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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Question #136

Q: What is your favorite Saturday activity?

A: Growing up, we used to do our chores on Saturday. My mom made us each a little apron and with a list of things to do in one pocket and a candy in the other pocket to eat when we were done (and we actually waited). I'm glad my parents taught me the importance of cleaning growing up because TOO many people don't clean now as adults. It amazes me actually. We also washed the cars on Saturday and dumped the trash to the dumpster down the street. That was fun for us because we would all hang off the van. My dad was the coolest to let us do that. My favorite place to sit on the van was backwards on the tire on the back holding on to the rails on top of the van.

Now, I would say my favorite thing to do on Saturday is sleep in. I love sleeping. I also love being productive and getting things done that I need to get done what ever that may be, but also have time to relax and even better if I get to fit something fun in too... like a hike or some sort of adventure... but that doesn't always happen, so I'm happy with sleeping in. It's the little things in life when you get older. ha ha.

Question #135

Q: What's your favorite thing to do in the summertime? Why?

A: Growing up I LOVED having sleepovers with my friends, catching Blue Belly Lizards and frogs and tad poles in the creek. I loved my friends and I loved animals and I loved being outside exploring. I still do. Now... I would say I love being outside. Summer isn't quite the same because I have to work all year round, but when I get the chance I love to go travel, go on road trips and hikes and explore and enjoy the sunshine and outdoors.

Question #134

Q: Who was my favorite Jr. High School Teacher?

A: This one is a little harder for me. Obviously you don't spend the same amount of time with Jr. High teachers as you do with your elementary teachers. I remember loving my English class with Ms. Nelson. I also loved Mr. Pate for Woodshop. I liked Ms. Carr enough for Art that I took her class for two years. Mr. Winn was a pretty awesome Science teacher. I'm impressed with myself that I even remember all of my teachers names. Ha ha

Question #133

Q: What is your favorite YW value?

A: My favorite Young Women's Value has always been and will always be Individual Worth. It has always had special meaning to me because I felt like it took me a while to find mine. Now that I have found my individual worth and know how important it has been to me, it is easy for me to recognize people that don't have it and how much it would help them to realize their individual worth. It took me a while, but once I figured out my worth, I became a lot more confident which opened a lot of doors for me and made me happier overall.

Question #132

Q: Who was your favorite elementary school teacher?

A: I liked a lot of my teachers, but I would have to say my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Gans. Not only did I love her as a teacher because she was so nice and fun, but we also lived in the same neighborhood, so I think she had a special place in her heart for me. Which made us have a special little bond.

Question #131

Q: What is your favorite ice cream? Why?

A: That is so hard because I have a lot of favorites. General favorites are chocolate and mint and chocolate and peanut butter. I just love those flavor combos! If I'm getting a pint of ice cream, I go for the mint cookies and cream. YUM! I just love ice cream though. When I was eating a lot of Gelato in Italy, my favorite was always Nutella or Chocolate Hazelnut.

Question #130

Q: If you could buy your own car, what would it be and why? What color?

A: If you would have asked me this as a teenager, I don't know if I would have had an answer for you. I don't think I really thought about or cared too much about cars. I couldn't drive, so what did I care? Once I could drive, I was just happy to have a car to drive, so I still didn't care. I could have told you what colors I liked. For a while I loved the silver cars.

Now that I am an adult, I actually just bought my first car. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted because I never really had looked into cars and researched them much before. After a few months of researching, I bought a car that I love. I bought a 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring. I love the way it looks inside and out. It's a charcoal gray and it has leather seats that are heated, it has a sun roof, blue tooth and backup camera and all the bells and whistles. It's awesome and gets amazing gas mileage and has a great sound system and it drives so smooth and quite. I could go on and on. I love my car and I'm glad I took my time and shopped around and sound something that I really love because I pretty much signed my life away when I bought the car and I'm going to be driving it for a LONG time. :)

Question #129

Q: What is your favorite flavor of chewing gum?

A: Anything that is Minty flavored. When I am chewing gum, I want my mouth to feel refreshed... which mint does. Not as much into cinnamon or fruit chewing gum. MINT! :)

Question #128

Q: Do you wish you had more sisters or brothers? Why?

