Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Five Random Facts About Me

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I've been blogging for such a long time, and those of you who have been reading for at least a few years probably know quite a bit about me. Some of you have been following along since the beginning, have seen me through other relationships, through high school and college and moving to a new city. Some of you have watched Tessa grow up through the years (and graduate!), were there when I lost loved ones, and even when I occasionally lost my mind. But for all of the new readers out there, I thought it was about time I introduced you to a few random facts about myself - which I'll be sharing on here, now and then - and I hope you'll share something about yourselves, too.

1) I'm a lifelong insomniac, and I can't fall asleep for multiple reasons. One, I obsess about things. I sometimes have mild anxiety attacks while I'm laying down, just thinking about stuff or trying not to think about it. Two, Bobby snores - and he falls asleep immediately. But he got this little snoring contraption that has been helping with that. There are many other reasons, and sometimes there's no reason other than I just can't fall asleep. But lately, I've actually been getting a lot more sleep than usual; it has been such a relief.

2) I'm a horrible dancer. Awful. The worst. I come from a family of very gifted dancers, but I was born with two left feet. To add insult to injury, I was also the one with Broadway dreams. I majored in Musical Theatre, but never could improve upon my dancing. I eventually accepted reality and moved on.

3) All of my animals were rescued or adopted. Vester and Lacy were dumped with the garbage on the side of the street, Kitty Boos was a stray orphan kitten on a neighbor's farm, and Miku was adopted when she was a tiny pup. And since my animals are basically the best of the best of the absolute best in the whole entire world (I might be a little biased), that should be enough proof that adopting is the way to go.

4) My favorite movie is Harold and Maude.

5) If you're wondering where the name "Keiko" came from, I'm 1/4 Japanese. I was named after my Oba - my paternal grandma. And if you're wondering how to pronounce it, it's Cake-Oh, not Kee-ko. But I'll answer to either, because I'm used to people mispronouncing my name (it doesn't bother me)! I love my name, and can't imagine myself with any other.

34 comments:

  1. Funny coincidence, I wasn't born with two left feet, actually I was very talented in ballet but I had to give it up because I was so tall to be a ballerina (6'1'') and that was quite hard to accept, but then again life always gives you lots of other ways where to express yourself and be the best you can be :)
    Also, I have a friend with the same name as yours and I always thought that it was such a unique and exotic name!

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  2. Yes to the insomnia!! Such a struggle!!

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  3. My friend Kaori's daughter is called Keiko too! I'm not an insomniac but I do feel insulted the way my husband sleeps in an instant for HOURS whereas I find it much harder.
    I love dancing too but am not a particularly good one, quite bad though I persevere x

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  4. adorable!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  5. I have had insomnia for the last 11 years of my life, I hate it so much and affects all aspects of my life :( It's good to know I am not the only one out there with it! Guys snoring definitely don't help, but since I'm single now I'm sleeping a bit better haha but that's not gonna last forever! xx

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  6. Love reading posts like this...sorry to hear about your insomnia!! ;(
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  7. Love post where you learn lovely things about the blogger.
    Lovely post, I danced for over 10 years and still rubbish :)

    DarlingSophie

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  9. Woops, made a massive mistake in my previous comment so deleted it. Sorry! As for the insomnia I can sympathise, I've (luckily) only had it a few times in my life but when I have it's been terrible.

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  10. So nice, I belived your tatoo will be on the list

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  11. I'm familiar with your struggle with insomnia but I'm very familiar with your struggle with anxiety. I feel like my anxiety is getting worse the older I get and no matter what I do, I can't settle down but I refuse to be medicated because I don't like not being myself (even though sometimes being myself is pretty terrifying). Hopefully your bedtime anxieties will calm and that will help you settle down for a restful night's sleep. I'm hoping for a restful night one of these days :)
    And I love your name! I love unusual names because I love my unusual name! I feel like I wouldn't be me without it! And the mispronunciations don't bother me either - it has been happening my whole life - so I'm usually pleasantly surprised when people get it right the first time :) My Mom told me I was named for the Taino (indigenous people of Puerto Rico, where my family is from) word for "Moon" (since I was born on a Full Moon)

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    1. I completely relate to not wanting to be medicated. I've always been fearful of that, for myself. It works well for so many people I know, but being that I don't drink and have never done drugs, I have a fear of not being in control of my thoughts and actions.

