Tuesday, February 28, 2012

11 Things...

It looks like I have been tagged in Coach Kelly's blog to do the 11 Things post. I will do most of the required things (1-3)...not going to tag anyone else right now, but if I find time in the future, I'll do it. So, here goes!

1. Post these rules
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random Things about me:

1) I LOVE sports! I have had a few career paths in my life and all have had a sports twist. Originally I went to nursing school, but eventually I saw myself doing something with it in sports medicine. Then I went to school for teaching and I knew that I would coach on the side. A few years ago I decided that I would go for it when SUNY Cortland launched their Graduate program in Sport Management. Since I want to stay local, its been difficult to work in my field, but I know someday I will make it work.

2) In 2000 I decided to travel to California to drive the coast in a convertible. My cousin started the trip with me in San Diego where we made a side trip to Tijuana (wouldn't make that side trip today!). We then drove to LA where my uncle and cousin lived. We went to the Tonight Show while we were there! Then it was off to San Francisco for a few days. My cousin then went home and my mom joined me. She and I headed North to where my brother was going to school and we were able to attend his graduation. I was about 1/2 hour shy of driving the entire coast. It was an awesome trip and want to do it again someday.

3) I'm fascinated by genealogy. After watching an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are" a few months ago, I signed up for a free trial on ancestry.com. That night I was on the website for HOURS because it was so addicting. I've heard that I'm related to Ulysses S. Grant, but still haven't figured out how. I did discover that night that some of my relatives escaped from the Salem Witch Trials...no comments please!

4) I'm a "gear head" and love motor sports. I think I get it from my maternal grandfather. While going to school for sport management, I volunteered at Watkins Glen International for races including a couple of NASCAR and IndyCar races. The first NASCAR race I volunteered for, I got to stand next to the rail on turn one of the track and sometimes had 43 stock cars racing at over 100 mph just a few yards away from me.

5) I love Mexican food.

6) I consider our son Alex a miracle baby. After trying to get pregnant for a year, my husband and I started going through all sorts of tests and, long story short, we got pregnant without any help. A couple years later, we started trying for baby #2. But, after four years of trying and medical intervention, we never did have a second child. No one ever did find out why we couldn't conceive again. We have decided that we will have to love Alex twice as much.

7) When I was in my 20s I was asked to interview for a job in NYC with Merv Griffin Enterprises. I sometimes wonder where I would be now if I had worked there.

8) My husband and I almost bought my grandparents house in Saranac Lake. We were going to turn it into a B&B. I sometimes regret not buying it now that I know of the housing shortage during the Lake Placid IM. Then again, if we had bought it I may never have gotten into triathlon.

9) I love being by water. I was house shopping during the run portion of my first Iron Girl. There were a few houses with For Sale signs on them on the course and I was picturing living there and being able to do open water swims whenever I wanted. I'm still convinced that I will have a lakeside home someday.

10) Dan and I did the whole engagement thing a little backwards. We were talking about getting married and I really wanted an October wedding. I knew dates were hard to come by at my parents church so I was nervous we wouldn't get an October date. We found the perfect date, a day right during fall foliage peak in CNY, so we booked the church before I had a ring. Once I had the ring, we then told our families.

11) Before triathlon, my sport obsession was volleyball. When I was in my 20s, I would play 5 days a week in leagues and on a USA Volleyball club team. I loved that during the summer you could play on the beach and then head indoors during the winter. My friends and I would make an annual pilgrimage to Belmar, NJ to watch the pro beach volleyball tour. In 2000 my USA club team went to Nationals in Columbus, OH and it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had.

Here are the questions that Coach Kelly asked me:

1) What is the thing in your life you are most proud of? My favorite 7-year old, Alex.

2) What is your biggest regret? I regret that I wasn't more outgoing when I was younger. Compared to my friends, I was so shy and awkward. In my adult life I have really come out of my shell and looking back I wish I had taken chances like I do now.

3) If you had to eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Not sure I could pick just one. Maybe French fries?

4) Do you give up things for Lent? If so, what are you giving up this year and why? Yes, but I'm not always good at it. At my day job, we have a lot of events with food, mostly bagels, muffins, pizza, and things that aren't necessarily healthy. We are allowed to eat the leftovers, so for Lent, I gave up grazing on these foods. I think the "why" question is self-explanatory!

5) What is your perfect evening? Hanging out with friends and/or family, the kids are off playing having a great time and the adults are gathered socializing with some good food and wine. During the winter, this night would be at someone's house hanging by a fire place. During the summer, it would be by the shore of a body of water.

6) Do you have siblings? If so, do you buy into the whole birth order thing? I have a brother who is almost 8 years younger than me...and YES the whole birth order thing is real!!!

7) What is your favorite thing to cook? I'm definitely more of a baker because I'm more scientific and detailed which is what baking is. Cooking is more of an art and you can "wing it" more. Lately I've really started using my Crock Pot, so as long as I can take 5 minutes to prep and flip the switch, I'll say that I like to cook it!

8) In what kind of social situation do you feel most comfortable? Anywhere where there are people who like to talk about sports and/or being active. Even when I'm in one of those awkward situations (see #9 below), if I can find someone there who shares some of my hobbies, I will talk to them forever.

9) In what kind of social situation do you feel most awkward? Social events at my work. We have a lot of receptions with top level people at manufacturing companies and the talk is mostly about work, politics, etc...things that I don't "get" or really care about.

10) If you could go back to college, would you? Absolutely! I love learning!

11) What quality do you possess that makes you a good friend? I'm a good listener. I don't give advice much, but if a friends just wants someone to listen, I'm there.

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