A: I am perfectly content with my brother and sisters. However, I did always wonder what it would be like to have an older brother or a younger sister instead of being the younger sister. I think that is normal to think especially when you see your friends with their siblings or your cousins and their siblings. Even if I did have an older brother or a younger sister, each family is so different, it is hard to say what it would be like. All I know is what I know from my family and my upbringing and experiences. I love my family.

Question #127

Q: If you could watch a video over and over, what would it be and why? What's it about?

A: Video? Like on YouTube? I don't know. There are a lot of great video's out there. TV show, I would have to say "Alias" or "An Idiot Abroad". Alias is a show about the CIA undercover stuff that I love and have watched several times all of the way through. An Idiot Abroad is a reality TV show about a British guy that is sent around the world and he hates traveling and being out of his comfort zone. It's hilarious. I never get tired of watching it. Back in middle school I would have told you Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and X-Files. Ha ha.

As for movies, back then I probably would have told you Labyrinth. I was obsessed with that movie. ha ha. I still like it, but now I would have to say "Hot Rod" or "Nacho Libre". Both are hilarious and quotable movies. Hot Rod is about a guy who wants to be a stunt man but stinks at it, but tries to raise money for his step dad's heart surgery. Nacho Libre is about a guy that lives at a Monastery and doesn't feel accepted and becomes a fighter to feel important and gets money for the orphans. They are both stupid... but so stupid they are funny. Kind of like Idiot Abroad. I guess I like that sort of thing ha ha.

Question #126

Q: Tell about your best Halloween costume ever.

A: I'm trying to think of what I would have answered as a teenager because I feel like all of my best costumes have been since I was an adult. There was this one year that me and my sister Jamie and our neighbor friend all dressed up like punks that costume was ok... but the cool part about it was that instead of saying trick or treat at the houses, we did a little rap about being a punk. I remember it was fun and everyone loved it because it was different and we were cute kids thinking we were cute and cleaver. ha ha.

As an adult, I have had some pretty epic Halloween costumes. My first epic one was when I dressed as Queen Amildala from the later Star Wars and I dressed up with my friends Aaron and Shawntelle. We were a big hit when we walked around IV in Santa Barbara. Lots of people wanted to take their picture with us. We later wore those same costumes to the Star Wars Episode II premier. Another great costume was when I dressed up as Mary Poppins and my friend Wes dressed up as Bert. One of my favorites is when me and my roommate Megan and our friends Rich and Jason all dressed up like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Those costumes also probably took the most work. Our other roommate, Sarah, even dressed up as April O'Niel. This wasn't for Halloween, but it was totally epic, I got a bunch of my friends to dress up with me as different Mario Kart characters and go race Go-Karts  at Boondocks. I was Toad. Anyway... I LOVE dressing up!

Question #125

Q: What food would I like to try? Why?

A: I can't think of anything particular that I want to try that I haven't. I guess I just want to try anything and everything foreign. I love trying food from other countries to see how different they eat from us and if I have been missing out and amazing food all of my life. I love to experience new cultures and that is part of it.

Question #124

Q: What is your favorite candy bar?

A: Twix. It has been for a long time. My next favorite after Twix would be Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. YUM!

Question #123

Q: What does my bedroom look like? Do I share a room? What do I like best about my room?

A: Growing up, I shared a room until I was in Jr. High. I went through different phases of who I shared a room with. I remember sharing a room with Jamie & Lori and we had bunk beds. I also shared a room with Chad for a while. I shared with Jamie. I went through different phases with what my room looked like. I can tell you that it was always clean and my bed was always made and I loved collecting stuff, so I had lots of stuffed animals and different toys.

NOW... I have my own room. I love my room. It's small, but it is cozy and cute. I have a queen size bed with gray bedding and cute pillows, a little chandelier that hangs over my bed, a small closet that I wish was a big walk in closet for all the clothes and shoes I have. I'm in the basement, but there isn't a lot of light, but I have gray curtains that cover the closet and sides of the window and a white curtain with lights behind it that are in front of the window. It's very pretty at night. Besides that... there is just a little night stand and a dresser and a cute full size mirror that I made and all my accessories. Oh... I also painted the wall in back of my bed a teal color. I love it. I love the colors and girly and cozy feel to my room. Decorating is so fun for me and it takes some work and some money, but then I get to enjoy it for a long time.

