I spent yesterday afternoon reading several blogs at the “Not Just a Mom” link-up.  It was not only fun meeting some new to me bloggers but I enjoy reading everyone’s different stories.  It is a bit intriguing to see what others find “interesting” or “important” to share and include about themselves.  Most of the bloggers in that particular link-up are much younger than I.  Ok, all of them.  And while I may not actually participate in the link party (is that what it is called?), I thought it might be interesting to do a (slightly) similar type of post.  Of course, then I could not really think of anything “new” to say – by way of introduction – that I have not mentioned before.  Sigh. With that in mind, here is a very random list of “have you ever” questions I found on the internet and my answers.  Maybe you will learn something new about me…or maybe you will just get a chuckle from my answers:)

Have you ever been out of the country?  Yes, several times.  I would not consider us frequent travelers – in fact, I really do not enjoy travelling.  At least, not the “getting there” part of travel.  Airports and airlines equal stress overload for me.  Especially airports.  I have more than a couple of horror stories to back up my anxiety.  (Just thinking of airports in Mexico or in Thailand make me start breathing hard!) Ugh.  However, I do like to visit other places and, especially, other countries and, so, I endure travel.  And I will say, it has always been worth it.  So many of those trips (outside of the states) have been life-changing!  Especially Samoa.  One place I have not been is anywhere in Africa.  I hope God allows me to do that one day!

Have you ever ridden on a motorcycle?  Just briefly and barely around the block.  That checked the box for me.  I was not impressed.

Have you ever lived in another state?  NO!  Although it is my dream to do so one day.  My real dream is to live in the UK but that dream gets dimmer and dimmer with every passing year.  Surely, one day I can, at least, live in a different state!

Have you ever met a celebrity?  Define celebrity.  I suppose most people would consider that someone from Hollywood, tv or the music industry.  In that case, no.  I did meet and chat (for just a little bit) with Charles Stanley – someone I very much admire and was excited to meet.  I’m 99 percent positive, he has absolutely no memory of meeting me.  Make that 100 percent.

Have you ever been to Disney Land or Disney World? Yes, a couple times as an adult and many times as a child.  I blogged about that a bit here.  Check it out – there are even pictures (which I don’t often have here on my blog).

Have you ever planted a garden? Have never had a garden – either growing up or as an adult.  However, last summer (yes, just last summer) we planted our first pepper plants.  In pots.  On our patio.  I was excited but, in the end, we grew one pepper.  Yes, one.

Have you ever experienced a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado? Thankfully, no.  We did, however, have an earthquake here in our part of Virginia – which is highly unusual.  It was so unusual that it was over and done with before I (or most any of us) realized what was happening and/or that I should be alarmed, nervous, terrified, or anything else similar.  That was on August 23, 2011 and, apparently, measured 5.8.

Have you ever won a contest? I once won “best applesauce” entry during apple harvest night at our church.  I know – hold the applause.  I was rather pleased, though, because not only were there quite a few entries but I had never made applesauce before.  And, besides, who doesn’t like to hear their name called after the words, “And in first place is…..”!:)

Have you ever eaten a whole pizza by yourself? Um, no.  I am not a big eater.  Ok, maybe someday in my life, I have eaten a small personal size pizza.  But when I think of pizza, I think of a large 6-8 slice pizza.  I usually eat two slices.  (If you are only going to eat one, why bother?)  I might be able to eat three slices but would quickly regret it.  Just for the record, I love white pizza.  Actually I love cheese.  On pizza and just about anything.  Except breakfast cereal.

Have you ever done any extreme sports like skydiving or bungee jumping? Now, this one is probably going to surprise some of you.  At least those who know me in person or know me well.  No, I have never jumped out of a plane or lunged off a cliff strapped to a rubber band.  However.  When I was college age (and apparently college dumb), I joined some friends (who were casual friends at best) and jumped off a bridge.  We were driving out in the country and for whatever reason that I cannot begin to comprehend, we stopped along this shady spot and instead of wading into unknown waters, one person suggested/dared everyone to jump from the bridge.  And they did.  And I followed.  Definitely goes onto the list of “Top Ten Dumbest Things I’ve Ever Done.”

Well, like I said.  Those were completely random….and I won’t ask you what dumb thing you once did.  But leave me a comment and let me know if there is somewhere you would like to visit one day.  In another country – or closer to home.  I look forward to hearing about it.

