Happy New Year!
#1. I got a pony and joined 4-H when I was eight years old. I was too inexperienced to ride at my first county fair, so I was the stable girl. We won the Golden Shovel award because I shoveled stalls so well! I got a huge pink ribbon and my my first picture in the local newspaper. I still have both the ribbon and the newspaper article.
#2. I studied & traveled in Europe for 7 months when I was 19 years old. I happened to arrive in Vienna, Austria just before the funeral of the last Hapsburg queen. There was NO PLACE to stay overnight and no trains where we were headed, so my three traveling companions and I accepted the offer of a stranger in the train station to stay in the living room at his “boarding house.” We slept on the floor in a roughly constructed “living room” and never saw another person there (he left as he was not, apparently, living there). It was very weird. We left quickly very early the next morning when my friend woke up with a rose on her pillow!
#3. In July 1992, I sang in Carnegie Hall with Akron’s Masterworks Chorale under the direction of THE John Rutter. We sang Mozart’s Requiem and some Rutter works. It was amazing!
#4. I knew I wanted to marry John on December 28th, 1992 and wrote him a letter that day that I gave him when we got married. He proposed on New Year’s Eve 1992, but we didn’t get married until October 22, 1994. Sadly, the letter got lost sometime on our wedding day and was never seen again.
#5. John planned our entire honeymoon himself and didn’t tell ANYONE – including me – the destination. I didn’t figure out where we were going until we got there – 24 hours after the wedding. My mom insisted on knowing how to contact us in case of an emergency, so John said he’d leave her an envelope. The envelope actually contained a note that said, “We’ll be back on October 29th” with no other info. The envelope was never opened and is in our wedding scrapbook to this day! My mom never knew.
#6. When we learned we were going to have a baby, John and I read every book we could, went to all the recommended birthing classes and made a 3 page birth plan (yes, it’s in Emily’s scrapbook!). Virtually nothing went according to plan – especially the emergency C-section. In fact, “Nothing goes according to plan” is a pretty good definition of parenthood. Megan was a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section), so I have experienced both type of infant deliveries. (The C-section was MUCH easier!)
#7. In our pre-romance years, John and I played pinball on a Williams Cyclone machine at the student center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Three years ago this coming April, we found a full-sized, working 1988 Williams Cyclone pinball machine on Ebay which now lives in our basement. This machine actually came from Middletown, Ohio near Oxford where we went to school!
So now you know FAR more about me than you wanted or needed to. Apparently, the last step in this process is for me to”tag” 7 more people to participate in this meme. In the interest of continuing to get to know more personally the authors of the blogs I frequently read, the following folks should consider themselves tagged – and YOU should definitely check out their interesting blogs!
Bonnie Stewart from Crib Chronicles
Lisa Palumbo from qualcosa di bello
Julie Styles Mills from Pragmatic Compendium
Sarah Rohrer from A Princess and A Sailor
Allen from blog of kaiyen