Random Post, Random Facts

March 13, 2013

My friend Susanna (and second cousin-in-law!) tagged me to participate in her random facts post (quite a while ago). Since I enjoyed reading through the other posts and thought these were some fun (and interesting) questions, I thought I’d go ahead! (Chelo also tagged me, so I’ll answer her questions at the end, too.)

Eleven Random Facts About Me

  1.   Israel I have been to Madagascar, Israel, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and England, but never to Canada or Mexico.
  2. In high school, I played several sports: volleyball, basketball, track and field, and tennis. The first two were my favorites.
  3. drawing I love to draw, and used to do a lot more black and white pencil drawing. I entered several statewide and national art contests during high school and junior high and won in several categories. I never took an art class, but wish I did. I’m hoping to return to doing more art later this year.
  4. My pinky toes are substantially shorter than my other toes. I am very self conscious about this, and as a child usually wore socks so no one would see my bare feet.
  5. I was a Biology major in college, with a Psychology minor. But I wanted to be a renaissance soul even then, and also fit in classes for Koine Greek, theology, and music theory. Some people who didn’t know me well assumed I was a music major, but only the ones who had not heard me sing! 🙂
  6. madagascar I have done construction work, including laying cement walls, hanging drywall, tying rebar, mixing cement, building wooden trusses, installing plumbing, and configuring electrical wiring, and more. Most of that was in conjunction with training I had with Teen Missions International, but I have done and taken classes for some of this work in the States, as well.
  7. I have never spent the night apart from any of my children. (All but our oldest were born at home, and the older children have all been at home during each birth.) But, Hana Kate is about to spend the night with her grandparents, most likely.
  8. I have never had to be admitted to a hospital, with the exception of being born and giving birth to my first child (transferred after a difficult home birth).
  9. My (maternal) great-grandmother had only girls: three. My (maternal) grandmother had only girls: two. My mother had only girls: two. I’m happy to have broken that trend with Justus. 🙂 But my great-grandmother was one of thirteen children.
  10. On my phone, I have a real estate calculator app, and I like to check on the current interest rates and refinancing updates. Really, I find this fascinating. I usually have numbers and figures swirling in my head about some sort of business plan, investment, or a way to save money.
  11.  I don’t own a crib or a lot of other typical American baby equipment. (Our 9-month old sleeps with us, he’s never been bottle fed, I don’t buy baby food, no swing, bouncy seat, etc…, .)

Eleven Questions Answered

{1} Are you a reader? If so, when did your love for reading begin and with what book?
I am. I think my love for reading began shortly after I was married. (I wish I could say earlier, but my dad (not college educated, and not understanding the value of reading) put the kabosh on reading while I was in elementary school, and being the sensitive child that I was, I took his reading ban very seriously. Not my sister–she was constantly getting in trouble for reading; however, I feared punishment more than I loved books.) What book started it off? I think, The Holy War, by John Bunyan. I started to read a lot more when Hana Kate was a newborn, and each year my reading has increased. (Though I think it’s tapering off now to a stable number what I can feasibly read.)
{2} What is your favorite landscape? Sea, mountains, beach, city?
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Sea, beach, ocean. Large body of water with beach. 🙂 I prefer oceans, even though I don’t always swim in them. Hilton Head Island is one of my favorite places on this side of the USA. I enjoy the mountains, but I always choose beach over mountains when given the choice.
{3} What is your favorite way to travel? Plane, car, bus, boat, train, bike, by foot?
Plane!! I love flying, especially because it means I am going somewhere far away. But really, I could just hang out in an airport all day–I love airports! I didn’t fly until I was 15 years old, and my first flight was an overseas flight from Orlando to London. This was a missions trip to Madagascar, and the entire trip there took 6 days (we slept in the airport–no rules back then) and I didn’t take a shower that entire time. On the way back home after the trip was over, I got on the wrong airplane and ended up in a totally unexpected city just as the airport was closing. But I’ve loved every minute of my airline travels!
{4} What is your favorite app and why?
Probably Instagram right now, though Gmail and Facebook are probably pretty obvious ones for now. I love the convenience of Instagram, especially with three small children. I love capturing real life as it happens, and just slipping my phone in my pocket and taking my 3 kiddos on hikes or other expeditions.
{5} What is the one home-cooked meal you turn to when you’re under time pressure?
Baked chicken. Or, I ask Daniel to grill. 🙂
{6} What is the one thing in your home that must be organized for your sanity?
The kitchen and the living room. I break out in hives if those two get really messy at the same time. 🙂
{7} If you could learn any language what would it be and why?
I’ve always wanted to learn Arabic; it has a romantic intrigue to it. But, practically, I think I would like to be fluent in Spanish, because it is so broadly spoken, especially here in the States, as well. And then French.
{8} What is the one skill you hope to perfect?
Giving birth. Ha! Really, I would love to have a textbook natural childbirth. Hasn’t happened yet, so guess I gotta keep trying. 😉 (Or, writing well.)
{9} Describe your fashion style in three words {e.g. vintage. neutral. soft}.
Elegant. Classic. Simple.
{10} Are you a morning person, night owl, nap enthusiast, or a survivor with alternating routines?
Alternating routines, which just means I’m a night owl, but a wannabe morning person. I was a huge nap enthusiast during my upperclassman years of college, when I got far less sleep than any of my years with babies and children. I could take a 10 minute nap and it felt amazing. Of course, I could fall asleep as soon as I hit the bed back then, too. Technically, I believe we were designed with our bodily rhythms to align with the natural light; but after years of not doing so, along with accumulated stress, it will take some effort to restore my body to what it should be.
{11} Fess up. Are you a Downton Abbey fan. If so, what’s your reason for watching?
Nothing to fess up to. 😉 Yes, I am. I enjoy the interwoven storylines of so many characters running all at once, plus who can resist that era and geographical setting? The show also has a number of themes running in the background, while the writers and producers are still writing the story to shape it around what actors and actresses must quit. You must admit, they are pretty skilled, however sad their story may be. 🙂 I watched most of it as it was playing–my sister was in Japan and had some connections to show me how to watch it in “real-time.”
But I have to say, I really enjoy Downtown Arby’s. 😉 Take a look:

