Fifty Random Facts

  1. I have blue eyes.
  2. Jove Belle is a pen name that is a splicing together of my mom’s and my grandma’s names.
  3. Commas are the bane to my existence.
  4. Same hyphens.
  5. man-watching-burning-car-hand-drawn-cartoon-characters-34108184I once helped a guy put out a car fire and he rewarded me with a phone shaped like a stiletto (the shoe, not the knife).
  6. The one and only time I went deer hunting, my cousin (The Redneck) put me in timeout on top of a large pile of stumps, branches, and larger limbs. Apparently, I’m a loud walker.
  7. As a kid, I was a great swimmer. As an adult, I completely forgot how to breathe.
  8. I rappelled down a building and later down a mountain. I used to be fearless.
  9. I totally freeze when put on the spot. I would be the worst game show contestant ever.
  10. I own three rifles, two hand guns, two compound bows, a recurve bow, a crossbow, and one set of throwing knives. I also have horrible aim.
  11. Once, on an early morning run, I thought the flapping of the hood on my new jacket was a person following me. When I sped up, the follower sped up. When I slowed down, the follower slowed down. When I turned around really fast, the follower wasn’t actually there. It took me far too long to figure out that the noise was coming from me.
  12. stock-illustration-1858225-wasp-cartoonBirds terrify me, but we have a flock of chickens in our backyard.
  13. When I was a kid, I sat on a bee while on a roadtrip with my family to Yellowstone.
  14. I was a radio DJ for about half a minute back in the 90s.
  15. Riding a bike is one of my most favorite activities.
  16. I know how to build a fence.
  17. I’m not a great cook, but I make some kickass gravy.
  18. I’m s little bit in love with Agent Carter.
  19. I have absolutely no rhythm. But when I watch Dancing with the Stars (oh yes, I do), I can almost forget about it.
  20. I write books.
  21. grr-aarghTara and I, along with our oldest daughter, Michelle, got a tattoo of the Mutant Enemy zombie. Mine is on my left bicep, Tara’s is on her right bicep, and Michelle’s is on her right ankle. Due to a mix-up with the reference material, our zombies come complete with little zombie dicks. I laugh every single time I look at it.
  22. I traded my smartphone in for an old-school flip phone and I love it.
  23. I have shingled several roofs. Because I’m badass like that.
  24. I once drove a boat into the rocks and destroyed the propeller.
  25. I like to strap a milk crate to the cargo platform on the front of my bike and take my dog Max with me on rides. He likes it too.
  26. I’m a registered democrat.
  27. I’ve received so many traffic tickets (mostly speeding) that I’ve lost count.
  28. printable-treasure-map-for-kids-1I collect silver and plan to leave my kids a treasure map as part of my Last Will and Testament.
  29. At current, I have six tattoos.
  30. I fell in love with Tara so hard and so fast, and even now, over twenty years later, I can’t believe how lucky I am to have found her. I’ve no idea what she sees in me, but I hope like hell she doesn’t ever change her mind.
  31. When I read, I am completely useless at everything else in life. I am a total binge reader, and once I start, I can’t stop.
  32. I believe in love at first site.
  33. I was born at home, not in a hospital.
  34. Being a mom is the best job ever. And the worst.
  35. j-howard-miller-rosie-the-riveter-1944I own five drills, nine hammers, five saws, and zero irons. I think this means that I’m perfectly happy building things while wearing wrinkled clothes.
  36. I have a bucket list.
  37. I sing even when I don’t know the words. Often, loud and off key.
  38. When my mom was young, she was given a yellow piggy bank. After she died, I inherited it. I keep it in our hutch and call it Pig. Tara gives me all of her coin to feed to Pig.
  39. I’m a pop culture junky.
  40. A few years ago (more like a decade), I re-wired my mom’s house. And, knock wood, it didn’t burn down afterwards.
  41. I threw up on the tilt-a-whirl.
  42. I prefer my vitamins to be bear shaped and gummy.
  43. DOB-logoI have a motorcycle endorsement.
  44. I once drove eighteen hours to Canada because their legal drinking age was lower than it was in Oregon at the time.
  45. I learned how to drive when I was ten. As part of that process, I almost ran over my older brother. What was my mom thinking? Seriously?
  46. I have a scar in the middle of my forehead from diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool.
  47. I think movies with subtitles are inherently more interesting.
  48. My appendix ruptured and I almost died. I spent almost a month in the hospital and had two surgeries.
  49. For about ten minutes, I worked as a conductor for Burlington-Northern railroad.
  50. I am a wife, a mother, a sister, a cousin, a daughter, an aunt, a niece, and a friend.



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