Today I am linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 Linkup and I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some more random facts about me, in case there are new some new visitors here. Come and get to know me better, or ask questions if you have them!
If you stopped by here through the Friday Five 2.0 link-up, welcome! I am also participating in NaBloPoMo this month, which is a 30-day blog posting challenge and you can read all about it in yesterday’s post (and join in, if you’re so inclined!).
1. A brief introduction: Hi, I am San and I live in sunny California, but I grew up in Germany. I know, most of you know that, but did you know that I have lived in the U.S. for almost 17 freakin’ years now? Typing this out makes my eyes bulge out of my head, because how is that even possible? I am not that old! I wrote a little bit about my life-changing move to the US here a couple of years ago and about the decision to come to California in the first place here. I know some of you have read my blog from the beginning and I am thankful for that.
2. You know, I really like the idea of winding down with a glass of wine in the evening, but it always ends up being a cup of tea for me.
3. I have (sadly) never had a pet in my life (unless you count the parakeet that I got for my 6th birthday and had for about two weeks before my parents gave it away.) Maybe one day.
4. I’ve only been in the hospital once in my life (for iron-deficiency anemia). I have no idea where it came from (they never found a definitive cause), but it took a blood transfusion and several years of iron supplements to get my iron levels up to normal.
5. I could have been an Olympic javelin gold medalist. Ok, I know, how is that for a random fact, right? The short story is: nah, not really. I am exaggerating.
The long story: As you might know,I have a degree in physical education and as part of the degree, I had to pass a practical exam in “track and field” (and other sports, of course). You had to pick three disciplines (one in each category: running, throwing, jumping). In my first exam, I tried to “cheat my way” through it. Track and field wasn’t really my thing and my strategy was to put in the least amount of effort to pass. I chose 100m-sprint (get it over with), discus (seemed cool!), and long jump (why not?). Well, apparently not good choices for me, because I failed.
I had another shot at the exam the following semester and I realized that just maybe I should choose the disciplines more wisely. I chose 3000m (the previous semester had proved that I was definitely NOT a sprinter, but maybe that’s where I learned that middle to longer distances might be my thing?!), long jump (still better at that than high jump) and javelin. I did pretty well in the running and jumping discipline, but apparently, I was a natural at javelin throwing. I could barely get the discus out of my hand, but apparently, the javelin was a different story. The distance I threw was off the grading chart. Ha! If only I had known that earlier. The possibilities!
What’s one thing you were unexpectedly good at? Tell me a random fact about you while you’re here!