I have decided to leave up my Fun Facts Page. It will not be updated often, but I have had many comments from fans and friends on how they enjoy learning goofy things about me. So please enjoy this personal little look into some interesting facts about ME, and remember that most of these are outdated, but still were facts at some point! Have fun!
Fact: I have a fear of needles..
Story: At one time I could handle needles, shots, IV's, etc. with ease. Now, just seeing someone give blood, or hearing them talking about it makes my stomache do flips. When I was had my big crash in Texas, I had a very bad experience with the IV. In the ambulance they got it in my hand with no problem. We then had to take it out at the hospital so we could take my leathers off. They then tried to get an IV in my arm, and they couldnt. For over an hour, I had doctor after doct pricking me just trying to catch a vein. They couldnt, and I was in misery. It got to the point where I couldnt even fill the pokes because my stomache was just so upset. Finally, they were able to get a doctor in who could do it, and after probably 50 different tries, I had an IV in me. It wasnt until I went to the doctor for some more tests back at home that I realized how I had become fearful of needles. I was sweating and shaking when they tried to get an IV in me, and so uncomfortable. Now, I get nearly sick to my stomache thinking about having to get a shot. And when I have to have blood drawn, I dread it the entire day. So needless to say, if anyone wants to seem me squirm, they know what to talk about!
Fact: I am pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education
Story: Children have always been a passion in my life. Being the oldest of 11 grandchildren, I have fallen well in to the "motherly" role. I grew up in day care from 4 weeks-age 7. I loved every bit of it, and still have relationships with my 2 providers. I am going to college right now, and am pursuing my dream of working with children be getting my teaching degree in Early Childhood Education. I someday hope to have a Home Daycare, where I will provide love, learning, and support for children and their families. I have decided that I do not want to be a teacher, because I want long lasting relationships with children. That is why I have chosen the career path of Home Daycare. It will take me about another year to complete my teaching degree, and when I do, I will be able to teach infants-kindergartners in almost any setting. I am looking forward to that day!
Fact: I chipped the same tooth 4 different times, and have a cap on it!
Story: I have had bad luck with just one tooth in my mouth. Its a front one, and it now has a cap on it. I chipped it for different times. I was about 6 years old when I chipped it the first time. I was playing one of the motorcycle video games at the arcade with my dad, and was sitting in the lap. I was leaning down on the motorcycle, and my dad pulled up on the handle bar and it got my right in the tooth. The 2nd time, I was just beng a normal 7 year old girl and day dreaming. I was walking backwards on my way home from school, and I turned around to see where I was going and I ran straight into one of the big green yard waste garbage cans. The 3rd time, my brother through a lego at me, and it just hit in the right spot, and chipped it once again. The final and last time, I was doing bumper boats on vacation, and I reached down to pick up something I had dropped and we got hit. I hit my tooth right on the steering wheel. Its been about 10 years since the last time I have chipped that SAME tooth, and I am hoping that I am safe and that it won't ever happen again!
Fact: I have probably spent more time driving then any other 19 year old girl.
Story: I have done alot of driving, in my short 3 years of having a license. Since I was 16, I had a boyfriend that lived 3 hours away from me, and would drive there about twice a month. I did that for 3 years, so that is about 430 Hours of driving just to see him. I would say it is even more than that because there was alot of back and forth driving during holidays and Summer. I also have driven back to Springfield twice, and that is about a 40 hour drive. I did about 12-14 hours of that driving in both directions. So that is another 48 hours of driving. Then I have been to California a few times since then, and have driven atleast another 15 hours doing that. Then you add up my everyday driving of 30 minute to and from work, and it adds up to alot!! I was thinking about this a few days ago when we were talking about how many miles most people put on their cars in a year. Everyone thinks that I about doubled the miles that most people do. Just something a little interesting!
Fact: I have only ever had one pet (and it wasnt technically mine)!
Story: My family is not exactly animal lovers. My Mom is scared of dogs because she used to deliever newspapers when she was younger, and she got chased down by a dog and got bit. I am also allergiv to dogs and cats, so that kinda takes that away. So the only pet we have ever had (or well my brother, Dustin) was a goldfish named Goldfish. He won it at a carnival when he was like 7. It lived for about 5 years I think. We kinda forgot to have someone come to the house and feed it when we went to the Grand Championships in Indiana in 2001, and well...it died. It was a floater when we came home, and I had to flush it down the toilet. I dont think any of us were that sad, because a fish was pretty boring, and it wasnt really a pet. But that is the only pet we have ever had! I like animals and all, but they just make me sick. I hope that when I have kids and a family that we can have a puppy. Hopefully by then they will have some sort of cure for being allergic to dogs and cats!
