Fun-But-Random Facts

Whether you come here often or not, there are limitations to the blogging medium. For example, it is not readily apparent that I am short, and you may not know what my voice sounds like. That gives us something in common, since I refuse to believe that recordings of my voice sound anything like me, so I probably don’t really know what I sound like, either. (Admit it, you sound way better in your head than in a recording, too. Right?)

Anyways, I thought that today I would share some fun-but-random facts about myself. Because who doesn’t love fun-but-random facts? So, without further ado, here we go.

Amber had a very plain Halloween
A fun but random photo of me, from Halloween 2003

Fun-but-Random Facts About Me

  1. I am afraid of snakes. The way that they move is just unnatural. Spiders, I can stomach. Heights, no problem. But keep those snakes away from me. Poisonous or not, I don’t trust them.
  2. I am 5′ 2″ tall. My sister is 5′ 3″ and my mother is 4′ 11″. When I was dating Jon in high school, we’d get him to do all the ‘tall person’ jobs when he was over, like changing light bulbs and putting away infrequently-used dishes.
  3. I have a steel plate on my right forearm. It does not set off metal detectors. But it does mean that I am not a candidate for an MRI.
  4. My middle name is Dawn. Amber Dawn is an adjective + noun, making my name a compound noun. I’m not sure it means anything, other than that my parents were hippies.
  5. I sang in the choir in high school. I was an alto, although I could do second soprano in a pinch. Or second alto.
  6. I read my horoscope every day. On the hand, astrology is totally illogical. On the other hand, I feel like I need to know what it says before I leave the house, just in case it will somehow help me.
  7. My first pet was a dog named Kali. He was a german shepherd cross who was just a few months younger than I was, and he was the best dog ever. I still miss him, if I think about it.
  8. I can (still) turn a perfect cartwheel. I think that maybe I should get some video evidence, so that you can all stand in awe of my mad cartwheeling skills.
  9. I was spelling bee champion at Philip Sheffield Elementary for two years running. Which, incidentally, were the only years I entered. (Although, in fairness, it was a ridiculously small school.)
  10. I came in dead last out of all the first graders in the foot race on my first Sports Day. Apparently, I stopped to pull up my socks. When my mother asked me why I didn’t run faster, I told her that everyone got a ribbon anyway.

Now it’s your turn. Care to share a fun-but-random fact or two about yourself? I do love fun-but-random facts.

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  1. Great post! Randomness about myself: in grade one I fell asleep during a math lesson, I am convinced that during this lesson the secret to math was revealed and I missed it causing me to be terrible at all math related things much to the chagrin of my engineer father (I have a soft spot for engineers)

    More Randomness: I was rotating my books the other day and came across a book titled The Kissing Hand, which is a good book for kids starting kindergarten who may have a little anxiety about leaving their parents, I thought of you and wanted to pass it on.
    .-= the mombshell´s last post ..I’m outta here, root beer =-.

  2. Dear Amber,
    I can’t do a kartwheel, can you believe it? Clearly I need to come to Canada so you can teach me. It’s on my life list!
    .-= the Grumbles´s last post ..for ms junket, =-.

  3. i’m 5’2 1/2″, which makes me the tallest of my mom and sister. having a 6’6′ husband comes in handy.

    i won gold in the bicycle safety challenge in grade 1. or was it 3?

    i really want to die a chunk of my hair blue. or pink. it would be so much fun.
    .-= smothermother´s last post ..How to kill a cat =-.

