Monday, March 1, 2010

Gorgeous Blogger Award

Okay, so I have no idea what it means to be a gorgeous blogger, but I'm still thrilled. In the words of Fancy Nancy "gorgeous is even fancier than beautiful." Yes, I am quoting an imaginary character from my one of my daughter's favorite book series. And no, there's nothing wrong with that! Anyway, Julie over at Julie's Running Blog has bestowed this honor upon me, and as I understand it I am now suppose to share six things that you probably don't know about me. Boy are you in for a surprise!

1. Throughout my teenage years I belonged to a program call Civil Air Patrol, which is an auxiliary of the Air Force. Think of it like the Boy Scouts, but way cooler. I had the opportunity to do all kinds of crazy stuff. I participated in cold weather training. You know, camping in a tent in February with no showers or toilets. I learned how to navigate the woods with a compass, how much food one should carry while tromping around the woods, and what type of equipment is essential for survival. When I was 16, I was one of a dozen cadets selected to fly around with Swedish Air Force for almost a month. It was part of an exchange program and I had the opportunity to meet other teenagers from 40 other countries. During that trip, I even got to visit the arctic circle! Oh, and fly in a jet trainer. It was an experience of a life time. When I was 17, I commanded a drill team that won the Northeast regional competition and was flown via a C-130 to the National Drill Team Competition. I'm sure that doesn't mean anything to you, but it was a big deal. I've also flown in a KC-135, which is a refueling aircraft, and I was in the aircraft when they refueled a fighter in the air! I also participated in Search and Rescue missions. I could go on, but you probably get the point. It was a huge part of my teenage years. Most of my good friends from my teenage years were in the program, and many of them later went on to join the Marine Corp, Army, or Air Force.

2. When I was growing up I wanted to be an astronaut. That was why I originally joined Civil Air Patrol. Actually it wasn't until recently that I decided I didn't really want to be an astronaut. A few years ago my direct supervisor encouraged me to do some more research into the whole astronaut thing. And I did. What I found was most astronauts aren't selected until their late 30's or early 40's, so I still had plenty of time. I also found that they work 80 hours (or more) a week, you have to live in Florida or Texas, and have to spend long periods of time away from your family. None of that sounds at all appealing to me anymore. I think the idea of being an astronaut sounds magical and romantic to me, but the reality doesn't sound so great.

3. I'm an electrical engineer. My specialization is signal processing and communication theory. I am currently working part-time, and my work is focused on satellite communications.

4. I'm an extremely pragmatic person. I never believed in soul mates or needing someone to complete me. During a philosophy course, my professor asked the class why people fall in love. I responded, "it's necessary for procreation and continuation of the species." I'm pretty sure he had never heard a similar response because he was speechless. A few years later I met Nick. And I fell hard. Definitely love at first sight. I can't explain it, it just was. We were engaged six months after we met, and only waited that long because we didn't want people to think we were nuts. We've been married now almost seven years.

5. I was the student speaker at my undergraduate college graduation. I don't know how other colleges select the senior speaker, but at my college if you have over a certain G.P.A. (I think it's 3.6), you are invited to enter a speech for review. Then they go through a selection process. I almost didn't submit a speech. It was towards the end of the semester and I was working late on my senior project the night before the speech submission was due. I called my mother and told her I didn't think I would do it. (I was sooo exhausted.) She told me I would regret it if I didn't submit something. She was right, and I knew it. I stayed up into the wee hours and submitted something the next morning. I found out later that I was a controversial choice. My undergraduate school was Catholic and primarily liberal arts, so they weren't fond of an engineer speaker. I was the first engineer major ever selected to speak.

6. I love to travel! I've traveled to Poland, Holland, Russia, England, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, and most recently Japan. Well, it was actually about three years ago. I like to ask Nick these philosophical questions that drive him day I asked him if he could travel anywhere, where would he want to go. He had to think about it, but eventually he came out with Japan. I told him we should go; I suggested that it be our big adventure before we embark on the adventure of having children. We had a great time, and he still talks about the trip often! He tells Kaylee about it, and tells her that maybe one day we can go back as a family when she's older. Traveling is on hold for now. The thought of traveling with a young child stresses us out, but eventually we'll be off and traveling again.

Phew, that was a lot to share in one post! So, were you surprised?


Julie said...

Hi Katie,
What an asesome post!!! I truly loved reading it!! The first thing that I would like to say is that...Oh my God, were you ever a gorgeous bride and I love your dress!!

The Civil Air Patrol was probably the stepping stone to many of your interesting adventures!! I think that you were very lucky to participate in something like that. I am not surpised that you are a very successful electrical engineer. You seem to be a very intelligent and sophisticated young woman:)

I am also very impressed that you have already traveled to many different countries:) I have also been to Japan!! You have been to a few places that I am dreaming of visiting:) Thanks for sharing!!

Meg said...

You are amazing and I was hooked on reading this post, you have done so much already in your life and they are such interesting and unique adventures. I especially appreciated your outlook on love and life!
Thanks for sharing, you are gorgeous inside and out!

NY Wolve said...

Funny, I just read your post, and you wanted to be an astronaut. Last night on the treadmill I watched "Race to the Moon" or something like that on Discovery Channel. It was really, really cool. (Did you know that the average age of the engineers in mission control was 26?)

As I was watching, I thought, Wow, how cool would it be to be an astronaut? That would be so awesome. (A backdrop -- my father gave it come thought; he was in the Air Force at the time and athletic. But he decided not to try because it was such a commitment and he was ready to get out.)

But the Apollo astronauts were true rock stars. So awesome!

Running and living said...

OK, I was not surprised, but that is because I met you! Funny, I've never believed in soul mates and such either! Also, my husband and I got engaged 6 months after we met, too! I am impressed with your traveling!

misszippy said...

You have some great nuggets to share! Very interesting background.

Jill said...

I totally love your beautiful blogger responses! My son wants to be in the CAP as all he wants to do when he "grows up" is be a commercial pilot. So I need to dig more into that. I'm rooting for ya being an astronaut - still plenty of time :). That was the best response every to getting married!! Haha. My 19-year old actually told ME this the other day. haha.

Jenn said...

I love this post. Totally lets me get to know you a bit! Wow, you are quite the world traveler. I've been to Canada, Mexico, and the! I love #4-almost exactly the same situation in my case! Yes, surprised!

Michelle said...

I loved reading this! I can not imagine willingly getting up and giving a speech in front of other **shudders** My first major in college was electrical engineering, than I switched to bio. It was fun seeing a different side of you.

Velma said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love #6 - I would have said the same thing before I met my husband. Congrats on your pregnancy!