So there’s me…
Where do I start? They say when you don’t know where to start, the beginning might be a good place. So let’s go there.
I was born in Brick, New Jersey, a little town a couple miles from the Jersey Shore. When I was 11, my parents decided to call it quits and my Mom got a wild hair to move to Norway. She has been traveling there all her life since my maternal grandfather is 100% Norwegian. Not that she knew Norwegian.. or what exactly she was doing.. but off we went to the Land of the Midnight Sun. Long story short, I ended up staying there through all my formative years and didn’t leave until I was 21 years old to attend college in West Virginia.
I tell people I’m from Norway all the time. Not because I’m ignoring the fact that I actually come from the Garden State, but more because those are the years that I can remember the best about growing up. I went through all my teenage years there, the glory days! (See what I did there? Bruce!) I can speak fluent Norwegian, which regrettably is starting to get very rusty due to the fact that I have no one to chat with in Norwegian. Norway plays a big part of who I am.
In 1999 I decided college life was the life for me, and since I had never lived in the US as an adult, American College would be just the thing. I ended up enrolling in Marshall University that fall. I didn’t know what tailgating was, had never heard of the terms “sucker” or “sweeper”, and had never in my life attended a football game. (And for the record, what the hell is a toboggan, anyway?) A girl in a foreign land.
I met my husband the very first day of class, and when I committed to him, I committed to here. Now, don’t get me wrong, I DID cry the day he unscrewed my NJ license plate off my car and replaced it with a shiny new one from the Mountain State. But I have made this my home.
I’d venture to say there aren’t many people on this planet who are a weird hybrid of New Jersey, Norway, and West Virginia. This blog is something I have wanted to start for, oh… 5 years or so? Finally! Here it is. Wild and Wonderful Me. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.