Question #122

Q: Do you eat in the kitchen or dining room? Does everyone have a special seat?

A: Growing up, we ALWAYS ate at the kitchen table together. We never ate in the living room or dining room. It was one of the only times that we were all together as a family to talk once we got older and became more busy and we formed the habit when we were younger, because that was always the way it was. I'm really thankful for that now (not that I ever had a problem with it) because it really helped us bond and communicate. I know SO many people that just plant themselves in front of the tv. I sometimes do that now just because that is where my roommates are and I want to be with them.

I don't remember having special seats, but my parents were usually at the heads of the table.

Question #121

Q: Have I ever done Baptisms for the dead? What did I think and feel about it?

A: Yes! Many times. As a youth, we went once a year to the LA temple. It was an all day trip, but it made it that much more special. I remember the first time I went to do it being nervous about how it worked and just being in the temple for the first time... but of course it was a really neat experience and something I got to experience with my close friends. As an adult, when I moved to Utah I started going more often since I now lived so close to a temple. At first I just went with friends... but then I started going by myself and I went just about every Wednesday night for 2 years. It got to the point where all the people that worked there knew me by name and would wonder why I wasn't there when I didn't show up and would always say "see you next week" when I came. I loved it. When I decided to get endowed, a little part of me was sad that I wouldn't get to do baptisms anymore and see all those people. It holds a special place in my heart, but it was time for me to progress and receive more blessings in the temple.

Question #120

Q: Did you have an imaginary friend when you were growing up?

A: I honestly don't remember having an imaginary friend. I know I did pretend a lot with dolls and stuffed animals and would talk out stories and such. I also would pretend a lot with friends, but I don't think I ever had an imaginary friend. I also used to talk to animals and snails like they were my friends. ha ha. You do funny things when you are a kid.

Question #119

Q: What is my most favorite book and author?

A: Answering this question as a teenager, I would have told you "The Hobbit" by J.R. Tolkin. I still love that book, it will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first novel I ever read and fell in love with the story. I was never a really big reader. I'm still not. However, that will always be one of my favorites. Since then... in my adult years, I fell in love with the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling and the Hunger Games books. Both series were SO good to the point where I couldn't put the books down. That is saying a lot for me since I am not a big reader. ha ha. I wish I gave myself more time to read, but I always have so many other things I want to do. Oh well, maybe one day.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Question #118

Q: What food will I never eat? Why?

A: I don't think there is anything that I wouldn't try once. You can't say you don't like it if you don't try it. I mean... I have even eaten a beetle in Costa Rica. It tasted like black pepper. Yeah... I'm adventurous or something like that....

Question #117

Q: What musical instrument do you with you could play?

A: So I can play the piano ok and play guitar ok... but I always wished that I could play the harp. It is such a beautiful instrument. Maybe one day....

Question #116

Q: What's the best thing I have ever done with my life?

A: That is a hard question to answer. I think one of the best things I have done with my life is travel the world. It has brought me so many friends, knowledge and joy. So many memories and cool experiences as well.

Question #115

Q: Was there any place in your house where you felt cozy?

A: I always loved getting a blanket a curling up over one of the heater vents on the floor around the house. I would get all warm and relax or take a short nap. Loved it.

Question #114

Q: What is your favorite hymn?

A: That is hard because there are so many beautiful hymns. I love Our Savior's Love, Each Life That Touches Ours for Good and Be Still my Soul.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Question #113

Q: Write down your favorite scripture story?

A: My favorite scripture story has always been Joseph, Jacobs son. Maybe it is because they turned it into the most fantastic musical that I love and it catchy and helps me remember the story better than almost any other scripture story. As I have gotten older, it is more than that though. I think it is very easy to get discouraged about trials in our life. It's sometimes hard to think that other people have it worse than you because you are the one going through the trial and it is hard. That is why we call them trials. The story of Joseph is amazing to me because just when you think things couldn't have gotten worse for Joseph... they do. They get worse and worse and worse and no matter what happens, he keeps a good attitude and makes the best out of each situation. That is SO easier said than done and sometimes I really wish I could be more like that. Because he was so faithful and made the best out of crappy situations, he was blessed in the end and it all worked out... I think that is true for all of us. Eventually something is going to work out. It may not be what you had in mind, but most of the time what the Lord has in store for us is better what we plan for ourselves. You just don't know it until you get there. We just have to have faith in his plan for us. That has always been hard for me because I am such a planner and want to have control over my circumstances... but I am always working on it and the story of Joseph is a good example and a good reminder to me.

