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The lovely Erica tagged me in the fun 11 things meme that's been floating around the blogosphere.

So here's what I gotta do:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 things about yourself/your life .
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them that you've tagged them.
This is a picture of Dan and me in Annecy, France the summer we traveled to 3 continents and 14 countries. Just looking at this picture makes me happy. Gosh, I love him...

11 Things About Me
1. Speaking of places, I've lived in 7 states and visited 43. I thought I was cool until I married Dan, who has visited 48. I've been to 35 countries, though, and he's only been to 30 (I've lived in 2 - I studied abroad in France in college and loved it dearly). After next month, we'll have both visited 6 continents. We both really love to travel and although we don't have huge travel budgets, we make it happen pretty frequently. I think it's crazy when people say you can't travel after having kids because that's just false.

2. I've never died my hair and rarely have painted fingernails (although I almost always have painted toenails). I grew up having to have short nails for music purposes and now can't handle long ones.

3. Speaking of, I play the violin. Have since I was 5. I teach a few lessons now. I also love to sing and have been in lots of choirs over the years. I'm generally a soprano, although the alto voice is often more interesting.

4. I was super shy and nerdy and skinny as a kid. The funny thing is, I don't recall it really bothering me. I frequently chose to read through recess (my parents got a few calls home about that). One summer, I put down 100 books for the library's challenge. The librarians looked at me like I was crazy and told me I didn't have to read that many to get the t-shirt. I easily surpassed my number.

5. I also really disliked sandwiches as a kid (still don't love them). I refused to take them for lunch and always instead took (Indian) leftovers. I remember kids calling my food weird on occasion, but I just told them to bug off and that my food was better than theirs (it was). For such a shy kid, I could really use to garner some of my 8-year-old self's confidence.

6. I ran a half-marathon last year.

7. I met my husband at a marketing competition while in high school. He was really shy when he was young (every single person who knows him IRL now would be beyond shocked to find this out as he's one of the most extroverted people I've met) and was determined to start practicing talking to new people for his mission. We were going to an off-site competition, and he figured he knew everyone coming from his school, and the others he would never see again, so it was the perfect opportunity. Although we went to the same school, I'd just recently moved there, so we hadn't met. I was the first person he talked to.

8. It really bugs me when actresses in movies don't take off their makeup before climbing into bed. Who in real life sleeps with makeup on?? I'm also really good at predicting movies.


9. This probably surprises approximately no one, but I really really love food. I didn't have a single aversion with Nat, so it's been sad as all I could stomach eating the last few weeks has been pasta and bread and cheese. I'm looking forward to making Thai and Mexican food again.

10. I was up for an upgrade with my phone plan a few months ago. I decided to get a touch screen one with wi-fi. I ended up hating it and going back to a ghetto flip phone that I love.

11. I finished business school last year, and am really really glad to be done. I work part-time from home and love what I do (marketing in the public education space).


Erica's Questions for Me
1. What is your favorite childhood tv show?
Saved by the Bell, for sure. If we're talking younger, then probably Ghostbusters.

2. What is your dream vacation spot?
Oh, so many. How to choose? New place - Australia & New Zealand, where we're going next month. I also really love Venice and Rio and camping in Vermont. I'd also love to go to the South Pacific. What? Too many?

3. What is your biggest fear?
That Dan will die before me.

4. What is the best meal/food you ever cooked?
I love making enchiladas, especially with this roasted poblano sauce, and we really love these red coconut curry noodles. I also really love this artichoke pasta. The sad thing is not one of these sounds good to me right now...

5. If you could date one celebrity for a day, who would it be?
Um...maybe Johnny Depp? He seems like he'd have interesting stories.

6. Who is your favorite author?
This is like asking me to pick a favorite child. But I'd say I like books more than authors (some favorites include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Unbroken and Pride & Prejudice and Cheaper by the Dozen and The Scarlet Letter and The Giver and The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Brave New World and Vienna Prelude and the entire Harry Potter series and...the list could go on.

