Finally Owning Up To My Award!

Okay earlier in the week I was tagged by Courtenay ( <– I’m not cool enough to know how to make clicky links and what not!  Anywho…I was given the Stylish Blogger Award in which I have to give 7 details about myself.  I will preface this by saying it’s been a hell of week, I’m finally feeling “recovered” from my half marathon, work was a bear and I’m enjoying a nice “Sailor Jerry and Coke Zero” as I type this.

1.) I’ve got two graduate degrees — yup, that’s right, I’m a dork.  I have a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.  Even though I don’t necessarily work in the field that my degrees are in, I feel that I use the information I learned on a daily basis.  Plus, I’m damn proud of that diploma from Columbia since I worked 30+ hours a week and commuted (3 hours each way) to class each day.

2.) I have a black belt in martial arts and that’s how I met my husband — back in 2003 I was done with grad school and looking for a hobby. I decided to take up martial arts training and low and behold — my teacher was HOT.  After a couple months of oogling over my super cute teacher, we became friends and it blossomed into a fabulous relationship.  After a couple of years it was time to take my black belt test and I will say the hardest thing of all was having my “biggest fan” whip the ever living shit out of me (not literally).  But alas, here we are now, married and happy as clams.

3.) I went to school in England for one semester — studying abroad is one of the top two highlights of my entire life (getting married was the other — and I’m sure completing NYC will be a close 3rd).  I did my undergrad studies at Fairleigh Dickinson as well and they have their own campus in England. Wroxton College to be exact 🙂  I got to live and study in this Eighteenth century abbey:

so effin cool!  We all swore it was haunted and sometimes I’d be scared to go to bed at night for fear a ghost would visit me.  I also gained like 15 lbs while over there because our meals were made by little old English women that were like grandmother’s to us.  OH and we got “tea time” twice a day where delicious homemade baked goods were served.  I would give anything to go back there!!!

4.) My college room mates are the BOMB! — they really are 🙂 and were even bridesmaids at my wedding.  We all “grew up” from freshman through senior year together and even though we’re kind of scattered all over NJ and everyone has their own agenda (work, kids, life) we try to get together at least once a year and laugh about the “good old days at FDU”

5.) I’m a perfectionist — sometimes that gets me into trouble.

6.) I have two ridiculously needy dogs — don’t get me wrong,  I LOVE THEM and they bring joy to my life everyday.  But they are on me like white on rice ALL.OF.THE.TIME  Case in point:

Arthur stuck his tongue out as I snapped the pic, but he literally stands next to me like this and whines to be entertained.

7.) I’m running the NYC Marathon for the American Cancer Society — a tidbit you already know, but I wanted to elaborate.  I think most people feel that runners choose a charity to “get a bib number” and while that may be true for some, it’s not true for me. I choose to run as part of the ACS for several reasons. One — because I wanted to be a part of something that meant more than just running 26.2 miles.  I’m an over achiever and if I can do something good while training for a big milestone in my life, well I’m gonna do it.  Two — my husband lost his aunt to brain cancer right before we met. And while I never met Aunt Rena — I know she was a great lady and missed terribly. If I can raise money for research so that another family doesn’t have to go through that tragedy…well, then I’m gonna do it. Three — I have a friend named Pat who survived her battle with breast cancer.  She is the most positive, upbeat woman you will ever meet and she gives me the inspiration to push beyond the pain and fear of running a marathon. Four — there is a girl named Jennifer who is also part of Team Determination and her father (and running partner) was diagnosed with cancer this year.  She is running her first marathon in honor of her father and praying that he is a survivor as well. It’s stories like that, that make me so incredibly thankful that I’m not experiencing that situation.  That my parents are healthy and while they can’t run marathons — they are always there to support me. I’m raising money so that the research can continue and a cure is found….so that no one has to lose a parent, loved one, or friend to this horrible disease.

Okay, I’m supposed to tag other bloggers, but let’s be honest, I have no idea how to even do that!!!  I hope that you enjoyed my tidbits and now, it’s off to make some dinner and entertain my pups 🙂

One Response to Finally Owning Up To My Award!

  1. Courtenay says:

    A black belt?? DAAAAAANG! 🙂

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