[Imaginative Discussions] – Get To Know Us

Posted February 19, 2014 by Kara in Imaginative Discussions, Kara, Lyn / 22 Comments

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Recently, bloggers have come forth and shared intimate and slightly humorous and entertaining details about themselves. We here at Great Imaginations have adopted the motto of “Me, too!” and decided to follow suit.
Thanks to Cuddlebuggery and Finding Bliss in Books for the inspiration!
Kara’s Facts:
1. I went to culinary school for a couple of semesters. I took classes in menu planning, stock and sauce making, cost control, etc. I also worked as a line cook in a restaurant that trained cooks to become chefs. Unfortunately, though I had a TON of passion for food and cooking, the high energy/stress of being in a restaurant kitchen was not for me. I did it for a year, and it is STILL the hardest job I have ever done. You try to figure out the cooking temperatures for twenty steaks on a broiler during a Friday night rush and make sure they are all cooked correctly while the head chef is screaming at you to move faster. Good luck with that.
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2. I am a HUGGGGEEEEE figure skating fan. Tell me it’s not a sport and see how long you last without a fist in your face. Sasha Cohen is/was and will always BE my favorite skater. I am not a Michelle Kwan fan. Nor do I like Yuna Kim. But I love me some Mao Asada. Pretty much ALL I am tweeting about during the Winter Olympics is figure skating. I am sorry if you follow me on Twitter and are annoyed. It’s almost over. I am a huge Evgeni Plushenko fan and I am pulling for him to medal again at this one since this will be his last season ever. (He did not and ended up withdrawing due to injury. SADNESS.) His comeback has been brilliant so far. But not nearly as brilliant as this:
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3. I love storms. Well, thunderstorms to be exact. There is nothing that gives me more life, more contentment, more enjoyment than a kickass, LOUD thunderstorm. Living in Florida is perfect for this, and we are starting to move into our more rainy season now and I am super excited. It is storming right now as I type this. YAY! (Lyn’s note: I second this. Thunderstorms are awesome).
4. I used to sing karaoke competitively. Back when I lived in Michigan, there were contests where you could win trips, money, etc. I never one a vacation, but I did earn quite a bit of spending money. I tried to do it a couple of times in Florida when I lived here back in 2005, but the competitions just weren’t the same. I had a lot of fun during those days, let me tell you.
5. I met my husband in a Bennigans in Orlando, Florida. I was down here for spring break, and we went into one on our first night here to grab a late dinner after our plane landed. I moved down here after only knowing him for two weeks. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I knew what I wanted and I went for it. I am lucky I had money saved and was able to do it, and his brother hooked me up with a job, and the rest is history. We have been together since, and he and I have moved back to Michigan where I grew up, to South Carolina, and finally back to Florida, which is my home, and now I will never, EVER leave again. So yes, I am a huge risk taker. Always have been. To me, it’s the only way to live life to the fullest.

Bekka’s Facts
1.  I went to beauty school!  Well, actually, I went to school to learn to be an esthetician.  This means I can give you a killer facial, I can do extractions and chemical peels and microdermabrasions.  I can also give amazing scalp, arm, and hand massages.  And on top of all that, I can apply makeup like no one’s business.  (Which is weird, because I usually hate wearing makeup.)  I wanted to continue my education and learn special effects makeup (think Mystique in X-Men) but a classroom setting is simply not for me. At all.
2.  I got married young and in an unconventional way.  I mean, it wasn’t that long ago, but still.  I got married in 2012, and I was just 22 years old.  It was strange because, for my entire life, I never ever thought in a million years that I would get MARRIED.  Gross.  But then I did! And it’s awesome!  Also, my family was planning this huge white wedding for me, but it was soooo not what I wanted.  Plus, they kept expecting us to pay for all this expensive shit, but Mike and I were unemployed at the time.  So I decided, fuck this, I’m doing it MY way.  We got married in our backyard with only our closest loved ones around and it was magical and perfect and exactly what I wanted.  We even went to the zoo that day!
3.  I don’t drive. Under any circumstances.  I am 24 years old and have never had a driver’s license.  Sometimes it gets annoying that I can’t randomly leave whenever I want to, but for the most part I am perfectly fine with this situation.  I hate being in the car as it is, and I am even more uncomfortable behind the wheel.
4.  I am obsessed with body piercings!  I have 8 piercings, including my ears, tongue, and nose, among other places.  I only have one tattoo, because they’re just too permanent and I am a commitment-phobe.  So when I need a new body modification, I go for the piercing needle.  For some reason, I don’t find the pain to be off putting (or fun, I’m not weird.) But I think it’s really exciting that I can change how I look in a matter in seconds and have this new piece to commemorate how I was feeling in that moment – without it being forever etched into my skin.  (Though I do have plans for lots of ink – I just don’t know if I’ll ever follow through.)
5.  I have a brother and a sister, but I am an only child.  How does that work? Well I am the only child between my mother and my father.  My dad has a son who is twelve years younger than me, and my mom has a daughter who is ten years younger than me.     

