Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Social hour: 10 random things about me

I'm in the middle of the Writers' Platform Building Campaign. I noticed on elizabethannewrites, Miss Marple's Musings, Paradoxy and Jessica's blogs they shared random details about themselves. I enjoyed reading theirs and decided to play along with Jessica's idea.

If you read my about me, you'll learn a few pertinent and odd facts. I shared my issues with vampires when I accepted a Stylish Award in July. I won't rehash those.

So, here are a few random facts about me:

1. I check email first thing in the morning. I shouldn't, but I do. If I don't stop this soon, I plan to make it a 2012 goal to quit.
I helped register people before I ran the Rotary Hill Run 5k back in 2005.

2. I  love the Rotary Club's motto:  Service Above Self. And, the four-way test— Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? I was a member for several years, but no longer participate.

3. I used to run. I want to work it back into my schedule. Preparing for a race always helped me train. Once, I was the last person in a race and followed by an ambulance escort as I crossed the finish line.
My car slid backwards down my driveway with me behind the steering wheel. 

4. I have issues with snow. Mother nature was kind to me last winter in Colorado. I grew up in Georgia and am skittish about driving on snow covered roads.

5. I am LIT — that's Lutheran in Training. I coined that for myself, but everyone else at church considers me Lutheran. I grew up Baptist.
Monkey cupcakes? I chose the vanilla wafer version for my son's birthday. I eat my experiments.

6. I love to bake and eat what I make.
I had a difficult time taking the first step.

7. Once, I jumped off a platform used by paratroopers at Fort Bragg, N.C. Not very graceful, but I did it.
I can't remember if I was supposed to do this or not. I survived.

8. It was easier going into a burning building with firefighters for a training exercise than stepping off the jump platform.

9. I am both an Apple and a PC.

10. I moved into a hotel with a six-week-old baby, Hubby and two dogs with the anticipation that we would find a house quickly. The universe had a different plan. We lived in cramped quarters for four months.

A key ingredient of every random fact — I've written about every one of them via a blog post or a newspaper column. Well, No. 5 is fresh material for another day or a new publication.

Do you have a non-writing experience that has shaped your work or become part of it?


  1. Love your list, especially the ambulance escort, car sliding backward and monkey cupcakes - all could have been pulled from my playlist :) although my cupcakes were lions :)

  2. @Susanna. I tried to keep the list brief, especially since folks are doing the campaign stuff. I actually received a third place trophy for that race due to my age group and I was like "really." It's my favorite running trophy.

  3. Fun! I echo Susanna. The ambulance escort...priceless. Sign me up if not checking e-mail first thing in the morning becomes a new resolution :-)

  4. Wow how exciting all of that. So fun to find out more about you Stacy. Love the cupcakes, they look better than the Kung Fu Panda cupcakes I made.

  5. Fun facts, Stacey!

    #7 looks like a tyrolien... I am shit scared til Iaunch myself then I find it exhilerating!

    Great motto/test from the rotary club.

    Good luck in getting those running sneakers back on... I too need races to motivate myself ;)

  6. Hi Stacy! I am inspired by your sense of adventure. I share your number 6 :)

  7. Fascinating that you've reported on all the items you listed. I'm a journalist. That was clever! Enjoyed getting to know you better.

  8. great to get to know you a little better. Your cupcakes look AWESOME!

  9. Enjoyed your list. I did the 40ft tour at Ft. Benning. Afterwards, I decided to drop out of airborne school, realizing it wasn't for me, at all. This is such a wonderful way to get to know someone better. I'm posting my tagged list tomorrow.

  10. Wow, what a list! I'm very impressed at your adventurousness.

  11. Cute monkey cupcakes! Also, fun and interesting stuff you've done. Colorado winter was, indeed, kind this past winter. I have no idea what to expect this year.

  12. @Mary - We may need a "Don't check you email first thing" support group.
    @Catherine - the Kung Fu Panda cupcakes sound like fun.
    @Joanna - I'm doing a "large" to me mountain hike next week, then I'll put the running shoes on
    @Coleen - glad we have No. 6 in common. Have you ever looked at Very cool stuff there.
    @Patricia T - I say I'm a recovering journalist. Lots has changed in the last five years in the business.
    @Lynda - My son had no trouble eating those cupcakes.
    @Isis - I'm late, but I'll be over to check out your list.
    @Beth - I'm not a crazy adventurer. Just enjoy new things.
    @Shannon- I've got my winter coat ready when I need it.
    Thanks for all the comments.

  13. Those cupcakes look awesome! I grew up in the Northeast (and still live here), but still don't like to drive in snow. When I was pregnant, I slid through a stop sign on a snowy road. Possibly the scariest experience of my life!

  14. @Brooke - that's one of my nightmares involving snow. Thanks for stopping by. The cupcakes were for my son's first birthday. I have a feeling I have many cupcake adventures ahead.

  15. Hi Stacy, I like your fun facts. love your monkey cup cakes. So colourful and original. N 5. Driving in the snow. I thought everybody had an issue driving in the snow. So you're telling me it isn't so? ;-) Very brave of you to jump off a platform, indeed! Thanks for visiting my blog. Campaign platform rocks!


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