plum head of the week 5.6.08

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

the summer going into freshman year of high school my friend KJ and i decided that we were going to try out for the freshman cheerleading squad.

C-C-H-S! goooooooooooooooo crusaders!

i cheered in the 8th grade and i was pretty good. i danced for years and hitting the moves and keeping beat were never a problem for me - especially the voice projection.

KJ was good at all of the above as well, but one thing we sucked at and i mean really sucked at were the jumps.

did i mention that the year before my high school got first in cheerleading nationals?!? who were we kidding?

KJ and i practiced so much. i had a trampoline in my back yard and we would be like, "we are AWESOME on this trampoline!!", then we would go on the concrete and couldn't jump for shit.

we also couldn't do a back handspring. actually i don't even think KJ could do a cartwheel. we were a walking mess.

my "trick" was like a somersault, cartwheel and a round off - then i patted my head while i rubbed my stomach. look at me! look at me!

KJ and i bonded over our sucky cheerleading skills.

if there was a squad composed of loud and coordinated girls who just failed at toe touches and back handsprings we would have been captain and co-captain. for sure.

there are so many random stories from my childhood involving KJ, i mean we lived across the street from each other since we were like 6. we grew up together. to this day we even both work within minutes of each other.

basically what it comes down to is that there is something to be said for having someone in your life like KJ for as long as i have. friends like that are a hard to come by and i am so thankful that i have her and her family in my life.

love you KJ! xoxo

Where are you typing from?
, OH

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Relationship Status:
Married since 4/22/06

How do you know me?
I grew up across the street from you. Well, diagonally across the street from you!

If you had to sell Cleveland to someone, what would you say?
It’s the “Milan of the Midwest!” Seriously, how could you not love a city that has produced Bone Thugs N Harmony? Kidding. I’m a walking “Positively Cleveland” dictionary. I could sell Cleveland to a Pittsburgh native!

What’s your favorite part about Cleveland?
Sports! And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (insert shameless plug here)

If you had a last meal on earth what would it be?
Carrabba’s Chicken Marsala—no mushrooms!

What’s your signature wedding drink?
I don’t think we had one….I’m a little sad now! If we had, it would have been “Nuts and Berries.” It’s made of Frangelico, Chambourd and a little half-n-half. Go out and get yourself one right now!

Favorite Book?
Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office

Would you rather be the celebrity or in the entourage?
I think the celebrity. Someone else get the spotlight? Nope!

Dream vacation destination?

Favorite restaurant? (preferably in Cleveland)
Chain restaurant-Carrabba’s. Non chain-Pickwick & Frolic Sunday brunch!

What’s your favorite blog (besides cleveland’s a plum)?
I only read yours!!!

Least favorite day of the week?
Tuesday. It’s the worst. Lots of week left to go before the weekend starts, and you’re not relaxed from the weekend like you are on Mondays. Nothing good ever happens on a Tuesday!

What’s the oddest thing you have ever publicly witnessed?
I worked in radio for 5 years so I’ve seen it all. A man having a conversation with his Frisbee in Voinovich Park was up there though. It wasn’t as cool as talking to a Wilson Volleyball ala Castaway! :)

What’s the next big thing you are looking forward to?
The new Cleveland Convention Center/Development of the Lakefront. And the NKOTB Reunion Tour. Equally excited for both. And I should also probably say our Baby who is due in September.

What is a juicy bit of information that you think your fellow plum heads should know about me?
Hmm…I’ve got some pretty good stuff seeing as I’ve known you since 2nd grade…I know you’re unbeatable at Bubble Bobble and Oregon Trail, you would never let anyone borrow your American Girl dolls (HA-I’ve got my OWN Samanatha now!), you have an incredible singing voice and are a great actress, there is no one you love more than your mom and sister, and that we pretty much were awesome playing the game “War” against our sisters. Although I don’t think we ever actually played, just mostly set up for it all the time. Love ya!

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  1. Not only are you lucky to have a friend like KJ ... but, to live in the same town is icing on the cake! Many of my bestest friends live hundreds of miles away!

  2. hee, sounds about like my cheerleading skillz too. although we never had a cheerleading team to go out for, thank goodness.

    so awesome that you both still live close! lucky ducks :-0

  3. Wake up wake up wake up, its the first of the month....

    Krayzie Bone was my favorite bone

  4. haha I like that the upcoming baby was mentioned after NKOTB. LOL

  5. You made me cry!!! I'm a bit of a crybaby anyways but it was so sweet what you wrote!!

    Love ya!

    KJ-W ;)

  6. Nameless aka, Georgia Peach's Husband, aka Strappingly Handsome NeighborMay 6, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Actually I played Bubble Bobble with her one month ago and she SUCKED! I had to keep on giving her lives!! Undefeated my...

  7. (my hubby had me leave you that comment for you Elixir - I added the strappingly handsome part. Maybe I'm biased!)

  8. nilsa - i am lucky! but i miss my friends so many miles away too.

    alice - do you mind if i call you al-dog?? one of my best friends from high schools name is alice and every time i type your name i wanna type al-dog. im weird i know.

    rs27 - you would like him. your like soooooo krazy. so crazy you spell it with a K

    maxie - NKOTB obvy takes priority! haha

    KJ - love you too! and your allowed to cry, you're pregnant!

    NAMELESS - like your just gave yourself a new nickname. ha. and yes you are correct when we played bubble bobble i SUCKED. but this proves that i was once awesome. i blame the wii remotes

    georgia - you and my mom are totally biased ; )

  9. You're lucky to have such a great lifelong friend in the same town as you. I hope you still do random things like trying out for the high school cheerleading squad without being able to jump... It's OK -- I would have been with you in that.

  10. Oh KJ, that was so sweet what you wrote at the end. I NEVER knew she didn't SHARE her American Girl dolls!

  11. "Nuts and Berries" made me giggle.

    I'm like, 15 years old.

  12. So did you make the cheerleading squad or what? I figure coordination should be more than enough!

    Nuts and Berries made me giggle too. Hee hee

  13. Alexa....more proof that we are cousins form anotha motha....I went to high school at Cascade Christian High...CCHS....and WE were the crusaders! And my nickname is KJ!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    I'm actually laughing so loud right now my boss asked me if I farted, wtf!

    Wait a minute...her name is KJW!? So is mine! wowzers! Ok, I need to stop drinking coffee at 4pm!


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