Blast From the Past

Well, I've been hit - rather, tagged, by Shannonmarie of Rawdorable, which means I get to share 5 things about myself that you don't already know. This sort of came to me in a timely fashion, as just the other day the main computer of the house got a virus and had to be taken to the doctor. So, out came my laptop, which I got a few years back, near the end of college. Consequently, the computer contains heaps of old (or at least seems old) pics. Ah, I love a stroll down memory lane. Anyway, before this computer incident, I couldn't think of what my 5 things would be - the ol' pics have given me some ideas.

Without further adieu...

#1: I am very spiritual and always have been. I guess you could say I come by it honestly, as my aunt (mom's sister) is a Swami (Radhakrishnananda) at the Yasodhara Ashram, out in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Ever since I was a little girl, my mom took me out there in the summer, and while she participated in adult programs, I got to enjoy children's activities. I still have the clearest memories of being there even at the young age of 5. I went for the first time myself when I was 18, and did a karma yoga program (where I quickly found my way into the kitchen) along with a "Matters of the Heart" course, which was absolutely wonderful. They hold all kinds of programs, retreats, meditation, yoga, and have a spiritual/yoga based magazine called Ascent. Pictured here is the meditation temple where satsang is held every night along with other things. I just love it!

#2. When I was 21, I lived just outside of Washington, DC for over a year. I had never been to the capital city before, and never really had a desire to go there (or so I thought), but was really blown away by the energy I felt there. Such power. It was fun seeing all the famous landmarks, especially the White House! You see, our capital city here in Canada - Ottawa, has nowhere near the intensity level of DC. As far as I know, our Prime Minister (no, we don't have a president) doesn't like in a house like this!

I had the time of my life that year. Kristen was the first friend I made (at Bally's Gym), and we have been close ever since. She came to visit me 2 summers ago, and in a few days we are going to the Bahamas together for a week of hot weather.
(Another little fact: I've had blonde hair until about 2 years ago).
#3. I am an only child, however, at the age of 5, a girl in a wheelchair came to live with us, during the school year, as her community didn't have a school that was wheelchair accessible. She lived with us until I was 14, so it was practically like having a sister. Unfortunately, while on vacation, I always had to play with myself, since Jenny was with her own family during those times. I also think that as a result of being an only child, I became really close with my mom - she is one of my very best friends, and I am so grateful for her.

#4. When I was 17 I did a Rotary exchange program to the French side of Belgium to live with a family. Their daughter who is my age, first came to Canada to live with my family and I before we went back to her country. We got in on a canoe trip for international exchange students that happens here every year. It was so much fun - I was the only Canadian student. I loved being amongst youth from all over the world. Most of them had never set foot in a canoe before, let alone take a 10 day trip in one, portaging through the forest with a boat overhead and a heavy pack on their back. It was hilarious! In Belgium I was happy to practice my French, as my host family didn't speak any English. We went to their summer house on the North Coast of France for a few weeks and then travelled to see various chateaus (castles), and finally, down to Paris to check out all the sights. It had been a long time dream of mine to see the Ifle Tower!

#5. Ok, this one is pretty lame, but I honestly couldn't think of anything else interesting...I have this terrible pet peeve with my bathing towels falling on the floor. Haha, I know, it sounds ridiculous. My boyfriend says I'm germ crazy - I just can't stand using a towel on my body and face that has touched hairs, dust, or "who knows what else" on the floor.

Well, that wraps things up for now. So I get the pleasure of passing on the "torch" to 5 other people, who are: HiHoRosie, Yardsnacker, Courtney, Sunshine, and April. Here are the rules: Link to your tagger and post these rules. Share 5 facts about yourself. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them). Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

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  1. March 13, 2008 at 04:35

    Thanks for the tag! I loved reading more about you. I hope I can think of some interesting facts about myself and find 5 people to tag! :)

  2. March 13, 2008 at 07:55

    Ooh have you read about Paramahansa Yogananda? परमहंस योगानं‍द I love that book. Esp. the autobiographical part. <br /><br />What a fun life you are having missy. I must say you are quite the jet setter! :D I know what you mean about things like towels on the floor. I can barely stand a toothbrush that is over 3 weeks old! ACK!

  3. March 13, 2008 at 15:05

    Just found your blog while surfing around on different raw sites. Trying to adapt more and more to the raw life style but here in Spain it is not common at all so I find it hard. Thought it was so funny what you said about the towel on the floor. I am the same -just can´t stand it. Weird thinks my boyfriend. Anyways, I will be checking in on your blog as often as I can :)

  4. March 13, 2008 at 16:32

    rosie - im sure there are heaps of interesting things - or at least to me because I dont know much of anything about you :)<br /><br />Yard - No, I havent read about Param Yogananda...will search it out. <br />I look forward to your "5 things" :)<br /><br />hey mari - welcome to the raw life! Where in spain are you? I was over there a few years ago. Amazing place! I ate so much great fresh fruit when I visited.

  5. March 14, 2008 at 12:16

    Wow, both you and Carmi have outdone me. You've lived an exciting life. I can't believe you were right outside of D.C. I've always lived within a half hour of that city.<br /><br />I guess this was perfect timing. It gave you a chance to reminisce.

  6. March 18, 2008 at 00:46

    I always love reading more about my fellow bloggers - so fun! :0)<br /><br />oh my, I have the same "fear" of bath towels falling on the floor - you're not alone!! haha.

  7. March 20, 2008 at 04:09

    Hi! I'm Angel. Every time I visit your blog I come away amazingly inspired to try a new raw dish. I just wanted to say THANK YOU! Also, would it be okay to put a link to your blog under my "favorite blogs" on my blog? Please let me know. Thanks so much!<br />God Bless,<br />Angel<br />

  8. March 23, 2008 at 18:38

    Shannon - LOL, I wouldn't at all say I've outdone you, I like to think that we've all led exciting lives :) Still goin strong, hehe. Indeed thanks for the chance to dig up great memories. <br /><br />Veggiegirl - glad im not the only one - re: bath towels - seems like there are a few of us, yay!<br /><br />Angel - thanks so much for the comment. I appreciate it. Absolutely, feel free to add a link to your site. I am gonna check it out, always love visiting new raw blogs.

  9. March 24, 2008 at 05:12

    OK you're officially in the dog house for keeping us in the dark...I mean, you lead us on with all these tasty creations, and then leave us hanging and disappear? What? lol hope all is well!

  10. March 25, 2008 at 17:38

    Hi Heathy! Being a Rotarian, I am am so pleased to know that you were able to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange. It is a wonderful program! I hope you have continued your relationship with Rotary because it really is a great organization, doing so much to help people all over the world and promote peace and understanding.<br /><br />Another thing we have in common is that I too lived just outside Washington DC for about 5 years (92 to 97). I worked just down the street from the Capitol Bldg. I've been to Ottawa and I agree, the energy is VERY different. I was amazed at the relaxed attitude and easy access to high level government officials in Ottawa. We went to get information from the ministry of health and wound up being invited to meet with the Minister of Health himself, who spent about an hour with us. That would never happen in DC (LOL). <br /><br />Thanks for sharing those experiences with us. You are living a very rich and blessed life.

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