14 Replies to “A Few “Have You Ever” – by way of Introduction”

  1. I loved reading your answers and learning more about you. I’m sure I’ve done a lot of dumb stuff, but I’ve never done those things. I’ve always been a bit of a chicken. I love cheese too and I agree, not on breakfast cereal. lol We used to plant tomatoes and peppers in pots on the porch. But then people at church bring us tomatoes and so does my sister. So I just enjoy theirs.

  2. I enjoyed getting to know you!! Can I steal your idea and do this kind of post today? i’m home nursing a cold instead of out at work teaching the little ones so need something to do 🙂

    To answer your question regarding the book review: YES it is a GOOD story. Dark themes but important ones….just keep in mind it’s FICTION. (a bit far fetched in places but those disorders i mention are very real, sadly).

    I cannot believe you jumped off a bridge into unknown waters. there’s NO way i would ever do that. WOW….you were brave!

    1. Not exactly sure I would call that bridge jump “brave”…..so were not my brightest years! Thanks for the heads up on the book…and for stopping by the blog. I enjoy your visits!

  3. I probably would have been the one not to jump from the bridge and I haven’t sky dived or bungee jumped either. Too scary for me.
    Congrats on the best apple sauce. There is nothing like good tasting apple sauce.

    1. I need to make some applesauce again. I’ve gotten quite content/lazy with the store bought….of course, homemade is so tasty! Glad you stopped by!

  4. OH yes, I love exploring new places too but I HATE getting there– airports in particular really raise my anxiety level. I’ve lived through a few hurricanes but thankfully we are well inland so they aren’t usually horrible (though we did have one that knocked out our power for 2 weeks!!). I have jumped off a bridge once or twice; we have one that isn’t super high above the water right near our house on the lake and we used to bring our boys to jump off it and they got me to try it a time or two as well. Gosh that makes us sound like awful parents but my husband has been swimming/ jumping here for his whole life and… everyone does it so why not?! LOL

    1. I think bridge jumping would be a lot safer if your parents were along!! And, I cannot imagine no power for two weeks. Wow –

      1. Thankfully we have a huge generator (since we lose power a LOT) and we were able to still shower, make dinner on the grill and using the toaster (LOL!), we managed much better than others in our community that didn’t have a generator. Though we did go through a ton of fuel that week keeping it running.

  5. Nice learning more about you. 🙂
    I’m content to stay close to home. We have moved MANY times, have lived in different states.
    Lived in Scotland for 4 years and Puerto Rico for 3 years.

    1. You lived in Scotland for four years??! I confess…I am just a tad (maybe quite a bit) jealous! A dream come true, for me, to live in the UK!

  6. That was fun!
    The only other country I’ve been in is Canada, and since I’m from Michigan, that hardly counts!
    Can you believe, my Grandpa had a motorcycle when he was in his late 70’s and he would give us rides? I haven’t been on one since.
    I’ve only lived in Michigan, and still live within 30 minutes of where I grew up.
    Lucky you to meet Charles Stanley. I met Michael W Smith once.
    No Disney.
    We always used to have a garden. Now it’s just a few tomato and pepper plants.
    I won a chili contest once.
    I don’t think I could eat a whole pizza.
    And NO to extreme sports! 🙂

  7. What a fun post! I’m definitely going to borrow this idea 🙂 (I’ll give you credit, of course!)

    I can’t believe you jumped off a bridge!!
    And I had a good laugh at your “one pepper” 🙂 That would totally be my gardening experience!
    I also cannot eat a whole pizza, but I’ve eaten 3 pieces and instantly regretted it.
    I have been to Disney and it was sort of a disaster.
    I won a chili contest once, in two out of three categories, but not the overall top spot. My husband is still mad about it.

    The only celebrities I’ve met have all centered around music. I’ve met Leeland, Michael W. Smith (my son is connected to them), Rebekah Lynn Howard, Rory Feek, Tracy Byrd, Mark Chestnut, Clint Black, Guy Penrod and The Martins. And though this doesn’t count for me…my husband met Donny Osmond when he was visiting the tv station my husband worked at. He asked David to point him to the bathroom 🙂 hahaha Celebrities are just normal people, right?

    Great post!!

    1. Wow, Debbie, that is a lot of meeting and greeting “famous folks”! I would enjoy meeting and talking with Rory Feek! And, yes, borrow this post. Any post:)

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