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I'm It, Apparently.

Charli, a good friend and chauffeur (just kidding! :-P ) of mine, tagged me on her blog and it sounded fun, so I'm going to play. Mostly.

The Rules Are:
1. You must post the rules. (Check!)
2. List eleven things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in the post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people that you have tagged.
4. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them.

Aaaand I'm not going to do the second half of three, or four or five. I honestly can't think of very many people I know that well that are blogging that Charli hasn't tagged, so we'll just call it a day.

Eleven things about me....

1. When I was twelve, I wanted to be a neurosurgeon. By the time college rolled around, English definitely sounded better.

2. I'm a total nerd. I'm picky about what I play, but I love some video games-- some puzzle-games and some play-for-70-hours-before-it's-over games.

3. I started drinking coffee regularly when I was eleven.

4. Adam and I were friends for three years before we started dating, but I'd only known him for two months when family and friends started asking me when we'd get married.

5. I struggled with cutting, depression, and reading porn in high school and then gave all that up when I rededicated my life to Christ. He saved me. And I forget sometimes what a testimony I have and how many people I haven't shared it with.

6. I love watching movies with Adam, and I especially love Asian films and films about children growing up. For the first two years of our marriage, Adam and I watched something pretty much every night while we ate dinner. Now that our boys eat with us, we eat at the table, but most nights we still end up watching something.

7. I love to write but I don't do it enough. I'm also interested in curriculum development, for high schoolers and for high-functioning special-needs kids.

8. I am a fan of nearly all things Batman.

9. Adam and I still collect LEGOs. I don't do it very often right now, but I love to sit down with a new LEGO set and instructions and build. I'm super looking forward to when our boys are big enough for "big kid" LEGOs.

10. I enjoy doing the dishes. No lie.

11. My all-time favorite candies are Farley's gummi octopus (octopi?) and Cadbury orange chocolate bars. My friend Sarah and I used to buy the gummis all the time at Shop-n-Save, but they are increasingly hard to find. The Cadbury orange chocolate bars I found in Poland and they've since been discontinued. I am destined to a life of lesser candies.

Now the questions Charli wrote. :)

1. Where were you born?
I was born in Morgantown, WV, in the same wing of the same hospital I delivered my boys in.

2. What's your favorite food?
I like eating healthy in theory, but honestly, I could eat pizza or McDonald's double cheeseburgers almost any time of day or night.

3. What one farm animal would you raise, if you could?
A cow. And then I'd kill it and eat it and it would be delicious.

4. What would your "Priceless" Mastercard commercial be?
Flashlight: $15. Batteries: $7. Finding missing blankie: Priceless.

5. What would surprise me about you?
I majored in English, love books, love reading, and didn't like Jane Austen at all until last year.

6. What was your first car?
A 1984 Volvo wagon and I loved it.

7. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A neurosurgeon. Or a filmmaker. Or the owner of a caviar-harvesting fishery in Canada (I was eleven and my cousin was going to help!)

8. What blog or website do you visit the most?
Uh, facebook. Heh.

9. Have you ever left the country?
Yes, twice. :) Once for Canada, once for Poland. I came back from one with fish, the other with new siblings.

10. What is your favorite local Mom & Pop shop or restaurant?
Oh, hm. I don't know if it counts, but I love this little toy store in Morgantown called Pinocchio's. That, or the Japanese restaurant called Yama.

11. What makes you smile?
Stupid jokes, or my husband's smile, or my sons playing with each other.


So, hi everybody! I was reading back over some older blog posts and thought I'd give some updates:

I have only tried making bread once, in my bread machine, and it was a nearly total failure. I'm going to try again soon, though.

I have gotten a lot better at trying new recipes! They don't intimidate me nearly as much and are comfortably part of our regular meal rotation now. We've found a lot of things we really enjoy eating that way! In fact, my "go-to meals" from two years ago is an almost completely different list from my go-to meals now. Working on incorporating that into my baking, too!

The boys are sixteen months old and have a sibling on the way. :)

Samuel loves flowers and plants. He points them out excitedly everywhere-- books, real life, the computer, tv shows, etc.

Théoden loves lights and light switches, and convincing us to turn them on and off for him.

They're both babbling away and starting to say some words more clearly. They love books.

I'm posting semi-regularly on my other blog, The Grainery ( but only to keep track of books I've read this year. I should be updating that again soon, because I'm only a few hours away from the end of an audiobook and then should be working through some other books pretty quickly after that. (A few hours from the end of a twenty-nine hour audiobook, I should note, so "a few hours" really is almost the end.)

So, not really much, just a quick update on some things. :)

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