This is a tag that I first saw months ago on my sweet, wonderful friend Mischenko’s blog at ReadRantRockandRoll, and I’ve been dying to do ever since! I’ve partially had drafted it since then but just hadn’t had the time to finish until now! But yay, I finally did it! I know a lot of you have done this one already, and I think it is a great way for other bloggers to really get to know each other!
But before I start with the questions, I want to say you really need to go check out Mischenko’s blog! She is one of my closest blogger friends and such a wonderful person!! I love talking to her about anything and everything both on and off the blogs, and I love seeing what new content she will post!! 🙂 I know I keep saying how amazing she is in, but it is true! She has a fantastic blog and is one of the sweetest people I know! You will be so happy that you checked her site out 🙂
Nicknames: Steph is what family and friends call me, Stevie but only to friends I went to university with for some reason..maybe after a night of karaoke; Babe and Sexy to my husband, and I guess that is it!
Birthday: February 20th
Star Sign: Pisces
Occupation: English Literature professor for 16 years as of this past August
Living In: NC
Hair color: Usually medium brown with natural gold and reddish highlights, but the sun has made it a little lighter and a little blonder. In a few weeks for fall, I will put some mahogany or chestnut in it since it has those reddish highlights in it to bring those out…it makes me feel all fallish (is that a thing??) when I do, lol.
Hair length: It was layered and way past my shoulders, but I got it cut into a “lob” for summer with bangs, so that was a bit of a change!! But it is growing back out.
Eye Color: Hazel; it is more greenish when I am angry for some strange reason.
Best Feature: My smile, I think, and my eyes.
Braces: Yes, when I was 11 until I was 16 because the orthodontist was evil!
Piercings: Just my ears, but I rarely wear earrings because they kill my ears. It’s a super painful experience and not worth it unless I’m going somewhere ultra special.
Tattoos: No, but I keep saying that I want my kid’s names tattooed on me somewhere. I’ll eventually do it.
Right or Left: Right
Real Holiday: I’m not even sure what this means? Like one I can remember? Or living by myself? Will go with living on my own, I guess when I was 19 and moved into an apartment with my best friend when we were in college. We cooked that Christmas and invited both sets of our parents for dinner. We had a few mishaps (I dropped a pan of stuffing in a kitchen drawer, lol, and she made really, really lumpy gravy) but other than that, it turned out to be a fun, stuffing-free Christmas!!
Best Friend: My husband definitely for over two decades through thick and thin! And Beth has been my best friend since we started our freshman year of college together at UNC Chapel Hill in 1995…wow, 22 years!! We’ve been through everything together, even my last pregnancy when we were both pregnant at the same time! She had her daughter 4 months before I had mine, and the two girls have been BFF’s just like their mommas every since 🙂 If I ever needed anyone to get me out of jail, she’d be the one I’d call. She’s my person (Grey’s Anatomy reference there).
Award: I used to always get the Best Penmanship Award in elementary school, which is hysterical because now my handwriting is not terrible but is not the best; my best friend says that I have the handwriting of a serial killer, but I have no idea what that means or how the hell she knows! And I got awards for my grades from elementary through high school until I got class Valedictorian my senior year.
Funny story though…I have such extreme anxiety disorder that even though I was proud to get the honor of Valedictorian, I am terrified of public speaking in front of huge crowds and absolutely could not give my speech at graduation!! I was so petrified that I didn’t even attend and told them I was sick that day, which in a way I was because of my debilitating anxiety. To this day, I have never picked up my high school diploma!! Good thing that I have never needed it in 22 years!
Throughout my still ongoing college career, I’ve received other academic awards but thankfully, I’ve never had to give a speech except in a Public Speaking class looong ago where I literally cried before every speech-I think she passed me because she felt sorry for me! And I’ve received several awards for academic/literary papers I’ve had to write for educational journals over the years as a professor.
Sport: I played soccer when I was around 5 until I was probably 8. I used to ride horses competitively when I was a teenager, dressage and show jumping, and that kept me really, really busy that I had no time or real interest in any other sports. Now with my fibromyalgia and the herniated discs in my back, the only sports that I can really do that don’t physically hurt me or aggravate my symptoms are light yoga when I’m not in a flare-up and either swimming or some gentle water aerobics.
Concert: I don’t remember my 1st concert…probably some country something knowing my dad. But I went to my 1st Bon Jovi concert when I was 16 in March 1993 for the Keep the Faith Tour 🙂
TV Show(s): I’m not a huge TV person because I’d rather read, so these are the ones that I absolutely have to watch that are on now: Outlander, Poldark, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal, This Is Us, Game of Thrones, Ray Donovan, and American Gods, but they usually get DVRd first and then I binge watch the season except for Outlander and Poldark. I watch them the night they come on.
Color: Red and purple although I wear black and grey a lot too so I can mix and match outfits easily.
Songs: I don’t have a list of favorite songs really, but I love to just listen to playlists of my favorite artists….Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Audioslave, Stone Temple Pilots, Prince, Michael Jackson, and so much more that there are way too many to name!
Restaurant: Oh, hard. Let’s go with cuisine instead…Italian, Chinese, Thai, Greek, and Mexican. And dessert! Does dessert count as a cuisine??