Fact: The first track I ever raced at is now closed down.
Story: My first race was at Rainer, ST in 1992. Well, the first track I got a trophy at anyway. Last season was the last year for this track to be open. It is now closed down and will not have any races this year. It is about the coolest place, and a very fun little short track. It is built like in a bowl. It is surrounded by green grassy hills that every sits on to watch the races. I can remember rolling down the hills, playing flyers up, and sitting on the steps of the tower during the riders meeting. I raced that track every year for 13 years, and I am going to miss it. I hope that maybe next year, or sometime in the future it re-opens. Its has a family atmoshere to it that no other track has. I would love for it to be the first place that I bring my kids to race, just like what happened to me when I was 6 years old.
Fact: My cousin Zachary is serving in the Iraq war right now.
Story: My cousin Zachary is 2 weeks younger than me and is serving in the Iraq War right now. He was deployed on January 2nd of this year. He was only supposed to be there until April, when his unit was set to go to Kuwait, but we just got the news yesterday that he will be in Iraq for another yeat. Ever since I can remember, this is what he has wanted to do. For the longest time he wanted to go to school at Westpoint, and then that changed and he wanted to go into the Army. He went to training, and I cant explain what he exactly does, but I am proud of him. He was so excited to go to Iraq. He was so passionate and proud of what he was going to be doing. He showed our whole family the movie of the training he did, and then right before he left he had all his gear with him, and he put it all on and showed us what you use everything for. It was really cool. He never seemed to be scared, we got E-Mails from him when he first got there, and I could tell just by his words that he was enjoying himself, and he was doing just as he always wanted to do. It is kinda scary, and the News is alot scarier and more personal then it was before, but I am proud of him. He is serving our country, and he is just a kid. I look forward to seeing him when he gets back, and I miss having him around at family get togethers, but I know that he is living out this dream that he has had since we were little kids, and because of that, I know that he is happy, and I am happy for him.
Fact: I am claustrophobic
Story: How I am claustrophobic isnt in the way that most people are. I can be in small spaces and in eleveators or hide in a linen closet while playing hide and seek. When I start freaking out is when other people are crowding me. The first time I realized this was when I was a freshmen in high school and I was riding the bus home. The bus was so packed that we had to sit 3 to a seat and when we were getting into the seats there were people surrounding me. I started panicking and sweating and then I finally just yelled "Get out of me way before I puke on you!!" and everyone moved for me and I sat in a seat catching my breath. Ever since then I get the same way in similar situations. If I am on an elevator with alot of people I start to sweat. Or during Christmas I went to this tiny movie theater with Cody and his family, and they made us wait in a line. Well, the line got outta hand and I had strangers bumping into me. I wanted to scream! I try to avoid those situations, but it isnt always easy. Sometimes at the Riders Meeting at the races I get the same way, but it is easy to just step out of the middle and towards the side. I guess I dont know if I can truly claim the definition of being claustrophobic, but I sure feel like I am sometimes!
Fact: My eyes change colors
Story: My eyes change colors all the time. They are usually either blue or green, but the shades of those change all the time. When I cry, I have the most beautiful blue eyes. They are this brght bright blue. You would think that I am wearing colored contacts but I am not. When I am sick or my allergies are bothering me, my eyes will be a very deep misty green. They change depending on my makeup, clothes I am wearing, and the weather. There are even times when my eyes look just grey. People notice alot of time time, and I just tell them that my eyes are like a mood ring. Because they can alot of times give away how I am feeling. Just something a little interesting...
Fact: I jumped off a 20 foot high bridge.
Story: When I was about 14 years old I was camping with my bestfriend Maria. We went to this river and there was a bridge that all these people were jumping off. I am someone who will try anything, so I did. See this is the tricky part, I was afraid of heights, and I still am. I get quesy in my stomach when I look ver a balconey or when I am driving across a bridge and I look into the water. It scares me to know how high I am. So my goal was to jump off this bridge and make myself not be afraid anymore. Well, that DID NOT work. It was a bad idea. I went right up to bridge stood on the ledge and finally just made myself do it. I jumped, and when I hit the water I was kinda hunched over. It sent my braces through my lips and my mouth was all bloody. I got back up to the top and I told myself I was going to do it agian. I will try anything twice. The first time to see if I like it, and then a second time to make sure I truly hate it. So I did it again, and this time I went in and didnt hunch over, but I did not enjoy it at all. And it did not cure my fears of heights. I think it made it even worse. I cannot even get on a diving board without feelings like I am going to fall off. So all that jumping, did no good. But I just might do it again....or atleast try!
