Thanks to the very lovely Dandelion for presenting me with my very first blog award!

I was matched up with Dandelion during the recent sock exchange, and and I’m so glad I was. Her blog is honest, beautifully written, and filled with hope. I think about her story often, and encourage you to start reading, as well.

So here are the rules of the award:

1. Share who gave you this award to you with a link back to their blog
2. Write down 7 random facts about yourself.
3. Give this award to 15 other bloggers.
4. Let them know they’ve won
5. Pop the award on your blog

Some random facts about The Family Van:
1. I have stitches on my forehead from when I fell into a video game. I am a child of the 80s, and spent my Saturdays at the roller skating rink. One Saturday, I got over-zealous at the prospect of playing the new “sit and drive” video game at the rink’s arcade, and ran over to the machine while wearing my skates. I tripped on the laces and as I remember it as a 6-year old, I fell in head first. As a rational adult, I realise this could not have been what actually happened, but it made for a great story when I was growing up. At the hospital, the doctors apparently put me in a straight jacket so I wouldn’t touch my head (this is the part my mother tells, but I wonder…a child in a straight jacket? Really?), and I announced to the doctors that my mum used “one of these” to put my baby brother in. Baby carriers=straight jackets to 6 year olds, I guess.

2. I suffer from dry heaves when people discuss issues with their teeth. My dad broke his tooth at a recent family function, and I had to leave the room, heaving all the way. Everyone thinks the heaves are hilarious. I do not share this opinion. As an elementary school teacher, this can be a challenge. Kids are losing teeth or wiggling teeth all the time. It’s all I can do to keep my lunch down.

3. My cat’s favourite toys are tiny candies. These candies are often handed out at restaurants after a meal. She goes mental for them. She’s a pretty tiny cat herself, so I guess it’s fitting that she enjoys other tiny sized things. She will fetch the candy if we throw it for her, and she will bring it back and drop it in our laps. Hardwood floor+spaz cat=hilarity.

4. My cat and I share what I like to call Triple T Time: tender toilet time. We have our most tender moments whilst I am sitting on the toilet doing my business. She likes to sit on my lap during these moments, though rarely sits on my lap if I’m on the couch. She nuzzles my face, nibbles on my nose, and gives me little kisses while I give her nice pets. And all while I’m pants-less!

5. I went through a death metal phase in my early 20s. I looked exactly the same as I do now (which is sort of hilarious for those who know what I look like–I’m currently wearing a little green dress with a bright yellow belt and a little cardigan), but I had a secret obsession with death metal.

6. In high school, I believed with all my core that Kurt Cobain came to visit me in a dream. It was hugely momentous and made a tumultuous adolescence slightly more tolerable.

7. My Grade 1 school photo features the saddest looking Princess Leia buns you’ve ever seen. I was obsessed with this hairstyle as a young girl, and wanted desperately to have the same thing. My mum did her best, but instead of looking like giant coiled donuts, my buns ended up looking like two blond little donut holes. I couldn’t understand why mine looked so different. So sad…

So there you have it! 7 fascinating facts about The Family Van. Stay tuned to your blogs! I don’t think I follow 15 bloggers, so plan on seeing a wee award notice appearing soon!

-Proud Regular Van.