Eleven Things About Me Times 2

I often get emails asking me to do another ‘About Me’ post. And I would happily do one if I knew what you wanted to know about me.

Well, my friend Sam tagged me in her own post and made it easy. She challenged me to share 11 random things and answer 11 of her own devised questions. She also requested I post a current photo of me.  So here we go!

Thanks to my soon-to-be 4-year-old, here’s me today:

11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME (not found on my 100 things about me post):

  • I love plants and flowers adorning a home. I am not a fan of fake foliage, yet I do not have a single living plant in my house. I’ve tried. None has survived. The next time we move, window placement will be something I consider.
  • A perfect birthday cake would be angel food with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream.
  • My husband is seriously my best friend. And I would have it no other way.
  • All of my close friends will tell you I am an old soul. I enjoy hymns, I prefer being a stay-at-home mom where you actually stay home during the day, and I am not one to jump on technology easily. (I still don’t have a smart phone!)
  • I never remember how old I am. If I’m ever asked, I have to do the math.
  • The color white is not in my wardrobe. That’s for your sake, not mine, as I look an ill-ish green in it.
  • Sitting in the hot sun soaking in rays is not an ideal vacation for me. Being cooped up in a secluded cabin on a lake is.
  • I do not like shopping for myself. Even as a little girl I had trouble. My grandma would take me school shopping and I would ask for nothing. Can you believe that?
  • The only cruise I might consider is an Alaskan cruise.
  • I will never grow tired of board games.
  • I’ll sit down and watch a chick flick with a girlfriend, but secretly prefer action or movies/shows that make me think/ solve something.

And the questions Sam wants to know:

1. How long is your longest friendship?

28+ years. And I have 3 friends that fit into that category I converse with regularly. My sister Anna, my cousin Ginger, and my first childhood friend, Faith.

2. Have you ever left the country?

Yes. I have been to Mexico several times for vacations and a mission trip. Canada on my honeymoon. And Spain, France, and England on a trip in high school.

3. What hidden talent do you have, but seldom share?

Love this question. And wish I had an answer. Talents are easily lost if not shared. And the one I worry about the most is painting contemporary landscapes. For I love to do it and really want to get better at it. Does that count?

4. Are you a homebody or extrovert?

I am the epitome of a homebody. I love staycations. But if we meet in a crowded room, you will never know it. I can socialize with the best of them. As long as it’s only an hour or two.

5. What is your favorite meal of the day?

Breakfast. Without question.

6. How many hours do you sleep each night?

I need 7-8 to be my best self. I probably get 6-7 most of the time.

7. Do you have a favorite perfume?

Pregnancy took this one away from me. I now prefer scented lotions. Coconut and vanilla being my first choices.

8. Who do you most admire?

Again, love this question. And I’ve never seriously thought about it. My great-grandmother Veta is the one woman I think of most when I am deciding how to react to something. So I am thinking she fits the mold best.

9. Why?

She was faithfully committed to her relationship with her Savior.
She was frugal yet generous.
She was extremely organized and prioritized.
She knew how to love. Well.

10. What is your favorite book?

How can you pick just one? Besides the Bible, “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis is probably the book I’ve read the most.  But I can get wrapped up in a good novel, too. And I always have to be reading something.

11. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Is fitting into the superhero spandex suit and looking good in it a super power? It must be because I don’t have it. Being a super parent would be my first choice. One who has the power of knowing how God would respond to that situation. Yes, that’s a superpower worth striving for.

How about you? What do we have in common or how do we compliment each other? I’d love to hear!

Thank you, Sam, for the challenge!

Now for the fun-for-me part:

I’m tagging these friends to post 11 random, a new picture, and answer the 11 questions below:
Here are your 11 Questions, gals!
1. What consists of a perfect evening for you?
2. What is your ideal birthday cake?
3. Are you a morning person or night owl and how does it compare to your spouse?
4. What’s your favorite Bible verse (for today)?
5. What are you currently reading?
6. Aside from Jesus, what character in the Bible challenges you the most and why?
7. How would you describe your style?
8. What do you like about your favorite season?
9. What six descriptive words would you use to describe your personality?
10. What’s your favorite wall color and is it in your home?
11. If you could vacation anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?

And thank you all for sharing your time with me.

Simply striving,


P.S. Did you know I have a Dayspring Giveaway going on HERE?

