Saturday, January 26, 2013

11 Random Facts

It's been a while since I have written anything totally random. And even longer since I have written anything interesting...... Not sure what I will dig up, since I might have covered all the "juicy stuff" on the hermit crab post. But I hate to let people down, so here goes: (This should be fun. :)

I was asked to write 11 random things about myself, by Rebecca at complexmom.com. She's training for the Boston marathon right now, so go read about it when you are done here, and give her a "Hello!".

Who clicks here to read about training, anyway?

1. My husband and I met for the first time in a high school weight room. His younger sister was a student of mine and wanted to take me on a "Tour". We walked in to the weight room as he was bending over at the squat rack, and turned 9,784 shades of red. It was a total set-up. If you had asked me if I would ever date a student's older brother, I would most certainly have said "No." But, strange things happen in small towns.

2.I have a bit of a problem with my tongue sometimes. A few weeks ago I decided that instead of yelling, I would take a vow of silence until I was certain my words would come out nicely. I almost went all day..The kids caught onto it, and it was funny to see how much they changed. They stopped fighting with each other and me, and started doing all sorts of gesturing. The 8 year old started writing messages with me (hates to write), and even took his own silent time...for about 10 minutes. It was a good exercise- once I convinced my husband that I wasn't mad, and just wanted to practice kind words. Very hard to explain to a three year old, though; I broke down at bedtime/storytime. 

3. I bought a digital camera for 35$. (Cheapest one I could test in a store.) I finally decided that I would rather go that route, than have a better camera that gets broken once a year. So far I actually like it. But, I can't find a timer on it, so that could be a problem.

4. The first cassette I ever owned (never had a record player) was Dire Straights- the one with "Money for Nothin" on it.

5. One of my toenails might come off. (The second toe on the left foot.) I think it was from serious downhill trauma while running. Anyway, hubby did a great job drilling a hole into my toenail with a tiny drill bit (by hand). Didn't hurt a bit! He jumped back when blood came out. :)

6. I have a thing for animal print clothing. I really don't own too many pieces though. (Just a skivvy or two. Maybe a top).
7. I also have a niece who likes animal print clothing. She is 10, but the size of...me.. for her age. So, when I saw her mom (my sister-in-law) put a bag out for the donations, I had to see if she was giving away anything good. And...I found a top I liked! Now the question is, should I wear it? Or was SIL donating these things secretly?...Hmm. I will probably sneak it back into the giveaway bag, reluctantly.

8. I love Pho. I could eat it every day at least once.

9. On Halloween last year, I decided I would dress up for a run. I wore a cape and a black afro. (No pictures, they were terrible.) I ran into "town" (about 1.5 miles) in broad daylight, tossing candy at grown-ups from my fuel belt. Most people just moved out of the way, until hit.  I think everyone kept the candy! Afros are hard to run in. Very heavy and bouncy. I don't otherwise celebrate Halloween.

10. If I could change one thing about my body I would remove all my moles. And make my head a bit bigger in proportion to my body. Hmmm. I guess that's two things.

11. It is really hard to come up with 11 new random things about me... I ran 26.22 miles today for fun. It was the slowest marathon I have ever ran, and the only one I have never registered for.
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I can't find the rules to this game now, because I waited too long and I lost them! So, I will just say that if you started reading here in the last 2 months, you get to do this too. And if you've been reading here for 2 years, you also get to do this one :)  Please be sure to let me know if you do, so I can come read and comment! 

56 comments:

  1. I love this! Yes, who wants to read about training when there are all these cool Raina things coming out! Love them all! Chris and I were set up as well - but we both knew about it! Love the silence time in your house. My mom used to do that when she was upset with us and nothing hurt more. Such good lesson for the kids! Dire S, oh, the memories! You ran a marathon today, must go check! Awesome! I better go do my 4.5 miles today so that we can say we ran a 50K together:)

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    1. Now I would like to hear the story about you and Chris! Totally curious.The silent time could totally be punishment, if i hadn't explained why I was doing it. But it was still hard for the kiddos at first. It's amazing how quiet they can get. :))

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  2. Well, I like reading about your training, but I like reading this too. I had that very Dire Straits album, but it wasn't my first--my first was an LP (!) of Men at Work's Business As Usual (the one with "Down Under" on it--that's still one of my favorite songs). I also have lots of moles, though I only mind them when I start to suspect them of being cancer, but I would TOTALLY ask for a more proportionate head and probably a less prominent jaw.

    I love how you met your husband--hilarious! I met mine at a wedding--very stereotypical.

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    1. Men at Work's album is a good one too! I didn't get that one, but would still like to have it. :) Fun that you shared these nuggets with me. Wish you could BLOG your answers! Will miss your blog...