Fact: I played baksetball for 5 years.
Story: I started playing league basketball when I was in 5th grade. I went in clueless, and I came out knowing alot about the game. I stuck with the same group of girls for the next 3 years, and we won a championship one year. It was alot of fun. In 7th grade I tried out for the school team. I didnt make it, and in the word of the coach "you are too short to be a basketball player". I didnt quit there though, I tried out next year and made the 8th grade basketball team. The weekend before my first game, I crashed at a race and tore my ACL. I was out for the rest of the season. In high school, I wasnt sure I was going to try out or not. I had just gotten cleared to do things with my knee, and I hadnt really been doing anything basketball related. I did try out, and I made the freshmen team which I was reallly happy about. I played all the season and did really well. I was planning on playing next year, and then once again, the weekend before tryouts, I crashed racing and got a HUGE hemotoma on my leg and was on crutches for 2 weeks. So that ended my basketball playing. I still play for fun, and love the sport alot. When I go and watch my boyfriend at his games I get all into it, and I realize how much I miss it. It is the only team sport I ever did, and I wish that I still could!
Fact: I have been saving up for a Motorhome since I was about 9 years old.
Story: I have always been fascinated with motorhomes. All through elementry school, my grandparents used to pick me and my brother up from school in their motorhome, and we would go down to the National or Hot Shoe at Castle Rock. I think that is what started my love of them. I started saving my change when I was about 9, just hoping that I would have enough money to buy a motorhome when I was old enough to drive. Little did I know how expensive they were! My love for motorhomes greatned even more, 3 years ago when I stopped with Cody and his family in Oregon to look at a motorhome they were thinking of buying. I was like in amazement. Everyone probably thought I was crazy, because I was just like a kid in a toy store! I was shocked. I decided from then on that i wanted a Motorcoach, and it costed 1.3 Million dollars! I put the website for the motorhomes in my favorite places, and I still go back and check it occasionally. My goal is to someday beable to own a motorhome of some sort. I still have a change jar that I am saving up for my motorhome with. I love motorhomes!
Fact: I am the oldest of 11 grandchildren on my Mom's side
Story: I am lucky to be the first grandbaby to my Grandma and Grandpa Mary Lee (as I call them). I was first followed by: Zachary, Sara, Dana, Dustin (my brother), Adam, Laurie, Forrest, and Rayna. A few years ago my uncle remarried and I got to more cousins: Tyler and Tori. Everyone thinks that I am grandmas favorite, but I dont argue. :-) I love my grandma and grandpa and all my cousins so much. I feel that I am really fortunate because I see them all the time. My cousins Dana and Forrest live half a mile away, and Rayna is about 15 minutes away. We have family gatherings at my Grandma and Grandpas atleast once a month where we are all together. It is pretty cool that I have a family that sees eachother and is able to spend time together. I think also, by being the oldest of 11, it has supported my love for children. I feel that I am VERY lucky!
Fact: I owe my perfect teeth to many years of braces!
Story: I started my whole braces procedure at the start of 4th grade. I had a MAJOR overbite, and had to have this thing called a Herps-Aparatus. It conected my top and bottom jaw together with these pole like things. With some foods (like cheerios) it would get stuck in there and my mouth would be stuck open! This thing was a pain in the butt and when I smiled it made 2 pokes in my cheeks. Toward the end of 4th grade I got top and bottom braces on all my teeth. So I had a VERY full mouth for awhile with the braces and Herps still. I got the Herps off at the start of 6th grade, but the braces stayed on until February of 8th grade! I got a retainer after that, It is sparkly and has a picture of ricky graham, davery camlin, and scott parker racing on it. I had to wear that all day and night fora year straight. Now, I just wear it when I sleep. If I miss a week, my teeth move. So I owe my perfect teeth and nice smile to years of braces and lots of money!! But it was worth it!
Fact: I was involved in a high-speed car chase around Halloween 2 years ago.
