15 things

Because I love Ink so very much, and I think we should bring memes back.  Tell us fifteen random secrets, facts, habits, or goals about you.  If you want to play, play; if not, I won’t say you suck (I’ll just think it).  And Ink, we should totally do another 10 books I hate because that was lots and lots of fun.

1. I was thrown from a speedboat.  Across the boat.  Slammed into the side and flipped over before hitting the water.  My first thought upon hitting water was “swim towards the light.”  I was told I was lucky I didn’t crack ribs.  I had a nasty bruise on half of my chest.

2. This happened on my Dad’s birthday.  When I called him to wish him a happy birthday and to NOT mention the accident, he asked me what was wrong and forced it out of me.  I’ve ruined three Thanksgivings and one Father’s Day for my Dad.  Pity him.

3. I pray a children’s prayer every time I hear a siren.  Every time.  Without fail.  I learned it in first grade, and the habit stuck.

4. I only keep books that I will read or reference again.  I still own hundreds of books.  And I do read them again.

5. I didn’t like reading until the 6th grade.  A Wrinkle in Time changed my life. I’ve devoured books ever since.

6. I cross-dressed my Teddy bear as a child.  I knew he was a boy, but he looked so cute in a green dress I had.  I even took him to a party dressed in a dress.

7. I break out in random dance moves.  I have a god-awful victory dance that started as a joke, and I never stopped doing it.

8. Since wearing a pedometer, I’ve walked at least 15,ooo steps a day.  I’m starting to suspect where the boys get there tornado-like energy.

9. Like Ink, I desperately wish I could draw or paint.  One day I’ll take a class.  Over and over again until I get it right.

10. I’m obsessively curious.  When something tickles my curiosity, I will not rest until I know all.  I’m teaching the boys to be the same way.  Did you know a lobster is basically a bug?

11.  The first car I drove was a ’86 Bronco with the annoying habit of dying after fifteen minutes and didn’t have AC in Tucson, AZ.

12. I have theme songs for different parts of my life.  Especially the hard parts.

13. My parents have song they dedicate and sing to me when it comes on the radio.  It’s enough to make me glad they switched from Oldies to Country.

`14. I plan on visiting all 50 states and eventually seeing something outside the US other than border towns.

15. In spirit of the last Friday of Lent, I have eaten meat once on a Lenten Friday.  In defense, it was Mrs. Knott’s fried chicken, and I didn’t live in Orange County at the time.  Who am I kidding?  I would happily kill for Mrs. Knott’s fried chicken.

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Recap 2/11

1. Redoing your nail polish every other day bites.  Like I have time for this.

2. Even the boys not getting ready for the day doesn’t kill my good mood.  Hopefully it’s self-sustains for the larger crap.

3. It would be super helpful if the rental company would take down their old website, but at least I’m looking at houses today.

4. I finally get to volunteer at Tornado E’s school.  Yea!

5. Some battles are not worth the fight.  Like pajamas to school and licking ketchup off a plate.

6. Some are.  Like no licking your brother.  I don’t care if you think he likes it.  He can’t say no; he’s a baby.

7. Apparently I eat when I’m happy.  How does that make any sense?

8. Tornado A is figuring out how to furniture walk.  Lord, help me; I’m scared to death to have another early walker.

9. Tornado E knew all his ABCs and numbers by Tornado S’s age.  The only difference is Tornado E watched more Sesame Street and played with a lot of annoying singing toys.  I’m adopting that strategy.

10. A week without the Wii and minimal TV seems to be a success, except for the headaches, which will go away once I have a bigger back yard.

Amazing

Has any one noticed that people seem nicer?  Instead of giving me dirty looks because of my boys’ playful screaming at each other in a crowded Wal-Mart, people laugh and pat them on their heads.   Which is nice.  Until it happens in February.  Then I think the dirty looks will be back.

There was this great post . . .

It would have been brilliant.  Ok, stellar.  Ok, entertaining.  But Tornado E is shooting toward a 104, which has sent The Husband into quite a panic.  Guess where he’s been for all the other illnesses.  Any ways, I’m playing doctor mom, though The Husband is questioning my credentials after I allowed Tornado E to sleep in his “hot” bath water.  But I assured The Husband that bath water at 99 was cool to someone running a body temperature closer to a werewolf than a little boy, who reminded me to call his teacher to tell her he was sick.  Then I also assured him that I was watching Tornado E closely, but that the poor guy was finally comfortable and exhausted.

With that said, I want to tell all my readers how honored I am that you still come around even though my writing has been a little sporadic.  Yesterday was the first day I didn’t feel sick.  Today is the same.  Let’s not jinks it until we’re a week out.  But to those who are making comments, you rock my world, even if I haven’t been replying as usual.  I assure you I’m reading you all, except I’m on my phone, so I’m not commenting on any one’s blog.  I’m so lucky to have such great readers and to read so many great blogs.

Stay tuned because  . . . Tornado S knows he’s in trouble the minute he does something . . . Tornado E knows the power of his own looks and intelligence . . . I’m opening the floor to discussing parenting other parents’ bratty kids . . . . And how The Husband went insane during the pregnancy with Tornado E.  Fun times.