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  3. Ooooh, #2 is interesting. Perhaps I shall try that this week. My husband just left for a class on the East Coast, so I am a single parent. GAH! Maybe I'll be a "silent" single parent and see how it all works out. I typically do LOTS of yelling when he is gone, unfortunately. (((sigh))) The fighting is UNREAL with 3 boys. I know I don't have to tell you!

    Funny you should mention the animal print deal. One of the hosts on CBS This Morning last week wore the CUTEST gray/black zebra stripe looking dress. I was tempted to go online and see if I could find out where she got it!!

    I'll try and do this sort of post one night this week when the boys are asleep. Seems like a fun "unwinding" exercise.

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    1. Yes. TRY it!! You might need to employ the oldest as a reading interpreter, but you'll be surprised how well you can communicate- and kindly- without even talking.

      The dress sounds cute! Looking for that pic, I ran across a bunch of other cute things i want to get :)

      Let me know if you do it! PLEASE do this 11 randoms! I love reading about other people's crazy lives.

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  4. Good stuff Raina! I was wondering how you drained your toe nail and if it hurt.

    Sounds like a traumatic experience with the hermit crab! That had to be scary.

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    1. LOL Yes. My hubby wouldn't let me do it with a power drill. I am kind of glad about that since I am all thumbs at times.

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  5. Ha! I feel like I too have a head that is too small for my body, but my husband compensates with his ENORMOUS noggin :D I made him weigh it once, got him to lie down and rest it on the bathroom scales. Just a pinch off 14lbs (I believe the average head is 7-8, just saying).
    I think as a rule of thumb mothers ought not to wear their 10 year old nieces clothing, you'll thank me for this one day I feel certain :D
    Number 9. Oh my. Were you running on your own? Please say yes, please say yes.....sooooo funny, I think we could spend the best part of a day daring each other to do stuff and laughing lots! I would have done just about anything to be a 'fly on the wall' for the candy run. :D

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    1. Ha!! Do you think it is accurate that way on a scale? I am in the same situation! I swear I have a pinhead, but my hubby is a bobble-head. I should weigh his too!!

      About the Halloween run. Yes! Oh, yes. I ran into the high school secretary's office and bombed her with some. I knew about 1/3 the people I saw and hit with candy (small town!).

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    2. Ok, now THAT is funny! Who weighs their head???!???!!!! Hilarious.

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    3. Short of chopping his head off it was the best idea I could come up with :D The candy run needs to be photographed next time, insane lady! Soooooo funny, do you think the people who live in your town think you're nuts?! :D I wonder if I could persuade (trick) my husband into letting me photograph his head on the scales........

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    4. Ha! You should do the photo!!
      Most people here think I am nuts because I run all hours. But I have also started to see some other people running too! I was encouraged by a local friend to do the costume thing. :).
      And..there are pictures. I just didn't post them!

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  6. Loved the list. I too have a thing for animal print. Victoria's Secret makes yoga bras now and have some animal prints to choose from. They are comfortable and add a little oomph to the basic sports bra.

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  7. Thank you- now I will have "Money for nothin" in my head all afternoon! lol!!

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    1. Sorry :) It's better than one of the Wiggles songs, though.

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  8. I am in love with the Halloween story! I am going to have to do that this year. It's like your own private Mardi Gras (but actually Halloween) parade! Soooooo funny....

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    1. You should do it! I can picture it :) Not that you have ever RACED in costume before ;)

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  9. That Halloween story... You are fearless! What a hoot!

    Run 26.22 for fun? MY. HERO.

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    1. The high schoolers walking home really liked it. They were too cool to dress up, but not too cool to pick up candy!

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  10. Love these Raina posts. You always make me smile. A marathon? Look at you! I spy on your training from time to time so I will have to go check it out. Dead toes...oh, I so get this! Problem with my tongue...um, that would be me. I'm going to try this silence /quiet thing. Speaking of which, kids home now so gotta cut this short. xoxo

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    1. Let me know how it works, if you try it. It was a fascinating/rewarding social experiment :)

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  11. Love the random facts, sounds like the Liebster award to me, something I did last year:) Ouch that toe sounds sore!!! The animal print is super cute:)

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    1. Yes, I think you are right about the award. Where did the word Liebster come from?? Toe is MUCH better post drilling.

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  12. I love these posts!! I still have my Dire Straits tape...and I got the CD! That is a good story of how I met my husband! your kids will love it and hit the gym in hopes of finding a great wife someday!!!

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    1. It is a fantastic album. Still is!
      Hope my boys find their perfect wives. In the gym.. or out of it.

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  13. I am pretty sure I would pee myself if I saw someone running in an afro and cap while throwing candy! That is awesome!!

