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Random Facts About Me

by madaise · 12 comments

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Reward Rebel tagged me for Random Facts about me. I didn’t realize until this morning that Connie from Easy Share also tagged me for the same thing! I was double tagged. Wow! I’m terrible with doing these things in a timely manner.. but I think I’m only a week or so late on this one.

1. I gave birth to our oldest son in a kiddie pool, in our living room with just my husband, my mom and the girls here with us – a planned, unassisted homebirth. We video taped the whole thing. We did end up transferring to the hospital after the birth because Tege was slow to start breathing – that is normal for a water birthed baby.

2. The year before our oldest son was born, I was pregnant with my husbands first baby. At 36 weeks pregnant, she died of unknown cause – she was stillborn almost a week later. I can’t even tell you how difficult that time was – I didn’t want to leave my house, even to get the mail for fear someone would ask how things where. Losing a child, at any age is horrible… birth stories … while we don’t talk about it much any more, she is still part of our family. We have a garden dedicated to Jordan.. which this year, the boys will help plant, weed and water.

3. I make soap, though I do sell it, mostly I make it because I love making it. I haven’t used regular store bought soap (or deodorant bars) in about 6 years. I share tutorials and recipes about handmade soap on this site. My favorites are the Oatmeal Milk & Honey (scented, with real goat milk and oatmeal), Lavender (with goat milk, lavender and lavender essential oils), and Yuzu (a crisp, grapefruit scent – Japanese Grapefruit).

4. I love pets. Currently, living in our tiny house we have 3 dogs (Bean, our whippet girlie and oldest; Sky, our adopted Australian Shepherd; Enzo, my italian greyhound boy); I’ve assumed ownership of Olivia, my tiny, sweet Apricot African Pygmy Hedgehog – my little piggy; Not mine – 7 adorable and friendly rats, momma rat is a “dumbo” and the older she gets the sweeter! Oh.. and the cat.. she’s been with us forever; and a 10 gallon fish tank. In the past, I also had a couple of smiling leopard geckos, bunnies, a bird (mustache parakeet) and a multitude of other rats, cats, pooches and fishes.

5. I met my husband through my ex-husband – we were still married. Bad relationship and after too many years (but two lovely girls) we parted ways and he moved in with a friend from work. I had met this friend a few times, but when they moved in together, I started seeing him a bit more. He asked me to see Lyle Lovett in concert and even got permission from my then-to-be ex… one thing led to another and today, we’ve been happily (almost the whole time, ha!) married 11 years.

6. I have Crohn’s Disease. This is a big deal for me because I’ve always been so healthy.. and in the last 2 years, so much has happened. It’s not easy to deal with things like not being able to eat what you want – I’m talking even healthy food, like salad, beans.. so much makes me hurt, or worse, I throw up. Sometimes one of the hardest things being sick, is it’s not always (usually never) apparent to other people. I am sick and I hurt and I may come across crabby.. but it’s *because* I’m sick and I hurt. I sometimes wish for a t-shirt or a sign “Just because I look healthy, doesn’t mean I am”.

7. I can be kind of obsessive about things. Two summers ago, I spent a week digging a hole about 5×7 and 30 inches deep so I could put in a pond. I wanted a natural pond, so it would help wildlife.. after digging with a shovel, having my husband cut the roots with his saws-all, picking just under 1 million rocks and pebbles, I decided I couldn’t afford it and filled the whole thing back in. (Thanks GG, my lovely grandma, for this trait… actually I like the trait and I adore my GG.)

There you go.

I am going to just tag one person:
Marianne – and Marianne, you don’t have to play along.

Invitation to Play:
If anyone else wants to play, leave a comment here to your post (so others can visit, of course) and have fun!

Already done it? That’s ok.. leave your link anyway. I’ll come read your random facts and leave my link too.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Connie Alspaugh April 11, 2008 at 2:05 pm

You are too sweet. Being tagged twice means you are popular. ;) Thank You for the link and playing.


busydad April 12, 2008 at 2:09 am

I think it is so cool that you have so many random pets! When I was younger, I had 12+ fish tanks. I’ve also owned 3 snakes, 2 monitor lizards, a cayman and a bunch of other pets I can’t remember!


Tammy April 12, 2008 at 7:42 am

We lost a baby almost 5 years ago. Six months after I found out I was pregnant with my son. Having him helped a lot in recovering over losing our baby girl.


Turnip April 15, 2008 at 5:28 am

Cool stuff. My sister makes her own soap and sells it at craft fairs.


Margaret April 15, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I don’t do memes — not my kind of thing, but was interested to read that you have a Whippet. I have Whippets too (great dogs aren’t they?).

I was sorry to read about you losing your baby I know exactly how hard that is.



suplado April 16, 2008 at 4:40 am

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Erica April 17, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Thanks for sharing your journey as a parent. I love reading about others’ experiences. I’m a relatively new mom (and new blogger!) writing about mine – hope you check out my site (www.talesfromthetracks.blogspot.com) and we can trade links if you like it! :)

Keep up the great writing!


Carol April 19, 2008 at 9:50 pm

I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy reading your blog.


Chic Girl April 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I’m laughing at your post about the hole. My husband I did the same thing. I would love for you to visit my blog and see my pond pictures.


Knitsational April 23, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I’m also a homebirthing mom. Though my husband is not ready for an unassisted birth. Thanks for sharing your stories.


Susie April 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm

I ran across another post like this, and think they are a great way to get to know our fellow bloggers. Wow on the birth in the kiddie pool. I’ve seen that done on TV, but never first hand experiences!

I love animals as well, really want a hampster..and call him Uncle Bob.. but Stan the cat would have a nice little snack!


cheap bird cages July 6, 2009 at 3:49 am

Thanks for sharing your journey as a parent. I love reading about others’ experiences.


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