The lovely and beautiful Amber over at Amber Herself bestowed this award upon me. I’m not sure what I did to get this award, but I’m honored nonetheless!
So the idea here is to say 7 things about yourself and then pass the award onto fellow bloggers and have them share 7 things about themselves. I like it! It’s a great way for me to get to know a little more about each of the bloggers whose blog I admire and I absolutely love to read on a daily basis! So here we go.
1. I love pickles. It’s a crazy, scary obsession I have to admit. But I love them. I love them as chips, slices, spears, whole, fried… what else can you do with a pickle? You should share if there is a way I should have them ;) But the truth is, pickles are just delicious to me. It kind of grosses REB out the way I drink pickle juice right from the jar. I am not ashamed.
2. I wasn’t born in America. A lot of people think that because I have a pretty good American accent, that I was born here in America; some think in Michigan. The truth is, I was born in India in New Delhi. My family and I moved to America when I was 3 years old, to Columbus, OH (BLECH) where my dad taught at OSU for two years. When I moved here, all I spoke was Hindi even though my parents speak Telugu (South Indian language) at home all the time. I grew up in northern India (well for those first 3 years haha) so I spoke Hindi. The teachers here told my parents I would never succeed in this country if I didn’t speak English, so they told them to only speak it at home and refrain from speaking Hindi or Telugu at home. Because of that, I do not have an accent at all, but I also don’t speak a lick of Hindi or Telugu anymore :( I understand Telugu completely. When my mom speaks it to me at home, I know exactly what she’s saying (even the swear words lol) and I can understand a little Hindi here and there…but I don’t speak it. It’s really sad and makes me sad. I can’t even respond to my mom in Telugu. What sucks is now schools encourage that students learn one other language and practice it :\
3. I’ve been to every state in the U.S except for two. You heard me right. I’ve been to every state but two! The two I need to visit? Utah and Hawaii. As a kid, I moved around a LOT. I’ve lived in OH, WA, the U.P., MS and now back in MI in the lower peninsula. And we drove to each location and stopped in many states along the way to visit national parks, hike up volcanoes (Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier baby!) and I’ve seen some amazing stuff. Fast forward to 2007, I landed a job with a software company where I traveled almost every 2 weeks to a different newspaper in Random Place, USA. Not every trip was great, but the ones that were, I’ll never forget and feel fortunate for being able to go there!
4. REB and I went to high school together but were never close friends. I knew REB’s brother before I knew him. I had a few classes with his brother so I only knew OF REB. I knew he was a studious kid, a nice guy and he had the same friends I had, yet he and I never hung out together. It would be almost 10 years (after freshman year of HS) before he and I would ever hang out, start going steady, realize our undying love for each other and get married. It’s funny how things work out. I feel so incredibly lucky though <3
5. I want to be cremated. I say this here and now and hope anyone who reads remembers this last wish for my life. I want to be cremated. And not just because it’s more common in Indian tradition. Truth is, the idea of being underground in a box totally freaks me out. I know you can be buried where ever you want, but I’d rather my ashes be scattered in places I love or loved visiting with REB, my family or friends. OK, this is kind of morbid but Amber started it! ;)
6. I can recite The Cutting Edge word for word. It’s still one of my most favorite movies. I remember seeing it for the first time when I was about 8 or 9 with my best friend at the time when I lived in the U.P. After watching it, I not only wanted to date Doug Dorsey (what a hottie), but I tried convincing my parents I should probably be a professional figure skater.
7. I’ve lost almost 30 pounds since April and I’ve kept it off. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. After REB and I got our engagement photos back, we made a choice to change our lifestyle and be healthy. We didn’t want our wedding photos to look like that. I’ve tried Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers and even telling myself “I can eat what ever I want as long as I work out.” It really came down to a completely reduced calorie diet and working out. Every day. I hate it, and there are days I don’t, but I can honestly say I DO feel better (damn you doctors and being right!) and I’m so proud of REB and me. I still have another 10 to go so I can reach that number I’ve been wanting to reach, but I’ve heard the last 10 are the hardest to lose. But I’m not too worried. I know I’ll get there :)
Sorry these were so long! So here’s the deal. I’m supposed to link 15 blogs I love and pass the award on and see what those lovelies will say about themselves! Unfortunately, I don’t know that many blogs, so I’ll just list the ones I read on a daily basis and hope they participate! Oh and by the way, if you aren’t already following Amber on Twitter, you probably should. She’s pretty rad.