My 11 randoms

I’ve been tagged by three fabulous bloggers for the 11 random facts that are making the rounds. My friend Jason, my Ohio girl Holly, and Jersey girl Jen were all nice enough to think that I had 11 interesting, random facts to share. I”m not so sure, but thank you all anyhow!

As you know, this tag comes with rules, but I’m going to be a rule breaker. They each had a set of questions for me and since I’ve been tagged three times, I think I will spare you all three rounds of questions. I’m also not going to tag anyone else, because from what I can tell, just about everyone has been covered. That said, here are my 11:

1. I grew up in Ohio, live in Maryland, but want to retire out west.

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Where I really belong

2. As much as I know my spirit  wants to be out west, I will still have a hard time leaving the East Coast when the time comes. I love the big cities, the proximity to so many great places, and the energy of the people who live here.

3. Even though I live in, and love, Maryland, I don’t like to eat crabs! Pretty much sacrilege around these parts.

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Couldn't do it without them

4. I didn’t have kids or my first dog until late in life (35 ) Now I know I couldn’t make it without the kids or the dog!

5. I have one big regret in life. No, I’m not going to share it.

6. When I was a kid growing up on a lake, my brother, our friends and I built our own boat out of scraps we found in the woods. We slapped an electric motor on it and used it all summer. The only people we let ride on it were those who had swum across the lake, thus joining our “sharks’ club.”

7. I’ve never had a pedicure and probably never will. Don’t want to lose my well-earned callouses and don’t have the patience to sit through one.

8. I love depressing books and movies.

9. I have worked for myself for the past 14 years. Pretty sure I don’t ever want to work for someone else again.

10. I think living with four seasons is highly overrated. Non-stop summer? I’m in.

11. My favorite time of the week is Monday morning. I get my quiet house back and can focus on what the week has in store.

And now a few housekeeping notes. If you haven’t heard, Google Friends Connect is going away March 1. I’m going to be taking mine down very soon. If you want to keep following, please hit one of the icons on the right–RSS, email, and of course, you can find me on Twitter (can’t ever get enough Twitter!) and Facebook. I know I follow lots of you through GFC and I’m planning to go through all those blogs asap and make a switch to RSS. Make sure your readers have some options so that they can keep following!


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  1. I still need to do my 11 things, but like you, everyone had been tagged in my blogging circle and I was tagged twice. I totally understand the crab thing. Living in Maine, people assume we eat lobster all the time. I might have it once a year…if that! And I just put up some buttons on my blog to have alternate ways to follow yesterday!

  2. Yes 4 seasons are over-rated….I can live without winter but I too want to retire out West (Colorado) and thus will be going back to 4 seasons again. Winter lasts only a few weeks here in Texas.

    I love getting a pedicure althoug I don’t know if they do anything b/c I’ve never been awake for an entire one….same thing with massages.

    Sharks Club…..awesome.
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  3. how annoying about Friends Connect. I love the seasons until Christmas, as soon as Christmas is over, I think Winter is stupid. :)

    Great Randoms, some fun things to learn about you!!

  4. Trust me when I say all Summer all the time is much more over-rated than four seasons. I would however settle for all Spring all the time or even all Fall all the time.

    FYI – the new lounge is open!
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  5. Great list!

    I used to think that four seasons were over-rated but when I lived in So-Cal for a bit I missed them! Well… I missed 3 out of 4 of them – love Spring, Summer and Fall, can live without winter… I did miss Autumn in particular.

    However, I LOVED Cali – would/could move back (probably will eventually as the company takes off) but it’s sooooo hard to leave my Jersey friends, family and pizza :)
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  6. I’ve never really thought about it, but I think I agree with you about Monday mornings… I like the possibility that comes with new beginnings, even if it’s only the beginning of a week.
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  7. I grew up in Ohio, lived in MD, currently live in PA and want to retire out west too! And, I think the fact that you’ve been able to work for yourself and not someone else is pretty awesome!
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  8. I agree with you on hating crabs (and, I’m born and raised in Bawlmer, hon, worse than you!) and loving summer.I would be okay with three seasons, though. Totally eliminatng winter would be awesome, although we really can’t complain this year, can we? And, I have had pedicures and really don’t like them. Tickles too much!

  9. I’m with you on not needing 4 seasons but SO NOT WITH YOU on the no pedicure thing! You’re missing out!!!!
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  10. Argh! It had slipped my mind that GFC is going away. I need to deal with that.
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  11. Have you read Loving Frank?
    And you gotta try a pedicure at least once ;)
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  12. The GFC note reminds me I am still trying to transfer over old photos and then delete my blogspot. What a bear.

    Waiting until 35 for kids is starting to sound pretty good to me! As does working for yourself. My freelance is only part-time right now but you never know where it might take me!!
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  13. Oh man. I LOVE pedicures. The place I go to gives you a hot stone massage on your calves and everything. It’s so relaxing for me and is just what I need when I’m sore.

    And I agree with the “only needing the Summer season” thing. But I would find it so hard to leave a big city too! I want it all, haha!
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  14. I was born & raised in Ohio and then moved to Minnesota. It’s a good thing I like winter and don’t mind running in the snow, but the summers here are fantastic and fall, even though it’s about fifteen minutes long, is incredibly beautiful. I’d rather have four seasons because, excepting a very few places, losing winter seems to come with 110-degree summers or hurricanes. Ew.

