In honor of leap day, I am excited to join some other bloggers in a fun Leap Around the Blogosphere (thank you Jessica for organizing this!). We are all answering the following ten questions and getting to know each other a little better. Feel free to join in! There is a linky at the bottom of the post with the other bloggers’ answers.
1. My childhood nickname was… Dari (if you were being nice). Because my name was often mispronounced (until the
impersonator Daria cartoon came along on MTV and taught everyone how to pronounce my name) I would introduce myself as – Dari, rhymes with sorry. Hence Sorry Dari emerged. But it didn’t stick for long.
However, there was one nickname that stuck out. I laugh about it now. Remember that caveat above if you were being nice? Well, for those that weren’t (and really who can blame them) I was Diarrhea cha-cha-cha. Really, Daria…Diarrhea – too close to expect kindergartners to ignore. Especially in Spanish class (5th grade) when the teacher added a Spanish inflection to my name. Ah, the joys of childhood.
You know what’s funny now though? My married name is Giron. If fingers get typing too fast, or that blasted autocorrect gets involved, it has been known to be spelled Groin. So, yes, in some circles I suppose you could say I am Diarrhea Groin.
2. If you want to spoil me rotten, buy me a… cleaning service. A car, vacation or Macbook pro would work too, but a cleaning service is the gift that keeps on giving. I dream of coming home to a clean house. Nah, doesn’t even have to be the whole house – just clean kitchen and bathrooms. A sparkling microwave that I didn’t have to scrape and scrub and cuss at to get the food bits off? Heaven. We won’t even discuss the piss poor aim boys have in the bathroom. (pun intended )
3. The television character I most identify with is…Well, that’s easy – Daria! Of course there is the name thing, but many of her personality traits seem to fit too.
4. If I had a whole day to go shopping and money to spend, I would go to… the Apple store. I am jonesing for a mac laptop and have recently caught the iPhone bug, plus then there is the iPad. Yep, I could get a little smoke off of my credit card in the Apple store.
5. The most wild and crazy thing I have ever done (that I can admit to publicly) is…hmmm. I had a few adventures pre-kids. They didn’t necessarily feel wild and crazy at the time, but now that I’m a mom and I think about my own children doing these things my heart stutters a little.
- I lived in NYC for 9 months after graduating college. I worked in a supper club that closed around 4am and often rode the subway home alone. Seemed fine at the time, but do I want my daughter to take a cab? Yes.
- With the money I saved in NYC, I spent 3 months backpacking through Europe. The flight I got was only $200 round trip because there was no concrete destination in mind. Basically it was a ticket from somewhere in the Southeast USA to somewhere in Europe. I just called each morning to see which flights had empty seats – the one I ended up on went to Dusseldorf, Germany. I arrived knowing no one, no place figured out to sleep, my travel guide book and my backpack. By the way it worked out great!
- Then I decided to move to Colorado, packed up my car and started driving. I stayed in a hostel the first couple of weeks while I got a job (waitressing at Joe’s crab shack) and a place to stay. My roommates at the hostel – one was a stripper at a local club, one was a domestic violence victim that had been relocated to another state but had come back to reconnect with her husband, and one was an employee at Qwest (never did really get to the bottom of her story).
- My Dad and I traveled to Peru together (which was fabulous) but there was one bus ride we took across country from Machu Picchu to Nazca that was a little harrowing. Crazy driving, border guards with machine guns, bus stops with
a hole in the groundinteresting toilets, and all natives on the bus except for us. I’d highly recommend it.
But, THE wildest and craziest thing I’ve ever done? Become a parent. Totally unknown, wild ride with huge ups and downs, tremendous emotional risk, and when you think about it logically? Completely crazy! But I wouldn’t change it for anything.
6. The one thing on my bucket list that I am most eager to do is…go on an African safari. Everyone I know that’s gone has come back completely blown away.
7. My family will always be loyal to…each other. Cheesy, I know. But teaching my kids that family comes first is important to me. Both my husband and I are only children, and it has taught us to value family. I always wanted a large, rambunctious family – lots of brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins coming out of the woodwork. Luckily I married a man with a large extended family. But it’s not quite the same as having siblings. Your brother and your sister get you, they know who you are, who you’ve been, where you’re coming from. Friends will come and go – but family will always be there.
8. If I could spend a day with a celebrity I would choose…Mr. Ed. Who can resist a talking horse? Alright, I think Mr. Ed may be gone by now, so I’ll pick the President. I would love to shadow the President for a day. I’d love to see what a day in the life looks like – the discussions that are had, the decisions made that have global impact, the pros and cons of issues that I think are clear cut, but are more likely gray once you know all the impacts.
9. In my opinion, the best invention in the history of the world is… sliced bread. Not really. I’ve never actually understood that saying – I mean, how difficult is it to slice bread?
My favorite invention to date is the Internet. I am old enough that we didn’t have email when I graduated from college, let alone cell phones. The internet, with email, smart phones, blogs, social media, wikipedia, facebook – it is amazing! The Internet has opened up so many ways to connect, to get to know people, to speed up communication. I love it.
10. When life hands me lemons, I make…chicken picata. Or, raspberry lemonade vodka drink. I’ve had both this week and they were delicious!
So that’s 10 things you may not have known about me. I’m curious which is the most surprising? I’d love for you to join in so I can get to know you better too! Just add your linky below: