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30 Random Things About Me You May or May Not Know

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On this special day, 32 years ago, I became a Mom for the first time to my only son, Andrew James. I just blogged about it in my primary blog, if you would like to read it: Reflecting on the Day I Became a Mom.

 

 

For this blog, however, I am participating in an Article Writing Challenge through a group on Facebook. Yesterday the writing prompt was to update my About page, which I did (check it out!) – plus I posted an October 1st regular post, if you haven’t read that one yet.

For today, the writing prompt is to tell you random things about me you may not know…

SO … I originally did this in another blog, so I’m borrowing it for THIS blog (lots of links to check out other posts, pics, etc.), so here goes {gulp} …

  1. I am 55 years old and blessed to be alive, because I almost died in 1985 before my 27th birthday!
  2. I grew up in Gilford, New Hampshire.
  3. I lived within walking distance of Lake Winnipesaukee.
  4. I climbed Mt. Washington – three times! (…in my MUCH younger, healthier days!)
  5. I also rode on the Mt. Washington – the cruise ship – a few times.
  6. I have been married three times:  a few months to my son’s abusive father, nearly 20 years to my three daughters’ father – and about 7 1/2 years to the love of my life, Dave.
  7. Dave and I met through online dating about 10 1/2 years ago; after a few months of dating, I moved from New Hampshire up to Maine.
  8. Dave and I have seven “fur babies” –  one hound mix puppy, one Maine coon cat, and five feral kittens who showed up in our back yard in the fall of 2009 – and we never could part with any of them!
  9. I am a lifelong learner – still taking courses and pursuing degrees!
  10. I have three degrees, earned in 1980, 2007, and 2008.
  11. My first degree was a B.A. degree in Psychology, from Nyack College, Nyack, New York, in 1980.
  12. My second degree was an A.A.S. degree in Education, in a speech therapy concentration (SLPA), from KVCC in Fairfield, Maine, in 2007.
  13. My third degree was an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology, from AIU Online, in 2008.
  14. I am currently in the dissertation phase of my fully online Ed.D. degree in a dual concentration of Educational Technology and E-Learning, at Northcentral University; prospective graduation date is between 2015 to 2016.
  15. I have unfortunately lost both of my parents to cancer; my Dad in 2002 to lymphoma and my Mom in 2011 to lung cancer, after surviving (or so we thought) breast cancer. I also lost my 12 1/2 y.o. canine companion, Kita (black lab), on 12-18-2012.
  16. My adult kids, ages 24 to 32,  all either attended college, or graduated from college, and are involved in careers (proud Mom here, four times over!)
  17. My youngest daughter got married two years ago, and last year had her first child – my first grandbaby- my beautiful granddaughter Chloe Lyvia!
  18. My daughters live in New Hampshire.
  19. My son lives in New Mexico, where he also attended college for a business degree.
  20. My middle daughter is a nurse (RN); she graduated in May 2010 and passed the NCLEX first time through the next month. She is also engaged, due to get married in November.
  21. My youngest daughter graduated with an associate degree for dietetic technician.
  22. My oldest daughter has four degrees, including two associate degrees, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in organic dairy nutrition.
  23. In my “spare” time (yeah, right), I love to quilt, sew, and do various crafts.
  24. In addition to freelance writing, I run a home-based business called K-Lee’s Kreations.
  25. I have been freelancing “officially” for over five years and now have over 2,500 published articles online and have written one book so far, Fatherly Reflections. I’ve also authored/co-authored about a dozen courses.
  26. I grew up within about a half hour of Loudon, NH – home of the NH Motor Speedway (NHMS) – but wasn’t a NASCAR fan at the time!
  27. I am NOW a NASCAR fan – since I met Dave – and went to my first race in September 2012!
  28. I was much more familiar with Motorcycle Weekend/Week, than NASCAR, all the years I lived in NH.
  29. My hair started turning gray (white/silver) at about age 29 – so yeah, I’ve been coloring it for all this time, but now that I’m a grandmother, I’m slowly letting it go to its natural color.
  30. I was a traveling speech therapist for about a year – averaging about 350 miles/week – until I “came home” to work in early 2008.

