September 12, 2010

on twelve things...

a simple project for the weekend.

(This is truly the most fantastically simple project! I'm planning on putting together a tutorial once my life calms down a bit. Wait, what do you mean my life is never going to calm down? Psh. Don't talk to me.)

Considering I'm in major list-making mode, here are twelve things you may or may not know about me:

1. I grew up in Spokane, Washington. The Northwest makes me giddy.

2. I worked at Disneyland for one year when I first moved to California. I scooped ice cream, served hot dogs, wore ridiculous "costumes", danced along Main Street at 3AM when the park was completely empty (which is actually more magical than you can imagine), auditioned to be a princess, and found a husband.

3. Oh, right. For those of you who aren't aware, Jay and I met at Disneyland! (I tend to make the story sound much more romantic that it actually is, but isn't that half the fun?)

4. I was once in a commercial for a local burger joint back home. It was awkward.

5. I am obsessed with crime. I think this must be something I get from my dad, since he was a cop for most of his life. Even though I am one of the most paranoid, anxious, easily-creeped-out people you'll ever meet, if I come across a TV show about serial killers or unsolved murders, I have to watch it. It's like a compulsion. No wonder I can hardly sleep when I'm home alone at night, because I'm terrified that there is a ninja who has been living in the ceiling for the past week, just waiting to chop me to bits with a machete. (Thanks to a little show called I Survived, I now know that things like that actually happen. I AM NOT KIDDING. Good luck sleeping tonight. Or ever.)

6. While I was growing up, I lived most of those years in a home surrounded by eight acres of forest. I loved it. We had tree forts and trails, a huge garden, a beautiful yard that basically looked like a park. I would see deer on an almost daily basis. And you know what? I'm happy to realize that I never took it for granted, especially because I'm now living in a place where there is literally no nature (aside from palm trees and the crickets that like to chill in the duplex) and never a moment of silence (we live on a busy street and I want to punch motorcyclists in the mouth on a daily basis).

7. I sometimes fantasize about living in an adorably decorated cabin in the woods. But then I think my husband would hate me, because apparently he loves the insanity of LA. Perhaps we'll be able to find a happy medium?

8. My two youngest sisters were adopted through the foster care system. My family did foster care for infants for a few years when I was younger, and I was lucky enough to end up with two additional sisters! It has truly changed my perception of the foster care system, as well as adoption. I absolutely can't imagine my life without them, and it's as though they were meant to be "ours" all along.

9. I often wish I could go back and re-live a bit of my childhood. Sometimes I just miss the safety and security that comes with being taken care of all the time and not having any real responsibility.

10. A small part of my heart will always belong to Richard Gere.

11. Jay and I honeymooned in Jamaica. We maintain that it was the most epic week of our lives. (I literally start crying whenever I see a commercial for Jamaica on TV. Or listen to Bob Marley. Or use my pina colada body wash.)

12. I struggle with finding balance in my life these days. Between work and home. Crafting for myself and crafting as a business. Time for friends and time for me. Living healthfully and living happily. It's something I've been trying to get a handle on, but feel like I'm failing miserably at right now. The only thing I can do is keep my chin up and try, try again...

41 comments :

  1. Oh, these are great new tidbits about you, Kerri! It's great to know you a bit better.

    I truly admire people who try to find balance...I feel sometimes like I've just given up, which results in me getting absolutely nothing done. Woe.

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  2. what a lovely list! keep your chin up dear :)

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  3. I want to hear more about your epic honeymoon in Jamaica!!

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  4. These are great... I would love to go relive my childhood too.

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  5. Balance is always tough. Sounds like you've got a lot of good stuff going on, though, both inside and out. :)

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  6. Oh, how I love the new project! Might have to jack that idea for the love corner in my room. :-)

    I hope that you find balance in your career and craft business. It can be tough with only 24 hours in a day. When I start to feel pulled in too many directions, I give up something unnecessary. Usually, it's one of my OCD projects like making sure all of my clothes hangers are exactly 1/4 inch apart. That gives me at least 10 minutes of my life back. Lol!

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  7. i love lists and factoids.
    and you.
    keep your chin up lady :-)

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  8. Hmm, foster care for infants?

    Maybe that's how I'll cure my new need to constantly have an infant around.

    (I mean, Gabriel is only 11 days old and I'm ALREADY mourning him getting older. This is going to be a problem!)

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  9. I was in a credit union commercial when I was a kid. Awww-kward.

    Also, one of my professors looks like Richard Gere. AND he's charming. Silver fox FTW.

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  10. I love these kind of posts! Thanks for being open & honest, Kerri!

    P.S. Love the needlepoint!

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  11. That honeymoon sounds lovely! As does growing up with foster siblings and adopted foster siblings. I'd love to hear more about that!

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  12. Friends of mine are becoming foster parents in two months.

    Balance is hard. I think we all are continually striving for it. Good luck :)

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  13. Your #5 totally cracked me up. While I was watching Criminal Minds tonight I was mentally scolding myself because I knew I would have nightmares later. In fact, recently while driving 2 hours through the country to visit my family, I saw a couple of buzzards (or what I thought were buzzards) and actually thought, "I wonder if there is a body of a tortured woman over there." Yet I continue to watch Criminal Minds every week. What the heck is wrong with me?

    Also, I used to watch I Survived every weekend but after the ninja episode, I was done.

