Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tag! I'm It!

Yes, I've been tagged. Thank you to the amazingly talented mom/chef/author of for thinking of me. I've always been fascinated by other blogger's tag entries. I love learning about their oh so interesting lives...then there's me. This is probably a much needed push to look inside myself. My mother has been telling me for a while now that I need to "find myself". I am one of those stay-at-home-mom types who completely defines herself by her children and her home, although quite frankly at this point in my life I feel that's the way it should be. It will be a challenge to come up with 6 facts about me that I feel are even remotely interesting, but I am here to give it a try.

Here are the rules:

Link to the person who tagged you.
Post the rules on the blog.
Write six random things about yourself.
Tag six people at the end of your post.
Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

1. Anyone who reads my blog is probably already aware of this but it's a place to start...I am surrounded by people with numerous and severe food allergies (my husband, my mother, and all 3 of my daughters) but I actually have no food allergies myself.

2. I was born and raised in California, but we moved to Oregon 7 years ago and I will never go back (well, except to visit). I love it here!

3. I made my own senior prom dress and I made my own wedding dress. The wedding dress won 3rd place in the California State Fair, an achievement I sill take pride in 20 yrs later! (of course I don't ever have time to sew now) Hmmm...I was going to post a picture of my self with this entry, maybe I'll make it a wedding picture.

4. I have a phobia of driving. I am 38 yrs old and have never had a drivers license. I walk a lot and take the bus when I have to. (geesh, you'd think I'd be in better shape! Don't let the picture fool you, that was 20 yrs and 40 lbs ago.)

5. My favorite city to visit is San Francisco!!! I love the diversity, the art, the food, and the general vibe of the city! I also love that it is one of the few places where a person is better off NOT driving.

6. My mother is my hero! Prepare yourself for a long story, more about my mom than myself, but her life choices have helped shape who I am, so please bear with me...

When I was a teenager my parents split up and I stayed with my mom who was a severe alcoholic at the time. The second I turned 18 I was outta there! After a few more years of misery my mom realized she needed to make some changes. She quit drinking and smoking all at once, cold turkey! She then did some soul searching and decided to leave a well paying job with benefits and move to the country. She moved to an old mining town/tourist attraction and played the autoharp and sang songs on the street for tips. She is currently living in a renovated chicken coop (I am not kidding) and is the happiest she's ever been. Once she stopped drinking she became more aware of how she felt physically and it wasn't so good. She eliminated corn and dairy from her diet and became a vegetarian. She felt better for a few years but then started having stomach trouble. That's when she self diagnosed celiac disease. Today my mom is eating an organic,vegan, gluten free diet, living in nature, and doing odd jobs to pay the bills, and she is incredibly self fulfilled. My biggest lesson learned from her, and one I think most people could benefit from, is to strive for simplicity! I know she will never read this (she doesn't own a computer...or a TV), but I'm going to shout this out anyway...I LOVE YOU MOM!!!

Well, there you have it...That's me :)

Now for the chosen 6....

I tag:

Janeen of "Mom's Food Allergy Diner" at

Bella of "The Hampton Roads Food Allergy Connection" at

Melanie of "A Foodie's Fall From Grace" at
(we'll give Melanie a little extra time, I didn't realize she just injured herself)

Allergy Mom of "The Allergic Kid" at

Queen Telling Of "The Allergy Cafe" at

Tracy of "Winning Against Eosinophilic Esophagitis" at

I tried to choose people who have not been tagged before, if I have mistakenly re tagged anyone please let me know. I am looking forward to learning more about all of you! :)

Speedbump Kitchen (do I know your real name?) thank you again. This was fun.


Speedbump Kitchen said...

You have a very interesting life! And you get to live in Bend! My husband and I traveled through 11 years ago on our honeymoon and stayed with a college friend and her photographer father. I remember how beautiful it was and that they had llamas as 'lawnmowers"! I love SF too, I think I could spend days eating my way through the Ferry Building. My sewing...not so good..I altered my wedding dress, but fortunately I only had to wear it once for 5 hours...I rely on hot glue guns more than stitches these days. You need to get your mom to blog...okay probably not blog, but record her life in some way. -Marie

Anonymous said...

Fantastic wedding dress!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Thanks for the tag! I've done this before, but I can always come up with 6 things :) The reason I like these meme's is that it helps you to get to know a little more about the people you read, on a personal level. That's amazing about your mom. She sounds like a special person.
And I love your dress.
Can totally relate to 20 years and ___ pounds ago....:)

Anonymous said...

Hi AM, I just posted my tag response. Thanks again for tagging me. It was fun!

Allergy Mom said...

My post is up, and it wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be. Thanks for having me play. Libby

ChupieandJ'smama said...

My post is up too!! :)

FoodAllergyMom said...

Yay! Good job girls! :)

FoodAllergyMom said...

chupieandj'smama has three blogs, if you are looking for her tag response it is here

Swiftyjess said...

I googled for a recipe and found this site.
My daughter is allergic to eggs, dairy, soy, beef, and peanuts.
And I have a phobia of driving too. I have never EVER met someone else with such a phobia.

FoodAllergyMom said...

Oh my gosh, neither have I! Thank you so much for leaving a comment!!! What recipe were you looking for? A lot of mine have soy in the form of margarine but it can be replaced.