Question #112

Q: How was your name chosen? Are you named after anyone?

A: I am not named after anyone. My parents just liked the name Tracy. However, my middle name, Jean, is a family middle name on both sides of my family. So that is where that came from.

Question #111

Q: Tell about the last time you laughed so hard that it made you cry.

A: I feel like this story is one of those that is only funny if you were there.... but every time I think about it or tell someone about this story, it makes me laugh so hard that I cry.

So back in 2004 when I lived at the Riviera... for FHE we had a white elephant gift exchange. Honestly, I don't remember what I brought for that gift exchange, but I do remember what my neighbor and good friend (still good friend to this day) brought as her white elephant gifts. Monica had forgotten to get something... so before we headed over to FHE she looked around her house to see what she could wrap up and bring.

 I always loved Monica's sense of humor. We always had so much fun playing together because she was just so fun. We did the most random things together. One day we wanted revenge on some guys in our ward... so we made Tuna Bombs. What a tuna bombs you ask? They were something we made up. Water balloons that we put canned tuna and syrup in before filling them with water. Then we let them sit for several days to get real stinky... then we threw them at the guys door... so it was leave a smell that we hoped would linger. We ended up not using all of them and Monica kept them for later. So they were sitting around for at least a month or so. Monica saw those and decided to wrap them up as one of her gifts. Who wouldn't want Tuna Bombs right? HA! She decides she will wrap one more gift.

One weekend, Monica and I got sick of all the drama with friends, so we decided to run away and camp in the mountains somewhere random. On our little run away camp out, we found a baby garden snake. Monica falls in love with it and decides to bring it home with us even though she knew her roommates would freak out. I remember when her roommates found out because I heard the scream next door. Well... Monica thought it would be funny to wrap up Bubba the snake as her other white elephant gift. So she did. She loved that snake and I couldn't believe she would just give him away. I think she just wrapped him in a box... I don't think it was even his normal cage. I'm sure she knew she would get him back.

So off we went to the FHE white elephant gift exchange party. I was excited to see who ended up with Monica's gifts and how they would react to them. I mean... you never know what you are going to get with white elephant gifts... but whoever picked her gift was going to get quite the surprise. Our friend Sean (who happened to have a really great sense of humor) picked her gift. Monica and I just smiled at each other and snickered as he started to open the first box. He unwrapped and opened the first gift and his nose wrinkled up and said "ewww... what is that smell?" and Monica and I just busted up laughed. We then explained Tuna Bombs to him. Monica was proud of her invention and acted like he was lucky to receive such a gift because what a great weapon of revenge it was. He set it aside hoping the second gift would be better. He opened the box and his face was priceless. "I hate snakes" Sean says while he looks at Bubba crawling at the bottom of the box.

Needless to say, Monica went home with both of her own gifts that she brought to the party and wasn't sad about it. We both had a good laugh. That was a normal day in the life with Monica. I miss those days. That will always be the funniest white elephant gift exchange that I have ever attended.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Question #110

Q: What is your idea of a perfect friend?

A: I guess all of the things that I described about Lolly. Someone who is there for you, truly cares about you. Is there through the good and the bad. Forgiving and understanding. Loves to laugh and have fun and play. Someone that gives as much back as much as you give to the friendship. Someone who thinks about you when you aren't around. Someone that would do just about anything for you. Someone that helps lift you up and makes you want to be a better person. Just to name a few. I'm lucky to have a lot of those types of friends in my life.

Question #109

Q: Who is my best friend? What is she/he like?

A: I'm trying to think of who I would have said my best friend was in Jr. High. I would have either said Kate Gamble. We would hang out after school and we wore the BFF matching necklaces. Or I would have said Violet and Cody because we had our "silly club" and hung out all the time. I'm not sure.

