Saturday, November 24, 2007

Tagged by Streak

I've been tagged by Streak.

Rules:-- link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog-- share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird-- tag 2 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs-- let them know they are TAGGED by leaving a comment on their blog.

1.I ran track in the 7th and 8th grade. In my first track meet, I ran the 1600m (the mile) run, and placed LAST. I think my time was up over 8 minutes. It scarred me for life, and to this day I am terrified of being "last" in anything.

2.In 2000, when Briar was 3.5 years old, I was pregnant. At about 16 weeks my blood levels did not look right, and I went in for an ultrasound. The ultrasound revealed that our baby was anencephalic. Anencephaly is a neural tube defect that occurs during the 4th week of pregnancy. The neural tube, or what will later be the spinal cord, begins to close, but in my case the cephalic (head) end did not close properly, resulting in the absence of parts of the brain, skull and scalp. The condition is incompatible with life. I gave birth to the baby, Robert Matthew, at 20 weeks, and he only lived a few seconds. 18 months later, I gave birth to Bo.

3.I played basketball all through school and was on the State Champion basketball team as a Sophomore. Today, basketball is my least favorite sport.

4.Phil Simms was my childhood hero. I was a tomboy and a huge NY Giants fan in the mid 80's, and I thought Simms was the greatest QB to ever live. I wanted to play football SOOO bad but my parents wouldn't hear of it. Instead, when I was 11, they drove me all the way to New Jersey one summer to the Giants training camp at Farleigh Dickinson University, and I got to meet Simms. I visited him two days in a row after practice, and spent every second telling him how great he was and how much I loved him and how meeting him was my dream come true. He was very nice and patient with me, and I have video and pictures of the experience that are absolutely hilarious. Maybe I'll post them sometime. I ran along behind him as he signed autographs telling him that I was his biggest fan in the whole world, and I even said "Phil, I'd do anything for you. I'd even give you my heart if you need a heart transplant someday!" Now I am a Titans fan. And I wanna keep my heart. So the deal is off.

5.I like to draw, but haven't in a really long time. I drew some really good pictures when I was in high school, but college, marriage, kids, and triathlon haven't left time for me to draw since. I always say that when my kids go away to college, I am going to fill the empty nest with drawing.

I tag Holly and Lisa.

11 comments:

Joe said...

Wow, you understand much from your pregnancy in 2000, Lana. Thanks for sharing that. Bo must be a wonderful gift to you!

Two weeks to go...hope you are feeling well!

jkrunning said...

What great stories. I'm sorry about your baby, but at least God went on to bless you with Bo. He works wonders sometimes.

Steve Stenzel said...

Phil Simms?!? That's random...

Cliff Tam said...

Lana,

This post made me sad and happy at the same time. Sorry to hear #2..and #4 is downright funny :)

IronJenny said...

I am so sorry about your baby.
Yes, the Phil story is hilarious!!!

IronTriTim said...

Thank you for sharing story 2, not so sure about 4 (little too much information!)

TJ said...

can't wait for the meeting phil simms video.

Lucinda said...

thank you for sharing

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Lisa said...

I accidentally met Chris Simms on the ramp behind LP Field. I asked him if any of the Titans players were coming out. ha! He very politely looked for me. Seemed like a really nice guy. Tall, Blond, and big feet.

Lance Notstrong said...

Phil Simms......so that's why you're a closet Bill Parcels fan. I would have like to seen what he could have done with this years Cowboys :-)

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