Survey Games!

My oh my! I've been tagged in a couple blog games recently. Now I should tell you, I'm never one to refuse a good game, be it double-board monopoly with my cousins, suduko by myself or online blog fun with friends. Time to play along!

My friend (ok, we've never met but we're only a state away and are total kidered kindred spirits) Mikalah--who blogs at Posy the Porcelain Pig--tagged me in a fun survey on her blog a few weeks ago. I'll post my answers to her survey today. And (hopefully) soon I'll also post in response to the lovely Tanya at Dans le Townhouse tag. Thanks for thinking of me, ladies!

You may be wondering what this survey business is all about--dad, I'm talking to you. :) Basically, it's a fun way for me to reveal some crazy scary random facts, answer the questions Mikalah asked, and share a few of my favorite blogs with you in the list of people I tag. Simple enough, right? 

The Rules:
1. You must post the rules.

2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.

3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.

4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.

5. Let them know you've tagged them! 

12 fun facts--with some of my Instagram photos thrown in for fun: 
  • I a tall girl, 6'4". I'm the girl that gets asked about her height, commented to about her height, or looked at because of her height everywhere she goes. But that's ok because I love being tall. 
  • I firmly believe there's no such thing as being too tall for high heels. I live by that rule.
  • My name is Kirsti, pronounced Kier-stee. I'm named after my great-great Grandma Kirsti, who changed the spelling of her name from Kjersti when she immigrated here from Norway. My family still incorporates Norwegian traditions into our holidays.
  • I can touch my tongue to my nose. My two-year-old niece thinks this is veeerrrrry cool and makes me do it whenever I see her. 
  • My favorite animal is the giraffe. Their long legs, long neck and long tongue and tall height make them, in my mind, the animal version of myself. I usually do a little happy dance every time I find a giraffe-themed decor item. And yet, I don't own any. Hmm, wonder what that means?
  • I'm accident prone. So accident prone that my family has always called me Wounded Bear. And after an incident a few weeks ago, when I sliced my left thumb and had to make a trip to the ER, my husband is calling me that too.
  • I'm a terrible speller. Here's an example: when I was in fifth grade I was chosen as the second runner-up for a state-wide poster contest. The winner's poster would be made into a billboard. The judges told my teachers that the only reason I didn't win was because on my poster (which featured a map of North Dakota) I spelled our capital city wrong. FYI, it's Bismarck, not Bismark. I've never spelled it wrong since!
  • My college degrees are in English and Communication. This makes my terrible spelling even less excusable.
  • I do western style yodeling--have for over ten years now. I've won a yodeling contest. Um, yes, I'm a dork.
  • I worked as a barista in college. Since then, my family and friends have gifted me enough coffee devices that I could have my own shop out of my kitchen! Who's thirsty??
  • I collect midcentury enamelware, especially pieces by catherineholm. The collection started with pieces my 106 year old aunt bought in the 1960s and gifted me.
  • I love make-up. Thankfully, my mom knows this so I usually don't have to buy much for myself. Most of my collection were gifts!

Questions for me to answer:
  • 1. How long have you been blogging? 
    • I started my family's farm blog, GriggsDakota, in May 2009. My mom took it over in the fall when I returned to college but I missed it, so in November 2009 I started LaLaLand.
  • 2. What is your favorite restaurant and why? 
    • Mexican Village in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It's a family favorite and a local treasure. Nothing tops their fried ice cream, which uses homemade cinnamon ice cream. Nothing.
  • 3. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
    • After tithing and saving most of it, I'd buy land in North Dakota. Lots of land.
  • 4. How many pairs of shoes do you own? 
    • My husband says "too many." I say, enough to have some fun choices!
  • 5. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
    • Sunday. Since publicly declaring that I'd make it a priority to find a new church home for our little family, I have found one and have even become pretty comfortable with going by myself. I'm loving the fellowship! Sunday has always been a family day for me so it's full of fond memories.
  • 6. What's your favorite color to wear? 
    • Black. My mom has called me her girl in black. 
  • 7. What is your favorite fruit?
    • Starfruit. They're graphic and delicious. The best combination!
  • 8. What TV show do you most enjoy watching? 
    • Right now, Downton Abbey. Love it!
  • 9. Who is one person, alive or dead, that you would love to have a conversation with? 
    • I would love to visit with C.S. Lewis. I love his books. His words fascinate and excite me. 
  • 10. What is the worst decorating/crafting/fashion mistake you've ever made? 
    • Hmmm...I'm terrible at thinking of things like this because I usually try to erase bad memories from my mind (yes, I'm one of those slightly annoying always-look-on-the-bright-side types.) But I guess a decorating mistake I often make is second-guessing myself. 
  • 11. Coffee or tea? 
    • One of each, please! As I mentioned in my facts, I used to work as a barista in a coffee shop--I love to make and consume it all!
  • 12. What's the temperature in your city today? 
    • It's been an amazingly warm winter. I have no snow in my yard and it's 32 degrees outside!

I'm tagging:

My 12 questions for you: 
  1. What's your favorite thing about blogging?
  2. What's your ideal breakfast?
  3. Do you crave salty or sweet snacks most often?
  4. If your family could share one crazy story about you, what do you think it'd be?
  5. Do you have any collections? What do you collect?
  6. What's your favorite place to shop online?
  7. What's your favorite way to get a workout in?
  8. Do you cook, bake or both? What do you prefer?
  9. Who is one of your favorite authors?
  10. A favorite movie?
  11. What's your favorite season of the year?
  12. What's your favorite color to decorate with?

Ok, so there's no pressure with this thing. Participate if you'd like, or it's cool if you're thinking "ah, not so much." It's all fun and games.

Thanks again to Mikalah at  Posy the Porcelain Pig! And get ready because I have another one coming soon from a tag by Tanya at Dans le Townhouse!


  1. That would be kindred spirits my little spelling champion. I do love this post.

    1. Bwahhahahaha! Oh too funny! Thanks for pointing it out Mom. Now I have to decide if I want to leave it because it's hilarious or change it because it's pretty awful. Ha. At least I proved my point!

  2. Thanks so much for participating! =D You're right, we are total kindred spirits. I agree, no one is too tall for high heels! I've been watching Downton Abbey too, I love it! It's definitely addicting. Like coffee. Also- that's SO COOL that you yodel. I think you should post a video of that really soon. Have a great day, friend!

    1. Thanks Mikalah! Oh man, a video of me yodeling? Hmm, I'm not sure the blogosphere is ready for that haha. :)

  3. Fun reading all your answers (and with the pretty pictures)! Thanks for the tag; I'm thinking about it! I think my only reservation is that I'm not networked enough to tag 12 people! (Might have to cheat on that part.)

    1. Go for it! And don't worry about the tagging. The best part about games (in my mind) is that rules can be tweaked without terrible consequences. Do what works for you!

  4. Hi Kirsti--
    Thanks for the tag. Am thinking about how we might answer your questions together. Don't know if I can get Cane to go along with this one though :-)

    Don't worry about your spelling. I used to teach English (middle school and high school), and some of my favorite, most creative and awesome writing students were terrible spellers. (My smart, wonderful daughter is one, too.) I think there's some kind of spelling button in the brain, and it either gets turned on or doesn't, somewhere really early on. (Yeah, that's scientific.) Used to think the good spellers were the ones who read all the time--but my girl reads like crazy and she's still can't spell to save her life. She's a kindred spirit, too. :-)

    1. Thanks Rita! Yes, I've been a reader my whole life too. Glad to know I'm not alone! :)