  4. Not sure if these are interesting, but they are random:

    1) As a child during Halloween one year I dressed up as a t.v. and used an old box over my body (cut outs for head and arms), a Looney Toons coloring book page for the t.v. screen, and I made antennae’s out of those wobbly headbands that had bobbles on the end, I just wrapped tin foil around them.
    2) I have no siblings. My mother had two miscarriages: 3 years before me and another 3 years after me. Growing up I never knew this and always complained to her that I wanted a brother or sister. I cannot imagine the pain I would recreate for my mother.
    3) I was in gymnastics as a child, for about 5 years, and my coach always told me I ran like a duck.
    4) I was a girl scout for 10 years. I was never as involved as other girls were. I still feel nostalgic when it’s “cookie time”.
    5) I crack my nuckles, toes, and neck. I used to crack my back but haven’t been able to after I got pregnant, so now I live with a constant tightness in my lower back but refuse to see anyone about it.
    6) Coloring was my favorite activity as a child. Whenever a babysitter was over, that’s all we’d do until it was bed time. I also was never allowed outside the house when the babysitter was over, even though our house was the last house on the road (dead end street), my parents were still neurotic about people hiding in the woods and kidnapping me.
    7) My parents and I never took a vacation to the beach. Instead, we went to London. Three times.
    8) I grew up with a camper that we shared with some friends, but because our driveway could store the camper, I grew up with this wonder bread style camper in my driveway. It was orange and white with Snoopy painted on the side. We called the camper “The Snoopy”. Even to this day, that’s what we say when we talk about it.
    9) I cannot fall asleep if my feet are cold, and I can’t wear socks. I’ll be up as long as it takes until they’re warm. Usually I have to tuck them under my husbands knees.
    10) I’ve only had surgery twice. Once for my wisdom teeth, the second was my c-section.
    .-= Sara´s last post ..Homemade Finger Paint =-.

  5. 1. I have red hair. So does my brother. My dad, aunt and grandmother and great grandmother were also red heads.
    2. I am 5′ 4 1/2″, this makes me 1 1/2″ shorter than my mother but only 1/2″ shorter than my dad.
    3. I have only one sibling, a brother, who is 10 years older than me.
    4. I was always the tallest kid in my class in elementary school, but I stopped growing when I turned 12 and lots of kids became taller than me.
    5. I have freckles on my arms and knees.
    6. I have never done a cartwheel.
    7. I love junk food even though I know better.
    8. I adore oranges and blueberries.
    9. My first dog was named Mickey. He had severe alergies and had to be put down.
    10. I have never broken a bone or been stung by a bee. When I was much younger I felt left out because of this, like I didn’t belong to some club. Now I realize I don’t really want to be broken or bitten.

  6. Fun!
    1) I’m left handed but mouse with my right hand, use scissors, peel potatoes and play sports with my right hand.
    2) I’m 5’9″ and my husband is 6’4″ so our daughters could be as tall as 5’11”! My oldest was always over the 100 percentile for growth at doctor’s visits when she was a baby.
    3) I’m afraid of spiders, mice and bee’s. There once was a bee in our kitchen when Madelyn was a baby. She was in her swing by the door and the bee was near the ceiling by the door. I needed to kill it so it wouldn’t hurt the baby and I ended up hitting it SO hard with the swatter that it flew back at me and I ran screaming from the room leaving my poor defenceless baby alone…lol
    4) I commuted for seven years – at least one hour each way on the highway until I had my second child. During that time I never got a parking ticket, speeding ticket or in an accident. Since I stopped commuting (2.5 years ago) I’ve had all three!
    5) I prefer savory over sweet foods, especially for breakfast.
    6) My youngest daughter’s name is Tegan. My maiden name is Fegan. Both my daughters second names are after their great grandmother’s – one from my side and one from my husband’s.
    I could go on and on but I have to get back to work lol
    .-= Tanya´s last post ..My house =-.

  7. stolen from my blog:

    1. I hate raisins, except in Raisin Bran.

    2. I wanted to be a firefighter, a marine biologist, and a doctor, when I was a kid.

    3. I ate a 10 month old green egg, when I was in college. I was starving.

    4. I’ve always wanted a pie in my face.

    5. I can’t put on my makeup unless my teeth are brushed. I can’t brush my teeth before eating breakfast.

    6. I hate the word apparatus.

    7. I made my youngest brother eat a worm.

    8. I love the smell of hot tar on a hot day.

    9. I love baking, but I hate cleaning up the evidence of baking.

    10. Was raised in Abbotsford BC…and hate it when people refer to that place as AbbotsFORD.

    11. I make an amazing cinnimon roll.

    12. I was never close to my father growing up…for 23 years I wouldn’t really speak to him…only what was necessary to be a family, but now he’s one of my best friends.

    13. I wished I had a high metabolism.

    14. My favorite kind of food is Greek.

    15. I am afraid of swimming in open water. If I’m close to the shore, I’m ok.

    16. I love thunderstorms.

    17. I dropped a car battery on my toe as a child. OUCH

    18. Love horseback riding and willing to try almost anything on a horse.

    19. Scared of heights, but love bungee jumping.

    20. I want to be more of a WWII buff.

    • A big AMEN on number 10. I also hate it when someone says South Frasier Way, like the TV show. It’s FRASER, like the RIVER!