Story: 2 years ago, my brother, my boyfriend Cody, and his friend Brian were on our way to an Amusement Park for their Halloween Fright Fest weekend. We were coming from Codys house, and he had me take a truck route to avoid all the lights. A car followed us on this route, and pulled beside my truck. They had their window rolled down and were yelling, I just kept driving. The sped up, cut me off and slammed on their brakes infront of me. I stopped, and the passenger got out of the car. At that time, pure fear hit me, and I put the truck into reverse, backuped fast, and hit the gas hard, I took a turn at about 45, and was lucky I didnt crash. The car came chasing after me, and then almost crashed in the same turn. I got back on the main road and headed for the Police Station, but there was no sign of them, so we decided to keep on going. Well, that wasnt the end of the chase. After we went to Fright Fest, and were almost back to Cody's, the same car that chased me during the day, started tailgating me. We were in shock because what were the chances of that happening? We were in a slow part of town, but they were tailgating me, I started going faster and faster, with them still on my tail. We started going through the S-Curves, and I was flying. The speedlimit was 45 and I was going about 70. It was scary, when we got on the straight part, the car pulled right next to me and was throwing pop bottles at us and about a foot from my truck. I was scareaming and scared to death. At that time I was going about 85-90 mph, and scared as could be. Then the worst came, the guys in the car through a firework infront of my car and it exploded. They then got behind dme again and was right on my tail. I wanted to slow down but I couldnt. Cody called 911, and the operator told us to all be calm. The car pulled back next to us, and saw Cody on the phone. At that time. He slammed on his brakes, skidded, turned around and was out of sight. None of us were smart enough to get the license plate or anything. I dont remember another time when I was more scared in my life. I am lucky that nothing worse happened. With the speeds and the bad weather combined, I was set up for disaster. We were all lucky, but there is not a time that goes by, that when I drive through that town I dont look for the car that chased me!
Fact: I have a dent in the middle of my forehead.
Story: When I was 4 years old, I went on a trail ride with my Dad. I was sitting in front of him. At the time, I had an open faced helmet. We were riding on a dirt logging road, going pretty fast. My Dad was leading, and my Mom was behind him, followed by my uncle, Gradma, and Grandpa. I looked around to see where my Mom was, and at that time my Dad went down into a hold on the road. It was such an impact that it through my head back around and my helmet slid up and I slammed my forehead on the bars. It hit a screw and gave me the dent in my head. It wasnt bleeding, but it really hurt. I made my Grandpa ride back to camp for a bandaid. He returned with a Flinstones bandaid, Mom put it on, and I was good to go for the rest of the day. But to this day I have a dent right in the middle of my forehead. It is one of my earliest memories related to motorcycles.
Fact: I am in the process of reading the bible from start to finish.
Story: Religion has never been a part of my life. I have never regularly attended church, but it has always been something I wanted in my life. When the movie The Passion came out, I went and saw it with my mom, boyfriend, and his friend. There were many aspects to it that I didn't understand, because I had never been educated about it. It really got me thinking, and questioning. After I saw that movie, my boyfriend Cody started answering my questions I had. He also started reading parts of the bible to me that would explain my questions. On Easter, I got my first bible. The next night, I started reading it. I am planning on reading it from start to finish. I don't read everynight, and when I do, it is only a few pages at a time. But finishing the bible, is something that is very important to me. The more I read, the more I understand. And one day. I will be able to watch The Passion movie and understand everything that is happening on my own.
Fact: My bestfriend is a Proffesional Off-Road Racer.
Story: I met my bestfriend Maria Forsberg in 4th grade when I was new to the school. I had seen her at school before, but one day she was wearing a FOX shirt, so I asked her where she got it from and she said she won it at a race. I went on to find out that she did poker runs and alot of trailriding. We have been bestfriends ever since, which means its been 9 years now. Right now, she is leading the WORCS (World Off Road Championship Series) Points for the Womens Class. She races againest factory KTM Rider Kelly Yancey, and has even beat her a few times. At these WORCS races, she will ride in a field of 100+ Riders, and she is almost always in the Top 3 overall. She is amazingly fast, and I am so proud of her. Through highschool we were known as the "Biker Babes" and the 'Tough Twins". It is likely that she will win the Womens Championship this year. She also qaulified for the ISDE 6 Days, but chose not to go due to lack of funds and also experience. It's pretty cool that we have remained friends all these years, and it was a simple FOX Shirt and the world 'motorcycle racing' that started our friendship. You can check out her and the rest of her racing team by clicking here! Good Luck at the Championship Maria, I know you can do it!!
Fact: I got stung by a bee TWICE while I was racing.
Story: I think about 3 weekends ago I was racing, and while I was racing my arm kinda started to itch. Well, as I was pulling off the track it got worse and worse, and I felt these little pinches all over me. So I started freaking out! I was hitting my arm and trying so hard to get my leather jacket off! But I was going crazy, so it just made the whole thing worse. Finally, I got it off and I saw a bee fly out of my sleeve! My arm was stinging, and I had TWO big bee stings on my arm! I couldn't believe that a bee had flown into my leathers while I was racing, and then out when I was done. Pretty smart little bee!!
