Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Me, myself and I

A long time ago, when the earth was green, I asked you, my dearly beloved, to shoot questions at me. Here they are, a tad before you are old and grey, answered.

Be still your beating hearts!

If you could travel ANYWHERE where would you go?

ANYWHERE? Whew, that’s a tough one. But if it was all expenses paid then it would have to be a two month long tour of New Zealand and then Australia. I am not sure I’ll be able to afford such a trip in my lifetime. Scratch that, I am certain I won’t for a few reasons but primarily because I chose not too work 24/7 and make copious amounts of $$$$ to pay for such extravagance. Give me a free trip and I am so there.

And then I would also like to go zip cording in the Amazon Rainforest, work in an orphanage in Equador (and maybe bring home 2 or 3 sweeties too), go on safari in Africa and eat sushi in Japan. Well maybe no sushi, I mean raw fish just doesn’t sound appealing, thank you but Japan does. I might just have to pack some peanut butter and a loaf of bread.

What is/would be on your playlist?

My playlist, hmm, that’s a good one. The only time I listen to music is when I am running. I like songs with some rhythm to keep me going. My favourite artist when I am running is…don’t laugh, please, it’s not like I am going to say Hannah Montana or something…well maybe it’s just as bad, I don’t know…Ashlee Simpson. You see, she has just enough teen angst (or young 20 something angst) and lots of beat to keep my feet a moving. Next would have to be Bon Jovi’s latest album, Lost Highway. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been reading this for a bit. Other favourites include Kelly Clarkson (the first two albums only), The Dixie Chicks (they got sass., I like me some sass. And apparently they cause me to lose all grip of the English language. Ah well, never really had a good grasp anyway.) and my newest favourite is Daughtry. The lead singer was on American Idol. I have no idea what season but the dude is good.

What movie do you have to sit down and watch no matter what every time it comes on TV (even though you probably own the DVD already)?

Funny you should ask, you know, since I asked you to ask and all. Huh?

Anyway, I actually rarely watch the same movie twice. If I have seen it, I will flip away from it purposely. And DVD’s? We don’t own too many unless you count Toy Story, Cars and The Bee Movie. My kids do not share this trait with me. They will happily watch these 40 bazillion times.

But books, those I will read, then reread and then reread again. I think I must have a stronger visual memory because I tend to remember movies very clearly, yet when I reread a book after 3 or more years, it’s like reading it for the first time. And co-incidentally I prefer reading to watching movies. I am a bookworm and have trouble putting a book down until I have finished it. It’s like my crack really. The world stops when I am reading.

Sorry you asked now, huh?

What scent brings back the most memories and what are they?

The one that sticks out most in my mind is the scent of my Grandpa. A little bit of smoke and something I could never ever put my finger on. It was distinctly him though and I can still smell it in my mind as I type this.

For the most part, I don’t associate with smells strongly. Taste, now that is a whole other story.

What is one goal/dream/project you want to finish/accomplish that others may not know about?

I am coming to conclude that I am very much a goal orientated person. I have always had something to strive toward, getting an education, then a job, then getting hitched, then starting a family, then figuring out how to work from home to be here for my kids. In the last year, I have come to a crossroads. No more goals. The kids are almost both in school. My job is steady. The house is painted and decorated to the best of my ability. What is left?

Me. I became a project.

I began working out about a year and half ago, you know, that pesky “baby” fat needed to get gone (still working on that BTW). About 9 months ago I realized I hit a plateau and needed outside intervention. I started working with a trainer. The results? Amazing. Oh don’t kid yourself, I can still find sixteen faults with my body if you ask but compared to where it was, we have climbed mountains.

This spring I decided that I was going to kick running in the butt. I have never been able to run. Ever. Cough up a lung? That I had down to a science. My friend gave me a learn to run 10km program. I started slow. Run one minute, walk one minute. It was doable. I wasn’t coughing up lungs left right and center.

Fast forward 3 months and I have successfully run 10 km. And I didn’t die. This is a small miracle to me and proves, yet again, that I can do just about anything if I commit and do the work.

I now regularly run no less than 5 km.


I am pretty much sure I will give a half marathon a go in April. That’s 21.1 km or 13 miles.

That almost blows my mind but yet, how incredibly cool will it feel to meet that goal?

Now if my body will hold up, I’ll be looking for a new goal come May of next year. Wish me luck. I will need copious amounts of it.