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  12. totally have the same problem with my name "Yaudy". At this point I answer to anything LOL
    xo,
    http://yaudycristinafashionista.blogspot.com/2014/06/me-and-my-palazzos.html

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  13. LOVE your name so much.


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  14. You're a princess Cake-Oh ( so cute ) just touched by fairy dust :) M-C

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  15. Have you tried listening to 'relax music'? I suffer from anxiety too, although it doesn't usually strike at night thank God, but when I have to sleep near my mom, who is a heavy sleeper and snores like whoa, I put on my headphones and listen to that music. I have 2 different apps I found on iTunes, they have different types of calming sounds (rainforest, oceans, bells, younameit) and then I downloaded an hour of Celtic music off youtube, so I carry that one around as well. It was hard at the beginning, getting used to sleeping with earphones on, but now it's the one thing that works.

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  16. My boyfriend also falls asleep immediately AND snores. What is the contraption Bobby uses?

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    1. I fall asleep immediately and snore, and....my poor husband...I'd love to know what Bobby is using!!

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    2. It's called the snorepin. It's too early to tell if it will work long term, but for the most part it has been helpful! It has mixed reviews, so clearly it doesn't work for everyone:(
      http://www.amazon.com/Snorepin-Smarter-Solution-Against-Advanced/dp/B000BABW5Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403239362&sr=8-1&keywords=snorepins

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    3. Thanks, I'll check it out!

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  17. I have insomnia most of the time, too. my brain just kicks in after 11pm, and I can't stop thoughts of anything and everything whizzing around my head! usually it's not anxiety though, so I'm grateful for that.

    and I had no idea you did musical theatre! I guess I kind of thought you were shy and never pegged you as a performer, which is silly because obviously you are comfortable sharing yourself on your blog. :) I love theatre, I wish I were good at at.

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  18. Enjoyed reading these facts! I love your name, it's so beautiful and unique!

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  19. My husband snores too and he falls asleep instantly also. If I really need sleep, I will go to bed first. But there are times when I wake in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep because he's snoring. You are not alone in this situation.

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  20. So cute, love it. http://www.tonarmoire.com/

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  21. Haha I totally feel you with the name thing! Although it's not mispronunciation, just calling me different names. My whole first name is Sally-Jean. aka people will only call me sally or ask to call me jean or just forget and call me Mary-sue. Either way I respond haha!

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    Sally-Jean
    http://www.antiquesncoffee.com

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  22. Hey!
    I too sometimes can't go to sleep because of a busy mind. I put on an audiobook. Helps to distract me from thoughts.

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  23. Hey Keiko, nice post :) I love so personal "random facts" posts like this :) Best Luu

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  24. Keep good sleep hygiene by going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day. Also no computer or tv right before bed as the light keeps you awake.
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  25. I love Harold and Maude too! I bet you like Wuthering Heights too!
    Taking really deep breaths and stretching helps to relax your body and your brain! Also, imagine a Daryl Dixon guardian angel on watch to protect you!

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  26. I love random facts! I'm sorry you've got insomnia; that sounds tough! But it's great that you have such a positive attitude! I've been reading your blog as a lurker for quite some time, and I always adore your posts.
    Hmm... five random facts: 1. I can whistle with my tongue. I look like an idiot doing it, but hey... most people just blow spit, haha! 2. I taught myself to bend only the tips of my fingers a long time ago, but I don't think I'm actually double-jointed. It was just stubbornness. 3. I often know how to use a word in a sentence and/or spell it without actually really knowing what it means. Those years of reading the dictionary as a kid (nerdy, I know) paid off, I guess! 4.I am super organized, but only when everything has a specific place. Which means most of the time, my house is a mess. 5. My favorite book has been Jane Eyre since I read it when I was seven. And Mr. Rochester is the only book-crush I've ever had.
    xo
    Kristina
    www.eccentricowl.com

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    1. I taught myself to bend the tips of my fingers, too! I practiced when I was younger...I don't know why.

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