Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oh, honestly!

My friend Danielle gave me this Honest Scrap award, and along with it I'm supposed to list ten honest things about myself. This is pretty easy since anything factual is honest...

1. I was born on July 31, 1980 in Provo, Utah. I am 28 years old.

2. Even though I'm 28, people who first meet me often think I'm somewhere around 18 years old, a full decade younger than I actually am. It's kind of embarrassing. I don't dress or act that young; it's just the way I guess I look. Maybe someday I'll be grateful for it, but I've always wished I looked more my age.

3. While growing up, I lived in Utah (twice), North Carolina (twice), Georgia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts because of my father's military job. Massachusetts is where my family finally "settled" when I started eighth grade.

4. I went to an Ivy League university where a successful career, status and prestige, and earning a high income were often stressed, but I really never wanted anything more than to be a mother.

5. Having said that, I often daydream about being: 1) an Olympic figure skater, 2) a professional ballerina, or 3) a big-time editor at one of the big-time publishing houses in Manhattan.

6. I have very little willpower, especially when it comes to food. Sometimes I wish that I actually gained weight easily because I think I'd be much more motivated to eat a lot healthier than I sometimes do.

7. I suffer from perfectionism and I hardly ever think I'm good enough.

8. I've also suffered from secondary infertility for the past three years. We had no problems getting pregnant with John. Why is it so hard the second time around? This is one of the great mysteries of my life right now.

9. I'm rarely bored. I always have things to do. And most of the time, I like it that way.

10. I'd usually rather be reading. I love books and I love to read. We have four bookshelves in our living room that are full of books. And we need another shelf!

Now I'm supposed to give this award to seven other bloggers with the instructions for them to do this same thing, but honestly, if you're a blogger and you regularly read my blog, I'm sure that one of your many fine qualities is honesty. So if you want it, I award it to you!


Kristina P. said...

Infertility is such a horrible thing.

The majority of my friends had a really hard time getting pregnant with their first, but then their second came a year later.

I wish you nothing but the best, Donna.

Me said...

Very Sneaky my friend...going with the facts! I like it though! Way to think outside the box.

This was a great list! I am sorry to hear that you are dealing with infertility. I hope nothing but the best for you!

rachel said...

Congrats on this award! I really enjoyed reading this. I'm sorry it's been so hard for you having a second one. It took us 5 years to have our son and then another 6 to have our daughter. I knew you loved to dance and about being an editor, but I didn't know you did figure skating too!

Laura said...

Oh, to look so young is SUCH an amazing blessing. You will be so happy when you are in your 30's and you look like you are in your 20's. And how great that you love food and don't have to worry about weight!!! You are truly an amazing person. The secondary infertility issue must be really rough. I am going to be praying for you. You are such a dang good mother.

Karolynn said...

I lived in NC for 6 years. Fayetteville was the city. I too suffered from secondary infertility. It took 10 years to get my three little ones. It happened like magic one day I was getting pregnant just by passing my husband in the hall way. I think being a Mom is a great thing. It is fun to get to know you better.

A New England Life said...

Donna, be glad you look young! I've always heard the same thing and now that I'm in my 40's it still feels wonderful when someone says I look much younger.

Don't you hate that perfection thing? It holds you back from doing things you think you won't be good enough at. It's a mental handicap for me bestowed by my mom : (

Loved reading your list. I can certainly relate to a couple more. My best to you and John on your wishes for another baby. It will happen. You still have plenty of time ; )