Friday, January 23, 2009


OK, I have been tagged by one dang funny blogger, Joan of The Retirement Chronicles. I tell ya, it's worth going back to her first post and reading them all. The Burger King post still garners chuckles from me!

So, I have been tagged to list 7 things about myself, honest or not, I don't know, but I will hopefully answer ALL of your burning questions about me, and more!

1. My first pregnancy was beyond scary; I bled for the first 6 months, and had 12 sonograms to ensure I wasn't about to miscarry. I ended up with Eclampsia and was hospitalized at 35 weeks with a blood pressure of 155/95 and reflexes that indicated I was close to seizures. After one more hospitalization I was healed (for a blog post another day) and I carried to term with no sign of the Eclampsia to be found! I had an emergency c-section after 12 hours of labor. Then, with Audrey, I decided to do a second c-section, and was so glad I did, as the umbilical cord was completely wrapped around her body AND neck; they had to "shove her back in" and twist until she came free. I have never seen so much blood, MY blood for that matter...anyway. I have two healthy happy kids; I am blessed!

2. I decided to home school after looking up the local school my kids were to attend and I did not like their performance reviews and academic scores. Homeschooling is an incredible challenge, but it has taught me a ton about parenting, patience, teaching, how to have fun and how to not sweat the small stuff. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing my kids hit major academic milestones, ON TIME, and have a passion for certain subjects. Jacob is a science freak, and Audrey is going to be an amazing artist like her daddy some day!

3. My sophomore year in HS I was chosen to be the editor of our school yearbook; just the year before I was a freaked-out freshman that rode the wave of being a part of a team that produced the best yearbook in the nation for that year. It was unheard of for an underclassmen to be chosen so soon to lead the team during their Senior year. HOWEVER, I chickened out (smacking head against the wall) as I couldn't take the pressure, and honestly I didn't want to delegate to a bunch of "popular" kids that didn't like me and I knew wouldn't listen to me. If only I had the tools and confidence I have now, I would go back and do it!

4. I slid down the side of this mountain (called Flat Top) on my butt, in cotton leggings no less. Maybe to Alaskans this isn't a big deal...but I am sure most of you are from the continental US and I can get an "oooooo" out of you; four people died that same year doing the same thing. There, does that help? How about that I got a MAJOR "snow burn" like you wouldn't believe on my backside? Everyday I woke up and saw this out my living room window. I miss it.

5. This is a photo from my garden in Alaska. As you can see I have used it for my blog. I LOVE taking photos, and while my camera is not that great, I push it to its little limits. I would love to feature some of my nature photos like Joan has, but I need the time and energy. This photo is special for many reasons:
1. Josh bought the frog candle you see there, and I stuck it in my garden. Frogs are one of Josh's faves.
2. Pansies are my mom's favorite flower. I miss my mommy (she is in AK...she is OK!)
3. My kids loved helping me in my garden, which was huge!
4. Purple is my favorite color.
5. I took this right before we left.

6. I do NOT enjoy reading! Isn't that weird? I write like a maniac, and I will read blogs, but give me a book and I'm like, "what is this? you want me to read it?" At this time I am trying to read, The Shack, which I have been told is an amazing book that will change my life. I am halfway through it, and seriously I cannot read more than 7 pages at a time. I don't know what it is! Now, I will read Patrick F McManus until my eyes bleed, or any medical book you hand me, but, forget any other fiction. Don't ever recommend that I read anything, because I won't. Oh, and I read the Bible, because God told me to, and I listen to Him.

7. I DESPISE CHICK FLICKS! Oh man, if you want to hurt me, put Meg Ryan on the screen, or anything that requires tissues. If you are gonna sit down and watch a movie with me, it better have no plot, bad acting, preferably no stunt doubles, and even better yet, subtitles, AND be a movie where everyone dies at the end, not in a tissue-grabbing sort of way, but more like in a, "woah-did-you-see-that-he-just-grabbed-that-guy's-heart- out-of-his-chest-and-stomped-on-it!" grabbing way. Something like The Duel. It even had some comedy involved. Sweet.

So now, I am supposed to pass this on...well, here's the deal...if you are on my blog roll on the right, AND you read this, consider yourself tagged. I am tagging you not like the in game, "tag" where I must run up and slap you on some part of your person. Nay, this is more of a "hide-and-seek" tag, where I just see you and scream, "YOU'RE IT!" So...tag! If you want to do it right, read the rules up top, 'cause seriously,

8. I tend to break these kind of rules...

Peace out!


