Last Monday I enjoyed Sara’s post ‘Monday Mindless Facts’, which she noted was inspired by a Survey Sunday post by Presley. I thought it would be a cool thing to do to share some random facts about myself. Then during the week I had the privilege of being nominated for a Liebster Award by Tonya at Healthy Fit & Frugal. So I figured I would just pile it all together into a massive brain dump of trivia about me!
So let’s start with the ‘Mindless Monday’ questions:
1. Were you named after anyone?
Not that I was ever told. My brother was a Jr, and my name was one that my parent’s liked. You might know a Michael Anderson, as Michael is the 4th most popular first name and Anderson is the 11th most popular surname.
2. When was the last time you cried?
I really can’t think of when … crying isn’t something that happens much for me, and when it does, Lisa likes to joke that I am good for one tear and then done. It doesn’t mean I don’t get really upset, just don’t cry. The sad likelihood is that it might have been from a movie or a commercial with Sarah McLachlin …
3. Do you like your handwriting?
My handwriting is an abysmal letter-cursive hybrid that is an affront to all of my penmanship lessons in elementary school. Fortunately I was a technology early adopter in the late 70s! 🙂
4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
Turkey … preferably something that looks like it came from a living thing at some point.
5. Do you have kids?
I have two, but it is hard to call them ‘kids’ anymore- Danny is 17 and Chris will be 16 in just over a week.
6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
Absolutely – what is not to like?!?
7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Did you read the last answer?
8. Do you still have your tonsils?
Yes! I even have my wisdom teeth!
9. Would you bungee jump?
Definitely … in a heartbeat! I love roller-coasters, have no fear of heights and so on.
10. What is your favorite cereal?
Not big into cereal, if I have to choose boxed it is Oatmeal Squares.
11. Do you unite your shoes when you take them off?
My work shoes are slip-ons, my running shoes have lock-laces. Other than that generally yes.
12. Do you think you are strong?
In some ways I am very strong … but in other ways I am incredibly weak.
13. What is your favorite ice cream?
My fave is chocolate peanut butter cup, which I first had at Kimball Farms in Westford, MA (best ice cream I have ever had). Turkey Hill version is decent. But since Lisa is allergic to peanuts now, I do cookie dough as my fave.
14. What is the first thing you notice about other people?
Eyes and smile – I find that people communicate an incredible amount through their eyes, and I am immediately either comfortable or not because of that.
15. Red or pink?
Tough one – I love Red, but pink roses (actually white with pink tips) were the roses from our wedding and ones I still seek out for Lisa.
16. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
The extra skin from my obese years. It is a big reason I will always think I am fat.
17. Any tattoos?
Absolutely not, nor will I ever. Not a judgment on anyone else, but anyone who knows me knows I will never get a tattoo or piercing.
18. Do you have any hobbies?
Music – making and listening. This weekend I grabbed the Digital Performer demo to start transferring old files into Garageband. Long story short, my version of DP is old and doesn’t work on new computers, and I don’t want to spend what they charge for an update! Bottom line … it was a blast starting to revisit old favorite music!
19. What color shoes are you wearing?
Brown Lems zero-drop minimal boots.
20. What was the last thing you ate?
Mixed frozen berries with flax-chia blend sprinkled on top.
21. What are you listening to right now?
Mary Halvorson Trio – Ghost Loop … you’ll hear more about this on Wednesday.
22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Blue. My favorite color.
23. Favorite smells?
Good food, Christmas smells, Lisa’s hair.
24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
Who really talks on the phone? I very rarely do … but in this case it was Lisa.
25. Mountain hideaway or beach house?
Beach house! The place we rented on Cape Cod for vacation in 2012 would be a dream to own – not huge or fancy, just a wonderful relaxing spot on the water.
26. Favorite sport to watch.
I am going to go with the Olympics … not a huge fan of random sports watching, and this is the only thing that will have me watching for hours.
27. Hair color?
Brown … with more than a touch of gray 🙂
28. Eye color?
29. Do you wear contacts?
No – I have decent sight, was perfect but with age I can tell I’ll need reading glasses in a few years.
30. Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy endings – I don’t mind scary movies, but sometimes a feel-good movie is just right.
31. Last movie you watched?
Blue Jasmine. OK, it has been more than a week. Don’t watch movies all that often. But it was an excellent movie that brought me back to Woody Allen’s ‘golden era’.
32. What color shirt are you wearing?
White dress shirt.
33. Summer or winter?
Summer … love being outdoors, and the ability to toss on shorts and go for a run … priceless.
34. Hugs or kisses?
Hugs. Kisses are for Lisa, but hugs with Lisa, the boys, the dogs and friends … priceless.
35. Computer or television?
Considering if Lisa works late the TV won’t be turned on … I would say computer. 🙂
36. What books are you reading right now?
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent … making slow progress, excellent book.
37. What’s on your mouse pad?
Mouse pad? For real? Is this 1997 or something? 🙂 (1) I don’t have a mousepad and (2) I use my iPad most of the time (like now)
38. What color is your house?
39. What color is your car?
A sort of Charcoal & Blue mix. It is a Ford Escape Hybrid.
OK, so now on to the Liebster Award. This isn’t really an ‘award’, but is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is German for “favorite”. This award is the “favorite blog award” then. As I mentioned, Tonya at Healthy Fit and Frugal nominated me, so here goes!
1. If you could play any professional sport, what would it be and why?
Basketball – fun fact, when I was first losing weight back in 1989, after my run I would hit the basketball court in the park near our house and shoot baskets and run the court a bit.
2. What is your favorite form of exercise?
3. If you could win an Oscar, who would you thank?
My family … because if that happened they would have had to tolerate all sorts of nonsense.
4. What is your favorite sport in the Olympics (summer or winter)?
I watch curling ironically, but seriously I love the artistry of figure skating and athleticism of decathalon.
5. If you could have dinner with one athlete, who would it be and why?
Larry Bird. In an era where college and even high school kids were becoming overpaid celebrities, Bird was one of the last who represented a work ethic and focus on skill and sportsmanship over flashy ego trips. He is one of those guys you can picture having a $1 bill taped to his wall to remember where he came from.
6. What was your favorite vacation/place you’ve traveled?
Our honeymoon in Antigua was super-special and we’d love to return, but Cape Cod has been the location for many favorite trips.
7. If you could only eat one food the rest of your life, what would it be?
Fruit. Yes that is copping out a bit, but fruits – apples, oranges, pears, grapes, peaches, and on and on – are my favorite foods. Even more than steak or ice cream.
8. Name the top five values you try to live by?
Honesty, forgiveness, appreciation, belief in others, loyalty
9. Were you ever bullied as a kid? What was that experience like for you?
I was directly and indirectly bullied for being fat … and even after 25 years of mostly NOT being overweight, I am really just dealing with the core issues now.
10. What would you do with your life if you knew you could not fail?
Become a jazz guitarist or bassist professionally. Of course that depends on ‘not failing’ meaning ‘being able to keep up our current standard of living’. 🙂
11. What legacy do you want to leave behind after you die? (Hope that wasn’t too morbid of a question.)
If when my kids are older they look at their life with Lisa and I lovingly, then I will be happy. Professionally I am happy – through two companies I now have an impact on any electronic gadget you pick up from CPU to memory to interconnect to glass … so my biggest legacy now is my boys.
There you go! I am supposed to nominate others … but nearly every one of the blogs I was choosing had been nominated! So here are a few of my faves that I couldn’t find as nominated …
There you go! Happy Monday everyone!