Fact: I had a job babysitting for 8 kids at the same time.
Story: For 3 monthes, at the beginning of 2004, I had a job taking care of 8 kids for 2 1/2 hours every Monday.night. This job was not easy. I had two 2 year olds and 3 year olds, and then a 5, 6 ,7, and 9 year old all at the same time. It was alot of fun because it wa-s so hectic. 4 of the kids were sisters, and so they wer constantly fighting with eachother. And then I had the two 2 year olds that were everywhere. You couldnt take your eyes off them. The 9 year old could help me a little, but she wanted to play also. I swear that we watched Lion King every time I was there. I actually loved that job. It added a little spin to the start of my week. And those kids gave me alot of smiles. Kids say the cutest things. Of all the babysitting jobs I have had, this definetly was the most exhausting one, but I really enjoyed it!
Fact: I broke my arm the day I was cleared from knee surgery.
Story: In February on 1999, I tore my ACL and minescus in racing crash. I had to wait until April to get surgery. It was going to take 6 monthes before I could race again. Well, in October I was in PE class at school and it was also the day where I was going in to my ortho doc to make sure it was going to be okay for me to race on Saturday. Well, I wanted to work my knee a little, just to get that little extra edge. So I was running backwards on the track (one of my excersizes my physical therapist gave me). Somehow I managed to trip, and fall backwards. I put my arms out to break my fall, and well I broke my arm. It hurt really bad,but I wasnt sure if it was just sprained or something. I went back into PE class and lifted weights still and everything. I was kinda complaining to my bestfriend that it hurt, but she didnt think I had broke it. So after school that day, I went to the doctor to get cleared from the knee. He checked out my arm, and not only did I go home being cleared to go racing again...I went home with a bright yellow cast on! That added another 6 weeks to my LONG season without being able to race. That arm is the stupidest bone I have ever broke!
Fact: I am allergic to a LONG list of things.
Story: My entire life, I have been allergic to dairy products. My family found out that I was when I was really young. They would feed me icecream and I would instantly puke it up all over them. So I cant eat the 'good stuff' like milk, cheese, chocolate, icecream, yogurt, pizza, etc. Its kinda a bummer, but I am used to it since i have lived with it for so long. In 7th grade I started getting sick and we didnt know why, so I was sent to an allergy specialist. I had a scratch test where they poke your arm with this fork thing, let you bleed, and then put all these different thing on it to see if you are allergic. Well, I was allergic to basically everythign they put on me, and my whole arm swelled with hives. Here is the list of things I am allergic to: Dairy Prodcuts, dogs, cats, horses, hay, grass, pollen, dustmites, mold, cigarette smoke, chlorine, and perume. Some of these are worse than others. Like I could die from even touching dairy products. But then the animals just make me sneeze, itch, and my throat swell. Its something I have to live with, but everyone tells me I am allergic to everything...and in alot of was, I am!
Fact: I ate a whole can of wet catfood for $100 bucks!
Story:My good friend Roy had told me how his teenage daughter wanted a bathing suit that was $200 dollars, and he told her no way. He told her the only way he would buy it for her was if she took out the garabage for a week. She turned up her nose and said 'no way'. So he told her that her other choice was to eat a whole can of wet catfood while having it all recorded, and she would get the bathing suit as well as an extra $100 dollars. She was outraged! Well, I told him that I would do that in a heartbeat. He didnt believe me, so he bet me that I wouldnt. The deal was that I had to eat a whole can of wet catfood!! A few days later I took on the challenge. I had my bestfriend Maria over and we prepared for the event! We set up my kitchen, bought some catfood (Fancy Feast White Chicken and Salmon), set up the video camera and began! The first bite wasnt bad, it tasted like tunafish, but then I thought to myself "OMG I am eating catfood!" And that is when the puking began. I puked over 20 times and had amazing sound effects with all my gags. I filled an entire bowl with puke, and had to start on another one. It took me almost an hour to eat the entire can, but I did it. It is still one of the most memorable things I have ever done. A week later I sent Roy the tape of me eating it, and he recorded it onto a VHS (which I still watch now and then) and sent me $200 dollars instead of just $100. In the long run, it was worth it. A few gentlemen from that chat room still refer to me as "Kitty". It is defenitly something I will never forget!