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  14. I'm obsessed with crime shows too! Ugh, it's bad. In fact, I'm watching Snapped right now. And I have a huge crush on Dexter. Yeah, ok...so I'm a freak!

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  15. I love lists!
    And that embroidered bit is sooo pretty! I want to make one that says Matt and Melisa now! ;-)

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  16. Aww, I love lists and I love learning new things about you! I had no idea you guys met in Disneyland! You should share the romanticised version of the story!!

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  17. Love this list about you! And I have that same obsession with crime shows, though I've never seen the one about the ninja - um, thankfully. I do, however, often get caught up clicking through to a million Wikipedia articles about serial killers. And I have no excuse: My father was a golf cart salesman!

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  18. Good luck with balance! It's a constant battle. I'm just trying to give everything up to the big guy and let Him take the reigns!!

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  19. I can definitely relate to you with the crime thing. Seriously I get scared easily at night and often wake up screaming bloody murder in the middle of the night until Tyler confirms me that there's no one in the room. It's pathetic!

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  20. I adoooorrree crime tv :) I completely forgot about I Survived. Thanks for reminding me, I'm watching it now!

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  21. I pretty much want to dance down Main Street at 3am now...

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  22. i think you and jay should come with me to jamaica for my wedding. we can sit on the beach and sip our fruity drinks together in tropical bliss. :)

    and um, #12? IM SO THERE.

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  23. Try, try again, indeed. As my dear friend Dori says, "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming." :)

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  24. omg, i watched that episode of I Survived... as well and was terrified. what made it worse was that it happened in Austin, TX, which is were I live...eeek!

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  25. OK..Jay is crazy! LA madness sucks, ugh! Can you please convert him to the cabin in the woods with deers? Seriously. :) And when you convert him, we can move to WA and be neighbors, and we can watch Cold Case Files and The First 48 together while doing crafts. Amen. PS, you should tell me some awesome things to do in WA & the Seattle area while we are there for a few days after our wedding :)

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  26. fyi, I left you a modest little award on my blog. Because I think you're one of the best.

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  27. I fly into Spokane a few times a year to go into Northern Idaho. I hope to move to that area one day to give our future children (hopefully) that same kind of childhood. I lived in the city my whole life but I want to live in a place like that.

    Oh and I can see the fireworks from my front door of Disneyland every night.

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  28. RE: 5 - that's what guns are for. Bullets are faster than ninjas.

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  29. I love that where you grew up sounds like a Disney movie, I can picture you singing with all the animals...

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  30. p.s. You are adoreable. Because of this FACT (don't deny it, lady), you should do a post with your five favorite outfits. I want to see it all, from your fave hair accessories to what covers your toes, and everything in between. :)

    Or, listy lady, do a whole five-foto series. After the above, you can do five favorite ways to escape... (though, please, don't post a picture of you taking a two hour shower... because I don't want your blog to get shut down!)

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  31. You should return to Jamaica for a "second" honeymoon :) I hear about couples that do this!
    Loved learning more about you! That must have been an adventure working at DisneyLand... And then meeting your now-husband!

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  32. How fun! I would love to hear more about the "Disneyland years". I think it would be so neat to work there!

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  33. OMG Kerri! It's so funny you mentioned Richard Gere. I live on Hatteras Island in N.C. and there is a village here called Rodanthe. Which is the setting of Nicholas Sparks' Nights in Rodanthe (he comes here frequentley). So, while they were shooting some of the movie here, I actually got to see Richard Gere and Diane Lane, and at one point I was like 4 ft away from him. Gush!!! But it doesn't end there. They finished shooting the movie here at the end of April in 2008, and that same year in July I got married. Well, my husband and I spent our honey moon night in a place called the Tranquil House Inn in Manteo N.C., which is the place that Richard Gere stayed while shooting the movie (they would drive him down on the island everyday), and it just so happened that we got the suite that he stayed in!!! SO, needless to say I got to sleep in the same bed that Richard Gere did!! I know that is a bit corny, and my husband thought I was crazy for making a big deal out of it, but I thought it was kind of cool. Just sayin'. ;)

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  34. SPOKANE?!? Terribly cute. My husband is from there and we visit it annually because so many his (and now our) friends still reside there. I think you're actually in the same age group as one of our friends, Janelle Piraino? That would be terribly funny if you actually knew her. Anyways, and there you are, now living where I grew up (So Cal). Go to Disneyland on my behalf, I miss it!

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  35. Although I am from Germany, I consider the Northwest my home in the US. It's a great place and I am getting a wee bit jealous seeing everyone of my dear Washingtonian friends on FB run around in sweaters and pretty fall clothes while I am still in shorts sweating in 90-degree weather in TX.

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  36. I often think about how nice it was to be a child without any real responsibilities. How wonderful my parents were and how awesome my childhood really was...why was I in such a rush to grow up?

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  37. I am constantly in list making mode.
    love it
    http://mcqueenismymorphine.blogspot.com/

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  38. I'm a little late commenting about this post but I just found your blog! I'm gonna have to look up some of these items on your list ~ Love Disneyland ;) Looking forward to your next update.

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  39. I love your blog, your honesty and the fact that you always make me laugh. The last good laugh I had was re your "lady parts visit" and today I checked in and got a giggle from your crying over your pina colada body wash. You really make my day sometimes :)
    Sarah

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