Thursday, October 19, 2017

Get To Know Me...

Remember a few years back, when every other week someone would share a note on Facebook promising to tell you Ten Things You Didn't Know About Me...or Song Titles on My Ipod That Describe These Moments In My Life?? For some reason I've had those floating around in my mind. I think it's because a few friends have shared posts that are similar, stating neat details about their marriage or their kids. I've always found them fascinating, although I know others who hate when they appear in their feed.

I continually want to know more about my friends and extended family, and will gladly consume every little tidbit they're willing to share. I'm very particular about who I'm friends with on FB, so my feed is mainly filled with people I really care about. And my memory is not what it used to be, so these list type posts are occasionally a good way to fill in important I actually have notes for a few friends on my phone, to help when buying future gifts. (For example, my Aja list includes these gems: Purple, dark chocolate and aloe juice) I'd recently thought about mailing my friends a form to fill out to help me in the future...a fill in the blank that had things like Favorite color, flower, collectible, fandom...but I worry they would think I was weirder than they already do.

Sorry for the tangent y' point, and I honestly DID have one...was that I thought it might be fun to write a little post of some goofy info that would help y'all get to know me better, in the vein of those old FB notes. I figure if I enjoy them, there has to be a few of you out there who enjoy reading them also. I've tried to find the most off the wall and random questions possible, because I'm me...and I thought it would be more fun that way. So here goes...

1. Are you named after anyone?

When my mother was in high school and she went out, she would tell people her name was Christina...that way whatever she'd done didn't get back to either her parents/siblings or her boyfriend (my father)!! So, I guess you could say that I'm named after my mother's alter-ego. 

2. What is your favorite food?

Okay, maybe not the most random question ever...but I LOVE Pizza. When I say that I love pizza, I mean that on my wedding and my husband ate pizza in a hotel room. We ate pizza on prom night. We have gone for pizza on what many would deem to be "important" anniversaries. I am a fan. 

3. What is your favorite way to pass time?

Putting reading a book in here would be silly. My biggest guilty-pleasure time waster would be watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. I had casually watched them in the past, but became a serious viewer with favorite Gurus when recovering from a surgery. I thought I would read while off work, but instead I watched tutorial after tutorial, clicking madly on the affiliate links in the description, buying VIB Rouge amounts of product off of Sephora. I have tamed the purchasing beast, but still love the videos. I am a big fan of a good Chit-Chat Get Ready With Me. 

4. What is something you are gifted at?

This is the sort-of question I find impossible to answer, so I'm going to go for the ridiculous. I can sing virtually every Disney song up until about the mid-2000's...with a few exceptions. I love Moana way more than Frozen, and will belt out Shiny at any possible opportunity. But what I really love are songs from things like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Hercules. I am a HUGE fan of that era of Disney films, and will sing my favorite songs whenever I can...still. It was much worse when my kids were small, but I even made mix cd's for the daycare I worked at, and would sing to my room of munchkins. I have passed on my love to my kids, who include the songs in their random Spotify playlists...which makes me proud. There's nothing like a good Mulan song popping up in the middle of a car trip to keep your spirits up. 

5. What is your favorite nickname?

We are a family of nicknames. I rarely call my kids by their given name...and my husband goes by his middle name (although we both just call each other baby, which is pretty nauseating really). I have one major nickname that most friends and family call me. But if I had to pick a favorite for the list, I would have to go with the name my father calls me to this day. Grunt. I am old enough to like it, although if you'd have asked me between the ages of 12 and 16, I would've told you I despised it...mainly because my Dad had a habit of calling me that around boys. And I was all about the boys when I was young. I have embraced the fact that, to my Dad, I am Grunt and will always be matter how old I am. 

6. Do you have a tattoo?

I wanted a tattoo from childhood, but had refrained from getting one for YEARS because my husband isn't a fan. BUT, a couple years back, I had the absolute joy of getting my first and only tattoo with two of my favorite women in the world. AND, my daughter designed it. I have a very simple bird and flower on my right ankle, and it means a lot to me. Every time I look at it, I'm reminded of the special bond I have with these 2 ladies that I love. And the fabulous times we've had over the years. 

7. What is the last thing you bought? 

Next week, my husband and I will be celebrating our 24th anniversary. So, the last thing I purchased was his gift...which I debated over for DAYS. I love buying him things, but he's very hard to shop for...and would hate pretty much every thing that shows up on those gift guides for anniversaries. He tells me not to buy him stuff, or spend a lot of money on him, but the man still puts butterflies in my belly when I look at him...which is pretty damn good considering we've been together since I was 15 and he was 17. Hopefully he'll like his gift. I'll let you know. 

8. Who is your role model?

I would have to say my biggest role model would be my mother in law, who passed away in 2005. To this day, I still measure my actions by the incredibly high standard that she set. She raised 11 wonderful people after being an only child, and was my best friend for years. I miss her horribly, and regularly wonder what she would think about things that are happening in and around my life. 

9. Who is a current celebrity crush?

I had to answer this one, as I haven't mentioned Michael Fassbender on the blog in a bit. My celebrity crushes wax and wane, but this one has been going strong for quite a few years now. That man is sex on a stick, and I occasionally go on a Fassy tangent that gets a bit out of control. As a matter of fact, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to my daughter's two best friends who were forced to listen to me talk about my feelings for this man while watching Alien Covenant, after drinking a couple glasses of wine. It was bad...just thinking about it makes me hang my head in shame. Oh I'm thinking about the movie Shame. 😳

10. Where is the farthest you've been from home?

Okay, because I'm technically a military nomad still...I had to do some mileage calculations. I based them off where I'm currently located, as that's home for the time being. Measuring from where I'm at in Northern Virginia, Turkey is the farthest I've been from home. Over 20 years ago now, I went on a shopping excursion to a base in Turkey with some girlfriends. We hopped on a plane, shopped, dyed our hair over alcohol in our hotel room (sorry ladies), and then flew back home. It was fun...and tiring. I'm fairly sure we spent more time in airport security than we did anywhere else. 

So there ya go...basically a Throwback Thursday Get To Know Me...which told you everything and yet nothing about me. Just like those glorious Facebook Notes of yore. I hope you enjoyed it!! Tomorrow I promise to have another book review for you. 


  1. Big yes to pizza! I like food that is not fat free but hardly ever care enough to stop eating it!