Monday, September 8, 2008

My 6 Random Things + 3 more

I got tagged by my friend, Christina, to share 6 random things about myself. Sorry I'm not going to tag anyone else (don't know many bloggers who haven't already been tagged). Here's my list...

1. Most of my extended family in Alabama have always called me Lisa. My mom wanted me to have the same initials as my dad CEG but she always liked the name Lisa. So, my parents gave me the middle name Elesia so my mom could have a justifiable reason to call me Lisa. I liked having 2 different names in 2 different places; it was like I could be 2 different people...I know, I'm weird :-)!

2. I NEVER liked sports! I NEVER was an athlete! I actually ALWAYS had an excuse to get out of P.E. When I was forced to play an organized game, I was the girl who let the ball hit the way was I going to get dirty or break a nail. I know, I was one of those girls!

3. The comment section on most of my report cards read, "She's a great student but she talks alot." Who, me???

4. When I was a 10 yr old Girl Scout in England (see #8), we took an over-night trip to a historical Girl Scout Lodge. That night while everyone was sleeping, the lodge caught on fire. By God's grace, a leader (who was 6 months pregnant with twins) was awakened by the excessive heat & sounded the alarm. I remember that night so vividly...21 girls, 3 leaders in our pjs walking down the street, had to pass by a cemetary, got to a neighbor's home, & then they called our parents (Mom & Dad, I'm sure you remember that call.) Most of the building burned down and we lost nearly all of our belongings. I actually still have the newspaper article.

5. I was a Resident Assistant in college. Of course my floor liked me because I was one of those RA's that actually had a life and didn't have time to spy on them around corners, peek, or sniff under their doors (believe me I know people who did this).

6. My first job was a hostess at Red Lobster. It's still my favorite restaurant!

7. I was born in Okinawa, Japan (both of my parents are retired Air Force).

8. I lived in England (1 hour from London) for 4 years. My parents were stationed there.

9. About 6 years ago, Kempton & I were driving home late one night. As we were about to turn into our neighborhood, a cop stopped us and asked Kempton to get out of the car. He told Kempton to follow him back to his car. We had no reason to be stopped. I was so scared & just prayed as they talked for a few minutes. Then Kempton came back to the car with this weird look on his face. He then said that the cop asked him if he was safe because there was a woman who fit my description who had committed a crime and then escaped in a car similar to ours. He thought that Kempton was in danger of “me”. Kempton laughed the whole way home, but I sure didn’t!


the hungarian said...

Oooooh, can I call you Lisa from now on? Who would have known?!! You forgot to mention that you are really Japanese too! :)

Noel said...

ENGLAND? How come I didn't know you lived there sometime? . . . Or--I'm afraid to ask--did I know it and forgot?

Caryn said...

Christina & Noel - Thanks for reminding me about #7 & 8.

Stine said...

That was a nice walk down memory lane. It reminded me again how thankful I am to have you as my daughter.

Caryn said...

Thanks Mom!
Without you blessing me with so many experiences, I wouldn't have so many great memories!

Waldemar Family said...

Thanks for sharing. That was fun!

The Keierleber Family said...

ok, I am cracking up!!! I am SO telling PK about #9! :)

That's cool about your name!

And I'm the girl in #2! I was a cheerleader, but I NEVER played anything else, or exerted any other energy than that! Now with the youth Bryan and Kristin always want me to join in games and such, and I try to find ways to get out of it. If K isn't there I can, if she is there, I am usually forced to play! :) lol

Kristen said...

I loved this post! Since I only know you online, this was really fun. I grew up as a missionary kid in Africa for 14 years, so hello to a fellow Third Culture Kid! :) Also, my sister and her husband were stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and my husband and I traveled there when our daughter was about 10 weeks old (with her...that 14 hour flight was the longest of my life). I did chuckle at your last one, but I also can totally understand how frightening it must have been at the time. And last (yes, I know this is way too long already!), thanks for clarifying about the seminar we attended!

Crazy mom said...

Thanks for sharing! You have had a very interesting life :) I think #9 is really funny :)


chona said...

nice to know more about you! I'm with you on the non-Athletic thing, too. proof is my broken ankle while trying to slide.