4 Jobs I've held
Carnival worker (mm hmm, that's right. I painted faces, filled bottles with colorful sand, and tried to hook up (in a completely innocent junior high kind of way) with the naughty boys that were doing community service from the Boys Ranch, which, I might add, resulted in more than one phone call in the middle of the night letting me know that they were "going back to rehab and just wanted to say goodbye." I still have no idea why my dad would get out of bed at 2 AM to bring me the phone instead of yelling at them to get lost... my dad is really nice).
Medical receptionist (cushy high school job at my dad's office to get some spending $)
Field and office facilitator for BYU Romania Int'l Volunteers Program (absolutely FANTASTIC jobs-- I worked with some of the coolest, most diverse people I've ever met)
Special Education Teacher (I taught kindergarten to 17 of the greatest kiddos in the world-- in my humble opinion, the most worthwhile and best job on the planet besides my current occupation of mother)
4 Movies I can watch over and over
Forrest Gump (and it usually can still make me cry even though I totally know what's coming)
The Fiddler on the Roof (can't get enough of Tevya's shaking arms during the "Rich Man" song and dance)
That's all I can think of... I'm not a big movie watcher (just ask my husband). But if it counts, I could watch re-runs of pretty much any sporting event over and over without hesitation (ESPN Classics is a staple in our house)
4 Guilty Pleasures
Otter Pops (in the summer I can't buy them or else I will literally eat at least 10 a day)
American Gladiators (wait, that isn't cool anymore? Shoot. J and I watch it almost every night on ESPN Classics)
Having the hubby put our baby into my bed with me before he leaves for work (because #1, I love cuddling him while he sleeps, and #2, then I don't have to get out of bed and get him when he wakes up and we can just lay there and play together until breakfast time)
Baby clothes (I am a huge sucker for all the tiny cuteness that is clothing for baby, and since our budget does not exactly take this into account I am a religious sale rack shopper and pretty much don't buy anything unless it is on super-sale. And luckily I have a mother who probably loves baby clothes more than anyone on the planet and her budget does allow for some splurges here and there. Thanks mom.)
4 Shows I enjoy
The First 48 (a fantastic show that follows homicide investigators around for the first 48 hours after a murder to document how they go about solving cases)
The Bachelor (that totally should have been a guilty pleasure. Don't tell anyone, please. My husband is ashamed of me when he comes home and I am watching it)
Anything sports (the most television we consume in our house is during the Jazz season. But we pretty much just like sports in general-- if ever we are channel surfing we almost always end up watching a sporting event)
4 places I have been on vacation
The Disney Parks (and they are totally calling my name again. I could go over and over and over)
Europe (I travelled all around after living in Romania)
New York (in college 4 of my girlfriends and I decided to just pack our bags and go for a long weekend on very short notice-- fantastic memories)
Cruises (if you are looking for a relaxing vacation this is the way to go. My parents surprised us with one when I was in junior high, in high school my friend Emily's family and mine went, and then J and I went on one for our honeymoon)
4 Favorite foods
Cafe Rio Pork anything
Cheese and crackers (the real kind)
Awards I have won
Most talkative (actually, I never won that. My second grade teacher told my mom that everyone always knew what was going on with me and I always knew what was going on with everyone else-- she meant it as a bad thing but I've always thought of it as a sort of backhanded compliment)
scholarships for school
3rd place in a public speaking competition for HOSA (but it hardly counts because I think only like 5 people were in the competition)
Most likely to grow up and marry a pirate (wait, was that me or you, Krisla?)
Hobbies I enjoy
Certain crafts (though I don't claim to be good at them, I have a strange affinity for creating-- this year I'm mod-podging my Christmas ornaments and making a shelf to hold our stockings on-- things like that)
Taking pictures (again, not something I have a particular talent for, but something I really love to do)
decorating (yeah, same thing here, but you can often find me wandring the furniture and decorating aisles at Target... but I think if I had more money I could do a decent job)
writing (not like the book writing, more like writing in my journal or writing cards etc.)
Secretly, I wish I could
adopt an orphan right now
live in Africa and run an orphanage or NGO of sorts (and really, it's not because I have super noble desires or anything-- I just really loved it when I got tastes of doing those things in my life and I want my children and husband to experience it with me)
afford to travel a ton
sing (like really well)
Brooke tagged me to do one where you share 10 random facts about yourself. Since I kind of just told you all a whole lot about myself already, I'll just do five:
1. I love the smell of garages. Something about the mustiness, mixed with gasoline, mixed with engine fumes, mixed with rusty tools... I know, I'm surprised my baby doesn't have brain damage, too.
2. I really would LOVE to be a homicide detective. This is a strange, morbid passion that may or may not have gone as far as me calling our local homicide team and asking if I could volunteer my sleuth-like services (okay, mostly I just asked if I could go on a ride-along with them. Apparently that's not something they get a lot because they acted like I had just asked them to sacrifice their right and left arms).
3. I have been skydiving. And it was fun. And not that scary. The scariest part was worrying that the shoddy aluminum floor was going to give out in the plane before I jumped. That and being more than a little concerned that the guy that was jumping with me was a rapist.
4. I love pretty paper. Wrapping paper, notebook paper, stationery-- it is all lovely to me.
5. I really like decorating cakes. Not like pretty cakes for weddings or anything, rather very random cakes for random events. For John's birthday this past year I made him a giant cake of a rainbow trout. And it was awesome.
There you have it... I will fill out the one Ashley tagged me for sometime. I think this is plenty for now. I tag anyone who would like to be tagged. I'm bad at deciding things like that (there's another random fact about me).
Halloween pictures to come soon.