Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Talkin' Tuesday - Meet Andrea from sacredsuds!

Here are 9 Fierce Facts about Andrea and one line is completely fictional.  Get involved by guessing which one of the 10 items listed below is the impostor. Put your comments below and Andrea may be around on Twitter so you can poke at her for some hints!  The fictional statement about Andreas will be posted next Tuesday when I feature the next CN Teammie. See below for the false fact about last week's featured teammie, Natalie.

1) Right after my husband and I got married, he had to leave on a research trip for 5 months (he is a biologist).  We were living in Maryland at the time, and to occupy myself while he was away, I registered for the Washington, DC AIDS Ride.  I raised $2000 and trained for several months to ride my bicycle 350 miles, from North Carolina to Washington, DC, in three and a half days.  Pedaling into Washington on the last day of the ride was the single most empowering moment of my life. 

2) In my former life (pre-children), I worked in a population genetics lab in the entomology department at the University of Maryland.  Yup.  I worked with bugs.  And their DNA.

3) I have several categories of favorite books.  Some I read every year or two (Lonesome Dove, Life of Pi, The Shipping News), some I read every 5 to 10 years (Gone with the Wind, various Hemingway novels, The Fionovar Tapestry trilogy by Guy Gavriel Kay), and some were so powerful that I couldn't imagine my life without having read them, but I don't think I'll ever be able to read them again (Roots).

4)  I love to swear.

5)  My favorite way to release energy is to go out dancing.  Sadly, since I've become a parent (and need that release the most!) I rarely go out dancing anymore.  So my best release now is to laugh.  Luckily my husband is very funny.

6)  I grew up on the coast of Georgia and I love boiled peanuts, cheese grits, and diving into ocean waves.  Much to my husband's dismay, I also say (and even worse, write) "y'all's" (that's the plural possessive of y'all, in case you were wondering.  It's usually accompanied with the word "all," as in "all y'all's").

7)  The flower for my logo began as a tattoo, designed by my childhood friend for five of us who get together every year for a Girl's Weekend.  The five petals of the flower symbolize the five stages of a woman's life - birth, maidenhood (girlhood freedom), motherhood (not just of children, but of any creative or nurturing endeavors), menopause, and death.  The inset five-pointed star has myriad symbolic meanings, but I think Dan Brown sums it up best in The Da Vinci Code:  "The ratios of line segments in a pentacle all equal PHI, making this symbol the ultimate expression of the Divine Proportion.  For this reason, the five-pointed star has always been the symbol for beauty and perfection associated with the goddess and the sacred feminine."

8)  I speak English, Spanish, and Jive. 

9)  Both of our children, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my best friend (from #7) are all Sagittarius.  I'm thinking I have some karmic lesson to learn from that sign, but I can't figure out what it is.

10)  I hug trees.  I'm totally embarrassed to do it, and I'm always afraid someone is going to see me, but this winter, whenever I'd go out snowshoeing in the woods, the trees would just stand there, with all their strength and stamina and stillness, and I just couldn't help myself.  I'd look around to make sure nobody could see me, and then I'd wrap my arms around a tree and press my heart up against it.  And I'd feel as rooted as the tree, and the pulse of its energy, and this wonderful sense of safety and comfort and all-is-well-with-the-universe.

*******Last week's false fact about Natalie from funretro was this one: #3: I am addicted to raisins and black licorice and carry a stash with me everyday. Actually, Natalie told me that she would rather eat paper than either raising or black licorice. 


  1. Oh Andrea, I loved you before this and I love you even more now! I can see your smiling face huggin' that tree and it's an image in my head that I adore. Please don't tell us this is the false fact or I'll be devastated! Thank you for being the positive, sweet, spirit that you are.
    Big, fat, m-m-m-m-uah!

  2. Hi Andrea,

    You are such a spiritual and peaceful soul! I loved reading this. Especially #7, I have a group of girlfriends like this. We've been friends for 25 years. It's such an amazing bond!

    Being in the south I totally know what you mean about "all ya'll's"-lol! (I may have been know to say it as well :)

    I'm thinking #4 has to be false...

    Please keep hugging trees, you're an inspiration! ~ Anna

  3. What a cute, cute picture!

    I love hearing about you hugging trees and being a bicycling mama!

    I bet you don't like to swear. : )

  4. Andrea sounds like a fun person to be around! I love the story about your bike ride. I am going to guess that 4 is false :)

    Nice to meet you!

  5. Great interview. I also think it's #4.

  6. What a huge, infectious smile, you're darling Andrea!! Since I talk to trees, hugging them seems quite sane to me...;)

  7. First let me say to Natalie (funretro) I am SO sorry for not commenting on your feature. I read it and could have sworn I commented……let’s just call it a major blonde moment : (

    Okay now for Andrea….I totally LOVE this photo!! Such an infectious smile!! And a totally awesome tee too ; )

    I love that you are such a nature girl and if #10 is not true I’m going to be crushed…this has got to be one of the sweetest (and nuttiest) things I’ve ever heard!! I can just picture you hugging the trees ; )

    I know that you are an avid biker so I’m pretty sure #1 is true.

    Other than that I have no clue…
    I’m going to go with #4. Not that I think there’s anything wrong with swearing….there’s def a time and a place for it. I’m just not sure that you would “love” to do it.

    Oh and by the way….I’m a Sagittarius. I just felt that connection grow!!

    Can’t wait to see what the big fib is. Whatever it is, I just love getting to know you better!! ♥toni

  8. I have no idea which one is false!? i'm randomly choosing #8, since it's the shortest. :)
    Nice to meet you!!!

  9. dito to what Dawanna said, and I'm awful at these games, but love reading about everyone! I think I may hug my tree in the morning :)

  10. Andrea,

    It is wonderful to know that I am not alone in tree hugging (I really hope that part is true).

    and though, I have been known to swear on occasion (silversmithing is a painful business, just the other day smashed my thumb with a deadblow mallet) I hope #4 is not true.

  11. Hi Andrea!

    You seem like a really fun person! I used to work in a lab in my former/pre-child life too. I'm going to choose... #8. :)

  12. Ooh Andrea, it's so nice to get to know you better! This is a toughie, but I'm going to go with #8 (although I do believe you speak english) lol. Can't wait to see what the answer is...

  13. Oh Andrea, you are so gorgeous!!! I love this interview and am so happy to get to know you better. I am going to guess #4 is false?! Also, so cool that you are modeling one of Toni's tees. You look wonderful in it;-)

  14. Andrea! You are one hot mama! And that is such a foxy shirt you are wearing ;)

    First of all, "all y'all's" seems like perfect grammar to this Oklahoma native!

    And even though we've never met, I'm so proud of you for that AIDS ride! What an inspiration your are.

    I would guess that the falsey is either # 4 or #8 because they are both so short. But then again, they sort of contradict one another since, if I'm not mistaken, there is a bit of cursing in Jive. Yes?

    Oh, p.s. I now think of you every time I see a sad little tree that needs a hug ;)

    It's so fun getting to know you!!