Sunday, April 15, 2012

To lighten the mood.

It's Q&A season in the blog world and, as usual, I'm a bit late to the party. Thank you lovelytransitions for tagging me and giving me the opportunity to participate.  
Here are the rules:
  1. Post the rules.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
  3. Create 11 new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  4. Tag 11 people and link them to your post.
  5. Let them know you’ve tagged them.
1. What is your all-time favorite food?
Hmm, this is a hard one. There are so many different types of food that I enjoy, many dependent on my mood and the season. But I have comfort foods and this past week I've been craving one of them: Macaroni and Cheese.   
2. If you went to college, what was your major? If not, what was your favorite subject in high school?
Depends on which part of "college" we're talking about. I received my BS in Zoology and Botany (my university did not have a biology major at the time). Originally I intended to complete the Zoology degree and then pursue a career as an ecologist working on large mammals. The Botany major only required two additional courses, so I figured "why not" and decided to be more well-rounded. Following my first plant anatomy course, I was hooked. So hooked that I proceeded to pursue a senior thesis, which got me hooked on lab work. 10 years later, I received my PhD in Biology with a focus on Developmental Biology. My thesis focused on the molecular interactions of two plant hormones and how they work coordinately to regulate plant growth and development. 
3. If you could change one thing about your physical appearance, what would it be?
Did I mention my body and I are not really on speaking terms? So let's instead focus on what I like about my body. Right now, since I've started jogging again, I find I'm loving my feet. They have this amazing ability to sustain my balance in some of the most strange terrain. Plus I love walking around barefoot, feeling the coolness of the Earth. So I'm currently a huge fan of my feet.
4. Beach or mountains?
Both. Hence the reason I live in the Pacific Northwest. 
5. What is your favorite color?
Being plant-minded, green comes to mind. But I'm quickly becoming a fan of yellow as yellow = sunshine. 
6. How tall are you?
5'6" After many years trying to convince everyone that I was 5'7", I've given in to the fact that I am your average American female in this department. 
7. If you could go any one place in the world (money is not a factor) where would you choose to go?
Despite how much I want to travel, I haven't had much of a chance. Because of this, simply traveling the world would be awesome. Right now, the goal is to head south and visit friends in Brazil and Argentina. But ultimately I'd love to see the rest of the world.

8. Who is the biggest role model in your life?
Grey. He is my rock and my light. Whenever I feel like things are too hard, I just need to picture his smiling face and I know I can move forward. Without Grey, a lot of things would not have been possible. 
9. When you die, how do you want to be remembered?
As a stubborn woman who refused to let anything or anyone dictate how she would live her life. That and as someone who loved her children with her whole being.
10. Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?
Robert Pirsig: "The solutions all are simple - after you have arrived at them. But they're simple only when you know already what they are."

Cicero: "Dum spiro spero" (While I breathe, I hope)

Mahatma Gandhi: "You must be the change you want to see in the world."
11. Make up your own question! : If you could change anything…
I'd find a way to relearn playing the piano and make the time to play music. I gave it up years ago, but music is an amazing thing. It heals the soul. Maybe an activity for the summer.

Alright, here are my questions:
1) What do you want to be when you grow up?
2) Do you have a favorite season? Which one and why?
3) What is your fondest memory (childhood, teenagehood or adulthood)?
4) Name one thing you absolutely love about your sweetheart.
5) Speaking of music: Hip-hop or hard rock?
6) Tell me one thing you did in the past week you are proud of.
7) Tell me one thing you love about your body.
8) What was your favorite childhood toy?
9) Share a funny story.
10) Looking back on this journey, what is one thing infertility has taught you?
11) Finally, in honor of Mel's picky eater posts, share with us the one food you think everyone needs to try before they die. Explain why.

Finally, the blogs (if you've already been tagged, I do apologize).

1) HRF @ Waiting for Little Feet
2) Shelley @ tales from the waiting room
3) Lora @ Hope Delayed
4) sass @ (In)fertility unexplained
5) Detour @ Detour to Motherhood
6) Jenny @ Sprout
7) Chanel @ Just waiting for my turn . . .
8) JM @ Meier Madness
9) Lindsay @ Tiny Bits of Hope
10) Emily @ a blanket 2 keep
11) Amanda @ My life in a nutshell


  1. Love your #9... would love to be remembered for those things too. Thinking of you xo

  2. Thank you for the tag. I'll get to work on this for my next post. :)

    I loved learning more about you from this. You sound like the sort of person I'd like to hang out with. And your area of study sounds fascinating!

  3. Thanks for tagging me, Cristy! I'm excited to participate though a little nervous about tagging people since nobody knows me yet!

  4. My favourite quote too:
    Mahatma Gandhi: "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

  5. Love it! I'll post mine soon! Thank you for tagging me. I need the distraction.

  6. Thank you for tagging me. It came at the perfect time.

  7. I love reading these! I learn so much about you. Thanks for tagging me. I have done this a couple times, but I may just do it again.


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