28 thoughts on “Eleven Things About Me Times 2

  1. Hi Nikki,
    Again, we have some things in common. 🙂 Angel food cake! Plain without frosting to ruin it. Strawberries on top – yes! And whipped cream can go with just about anything! yes? I like plants around the house and my office, but don’t want to spend a lot of time on them. Sitting in the sun is not my thing, and I am a homebody. I have to be in the mood to shop, and then to spend money. Walking around a mall is not my thing, unless I have a specific reason to be there. Lastly, a favorite book? Hard to pick just one. I’d rather read than watch tv, and I’ve figured out how to keep a book propped open so I can read at the gym. 🙂

    • On most things, frosting is required for me, but not on angel food! 🙂 you’re right…whipped cream should simply be a condiment. ha!
      I cannot remember the last time I walked a mall just to walk a mall. College maybe? even when I did it then, I couldn’t think of shopping for myself. I was most likely people watching 🙂

      love picturing you reading at the gym! It’s why I love a treadmill…

      Enjoy your weekend, friend!

  2. #4. Absolutely, word for word!! (Except the homeschooling part… but everything else) — that is me. When I tell people that I am truly an introvert they don’t believe me – until I tell them about the time that I had panic attack at a wedding my husband was in because I didn’t know where to sit. I thought that assigned seating was always worse… but it so isn’t — especially when you don’t know a soul attending, only those in the wedding party!!

    Adorable picture, as well!! 🙂
    I love this!

    • I completely get the panic attack! And I’ve always known the bride or groom were introverts when there’s a seating chart 🙂 It is better for us! Thanks for stopping by. Loved getting to know you more with your post, too!

    • For what it’s worth, Sam, I haven’t been on a plane since I got married 13 years ago. And I live so close to Canada it shouldn’t even count 🙂 Thanks for thinking of me! It was fun playing along!

  3. Your ill-ish green and not remembering your age, made me laugh.

    I too, never tire of board games 🙂 I do, however, have a smartphone and I’m using it to leave this comment. I hope to come back and answer some of those fun questions 🙂

    • Haha–yes, You definitely don’t have the ill-ish problem! 🙂
      Thanks for allowing me to tag you! I hope you find the time to play along (no hurry)!
      and the only time I wish I had a smartphone is when I’m on a road trip… 🙂

  4. Ha! I would have to say the same for answer number four. Actually, just a couple weeks ago, I had mentioned to someone at church that I’m a natural introvert and I got a few weird looks, because I so don’t come off that way. Most people don’t see us after those gatherings. When we go home exhausted because it took SO much for us to put ourselves out there, even if only for a few hours. 🙂

    • Oh, you do get it, Amy! I am always sooo exhausted when I come home from a weekend away that involves a lot of social activity. Makes me smile that you know exactly how that feels for some reason 🙂 Hope you find the time to play along, friend! (and hope you don’t mind I tagged ya)

  5. I am a homebody like you Nikki.

    To answer one of your question: I am a morning person. I am ready to go as soon as I wake up but my husband is the opposite though so I give him the space in the morning 🙂 Lo

    I love your eyes!

    • Oh, thank you for answering one of my questions! I figured you as a morning person for some reason and my husband and I are opposites that way, too! I have my mother’s hazel eyes…thank you. Someone told me I should have worn make-up to make them pop — but you saw them without it! 😉

  6. It was delightful getting to know you better, Nikki…and you look lovely in your picture. Like you, I think an Alaskan cruise is probably the only one I would consider. A lake by a cabin sounds lovely; I was born in California so I love being by the Pacific Ocean when I can get there. Love staying at home, but I also love traveling then love coming home 🙂

    • Still can’t believe I posted that picture! no make-up, in desperate need of a hair cut 🙂 But that is me! The Pacific Ocean is the only one my feet have been in, although I’ve been over the Atlantic and driven along side it… How fun you like to travel and see all that God has crafted! I was going to tag you to answer my questions at the end, but thought you might not want to blog about that stuff….feel free to send it to me in an email if you feel led! 🙂 Love getting to know you, friend.

  7. So fun to read all your questions and answers — and fun to get to know you a little bit better, Nikki! 🙂

  8. I love angel food cake with strawberries….yum! I’m not sure what the color white does to my coloring but I don’t wear it either. Somehow, within minutes of putting on white, I spill something on it (usually coffee). 🙂
    Loved the chance to learn a little about you. 🙂

    • Yay! I don’t care your reason, I’m just glad to find someone else who shys away from white–thanks for sharing with me! Would love to have angel food cake with you sometime 😉

  9. Wow, we have a lot in common! I burn easily (fair skin), so not much of a sunbather nor Caribbean cruiser. I have an outdoor green thumb, but I kill almost all indoor ones — Christmas cactus being the only exception (but it never reblooms for me). Love the angel food cake w/ cream/strawberry, and love those mystery/action movies. I still have a dumb phone (pay as you go at that), I don’t like to run all over the place, etc. etc. etc.

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  11. i find myself nodding with each answer/tidbit i read…not because i have the same answers (a lot could not be more different), but because your answers are pure truth. i especially love the “old soul” comment for it is sooooo true. 🙂 you have a beautiful soul, nikk…even if it seems older than it is. 😀

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