11 Things

This morning I woke up to a @mention from the lovely Miss Danielle and was tagged for the "11 Things" meme. Normally I say thanks for being included and never really partake, but this one seemed fun and I didn't have anything else planned for the blog today so I said why not! Thanks for tagging me, Danielle!

There are five rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you've tagged them.

Let's go!

11 Random Things:
1. My absolute favorite cities in the world are Budapest and Amsterdam. I'd pack up my little family and move to central Europe in a heartbeat if I felt I could adequately learn the language. The architecture and story of Budapest is truly remarkable. And Amsterdam has the most beautiful canals, bridges, and row houses. 

2. I'm blind in my left eye, and I have been ever since I was a little bebe. I don't know what it's like to see out of both eyes so I just make the best of it! The hardest thing in the world: winged eyeliner! Gah, someone needs to come up with "The half-blind girl's guide to winged liner". Oh! And being up to bat in softball! My depth perception is a bit off haha! (But yes, I still have a driver's license and the only restriction I have is that I have to have both outside mirrors on my car. I have perfect vision in my right eye!)

3. Speaking of softball, going to the batting cages and go karts is my idea of the perfect date. I miss playing softball (and volleyball) every day. It'd be really fun to get in on a Jack and Jill league (my mom played up until she was pregnant with me!)

4. I cannot, for the life of me, say "Indianapolis" correctly on the first go unless I consciously think about it. I always pronounce it "Indiana-apolis".

5. Pickle-sickles are where it's at! If you don't know what that is, it's frozen pickle juice popsicles. Basically like sodium + vinegar in a frozen shape... and it's awesome. Susannah (and Mike) are making the most disgusting faces reading this, I just know it!

6. In high school I really really wanted to row crew for sport (just at an intramural/club level though). I think it's the ultimate sport/workout and it's just neat to watch.

7. I collect novelty salt and pepper shakers. This is kind of a new one, but I already have a ridiculous assortment. Ranging from stackable burgers, ice creams, giraffes, sharks and a plethora of mushrooms, I like anything cute or kitschy.

8. I was a tomboy for most of my life. The thought of wearing a dress disgusted me until I was a senior in high school, or maybe even college. I was a jeans + shirt kind of gal, but I wore mostly Hollister + Abercrombie type stuff (I know. Whoa.) One day I just decided to like dresses and that was that. Now I own one pair of jeans and basically zero shirts. It's all about the easy to manage dresses! (But for real -- My room was decorated in totally UT Vols stuff at one point... like, football. I wanted to play football. Sometimes I wonder if my frontal lobe was swapped in my sleep.)

9. My favorite author is Anna Maxted. She writes funny Brit-chick novels and I have every single one. I also love Sophie Kinsella of the Shopaholic Series (and more!). Please don't let the movie adaptation of "Confessions of a Shopaholic" ruin the series for you. They are seriously so much better in book form. (I know lighthearted fiction isn't the most noteworthy to be reading, but I guess it's better to read something as opposed to nothing!)

10. My first job was at the Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee. It's a non-profit elephant refuge that provides sanctuary and 2,700 acres of land for sick and old elephants that have been confiscated or retired from circuses, zoos and private owners. I worked up in the office starting when I was 15 or 16 and stayed there for a year and a half (I think?). Delhi was my favorite ele and it was the most incredible experience working there. I would've rerouted my college plans to go to school for zoology, emphasis on pachyderms, if the sanctuary were anywhere other than my hometown. (You can check out more about the Sanctuary here, and even watch a live feed of the elephants! It's closed to the public though, so you can't go see them. There is a new Education center in town though!)

11. My second favorite animal is the Octopus. I started reading about them in the 6th grade and I think they're fascinating. They're so incredible intelligent, agile, and interesting. Did you know they have 3 hearts? And can squeeze through holes as tiny as a quarter? The only hard part of their body is their beak! (My absolute favorite animal is the Great White Shark of course!) 

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Here are Danielle's 11 questions she tagged me for:
1. If money, schooling or time was no obstacle, what career would you choose?
Without a doubt: Marine Biology with an emphasis on Great White Sharks (or just sharks + rays (and maybe cephalopods, too!) in general). I'd love to work in the field, studying, tagging and documenting the migrating and mating patterns of Great Whites. So very little is known about them and they're in danger of extinction due to the finning of fishermen. I'd love to work in conservation.

