Thursday, March 1, 2012


pretty creative up there in the title, huh? not really? oh...ok anyway...

i got tagged!!! and i got tagged by my sweetest girl, the love of my blogging life, pretty miss ashley!  i feel like the queen of the prom a little bit! not gonna lie! so i've been working on this here little game/project/exercise for days and days now trying to get it right and as i am doing that, piddling along at a snail's pace, i am seeing all my favorite girls (some of whom i was planning to tag myself! NOOOO!!!) getting tagged by somebody else and posting their eleven things and i am all STOOOOP!!!! WAIT UP GUYS!! cuz i am always tardy to the party, as well you know. *sigh* so i figured i'd better git ta gittin', put my ducks in a row and treat you, my friends, to my eleven....grab some popcorn, without further adieu...

There are 6 rules: 
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself & 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog and tell them you've tagged them.
6. No saying, "If you are reading this, you're tagged."
11 Random Things About Me

1. When I was in the 4th grade, I was The Cowardly Lion in my elementary school’s adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. In my heart of hearts, I really wanted to play the role of Dorothy, but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to memorize all the lines. By opening night, I had every line in the play memorized, including Dorothy’s. 

2. I have three tattoos. Actually, I have four, but one of them got combined into another one so I just count that one as one. I don’t regret any of them, and actually want to get one more, but my favorite is the one I have on my left wrist of the “H” from my mom’s signature. It’s white ink and you’d never know it was there unless I told you.

3. The summer after I graduated from high school, I got an entire head full of braids. It took THIRTEEN HOURS. I was wearing a lot of baggy clothes a la TLC at the time and listening to R&B music, so I thought the braids made me legit, but really, people just called me Yoyo behind my back. They lasted for a week. Then my head started to itch and I took them out.

4. I love being alone. No, I mean I LOVE being alone. All by myself, in silence, with nothing to do or everything to do….doesn’t matter, as long as I am alone. Nothing is more reviving to my sanity and my spirit.

5. I was a Soul Train Dancer for one episode. No, I am not a particularly good dancer. See #3.

6. Bridget Jones Diary, The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye are the only books I have ever read twice.

7. I waitressed for 11 years. By the end of that “career”, I was burned out and bitter, but in hindsight, I know that is the only industry in which I actually belong. Restaurants feel like home to me.

8. When I was little, I wanted braces SO bad that I used to bend paper clips and wear them around on my teeth  till they jabbed my gums and made them bleed. I would also take the rubber bands from my friends’ braces and wrap them around my teeth to try and make them crooked so I could get braces. I never got them.

9. I went to 20+ New Kids on the Block concerts from 1990 – 1995 and managed to meet all the boys, separately and never once in a sane or respectable manner. I was hardcore. Also, I was going to marry Donnie Wahlberg…one of many questionable preferences I held in my youth…(see again #3…)

10. Sometimes,  I like to take a slice of American Cheese and spread crunchy peanut butter on it. Then, I roll it up like a taquito and eat it like a boss. No wonder I had to go on weight watchers. I’m gross.

11.  I rarely wear a coat, even when it’s freezing. I just hate extra layers and how coats are all bulky and restricting and my hair gets caught in them in the back.

Ashley’s Questions for Me

1. What is your favorite Disney movie? I was hemming and hawing between Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc. and then I realized it’s not even a contest. Finding Nemo wins, hands down for a million reasons, Dory being not the least of them.

2. Have you ever broken a bone? I have not!

3. Are you a dog person or a cat person? I am a dog person through and through. I am not a cat hater by any means. I have a soft spot for all my furry friends, I just don’t really jive with their aloof nature. Dogs are dorks, and shameless, and loving, and just so, so wonderful. Dogs are better than humans.

4. What are you afraid of?  I’m afraid of a lot of things, most of which are out of my control. I’m afraid of feeling just a little bit sad forever, I’m afraid of regrets, I’m afraid of feeling like I wasted time, I’m afraid of never finding the “me” I know is inside of me, I’m afraid of never getting to move somewhere warm, which I want more than almost anything, I’m afraid of never feeling satisfied. Heavy, I know. sorry.

5. What is the most expensive thing in your closet? A leather bag that my dad got for me for Christmas right before I moved to NY for the first time. it’s seriously cool…way too cool for me, and whenever I use it, I feel like a sham, but it’s gorgeous. It’s black with metal studs all over it and unfinished edges.

6. Have you ever had super short hair? I supposed you don’t mean when I was 6 and trying to be exactly like my cousin Jami so I chopped my waist length hair into a bowl cut that looked so cute on her but made me look like a little boy? anyway, as an “adult”, yes. I think I was 21? And skinny……god I was skinny. Dammit.

