I’ve been tagged by Lindsay as a “Blissful Blogger” to do a fun “chain post” as I call them…so I hope you’re ready for a light hearted post!
1.) I have one younger brother. Taylor and I shared a room all growing up – me on the top bunk, Tay on the bottom. He recently told me “You know, if you weren’t such a tomboy I’m sure we wouldn’t have gotten along nearly as good as we did.” True words, man! Taylor is one of the most generous, kind, humble, and fun people I know, but he’s living his own life in Switzerland right now (then back to California at Christmas time) so he’s not featured on the blog a lot. He’s awesome!
2.) I play the bagpipes (and played the saxophone and piano for years too). That’s right! My dad is from Scotland and for his 50th birthday my mom gave him bagpipe lessons, and of course my brother and I jumped in and played with the musical instruments. Soon enough all three of us were going to lessons together and I continued playing through university (but am pretty out of practice because my dad has the full set at home). Unfortunately, all the pictures of me are from ages ago…so here you go!
3.) I LOVE log cakes (from Dairy Queen)! I’d never tried them before university but it soon became a tradition with me and three friends (Anna, Erin, and Liz) that sometimes included others – if they could get their forks into the mix in time. Dangerous, I tell you – 4+ women with forks and a log cake…hellllo, freshmen 15!
4.) I’m competitive. It’s not as bad as it used to be (throwing my tennis racket on the ground at family tennis games with the 4 of us when I couldn’t return a serve that I’d pleaded for my dad to go “full out” on), but I’m still competitive. Even from a young age, I got SO excited when it came to annual broom hockey tournaments with my youth group and loved getting my knuckles bloody, priding myself on not using gloves on the ice (some Canadian in me, after all?). From mud volleyball tournaments to cross country and track races in high school, I fed off competition. I still like it now, but it’s toned down and more against myself, like seeing how far I can push myself on a run.
5.) When we were first married (December 2007), Mikey and I lived in a trailer together…and loved every minute of it. We crammed as many people as we could into it at times, shared annoyances and laughs over the mice that lived in the roof, and skied down to our driveway in the winter and skinned back up in the morning to go to work when the snow fell. It.was.awesome (and was cancer that brought us back up north).
6.) My new favorite tool for running is MapMyRun. It’s great for when you’re in new cities (checking out runs nearby and mapping your own on streets and trails) and it’s something I use to track the distances of my runs since I don’t own a Garmin.
7.) Meet my best friend, Anna! She’s Canadian but lives in the states (although currently in Morocco) while I’m American and live in Canada…and we’ve known each other since 4th grade (or as Canadians would say, “grade 4”).
She is beautiful, kind, loyal, selfless, generous, and so supportive. We have always been a team, took a chance by bunking up for all 4 years of university, and have talked boys, life direction, and our relationships with Jesus. She lives in Morocco right now and I miss her terribly, although I think we both know we probably won’t live in the same place (country?) ever…I miss you, Anna! Thanks for being such an incredible friend to me.
So…7 things you may not have known about me! Hope you enjoyed the fun little insight into my life. Other things I was tempted to write about? How I love candy corn, how words of affirmation touch me deeper than gifts given to me, about my great (and rainy) 6.86 miler this morning along the Ottawa River, or how I’ve never broken a bone or sprained anything (which is totally God’s provision, since we didn’t have health insurance all growing up. Thanks, Canada!).
So…I’m tagging you all! Tell me a random fact about yourself! …now go eat some candy corn.
Live well & be well,