2. What's the one thing you look forward to every day?
A bubble bath. Sounds silly, but it's a nice half hour break from the hustle and bustle, and I get to enjoy it all to myself. Candles, smelly good stuff and a book are the highlight of my evening.

3. What is your number one, all-time, favorite blog?
This one is hard... I'm going to say Susannah's because she's my best friend and I like to keep tabs on what she's doing since she lives 600 miles away! (Totes not creepy, right?!)

4. Biggest online pet peeve?
Passive aggression. Especially on Twitter. We're all guilty of it, I know, but I strive to not be "that girl" with the passive remarks and attitude. It just causes you to alienate yourself.

5. What is your all-time favorite book?
Getting Over it by Anna Maxted. Funny, but sincere, reading at it's best!

6. What would your "last meal" be?
Ooooh this is tough! It's a toss up between my mom's chocolate gravy + biscuits or Mike's brown rice + veggie skillet casserole (with an Olive Garden salad on the side!) and sweet tea. Home cookin' all the way! (You know, OG aside)

7. Do you believe in love at first sight?
I'm not sure. I don't think so, no. Maybe interest/infatuation/lust, but not love. However I've never experienced it so maybe it takes seeing to believe!

8. What would your ideal Sunday morning consist of?
Sleeping in just a little bit (since I get home from work around 3:45am), waking up to a fresh pot of coffee, and Mike's French toast. Lounging in our pjs to catch up on our week's worth of DVR recordings. 

9. Why do you blog?
Originally it was to share my adventures living in NYC with my family and friends, but it's since become a way for me to meet likeminded people and share my little piece of the world. It's fun!

10. If you had to choose one color to wear forever, what would you pick?
Oh man, I instantly want to say a blushy/peachy/light pink because it's my favorite color. I'm not quite sure it's the *most* flattering on me, but I don't think I could ever tire of it! As long as I could mix and match the fabrics... lace and chiffon, bring it on!

And here are my 11 questions for the gals I tag!
1. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
2. If you could teleport to any time and place, where would you go and why?
3. What are the three closest items to you right now?
4. If you had a spirit animal, what would it be?
5. What is your earliest childhood memory?
6. Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years?
7. Have you kept in touch with your childhood best friend(s)?
8. If you had to describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be?
9. Describe your idea of a perfect day: Where would you go, what would you do, who would you do it with?
10. What kind of "weird" foods do you like? (They could just be weird to your friends/family, kind of like my pickle sickles!)
11. Do you collect anything? If so, what? 

I tag: Susannah, Kate, Moorea, Mandy, Diana, Elycia, Beca and Kaylah! (and YOU if you're up for it!)

Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me! Happy Sunday!


  1. these posts remind me of old livejournal days! love!!

  2. There's a snow cone stand here in my hometown with close to 200 flavors (it's the only thing this Po-dunk town has to offer) and one of the most popular flavors? Pickle ice. ;) It's amazing! I'm right there with you.

  3. Interesting tidbits, especially about your eye (and the eyeliner) and the elephant sanctuary. I tend not to partake in these things either though I too always say thanks to the person who tagged me.

  4. i love these, so many interesting facts! I need to do it for sure :)

  5. I really enjoyed reading this, Kaelah (:

  6. wow I would've never knew some of this!!!

  7. these little meme things can be so fun sometimes! I saw it pop up on you and Danielle's blog and I went ahead and participated! such fun! :) and pickle sickles? ew for me but sounds like something my Dad would like since he drinks pickle juice. :P


  8. Hey Kaelah - I know a way you might be able to do winged eyeliner if it works for you (it doesnt work for me as I'm allergic to tape on my skin)
    Good luck! xo

  9. I have a lazy eye so am pretty much blind in one eye, i try and explain to people that I only really see out of one and they're like "but... that doesn't make sense." So I feel ya! I've always been rubbish at batting, but have never ever thought it would be to do with depth perception! You learn something new every day!x

