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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mom Got Tagged!

Ha roo, pups and cool-cats.  It's me - Stormy.  The Dughallmore Beagles' mom tagged our mom in this cool game going around - the 40 Things Tag.  According to the rules, Mom is supposed to write 40 things about herself and include a recent photo, then tag three others to play.  Mom is far more comfortable talking about us than herself, so I decided since I've known her longer than the rest of the Ao4, I would be the one to tell 40 things about her!  Ha roo roo roo!  She's not getting away with that one!  

40 Things About Our Mom

1.  Mom was born between moves.  Her family was going from Ft. Knox, Kentucky to Huntington, West Virginia and Mom couldn't wait until they got there.  They made a stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where her parents had grown up.

2.  Mom is an Army brat.  That should explain #1.

3.  Mom got her first dog when she was about 6 or 7 - a Beagle named Sam.  We don't have any pix of him scanned; I need to do something about that!

4.  Mom lived in at least a dozen places before she went to college.

5.  Mom's family's second dog was also a Beagle - Rookie.  You can see pix of him on our Sunday Salute to him.

6.  Mom will always have a soft spot in her heart for Beagles.  (See numbers 3 and 5.)

7.  Mom is a graduate of Penn State University.

8.  Mom started out as a Meteorology major.  After the second semester of Calculus, she said her head was full and needed to find something else.  She has a Bachelor's in Advertising, with an emphasis (they don't do "minors") in Social Psychology.

9.  Mom met Dad at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

10.  She also got married between moves, as I think about it.  Dad was moving from Cleveland, Ohio to Fort Lee, Virginia.  He got packed up and headed to Fort Knox, KY, they got married there (that's where Mom's parents lived) and headed out to the east coast.

11.  Mom borrowed Aunt Janet's wedding dress.  Grandma made it.

12.  Mom is an Army wife.

13.  According to the US Army, Mom is fluent in French.  She got to attend the Defense Language Institute at Monterey, California with Dad.  It was a 6-month course, 5 days a week, 8 hours a day in French.  

14.  Mom lived in Soignies, Belgium for 3 years.  

15.  A couple months after Mom and Dad got to Belgium, they adopted our great sisters, Jesse and Lucky.  (That should take you to one of our many posts about them!)

16.  Jesse and Lucky taught Mom a LOT.  (Ha roo roo roo!)

17.  Mom travelled all over Europe during those three years.  

18.  Aunt Janet and her hubby lived in Franfurt, Germany the first year Mom and Dad were in Belgium, so they got to visit a few times over there!

19.  One of Mom's favorite restaurants in Soignies was a little Vietnamese place, "Le Bamboo".  Dad met the owner when he was walking Jesse and Lucky one day; he told Dad he was opening the restaurant and invited him and Mom to come.  

20.  Mom's favorite thing at the restaurant was called "nems".  They are a Vietnamese spring roll; you wrap them in mint and lettuce leaves and dip them in different sauces to eat.  You can read about one version here.  

21.  Mom can't believe we're only at the halfway point.

22.  Mom adopted great brother Booter when she lived here the first time.  (Dad was assigned to Fort Riley twice!)  

23.  Mom lived in Korea for two years.  She, Lucky and Booter lived in Seoul, on Yongsan Army Garrison; Dad lived "further north".

24.  Mom bought more fabric in those two years than she'd like to admit.  

25.  Mom loves to cook.

26.  Mom loves to bake.

27.  Mom loves to eat.  (So does Dad; not so much for him on 25 & 26.)

28.  Mom loves to clean the house.  What?  Well, you spend a lot of time at it!  OK, fine.  Mom likes for the house to be clean.

