Buckeroomama from Mamahood, Among Other Things tagged me on this, and I thought it’d be fun, for a Saturday, to play along.

The Rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random facts about you.
3.  Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.

11 Random Facts

1. I’m a dual national, which I thought would make me feel like a super cool super spy, whipping out my multiple passports, but actually it just freaks me out to irrational levels whenever I travel.

2. I learned to play piano when I was younger, but pianos are pretty hard to cart around, so I sometimes wish I’d learned the violin instead.

3. Whenever I need to zone out, I read, watch, or listen to Harry Potter.

4. When I get the hiccups, they’re really LOUD and sound a lot like burps.

5. I still have one wisdom tooth I was too lazy to go to the dentist and have taken out.

6. I’m allergic to penicillin, and can’t spell it without spell check.

7. When I need a little TLC, I’ll crawl in Toby’s lap and announce I need a hug, or 30 seconds or 2 minutes of loving. He’ll give it and then I’ll promptly go back about my day.

8. I went off birth control last May. So there’s that. I never know if this is something I can or should talk about here.

9. I get blisters really easily. Finding comfortable shoes is hard.

10. I’m prone to fainting spells from overexertion. I’ve fainted at least 5 times in my life, that I can remember.

11. I wish my humor would come through more in my writing, because truthfully, I love to laugh.

Buckeroomama’s Questions:

1.  What is your bag style – big purse, backpack, messenger bag, etc.?
A medium-sized purse, big enough for the essentials (wallet, keys, cell phone, glasses, mosquito spray, journal & kindle), small enough to encourage me to purge regularly.

2.  Do you collect anything?  If yes, what?
Not like as a hobby or anything, but I have a tendency to collect tiny, cute, stuffed or carved animals for the house. Turtles, especially, though I do have some rabbits and owls.

3.  What is one beauty advice you swear by?
Take good care of your skin. Following the advice of the French, I’m pretty religious about my skin care regimen and, thanks to that, I don’t have to wear a ton of makeup.

4.  Pet peeves?
I have two: people who interrupt when others are talking (and assume they know what you’re going to say before you say it), and misused words & phrases (like when people say “loose” when they mean “lose,” or “deep seeded” instead of “deep seated,” or “do to” instead of “due to,” and…I have a long list). A lot of people still seem to have trouble with the whole apostrophe-s thing too, creating possessives where they don’t belong.

5.  Do you recycle gifts?
I have a couple of times, but I don’t make a habit of it. I’m always afraid I’ll forget who-gave-what-to-whom and that it’ll come back to haunt me.

6.  If you are to give yourself a Native American name, what would it be (Sitting PrettyLaughing Burp…)?
In college, I had the name Little Big Foot Trip But No Fall….uh, it’s a long story.

7.  Do you still read the papers or do you get most of your news online?
I read news almost exclusively online. I was a total news junkie in the States, but I think I’ve overdosed and now only pay it casual attention.

8.  If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
A turtle. An old, slow, wrinkly turtle.

9.  Do you still write letters and cards or do you do them electronically these days?
Mostly electronically, but I really miss my nieces and nephew in the States and hate that I’m missing so much of their lives. So I started sending them handwritten cards and letters once a month. Sometimes I’ll add stickers or pictures. I always thought getting those Airmail envelopes in the mail when I was a kid was so cool, so I hope they like getting them too.

10.  Leather watch strap or metal?
Metal. I still wear a Swatch watch I got in Florence back in 2002. My parents took me to Europe as a college graduation gift, and that’s my memento from the trip.

11.  What was your favorite subject in school?
Tough question. In high school, it was literature and I probably would have stuck with it into college except I had a teacher my senior year of high school and a professor my freshman year in college who both managed to drum my interest right out of me. (Kind of an amazing feat, considering how much I love books.) In college, my passions included: painting, politics (specifically international relations and socialization), art theory, and philosophy. Totally useful stuff on the job market, I tell you.

My Questions:

1. If you had to live a homesteading kind of life (i.e. planting all your own food and raising cows and chickens and pigs, etc.), how do you think you’d do?

2. How many boyfriends (or lovers!) did you have before you got married (not counting your husband)?

3. If you could drop everything and take a one-week vacation all by yourself somewhere, where would you go? What would you do?

