I got tagged by fellow This Mommy Gig contributor Lauren Vargas with a blog meme to tell you seven things you don’t know about me. Looks like most people make these rather short, but I have a hard time not explaining some of the things I’ve listed. Or maybe I’m just “chatty” as @DellServerGeeks noted on Twitter.
- I drowned when I was three years old - this one’s a standard I pull out every time I’m forced to do some “ice breaker” with a new group. It was at my grandfather’s Moose Lodge pool, my big brother saw me floating in the deep end and rolled me out. Lifeguard realized I wasn’t moving and first thing I recall is waking up in the back of an emergency vehicle with an oxygen mask over my face in the laps of my mom and an EMT.
- I was the West Carroll Parish Farm Bureau Queen and Miss West Carroll Parish – what can I say? There wasn’t a whole lot of competition where I grew up. When I later tried my hand at the Miss LSU pageant, I got a non-finalist talent award, which I interpreted to mean I had talent, but not looks. hehe
- I worked one summer at a TV news station, even though I was in a newspaper journalism degree program at the time – it was pretty fun, except when I had to cover a wreak where a Miata hit head-on with a Blazer. The great guys I worked with tried to get me to switch degree programs, but I had already had all the beauty queen competition I wanted.
- Another interesting summer job I had was tour guide at the Poverty Point State Historic Site – most likely you’ve never heard of it, but you should have. I always say I grew up in the middle of nowhere, but it would have been the middle of several key trade routes if I’d only been born about 1500 B.C.
- As a child (in the 1970s, not B.C.), I slept with a wooden cross by my bedside to ward off vampires – also slept in fear of ghosts, werewolves, demons and other such monsters. Honestly, I still can’t really watch horror movies, but I fearlessly devoured every novel in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.
I once climbed up a piling of the I-10 bridge that crosses the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge (photo above by bluepoint951) – it was during my college days, a six pack of beer and a couple of cute frat guys were also involved. It was rated PG, but I’ll leave it at that.
- I’ve had pizza for breakfast – doesn’t sound that unusual maybe, but it was a personal pan pizza made just for me at 8am in a Dallas-area Pizza Hut after I’d spent the evening riding around with the food & supplies delivery driver. I did employee communications at PepsiCo Food Systems and was learning more about the jobs our employees did by shadowing.