Wednesday, April 25, 2012

tagged and awarded

Sorry for the silence around here. For whatever reason my blog silence always falls around ICLW.. I'm still reading and commenting, just not posting a lot. I'm really just trying to keep my head down and deal, along with trying to get work done at my incredibly busy job.

But, I was tagged and given an award in the last couple of weeks and I am finally responding!

So, Shelley at Tales From the Waiting Room tagged me in a Q&A. Incidentally, I love Shelley's blog design. She is pretty new to this blog scene and will definitely be following her along!

Here are her questions and my responses:

1. What’s your lucky number and why?
I don't know that I have a lucky number. Or a favorite number. I guess I like even numbers, for whatever reason. They seem nice and....even?

2. Do you still live in the place where you grew up? Why or why not?
I do not. Max and I grew up together and moved back there for a few years after I finished graduate school while he was finishing graduate school. I then began searching for my next career move and a great job brought us about 4.5 hours away. We are both the only ones of our immediate family to not live within 20 minutes of each other. This can be challenging at times and wonderful at times.

3. Name one goal you have for yourself this week.
Get some work done! I have to get through some of my to-do list, both personal and work. But first, I need to update my to-do list. I have a million things stored in my head that I need to get on paper before I forget them.

4. What’s your favorite item of clothing or jewelry in your closet right now?
 The peridot (August birthstone) necklace I bought for myself after my miscarriage.

5. If you could only have five kinds of cheese for the rest of your life, which five would you choose?
I. love. cheese. Perfect question for me.
1. Hands down my favorite is goat cheese. I have tried it with in a million recipes and I've loved every single one. I also like it on a spoon.
2. Pepper Jack. For sure. One of the deli's in my college town serves nachos that are seriously amazing. Doritos with melted pepper jack. Heaven.
3. Pimento cheese. Not sure if this counts, but I love a good pimento cheese sandwich. With peanut butter. Weird? I don't care. :)
4. A really good aged cheddar. That's also creamy.
5. And last but certainly not least, that processed port wine cheese spread you can buy at the grocery. It's a definite comfort food for me and I only allow myself to buy it once or twice a year. But get that tub and a box of wheat thins...I'm a happy girl. It was a roommate ritual in college. Good memories.
Now I'm hungry.

6. Do you have any tattoos? If so, tell me about them. If not, would you ever get one?
Nope. I've thought about it. But the times I have come, I couldn't figure out what I wanted. Too indecisive. I do know that it would be a white tattoo on the inside of my wrist. Just have to figure out what...

7. If your significant other was an animal, what animal would he or she be?
A dog? Fiercely loyal, protective, loving, tons of fun, excited for new adventures, but sometimes makes you want to scream.

8. Are you an early riser or a night owl?
These days neither. Definitely not an early rise. Never have been. But can't stay awake at night anymore either.

9. Would you rather be a dog named Killer or a cat named Fluffy?
Not a cat person. So Killer by default.

10. How has infertility changed you?
Too many ways. The biggest change for me and the one that affects me most on a daily is on my relationships with family and friends. It's hard to find joy in them anymore. I am shut off and separate.

11. Tell me about your oddest quirk.
I eat M&Ms by color? Is that odd? Yellow, orange and green first. Then red, blue and brown. If you want some of my M&Ms, you better ask at the beginning. Because if all I have are red, blue and brown left, the answer is no.

Gosh that is a lot of stuff about me.

And then, StorkChaser at Dog Mom Chasing the Stork gave me a Lovely Blog Award. I was asked to share 7 random facts.

1. I hate pickles and the people that know me best know to take them off my plate.
2. I’m not a fan of eating outside (unless I’m at the beach) or on the floor/ground (ever).
3. I am a compulsive grammar and pronunciation corrector. It doesn’t mean I think I’m smarter than you. I just can’t help it!
4. I believe that if The West Wing was real life our world would be a better place. Jed Bartlett was an amazing President! (not a political statement about President Obama, I promise.)
5. My dream is to be independently wealthy – so I could help anyone I want and buy anything I want. However, as my sister-in-law says, I am destined to work for what I have. Although I do have a new career goal - venture capitalist. Whatever that is.
6. I want to build a tiny house to stay in when we go visit our family in our hometown. Or maybe a yurt. Or an airstream trailer.
7. I love to read. Pretty much anything.

OK - now you know more about me that you ever wanted to know!

Time is a tight commodity for me right now, so I'm not going to tag new people, but I would love to hear some of your responses to Shelley's questions or some random facts about you in the comments!


  1. My answer to the question is I don't know the name of my favorite cheese! A lady who runs the course I am on brings it from Holland each month and it is made on a farm in her home town and as such isn't commercially available and doesn't have a name. It is amazing though, creamy and nutty and so so moorish. A random fact about me is that I once dubbed a character in an American kids film about the Nativity into an English accent.

    1. That cheese sounds delish!! Wish I had a friend from Holland!

  2. I love reading these. We include so many personal details about our bodies on our blogs but, at least in my case, almost never personal details about our personalities or lives outside of infertility.

  3. Cheese #2...are you talking about Momma's Nachos from Momma Goldberga? I love them too!

    And I love eating outside, anywhere but the beach. It's like I can never get the sand out of my mouth.

    1. The one and only Momma G's! Yum. And funny, the beach is one of the only places I will eat outside!

  4. It's always fun to read these.

    I have been meandering around your blog a little. I'm trying to take a lot of time to read each blog this month. I read the entry about when you met your niece and my heart broke for you. I have been there ... in a way ... two of my best friends got pregnant the same time I did ... we were all due around the same time. They both had their babies and I lost mine. I suffered through 14 miscarriages ... over 17 years ... that's when I had my first miscarriage ... amazingly - it had been twins and I continued to carry the twin through a very rough pregnancy. I had 4 more miscarriages after him before having my second. Six more miscarriages, a divorce and meeting my (current) husband ...and we got the surprise pregnancy of my 3rd son. Another miscarriage on my husbands and my first anniversary ... nice huh? And two weeks later we were blessed with our last sticky pregnancy of my 4th son. (I really wanted a girl, dreamed of having a daughter all my life) ... one more miscarriage just to laugh at me.... that's been my journey :/ I wouldn't change any of it because I love and am thankful for my boys, but it really really makes you appreciate your children when you have them.


    Perusing your blog via ICLW (#86)

    1. What a story! I can't imagine going through all of those losses. So glad you have your beautiful family though.

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! First of all, I love your profile would make a great rug :) Here's a random fact about me: I wrote the lyrics to our Jr. high fight song. Claim to fame right there, haha!