There’s always something to woot about in our frugal woods and this week, I’m delighted to regale you with 12 random facts about the Frugalwoods fam. These facts come to you, dear readers, courtesy of The Versatile Blogger award, which was lovingly bestowed upon Frugalwoods by three of our awesome blogger buddies.
A big thanks to Alicia from Financial Diffraction, Shannon from Financially Blonde, and Kara from The Daily Wisk, who gets extra props for her nomination of Frugal Hound specifically. I’ve come to terms with the fact that our dog is more popular than we are. It was bound to happen as she is much softer to pet. For the record though, I also appreciate head rubs.
1) We have 8.5 lbs of chili paste in our basement.
Don’t worry, it’s in a container. Purchased for $14 at the local Korean market, this will spice up our primarily vegetarian fare for months. We like it spicy, spicy hot!
2) Mr. FW and I haven’t been to a movie theatre in 6 years.
The last movie we saw? Wall-E. Don’t judge. In addition to movies being ridiculously expensive, I am a fidgeter. Neither of us are fans of being forced to sit still for the duration of a movie. We are notorious for taking days (if not weeks) to watch an entire movie at home. You can guess how long it took for us to complete the Lord of the Rings movies. Plus, snacks are at home.
3) We were both in marching band and speech & debate in high school.
Nerds before we even knew each other. Mr. FW toted a tuba and I trilled a trumpet. Sometimes we bust out our instruments and march around the neighborhood. Kidding. Or am I. We both loved speech & debate and, as a result, neither of us has the slightest problem with public speaking.
4) Frugal Hound caught a mouse once. While on a leash.
Still not sure exactly how this played out, but, a mouse saw Frugal Hound and decided to LEAP out of the grass, practically into Frugal Hound ‘s fangs. Frugal Hound, being both a dog and not entirely blind, chomped the mouse mid-air. To her credit, she responded to the “drop it” command and woefully deposited the mouse on the ground.
5) I flail around so much that my arms can resemble a muppet’s.
When I’m in a state of great exhilaration, my limbs sort of flop and fly around. The T-Rex incident is related, but not quite the same.
6) Mr. FW built our coffee table.
Fabricated by hand out of 1 log and 1 sheet of steel by 1 man with 1 beard. We’d been using a rubbermaid tub as our coffee table, so I was real glad when this thing was finished!
7) We lived underground for the first two years of our marriage.
In a deep basement apartment surrounded by quarried granite block. The sounds (and light) of the outdoors could not penetrate. It was silent, dark, and a bit dank. Upside? It was super cheap and we saved a bundle-o-dough. We were only flooded twice.
8) I was a ballet dancer.
I took classes from age 2 to age 26. I love the fluid lines and movement of ballet and I enjoy incorporating it into my yoga practice.
9) We thought Frugal Hound was mute for the first few weeks we had her.
Greyhounds can be mostly silent animals, and we thought we’d just gotten a quiet one. Turns out, she was unsure and hesitant about settling into her first home off the racetrack. One day after a few weeks of living with us, she pranced into the family room and bellowed forth with a sonorous “rooooooooo.” She’d finally realized she was staying with us forever and could roo to her heart’s content. She’s now a roo-machine when she’s excited. It’s a low, resonant tone that doesn’t sound anything like a bark. It sounds like, well, “roo.”
10) I’ve barfed my way across the Atlantic.
An ill-timed case of food poisoning on a flight from Washington, DC to Brussels, Belgium. Turns out, the fastest way to get through customs is to pitifully barf in a bag while standing in line. A customs agent will come usher you to the front. Guaranteed.
11) Mr. FW was a storm spotter.
For the county emergency management department in high school. In Kansas. Tornadoes. All I’m going to say is: tornadoes.
Mr. Frugalwoods here: ham radio, meteorology, wide open spaces, yep, this was a fun job.
12) We’ll both eat just about anything.
We are darn adventurous eaters, plus we’re darn cheap. Put these two facts together: if you offer us a food item for free, and we’re relatively sure it’s not contaminated, we’ll eat it. Try us.
And now, I nominate the following fabulous folks!
- Natalie from FinanceGirl
- Autumn from The Barefoot Budgeter
- May from Messy Money
- Michelle from Fit Is The New Poor
- Alexis from FITnancials
This week’s grumble is the fact that we’re not able to attend FinCon (the financial bloggers conference taking place this weekend in New Orleans). We are deeply honored to be a finalist for the Plutus Awards category of Most Humorous Personal Finance Blog and are bummed to miss the festivities.
To assuage our sadness, we’re staging our very own FinCon here at the Frugalwoods home. Frugal Hound will be delivering our keynote address,which she’s told me is titled: “Synergistically Maximizing Shareholder Value Through On-the-Ground Collaboration with Stakeholders and Cohorts. Subtitle: How to steal a sock out of the laundry basket undetected.”
Mr. FW is leading an interpretative movement piece on the theme of “Beards: Why Your Brand Needs Them and How to Leverage Their Lustrousness for Optimum Value-Added Propositions.” And I have a motivational self-help power point coming up on: “So You Think You Have a Problem With Eating Too Much Dried Fruit While You Write Blog Posts.” Should be a rousing good time!
I want to give a shout-out to Debs from Debt Debs who is hosting an awesome Frugal FinCon Fiesta for those of us not at FinCon!