4. What chore do you hate the most?

5. What do you wish more people would know or notice about you?

6. Do you prefer heat or cold?

7. Red or white wine?

8. What are some of your go-to, easy dishes to cook at home?

9. Favorite way to unwind?

10. What’s your love language? (i.e. do you communicate love through: words of affirmation, acts of service, physical touch, purchasing gifts, or quality time?) Does it match your husband’s?

11. What is one skill you wish you had learned?

I’m tagging:
Lucy, from Queen Lucy the Valiant
Lenae, from Just Lenae
Chocolate Girl, from Just Another Reason to Eat Chocolate
Emily, from The Keeping Time
Alita, from Alita Jewel’s Treasures
Sarah, from This Heavenly Life

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  1. Fun! Oh, and #4: "then" when they mean "than"; "would of" when they mean "would have" (damn that contraction!). I mean, I know I make my share of mistakes, but those two drive me crazy. (Crazy!) Also, about #8 on your list (of 11 random facts): Why couldn't you/shouldn't you talk about that here? What do you want to say? I'm curious!

    • Oh my goodness, yes! Those drive me crazy too. And when people use "he/she and I" incorrectly. Like: "He and I's dog…" or "She gave it to him and I." (GAH.)

      About #8, for some reason, I'm always afraid it's TMI, like somehow talking about baby stuff is only kosher post-conception, or at least, when you officially have fertility issues and are assessing alternatives. And I don't know how much time should go by before it becomes "worth" mentioning. We've been TTC since last May…so it's coming up close on a year (insert worries about whether there might be any problems…) …BUT we haven't been trying very hard. And at this point we're getting really close to a couple of planned trips, so getting pregnant now isn't the best time, but I don't want to stop trying either. So I'm basically just leaving things up to the Fates. If it happens, great! If it doesn't, well we can go on trips to visit family, and we'll get more serious about it after October (when we're planning to go back to the States for about a month). So right now I'm kind of at a point where I'm not worried about it (except I kinda' am…but not really). And I see baby stuff in the store, or have really sweet moments with the kids at SOLD…and get wistful.

  2. This was a delightful way to get to know you better, Jade. when I first started blogging I would partake in a couple of these surveys. Now I've got an itch to do another one. (Take note- "tagees". I would participate. lol)

    Ok- Our hiccups could be belch-like harmonies.

    I wish I had learned how to play violin, too.

    A turtle? Like a hippie turtle (finding nemo) because that would be cool.

    I'm allergic to penicillin, too.

    You ARE a super cool super spy.

    I think you should blog your "long story" about your nickname.

    and I love writing letters. Would you like to become my pen pal? I respond better to letters than to email. I swear! Email is the devil.

    I loved this, Jade. Happy Saturday!

    • Consider yourself officially tagged. :)

      I would totally be a hippie turtle. Crush and Squirt are pretty much my favorite characters in that movie. "No hurling on the shell, dude, okay? Just waxed it."
      And I would LOVE to be your penpal! Send me your address and I'll send you a letter! :)

  3. I am so glad you played along. It was really wonderful getting to know you a bit more. :)

    Random fact #2: …which is why I'm hoping that if the kids express an interest to learn an instrument, it would be the piccolo or something equally small, haha!

    Random fact #7: Awww!

    • Thanks so much for tagging me! This was really fun! It's a great way to get to know each other better. And yes, piccolos are good. hehe :)

  4. I love knowing all this random stuff about you, Jade! Someone tagged me a few months ago for this and I can NOT remember who or when or where — do you mind if I tag myself from you? Is that too irritatingly pushy?!

    Anyway, I think you should absolutely talk about number 4 and babies and worries. I think you'd be amazed at all the mothers and women who are going through or have gone through the same thoughts as you. Plus, I just want to know more!

    Your pet peeves are perfectly normal, too :) One of mine is when people say 'could care less' when they mean 'COULDN'T care less.' COULDN'T. Ugh. I have to bite my tongue in a very ungracious way. And the possessive apostrophe-s….oh my. OH. MY. My facebook friends would cringe if they knew how much I yell at their mistakes! (I sound so mean!)

    • Aww, thanks – and consider yourself officially tagged! :)

      Thanks so much to you and Emily for supporting and encouraging me to talk more about that. It makes me feel like my concerns are more…legitimate, I guess is the word I'm looking for…in the ways where I think I didn't feel I had a right to be worried since I haven't been trying too hard.

