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Ten Things You Don’t Know About Me

My friend and fellow Walt Disney World Moms Panelist Kaylene wrote a pretty awesome blog about me today.  I love Kaylene – both her kind heart and caring nature make her someone you just admire and aspire to be like.  I was honored that she wrote about me today – which you can read here:  http://www.memorymakermom.com/ – but I thought to myself – even with all this blogging, is there stuff you don’t know about me?

Well, yeah.

So, I thought I’d share some little known outside of my immediate family facts about me.  It’s not like I’m that interesting, but I thought it would be fun if you got to know me better!

1 – My favorite movie of all time is the Shawshank Redemption, followed VERY closely by the original Arthur.

2 – I have only one spot on my entire body that is consistently ticklish, but you have to hit it just right in order for the tickle to kick in.  Oh – and it’s behind my knees.  How freakin’ weird is that?

3 – When I was 18, I took a job working for a drag racing group that was going to be fined if they didn’t hire more women.  They gave me the “racing” name of Ghia Garland on their books, but they wouldn’t let me touch the race car.

4 – The best thing I ever did in my life was pursue having children, long after infertility tried to kick my ass.  I lost five children to miscarriage, but the three amazing daughters I have were well worth the heartache I suffered.

5 – One of my most favorite foods in the whole world are Grandmom Holak’s potato and cheese pierogies, and I can’t tell you how sorry I am I didn’t work harder at learning how to make them while she was still here to share her wisdom.  Go visit your Grandmom – today.

6 – My first ever celebrity crush was Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees.  My second was Barry Manilow.  Don’t judge.  I was never much for the pretty boys – I needed personality.

7 – My second happiest place on earth?  Italy.  And not necessarily for the food.  I’d love to buy a house and retire there someday.

8 – I hate the beach.  I hate sand in my shoes, in my hair, in, well, other places besides my shoes and my hair.  I could sit on a deck and watch the ocean from now and for the rest of my life.  But I don’t want to sit in the sand.  Blech.  Oh, and while I’m hating on the beach, I saw Jaws six times.  I’m lucky I can still use a toilet without going into full body shudders from the fear.  I am NOT swimming in the ocean.

9 – My favorite color is green.  Ironically, it is probably the color I have the least of in my wardrobe.  It’s so hard to find a green that looks good on actual human beings.

10 – When I grew up, I wanted to write the Greatest American Novel.  I just might someday.

Some of My Favorites…

As I sit here, not studying for the Anatomy and Physiology test I have on Monday, I am thinking of the vacation I’m not on.  While that may sound regretful, and yes, I do wish I was anywhere in the world except school at the moment, it gives me a chance to reflect on some of the places we’ve been and seen.  Here are some of my favorite photographs from previous vacations.  I certainly feel blessed to have been able to visit so many wonderful places – and a little less sad about not being somewhere other than home right now!


Bow of the Grand Princess

Bow of the Grand Princess

From a Gondola in Venice

From a Gondola in Venice

Urquhart Castle Ruins, Scotland

Urquhart Castle Ruins, Scotland

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Jesus in Liverpool, England

Jesus in Liverpool

Lunch in Castel Gandolfo, Italy - summer home of the Pope

Castelgandolfo, Italy – summer home of the Pope – I can see why!

Fort Dubrovnik, Croatia

The French Riviera – I didn’t go topless – maybe with the newly repositioned boobs?

Oh yeah, the most magical place of all!

Didn't think I'd miss this favorite, did you??