7. What is your favorite dessert? Crème brulle….

8. Which was cooler...N'Sync or Backstreet Boys? N’Sync. Was there ever a question?

9. What is your dream vacation destination? My dream dream is French Polynesia….anywhere over there. Fiji, Bora Bora, whatev. I’m not picky….I may never get there though, so closer to home, I’m dreaming about St.Lucia, Aruba, St. Maarten.

10. Can you play an instrument? I can play my ipod :)

11. If you were stranded on a deserted island and only had two music cd's, what would they be? The Madding Crowd by Nine Days because they are my boys and I love them with my heart and that CD was one of the most definite turning points in my whole life, and also, a random, smooth jazz cd for when I get stressed out…although, now that I am thinking about it, being alone, stranded on a deserted island, why would I be stressed out?

My Questions for the Friends I Tag

1. If you could choose one food that you could eat for the rest of your life with reckless abandon and never gain an ounce from it, what would it be?
2. What is the most memorable book you’ve ever read? (Alternately, which book that you’ve read has made the biggest impact on your life?)
3. What is your favorite vacation you’ve ever taken?
4. What is your favorite article of clothing that you own? (Bonus points for posting a picture of you wearing it!)
5. What blogger that you’ve never met do you think would be your BFF in real life and why?
6. What is the next trip you plan to take?
7. If you could spend the day with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
8. Have you ever eaten a bug, by accident or on purpose?
9. What is your favorite holiday?
10. What is one quote that you find inspiring or motivating?
11.  Where do you do most of your shopping (besides Costco :)?

I’m tagging Skye, Dana, Amanda, Daina and Jess


Amber said...

I hate coats, I loved Nsync, I waitressed a.lot., I love to be alone, I am a dog person, I love Dory, I have braces now, are we long lost sisters? love this post!

Daina @ New York State of Mind said...

Yay! Fun! Thanks for tagging me. I will try to get my post done this weekend. I laughed out loud reading yours... Head full of braids = amazing. Waterfalls was my favorite song ever, and I definitely had my baggy jeans phase!

noreenmarie said...

Love that 1st picture..that strawberry mojito was to die for. Ahhh that was such a fun day! :) xoxo

Skye said...

Oh goodie, I've been tagged! This looks like fun!!
New kids on the block 20x?!? Wow! And I think every kid wants braces... and then you get them and it sucks LOL.
I've never broken a bone either- thought I was the only freak of nature out there!!
And girl... let me tell you - I am rigth there with you on the Creme Brulee! Oh my gosh! I just love it!

The Klippel Family said...

I love reading these tags and I loved your answers. Some things we have in common:

I had my hair braided on my honeymoon! It took about eight hours, so you must have more hair.

Catcher in the Rye is my favorite book of all time, I can't believe I've found someone else who loves it. (I'm assuming you liked it since you read it twice! :)

I too use to straighten paper clips for "fake" braces. But, alas I did get braces, but only for nine months.

I would say don't be afraid of regrets. I have regrets and I've learned from every one of them and it's made me who I am and I think I'm a better person for it. You will be too, promise...

You're cracking me up over the instrument you can play-too funny, but so true about many of us.

Loved your answers and take care,


Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

You do NOT even know how excited I just got. I am so glad this 11/11/11 is up and running and all about you! In fact, I went ahead and pulled up this little comment form before I even started reading you facts...because I KNOW I am going to have lots to say. ;)

--your H tattoo? That is the most awesome and wonderful idea! I am so out of the tattoo loop, I didn't even know that they had white ink! So cool!!
--shutUP. Do you know that my summer after high school, I worked at an elementary school summer program. My best buddy there was a girl named Kenetra and she would hook me up with the coolest zig zag braids all over my head. It would hurt like crap when she put them in, but I thought I was THE coolest ever after they were done. I would wear them for as long as possible. Then my parents took me (and my braids) and my boyfriend to the beach and he made fun of me for like 6 days. And then I cried and made him sit in the condo and take all of them out for me. That was the last of my TLC style. Ha.
--alone time is my favorite time. If I don't get it, I'm no fun to be around.
--I had no idea you were a star, Miss Soul Train Dancer. :)
--The Great Gatsby is my favorite.
--omg I just died over your Donnie picture. I love it. :) Have I told you about when I met Jordan in 2004? I have GOT to tell you my weird.
--Don't feel bad...I like to dip cheddar cheese in chocolate ice cream. ;)

--Finding Nemo is Hudson's favorite, too. :) GOOD choice.
--I've never broken a bone either!!
--Girl. Get out that purse and carry it. It sounds majorly awesome.
--AWWW! Look at your short hair! Cutie. Both times.
--Thank you for choosing NSYNC. That was a test. And you just passed with flying colors. I knew we were besties.

I am so happy you did this, Rachel! I love you even more. :) xoxoxoxo