This Crazy Thing Called Motherhood said...

I will get around to doing the other thing you tagged me with, I promise. I've been slacking big time on my blog writing this week. Ugh.

But in the meantime, stop by my place as there just might be something there of interest to you!

Insanitykim said...

Thank you, Yoda!! I have posted it on my sidebar, with proper props to you (linkage)...

The Retired One said... did me proud! I love your picture, too of the frog and flower. How pretty! I just discovered gardening three years ago and have gone nuts with it and taking pictures of the flowers I have been able (by some miracle and a lot of Osmocote fertilizer!) to grow. I can't WAIT for the snow to melt and to get my hands in the dirt again. It was fun to read more about you (Sorry about your birthing troubles!). Keep blogging, you are fun to read!

Cassoulet Cafe said...

I had pre-eclampsia with my first....I cannot imagine it going further than it did! You poor, poor thing.
I gained 20 pounds of water in one week, signaling something was wrong. I puffed up like a puffer-fish. It wasn't pretty.
Hey, you should read this book called....haha, just jokin'!!!

Insanitykim said...

CC, I know what you mean!

In the hospital the nurses had to keep changing my sheets as the water was pouring out of every pore in my body...I lost THIRTY FIVE POUNDS in ONE WEEK...all water...I was over 200 pounds at delivery, and in 8 weeks I was under my pre-pregnancy weight. 72 pounds, mostly water, gone in two months. Craziness...

tee hee...books...

Cheeky Greek said...

Wow, did you get crazy stretch marks? Yes I know thats a personal question, but I swelled up at the very end as well, and yes, the stretch marks are everywhere! I lost 30 pounds in two weeks. I remember just waking up in a pool of my own sweat and my poor newborn baby covered in it as well...nasty!

Insanitykim said...

Sorry Cheeks!!!

Yeah, I felt like that guy that melted in was terrible!

I got stretch marks everywhere, EXCEPT my belly, strange huh? For a complete overview of my body, check out "Ode to John Mayer" up in my selected reads..."30" may be the new "50" in more ways than one!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...what we have in common (kind of). I also decided I will begin homeschooling in August. Not b/c I don't like the schools, but b/c I want to teach my 2 boys as much godliness before they head out as I can.
And #2...I also had eclampsia. I just didn't know it. Dr.s didn't detect it (???) I had a migraine on Mother's Day 2003. I was 6 months pregnant. Stayed in bed, went to grandma's house for lunch, she took my blood pressure and it was rediculous. Went to hospital, was there 30 minutes, had a siezure. Emergency c-section. Maggie Leigh was born. 2 lbs 2 oz. Stayed in NICU for 5 weeks. 5 chest tubes. She lived for 5 weeks and now lives in Heaven. You're blessed because you didn't have the siezure...that was a mess. I'm blessed because of what all God has taught my husband and me through the life and death of our daughter. God is good...He just is. We now have 2 boys who are more than I could describe. I tried to find your email address, but my computer won't let me open certain things...I didn't want to be sappy too much on here...but just wanted you to know a little of "me". Thanks for sharing your list above. I like getting to know people!!
ps...i'm posting as anonymous because I couldn't figure out how to get my name on here. I'm computer stupid!

Anonymous said...

Daggum it...this is Jaime Williamson by the way...who posts on Kearsie's blog. I thought my name would show up on the comment before this. Your blog is more confusing than Kearsie's, lol!!!

Insanitykim said...

Haha! Thank you Jaime for stopping by!

So sorry for your loss; I have suffered a loss of a baby as well, and I know how it feels, although what you went through is much much more than I can imagine. God definitely holds us through those times, and it is comforting to know we will meet them there, one day!

You can email me through my profile link -- I know, jumping hoops for Wordpress and then Blogger can be a bit of a pain!

How is your ornament?? (wimper)

Anonymous said...

I can't email you through your profile link. My computer won't let me (Vista, maybe). I'll check back on your Facebook, now that you're stalking me and see if I can get it from there.
My ornament is wonderful. I kiss it every night before bedtime!! You're not a sore loser are you??? lol!

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