      Part of it is things have been kind of crazy busy adjusting to life in a foreign country. Just when you think you have a handle on things, there's more complicated stuff to figure out. And then, knowing these trips are coming up and wanting to see family and friends we haven't seen for almost two years, made me not want to try too hard either – and then that makes me feel selfish, like I'm still not ready to put a child's needs above my own (albeit the child is a hypothetical one). But I'm getting older and do want to have children, and don't want to put it off for too long. I think about how horrible I'd feel if I waited until I was "ready" and found out I'd waited too long. I'm turning 32 in June, though, so I'm telling myself I still have time.

      Oh God. "Could care less." Like "irregardless," whenever I see that I just want to demand: how does that even make sense in your head? It amazes me the words & phrases people just make up. Like "supposably." Supposedly. The word is supposedly. But just the other day, I read someone write "supposively." (?!) SIGH.

  5. Loved reading these! :) I totally get the dual national thing. I totally freak about which to use and get so worried about "getting caught"…like it's illegal! :) HA!

    • Oh my gosh! That's EXACTLY how I feel! I seriously have to keep reminding myself I've done nothing wrong and figuring out which to use or switching which one I'm using en route always seems so complicated. I'm so glad I'm not the only one! :)

      On the plus side, I recently read an article in The Economist that said multiple citizenship is on the rise and countries are going to have to have more open and easy policies to accommodate the demand. So yay for that!

      What are your nationalities?

      • That would be brilliant if countries were more open and had easy policies for us multiple citizenship folk. I hold Thai and American passports, but usually use my American one to avoid confusion and stress. :)

        So you are gonna have to spill about your beauty regiment. I'm terrible…there are way too many choices out there and I tend to get stuck making those "huge" decisions! HA!

        • Ah, cool. Yah same here. Thai and American.

          I wish I had great advice about skin care brands, but I don't have much luck with that. I find something I like, but then by the time the bottle is finished, I usually move on to something different. My problem is I tend to develop allergies – or at least, I think that's what it is – if I use a product too much, I start sneezing a lot. So I try to wash my face with a gentle cleanser at least once a day, but if I'm getting the sneezes I cut back to every other day or so (and just use plain water the rest of the time). Then every morning, before putting on makeup, I moisturize (currently I'm using this set from H20 Plus: http://www.h2oplus.com/product/oasis+intensive+hy…. Then every couple of weeks, I try to do some kind of exfoliating scrub or mask (and be sure to moisturize well afterward!). With that, even natural recipes work nicely so you don't necessarily need to go spend a ton of bucks on it.

          For makeup, in the States I primarily used Smashbox cosmetics for my foundation and concealer, and MAC for lipstick. But since I came here, I've been really pleased with the foundation, liquid eyeliner, and lipstick from Beauty Buffet – and so cheap too! Love it. For mascara I use Blinc (http://www.blincinc.com/mascara.php), which I LOVE. If there's one product I swear by it's Blinc mascara. It never smears or smudges.

  6. Yay I love these! And I was glad you answered that first comment up there about why it was TMI to talk about going off birth control, because I was wondering, too. Yay for TTC! You two are so gorgeous, you'll seriously have the prettiest baby EVER!

    • I miss you too! I hope you guys are having a blast though and getting a chance to see and do all you want to. :)

  7. This really is just so fun, right?! I feel like it's the next best thing to laughing for hours over tea or coffee and sharing it all in person :)

    Wisdom teeth — goodness, how they've been the bane of my existence. The military required that I have mine removed before we came here, so lo and behold, all four were removed last fall. Apparently I acted pretty loopy under anesthesia… kind of awkward when you show up for the post-op check-up and the dentist and his assistant keep saying, "No, no… You acted tooooootally normal" and then, sort of… wink at each other.

    I love that you send mail to your nieces and nephew. I only received a few things from overseas when I was little, but I do remember loving it. Shoot, I'm 27 and an actual letter or package still makes my heart happy!

    Lastly, if you want to talk to about your journey to becoming a mama, I say go for it! Your perspective is valuable, and there are many out here reading who would be privileged and happy to listen, and offer advice if they can.