Tuesday, June 10, 2014

5 Random Facts About Me

So, I'm just working through some blog challenges right now. I think it is important for my readers to kind of get where I'm coming from to understand why I blog about what I blog about. So, the above is a 'selfie' something, I'm not very good at, but getting better. And now I am going to share 5 random facts about me that you probably don't want to know about me, but I'm going to share anyhow.

1. I went into the Air Force when I was 17. Yep, my Dad kicked me out of the house over some random stuff that wasn't even true... long story. I had no where else to go, so I signed up.

2. I ruined my eyes when I was 13. That's right. I have always been obsessed with reading and the Dr. says that I overworked the muscles in my eyes. I stopped needing prescription reading glasses when I was 17... but I really still need distance vision lenses, I just refuse to wear them.

3. I have been homeless. Yeah, I lost my home back in 2009 and I moved in with my brother for a month, he kicked me out because his then fiancé and I did not get along at all. Then I moved in with my Mom and she kicked me out because one of my sisters kept picking fights with me and then calling my Mom and saying I started it. So, I ended up honest to goodness homeless for about 4 or 5 months. First I bounced around from motel to motel and then I ended up in a homeless shelter. That was just such a dark and scary time in my life. I am terrified all the time that it will happen again. Part of the reason I'm crazy frugal like I am.

4. I am a bit of a hippie. Not like, I'm a leftover from the 60's... I was born 13 years after that died down. Not like these wanna be hippies that think wearing Rasta and getting stoned while it is illegal makes you a hippie. I have a plan to run a 'Be a Hippie' series on my blog to give a clearer picture of what I mean. But, basically I share a lot of values with them. And, okay, I get this seems kind of funny considering my random fact #1. But, I figure we all go through our own journey and we ebb and flow and learn and grow and this is just where I am today.

5. I graduated 'high school' twice. Well, I guess you could actually say three times. I was home schooled and we did schoolwork year round. I don't think my parent's planned the 'no summer break' plan too carefully, but I finished 12th grade when I was 15. I couldn't legally be done with school in my state at 15 (at that time, I think that law has changed to accommodate home schooled kids) so I continued random schooling studies for another year until I could take my GED at the age of 16. I took that and all was well... until I started the process to get into the Air Force at 17. At that time they were leery about accepting home schooled kids into the military and required much higher ASVAB scores of us. So, even though my score was considered phenomenal if I had attended public school, it was just not good enough to get in as a home schooled graduate. So, I took my last paycheck from my first job and took a daytrip to the neighboring state which had a private school intended for farm kids to work on the family farm and complete their education through distance learning courses. I paid $200.00 for the cost of a transcript and spent all day testing out of every single subject in every single grade of high school. Yes, it was a lot of work... but in the end I had my diploma and my transcript and I was able to get into the Air Force with a perfectly decent ASVAB score. I have since heard that the Air Force is taking steps to be more accepting of home schooled students. I am so happy to hear that!

So, there you have it my lovelies!

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