  10. My dads blind in one eye, too. Hes always disappointed because he says the 3D effects at the movies never work for him. I think I need to do one of these posts myself, they seem so fun!
    xo Heather

  11. I need to introduce you to my friend, she is obsessed with sharks and wants to do marine biology too hahaha!

  12. This was so interesting! Working with elephants sounds amazing, and I had no idea you were blind in one eye. Would love for you to post more stuff like this in the future, every once in awhile. :)


  13. You can just call it "Indy". That's what we call it in Indiana.

  14. I enjoyed learning more about you Kaelah! I did this on my page, also. Check it out if you have some time, and feel free to answer some of my questions! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday! :)


  15. This was fun. Here's my post: http://sarcasticremark.blogspot.com/2012/02/11-things.html

  16. This is such a cool idea! I took on your challenge and tagged a few more bloggers, over at my blog! Thanks for sharing this!


  17. I LOVE the Shopaholic series! It is my totally not-guilty guilty pleasure reading. I was so sad when the movie version ended up being so blah... Isla Fischer and the hottie guy whose name escapes me seemed so perfect! Alas, it was not meant to be... but I can't wait for the next one!

  18. OMG. There's actually someone else who knows what chocolate gravy is! Seriously, every time I mention biscuits and chocolate gravy outside of my family, people look at me crazily.

  19. oh my gosh Pickle-sickles sound so sick! i bet my husband would LOVE them. sick!!

  20. This looks like so much fun! I don't often do these either but I def would make an exception for this one. Working at an elephant sanctuary sounds like a blast.

  21. I don't usually do these either but I would def make an exception for this one too. Working in an elephant sanctuary sounds like the most awesome job.

  22. that's so cool you worked at the sanctuary :)
    thanks for sharing - it's always nice to learn a little bit more about eachother!
    xo, cheyenne

  23. I live in Indianapolis and when I was a kid I would just say "Idiapolis". It was easier. :P

  24. my dream career would be marine biology with an emphasis in sharks too! i'm a total ocean nerd and don't even try talking to me during shark week because i can't be bothered to do anything but stare at the tv all day long!

  25. I used to go to high school basketball games purely for the frozen pickle juice. It never occurred to me that I could just make it myself!

  26. that is CRAZY that you are blind in your left eye! it's just something i would never imagine, and it's really awesome that you design, i feel like someone will write a book about you someday.

    also, you had the BEST first job ever. that is awesome. i love this little 11 things thing that's going around - i love seeing what people have to share.

  27. I *love* that you're a UT fan.. Go Vols! lol
    Also, I didn't know you were blind in your left eye! Seriously, if you ever ~really wanted to try liquid liner, you could hold a mirror and look down into it. lol

    Xo, Rachel

  28. Amsterdam is by faaar my favorite city in the world. I lived near there when I was younger, and it's always been close to my heart.

  29. I just gasped out loud when I read the elephant sanctuary part! I am so jealous!!! :) Elephants are my absolute favorite animal. (Don't tell my dog.) And they have a special place on my bucket list. http://modernmindoldsoul.com/2012/02/24/bucket-list/

  30. I love the Shopaholics series but they ruined it by making Becky American. The whole charm of the series was that she was British. What were they thinking?!

  31. if your ideal date is batting and go karts, then you need to make a stop up to where i work in minnesota. if you are ever in minnesota, come to grand slam in coon rapids! i will hook you up! ha (:

  32. is chocolate gravy a tennessee only thing? my boyfriend is from TN (he is also familiar with the elephant sanctuary!) and he always talks about how good chocolate gravy is, but being from the midwest, I had never heard of it!

  33. @ kitten roar: i kind of want to say yes, but i've noticed a hefty majority of tennesseeans don't know what it is either! what part of the state is he from?! i only know a handful of people in the southern part of the mid-state that actually know of chocolate gravy! mike is from 45 minutes west of me and he had no idea what it was either haha but seriously, its DEELISH!

  34. I just saw the Confessions of a Shopaholic book at a bookstore but figured I'd seen the movie twice so it wouldn't be worth reading--think I'll go look for it at the library now!

  35. Thanks for the tag! I'm going to be working on these on the plane!

  36. Thanks for tagging me! I'll be working on these on the plane!


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