29.  Mom owns 3 vacuums.  Zim has one, too, so there are four of those things in the house.

30.  Mom and Dad lived in about a dozen different places before Dad retired from the Army.

31.  Mom really is color blind.   She's had that dot test administered by an eye doctor and everything.  

32.  Mom loves to organize things.  Seriously.  The spices are alphabetized, as are the CDs and albums.  

33.  Mom loves to quilt and make bags.

34.  Mom's had a lot of different jobs, from working on an assembly line at a print plant to running the Master's Degree programs for Boston University at SHAPE, Belgium.  Lots of other stuff in there, too.  And volunteer work.

35.  Mom is pretty much ambidextrous.  She does write much better right-handed and fences left-handed.  Not that there's much call for her to fence these days.

No, Mom, we aren't done yet.  

36.  Mom rode in an elevator with Wayne Rogers when she was in New York City for a job interview.  He was dressed for tennis.  She didn't realize it was him until he got out.

37.  Mom and Dad ran into Clint Eastwood in a drug store in Carmel, California.  He was with Sondra Locke, and their son and daughter.  Their son had picked up a bottle of mouthwash.  Mr. Eastwood asked his son, "Well.  Are you going to buy that... conehead?"  In case you "gots to know" (see this link; start at about the 3:50 mark if you want a short cut), he did indeed purchase said mouthwash.  (I never said Mom's list was going to be exciting.)

38.  Mom is currently addicted to the following iPhone Apps:  Gem Spinner, Wordle and Word Warp, and Falling Balls.

39.  Mom's favorite colors are blue and white.  I'm told this has nothing to do with #7, but I'm not certain of that.

She's also extremely relieved that we're almost finished with her list.  She wanted to count that remark as #40.  I said, "No."  We still need to do the recent photo.  Here ya go.  

AND #40.  Mom took my online "Cooperating For Photos 1" classes.  Ha roo roo roo!

Mom is tagging following bipeds!

Have fun with it!

Tail wags,


  1. What an interesting life your mum has had! Thanks for putting the links to your old posts too, I loves to read back and see what you is talking about. I like your cooperating for photos lessons. BOL! Very cute piccure with your mum too.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  2. Our Mum is from Ohio! And she went to school in Pittsburgh! Small world! So are you pups going to take the "cooperating for photos" class for your humans, BOL!!!!

    Wonderful post pups, sorry we haven't been around, we're catching up... and we're still going to do that last tag you tagged us in!

    M & I

  3. Very, very cool list. In the small world department, #13 (we think it was 13) - My father also attended the Language School in Monterey (Mandarin Chinese). My parents lived in a little yellow house in P.G. a few blocks from Lovers Point.

  4. Wow, those are really interesting things! Nice to get to know the humans of the family!!


  5. Hmmmmmm...

    Nice list...

    But I'm surprised the taggees weren't alphabetikhally listed...she really SHOULD be a Virgo!

    PeeEssWoo: Once again, grrrreat job Storms

  6. well first of all, thank dogness you did not tag my Jeannie, dear dog, we would have been here all, day, all night and possibly the next year, when she gets going typing about herself!

    Also your Ma is pretty clever! Languages and all.

    My J was reading through all the details and said to me, (well she barked actually, this human barking, although it sounds pathetic, is how we communicate...........)

    My J barked to me she would quite appreciate " a bachelor in advertising (or as she barked, "whatever"!!) she says a good looking Bachelor would do her old heart good. However, I made her promise to stick to the old man she already has! My papa!!!!

    Not so sure about this comment, so please don't woo/comment/quote me!

    To sum up, your Mum has lived a very interesting life and also she is a very clever personage.

    Although my Jeannie would have possibly written pages and pages if she had been tagged, there would actualy have been no real "content"!.......

    Luckily, I am content with her!

    A very interesting post dear Stormy!

    Hope you are well and happy, as we are here.

    lotsaluv, Marvin xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. w00f's A04, 1st hmm dat piksure shure dont look like she done all dat stuff, she looks way young...her being colopr blind, dats y she needs dave....and organizing, boy my mama cood shure use sum of that..

    b safe,

  8. What a great list! Your mom is very interesting and I enjoyed reading about her!

  9. Woo Woo and HaRooo!
    Dat's sum list. You know lots and lots about your Maw. Dat's furry furry good.
    I don't know dat much about my Maw yet but I is learning. I is keeping a secret list just in case.