Who I would say now though...... hands down Lolly... but I have many close friends. Brad, Nate and Steve would also be my best friends. Even though they are all married and have kids, they have never forgotten about me and we all still get together and keep in touch and go to each others weddings and they are there for me no matter what. That is what best friends are right?

Lolly though... she goes above and beyond. She taught me everything I know about fashion and decorating. She has kept in touch regularly even after she got married and had kids. I was even a bridesmaid for her wedding. She always sends me a birthday and Christmas gift and calls and texts to check up on me. She knows the most about my dating life more than any of my friends. We visit each other at least once a year... usually more. The list goes on and on. I know for a fact that if I really need to talk to a friend or need advice or an opinion. She will always be there for me and me for her. That is a true friend and I am lucky to have her as one of my best friends.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Question #108

Q: What is your favorite holiday? How do you celebrate it?

A: When I was younger, I would have told you Christmas, hands down. Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE Christmas. There is something really special and magical about it beyond the excitement of presents (which I don't really get much of anymore) which is one of the big reasons why you love it as a kid so much. It is the season where everyone is just a little kinder, wants to serve more, there is special music and lovely decorations. It is just a beautiful and special and magical holiday.

However, now I have a lot of special feelings for many different holidays. I love Halloween... just because I am in love with fall and I have always loved dressing up and all the fun festive things that come along with it. I also LOVE Independence day. Fireworks are magical. I have pride and love for my country, so it makes that holiday really special. Plus I love summertime and everything that comes with it. I LOVE thanksgiving. A time to be with family and reflect on all of the things you are thankful for and all of the blessing we have in our life. I even love Valentines day... even though I don't have a Valentine most of the time... because it helps me reflect on all of the people in my life that I have that I do really love and appreciate. So.... it's hard to pick just one.

Question #107

Q: What am I studying in Seminary this year? Do I enjoy it? Do I feel the spirit there?

A: Obviously I'm not in Seminary anymore, so I will say I studied EVERYTHING in seminary. All 4 years, perfect attendance even. One thing almost everyone that knows me knows about me, is that I am NOT a morning person, so the fact that I got perfect attendance all four years means that I loved seminary. I loved my teachers and my friends in my class, I loved learning about the gospel in a fun way and it is where I really built my own testimony. So yes, I felt the spirit there... all the time. I'm so glad that I attended seminary.

Quesiton #106

Q: What are you frightened of?

A: Oh goodness. I'm frightened of a lot of things. I'm frightened of things that can kill me... like large or poisonous animals.... heights etc... Beyond that... I am scared of rejection and REALLY scared of ending up a lone. Maybe that seems silly, but I get so lonely and just long for companionship and want to experience marriage and kids and everything that comes along with that in life and am scared that I won't get to. I try not to worry about it, but it is one of my fears.

Question #105

Q: What has been my favorite family vacation? Why?

A: We didn't take a lot of family vacations growing up. It was either to go visit family, or it was to Dinkey Creek. I loved Dinkey Creek and I have to say that will always be a second home to me and something I hold near and dear to my heart. However, my favorite family vacation has to be when we went to Hawaii.

The reason being, because we never really took family vacations, it made it that more special. My sister was going to school there, so we were going to her graduation. We were all adults and getting a long pretty well at that point, we got to do a ton of cool things together and all experience it for the first time together (except Lori who had been living there). I celebrated my golden birthday on that trip (turned 18 on the 18th of December) and we knew it was our last family vacation together.... maybe forever, if not for many many years to come. Which is true... I don't think we have taken a family vacation ALL together since then. Why? My sisters Kristy and Jamie were both getting married within the next year after that. So you see.... it was a special family vacation. In the airport on the way home... my dad was even in tears over it (he does get more emotional as he gets older) it was very sweet. I will never forget it.

Question #104

Q: Do I like school? Why?

A: Well, I'm not in school anymore... and I'm not sad about that. I don't really miss it. When I was in school... I don't think I ever hated it. Sometimes it would frustrate me because I wished that certain things came easier to me... like Math or memorizing things and I wished I wasn't such a terrible test taker... but over all, I liked school. I liked going to class and learning new things. I loved the social aspect of it (can you tell I'm a total extrovert?). It was nice to not have the responsibilities of a working adult, but... there are also a lot of perks to that as well.