      Also, Greek food floats my boat, and I would totally oblige you by throwing a pie in your face. 😉

  8. I think I sound awful in recordings. One of my college professors explained that the difference isn’t the recording (at least not totally). It’s that our voice doesn’t have to travel out of our mouths and into our ears for us to hear it. We hear it through the bones in our head, so it sounds different to us. I found this really depressing, because it means that not only do I sound high-pitched and irritating over the phone and leaving messages and on video, but every single time I talk to somebody else. Blah.

    And I am jealous because I have NEVER turned a cartwheel, not even when I was little and skinny!
    .-= Jenny´s last post ..WW: On our vast expanse of mattress =-.

  9. Hey, I am 5’1″… I will likely have to look up and reach to hug my children. But that is ok. Being short meant that I could do lots of things other kids couldn’t for longer. Like ride ponies at horse shows, and find great places in play structures to hide and be by myself when bullies were about.

    Randomness about me….. I have broken all my toes twice, but never broken another bone in my body. I have had several concussions. Both my parents required glasses very early in life, I have 20/20 vision. I bought a car to impress a guy (I liked the car too, don’t get me wrong) and ended up marrying another guy, the guy who sold it to me. 🙂
    .-= Caroline´s last post ..Jeremiah – Part 3 =-.

  10. 1) I used to have to brush my teeth before taking driving lessons with my dad, HAD to or I was too distracted.
    2) I am the BEST at untangling difficult knots
    3) I was so bad at the running long jump in track and field that they let me measure everyone else’s jumps instead of humiliating myself over and over. But on the other had, I could jump farther than anyone else in the school in the STANDING long jump!
    4) I was great at the hurdle race until I saw someone crash badly, then I was too scared to do it.
    5) I wanted to be a teacher, car designer or structural engineer as a kid
    6) I L-O-V-E horses, but am a terrible rider
    7) I have average height 5’6″, average sized feet and average weight for my height. My sister is REALLY tall.
    8) I was very competitve about my grades in school, but thought PE was a waste of time

  11. On a family vacation when I was 4 yrs old, I dedicated myself to learning how to flare my nostrils on demand. With this talent mastered, the next year I committed myself to learning to whistle. I imagine it was an extra long drive for my folks from Vancouver to Ontario that year!

  12. In addition to my mixed-handedness (in a reply above) I will admit that I’ve never been able to do a cartwheel and it used to bother me something fierce when I was a kid that I couldn’t do one.

    I also played center on my high-school basketball team but my only basketball skill was jumping high enough to tap the ball to my team. (And frankly that wasn’t much of a skill since I’m 5’11” and most of the other team centres were much shorter than me.) After that I ran around the court in an aimless fashion until I was pulled off in place of someone with actual athletic ability. At the next tap I was put back in.
    .-= Marilyn (A Lot of Loves)´s last post ..Swim Fishies Swim: Wednesday of Few Words =-.

  13. What talk about me?

    I rode my bike from Vancouver to Mexico by myself and was kicked out of a spelling bee in grade two for arguing. I spent the rest of the morning in the cloak room.
    .-= harriet Fancott´s last post ..Open adoption, the unfolding story =-.

  14. Love it! Hmmm. . .
    1) In 4th grade I was in the county spelling bee – I went out on the word “pioneer.” (doh! That can only be attributed to nerves.)
    2) I once stepped on a nail, it went through my heel. At first I thought it was a rock, so I hit my heel against the ground to try to knock it off. Oops!
    3) My stupidest “purchase” was leasing a Toyota 4Runner. The money I dropped on that thing makes me cringe.
    .-= Dionna @ Code Name: Mama´s last post ..Kids’ Yoga in Schools and Specialized Treatments =-.

  15. I’ve never been able to turn a cartwheel. When I was little I was afraid of car horns (when people would drive around honking after weddings). The knuckles on my right hand are double jointed which is good for nothing but I can do a weird thing with them that was cool in elementary school. I used to be so afraid of public speaking that I would throw up. I was in a girl band in high school. I don’t drink coffee.
    .-= allison´s last post ..*******************Knowing Me Knowing You April =-.