Shops: I hate shopping at the mall, but I am the QUEEN of online shopping!! Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Gap for clothes, shoes, and purses. Amazon and Barnes and Noble for books. And Sephora for my lipstick obsession, lol. Target for just about anything. Whole Foods for all kinds of yummy stuff to eat!
Books: Really?? That would take up lots of time and space. Absolutely anything by Karin Slaughter even if she wrote the phone book ❤ ❤ Jane Green, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Richelle Mead, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Lisa Scottoline, Diane Chamberlain, Mary Kubica, Diana Gabaldon, Karen White, Janet Evanovich, Jodi Picoult, David Baldacci, Lisa Gardner, and new favorites: Emily Carpenter, Wendy Walker, Erin Kelly, Riley Sager, Lisa Unger and many more…
Shoes: I love shoes, shoes, glorious shoes!! In the summer, I love flip flops and sandals and could wear them all year long! At home, though I am always barefoot!
Book Genres: Psychological Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense, Historical Fiction, Some Contemporary and Some Chick-Lit depending on my mood!
Feeling: Happy to be spending the morning/afternoon before my daughter starts 2nd grade tomorrow just with her while her brothers are at work and her dad is out of town for the day. I love all the time I can get with her ❤ ❤
Single or Taken: Very much taken since high school! We’ve been together 24 years and married for 20.
Eating: Just had a banana and a bowl of oatmeal
Thinking About: The cookies that my daughter and I are going to make today as part of our special spending time together day! This is one of the first days we’ve had a full day to have mommy and me time since our mountain vacay the beginning of August, which was amazing by the way! And yummy cookies…who can resist those!
Watching: Nothing. Although I have about 26 episodes or more on my DVR that I need to watch and countless things on Netflix to catch up with, but I never seem to find the time. I think I just need to start watching one thing at a time before I get swamped when fall shows start!
Wearing: Still in my pj’s 🙂
Want Kids: Already have them…3: 2 boys: one who turned 17 yesterday and one who will be 19 in 2 weeks and a daughter who just turned 7 in June.
Want to Get Married: Already am for 20 1/2 years!
Want To Travel: Yes, I love to travel, but I have already traveled so much already so if I never did again, I would be okay with that. I’ve been to 22 countries in Europe, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas, and 24 US states including Hawaii. I still want to go to Australia, Asia, and Alaska though, as well a visit the rest of the US!
DO YOU BELIEVE…
In Yourself: Most of the time, but I get days where I doubt things about myself and feel like things that I do aren’t good enough. This comes mostly from living with a chronic illness that causes me to be unable to do lots of the things that I used to be able to do because of either severe pain, exhaustion, fatigue, or the side effects of my medications. That leads to my feeling extreme guilt since my husband has to pick up the slack a lot or my dad and step-mom help quite a bit. Mostly, it is guilt because I’m unable to do a lot of the things as a mom with my daughter that I could with my sons when they were her age a decade ago. Thankfully, when I do feel like this, I have strong, loving people around me to build me back up again and remind me it isn’t my fault that I have a chronic illness and remind me to take care of myself and only do what I can when I can, and they love me no matter what.
God: Yes, very much so. My belief in God is often what gets me through the day.
Miracles: I very much do although maybe not in the Biblical sense. But my daughter is my miracle….I started to miscarry her at 11 weeks and was put on bedrest for a few days and that stopped it. But I went into early labor at 16 weeks and was put on full bedrest with the hopes she would hang on until she was developed enough to survive. I went into early labor 6 more times until she was born full-term.That was a miracle!
But the real miracle was in her delivery…it turned out that her umbilical cord had never properly attached and was only hanging on by basically a blood vessel in what is called a Velamentous Cord Insertion, fancy right?! It’s one of the rarest complications occurring only in 1% of pregnancies! Generally, it results in stillbirth or a high rate of infant and maternal death. Miraculously, I’ve always been super fast in labor, and my labor with her lasted less than 30 min from start to finish, which is what my OB says saved both our lives since there was no undue stress during labor and she was delivered so quickly. So, yes, miracles happen in all different ways depending on your interpretation.
Love at first sight: I used to think so; I was convinced at age 16 that I fell in love with my husband “at first sight” but now that I’m no longer a teenager I know it was just instant attraction that quickly developed into love.
Ghosts: I think that there is some truth to spirits being in our world, I’m not sure how or why…
Aliens: Sure why not? This universe is much too vast for us to be all that is living in it.
Soul Mates: This is hard because I can’t imagine after 24 plus years of loving my husband of being with anyone else but him if something were to happen to him tomorrow. I genuinely feel like he is a part of every fiber of my being. If that is what a soul mate is, then yes, I do believe that they exist.
Heaven: Yes, most definitely although I’m not a religious person by any means anymore just someone who has a strong faith and belief in God.
Hell: Since I believe in heaven, then I definitely believe in hell although I don’t believe in the fire and brimstone hell from my youth. I know there is a hell, but I’m not the person to tell you what exactly it is.
Kissing on a first date: Of course!! 😉
I’m not tagging anyone since I wasn’t tagged, but I would love to see lots of people do it, so I can learn lots of things about all of you! If you do, please make sure you pingback to me so I can learn more about you 🙂