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    1. Haha. Maybe I should have been tossing TP with the candy :)

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  14. Love this post Raina. It is always fun to know random things about people. Super cute story about how you met your hubby. The life of living in a small town. :)

    I love animal print too. Can't get enough of it. It is so fun to wear!

    Are you sure you don't have any pictures of you and your Halloween costume? I would love to see it!

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  15. Okay...read this earlier but couldn't remember if I had time to comment then...apparently not.

    I love posts like these, mostly because I'm on super fast-track mode these days and all I can ramble off are are few thoughts about this or that - so I can totally read this and feel at home :). Love how you met your husband, adorable!! I'm not an animal print girl, I don't own a thing - but secretly I'd love to! One day I may be more adventerous...but I doubt it :).

    Well done on your marathon training, you know I love that!! Keep rocking girl - you're doing fantastic!!
    xo

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    1. Thanks Jill. I understand about that "have I commented, or have I not?" thing. Word verification messes my comments over every stinking time.

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  16. #11... did you say you ran 26.22 miles for fun today? Wow!!! I have fun for about 20 miles, but the last 10k is always miserable to me!

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    1. Miserable is a good way to describe it! Now my goal is to embrace the misery as an avenue to a goal :)

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  17. I click here to read about training! Anyway, that was a good read. I have 'Brothers in Arms' on cassette too - reckon that was the best song on the album. We saw Dire Straits in Canberra when it was bucketing down (outdoor concert) - the piano got soaked!

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    1. Oh, I bet that was a good show. :) I'll put in some training soon.

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  18. Hilarious - really, drilled your toenail? And the halloween info - Great. So. freakin. great!!! Thanks for the laugh. I just might have to play along soon!

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    1. Please do!! I would love to read it :)

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  19. Oh, and a 26.22 just for fun - You, my dear, are cra cra!!!!

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  20. Are you serious- you just ran 26 miles this weekend? Amazing, lady! I love the tongue exercise. As for your head, I've always admired your narrow face and wished mine were smaller. :)

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    1. That's way to sweet of you. I just love your smile and happy face the way it is!

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  21. I love your list! I learned so much about you. I liked you before and now I love you, oh, is that too soon? I don't care, I do. Anyway, I have a picture of you meeting your husband for the first time and you see only his bum, my husband has good one too. Sometimes when I want to rip his head off, I look at that bum and it calms me down.. marring a man with a nice ass is a good idea. I still love DIre Straights, I had that one too! The silent thing is brillant, I am going to try that!!

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    1. Yes. there are certain assets a person looks for in a mate ;)

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  22. I also met my husband at a high school -- we were both students, though. He told me I had a stain on my shirt!
    I love the vow of silence --I will try that.
    I have lost two toenails from running, so it doesn't seem like a big deal to me anymore -- they grow back so quickly! Who knew?
    Anyway, thank for doing this post! Love your blog!

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca :) That's a pretty funny "how I met my husband" story! :)

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  23. I love these. Learn so much about my favourite runners that I otherwise wouldn't. I love how you and hubby met. But not as much as how much I love that you run 26.22miles for FUN! You rock :=)

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  24. you crack me up! your random thought, I just rand the slowest marathon today, and the only one I didn't sign up for!! You go!

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  25. These are fun to read

    So did you order the old Brooks Mach track spikeless, they were animal print

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    1. Ha! No. I have seen them, thought about it, but don't ever get to run on a track. :( Would love to, though!

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  26. So I read your blog all the time, BUT on my phone, which is such a pain in the butt to use to write comments. As a results, I'm uber late in my comment...I love random facts! I like reading about how training and racing is going for people, but it's just as important (to me) to get to see some of the real person too. Lately, I find blogging about my own training really boring...Anyway, love the Halloween run! That's a very cool random fact. ;)

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  27. Ha, I could seriously eat Pho every day (I have at least the last 3 days in a row). I tried it once just randomly. I was getting sick, I wanted soup and was too lazy to make my own so I went for a drive. I came across this place that looked like they sold soup. It's since become my favorite restaurant close to home (it's called Pho the Bowl).

    Anyway, congrats on the marathon run! It's not every day someone gets up and out to run one :-)

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  28. Too cute!

    26.22 miles for fun!! I think you and Rebecca M. were separated at birth!

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  29. too funny about having to sneak back your niece's clothes. you could just say you "happen" to have the same shirt! :)

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  30. Let's talk about number nine- the Halloween thing. That is CRAZY FUNNY!!!! I wish that I lived in your town because I would have loved to see that (my kids would have loved it too). And, since I own a black afro type wig, I could have joined you :)

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  31. I love the handing-out-Halloween-candy-while-running thing! How cool!!

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