My blog buddy Mike reminded me yesterday that there’s other bloggers out there and sometimes it’s fun to participate in a survey making the rounds. As it’s the day before Thanksgiving, and we’re all kind of checking out mentally, answering some basic questions sounded like the perfect way to throw some more strange facts about me out there. So…
4 names that people call me, other than my real name:
3. Ninner (my brother started this one and I’m realizing you need to hear him say it to understand)
4. MRS ANDERSON (in a nod to Mike’s Matrix post)
4 jobs I’ve had:
1. Pizza Delivery Wench (both Godfathers and Pizza Hut)
2. Account Manager
3. Smoothie Maker/Bagel Baker/Crappy College jobs here
4. Group Exercise Instructor (something 20 years ago I’d have shrieked and ran away from)
4 movies I’ve watched more than once (by “more than once”, I’m assuming “could annoy someone by reciting most lines until I get slapped and told to shut up”):
1. Billy Madison (“Suntan lotion, is good for me. You protect me, tee hee hee”)
2. Breakfast Club (“this is what you get when you spill paint in the garage!)
3. All things John Cusack from the 80’s (Lloyd Dobler is still my dream boyfriend. It’s cool, Jeff stood outside a window miming holding a boom box once. Basically the same thing.)
4. Anchorman (“I stabbed a guy with a trident!”)
4 books I’d recommend:
1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (this was the original poster’s first book as well, and ALL OF THE YES. JESUS IF DUNCAN COULD BE LIKE ENZO…)
2. The Season of Passage by Christopher Pike. I always used to think this should be made into a movie, but I’ve become content to just appreciate that as a 20-something who loved Christopher Pike as a YA, this was pretty much gold to me.
3. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. I just loved the way she spoke, and some of her phrasing damn near broke my heart.
4. Duma Key by Stephen King. I used to read this every Summer. By the time it rolled around I *kinda* forgot enough details that I felt like I was reading it anew, but found enough familiarity and enjoyment in it that it was like my favorite pair of Summer shoes.
4 places I have lived:
1. Lincoln, NE
2. Hastings, NE
3. Titonka, IA (yes, it’s a place)
4. Denison, IA
**this makes me realize that of these places, Lincoln was my only conscious choice and only because I chose to come to college here and then stayed after. Jeff and I have our big Europe dreams which I’m so determined to make a reality, but until that can happen I see no point in moving anywhere else stateside.
4 places I have been (tough choices!):
1. Rome-Any time I think of “the best trip I’ve taken” or “the happiest I’ve ever been” or even “the best meal of my life”, this is it. I knew I was looking forward to our honeymoon more than the actual wedding, and to say it was life changing is an understatement. It fueled a deep seated feeling that Italy is where my spirit calls home. It’s where I want to be, how I want to live, and I will get back there.
2. Dublin-This was half of our honeymoon and so many things we saw, I know I’ll never see again and just really appreciate the experience.
3. Boston-About the only place stateside I’ve purposefully visited more than once. I can’t put my finger on why, but ultimately what comes to mind is the dinner Jeff and I had at Legal Seafood and how freaking amazing it was. I hated seafood as a kid and have really enjoyed embracing it as an adult.
4. Idaho Springs, CO-this was always the reward for my mom and I after running the “Bolder Boulder 10k”. Starting as a girl who’d never ran and was seen as the uncoordinated tubby oaf in high school, the fact that I could even run a 10k made me cry as I crossed the finish line. Then we went to visit one of the cutest damn mountain towns I’d ever seen. The best pizza of my life. Hiking. Hills. Hot springs. A slightly seedy resort, but not in a way that I felt gross, unsanitary, or unsafe. I have so many fond memories of this town and really want to share it with my husband.
4 places I’d rather be right now:
1. Punta Cana, Puerto Rico
2. Machu Pichu, Peru
3. Anywhere in Europe
4. Anywhere that’s warm. You’re asking me this in Nebraska, in Nov. Ask again in 6 months, and you’ll probably get different (and more honest) answers.
4 things I don’t eat
1. Tropical Fruit
3. OK, I’m cheating here. BUT if we have something for dinner that’s high calorie, I’ll eat it. I love it. I worked out hard that day and I deserve a delicious dinner. But Jeff wants me to take it to work for lunch the next day, and I balk at the idea. I keep my lunches super low calorie, and that just won’t work. It’s dumb, because I JUST ATE IT YESTERDAY, but I have a mental calorie block. It’s like how we had pizza catered in at work today, but I ate my can of soup instead. I can’t have heavy calorie foods for both lunch AND dinner. So I make choices. And so my work day involves what Jeff calls “sad food” so I can rationalize my dinner and wine choices when I get home.
4. Anything gelatinous or colloidal. Jeff had a terrine at our favorite French restaurant in driving distance, and I was not into that at all. Which was a shame, because theoretically it was damn good food, but it’s the one texture that freaks me out.
4 of my favorite foods:
3. Ice Cream
4. fruit (yeah, that’s a cop out. I do what I want.)
4 TV shows that I watch:
2. Project Runway
4. HGTV (yeah, that’s basically one show, just repeated over and over.)
**I feel this is pretty representative, but by no means comprehensive. I watch TV. It’s sometimes cheesy, sometimes trashy, sometimes lulls me into a deep sleep, and sometimes makes me think. I make no apologies for any of those emotions.)
4 things I’m looking forward next year:
1. Hopefully some vacation time
2. Paying off some debt and inching towards our goals
3. Furthering my path of self discovery, avoiding the comparison trap, and encouraging other women to do the same.
4. Getting my running groove back.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!