Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tagged for Randomness

Julie at Adventure is Out There tagged me and now I get to let you in on the secret private life I lead. Yeah, I have a blog, so nothing's really private. I have neighbors who know more about me than my parents just because they read my blog.
So here goes: 7 random things.
#1 It was 3 days before we were to be married and we hadn't found a place to live yet. The housing market was crazy. We'd wait at 7-11 on Tuesday night for the local paper to come and then I'd call as early Wednesday morning as I dared, only to find that the three rentals had been taken. The crazy thing was that I wasn't even worried. I knew something would come up because we were doing the right thing. And it did. We rented a small house and because of that I've never lived in an apartment. Ever. I wish I had that kind of faith now.
#2 I have this weird thing about having my kitchen chairs lined up properly. They have to be even and I can't go to bed or leave the house without them being right. And it's not just the chairs. I can tell when something's been moved even slightly from it's proper place. My poor kids and husband have no chance of sneaking anything unless they can remember how to put everything back exactly as they found it.
#3 I have 4 kids, a dog, and 6 chickens. My kids are constantly begging for more pets. I just hope the dog hangs in there long enough to see the last kid off. After the kids are gone, no more pets. I like animals, but it makes it difficult to travel.
#4 My youngest child will go to kindergarten next year and I am petrified of how my life will change. I am slightly afraid of being alone during the day. I am wondering what I will be as my life continues to change and the kids don't need me so much anymore. Will I go back to school? Will I get a job? I don't even know what I want to be when I grow up! (insert slight panic attack here.)
#5 I love to run. I am not fast. I have not had super great experiences with my marathons (besides my first) but I still love it and hope that those experiences will be stepping stones to a really great race someday.
#6 I am very realistic. I am known as the dream squasher at my house. This is not something I'm proud of and am trying to change. If you have a dream that's really far out there, I'll tell you all the reasons why it really won't work. I'm content with my life and sometimes thinking of major changes that might not work out scares me. That being said, I have been working for a year now on this and have come up with some dreams of my own. And I'm really trying to support others dreams (my husband's mostly) and not just shoot them down. I learned that sometimes he just wanted to dream for a while and already knew that realistically it wouldn't work. And I just needed to dream with him for a while. It was kind of breakthrough in our relationship.
#7 I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In other words, I am a Mormon. I am a Christian. I am not perfect, but try everyday to be a little better. I am completely devoted to my faith and it gives me comfort and joy every single day.

So there you are, a few things you may have already known or not about me!
Now to hear from you!
I tag:
And anyone else who wants to tell me more about them! I love random stuff! Leave me a comment or do a post on your blog!


Julie said...

I loved your answers!
As messy as my house is, I totally get #2. My husband will occasionally move the knife block so it's not facing directly forward, or move a picture frame in the wrong direction and it drives me NUTS.

I used to be a dream squasher but I'm trying to be better at it. I'm a much bigger dreamer now. I know my God is a mighty God and all things are possible with his blessing. Now I dream BIG BIG dreams :-)
You can too!!!

Emz said...

I'm with Julie. They rock.

Love the chair one. awesome.

#3 -- six chickens?! sounds fun!
Love #7...... ;)

Anonymous said...

You have chickens?? Way cool!!! I want some so I can have some eggs!! Dreaming sometimes is hard, it makes us step out of the now and live on Faith. :)

MuncherCruncher said...

Jen, Thanks for the tag!! I loved reading more about you :) I am the youngest of 6 kids, and I was my mom's little buddy until I went to kindergarten. She always tells me it was a crazy transition when I all of the sudden her little shadow was gone when I went to school. I hope you soak up some extra moments to yourself!
I didn't realize you were LDS!?!?!? I should have noticed that ALL of your races are Utah races, and maybe got a clue there.... LOVE IT :)

zapmamak said...

Wow. You were so honest. What a fun idea, Jen! Hmmmmm. I have to do some serious thinking about 7 random things.

Jess said...

I gave you an award on my blog!

Deanna@MilesToRun said...

Jen, the more I find out about you, the more I wish we lived closer.

I could have written your #4. I may have to email you every day next just to ask, "What are you doing today?" I think I'm going to be completely lost alone at home.

Great post, I loved finding out more about you.