Question #103

Q: What do I look like?

A: What an interesting question. If you would have asked me this question when I was younger, I would have given a very different answer than I would today... because I was young and insecure and didn't like the way I looked. I was chubby with crooked teeth. I didn't like my pointy nose with my round face. I was so pale skinned that people would tease me about it. My feet are big and so on and so forth.

I look at myself differently now though. I see myself as beautiful. Not in a conceited way. Not at all. I still see many flaws in myself, but just that I have come to know who I am and love who I am and appreciate my uniqueness. Also helps that I got braces to straighten out my teeth, lost weight and grew into my features. :)

So now, I would tell you that I am an average height girl, with beautiful long brown hair and blue/green eyes (the only one in my family with both of those). I'm a curvy girl with a good fashion sense. I have beautiful clear skin... never struggled with zits. Now I think my fare skin keeps me looking younger. I'm not 31 but people still think I'm 26. Sure I still want to loose more weight and I still have bigger feet than the average girl, but I'm comfortable and confident in my own skin, and that is a happy place to be.

Question #102

Q: What's my best subject in school? What is my least favorite subject?

A: My best subject was always English. I'm not even sure why... but throughout all of my schooling, that was always the subject I did best in. I could BS my way through essays like no other. Math on the other hand... I couldn't understand it no matter how hard I tried. That and I would always just think it was pointless because I could just use a calculator for any math that I was going to use in life. Those never changed.... even into college.

Question #101

Question : Name a book you loved and tell why?

Answer: Answering this when I was younger, I would have said "The Hobbit". It was the first Novell I ever read and I fell in love with fantasy/action adventure books. Not that I have ever been that big of a reader and am still not. However, that book will always have a special place in my heart. My sister got me to read it because she told me she would buy me the movie if I had the book (this is back in the day with the old animated movie... which I still have) and now I am equally as excited for the new Hobbit movies coming out.

Besides the Hobbit, in recent years I fell in love with the Harry Potter books and the Hunger Games books. I know they are trendy and sometimes I don't want to like them because of that... but in all honesty, they are trendy for a reason. They are GREAT books. Very well written and I loved getting sucked into a new world.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Question #100

Q: Which room did your family gather in most often?

A: I would have to say the kitchen. We ALWAYS had family dinner together. I really appreciate that my family did that. I think it made us closer as a family and formed good habits for all of us. Besides the kitchen, I would say the living room. We also watched tv together and movies and just sat together in the living room.

Question #99

Q: If you could have any animal as a pet. What kind would you choose and why?

A: Since I have had a lot of different pet's... if I could choose any pet I wanted, I would probably choose something that I can't have. An exotic pet. Of course the reality of it, I wouldn't really want it because it would be too high maintenance (I can barely keep my salt water fish tank alive) but I think having an exotic pet would be very exciting. Such as... an elephant. Ever since I rode my own elephant bareback in Thailand, I have wanted one. They are so gentle, they love people. I fell in love with my elephant. I also think having a baby tiger would be really fun. I always wanted a horse growing up... but I think I really just like riding other people's horses now and then. :)

Question #98

Q: Have I ever had a "crush" on someone? Who and do I still like him now? Describe him.

A: Ha ha ha! I would sure hope that I still don't have a crush on the guys that I did when I was a teenager. Yes, of course I have had crushes... I have had a lot of crushes since then and continue to have crushes. My first really big crush though was Dan. I mean I guess I had crushes before that. I had a boyfriend in 5th grade, but I mean.... it was just like the thing to do. I didn't really like him like my first crush. Dan was the type of crush where it consumed my thoughts and I wrote about him in my journal and I even wrote a song about him. Yes... the normal obsessive teenager kind of crush. :) Why did I have a crush on him? Because is was really cute. Tall, dark and handsome. My type... I guess it has always been my type. Super nice guy. We are still friends. He is married with kids now. It was a fun first crush though. He even went with me to my Winter formal in high school. First crush is fun. Crushes in general are fun. Do I have one right now? Not really. I would say that I still have feelings from my last relationship which still kind of continues... but I wouldn't say that I have a current crush. Sadly. Oh how dating has changed me over the years. Sometimes I wish I could go back to that innocent high school girl with a crush on a boy I knew I would never have.

