11 Bits of Holly Randomness!

Liebster Award: It’s a blog thing.

[Oh, dear.  KMN, you can put your suit away.  Really now.  This is not a red carpet event. Sorry, hon.  What’s that?  You’re meeting a client?  Oh.  Well, then…pretend I never said anything.  That is a great looking suit that you’re wearing!  Carry on…]

I, too, have an impeccable sense of style.

I, too, have an impeccable sense of style.

A little research suggests that the details of the award have “evolved” (or at least played telephone), but basically if your blog is small (<200?  <3,000? followers), you are eligible.  A fellow blogger “nominates” you, and asks 11 questions for you to answer.  You, in turn, share 11 facts about yourself and answer that blogger’s 11 questions and tag 11 other bloggers with 11 questions.  Basically, the idea is to share some blog-love, and maybe point people toward some blogs they’ve never read before.

Anyway, this Liebster thing has been flying around the running blog-o-sphere recently.  I’m not much of a joiner, so I hoped maybe I could dodge the whole thing.  But just yesterday, both Jeano and Green Girl Running nominated me.  These smart-funny-runny chicas have been really welcoming to this newbie blogger, and they are letting me mooch experience off of them: Jeano is using the Hanson’s Marathon Method to train for an upcoming marathon, and GGR is the first sufferer of iliopsoas tendonitis that I’ve ever know.  So, it seemed a bit unfair not to play along.

And, I take photos of my breadmaker at work.

And, I take photos of my breadmaker while it’s hard at work.

Plus, part of the reason I write this blog is to help people get to know me.  So what the heck: Let’s do this thing.  Random things and questions should be easy.  And this is a nostalgic exercise for me…it reminds me of those email chains that would circulate among friends about 10-12 years ago, where a list of questions came in the email, then you’d write in your answers and “tag” back the person who sent it to you, plus a bunch of new people.  Remember those?  No?  Well…that’s probably because I’m older than you.  [This is true a scary-lot in the runner-blog-land.]  Anyway.

I’m pretty verbose (but if you’re reading this, you probably already knew that), so I’m going to break this up into a few posts.  And I’m a bit nervous about the tagging part, since most everyone I know that qualifies has already been tagged, but what the heck.  We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.  For now, let’s do some RANDOM FACTS.

  1. I love the word “pseudopod”.
  2. As children, my sister and I used to chaperone imaginary walking, talking, life size birds on family outings. Their names were Veehka and Vuhka.
  3. One of the most frustrating things you can do is spell a word to me.  The letters get all jumbled in my head.  It’s awful.  However, I can easily spell a word to you.  I don’t know how I do it, but I definitely don’t see it in my head, then read it out to you.
  4. I do not eat mold.  I do eat fungus.
  5. I am now married to the man who was once my counter-example for the “When Harry Met Sally” theory that a man and woman can’t be friends without at least one feeling romantically attracted to the other. Score one for my college roommate.  [And run-on sentences.]
  6. Last year, KMN and I took 5 weeks and 9,000 miles to drive through 28 states from New Jersey to California.  It. Was. AWESOME.
  7. I am missing eyelashes along ~1/3 of my right lower eyelid.
  8. My senior year in high school, I shared a lead in the school play (Cheaper by the Dozen), co-captained the swim team, and was a lawyer on our school’s county-champion Mock Trial Team.  I have no idea where I got the energy for all that.  Or the time.
  9. I once sliced my finger open (broken lab glassware) so deeply that I hit an artery and saw that whole “spurting blood with your heart pump” thing happening.  I still hesitated calling for permission to go to the emergency room (required by my insurance at the time).
  10. I can peel an apple in one long, sprial-y ribbon.
  11. I just found a light bulb in the bottom drawer of my filing cabinet.  Don’t ask me why it’s there – that drawer isn’t darker than any of the others…
Fresh bread with tuna salad, and homemade pickles.

Fresh bread with tuna salad, and homemade pickles.

Allrighty.  It’s 11 PM Singapore-time, and I have a FaceTime date with my Dad.  So, I’ll be back tomorrow to answer questions from Jeano and GGR.  Stay tuned…

For the folks who know me: Did any of those 11 surprise you?