7. You are on a desert island and you only get 3 items - what are they?
A book (or my Kindle), my iPod, and lip balm.

8. You are on a dessert island and you only get 3 desserts - what are they?
Homemade ice cream (maybe cinnamon or lavender ricotta honey), my mom's cheesecake, and something with chocolate and coconut.

9. What is your favorite animated Disney movie?
Used to be Alladin, but Tangled is a pretty close contender.

10. What was the best day of your life?
Wedding day, or sometime on a trip with my husband.

11. Why do you blog?
So I don't schlump around in pajamas all day.


My Questions for You!
1. What is your favorite song from high school?
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
3. What would be your ideal birthday gift?
4. What is your favorite time of day?
5. What is your favorite article of clothing?
6. What is your favorite thing to drink?
7. What is one skill you'd like to learn?
8. What was your favorite summer job?
9. What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
10. What's your favorite family memory (either growing up or recent)?
11. Do you like nicknames?

Tag...Rebecca, Sharon, Diana, Karisa, and Julia....you're it! Seriously, no pressure, though.

8 comments

  1. I can't believe how many states you've lived in and how many countries you've visited! You must have really amazing travel stories!

    Thanks for tagging me Preethi! I was tagged by another blogger as well this week, but I dunno if I'll have the time to answer it :( Have a great weekend!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  2. WHAT?!?!? You traveled to 3 continents in 1 summer! I love travelling but haven't been able to do much international travel, so I'm so jealous right now! And that pic of you two is adorable!

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  3. Love that picture. You look gorgeous! And man, this post makes me need a vacation!!

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  4. I BEGGED my parents to let me take violin lessons when I was little, and they never did (although I took piano and voice lessons for years and years and years so I can't complain that they didn't want me to add ANOTHER lesson to the mix). I had almost forgotten that I ever wanted to play the violin until recently when my mom told me she's always regretted not letting me learn--how 'bout that? I'm still jealous of violinists!

    And I also really hate it when actresses in movies wake up in full makeup with perfect hair (or with perfect hair minus one or two strands pulled out of place to make it more realistic . . . come on, I wake up with Frankenstein hair), then lean over and kiss the guy in bed next to them. Are you kidding me? I would never--EVER--in a million years kiss my husband (or let him kiss me) first thing in the morning. Talk about an extremely effective contraceptive: morning breath. Just once I'd like an actress in a movie to wake up looking like death warmed over, then shield herself from her husband's zombie breath.

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  5. And I thought I was cool for visiting 40 states! But Daniel-- 48? Wow! And you with 43-- very impressive! My main states I still need to hit are mostly southern states-- AL, LA, MI, AK. I'll get down there someday.

    I can't wait to hear about your New Zealand adventure. John and I are planning to live there for 1 year after his residency is over (so summer 2014-summer 2015). They have locum tenems for traveling doctors, so the houses are furnished and cars are provided, and you basically just move your clothes down there. The main thing that we are worried about is the huge long flight with Benson and Cole! (And adjusting 12 hours to a new time zone.) So we want to hear how it goes, and especially how Nat does with the big trip. Try to see Lake Wanaka while you're in New Zealand-- it's in our top 100 Dream Destinations book that we drool over. You should google pictures of it-- it looks incredible! It's supposed to be one of the world's most beautiful lakes. One side has mountain, another side has sheep farms, another side has a charming little town... and it was mentioned by Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 3 as his favorite spot ever with his wife.

    There you go! Can't wait to hear about your trip!

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  6. What a cute photo of you and your husband! Sounds like it was an awesome trip :)

    I LOVED Saved by the Bell too, I could sit and watch that show for hours. Also, I would love some of your Indian leftovers... kids don't know what good food is! ;)

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  7. I'm impressed with how much you've traveled. Six continents?! I'm also jealous of your Indian lunches. In my book, veggie masala beats a sandwich any day of the week. No question. I'm salivating just thinking about it.

    I did an 11 things post last week, but I liked your questions so much I added them onto my post. Here's the link:

    http://theorderoftheday.blogspot.com/2012/03/magical-11-benedict-cumberbatch-and.html

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  8. P.S. Fantastic use of the word 'schlump.' :)

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