Monday, October 26, 2009

Journal Jar Question #6

Tell how, when and where you learned how to drive and any memorable experiences as a young driver. 

Well long before I was old enough to drive, my Pop would let me sit on his lap while he was driving and let me steer. Then there were 2 occasions when I was in the car waiting on my mom to get in and I tried to drive. The first time I must have been about 6 or 7, and my mom and I were going to the grocery store. We were in the car and it was running and my mom had to go back into the house for something she had forgotten. I climbed into the driver's seat and I put the car in reverse and when it backed out of the driveway into the street it almost hit a guy on a bicycle. The second time I was probably 11 or 12 and we were leaving for church on a Sunday morning. Again I put the car in reverse and it backed out into the road, but this time nobody was around.

When I was 14 I guess, we lived in Pooler and my dad taught me to drive. I drove around the block and I did really good until he asked me to stop in front of the mailbox so he could get the mail. The mailbox was on his side of the car and I misjudged how close it was to it and I hit it, taking off the sideview mirror on my mom's car. I also remember that we had a really long driveway and my parents would let me take the trash to the curb in the car. What they didn't know was that I would drive around the block every time, so I really taught myself how to drive for the most part.

I also taught myself how to drive in traffic. I borrowed my mom's car one day and my friend Jessica and I wanted to go to the mall, but neither one of us had ever driven in Savannah before, and we were not supposed to be going there. But we did and with her help I made a left turn and then moved two lanes over and turned into the mall. We made it just fine on our own!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Journal Jar Question #5

What was the best birthday you ever had?

My most memorable birthday (well, not the most memorable. My most memorable birthday was actually not a good one. But that's another story for another day.) as a child was my 10th birthday. My mom planned a surprise sleepover party for me and to get me out of the house to get everything ready, she sent me off with my friend Jessica and we got our hair cut. She didn't know it, but I already knew about the party since Jessica's mom put the invitation on the front of her refrigerator for all of the world to see. Anyway, when we got back to Jessica's house, her mom gave us matching outfits to wear. I remember they were one piece, sleeveless, short-alls and they were white with pink, yellow, and orange flowers. We were the epitome of cool in 1994.

See? (I'm on the right).

So since Jessica lived only a few doors down from me, we walked back to my house and Surprise! all of my friends were there. All I really remember from that night was us playing in the yard, taking lots of pictures, and then eating cake and ice cream after our baths. I remember my brother annoying the heck out of us, and I remember getting a Lisa Frank diary - with a lock! and then my mom read it the next day. To this day she is still just as nosey. I also grew a big jealous bone when I found out that two of my friends had family reunions to go to the next day and I just knew that they were going to the same one and they would find out they were related and then they would be best friends forever and forget all about me. Oh, the major problems I had when I was 10 years old.

Fast forward 12 years. My best birthday as an adult was my 22nd. That was the day Denny proposed, and if that wasn't enough, the next day we went and bought my Trailblazer. The car I had first laid eyes on a few days earlier and could not stop thinking about. But then, exactly 1 year later, on the day after my 23rd birthday, we hydroplaned on the way to Savannah to celebrate my birthday. We easily could have died, but none of the 6 people in the car had more than a few scratches and bruises. So yeah, I've had some memorable birthdays so far.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Journal Jar Question # 4

What were your best and worst subjects in elementary school, middle school and high school?

My best subject throughout all of my school years was always math. No matter what type of math it was - basic math, algebra, geometry, statistics, or calculus, I always just got it. Science on the other hand I did not get. Other than life science, which was actually interesting, the other sciences I did not and will not ever care to understand. When I was in elementary school and times were easy and there was a subject such as spelling, I rocked it. I was in the spelling bee in 5th grade and I lost intentionally when I misspelled the word "condominium" on purpose because I was afraid that everyone would laugh at me if I spelled "condom". I was in fifth grade - why did I even know what a condom was at that point?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Journal Jar Question #3

What activities do you enjoy doing today that you also enjoyed as a child?

Of course I still love to read, and I try to read every chance that I get, although these days most of what I read is on my Google Reader on my IPod. I also love to play games. Any kind of games - board games, card games, Nintendo (yes, we still have an original Nintendo and I play Mario Bros. 1 and 3 from time to time) and Wii games. My favorite games are Skip Bo and Scrabble, and I recently discovered how much fun Cranium is. I love that game!

Journal Jar Question #2

When you were a child, what games did you play in your house or neighborhood?

I was the only child until I was 6 1/2 years old, and then I had a little brother. I played by myself a lot when I was young, and I liked it that way. Mostly I remember reading tons of books, playing with Barbie dolls, coloring, playing with my grocery cart and cash register, and playing with my keyboard and singing songs.

When I was older I loved to ride my bike. There were a few other girls in my neighborhood and we would ride everywhere. I remember that I had to be home when the street lights came on. 

When I would stay at my Granny and Pop's house, Granny would always play games with me, but I remember her teaching my cousin and I how to play poker with pennies.

And when I would stay with my Grandmama and Granddaddy, Grandmama and I would play games all day and half the night. We played Yahtzee, Scrabble, TriOminoes, Dominoes, Chinese Checkers, Boggle, Uno, and probably a few others that I don't remember the name of. I do remember that Grandma didn't like to play Monopoly, and I remember Granddaddy playing Connect Four with me when he was still able to.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Journal Jar Question #1

What is your full name?

Megan Elizabeth Blankenship Hulsey. Megan means "pearl", which happens to be my birthstone, and Elizabeth means "God is my oath".

Who were you named for?

I was supposed to be named Michelle, in honor of my dad, whose name is Michael. But a cousin of mine was born 1 month before me and her parents named her Michelle, so that name was out. Then my mom heard the name Megan on a soap opera and she loved it. At the time, it was very unusual and unique, but now there are Megans everywhere!

How do you feel about your name?

I am happy with my name. At times, I wish that my name was a little less popular, but it suits me well.