Thursday, October 27, 2011

Versatile Blogger

Thanks to Christie at Changing from Fat to Fit for tagging me with the Versatile Blogger award!!  This award is pretty cool in the fact that you get to learn a lot about your fellow bloggers & get introduced to some new ones!

Check out Christie's Blog & show her some love.  Christie is will be running the Bit Hit 1/2 Marathon in Louisville this Sunday.  Her FIRST half!!!  Send her some good running juju! 

There are a few basic RULES with this award:
You have to thank the giver and provide a link to that persons post
Share 7 random facts about yourself
Award 15 other newly discovered blogs the same award

  1. I have 1 kidney.  In 2001, I worked for a contract design company & one of our projects was the Kidney Transporter.  After finishing the design but before it went to clinical trials I was diagnosed with a defective left kidney.  This is a real sore spot for me.  All through my 20's it was misdiagnosed as back pain due to my scoliosis.  As it turned out I had been having kidney infections all those years.  After a few more tests it was determined that my kidney was functioning at about 15% but due to all the infections we decided to take it out.  NO MORE BACK PAIN!
  2. My dog Karma has 1 kidney too.  About 3 months after my surgery in 2001 the medical device that I worked on went to clinical trials at University of Wisconsin.  I had to go for engineering support & when I showed up I saw that the trials were on beagles.  Full disclosure, I knew that the clinical trials would be done on animals, dogs in particular.  Being an animal lover, I chose to block that all out of my mind.  I had to.  Otherwise, I would have been a weeping mess for the entire project.  After that afternoon at UW I told the vet that I would be interested in adopting one of the dogs.  It just seemed like the right thing to do.  In March of 2003 I brought home Karma.  She has one kidney and the one that is in her has been run on an external machine for 72 hours & transplanted back in.  The other kidney was removed to see if she would survive and she has.  She was 1 year old when she had the surgery.  In March she will be 11 years old.  She has been the best little buddy ever!  
  3. In grade school I had the biggest buck tooth & wore some serious coke bottle glasses.  I was made fun of a lot.  Although it did give me some thick skin as an adult.  How else could I work with mostly men for my entire career? 
  4. I rarely cry.  Seriously, I recently (like last week) had a melt down in front of my husband but the time before that?  I think it was in 2008.  I have been dubbed black heart, cold heart, etc, etc.  I will occasionally tear up at random things, like a wedding, a memory of my Dad or the like but a good old fashion bawl fest?  Not so much. 
  5. I got my tattoo in Christchurch, New Zealand on the Queens Birthday, 1998.  It is the Yin Yang symbol with 2 dolphins swimming around it.  I chose it as a constant reminder me to strive for balance in my life, have fun & to be compassionate.  I have never regretted it although I have hidden it from people that I thought would disapprove.    
  6. My first car was a 1967 Baracuda.  My Dad brought it home from the junk yard in 1976, I think, & completely rebuilt it.  In 1986, he gave it to me when I turned 16 but not before he swapped the engine out to a Slant 6, 225.  Boy, did we have some fun in that car!
  7. From 1980 - 1985 I was a HUGE Loverboy fan.  I had forgotten about them until I heard one of their songs on the radio tonight.  Imagine my surprise when I did a Google search & found that they are still together & touring!  They even have a facebook page!?!  I mean really, how can you not like a band that has this for their album cover?

Now on to the 15 blogger tags.

LexRunLadies - This is the new ladies running group in Lexington.  A lot of these folks I am just starting to follow myself & look forward to getting to know them all better. 

Make Me A Day
A Wondering Spirit
Inhabit The Beauty
My McDonald Meal
Questions for Dessert

Tri Ladies that I love to follow

Average Moms Wear Capes
Miles, Muscles and Mommyhood

Tri Dudes

Steve in a Speedo?!  Gross!
Dangle the Carrot

Team Aquaphor Peeps

Living the Tri Life
Double Jogger Diaries
SBR All Day


  1. Omg, loved this post. Still laughing!! Great one......

  2. Love your facts!! That was great! Who doesn't love Loverboy??



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