Friday, January 25, 2013

Some questions answered Part 1

Hi Everybody,
I'm happy you're here on this cold day (at least in the Northeast it is)!
I read a great blog post by Sandy and it was a real eye opener to see her answering those questions. Since most of us live in blog land and mostly blog about our quilting passion I thought it would be fun to answer these random questions. I know I'm the kind of person who is curious about other people and like to know what's going on with them. So maybe I'm doing it for me, or those who have the same personality as I do.
Now get ready, because it will be a rather long and text heavy blog post! I'm doing questions 1-5 right now.

1. List 20 random facts about yourself

    1. I went to music school through 8th grade by the recommendation of my kindergarten teacher
    2. I played the piano, recorder and clarinet in aforementioned school
    3. I was in the school choir and went to places like Germany and Canada for contests
    4. Won the spelling contest in 8th grade and as a reward I got to say the graduation speech
    5. I have very good language skills and pick up languages very easily
    6. My  now Fiance moved in with me the first day we met in person (over 12 years ago)
    7. I did not speak any English when I came to the US 15 years ago
    8. I prefer tea over coffee even though I started to drink coffee a few years ago, but still not friends with mocha flavored anything
    9. I'm very good with numbers and could calculate in my head pretty quickly
    10. I'm an organized person when I have enough room to put things away :)
    11. I learned to embroider from our neighbor who was 18 and pregnant at the time and tried to make some extra money by selling her things. My Grandma has all my masterpieces :)
    12. I used to knit sweaters when I was in middle- and high school, I did knitting for hire
    13. I'm obsessed with log cabins :) My dream weekend is to go to a snowy part of the country in a log cabin, have fire in the fireplace and watch the snow falling outside
    14. I also love snow :)
    15. Never lived by myself, although I'm an independent person
    16. I can change a flat tire :)
    17. I am a procrastinator...  Always leave things to the last minute (bad  habit, I know!)
    18. I'm a morning person rather than  being a night owl
    19. I used to be a dog person until one of the cats we started to feed in the backyard had babies and abandoned them. THEN I became a rescue person and babied 2 of the kitties that were still alive, one of them only made it for 3 days :( The other one became one of the helper cats... Now I'm a dog AND a cat person :)
    20. I haven't been on the Subway in New  York City by myself  :)

2. Describe 3 legitimate fears  you have and explain how they became fear

  1. I'm afraid of the dark. My parents used to leave us alone with my sister on the weekends when they went out and because of that I was afraid of the dark. Still don't like to go on the street in the dark by myself. I used to stay up until I heard the key in the lock turning and knew they were home.  There were no babysitters in Hungary that time (talking about the '70-s)
  2. Tornadoes. I used to babysit for an Indian family watching 2 kids. One of them were taking tennis lessons and one day while we were at tennis a category 2 tornado came through (Hawthorne, NY). I've never seen destruction like that in my life. The building next door collapsed. It was in July and we were stranded for several hours outside in the sun, no shade. Since then I'm terrified of tornadoes.
  3. I have a fear of heights (which my Fiance says is rather a fear of depths). I'm getting better at it, but have that block inside me that says if I fell I'd be paralyzed. I think it comes from me being overweight through most of my adulthood and I know I can't hold my own weight when it comes to hanging off things. My arms are too weak.

3. Describe your relationship with your parents

Sooo..... I was always a Daddy's girl growing up. He used to travel for work quiet a lot and I was always eager to have him come home every time. I used to run to open the gate for him to pull in the driveway. My parents were fighting a lot and I think on the edge of divorce when He suddenly died at age 36 when I was 14, sister was 10. I was devastated and kind of lost for years. Somehow I never had a good relationship with my Mom, I never felt like She loves me. I always compared her to my friends' Moms and was expecting her to be like the others, and She never was. We're still distant in a way. When I finished high school I couldn't wait to go to work to be independent financially so I never went to college (which I highly regret now). I think my Mom was never the house wife type, She's not the best cook in the world and doesn't bake at all. I think because of this I'm trying to be the opposite (I bake a lot and somewhat  like to cook) Her being the way She was with me definitely shaped me into the person I am even though I still catch myself being like her sometimes. I'm always fighting with that part of me. Now I know She loves me, just in a different way. I'm still not sure if I could be with her under the same roof for a longer period of time. That lad me to leave everything behind when I was 25.

4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old yourself if you could
  1. Listen to Mom, she always wants what's best for you
  2. Spend more time on studying so you can go to college, work can wait!
  3. McDonald's is not the coolest place to hang out...
  4. Don't let your future boyfriend tell you what to do
  5. Keep taking German lessons, it never hurts to speak more languages
  6. Make your bed every day, you never know who's gonna drop by
  7. Always clean up after yourself
  8. Stop drinking diet soda, it doesn't do any good for you!
  9. Go back to playing volley ball, you're good at it, doesn't matter if you're too short!
  10. Sweets are not part of healthy eating :)

5. What are 5 things that make you most happy right now?

  1. My virtual quilting friends
  2. The sun is out
  3. Our kitties
  4. I have 3 days off!
  5. Our heat is working and don't have to use electric space heaters to warm up the house... it's brutal cold outside!
There you have it! Next time I'll do  the next 5 questions that are on the list.

6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrasing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What is your love language?
29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Hope you had fun and if you feel like playing along please leave a comment and leave  a link for your blog post so I can read your answers too! I'm always eager to learn about others! Thank you! :)

'Til we blog again! :)


  1. Thanks for doing this too! It really is fun to get to know you better. I think I enjoy most what all of us would tell our 16 year old selves--it gives me a peek into who you were at 16 and how you feel you've changed now. Very cool. And I wish I had your facility with languages!

  2. Wonderful idea!! It's is lengthy... I will join in but shorten it up a bit or perhaps tackle 1 question a blog. Where did you grow up, if you've only been in the US x 15 years?

  3. Very interesting! I feel I know you so much better. It's to bad most of us don't appreciate what we have until it's gone such as relationships. I was a hellion in my teenage years and wish I could take back what I put my parents thru. If we have a "next life" I hope I learn from this one in that way.

  4. I enjoyed readying about you and getting to know you a bit. Your English is so good now, I had no idea you didn't speak it 15 years ago. You must have a know for languages.

  5. You have quite the knowledge and experiences for someone that hasn't gone on to college. Just your ability to learn languages is impressive. Like you, I am thrilled to have found the online quilting community. Thanks for sharing parts of yourself.

  6. Loved reading your post. You have a very interesting life, thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. Great post Kati and so much there that resonated with me, thank you for sharing and allowing me to get to know you so much better :)

  8. Oh, Kati, it is obvious you can tell a lot about your life, just answering questions.. such clever questions.
    It is always useful to look back into the past and see: what is the connection between, seemingly, random habits...and see how you change over time. I'm sure that every happy person wants to be better, kinder, and wants to be helpful to others. Kati, very interesting things here....Thanks! Have a wonderful day!

  9. Thanks Kati it is wonderful to learn more about you. And kudos to you for moving to a country where you didn't even know the language. You surely picked it up and do an excellent job!


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