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25 of My Most Random Thoughts from Facebook

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

Chris with Mickey Ears1.  I am married to a computer geek that grew up in Alabama, Indiana, and Wyoming. He attended the University of Alabama and then moved to Jackson, Miss where we met while he worked at WorldCom. Currently he works for PricewaterhouseCoopers and travels all over the U.S. on a weekly basis.

2.   I have a passion for Dixon Ticonderoga pencils. I even use them to demonstrate how to teach effectively at Space Camp. Most days I carry my pencil behind my ear. You know if I am having a bad day, I have two pencils. Hoot says that it is a double pencil day and staff should stay away from the office.

Boo Radley3.   My Jack Russell/Dachshund mix is truly a hot dog. He was stolen by a lady who lived near him. He was badly neglected and malnourished. The lady turned him into a rescue kennel where Chris and I adopted him. Now he lives like a king and reigns over 5014 Willow Creek Drive.

4.  We have a rabbit that was rescued as well. Most couples who don’t have children don’t have rabbits as pets. One Christmas my family rounded up seventeen domestic rabbits that had been released on the side of the road.

5.  I am wordy. I can’t just say yes or no, true or false. It has to be a detailed answer. Sometimes I am so wordy that I forget what I am saying and drift to a different topic! Simply look at my writing for proof of this handicap.

6.  I am who I am today because of the experience in my life. My parents made a huge effort to make sure we saw life outside of Carroll County Mississippi. They took us on trips, talked to us about life, and allowed us to grow up making mistakes on our own. I loved them for loving me when I needed love and kicking my butt when I was being stubborn!

Yankee Stadium (2008)7.  I love baseball! Most people I know think it is a boring sport. You catch the ball, you throw the ball, and you hit the ball. Simple! But it is more about strategy, timing and lawn care. This fall Chris and I drove to New York the second to last weekend of the season to go Yankee Stadium! It was the best day!!! A-Rod hit a grand slam and Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig’s record for most hits in Yankee Stadium.

8.  I have worked at six different camps since I was sixteen. There hasn’t been a summer since I was fifteen that I didn’t spend at least a month at a camp. I love the camp environment. Camp of the Rising Son in French Camp, Mississippi will always have a special place in my heart for being my first camp job! Thank you Chief Margie!

Barrels at Jack Daniels9.  I like visiting Lynchburg, Tennessee and the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. It is a pleasant drive from Huntsville. The tour is outstanding. I am fascinated that millions and millions of gallons of whiskey sit on the tops of the hills in a mostly dry county, and that not much has changed in the community since Jack started making his whiskey. There isn’t a McDonald’s or Dairy Queen in the town. It warms my heart to know there are still things made the way they originally were.

10.  I have a blog ( http://graphitefree.com ). The name is originated from the absence of a pencil being used in electronic writing.  Most of my blog entries are fed to Facebook. I am not going to post this randomness on my blog. It can be for FB only.

11.  I love my job at Aviation Challenge. It is the coolest camp in the world. We teach aviation principles in a military style camp environment. I never served in the armed forces but always looked up to the men and women who serve. Working with kids in this environment is so much fun and patriotic!

Huntsville Stars (Fall 2008)12.  I collected baseball cards since I was a little girl. I love holding a little piece of baseball lore in my hand. The front side of a baseball card has an attractive man on it and the backside has facts and stats on it. Wow, can there be anything better. Each year for Christmas I give my niece and nephews a complete set from that year. When they get older they will have every year from their birth year until then.

13.  My husband and I give traditional anniversary gifts each year. Paper, cotton, leather, fruits, and so on have been the gifts so far. On our second anniversary I gave him a full size bale of cotton. It sits in our front room currently. We are not looking forward to moving because of its size and weight. I wrote an article about it for Cotton Farming magazine about the big gift.

14.  I grew up on a farm and my husband grew up in a sub-division. I had pigs, chickens, cows, goats, and dogs. He had a sister. One day I will convince him to buy a little farm so we can have lots of livestock!

In-N-Out, Las Vegas NV15.  I have a jar of M&Ms on my desk at work. Everyone who works with me comes in to eat candy from the jar. When I went to Vegas last fall with Snapper she wanted to visit the M&M store on the Strip. I didn’t care; I wanted to visit In-N-Out burger! Best burger chain in the world!!!

16.  I have had the honor of hanging out with both Apollo and shuttle astronauts. This includes meeting four moon walkers. Whether it is a book signing or socializing at Otter’s I have been lucky to meet so many. Heck, Story Musgrave thinks I have a great name, but it most likely has to do with where my name tag was placed on my dress.

17.  My first trip to Space Camp was in the spring of 1990. My latest trip as a camper was just last February with my nephew Rhett. We attended Parent Child. It was so much fun! I learned so much stuff from both trips to camp!

Bible and My Pencil18.  My favorite chapter in the Bible is Psalms 51. It is just cool to think that all our transgressions and sins can be washed clean. I have lots of favorite verses, but I come back to that one passage more often than any other.

19.  I don’t cry at sappy chick flicks. However, I cry during sports movies. Miracle, The Rookie, Rudy, and For the Love of the Game are just a few of my favorites. I cry during the Olympics also. I love sports!!!

20.  My favorite American hero is Ronald Reagan. He was an amazing president and leader. He didn’t compromise his principles just to be popular in the eyes of the American people. He helped to return our nation to economic stability and bring down the Iron Curtain.

21.   For my tenth birthday I got a Mickey Mouse phone. I still have the phone. It is so cool! Mickey Mouse was my childhood hero. When I was only one I got a stuffed Mickey doll for Christmas. Slept with that doll most every night until I was married. I replaced a mouse with Chris, I think I got the short end of the stick!

Aviation Challenge at Sunset22.  The mission for Aviation Challenge is to provide a realistic military aviation experience instilling pride, professionalism, and leadership in today’s youth for tomorrow’s future.

23.  My call sign at camp is Red Bull. I love my call sign. Growing up I never had a nick name but really wanted one. Some kids tried calling other names, but nothing stuck. Red Bull is for the energy drink, but not because I drink a lot of it. I got the call sign after a counselor graduation where I gave out and pinned their Space Camp wings on them. Red Bull gives you wings was a logical connection to me, the red head!

24.  The other day I went to a seminar at the Von Braun Center. I sat beside a lady that smelled like musty newspapers. She fell asleep during one of the presentations. I would not have noticed but she was snoring, rather loudly. To top it all off she spent most of the day inside my personal bubble. Nice lady… I have personal boundary issues.

25.  I like prime numbers. That is numbers that are only devisable by 1 and itself. There are only twenty-five prime numbers between one and one-hundred and they are as follows: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, and 97.