as backups for when I’m feeling sassy, and I’m alarmed by how much orange and brown I wear.

D- Drink you last had: Water

E- Every day starts with: coffee and snuggles in bed with my true love, followed by snuggles with my little loves.  Because I leave the house first on workdays, they follow me out to the porch and wave me off every day, then I get a text of a photo of them as they leave as well.  I love our morning rituals.  They keep me connected with my family all day.

F- Favorite song: Currently it’s Runnin‘ by Naughty Boy

G- Ghosts, are they real?: Yes.  I don’t ever want to meet one or see one or be touched by one or anything.  You won’t find this girl on a ghost walk, at a seance or with a Ouija board.  I have watched enough scary movies and seen plenty of convincing ghost investigator shows to know better than to mess with that!

H- Hometown: Marysville, Wa, but I really just consider the Pacific Northwest to be the best place in the world and loooove being a Seattlite!

I- In love?: To a ridiculous degree.  I met him 19 years ago and have avoided leaving his side whenever possible from the moment I confessed I had a crush on him and he returned the sentiment.  I still have a crush on him.  ❤️

J- Jealous of: people who manage to be super zen all the time.  They don’t worry, smile at the children, don’t get angry in traffic, drink their tea and smile serenely all the time…  I want to be that.

K- Killed someone?: My inner fat girl.  Well, I didn’t so much kill her as much as I put her on serious notice that if she doesn’t sit down and shush that she’s going to kill me, and then she really will be dead with the rest of us.

L- Last time you cried?:  I was reading Thank You Mr. Falker to my students.  Patricia Polacco, the author, just has a way of explaining things beautifully and poetically.  In the story, the grandmother explains that the stars in the sky are the light of heaven peeking through the holes, and that if you don’t hang onto the grass tight enough you will tumble into the sky, to the other side, to heaven.  In the story, the next thing that happens is that the grandmother must have let go of the grass, because she went to heaven, on the other side, and the little girl was left alone.  It always gets me and this year was no different.  It’s a curious thing, to cry in front of 25 second graders, but I never mind it.

M- Musician who you love: it’s no secret that I love the New Kids on the Block.  And Death Cab for Cutie.  And Ben Folds.  And naughty hip-hop music.  I have a problem mixing pop and hip-hop with indie rock- I love them all soooooo much!

N- Number of siblings: 2 brothers- I’m the baby and the only girl.  

O- One wish: Peace.  Is there ever anything else to wish for?

P- Person you last called:  I can’t even remember.  I hate using the phone for phone calls.  I kind of have a phobia and prefer texting above all else.  Most likely it was my mom or dad since I try to call them at least once a week.

Q- Question you’re always asked: “Can I stay in for recess?”  “No, baby.  No, you can’t.  Mrs. Littlejohn needs a moment.  Go play and get some fresh air.  Really.  Go.”
Also, “Can I go to the bathroom?”
And, “Can I get a drink?”
I hate being in charge of the basic human rights of these people. I understand it, but wouldn’t that stink to be thirsty and feel like you can’t get a drink?

R- Reason to smile: My life is wonderful, I married the best person for me, I have healthy, smart and gorgeous children, the world is amazing, my parents are alive, I’m not colorblind, I can hear, sunsets, hiking, mountains…  Do I need to go on?  Being alive is my reason to smile.  Having the privilege of living this life makes me smile.

S- Song last sang: Lily of the Valley has been sung and sung in my house lately.  
White, silver bells,
Upon a slender stalk.
Lily of the Valley on my garden walk.
Oh don’t you wish,
That you could hear them ring?
That will only happen when the Fairies sing!

T- Time you woke up: 7:50.  Thanks to our Veterans I had a day of rememberance.  

U- Underwear preference: I wear really boring underwear.  Cotton.  Boy shorts.  Whoop.  

V- Vacation destination: I would like to ‘summer’ somewhere that is warm and on the beach for a long time.  Like, my ultimate vacation is the Twilight honeymoon scenario: private house on a private island with a private beach in the Caribbean, Medeteranian or the like and I want to go long enough to get bored there.  I want it unrushed and unworried; I want life to unfold in an organic way; I want that peace.

W- Worst habit: Interrupting.  We talk over he top of one another in our house and sometimes it’s hard to be patient for a turn when we engage with the general public.  I also think I worry overly much about being good and doing the right thing.

X- X-Rays you’ve had: teeth, ankles, hips…  I’ve never broken anything.

Y- Your favorite food: The kind I don’t have to cook or clean up.  Also: cheese.  I love cheese passionately.  I like it all, but if I gravitate one place it’s to the hard cheeses.  I love parmesean, Asiago, manchego- you name it.  Yum.  But really, anything -except a few of the super stinkies and rank moldies- I love it.  Yes.  Including Limberger, if you were wondering.  That one’s a good stinky one though.  Some others just taste as bad as they smell.  

Z- Zodiac sign: Scorpio, I don’t know if I’m a classic Scorpio or not, but I like being one.  🙂 

Bonus: Current Weight:

195!!!  Only 25 pounds away from 170!  I once had a friend ask me why I post a picture every time I lose a pound.  She wondered why just a pound was a big deal- why not wait for a milestone?  The thing is, every single pound is a milestone for me.  I went years feeling like I couldn’t lose a pound.  All my weight would do is rise or plateau, and losing anything was nearly impossible.  The first pounds I lost were a victory, and every single one after that continues to be so.  My pictures are a celebration.  Each pound lost has been a huuuuge deal to me- all 145 of them.  🙂

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