1. The best surprise ever would be, besides a winning lottery ticket? A surprise vacation..... not in the sense of you buy it and you're not sure where you're going (because they are SRSLY discussing that right now on the morning news). I mean the one where a friend says, "We're going this weekend, not telling you where but everything is planned." I had that happen several years ago, and it was one of the best weekends. I don't think I thanked my friend enough for that .
2. My time in college with my frat brothers is my most favorite memory . There are so many specific moments and precious memories that I cannot choose one and say, "Oh, that's it!" And there were times in college that were not as pleasant as that time in life should be. But on the whole, it was my friends who made those 4+ years just beautiful. They met me with no expectations, no preconceived notions, and together our friendships developed .
3. The hardest, but most worthwhile thing I've ever done was no doubt: losing over half my body weight. Long journey (still ongoing, always will be) but worth EVERY dollar and second invested .
4. The best part of my day is either drive time home (on days where I have no where to be, no appointment), just me and the road. I can take whatever road, however long it takes to decompress. With a 45-min-plus drive, it's not too hard to do that, but sometimes, you need the extra moments or the different perspective .
5. Something I like that most people don't is spicy chocolate. I love the flavor of chipotle or cayenne mixed into chocolate. YUMMMM! .
6. Something I am willing to fight for is my faith. I chose my expression of faith in my early 20s, and people reacted with everything from complete support to almost-shunning. I may not always agree with every little statement issued by those in the ivory tower, but my faith is not in them.... I fought too hard and too long to come this far, and my faith life is all the richer because of it .
7. Something you might not know about me is that I am an introvert. Introversion is not the quality of being shy or afraid of performing in public - rather it is from which sources is your energy derived. I have no trouble dealing with the public, no fear at all of public speaking or performance -- but I can only take so much before I am utterly drained. My energy comes from the internal world. Daily solitude is a must -- hence, the reason the long drive time (#4) is very important to me .