All the goodies you never knew you wanted to know. Random tidbits about Caryn Pt 2

Caryn is grateful and thinks we all should be thankful for what we have. Thinks we should stop and breathe and enjoy the beauty of the world more often. Believes life is too short, so live it while you can and eat everything in moderation; except for dry chicken, she hates that. Wants to surround herself with positive people. Thinks you should respect your body and knees now because you’ll miss them when they are gone.

She has 75 pending posts and ideas in her wordpress draft box and more on her iPhone but still finds herself at a loss for what to write sometimes. Prefers to edit on a printed-paper copy rather than on the computer, but doesn’t have a working printer at home. Dependent on her daily planner that she carries around in her purse. None of this electronic shit, that doesn’t work for her. She must make lists and write everything down. She prefers real books to Kindles – in life and in the classroom, except when traveling. Strong believer in writing snail-mail thank you notes, you know the kind that you have to send through the post office, not via email. Apparently very old-school when it comes to anything paper-related.

Thinks technology is actually making us more stupid and less independent. She has a love/hate relationship with the Internet. (See: one of the many pending drafts) Thinks things like the Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, autocorrect, Twilight, and being heavily reliant on technology is collectively lowering the average IQ of Americans. Realizes this is a much bigger topic than this post allows. She’s flabbergasted by how little respect kids have for their elders & authority and how spoiled and entitled this millennial generation has become. Thinks it is important to have an opinion but it is just as important to be open-minded.

Cannot have her voicemail light flashing or leave messages unheard. She is a socially awkward extrovert or an outgoing introvert. She tends to remember people, but they don’t remember her. Does not need to drink to have a good time. Always makes friends with the neighbors. Caryn recently became the founder of Tweetup For Change. She believes that we can use social media for social change and to make a difference.

While others are out celebrating the warmer than usual winters and the hot summers, she is concerned about what this means in terms of long term effects for mother nature. Thinks people today are selfish and ruining the environment for our children.

Believes in setting goals, following your gut, putting vibes into the universe and karma. Believes dreams can come true, you make your own happiness and that amazing things are possible. Realistic. Believes in finding the positive in situations and learning from every situation. Doesn’t believe in regrets, but rather in learning from our past. Curious. Asks questions, a lot. Optimistic. Wants to see and explore everything possible. Likes that she defies many stereotypes.

Caryn is blunt and honest. Hates math and things being left unresolved. Gets annoyed when people don’t respond to emails or phone calls in a timely manner. Her personal response theory is: 24 hours for work or 7 days for personal; or at least an acknowledgment of receipt and expected follow-up if that can’t be met. Values respect and honesty.

Does not understand the Ermahgerd meme. Is entertained by all the Call Me Maybe parodies but is getting tired of the song yet still sings along. Tone deaf. Could watch the olympics just to see the swimmers’ abs after a race.  Thinks Ryan Lochte is better when he doesn’t talk. #jeah.

Has yet to try a red-velvet-anything that is worth all the hype.  Likes simple desserts like cookies and brownies, thinks cruise ships try too hard. Peanut butter M&M’s, soft gummy bears, and Tootsie rolls are her candy kryptonite. Loves cheese but is a lactard.

She likes to think she is on time but if she is being honest, she’ll usually get there 5 min late. Ever since Caryn was a little girl, she always dreamt of starting her own charity and volunteering abroad, two things she is actually accomplishing during The Year of Caryn!  Cannot wait until she leaves for Tanzania, soon!

Despite flying all her life, she is still mesmerized by the idea that we can sit in heavy metal tubular machinery and fly through the sky to any where in the world in a couple of hours, no less.  She’s not usually superstitious but without fail, every time she boards a plane, she kisses her fingertips and touches the right exterior side of the plane before she boards. Hates turbulence. Tries not to take things for granted.

Caryn thinks spearmint smells like cigarette smoke, probably smell by association from smokers covering up their horrible smell with gum. She never has nor will ever smoke a cigarette. She sweats when she travels (by car or plane). She changes deodorant brand frequently. Always paranoid about not smelling fresh enough. She hates the smell of coffee. Hates flannel sheets. Even in the winter, she’ll sleep with the window open and fan on.

She says too much. She needs a filter.

Past Random Tidbits Part 1

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Random Tidbits About Caryn

Caryn is pronounced like Karen. Not Car-in.  Needs to always write things down/make lists. Loves to bake, learning to cook. Usually thinks about/occasionally tries to add her own creativity to baking, even though recipes usually need to be followed exactly.

Dreams of traveling the world and seeing all seven continents.  Loves traveling, even though she is terrified of plane turbulence. Studied abroad in Florence, Italy – Spring 2006. Childbirth is her all time biggest fear.

Believes laughter and being goofy is important.  Believes in karma and that people come into our lives for a reason. Believes we are shaped by our experiences and always have the choice to look at the positive side of a situation. Believes honesty is the best policy, finding the good in people and in situations, and treating everyone with respect regardless if they are a friend or foe.  Believes in equal rights for all.

Loves walking along the lakefront in the summer and attending summer festivals.  Has never died her hair. Loves games, trivia, movies, and music. Cannot sing to save her life.  Loves playing old school Nintendo, Super Mario Bro and Mario Kart (N64) but is not very good. Practices yoga as often as possible, which is usually once a week. Thinks about/attempts running sometimes. Loves her family and think family is über important.  Cody, the family dog is the funniest and most adorable dog in town. She is lucky to be in love with her best friend.

She is organized and insists on making the bed every morning.  If for some rare reason it was not made in the morning, it will be made before she crawls in for the night because she prefers a smooth, cool bed that doesn’t have sheets everywhere.

Was a vegetarian for a year and half, but now eats meat again. **(update, and now pretty much vegetarian again. Sporadically will eat meat only if it is GMO/antibiotic free.)  Would rather not take medicine like Advil if possible. Falls asleep within two minutes of her head hitting the pillow.

Loves her Mac, and her iPod Touch. Dreams of someday owning an antique car.  Loves pepperoni pizza (Lou Malnati’s is the best deep dish in Chicago!). Loves animals, fascinated by chimpanzees and monkeys. Dreams of the day she can go on an African safari.

Has seen the musical Rent four times & Wicked twice, and many other musicals.  James Taylor was her first concert ever and it was with her dad.  Went to overnight summer camp for eight years – since she was 9 years old. Is a big fan of Netflix. Has been an extra on a movie set with Matt Damon. Keanu Reeves shook her hand on the set of HardBall and said, “Pleasure to meet you.”

She is pro-environment. She doesn’t litter or let people spit gum out of her car window. She thinks we all need to play our part in saving our Ozone. If not for us, for our children.

Been inside a fortune cookie factory but now can’t look at fortune cookies the same way. Touched the Stanley Cup twice since the Blackhawks won in 2010. Her first kiss/an ex boyfriend is a professional hockey player. Is a White Sox and Blackhawks fan.  Also roots for the Texans.

Loves sushi. When she has hiccups, she will have them 3x that day, without fail. Can touch her tongue to her nose. In fact, it looks like she can pick her nose, but really it is just touching the outer rim.

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