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Random Things About Me

I keep getting tagged on Facebook for that “Random Things About Me List” so I succumbed last night and made a list. Now I can kill two birds with one stone and make a quick blog post as well.

27 Random Things About Vicky

1) I’m missing a tooth (the one between your front tooth and your canine tooth). It’s genetic. Some of my extended family are missing the same tooth.

2) My hair is SIGNIFICANTLY gray now. When it grows out, a vast majority of the roots are white. That’s also genetic- from my paternal grandmother’s side.

3) I snore. I’m not sure if that is genetic or not, but I have observed that my father also snores.

4) In high school my father used to drive me to school so I was in charge of waking him up. That was at times difficult to do. One day I put slices of bologna all over his limbs and let the family dog in the room. That seemed to be pretty effective.

5) There is little in this world that I find more thrilling than receiving letters and mail. I keep and file away all the letters and postcards I receive. When I die, I want those items returned to the original authors so they will be reunited with their own words.

6) I tend not to like the feeling of fingernail polish on my fingers, but I almost always have polish on my toenails.

7) My great uncle, a man who flew in WWII and was an successful engineer, says the accomplishment he is most proud of is a bunch of pine trees he planted in the 50’s. “I made my own forest,” he said. I hope to one day follow in his footsteps.

8] If I ever got a tattoo, I think it would be of rhododendron, mountain laurel or something indigenous to the Appalachian Trail. That way no matter where I go, I have a piece of the mountains with me.

9) I don’t even have my ears pierced (So don’t hold your breath on #8 )

10) The day after Thanksgiving I met my new boyfriend’s family at SpaWorld in Centreville. It turned out it was a nude spa. So, I have now been naked in front of my new boyfriend’s sister, my new boyfriend’s sister-in-law and….my new boyfriend’s mother.

11) I’ve been a groomsman in a wedding! I got to escort a bridesmaid down the aisle and everything.

12) For high school graduation, my grandmother gave me a pair of rollerblades. 16 years later I still have them. They have gone with my on many trips and I have rollerbladed in 21 different U.S. States and 5 different countries.

13) When I was a young girl, I played a lot of tournament bridge with my father. I made Life Master when I was fifteen. I’m currently retired.

14) I love coming up with Plastic Canvas designs. It’s a neat challenge to figure out how to architect the item you want.

15) I know how to install a toilet! I installed one all by myself this past summer. As long as you are turning things the right way, it’s not that hard.

16) I would really like to learn more about mushrooms and fungi so I can go out and eat some.

17) I think I secretly like taking support calls. I like uncovering the cause of an issue and being creative with a workaround… and being the hero. ūüôā

18] When I die, I want my ashes dumped off the Wilburn Valley Overlook on Pearis Mountain. I plan on spreading Jimmie’s ashes there as well.

19) I’m tough on keyboards. Currently my laptop is missing the V key and the right arrow key.

20) “Float On” by Modest Mouse was a prominent positive force this past year. You have no idea how many times I would start off an evening of programming or painting, dancing around in a vacant house to that song. It’s impossible NOT to be in a good mood with that song.

21) I’m on Page 78 of the “Remarkable Trees of Virginia” book. I’m the hiker in front of the large oak tree.

22) I would really like to meet Nalini Nadkarni of Evergreen State College. I’m going through a tree obsession phase at the moment and I keep coming across her writings and her work. She captivates me.

23) I have never been hit on by a member of the same sex (So even if I do get to meet Nalini, odds are she won’t hit on me).

24) I’ve never had stitches and I’ve never broken a bone. I almost constantly have scratches, cuts and scabs on my legs though.

25) The “Y” in my name is a product of jealousy. When I was young girl known as “Vicki” my family had placemats at the dinner table with everyone’s name on it. Noting “Jay” and “Carolyn” both had Y’s in the their, I became envious. So I procured myself a Y.

26) I have not really vomitted since 1988. Nonetheless, I spent a significant portion of my teens and twenties, worrying about vomit. Talk about a waste of time.

27) I think Sinking Creek Mountain on the Appalachian Trail is underrated. Dayhikers don’t tend to go there. But they should. It’s beautiful.

January 29, 2009 at 9:24 am 7 comments

Work Area 2008

A while back I shared my work area from 2002 and again from 2006. Now, I have a picture from 2008!

Actually, this is just one of many work areas in 2008. I’ve had a variety of locales this year. Sometimes I worked over at Larry’s house. On warmer days, I’d work in the screened in back porch. Sometimes I worked at the Daily Grind. I’ve worked at my parent’s house. I’ve worked at the Coffee House of Historic Occoquan. And sometimes I worked directly on a customer site. This particular work area is in my home– which has been pretty vacant as everything has been sold or put into storage. But, I did keep a folding table and a folding chair and I have become quite fond of the setup.

One of my work areas – 2008

If one were to zoom a little further out– one would find that this work area is also my bedroom!

Jimmie sleeps on my “bed”– hey it is better than a suitcase!

And everything in this room could be rolled up or folded up and placed into a single closet, so when I did visit one of my many other work areas, the room would be empty for prospective home buyers.

