Friday, August 28, 2009

What Can I Tell You?

I have been tagged by my buddy Bangchik from Our Little Vegetable Garden with a Meme. I am to tell you seven things about me that you didn't know. My seven items have been hard to come up with…because I think that I talk about what goes on in my life to the extent that you would know a good bit about me. So having to dig deep into my history… here goes-

ONE--I was born in the Canal Zone. My father was a career Army officer and both my brother and I were born in Panama. My mom talks of all sorts of tropical wildlife that would come into the housing area. She said once there was a black panther that had come out of the jungle into the housing area…oh my! Lots of lizards (large and small) and spiders (!) – And she had two babies in diapers! Augh.

TWO- We were engaged nine days after we met. I met my husband when he came home on leave from Ft. Lewis, WA for Christmas break. His folks lived a couple doors down from my folks on Ft. Monroe, VA. At the time I shared an apartment with one of his sisters but he and I had never met. Long story short….heads in the clouds, walking on air, the birds were singing, the stars were shining, etc. etc. We did take a little more time to plan the wedding…about 18 months. This coming year it will be our 30th wedding anniversary so it all worked out!

THREE- Both my babies were born in Texas. I may have mentioned this in the past, but I am using it! The first baby girl was born in August after 42 consecutive days over 100°. I was ready to explode to put it mildly. The second baby girl was born in June –not quite as hot, but it was June in Texas.

FOUR- I was not built for birthin' babies. Baby girl number one's labor was long. At my weekly appointment I was showing signs of pre-eclampsia so they wanted to induce labor. This was a Wednesday. They induced Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The labor didn't make much progress. So, over the weekend they were not going to continue with the pitocin (a drug used to induce labor). My parents drove from Virginia to Texas to be there for the delivery. They arrived on Saturday and because of the long drive my dad collapsed in my hospital room. There is nothing like your dad triggering a code blue alarm in your hospital room to cause you to begin labor on your own! He was checked out and they think he was dehydrated and declared to be ok after fluids. Meanwhile back in my room….labor all day on Saturday and all day on Sunday….not very effective contractions. Finally on Monday at noon little Rachel was born, after pushing for three hours and a forceps delivery….she was a cone head baby. I was so proud. (head went back to normal pretty quickly) While Becca's labor was not as long (about 17 hours) she was delivered with the vacuum-extractor and forceps. Meanwhile a sister in law was popping them out like kittens…20 minute labor. BAH!

FIVE- Ballet You know I have spoken of ballet in the blog….I never took ballet as the child, took classes for a couple years after college---then there was a 10- 15 year gap. My ballet teacher convinced me to come back (I was taking my daughters to her studio for class). I don't do recitals, we call our class Adult Remedial Ballet, and no tutus…just leotards and tights.

SIX- Broken bones. I have only had one broken bone in my life…my little toe. Have had lots of skinned knees and such, but that is the only bone.

SEVEN- Lost items. I go nuts when things are lost. When the kids were little we would have quests for missing puzzle pieces, game pieces, a doll's shoe, whatever was missing—I felt we NEEDED to find it. Today we couldn't find one of the dog's blue toys. This is a toy that we use only when we leave…putting a cookie (dog cookie) inside. He works on getting the treat and is not freaked out by us leaving. Finally found it under a living room chair. Routines are hard to break.

So, there you have it…now for the pass-along. I send this award to the following blogging buddies, or as I like to call this relationship--- my electronic pen pals. Making the choice of whom to choose was hard…some I have chatted with via email, some have had this award already (or something similar), some I have met, some don't participate in this type of activity. There are so many to choose from. So, I hope no feelings are hurt but I would like to pass this to the following people.

  1. My dear friend Susie from A Muse's Musing.
  2. Jen- Name That Plant
  3. Ginger- Law of the Land
  4. David – CIOPhoto- 2009- 365
  5. Diana Sharing Nature's Garden
  6. Lauren,  Carolina Victory Garden
  7. Tiffany, my German connection, No Ordinary Homestead

Here's the deal---

1. Link back to the person who gave you the award

2. Reveal the 7 things about yourself

3. Tag 7 other bloggers at the end of your post and link to them

4. Let each blogger know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

5. Let the tagger know when you post is up.

Have fun with this…. I look forward to reading a little about YOU!!


  1. How fun! Thanks for choosing me! I'll post mine soon.

    Those labors are crazy- Makes me scared to get pregnant!!

    The black panther story is wild, too!

  2. Very interesting, Janet! I read your post like a suspence story!

  3. Thanks for the tag, Janet! I haven't done a meme in ages. Doesn't mean it will be any easier to come up with 7 unknown things about myself though. Ah the pressure :)

  4. You got me beat on the engagement. Hubby and I got engaged one month after we met-married six months later and still going strong. That was a trial with your father! I couldn't even imagine! So glad all turned out well for everyone. It is neat you being born in I guess Panama. Not many folks left around the Army that have even been there or heard of it. I bet your mother has some stories!

  5. Janet,

    What a wonderful and revealing post!

    -Heirloom Gardener

  6. Janet... so the Queen has spoken! Huh, that was tough having dad on drips while you yourself on labour ...

  7. Hi Ginger, I look forward to seeing your post. My labor story is not the norm.... I am sure yours would be fine.

    Hi Tatyana, A suspense story? Really? how fun! Glad you enjoyed it.

    Hi Tiffany, No pressure-- just fun. Looking forward to reading it.

    Charlotte, Hi, thanks for stopping by and seeing a little into my past.

    Hi Tina, How funny -- we keep having more and more in common. My dad in the hospital was really a trip. My mom does have stories of their time in the Canal Zone.

    Hi Heirloom Gardener, Thanks so much. Glad you stopped by.

    Hi Bangchik! See what has become of your Meme? haha thanks again for choosing me. Having dad on drips while I was in my room was hard.

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

  8. Well that was a fun & educational meme! :)

  9. Thanks Racquel. It was kind of fun to try to think up seven things.

  10. Good thing you finally delivered those babies. I'm surprised they didn't do a C-section.

    I'd get dizzy if I did ballet. All that spinning and jumping is not me and admirable that you can do it.

  11. Hi Anna,
    I am surprised they didn't do a C-section too. oh well, lots of water under the bridge since then.
    You just have to spot when you turn-- then you don't get dizzy. I love to jump!

  12. Janet, I really enjoyed learning these things about you! How did you ever get up the courage to have baby number 2??!!! ha ha;-) I was tagged for this a couple of weeks ago, so I guess I'd better 'get to it' very soon! I think I'm going to change my policy of 'no memes, no awards, no tags'...what the heck! I don't know why I didn't want to do it before!

  13. It took me a while but my meme is up! Thanks for letting me play - always a bit of a challenge but fun!! Here's the post:


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