    Pedicures are nice but you can probably get the same effect that everyone loves, minus the nail polish and callus removal, with a foot/leg massage.
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  15. I’ve never had a pedicure either – it never comes up really and I’m always worried it will harm my running. As for loving Mondays and year round summer – me too!
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  16. I live in Mississippi and hate crawfish! Most folks think I am crazy. Never had a pedi either, not even really interested! Great list, thanks for sharing!
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  17. WOW, you don’t like crabs? I die for them :)

    Sometimes things that are close to us are just not as interesting . I live very close to DC but hardly go there.
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  18. I’ve never had a pedicure either and I LOVE depressing books and movies! If you love depressing, you should read A Fine Balance. It’s beautiful and tragic and you will love it. I will tell you, after moving from Chicago to San Diego, I don’t miss the seasonal changes. And after a year, I actually believe there are 4 seasons here, despite what everyone says. :)
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  19. Why do Google/Blogger hate us all so much?
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  20. I loved living back east (Mass). If I could convince my family to move out there with me, I would do it in a heartbeat and never look back.

    And I am following you via RSS, thanks for the heads up. I’ve really enjoyed your blog. Wouldn’t want to miss out on anything!

  21. And we’re all left wondering what your one big regret is in life.

    I’ve worked for myself for about 20 years now and I agree that it’s the best way to go.
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  22. I am from California and my mom’s side of the family is Back East. I could live there, but my heart will always be in California!
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  23. I follow you on FB, so I will be OK. I wonder if I need to add some options for people who follow my blog….What a pain!

    I love the sharks’ club thing. I hope my kids are like you when they get a little bigger. :^)
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  24. this whole GFC thing going away is soooo frustrating to me. i know we will all find each other, but it is still upsetting and annoying! i am following you on both fb and twitter and will sign up for the emails too :o)

    i love your random facts. i am with you on the summer year round thing. i think san diego is my ideal weather-wise….but i don’t think i could move out there unless my family did too – i like being in driving distance of everyone!

    hope you’re having a great weekend!
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  25. I hate pedicure’s too!! Waste of time and especially money!
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  26. I like visiting seasons :)
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  27. I have one thing I still deeply regret and will never get over it. Wisdom def. comes with age.
    I love the four seasons but I also love how we are all different!

  28. You had me at number 10 and number 11 sealed the deal! TGIM!!!
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  29. I’m a born and raised Ohioan, too! Love it here, though I know I’m probably biased.

    Also, I’ve worked for myself for about four years now. Best.boss.ever. :)
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  30. I love #6. what a great story and must have been an awesome summer!

    Thanks for mentioning google friend connect! I hadn’t heard that. Kind of sucks.
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  31. We have a lot in common!! I didn’t know you grew up in Ohio (and I don’t want to retire here either!). I want to go someplace tropical!

    Loved reading more about you and thanks for the info on GFC – should I panic now or later?!
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  32. Call me a blogger dummy, but I have no idea what all of this “Godgle friend connect going away” stuff means. I don’t even know if I use it or not. If I wake up one morning and nothing shows up in my Google Reader, I guess I’ll figure it out then. lol
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  33. No pedicures for me either. I’ll let someone do my dog’s claws, but that’s the closest I’ve been!
    I’m missing something: What do you mean byt “Google Friends Connect is going away”?
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  34. #5. oh, fine! Be secretive. I won’t tell you my regrets either. :)
    haven’t had a pedicure either
    how can you not eat crabs??? OK, leave them for me.
    loved the east coast till I moved to CA. C’mon, move, we’ll be neighbors.
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  35. I will give you my hot North Carolina summers. LOL!! I am Canadian born and raised and miss my four seasons. I can tell you I have had 2 pedicures in my entire life. Highly over-rated. LOL!! I prefer my feet just being what they are. I am glad I am not alone on this. People think I am crazy when I say I am not a fan of pedicures and manicures.

  36. Seasons are definitely overrated! I’m really done with winters, even though this one’s been mild. I could live with Fall weather all year-round!

    Thanks for the GFC reminder – what a hassle! Guess it’s time to stop burying my head in the sand and start to deal with it.
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  37. I love the east coast too… we’re hoping to be back to the Philly/DC/NY area in the next few years. I feel the same way about pedicures… I’ve had a few as part of friends’ pre-wedding activities, and I always cringe for the poor person who has to deal with my runner’s feed. :)
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  38. Don’t like crabs? Noooo!

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  39. Hey, I live in Maine and I hate Lobsters. Sacrilege.

    Thanks for the reminder about GFC. What a bummer.
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  40. I am right there with you on living in the 4 seasons being over rated. I cannot wait to get an opportunity that will allow me to move to Florida :)
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  41. I’m on board with the “having kids late in life” philosophy. Weez and I want to wait for quite a while. And it’s refreshing to hear other runners/bloggers I look up to, have the same mentality.
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  42. I follow/read ALL of my blogs through GFC. Gah, what a nightmare.

    I need to figure out how to use Google Reader. :/
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