    Husky kisses,

  10. Mum says thanks for tagging her; do you want her to answer on my blog or her own?

    Those are very interesting things about your mum - she has lived a busy life so far!

    Huffle Mawson, Honorary Husky and Explorer Cat

  11. Harrrrr
    Yer mom has a very intresting life Harrrrr. Thanks for sharing Harrrr.
    Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

  12. Oh, that was just great. We knew a lot of those things but it was nice to fill in the blanks. Mom has certainly had an interesting life. And our Mom is glad she didn't get tagged.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  13. Wow, your mom has an interesting life! :) Thanks for sharing this info with us!


  14. I love the photo of you and your puppy! Thanks for stopping by my blog by the way. I have been so busy outside that I have not had time to blog my new photos. I did get one up today. Stop by and check out all the snow.

    ((HUGS)) dear friend from my snowy white garden.

  15. Your mom is a very interesting person and she has lots of interests!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  16. Yippee....thanks for playing! That was a very interesting list and such a cute photo, aww! Our Mum says to tell your Mom that if she likes iPod apps she should try Hanoi....our Dad is so hooked on it, that's what he does while she types for us! We're off to check out your Beagle photos now :o)
    Slobbers xx

  17. Your mom is MUCH more interesting than my mom is..she's really rather boring. But, since I've been tagged by the Great Ao4, I must obey! Sir, Yes, Sir!

  18. Great list, we enjoyed reading it and getting to know your mum better. :-)

    Holly & Zac...XX

  19. hehehe, love her photo!!!! My mom would like to thank your mom VERY VERY VERY much for not tagging her!!!!!!!
    OH! One more thing 4 VACUUMS IN THE HOUSE?!?!?! I hate that there's 2 in our's!!!!

  20. Woo - Our Dad knows how to fence! We knew that would come in handy when he fenced in our backyard....Harrooorroo! Social Psychology? Ruh Roh - I wonder if she thinks we're normal??!!

  21. Wow what a great life. My Uncle A is an Officer in the Army, is a Tank commander and has a platoon of 50 men. He is training to leave for Iraqi next December and upon his return he will finish his Ranger Schooling. His wife is currently pregnant with their first child. What a life you led. =)

  22. omdog how cool! Your Mom has lived all over, I bet she is glad to stay put now. Mom here loves to organize stuff too. Then organize it again, and again... lol

  23. Mon dieu! That's quite a list. We think your mom sounds great (and we always thought she was kidding about the color blind part).

  24. I really enjoyed learning about your mom. She is a fascinating person!


  25. That was pretty neat! I'm glad I have only one vacuum. Does she fermez your bouche? Mine does. Blechhh! Dave, my mom thanks you! And thanks you! And mom actually did the tag! It's a merkle!

  26. Bon jour! What a fun and exciting life your Mom has had. She certainly has been to lots of neat places! Mom says to say, "Go Thundering Herd"...whatever that means. Then she said she actually is more of a WVU fan. Got me??? Wow, fencing, huh! That sounds fun!

    Bark at ya later,

  27. She doesn't go in basements nor attics after dark...but then who does??

  28. She doesn't eat foods that fall into the 'white and goopy' catagory.

  29. What a very accomplished and interesting Mom you pups have.

    Thanks for telling us more about her. My Mom is a quilter too!


  30. You mom sure is pawsome and have been to so many parts of the world....

    ~ Bae

  31. This was so interesting! Does your mom ever speak to you in French? The cat at the golf course only speaks Spanish!


  32. She also doens't eat the end of bananas or hot dogs...you know which end!

  33. F-u-r-r-r-r-y interesting!
    Furry furry interesting....

    Woos & a-roos,
    Star & Jack a-roo