Seven Interests

Simply comment if you want to be included. I’ll list 7 of your interests from your profile page in a reply. Then you write a post about what they mean and why you are interested in them.

Here are my seven from

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CATS: I love cats. I’ve had a number of cats since I was very little. I had Speedy and her son Rascal when I was growing up. Then in my “previous life” I had Midnight, Morris, and Mysty. Midnight & Morris became daddies with Mysty as the mommy, and they had 5 kittens. We kept 3 of them – Blackie, Tippie, and Callie. Now in my “new life” I still have Callie and I also have Shadow. Of course, here in Iraq, I don’t have any kitties and I miss my girls. I miss their snuggling and their playfulness and just sitting and brushing them. Do you know how relaxing it is to just sit and brush a cat?

CROCHET: My brother taught me how to crochet (well, re-taught me) shortly after Robbie was born. It’s so relaxing just sitting with a hook going and yarn flowing through your fingers. I enjoy crocheting for others, especially baby blankets and prayer shawls.

CROSS STITCHING: My true love in the world of crafts. I have been cross stitching for around 24 years, and I find it very relaxing. I stitch while watching TV in the evenings (on my non-crocheting nights. . .). I stitch while riding in the car. I stitch while waiting for appointments. I stitch at work during my lunch hour and a half. And now I stitch in my room in Iraq.

FAMILY: This should have gone first, but since the list is alphabetical, we’ll keep it that way. Family. My family has always been very important to me. Growing up, I had 2 sets of grandparents and 2 sets of great-grandparents. I have three aunts and uncles. I have 5 cousins. I loved the times when the full family was together. And I loved the times when it was just me and one or two family members. I remember Mom & Me days in town on Saturday – going to lunch and a craft show or shopping or something. I remember helping Dad in the yard. I remember going for walks with my grandparents. I remember watching my cousins grow up (I’m the oldest). I remember having family members at every sporting event, every band concert, every birthday and other holiday. And now my family has grown with Ryan and Robbie. Ryan is the best husband in the world and he’s an awesome daddy to Robbie. And Robbie is a wonderful son. I am blessed by my family and I love them all very much. And I miss them lots and lots every day that I’m gone from them.

MUSIC: I grew up with music in my life. My mom and all three aunts play piano and I started playing when I was about 5. My great-grandfather was a Navy musician. In elementary school I always liked when I got to play the xylophone or recorder or autoharp in music class. I loved singing in church with the rest of the kids. When I was old enough I joined the church choir. I joined band in middle school. I have a degree in Music Education. And now I’m a professional musician in the Army. But I still sing in church, and I love my praise band here. Music is very much a part of my life, and I hope to pass along my love of music to my son.

PLAYING THE TROMBONE: Well, this goes along with music. Trombone is my chosen instrument. I have been playing for 20 years; I started in 7th grade. I think it’s a fun instrument. I still get some strange looks because trombone isn’t thought of as an instrument that a girl would play. But I enjoy it and I hope to continue playing trombone for the rest of my life!

RUNNING: I started running when I joined the Army. And I only ran because I had to. Until 13 July 2000. Then things changed. That was the day of my first 5K – the Freaky Friday 5K in Columbia, SC. It was an evening race, and we all got glow necklaces to wear as we ran through a few neighborhoods in Columbia. I got hooked on running after that. I’ve now run countless 5Ks, 2 or 3 10Ks, the Army Ten-Miler (in Bagram, Afghanistan), 2 half marathons (Incheon, Korea and Oshkosh, WI), and the NYC Marathon. I’m not a super fast runner, but I’m working on that. I just enjoy getting out and feeling the pavement beneath my feet and the wind in my face. I don’t run with music in my ears. I like listening to the music around me – the sounds of nature, other people, even the cars and trucks. I’ve made new friends because of my running, and I’m really looking forward to running a race with

 when I get home from Iraq and meeting her in person! My goal is to run 1000 miles while I’m here in Iraq. Here’s my ticker that I haven’t posted in a while.


So again, if you’d like to do this, just post a comment in my blog and I’ll post a reply with my seven choices of interests from your profile.

2 thoughts on “Seven Interests

  1. That’s so cool that you’ve been cross-stitching for 24 years! And it’s neat that you’ve always been so close to your family, and that they’re so supportive.
    Hopefully you can add the Boston marathon to your list! 🙂

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