For the folks who don’t really know me: Which one of those 11 is most intriguing?
[In case I ever have to enter an “Intriguing Things About Me” contest…]

22 thoughts on “11 Bits of Holly Randomness!

    1. Sarrilly

      HAHAHA!!! Tell it, Hols! You know I love hearing it again and again 😉

      aforementioned college roomie

    1. Holly KN Post author

      Sounds really cliche, but SO MUCH of it was awesome. I especially loved the abundance of Dairy Queen in the Texas/Southwest area. Honestly, though – the Grand Canyon was awesome, and I have a very soft spot in my heart for the Portland area! 🙂

    1. Holly KN Post author

      I think it’s a little different when POINT of the trip is the journey, rather than getting to the gym/grocery store/work/etc. But we actually do kind of like driving; and two people switching-off meant that no one had to do ALL the driving! [And we WERE ready to be done by about 8,000 miles! :)]

  1. Kristen @ Happy Running Mama

    Ahh, Holly, fun to hear your random facts. My favorite was that you and your sister had imaginary, life size birds! Ha! Sounds like something my sister and I would have done together.

    Green Girl Running nominated my blog as well so I better get busy…

  2. Sarrilly

    I was so addicted to those email surveys back in the day!!! 🙂 Don’t worry, roomie, I gotcha. (even though TECHNICALLY you are still older than me 😉 hehe)

    #2 – so funny 🙂 I like the names of the birds!
    #10 – my relatives all told me that when you’re able to do that (in Korea, at least), you’re considered “marriage-ready”…mostly bc in Korea they always, always peel their apples/persimmons/pears, etc. before serving.

    And photo following #11? So not cool! I JUST ate dinner and now I feel completely starving and craving that homemade bread and pickles!!! (is it possible to crave something you haven’t had yet? your bread looks sooo delish)

    1. Holly KN Post author

      Well, I’m married, so I guess all is well. Although, I think I’d probably tell KMN to peel his own fruit, unless I was feeling especially generous (or bored)…

      And I have NO IDEA where we got those names…honestly. It’s amazing my parents let us run around the mall “calling” to them. (We would, quite literally, pick out clothes for them. Apparently, our imaginary bird-friends also wore clothes.)

      One word for you: Zojirushi!!!!! (the bread maker)

  3. Jean

    Thanks for playing along! I too felt totally overwhelmed by the 11-11-11 information overload but felt like I should get it all out of the way at once. Because nothing says “I appreciate the nomination!” like half-assing it, right? But I really do enjoy reading people’s random facts.

    I’m curious to know where Veehka and Vuhka came from – is that a foreign language or just little kid language? I definitely did not have the imagination to keep something like that going! I had a new imaginary friend every five minutes and was always sitting on them or leaving them outside.

    I love number 5, number 7 is most intriguing (accident or genetics?), and number 9 is just plain terrifying. Ahhh!

    1. Holly KN Post author

      Well, please don’t be insulted that I kinda “half-assed” it and went ahead and broke it up into a few posts. I still appreciate it! 🙂

      I have NO IDEA where we got the names. We grew up speaking 1 language: English. Those certainly aren’t English-sounding names. I have NOOOO idea. And we only really “had” them when we were going out somewhere…often shopping. I think it was our way of entertaining ourselves. Kids didn’t have iPads, back in the day. 😉

      “… was always sitting on them or leaving them outside.” BAHAHA. You crack me up.

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  6. Allee @ Griselda Mood

    Ahhh #3! My husband gets SO angry with me because all I say is “hold on, hold on! Repeat it, but slowerrrrrr” haha.

    Also, I love that you “chaperoned” imaginary birds…because you wouldn’t them to get lost, right?!

    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hahah! My husband knows that if anyone, spelling anything, does so in BOTH our presence, I am absolved from understanding. He’s in charge. Then, we get home, and I ask, “How did so-and-so spell his name? SLOOOOOOWWWWWLLLLLYYY, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease.” He’s pretty tolerant, thankfully.

      And hey, I think we were pretty smart about the whole thing. Some kids played with dolls, which required carrying, and strollers, etc, etc. These birds were fully mobile on their own (although they couldn’t fly – I always envisioned them as kind-of ostrich-like), and if we got tired of dealing with them…HECK, they were imaginary!! 🙂

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