I Got Tagged! Ten Random Facts About Me

When my #wana711 blog-sister, Natalie Hartford, tagged me in her post, 10 Random Facts About Me, I thought it was be a great way to open my life up a little bit more, since we are all so intimate in a blogging sort of way.  By revealing myself to you, I reveal myself to me, because I had actually forgotten about some of these random things.

The rules for this game are simple:

  1. Must be tagged by someone.
  2. List ten random facts about yourself.
  3. Tag four (I have five, actually) others to do the same and pass it on (it’s a good idea to ask them first because you never know where their comfort level is).

So…Let me get started.

  1. I was a child actress and model.  Under the name of Deanna Martin, I shot my first commercial for the Bank of Seattle when I was five years old.  I went on to model for Avon and some department stores.  In the 70s, I had acting parts in Adam-12, Marcus Welby (playing the daughter of Sonny Bono), The FBI, General Hospital, and a few others.  I think the biggest highlight was playing the daughter of Anne Bancroft in the 1973 movie The Hindenburg.  I stopped acting when I went to college because I just wasn’t in love with the business.  It’s tough out there, but I didn’t care about it enough to fight for the parts.  I did have fun while it lasted, though.
  2. I love wearing stone and crystal pendants hanging from cords of leather or hemp instead of necklaces or bracelets made from gold and diamonds.  Don’t get me wrong.  Diamonds and emeralds and rubies are beautiful and I actually have some pieces tucked away, but I prefer the down-to-earth feel of the agate or jasper stones.
  3. I can’t/won’t/don’t know how/am too busy to cook.  Never liked to cook, never was good at it.  In fact, I regularly burn food along with the pots and pans.  I just lose interest and get involved with something non-food related and eventually remember that I was cooking, but usually when it’s too late.  Needless to say, my boys have learned to fend for themselves in the kitchen.
  4. I’m a cardio junkie.  I love running – on a treadmill or outdoors.  I have to run at least one hour five days a week to maintain some level of sanity.  I love physical activity.  Summer brings on yard work, and winter brings on shoveling snow and chopping wood.  The strenuous movements quiet my always-racing mind.
  5. I have a nightly routine with my son’s hamster.  Before I turn in, I say goodnight to Coco (lovingly referred to as “The Ham.”) When she hears my voice, she runs to the edge of the cage and sticks her nose out of the bars to grab the sunflower seeds and peanut pieces that I hand-feed her.  She’ll take four or five of them at a time and stuff them in her cheeks.  This lasts less than a minute, but I get a kick out of it every time.
  6. I love, love, love la bella lingua – Italian.  I’ve been studying the language for the last six months or so, and have a wonderful Twitter friend who chats with me daily.  He DM’s me in Italian and I do my best to reply in Italian.  Oh, he is so patient with me!  In two years my posse and I will be making a big road trip overseas.  I can’t wait!
  7. I am a direct descendant of Ponce de Leon, the seeker of the Fountain of Youth.  I don’t know how many greats there are in front of grandfather, but my cousins have the family tree chart that lists my ancestors.  Getting them to let me borrow the chart is just as challenging as finding the Fountain must have been!  Also, according to my cousin, Alejandro Quezada, my great-great grandmother was an Indian princess.  So, royalty runs in the family.  With this said, I do believe I’d prefer to be addressed as Your Highness instead of Diana.  *wink, wink*
  8. I’ve always had a dream of buying a big house with a lot of rooms, about 20 perhaps, and opening it up for runaways.  I’d staff the house with cooks, counselors, fill it with computers, clean clothes, and lots of beds.  I’d give the kids a chance to be loved and cared for.  I’d help them get clean, teach them skills, and help them be a productive part of society.  I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for teens.   I don’t know why.  I just wish I could adopt them all.
  9. I love medieval castles.  I’ve spent plenty of time on the internet searching for pictures and stories behind those fabulous structures.  Maybe it’s a past life thing.  Maybe it’s the royalty thing, but I’m looking forward to making a trip to the UK sometime soon to take a tour of castle ruins.
  10. I’m very unorthodox.  Always have been.  I color outside of the lines.  I bend the rules or ignore them completely.  I don’t follow tradition, though sometimes I think it would be nice.  But I do things my way.  Because it works for me.

There you have it!  I hope you’ve enjoyed yet another look inside my heart and soul.

Now I get to tag some of my favorite bloggers to carry the torch onward!  Here are my choices (and I thank them for accepting – *waves*):

James Garcia

David Scott Hay

Kathleen Mulroy

Lani Wendt Young

Donna Newton

So, take it away, my friends!!!

About Diana Murdock

California-grown, writer of contemporary and YA paranormal with enough energy to write, raise two boys, run, and dream.

Posted on September 8, 2011, in Friendships, Human, Labels, Personal and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. I’m really impressed with your background and I remember all those shows. What impresses me more is your hopes and wants. You do have a giving heart. Bella! But you can’t cook– take away 1/10 of a point–9.9

  2. LOL, what a fun post! I want to be tagged!!!!

    I think it’s great when you think back on your life and remember things, and reading this post has done exactly that. I should write them down now just in case someone tags me 🙂

    Great post, Diana, and what a fantastic life you have had…..so far.

  3. Fun post Diana. I love the hamster and runaway parts. That shows how much of a giver you are. I loved doing mine, and reading other people’s 10 Randoms.

  4. Wonderful post Diana – love that we all got to know you a little better. What a rich and wonderful history you have; child star and royalty. Love it! And your heart is obviously filled with love and warmth.

  5. It’s so nice to get to know you better Diana. What a wonderful history you have and I enjoy your choice of jewelry. I totally understand. Fun, warm post. A good way to begin my busy day.

  6. 11. You are an AMAZING writer!!!

    Love and hugs…your cousin,

    Princess Buttercup of the Desert

  7. Thanks for sharing! I’m a descendent of Daniel Boone. 🙂

  8. Okay Diana , I’m going to order your old movies from Netflix! The Random 10’s have turned into such a great way to get to know each other. I predict some wonderful trips to Europe in your future.

  9. Well, Your Highness, I didn’t get choked up this time which was a refreshing change ;p You have so many great facts! I love the hamster fact, now I want to convince my husband to let us get one lol Another great post!

  10. Reading Kate Wood’s comment addressing you as your highness, I thought of another 10 random facts post where the writer was caught wearing her tiara while vacuuming.

    Family trees are so fascinating!

    Great to hear about your very full life, your creative talents, and your longings for teens. I clicked on your full profile and your eyes and smile say show lots of love lurking in there!

  11. I love that you’re learning another language. I’m thinking about getting Rosetta Stone cds for French. I took it in high school, then switched to Mandarin in college. Strange, but I remember more French than Mandarin! Have a great weekend.

  12. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos

    Great facts 🙂 Fun getting to know more about you!!

  13. Your Highness, this was absolutely fascinating – I learned some interesting facts about you. Your geneological history explains your exotic good looks! Thank you for sharing.

  14. I prefer stone pendants too! I’m a huge fan of most of the quartz and jasper varieties. Carnelian, citrine, garnet, jade, mmmmmm. They speak to me in a way diamonds never could.

    Fun post!

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