I’ve jumped on the NaBloPoMo bandwagon this month. It’s not that I’ve run out of fodder for my posts, but felt the Herd could use a kick. I haven’t worked with writing prompts since college, so bear with me. And check in on the weekends when my usual topics will resurface (unless we have ourselves a “day” and I need to process it). The theme this month is Self. Day one, 5 interesting things about me. Uhhhhhhhhhh…
1. I’ve sung in 5 weddings and 2 funerals. No kidding. I don’t sing much anymore, outside of the car, the shower, and home. But once upon a time, I was on the worship team at church and sang at weddings and funerals (mostly family). I miss singing. You can’t really have a frown on your face and sing at the same time (unless you’re singing Silent Night…then you can bawl your eyes out while you’re singing https://threesaherd.com/2013/12/26/done-in-by-silent-night-again/ and https://threesaherd.com/2013/01/03/silent-night/ )
2. I’ve traveled to 7 countries and 16 states. When I was a kid, we didn’t have much. We didn’t do extensive travel. We spent a lot of time camping locally, going out on our boat on the San Joaquin Delta, and visiting my mom’s family in Arizona. I always had a desire to see and do and visit. I was 24 when I went on my first cruise to Catalina and Ensenada. I’m not a huge cruise fan, but have been on three more since that first. And through my volunteer work with the March of Dimes, I’ve been to Texas, Missouri/Kansas, Florida, New York, and D.C. Two years ago, we took the kids on a road trip to Zion National Park, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons. We’ve hauled the family to Hawaii three times. There’s nothing like traveling to new places, and there’s nothing like coming home from a trip.
3. I come from a blended family, and I love it. I have a half-sister (she passed away almost five years ago), a half-brother, a full sister and brother, and two step-sisters. I love them all, and have never considered them anything other than my true siblings. While divorce sucks, I am thankful for the gift of our family. Of the seven, I’m second-to-youngest.
4. I hate fruit. Seriously. Ew. And yes, you can survive AND be healthy without eating fruit. I do like green Granny Smith apples, but that’s it. I think it’s a texture thing. Most fruit is gushy, and comes with seeds or whatever. Blech. Cooked fruit is even worse than fresh fruit. Nothing about smoothies sounds awesome to me. And I’m allergic to bananas. I can’t even stand the thought of bananas, much less the smell and feel. I did buy them and peel them for the kids when the were little. My husband would get a huge kick out of the look every time I would peel a banana for one of the kids. Guess what? Veggies and fruit are the same food group, and I love my veggies, so I’m good (confirmed fact by my doctor).
5. I. Love. Baseball. Opening Day of the baseball season needs to be a national holiday. I’m happiest when I’m at a ballpark watching a game, sitting out in the sun. There’s just something about the crack of the bat on the ball, the smell of hot dogs and popcorn, thinking about what pitch is going to be thrown next, considering the strategy of the game. I love that any one pitch has the potential to change the entire game. I’m taking the kids out to Phoenix next week to take in a couple of Spring Training games. My daughter made me so proud the other day when she said, “I love going to baseball games.” Good girl. Oh, in case you’re wondering, I’m an A’s fan and have been my entire life.
Tell me 5 interesting things about you. Happy Monday!