Lyn’s Facts

1. I was a certified vet assistant (it has since expired) and I worked at an animal hospital for two years. I always wanted to work at a zoo since I was little. It was very rough on me when I discovered that loving animals and working with animals are two different things. I still love animals, and I could never go back into it. Working for a vet has led me to be 100% against declawing cats. I was only bitten once, and it was by a large basset hound (I was sick and weak and I lost my grip on the dog). I had to overcome my fear of unknown dogs while working for the clinic, which was tough.

2. I am obsessed with makeup. Nail polish and eye shadows are my weakness. I have the most unfeminine eyes ever, and they are very heavy lidded, so I try to add splashes of color to cover the fact that my eyelids swallow my lashes. I have TONS of colors and pallets. My favorite brand is Sugarpill eye makeup with Urban Decay as a close second place. Their Facebook page features some amazing photos of creative and beautiful fan-made results. I wish that I could get an eye lift, and I want to be rid of my glasses so that I can wear fake lashes one day down the road. I also hate my nose with a burning passion. I hope my roomies at BEA know that I shower every day and take a long time to fix myself up.

3. I love going to amusement parks just for the roller coasters – I am a coaster junkie. I’ve done the sky coaster three times now (but I can’t pull the string – I always make my sister pull it). I am very sad that I never saw the Nightwing roller coaster before it was removed in 2008. On my bucket list, I want to ride the tallest coaster in the United States.

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4. I love Scandinavia. I want to live in Sweden one day. It is a pipe dream right now, and the odds are not in my favor, but I love the culture of the Swedes, and I do plan on visiting one day. I hate living in the United States. I strongly dislike that I am American.

5. One of my first words, even before I said “Dada,” was “keke” (kitty). I love cats. I am obsessed with them. My headphones are knitted black cat ears from Hot Topic. My mother said she knew I was a cat person as young as a year old. I always caught wild kittens at home (I lived on 40 acres of land in the country) and tamed them. I was never bit by them, but I was scratched quite a bit. I was very scared of dogs when I was little. 

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Thoughts? Comments? Any suggestions for future discussion topics? Let us know.


22 responses to “[Imaginative Discussions] – Get To Know Us

    • I pretty much worked every position in a restaurant possible. Hostess, waitress, expo, manager, bartender, line cook, etc. They are all tough but the kitchen is the most difficult job by far.

  1. Awww what a great post. I want to do more personal posts on my blog too, but it’s really difficult.
    @Bekka, I think it’s so awesome you got married in your own backyard. I do want to get married once, but nothing big. And I think it’s important to do things like that in your own way.
    Also I am 23 now and don’t have my driver’s license either, I am a bit scared for cars. It always takes me some time to get used to someone’s driving style and I prefer to only sit in the car when someone I knew really well is driving.

  2. Ooh I think I should do this on my blog!!! And I just might! It’s amazing how there’s the most usual thing you never expected to hear from other bloggers

  3. So you guys are all a lot weirder than I thought you were…Just kidding!! Hey, I have some pretty unusual obsessions myself. Totally love the figure skating thing Kara, me too! I love storms but I live in California and I’ve experienced maybe ONE awesome thunder storm in my life, no kidding. Rollercoasters? Nope never gonna happen. And wow Bekka, no driving? I can’t imagine that. But good for you, that’s one less car on the road:-) Awesome post!

  4. It’s so nice to get to know you all more, and especially this way! Kara, you’ve been obsessed with the skating these Olympics, I’ve been seeing it Twitter and it’s been pretty fun. Bekka, good on you for getting married your way, you looked lovely and all that matters is that your day was perfect to you. And Lyn, I’m pretty obsessed with cats too, always have been and always will be, it’s nice to find another cat fanatic 😛
    This was lovely girls 🙂

  5. Amy

    This post is so fun!!! Kara, I love that you used to do karaoke competitions!! I love karaoke, but am not nearly good enough to compete. Bekka, I think it’s awesome that you decided on a small wedding. I did a small-ish wedding. We had it at a local park in the gardens, and the reception at my husbands Grandparents house. We were 23. Lyn, I too am obsessed with nail polish. I am getting quite good at nail design. Being ambidextrous helps. 🙂

    I really liked getting to know more about you girls!!

  6. These random things about bloggers are always so interesting!
    Kara: karaoke, that is so cool! I don’t think I would have the nerve to stand in front of a crowd singing, especially because I have a horrible voice, haha. I kinda like storms too, although we don’t have them so often over here 🙂
    Bekka: I love how you married! It sounds like a wedding should be 🙂 Doing the thing that makes you two happy, because it’s your day after all. And I don’t drive either. I haven’t got my driver license (although I’m forced to get it by my parents) and I HATE driving. Ugh.
    Lyn: I also really like make-up. It’s so cool to see yourself transform. And wow, I’m a scary pants and I just can’t stand roller coasters, but I admire people who are brave enough to go in such crazy rides.

    • You find the nerve after a couple of drinks. LOL. And after a while, if you do it enough, you just become desensitized like all things. I could not live somewhere without storms. I just love them too much. 🙂

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