Oh and this half marathon thing is all Cheryl’s fault. She ran her third (at least) this June and it got me to thinking….She might be regretting ever suggesting that I give it go, what with all the emails she gets with my million and one questions.

When you were younger what did you want to be "when you grew up"?

Oh I shudder to think what I would have said, probably a teacher or a cowgirl or something like that, but probably, most certainly, not an accountant.

I did always know that I wanted to be a mother though. I remember being 4 years old and playing make believe and knowing that someday, if I was extremely lucky, I would have kids of my own.

Turns out, I won the lottery on that one.

Are you what you thought you wanted to be?

See above. But I like what I do. Okay, let’s rephrase that. I didn’t so much love being an accountant but I do love working with students who want to be accountants. I know, it’s so glamorous you can hardly stand it.

I have other aspirations though. I want to pursue photography as a hobby. I might, maybe, in the future learn to teach Pilates. This is not the end for me, well unless that bus has my number on it. As long as I have time I hope to continue to evolve. And of course, I will always be mom to two boys. I just hope I can to do that well enough, I mean is there really anything more important?

Are you done having kids?

L-o-n-g story short, yes. Unless there is some kind of medical marvel (picture Ross and Monica’s Father (Friends) saying this….)

Now that was fun, in a long winded, holy cow I didn’t ask for your life story kind of way.

Maybe you have more questions? Shoot away. It’s quite evident that I am happy to talk at length about myself.



Anna-b-bonkers said...

Ha, ha! You are so funny!
Great questions and fantastic answers, makes me miss you more than ever! I am dying to get together, I just wish my kids would get better so I could get this social life back on track!
Miss you!

Kristin said...

Again you make me laugh, I loved your peanut butter and loaf of beard comment. :)

Also way to go on the whole running thing, that is great, good for you!

Hannah said...

Kami, you are just so cute & funny! I love ya!

WOW, you are so inspirational with your fitness regimen and THE RUNNING!! GO YOU!! It sounds like you were where I am now. I CANNOT run. I just about die. Perhaps I should really think about a start running program? Yep, you're inspiring me ... maybe!

mamatucci said...

That was fun,now I feel like I know you better!

Lori said...

what a fun way to get to know you better

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Revealing--in an interesting way. Of course most revealings are pretty interesting.

I used to want to go to Africa--not so sure any more. And I only wish I liked to read. I'm good for one--maybe two books a year. It's sad!

Angella said...

How did I not know about the running? I am envious. I used to run, but my knees have given up on me.


Stacie said...

you rock.

I am still jealous of your trainer, even if it is a girl ;)

teeni said...

Oooh - this was great! I loved reading your answers. Daughtry is awesome! And well, what red-blooded heterosexual woman doesn't think Bon Jovi is a hunk? LOL. I think it is awesome that you got a personal trainer when you knew you had hit a plateau. It takes some guts to admit you need help to make a goal but you did it and I'm proud of you and heck look where you are now - running 5K and going to enter a half marathon? That's awesome! You are a fantasmic mom and I hope you get to achieve all those other goals of travel and fun too! Hugs to you!

Elaine A. said...

I love these question posts. So fun to get to know you EVEN better!!
I guess I will have to do one soon.

So... you wanted to be a cowgirl, huh? You know, we could probably make that dream come true down here in Texas! ; )

p.s. Love Kelly Clarkson - know where she's from....? ; )

Conor said...

Now what in the world is wrong with Hannah Montana?

But a half-marathon, wow, I can't even do 3km without coughing up some lungs. Good luck with it! :)

Karen MEG said...

Oh this was fun!!!

And running, ahhhh, you GOOOOO!! I cannot run for the life of me; I would pass out (seriously, I pretty much did even as a kid when I tried out for x-country running). A half marathon, seriously? Sooo proud of you. I can't think of a better new life goal than YOU. That is just awesome!

Cowgirl, huh? That is just so sweet ;)

Kellan said...

I need to make "ME" my next project and really get serious about it! Congrats on the running and the getting in shape - good for you for making the efforts and doing it!

Have a good weekend - Kellan

Natalie said...

okay, i was so going to bug you about coming to Texas but Elaine beat me to it... but hey, we got all kinds of chances to be a "cowgirl" down here!!!!

so much fun to get to know you better. i am finally at a place where like you i believe that i can do just about anything that i put my mind to... congrats on the major progress with the running!