This is definitely not my last work area of 2008. By the time we hit New Year’s, I expect to have locations in North Carolina and the Netherlands to add to the tally!

November 2, 2008 at 10:22 pm 4 comments

Mosaic Meme

Well, I¬†didn’t feel all that driven to create my own superhero.¬† But¬†Christina¬†posted¬†this Mosaic Meme that I¬†decided to go ahead and try.¬†

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page of results, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.**
12. Your flickr name

Here’s what I came up with:

1. Cataratas Victoria, Vic Falls, Zambia, 2. Injera, 3. IMG_4033.JPG, 4. ‚ôę YO Yo yo, there’s no place like a green penthouse… so i told the genie i wanted to be well hung. ^o^ ‚ôę nah… wildlife from singapore‚ôę, 5. Mr. Spacey, 6. sweet ice tea in Alabama, 7. The Volcano Rumbles, 8. day 58: creme brulee, 9. blue nun, 10. technicolor bois de boulogne in Paris ūüôā, 11. happiness is a warm puppy (and a handful of them is even better), 12. 20080803 – Assateague – pony – overlooking the ocean – (by Vicky) – 2741491152_9c092213d1_o

September 13, 2008 at 11:15 pm 3 comments


This blog passed 200,000 views yesterday.¬† Because Clint is going to ask, I need to announce my guess was WRONG.¬† I speculated that I would hit 200,000 views on February 5th.¬† I was about a¬†month off.¬† ūüė¶

So my guess for 250,000– I’m going to make November 11 (Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday).¬† That way, when I actually reach it in July 22 (my parent’s anniversary), I’ll get to be ever so pleased with how I outdid my own expectations.¬† ūüôā

March 6, 2008 at 9:00 am 11 comments


Whoopsie.  Just a quick note to indicate that this blog passed 150,000 views earlier this week (Tuesday I think). 

Without Mother’s Day to help pad my stats, this last 50,000 section took about 3 1/2 months.¬†¬†So I’m¬†behind Clint’s pace.¬† Maybe next time! ūüôā

November 9, 2007 at 8:20 am 13 comments

BLOG: 100,000 Views Reached

This afternoon, this blog passed 100,000 views.  Like Clint, the second 50,000 went significantly faster than the first 50,000.  It took 14 months to get the first 50,000 views and less than 3 months to get the second 50,000.

I have my mother to thank for that…. and your mother… and all other mothers for that matter.¬† A lot of these last 50,000 hits were from people searching for Mother’s Day Cards.¬† Mother’s Day alone, I got 8,208 views.¬† Interestingly enough, I still had very heavy traffic the day after Mother’s Day.¬† Those slackers!¬† ūüėȬ† It was nice to see a more positive source to a spike (My previous high had been from the Virginia Tech Shooting).

And speaking of mothers, my mother is coming to visit me this week!  She arrives on Wednesday and will probably be staying through the weekend.  The primary purpose of the visit is to get some painting done, but I bet we sneak in a quick hike and a visit to El Guadeloupes.  Should be fun.

July 16, 2007 at 9:41 pm 3 comments

BLOG: 50,000 Views Reached

Just a¬†quick note to document when¬†this blog passed 50,000 views (I’m blatently copying Clint’s post from January).

My very first post was March 3, 2006, so it took almost fourteen months to hit this mark.  In January, I was at 20,000, so the last 30,000 views occurred in 2007. 

Sadly, it seems I’ve hit my 50,000 mark under morbid circumstances.¬† The day after Kurt Vonnegut’s death was reported by news agencies, I had my highest day¬†courtesy of people searching for funeral information.¬† Less than a week later, that new record high was dwarfed¬†when¬†worse news,¬†news that hit closer to home, broke.

Clint was able to get his second 50,000 views in just four months.¬† Seeing what promotes¬†my blog’s¬†highest days, I’m not sure I want to follow in his footsteps!¬†

April 29, 2007 at 5:57 pm 7 comments

Mims the Word

My husband excels at making me laugh while I am on the road.  Today he accomplished that with a simple link:,harvilla,76021,22.html

I mentioned that on our Vail trip, Stacy and Kipp were introduced to the simple, but soul-searching,¬†philophy of Mims (“I’m hot cause I’m fly, you ain’t cause you not”). This article does a graphical evaluation of that and other thought-provoking lines from the song. ¬†My favorites:

The article is a couple of months old, but still gold.  Kudos to Rob Harvilla for writing this article and kudos to Sean for forwarding it on and making me laugh so far away from home.

April 25, 2007 at 11:36 pm 4 comments

Quiz: General Vicky Knowledge

I had so much fun taking Clint’s test and Christina’s test, I am sharing¬†the love with my own Vicky test.¬† I suspect it might be easier than theirs– I don’t ask about favorite operating systems or programming language experience.¬†

Anyway, enjoy!

Create your own Friend Test here

P.S.  If you make a test for you, let me know!

P.S.S.¬† If time permits next week, I’ll post the answers and any related tales/tidbits.

February 22, 2007 at 7:09 pm 10 comments

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