Getting to Know Me: Brought to you by the number 11

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I usually do not participate in surveys, chain letters, cult followings, what have you . . . but I was recently tagged by Stephanie at Thrift and Style to participate in an interactive blogger game. It looked like fun, and I think it's a great way for me to tell you a little bit more about myself, so I will oblige.

Here are the Rules:

1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
3. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. Go to their blogs and tell them that you have tagged them.
11 Random Things about Me:
1. I am a french fry addict. I can eat french fries non-stop, even when I'm completely full. If it wouldn't kill me, I might start training for some kind of competitive eating challenge. On a related note, my family thinks it's hilarious to give me their leftover french fries after I've had a huge meal. And I always eat every last one.

2. I've recently developed a strange, subliminal habit of chewing my food into the shape of Virginia. People don't believe that I'm not doing it on purpose, but I swear--I just happen to look up and see the ol' Commonwealth looking back at me. I kid you not.

3. On any given day, I'm a jeans/t-shirt/Keds kind of gal . . . but I love dressing up. In fact, if I didn't feel so overdressed around everyone else (and if I had the money), I'd have no problem with clothing myself in nothing but pretty things from Modcloth and The Limited.

4. I am the most well-behaved person ever. I also get in trouble for the stupidest things. I think the world likes to make an example out of my naïveté.

5. I won my school's spelling bee (and the county spelling bee) my first two years of middle school. I lost the school bee in eighth grade to a sixth-grader, who later became one of my best friends in high school.

6. While we're dwelling on my middle school years, I'll also mention that when I was in seventh grade, everyone thought I was 17 years old. Well, I'm 24 now, and still look about the same age I did back then.

7. I have a fear of falling off of tall things. Don't get me wrong-- have no problem standing on a tall deck or the Empire State building, whatever--as long as there's something around me. Once I get past the first step of a step ladder, though, I get really dizzy.

8. I almost had a 4.0 in college. One B my first semester of freshman year--oh, Biology.

9. I am related to John Howland, the guy who's known for falling off of the Mayflower. If they hadn't pulled him back in, I'm guessing I wouldn't be here right now.

10. I really do not care for Nicholas Cage or Samuel L. Jackson.

11. My absolute favorite time of the week is Saturday, mid-morning. Something about that point in the week just makes me feel like there's so many possibilities ahead of me.

Here are the questions Stephanie asked me (plus my answers):

1. What are you most likely to be found doing on the weekends?
Weekends are my exploration days. If you read my blog, you know that I like to go places with other people, so generally, weekends make the most sense. During the week, I'm actually a very boring homebody and spend all my time writing, working, and doing errands or housework.

2. If you could only spend time with one family member, who would it be?
I love my whole family, but I have sort of this special thing going on with my younger sister. We are absolutely nothing alike, save for the fact that we both like glitter and watching Ella Enchanted, but somehow, we get along. We like to giggle about things that no one else understands, and I swear we can read each other's minds. It tends to bug other people a whole lot (P.S.: Carolyn, if you're reading this, come visit me. I promise I'll buy you some root beer).

3. What is your favorite item of clothing?
I love dresses. It stems from a love of dressing up, as well as a love of not having to think too much when pulling myself together. Dresses are instant outfits--if you choose the right one, all the work is done for you. Plus, they're pretty.

4. What movie have you seen more times than you’d like to admit?
Titanic. Or Sweet Home Alabama. Also Hairspray, Ever After, and any other chick flick that I own the DVD to. The one I'd really not like to admit, though? High School Musical 2. I can't help it...I'm such a dork.

5. Are you happy with what you decided to study in school? If not, what do you think you should have studied?
I have a degree in Media Studies, a field I am completely thrilled about choosing. My concentration was advertising, but I also have a background in (and obsession with) social media. My teachers always said we were living in an incredibly dynamic time for technology and communication innovation, and I believe them more and more each day.

6. What was your favorite game to play as a kid?
I played board games, but was never a huge fan. I was more of a "dress-up" or Barbie/paper doll fan, and made up games while my little sister tagged along. We also liked to pretend we were characters from movies and TV shows: Ariel and Flounder when we went swimming, or contestants on "Global Guts," where we'd climb my parents' bed like it was a giant crag.

7. Which room do you spend the most time in at your house/apartment?
Definitely the living room. It's the lounge area, dining room, my office, and the biggest room in the house. In fact, I have lunch dishes and work papers to pick up sometime if I want to see my coffee table again...

8. Do you like to go thrifting? If so, what was your most amazing find ever?
I do, but am rarely able to find things since I have never found that one "awesome" thrift store. I did score some cute shoes at a local consignment shop a few months back, though. Overall, I love good deals and never buy anything unless it's on sale...but this contributes to my unending problem of having wardrobe pieces rather than entire outfits. Maybe one day, I'll strike it rich and hire a personal shopper.

9. What’s the one thing you will never leave your house without?
A purse. I'm going to count that as one thing, because I like to be prepared for any given situation. Wallet, keys, tissues, Chapstick, pens, phone, coupons, you name it. I carry my world on my shoulders (and my shoulders and back like to remind me every now and then). Sometimes, if I'm going somewhere to work on something, it'll be a purse, a tote bag, and a camera bag. In college, it was sometimes all of those things, plus a backpack and my clarinet. I do not travel light.

10. Are you a tea or coffee person? (Or neither?)
Coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee. Okay, I'm not a coffee addict, but I do enjoy my Keurig and the occasional trip to Starbucks/Caribou/what-have-you. I want to like tea because I feel like it would make me look like an English dignitary, but I've just never liked the taste of it.

11. How many fingers am I holding up? I kid, I kid. Real question: What made you start your blog and what makes you stick with it?
First answer: Four.

Second answer: I blog because I love to write. I love pictures, I love telling stories, and I am thrilled by the idea that someone out there may enjoy what I have to say. I've had a few blogs in the past that fell by the wayside (mostly because they were random musings and had no overall theme), but I started Wading in Big Shoes because I wanted an outlet where I could share my random thoughts and new adventures with people back home as well as people who may also be in a similar life stage. My readers have kept me going, and I thank you all for showing an interest in what I have to say. You're the reason I don't stop.

I'm Going To Tag:
1. Jenny
2. Hannah
3. Emily
4. Mallory
5. Alina
6. Brittiny & Cory
7. Alexandra
8. Claudia
9. Elsie
10. Perris
11. Ashley

What questions will these people have to answer? Well, let's find out:
1. What made you want to start a blog?
2. Do you read any blogs besides your own? What are your favorites?
3. How would you feel if Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Pinterest all ceased to exist one day?
4. Is there a name you wish your parents had given you other than your own?
5. Describe your personality in one word.
6. Who is the one person you'd trade your left ear to meet (living or dead, famous or not).
7. What's your favorite way to kill time?
8. Are you a magazine reader?
9. You can travel to one place for the weekend, but it has to be in the United States. Name it.
10. What tends to be your main goal each day?
11. Your idea of the perfect evening is:

If anyone has more questions for me, feel free to ask in the comments section. In the meantime, I'm off to round up my fellow bloggers for some Q&A time.

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