Sunday, September 16, 2007

Middle Name Meme

Julie Wright tagged me with the middle name thing. I'm not positive, but I think I'm supposed to use the letters of my name to describe myself. This might take a while as my middle name is a bit long, but I'll give it a shot. I was named after my grandmother, Elizabeth Elder Sipe, but she went by Betty. She was an amazing woman and I couldn't be more proud to carry her name, though it wasn't always so. She was funny, super strong willed, and very spiritual. I miss her.

E - Eccentric. I like a strange mix of all kinds of things, though I'm not the funny hat lady or anything. Oh, wait, yes I am! I like hats, but I don't think they look funny. Back to the point - I like music of all mixes: classical, rock, country, new age, and most everything in between. I play the flute with passion and built myself a den. I like animals and hate bugs. Love sweet and salty together, only like chocolate or brownies if they have nuts, and then I LOVE them. I have a lot of likes that are total opposites. Does that make me eccentric?

L - Lazy? lol I admit it, I'm a bit of a couch potato. My idea of heaven is to lay out under the stars and do absolutely nothing, and failing that, a mountain side in a reclining chair so I can watch the clouds go by.

I - Idealistic - I'm an optimistic dreamer.

Z - Zombie. It seems I'm always tired, probably because I'm such a night owl and am forced to get up in the morning. I hate mornings. Let me say that again. I hate mornings!

A - Aware. Let me clarify this because it applies on several levels. First, I am one of those people that is hyper-aware of everything going on around me. I can tell what my kids are doing by the sounds they create (they truly believe I have eyes in the back of my head! They even asked me how I slept, because it would mean my eyes were squashed in my pillow. Kids!) . It's one of the reasons I have to use earplugs when I write. Every little sound distracts me, unless the sound is so loud it becomes a buzz, and then I can discard it to background noise. Second, I'm also one of those who tends to be very in tune with what kinds of energy other people are putting out. I guess I'm a bit of an empath. Not in a sci-fi kind of way - I just can tell what other people are feeling a lot and it makes me very aware of how to communicate with them. It's easy to climb into other people's shoes.

B - Batty? Full of bologna? Boring? No, I'd have to go with "Brainy" on this one. It's not that I'm super smart or anything, I just like to learn things. Stuff fascinates me, so I study it. My brother calls it being the "Queen of useless trivia". That's me!

E - Embracing. Again, this applies on multiple levels. First, I've become a very huggy kind of person as I've gotten older. There's just something about connecting with somebody with a hug that I can never get enough of. Second, I'm one who tries to embrace life, though some days I succeed better than others. I'm not afraid to try new things and truly believe I can do them.

T - Talented. Okay, I feel a little weird putting that down, because I am so NOT a prideful kind of person. I just happened to be very blessed to be good at a lot of different things. As a teenager it frustrated me because I couldn't decide what I wanted to grow up and be. I knew, quite literally, that I could be almost anything. That came from my mother. She always told me I could do anything I wanted to if I wanted it bad enough. I believed her with all my heart and still do to this day. That's how I can build a den, or a bookcase, or any of the other numerous things I've tried.

H - Heartfelt. I'm a pretty sincere gal. What you see is what you get. I don't give compliments unless I mean them, and I never try to pretend to be something I'm not. I feel things very deeply and try to live what I believe.

So that's me in so many words. Of course there are more layers, but I'll have to save those for another challenge. I guess it's time to pass on the torch. I think I'll tag Shanna and Paulette.

Quote of the Day: "When I don't write, I feel my world shrink. I lose my fire, my color." - Anais Nin


~paulette said...

oh my word
tagged by both you AND Autumn's Able... guess i'm either really suppose to stop and think about myself here, or it's just at the bototm of the pickings!

but thanks for thinking of me, really... loves

holly cow, that security word is dang long today... dtietxu, i think

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Love it!

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen said...

I'm glad you said you are talented. Too many of us are afraid to admit anything good about us for fear we'll sound like were bragging.
I enjoyed learning about you.

Karen Hoover said...

Paulette - well, at least you know you are loved! This was a fun meme to do. A little more challenging than usual, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Candace - Thanks!

Karen Hoover said...

Ronda - thank you very much. It's true. For some reason we are afraid to speak highly of ourselves for fear people will see us as putting ourselves above others. I used to be that way, but now I'm just me. I figure Heavenly Father gave me these gifts for a reason and they aren't doing any good sitting in the dark! So, sometimes, when I'm among friends, I pull them out and polish them off a bit. Thanks for stopping by!

Julie Wright said...

Love your descriptions of yourself. Aware ia a great one for you. You really are aware of others in every way. And TALENTED . .. Oh yes! You're that too!

Karen Hoover said...

LOL Julie! You're so nice to agree with me. Thanks for tagging me. This was a fun one to do. It made me think, but I really liked it.