Thursday, January 22, 2009

40 Things About Me

I have been tagged by FullTiltBorderCollies ...

We're supposed to tell 40 things about ourselves & post a current picture. Then tag 3 others to do the same.

So here goes...

  1. I am a control freak.

  2. I love garlic, all things garlic, I grow garlic and put garlic on darn near everything. I love the garlic festival every year and have even eaten garlic ice cream.

  3. I have chronic sinus problems - which is more than likely why I cannot smell the garlic oozing out of my pores.

  4. I adore reading. I will read anything and everything. I prefer literature, but will go for the occasional light read. I think I have read every book on dogs available.

  5. For some reason I am a speed reading freak. I can read a book in one evening & still retain almost every word years later - repeat paragraphs verbatim. Weird huh?

  6. I was married before - he was an idiot. His long standing nick name is SFB (acronym for Sh*t for Brains) Wisely I divorced him and upgraded.

  7. My second husband, John, is wonderful. I got the best end of this deal. Not only is he tall dark & handsome, but the dogs love him and he loves our dogs. I met him on the Internet. - Yep.... really.

  8. I have virulent green eyes. Not a speck of another color in them.

  9. I am a Virgo

  10. I hate pork and truly cannot stand eating beef.

  11. I spent several years in the USAF Nurse Corp.

  12. That brings me to the fact that I used to be a nurse. I quit.

  13. I was a stay at home mom for 10 years. To augment our crappy Army pay - I started painting and selling my paintings - later I taught painting to wives on the army posts & later nationally through the society of decorative painters.

  14. When a publisher saw my work they offered me a three book contract & I designed and wrote three painting books which were sold internationally. The last one was printed in 2001. Nothing since - the bottom fell out of the market & I had to go back to work full time. Now I paint for fun rather than profit (when I have time to paint).

  15. I love to sew

  16. My husband and I have five kids between us. My three (Amy 21, Jake 17, Zach 15) & John's three (Evan 13, Grace 10).

  17. My ex-husband was career Army Special Forces & a Geographical Bachelor - we were married longer than we should have been. The only reason why we stayed married for so long was because he was only home for about 60 days a year. Right about the time I wanted him to die....he would deploy YEEHAW!

  18. My hair is over 50% grey and I have finally decided to quit coloring it.
  19. My first USAF tour was at the Regional Medical Center, Wiesbaden Germany . It used to be a Nazi hospital. We used to play terrible tricks on the new Airmen in the tunnels below the hospital. It has since been closed and turned back over to the Germans.

  20. I loved living in North Carolina. I never wanted to leave. My youngest son was born at Fort Bragg. I wanted to die there... I was dragged kicking and screaming back to Ft Lewis, WA.

  21. Now I am an accountant at a large engineering firm.

  22. I can play the piano

  23. My favorite meal is Salmon, baked taters and salad

  24. My first car was a mustang

  25. I marched in Drum and Bugle Corp when I was in high school. That is how I spent my summer, riding on a tour bus all over the US marching in competitions ending at DCI International.

  26. I have been in every state in the US and every province in Canada. Most on a tour bus...the rest driving through with everything we own in a U-Haul doing what the military called a DITY move. I call it Divorce In Two Years.

  27. Some of my favorite movies are: Murphy's Romance, Overboard, I am David & To End All Wars.

  28. I almost met my maker at the hands of a bad taxi driver in Wiesbaden. I was in a horrible car accident that came very close to killing me (my car was T-boned by the taxi).

  29. I am terrified of Balloons. They pop and make loud noises which scares the crap out of me.

  30. I also hate confetti. I have an irrational fear that I will inhale it.

  31. Surprise - I hate birthday parties. Who knows why (balloons and confetti maybe?). My poor children didn't get many when they were growing up. Guess I had a bad experience at a birthday party somewhere along the line.

  32. I dislike coffee but I love tea.

  33. I love hard apple cider. One local brewery offers it and I will drive miles out of my way just to buy some. Yummy delicious.

  34. I love to cook

  35. I entered my jam in the fair one year and won best jam.

  36. I entered a painting in the fair one year and came in second place, another piece took honorable mention.

  37. I really dislike eggs, but I love chickens.

  38. When I was 16 I was caught shoplifting with my friend when she dared me to slip a package of blush in my shorts. I never stole anything ever again. To this day I am scared to go into that store.

  39. I conned my brother to pee on the electric fence when I was little. To this day he says it never happened. But I clearly remember him running & screaming all the way back to the house - with is wee wee hanging out of his drawers.

  40. I hate the smell of cigarette smoke

Current picture - this was taken a few days ago. The puppy is our foster dog Tyler. No need to see the rest of me. It would frighten small children.

Now I am tagging three others to do the same

Raising Addie

Holly - Zac & Their Adventures

Dig-it, Fetch-it, Herd-it


Andrea said...

Stopped by via another glad I did! Love Border Collies. Your 40 things post was great!! I will be back to visit often. Great photos of wonderful dogs. :)

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Thank you for the tag, i will play soon. Yours is great, you have lived/live a really interesting life.

Mine might be a bit

That is a really nice photo! :-)

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Oh forgot to put... I love Garlic... it is meant to be the wonder drug. Raw is best!

Darci said...

Ah! Im so glad I started this,its been so much fun. Love the pic of you and your newest rescue. What a looker and blue eyed too! OoooLaLa! Thanks for being a good sport and playing. Its interesting how much everyone has in common aside from the dogs.

DeltaBluez Tess said...

A painter, I am impressed.....what medium?

I love to draw and trying to learn how to watercolor

Sarah said...


good to know more about you! that is a great photo at the end! that little tyler is SWEET!

i was tagged by Full Tilt too, does that mean i have to tell 80 things!! haha

BCxFour said...

Andrea - I love your blog too! I just added it to my blog list. Your writing is beautiful!

Samantha - I cant wait to see what you write! Garlic in all forms is the best.

Diane - my medium is mainly acrylic. I also do alot of colored pencil drawings. You can google my pen name it is "Carolyn Altona" some of my books should still be online somewhere. Mostly ebay now I think...they are all out of print.

Sara - yes if you were tagged twice... 80 things....have fun! LOL (just kidding! just put on there you were tagged twice!) I will be watching!

sheepkelpie said...

That salmon meal sounds YUMMY!!!!!! When can I come over?