Question #97

Q: Tell about your favorite pet... What kind of animal? When did you get him/her? Why do you like them?

A: I absolutely love animals so this is a hard question for me. I had a lot of pets growing up. I of course loved our family dog... but my favorite pet that was my very own was probably my iguana, Spike that I bought while I was in high school. My cousin Dave had one and I thought it was so cool that I had him go with me to pick one out for me. I handled him a lot as a baby, so he grew up to be very tame. He was so pretty and cool looking and easy to take care of and fun to have. I loved my iguana which a lot of other girls probably thought was really weird.

Question #96

Q: Have you ever been sick? What made you feel better?

A: What a stupid question. Of course I have been sick... many times. Lots of different types of illnesses. I know it will happen lots more in my life and probably worse at times. What makes me feel better? Rest. Correct medication.... just taking care of my body. Sleep, lots of water and heating healthy. That is also the same remedy I use to try and prevent getting sick. :)

Question #95

Q: How many are in your family. Do you wish you had more brothers or sisters? Why?

A: I love my family the way it is. But I think everyone is always curious.... what would it be like to be the oldest? What would it be like to be the youngest? For me... I wondered when it would be like to have a little sister instead of being the baby sister and probably what I wished for the most was an older brother. Would he be protective of me? Would I hang out with his friends? Who knows. I do know that my sisters are there for me. My little brother cars about me and that I couldn't ask for a better family. We are not perfect, but I love my family and am so thankful for them... exactly the way we all are.

Question #94

Q: What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

A: I really wonder how I would have answered this as a teenager. Honestly... I have been so adventurous in my adult years, that I wonder what I thought adventure was when I was a teen. For sure the most adventurous thing I have ever done was backpack Costa Rica for 2 months with my sister kind of on a whim. We didn't plan anything, we didn't know where we were going to stay when we got there or what we were going to do for 2 months. It was both of our first time out of the country. My first time away from home really. Lori just knowing enough Spanish to get us by and me knowing nothing really at first. I was nervous. I cried at the airport when my mom dropped us off. But it opened a door for me. It taught me how to let go and know things would work out and it taught me what adventure is and that I LOVE it. That was the beginning of adventure for me.

Question #93

Q: Am I close to any of aunts, uncles, or cousins?

A: I would say I am. I have always been really close to my dad's side of the family because we got together so much. All my cousins were older than me, but I always knew they loved me and would do anything for me. My cousin Lisa was always very protective of me. Even to this day... we can not see each other for a while but when we do it is like we pick up right where we left off. I went to visit my cousin Travis and his family last summer and it brought us closer together. I also joined the salt water fish tank world which has brought me closer to my cousin Dave.  My aunt and uncle I see fairly often and I would say I feel equally close to both of them. On my mom's side... I didn't grow up seeing them as often... except for the family that lived in California. So I have always been close (and still am) with my Uncle Dale and Aunt Teresa and my cousin Lauren. The cousin my age. I became especially close with Renee when she lived with me for the summer. We don't keep in touch as much anymore, but we love catching up and seeing each other when we do get the chance. I feel my blog has brought me closer to my Uncle Gary and Aunt Janet and my Aunt Sharleen. I don't see any of them often, but I feel like I could talk to any of them about anything. I am getting closer to my Aunt Joanne especially now that I see her all the time since she lives in my parents back house.

As you can see... I have been pretty lucky to have so much family to be so close to. I feel blessed. I have a great family /  extended family.

Question # 92

Q: What is a challenge or trial do I really want to overcome? How am I going to do it?

A: A trial I would love to overcome is the trial of being an older single. I would love to find someone to spend my life with. However... answering as a teen and an adult... my answer would be my self confidence. I will say that it REALLY improved over the years especially in the last 5 years... but there is always room for improvement. It is something that I am constantly working on. Working on loving myself and feeling good in my own skin. Not caring what other people think. It's hard, but everyday I get better. Of course I have my set backs... but doesn't everyone? Something that helped was just taking care of myself better. Losing weight, learning how to dress cute and doing my make up and hair. When I feel cute... I am more confident and happy. It's a domino affect really. But I always struggle. Something I think I will always have to work on.