Eleven Bloggers Tagged*

Now I’m tagging 11 bloggers at the bottom and here are the guideline:

  • Each blogger who wishes to participate should post 11 random facts about themselves.
  • Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you tag.
  • Choose 11 new bloggers and link them in your post.
  • Tell them they’ve been tagged.
  1. TulipGirl
  2. My Home Tableau
  3. More Than the Sands
  4. The Deliberate Reader
  5. This Classical Life
  6. A Spirited Mind
  7. Inexplicable Ways
  8. Audrey Steinbach
  9. Ashlyn Mae Photography
  10. Theology for Women
  11. Schramm Family

*I’m going stick with the female bloggers this time around. 😉

Eleven Questions Asked (for those tagged above)

(And if you’ve already participated, feel free to chime in some of your answers for these questions if you’d like. :))

  1. Do you consider yourself and extrovert or an introvert, and how does this play out in your life?
  2. As a child, what did you envision as your ideal job, role, or career?
  3. What processed food would you stock up on if you knew it was going out of business (and it wouldn’t kill you to eat)?
  4. If you could go back to school and get a degree in anything you wished, what would you choose?
  5. What is one book that has impacted you deeply within the past two years?
  6. What is one of your favorite products right now? (Anything-something you use a lot!)
  7. Name one thing on the top shelf of your fridge right now.
  8. What amazing trick have you learned from Pinterest that you didn’t know about before?
  9. If you could move and live somewhere else for at least a year, where would you pick?
  10. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
  11. How old is your oldest living relative?

Eleven Bonus Questions Answered {From Chelo}

If you had 1 day & all the money you needed, what would you do?
I would invest it in real estate and other venues that would continue to provide my family with passive income for the rest of our lives. Then, I would travel around the world with my family.

What is your creative outlet? 

Writing, photography, and digital art/editing. And eating…wait… 🙂

What did you eat for dinner last night?

Grilled pork, chive sauce, fresh fruit, and brocoli
If you could become someone else for one day, who would you be?

My husband, because he can do pretty much anything about 4 times faster than the average person. But really, although I often wish I were in other people’s shoes, I don’t think I wish I was actually someone else–I just want their circumstances.
What is your favorite way to relax?

In bed, on a sunny afternoon and warm blanket, and book. And maybe some delicious food.
Who inspires you?

People who ask such difficult questions! 🙂 My husband and my children do, as cliche as that may sound. As do people who are willing to live lives that aren’t always in the spotlight, considered heroic, or “the highest calling.” People who love through foster care, neighbors who bring over supper, and so on and so forth.
Why did you start blogging?

I started over five years ago, just before our oldest daughter was born. In part, it was to write about her coming into our lives. I also read a lot of blogs at that time, though there were certainly fewer back then, and I wanted to write like the content I was reading.

Favorite food?

Also a hard one to pick. I love most fresh, homemade-ish kinds of food. I love to try new foods, especially if it is an international food. But dark chocolate can probably fill in this blank. 🙂

What’s the one thing you would do if you knew you wouldn’t  fail?

Start businesses left and right.

What are you looking forward to most in 2013?

We are going to Ecuador in May and June. I am definitely looking forward to that. I’m also looking forward to growing and changing toward the goals I’ve set. And learning and opening new horizons. Watching my children grow and develop. Growing in my understanding of the world and God and His word. So much to look forward to, really.

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  • Chelo March 13, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Keren, this was so fun to read. Such a renaissance soul, indeed!

    That must have been quite an adventure missing your plane. Also, I love that drawing!!! It’s been years since I painted (I use oil pastel) and also wish I took at lessons. Do you have artwork to sell? You should put up a gallery here 😉 I’d be interested! Seriously.

    Excited for you and your fam traveling to Ecuador 🙂

  • Crystal C. March 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Omw!!! To downton Arby’s!!!! Sooooo funny!!

  • Susanna March 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    sorry it’s taken me so long to read this! Our internet has been out. 🙂 you are an intriguing soul my dear. So many interests, experiences, abilities! I loved reading this. Thanks for participating 🙂 And yay for the big adventure you have coming up! how very cool! I’m assuming the whole family is going. What do the kids think?!

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