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14 September 2008 @ 10:36 pm
Ten things about yours truly  
Tagged by miss_daizy:
* Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.
* Bloggers that are tagged write on their own blog about their ten things and post these rules.
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1. My best friend and I made it to the semifinal round of casting for The Amazing Race season 5. The lady who called to tell us that they wanted to interview us on tape for that round told us that they loved us and that somehow our videotape had gotten lost, but when they came across it, they knew they HAD to consider us, even though they had already pretty much made their semifinal selections by that point. Unfortunately, we got cut after that round, but we are not giving up on the dream! However, it is postponed for now, since I've got an almost-six-month-old daughter and my best friend is due with her first child, a boy, on New Year's Day.

2. I'm not Chinese, but I speak it.

3. I'm not Cambodian, but I did Cambodian dancing, both classical and folk, for four years. I'd like my daughter to follow in my footsteps, if she's interested. And maybe someday I'll go back to it, after I lose my baby weight and have more time.

4. I look like the picture in my icon. *points*

5. Back in the days when I used to go trick-or-treating, I would trade most of my candy for chocolate, since I don't like candy. And then I would hoard my stash, but rarely eat any of it. Come springtime, my mom would find the loot in a bag in my closet and throw it out, because it was old and crusty. I think I just liked to have things, but not necessarily use them.

6. I hate cleaning, but I do like arranging and rearranging things. Two examples: (1) When I was a teenager, I would be the one to take all of the Christmas presents down and put them under the tree. And what I would do is arrange all of them under there and then pull them all out and put them back again in a new configuration. And then I'd do it all over again...and again...and again. (2) Also when I was a teenager, when the fall was approaching, I'd take all my brand-new school supplies and arrange them in my backpack. And then I'd take them out again. And put them back in.

7. I met my husband on Match.com...eleven years ago, before everyone and their dog was doing it!

8. I lived in the Caribbean for six months.

9. I gave birth to my daughter naturally, without any epidural or other pain relief.

10. I was voted "Most Studious" in 8th grade, "Chatterbox of the Year" in 10th grade, and "Most Flirtatious" in 12th grade. What a progression! :D

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Spicedogsspicedogs on September 15th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
OMG, this brings back the past.
author_by_nightauthor_by_night on September 15th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
Very interesting that you met your husband there - like you said, before everyone was doing it.
alabastardalabastard on September 15th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Not surprised at all, that you've had such an interesting life.

I learned the bare minimum in Chinese when studying Kung Fu, props to you, it's a hard language!

I too have no interest in candy, or most food for that matter, it's fuel.
Miss Sophia: Chinese Fireball Ooohmiss_sophia on September 16th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Chinese isn't as bad as people think, mainly because there are no verb tenses (people just specify WHEN it is that they're referring to) and no verb conjugations. But it's definitely different and takes a bit of getting used to at first! The hardest language I ever studied was Khmer (Cambodian). There are a bazillion "letters" in their alphabet, and depending on which one you use with which other, the pronunciation may change. Made Chinese look like a walk in the park!

I do enjoy food, quite a bit, but candy is just pointless. And my parents raised me to be very concerned about dental health. (No, they weren't dentists, but I suppose the Grangers would be proud!)
alabastardalabastard on September 16th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
I had trouble with the different dialects being spoke around me, the subtleties in the spoken sounds, but then again, I didn't study very far into the language. Some day I would like to give it more time.

I got lucky with very hard teeth anyway, no cavities yet.
Miss Sophia: Writing with Quillmiss_sophia on September 16th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
It also helps to get formal training in it. I don't think I would've been able to pick Chinese up on my own; I took it in college, in pretty intensive courses. It's not really one of those languages you can just immerse yourself in and pick up easily, unless you are a small child.

Yep, I don't have any cavities either! Except for my wisdom teeth, which, through some genetic anomaly, grew in with very small ones. And I got those filled without novocaine -- OUCH!
alabastardalabastard on September 16th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Very true!

I've still got the wisdom teeth too, so wise am I ;-)
~Lirpa~: Terry and Turnipheadkatje0711 on September 15th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
That's so cool about The Amazing Race!

You sound like you're OCD.
Miss Sophia: Writing with Quillmiss_sophia on September 16th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
LOL, I probably am OCD about some things, but not in a Rainman sort of way. The funny thing is, I'm actually quite tolerant of clutter (up to a point, at least), but I just like to arrange and rearrange!
The Cee Monstersagacious_c on September 16th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
What were you doing in the Caribbean? Which part were you in?

I was your Halloween candy polar opposite: the non-chocolate pieces were my favorites and I'd gobble it all up within a few days then have to beg my little brother (a hoarder) to share his with me. :P
Miss Sophia: Meghan - Sweet potato smilemiss_sophia on September 16th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
I was in the Caribbean because my husband went to med school there. We met on Match.com at the beginning of my senior year in college, and so it was long distance from the get-go. After I graduated, I moved to the Caribbean to be with him. Six months later, he was done with that part of the schooling, so we moved back (with new additions: a dog and a cat!). We were on Sint Maarten/St. Martin. Ever been there? I miss it a lot!