    • I don’t drink coffee, either. I tried to for a while in university, but eventually gave up. I just don’t like it. Although sometimes I think that I could use the pick-me-up, especially with the kids keeping me up all the time.

  16. I love these! So fun!

    I started drinking coffee because people always said it stunted your growth. At 6 ft tall at 13 years old I really really wanted something to stunt my growth! So at 14 or 15 (I forget) I decided to start drinking coffee. It didn’t work. Now I only drink it once a week as a treat. I’m addicted to Ridgeways Earl grey tea instead.

    When I was little we used to have pigs. After the pigs left I turned their old pen into a playhouse. It smelled bad but I loved it.

    When I get a letter from someone in the mail, I have to clean the house before I will read it.

    I am the only person in my family who doesn’t wear contacts or glasses. I have better than 20/20 vision.
    .-= Melodie´s last post ..Wordless Wednesday: Nostalgia =-.

  17. I had no idea you could do a cartwheel. Very cool. Be prepared to do one next time you’re over for a visit.

  18. Okay, I love the pictures. And that is such a hippy name. And, ha, you are taller than me. 🙂
    .-= Capital Mom´s last post ..Daffodils and dandelions =-.

  19. Is that an Emily Bronte costume? I think that might be basically all I need to know about you.


    I totally know what your voice sounds like. Your written voice is very much your voice. It is a soft voice. And spirited.

    I used to have a major crush on figure skater Kurt Browning. And that is basicallly all you need to know about me.

  20. Don’t know what I was trying to prove but I once entered a dancing marathon and danced for 39 hours… I won the 5th place and was in pain for weeks.
    P.S. Yes, please, we need to see the video of you doing cartwheels!
    .-= mrs.notouching´s last post ..Moooooved! =-.

  21. I’m already in awe of you because I have never been able to do a cartwheel! 🙂
    .-= Fran´s last post ..Retinopathy In Premature Babies: Vision Problems Can Last a Lifetime If Not Caught Early =-.

  22. I love the fun and random photo of you! It looks more nun-ish than Amish to me, but I come from the land of the pope. Looking forward to the cart wheel evidence video:)
    .-= Francesca´s last post ..Corner View ~ Earth Day =-.

  23. When hearing my own voice on a recording, I sound so silly to myself, not anything like I hear in my head and for that reason I do not like to be recorded in any way. Rather give me photos.
    .-= blackhuff´s last post ..Some new rules =-.

  24. i’m only just taller than Amber
    mixing up the words ‘fewer’ and ‘less’ when speaking causes me extreme anguish – it’s one of the only grammar/syntax bloopers i cannot automatically stop myself from correcting out loud
    i have a weird but secret (for now -maybe i’ll run a blog giveaway to whoever guesses it!) anatomical defect which i share with only one other family member …………
    .-= pomomama aka ebbandflo´s last post ..wordless wednesday: crazy hair mismatch day at school =-.

  25. Jasie VanGesen says:

    LOL I love this… I may have to do a post like this soon. I think my favorite is that you stopped during a race to pull your socks up. I was in the bottom 5 of my middle school in the timed mile… so I can relate. I’m pretty sure it took me about 20 minutes. I weighed all of 90 lbs when i was 12, so we can’t blame it on my fat. 😛

  26. We have matching heights, Amber Dawn.

    I’m good at composing (clean) limericks. It does come in handy now and again.
    .-= Lady M´s last post ..More SCIENCE =-.

  27. Cheryl @ Mommy Quit says:

    You’re too funny Amber. Loved the photo! And loved reading the random facts about you. I especially loved random fact #10. I always came in last in races. And it wasn’t because I took time out to pull up my socks- I just really hate running.

    Hmmm random fact about me…. I helped my husband build an arcade machine while we were dating and set it on fire by accident. I was in charge of the electrical stuff (because of my electrical engineering knowledge) and he was in charge of the software part (because of his computer engineering knowledge). I put two wires together while I was talking and not paying attention and the thing started smoking. The whole joystick panel was fried and we had to start over. Well, rather he did, not me.

    After that I was never asked again to participate in any of his geeky projects even though I’d like to. I’m just part of the audience now. BOO! Good thing I never had a typical elec eng job. HAHAHAH!
    .-= Cheryl @ Mommy Quit´s last post ..Sudden urge to clean =-.

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