Everyone loves getting awards! There are a few that make their way around the blogging realm like digital chain letters. You get nominated, you have to write something, and then you nominate other lucky bloggers.
And…I’m a huge nerd who loves this kind of stuff!! Since had so much fun with my Liebster Award, I am honored to accept the Versatile Blogger Award from the super fabulous Anna at Slightly Astray. She writes about travel, life, love and food and I’m pretty sure we would be instant friends if we met in real life. Thanks, Anna!
So, the rules are that I have to tell you 7 random facts about myself and then I get to pass this on like happy herpes to other awesome bloggers.
1. My secret dream is to have a game item in World of Warcraft named after me.
Yep, I am a fantasy-loving gamer chick. About 10 years ago I used to fight with my then-boyfriend over how much he was playing this stupid little video game called World of Warcraft. He convinced me to make my own character just so I could try it.
Today, I have 6 level 90’s (7 if you count the horde toon I made during a temporary lapse in judgment). It’s one of the things I really miss while traveling, mostly because I have been playing with the same group of people for more than 6 years now and many of us are friends in real life as well.
2. I am both a first and a middle child.
When I was born I had a blissful 5 years as an only child and then they adopted this freaking adorable baby boy from India. I was enthralled and we became BFFs forever. (Many years later, I’m still closest with my little brother, although he has gotten considerably less cute. Haha jk, Caleb!)
Clearly this whole adoption thing was a hit. The parental units decided to give it another go, this time with a brother/sister duo, also from India, who were a few years older than me. There were a few more growing pains the 2nd time around, probably because these guys were old enough to talk back, but eventually we all gelled. And years later my little sister was born. She was an oops. (Don’t worry, she already knows.)
So even though I was first, I’m smack dab in the middle of a horde of kids. Lucky me, I get BOTH complexes!
3. Everyone thinks my younger sister and I are twins even though we’re 10 years apart.
Seriously, we get asked constantly if we’re twins. We’re not sure whether I should be flattered or she should be insulted. Probably both. For the record, we don’t think we actually look that much alike aside from the fact that we both have black hair. Hilarious, because she’s a natural blonde and mine is reddish, I think (see #4). We’ll concede that we both have the same terrible, horrible nose. In fact, if anyone knows of a plastic surgeon who will do ‘2 for the price of 1’ rhinoplasty, we’re in.
4. I don’t know my natural hair color.
I’m fairly sure my hair is some shade of reddish-blonde naturally, but it hasn’t been its natural color since I was in high school. I will change my look up completely on a whim. I’ve had blonde, red, brunette, black, and even blue hair. (For the record, brunettes have the most fun, not blondes.) If I was going to psychoanalyze myself I’d say that all of this was feeding my need for change before I discovered traveling.
5. I bought my first horse when I was 10 – without permission.
A lot of kids come home with a stray kitten they found, or maybe even a puppy. Me? Nope, I go big or go home. My parents were slightly unprepared when I showed up with a big bay Quarter Horse and announced that he was mine. God love them, they went to Lowe’s, bought some electric fence, and strung it around the yard. (Pro tip: it’s best if you have a fence and a barn BEFORE you get the horse, but common sense has never been my strong suit.)
I rode for many years, and even managed an equestrian center & taught lessons before I got itchy feet. Once I started moving around a lot, I had to give up my horses, although my parents still have some to this day.
6. I can play weird, useless musical instruments.
Once, an old cowboy at a dude ranch in Montana gave me a harmonica. I sat around campfires and played ‘Home on the Range’ like it was my job. I can’t believe no one slapped me and threw the harmonica over a cliff.
In high school I played in a hand bell choir. Hand bells are something that no one appreciates until Christmas rolls around, but that was OUR TIME, baby. Oh, I rocked that Christmas music.
I could have graduated college early but instead I used my last semester to take courses like Costume Design, Creative Writing, and…Recorder. In case you don’t know, the recorder is a reed instrument typically played by 4th graders. If I ever meet you in real life I’ll play you a haunting rendition of ‘My Heart Will Go On.’
7. Travel is not my #1 passion.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to travel. I’ve just returned home from an epic European adventure and I can’t wait to get out into the world again.
But…my REAL passion is freedom. Having the freedom to travel; to live life on my own terms; to take the road less traveled and make every second count no matter where I am in the world.
That’s me, folks! So now…on to my nominees.
Amy from Creatrice Mondial
Sabina from Girl vs. Globe
Dave from Cook Sip Go
Greg from Travel Blue Book
Amy from The Unsettled Meliorist
Go write me some nonsensical random facts, friends!