Wow, I didn’t think I could come up with 30 random things – but I did – do you dare to share 30 random things about YOU?  🙂

 

Hubby Dave with our Desi pup, doing
their usual morning routine!
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15 Comments

  1. Shan

    So with you on always learning. Sometimes I feel like I’ve got all the letters in the alphabet after my name!

    Love your list!

    Shan
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    03 . Oct . 2013
  2. Francene Stanley

    I’ll bet I couldn’t come up with so many random facts about myself. But, maybe just the act of starting a list would spur me on. You’ve led an interesting life.
    Francene Stanley recently posted..October 3rdMy Profile

    03 . Oct . 2013
  3. Cher

    Great stuff, and happy birthday to your son 🙂
    Cher recently posted..Foraging Fun – Early Autumn Harvest GiftsMy Profile

    03 . Oct . 2013
  4. Amy

    Karen,
    How fun to learn a bit more about you! Did you know, my second son’s name is Andrew James?
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    03 . Oct . 2013
  5. Donalda Martin

    Very impressive!!! You have every right to be proud of all that you have accomplished and what your children have also. Hugs Donalda

    03 . Oct . 2013
  6. Jan Kearney

    I’m also taking part in Bonnie’s Article Writing Challenge, reat to get to know you better 🙂 Your family obviously mean a lot to you – so proud!
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    03 . Oct . 2013
  7. Logan Badger

    Very interesting about me page. I need to hurry up and get mine done.I admire you for laying everything on the line like that. Hopefully I can get mine out to members of the group.I am not sure if I will have near that much content though.

    Thanks for sharing!

    03 . Oct . 2013
  8. Avery Wilmer

    Hi K’Lee, I found your site through a link you left on the Article Writing Challenge board. Your facts are fascinating. I loved the story of “The Birthday That Almost Wasn’t”. God is good! So thankful that you’re still here.
    Avery Wilmer recently posted..New Look for Niche PLR SiteMy Profile

    07 . Oct . 2013
  9. Fran G

    I stopped by after I saw your post on the article challenge. I missed the first few days and had to play catch-up. I think its great that you were able to come up with 30 things about yourself. I think I may do that in a future post. I like the about page I have up right now so I’ll stick with it.
    Hope you’re enjoying the writing challenge.
    Fran
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    08 . Oct . 2013
  10. Kelly Mooney

    hahahaha some of the random facts made me laugh like turning grey at 29 so yea i’m colouring it 🙂 and some were lovely to read about how proud you are of your family – quite rightly so. Thanks for sharing your life in bullet points!! great post xx

    13 . Oct . 2013
  11. Missy Bell

    You are a very busy woman. Great facts about yourself. Never lose your motivation!

    13 . Oct . 2013
  12. Bonnie Gean

    You almost died? Egads woman! So glad you didn’t!
    Bonnie Gean recently posted..Make It a Regular Habit to Analyze Your CompetitionMy Profile

    13 . Oct . 2013
  13. Tamsin

    It’s great getting to know people through these random facts. You’ve led quite a life!

    I can relate to the life learning, spare time query and quilting 🙂
    Tamsin recently posted..My Internet Journey Thus FarMy Profile

    14 . Oct . 2013
  14. Tamala

    I tried to comment on this earlier via my phone but it didn’t work…. so let me try from my computer 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed learning about you! I can’t believe you jumped from a burning building and survived. I mean… what a story! What a rich life story you have!!!!!! I think it’s so commendable that you have degrees in various areas…. shows dedication and a passion for whatever it is you are trying to manifest at the moment. And you got the moves woman… married three times… hope I get married once. HA! And you met online.. I need to really give this online dating thing a shot!!! How amazing 🙂
    Tamala recently posted..Create Your 90-Day “I Am Magnificent” Success PlanMy Profile

    14 . Oct . 2013
  15. Craig

    Wow, impressive list. Not sure I could come up with 30 random things like that, but not you’ve got me wondering.
    Craig recently posted..Career ChoiceMy Profile

    02 . Jan . 2014

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