Friday, April 1, 2011

angels in the outfield

about five years ago, in an interview, i was asked "if life is a baseball field, which position do you play?" after i got past my first reaction of "are you kidding me?" i softly said that i was in the outfield. i'm not the star, or the center of attention, but when something's thrown my way, i can be counted on.

two gracious bloggers this week, elisabeth from thimbles & things and jennifer from singing in the rain, have thrown a pitch my way. both have called my blog lovely, which is a gift in and of itself. both have called upon me to share a little about myself. to step onto the proverbial baseball diamond. and i promise, these answers will only be fractionally as cheesy as my interview ones. i didn't get the job, by the way. thank goodness.

1. i used to be obsessed with the dixie chicks and wanted to play the fiddle. i got one for christmas, and began lessons. at this elderly woman's house in the country. in her living room with cold hardwood floors and musty furniture. driving home with mama one day, it hit me. how immensely over the entire thing i was. just plain over it. we called the woman and explained, and she was honestly heartbroken. my brother uses the fiddle now as a makeshift banjo.

2. my handwriting changes every day. i've always wanted to be that girl with the pretty handwriting (teachers have the prettiest handwriting, have you noticed?), but i never was.

3. i completed my undergraduate degree in three years, hurrying to finish with robert so we could leave that college town, and start our life together. sitting in my advisor's office, she said, "so you're finishing early so you can go straight into your graduate school, right?" i just shook my head.

4. i once drove eight hours a week just to attend graduate classes at night at my alma mater. two hours away. it was horrible. never before have i felt the presence of the Lord so strongly tell me i was on the absolute wrong path. His hand on my heart was a physical sensation that could not be ignored, much to the chagrin of my proud self.

5. one time, robert and i drove overnight to go on a hot air balloon ride, cities away from school. we got there and the wind was too high, and they had to give us a rain check. we went to a corn maze instead. for anyone not from the south, a corn maze is exactly what you are picturing. a giant, human-sized maze. made of corn (maize, if you will).

i'm one of three children. my parents try to treat us all with the same respect, their mantra being "what you do for one, you do for all." so in the spirit of that tradition, i'm passing these accolades on to all of you. every single 272 of you.

tell me a little about yourself! baseball metaphors and all.

23 comments:

Jane said...

Ah, Courtney, you darling! I adored finding out more about you. Oh, and I mentioned you in my post this week at http://www.lifeonplanetbaby.com/2011/03/receiving-abundance-of-blog-love-part-1.html. Have a gorgeous weekend, sweetheart. J x

Jenni Austria Germany said...

ha, #3 made me laugh out loud.
and i wouldn't want to work for someone who used that metaphor, either....ew.

Jennifer Rod said...

aah.. you capture my heart every time! beautifully written. I love it. #3 is kinda inspirational and #5 a bit hilarious.

btw, you look great in this outfit. love your belt! :)

Jeska said...

You're such a great writer, I love reading your stuff it could be about anything! #3 is too cute. And, whew, two hour drive for a grad class, I don't know how you did that!

Thanks for the sweet comment :)

Kimbirdy said...

i totally understand the bit about your handwriting. mine is terrible! the thing is, i was a school teacher {still am by license, but not by job}. a part of my college training was even to pass a handwriting course, and i barely made it. i used to tell people this and they would say, "noooo, it can't be that bad! you're a teacher!" then i would write for them and i swear i always heard crickets. :) there was nothing they could say.

Mo Pie, Please said...

So lovely to get to know more of you! Have a happy weekend!

Blondie's Journal said...

You have so many good traits...it's nice to get to know more about you!

XO,
Jane

Amber Blue Bird said...

wow your answer to the baseball question was awesome, I would have had a blank stare for awhile trying to come up with something

Daydream Living said...

Hi Courtney,
seeing that I'm from the Netherlands where soccer is the main game, I have no clue about baseball, but I think I would be sitting on the bench, watching and cheering my team...
Love your picture, you look so happy on it,
enjoy the weekend,
Maureen x

Peaches said...

You are so cute! I just love you & your blog!

becca said...

love learning more about you

M. said...

Happy. Nice to get to know you better. i love the belt from that picture, by the way.

Brittany H. said...

You are too funny. No1 made me laugh out loud, and also realize I did the same thing, but with flamenco lessons! Ha! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Hugs!
www.brittanyhavican.blogspot.com

Simple Summit said...

You guys found the positive in the balloon ride cancellation that's awesome!
Love your picture, darling :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

If I would have been asked that same question, I don't know if I would have been able to come up with an answer!

Signe said...

Nice to learn a bit more about you and that picture of you is just stunning :)

Hugs and a happy weekend!

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Katie said...

i love your cardigan so so much. it would have been so cool if you kept up with the fiddle! i love the dixie chicks too and they make me want to play :) but i know the feeling of just totally being over playing an instrument. happened to me many a times!

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

This was great, your answers were so sweet! I'm training to be a teacher and my handwriting is horrible..may have to work on that :p
Beautiful picture as well!

Shalyn said...

I love reading more about you. I love what you said in number 3 about just wanting to start life- precious! And you look gorgeous in that picture!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

Courtney, that is one amazing photo...you are beautiful! i adore that cardy, the whole look is divine!

i've had some equally bizarre interview questions but this one actually can be quite telling. i love your response, so true! wonderful inside scoops, my handwriting has never been so swell. i print most everything now but yes teachers really always have stunning penmanship. how does that happen?!

we have some corn maze goodness here and it's no hot air balloon ride but pretty cool all the same. sensational share. ♥

City Dreamer said...

LOVE your outfit in this pic. super chic ;)

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