Book Quiz

Thanks to Ink at Inktopia and Robin at Passions and Soapboxes.  I decided to take this quiz.  And look at this.  I always new I was a bit schizophrenic.  I guess it’s time I read this book because I’ve been meaning to for years.


You’re The Poisonwood Bible!

by Barbara Kingsolver

Deeply rooted in a religious background, you have since become both
isolated and schizophrenic. You were naively sure that your actions would help people,
but of course they were resistant to your message and ultimately disaster ensued. Since
you can see so many sides of the same issue, you are both wise beyond your years and
tied to worthless perspectives. If you were a type of waffle, it would be
Belgian.


Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

236 Things . . .

No, just kidding.  Why would I torture you?  So I’ve always wanted to do one of those one hundred things list, and I didn’t do one when I did my hundredth post.  But it looks fun.  And it’s easier than phoning it in because I really need to call a bunch of places, and I have to cut out hearts for Valentine projects, and I have to call my parents because I didn’t yesterday and they may assume the worse.  Ok, my mom would assume the worse, and my dad will say I was busy.  Parents.  So here it goes.

 

  1. I lettered nine times in high school.
  2. Three times in swimming.
  3. Three times in drama.
  4. Three times in academics.
  5. My husband thinks that was too easy.
  6. He was a football player in high school.
  7. One year, JV
  8. I think he’s jealous.
  9. Yes, I do have a letterman jacket.
  10. I wore it with pride.
  11. Yes, I can swim circles around my husband.
  12. I was a breaststroker.
  13. I am impressed with Michael Phelps.
  14. Or any one who can do the butterfly well.
  15. I hate the butterfly stroke.
  16. I feel like I’m going to drown.
  17. I was a drama nerd.
  18. I owned the shop.
  19. I was a tyrant.
  20. I was nicknamed “tyrant” in college.
  21. In a creative writing class.
  22. Yes, it’s a funny story.
  23. Yes, maybe I will post that one day.
  24. I’m also addicted to sugar.
  25. In college, I did sugar shots.
  26. Yes, I realize that was unhealthy and crazy.
  27. I was straight edge.
  28. Well, except the sex thing.
  29. Now we know my mom will read this.
  30. She prefers to remain in the dark.
  31. I promise you I’ve had fewer partners than my brother, Mom.
  32. That just disturbed her.
  33. That’ll teach her for reading my blog.
  34. Or any one else.
  35. I had a kiddie pool in my dorm room.
  36. With water.
  37. I wanted it to break.
  38. So that they would have to publish “no kiddie pools” in the dorm rules.
  39. And freshmen would be like “Who the hell would do that?”
  40. I seek shallow immortality.
  41. I hung a dog collar with a bell on the statue of the school mascot.
  42. It was a panther.
  43. I instructed all freshmen to call it the Kitty.
  44. Hey, it’s better than the Pussy.
  45. Yes, my best friend and I debated that for hours.
  46. I stole signs with my best friend.
  47. Including the Republican Headquarters 3 by 6 Bush Cheney 2000 sign.
  48. We didn’t own a car.
  49. We had to run it the several blocks back to our dorm room.
  50. We didn’t get caught.
  51. We did get caught dying the fountain with red Kool-Aid
  52. And put on probation for the semester.
  53. We were both honor students.
  54. And active in our separate church organizations.
  55. They didn’t catch us the other times we messed with the fountain.
  56. Or when we made all the exit signs of the parking structure blink.
  57. Didn’t I mention I was straight-edge without a car in college?
  58. Ok, this is harder than I thought.
  59. I was named after a heroine in a romance novel my mom was reading when she was pregnant.
  60. She doesn’t remember the name of the book.
  61. The rest of my family was convinced I would be a boy.
  62. I’m descended from a long line of eldest boys.
  63. My mom was sure I was a girl.
  64. She refused to pick out a boy name.
  65. My dad insists he would have named me Ebenezer.
  66. I’m glad I’m a girl.
  67. I was a girly girl.
  68. Until second grade.
  69. I decided I wanted to play softball.
  70. My parents couldn’t believe it.
  71. It was downhill from there.
  72. I’ve played basketball and volleyball too.
  73. I’m really not that great of an athlete.
  74. I’m a daydreamer.
  75. I “wrote” my first story at 4.
  76. It was twenty pages of scribbles with the occasional picture.
  77. I had an imaginary best friend.
  78. I had her longer than is healthy.
  79. I had a whole imaginary world.
  80. Have you ever scene Heavenly Creatures?
  81. I wasn’t that crazy.
  82. Well, I did think I was an anime cartoon for a summer.
  83. In high school.
  84. Yes, I have been to a shrink.
  85. Why do you ask?
  86. Seriously, I was suicidal my senior year in high school.
  87. I got counseling.
  88. What helped the most was having my schedule shaken for two weeks.
  89. I don’t know why it worked.
  90. My mom refuses to acknowledge that I was suicidal.
  91. I went to a counselor in college too.
  92. That helped a lot.
  93. Let’s not end this on a downer.
  94. I have a library of over two hundred books and growing.
  95. I have no nicknames that I like.
  96. I don’t have any tattoos yet.
  97. I’m planning one after my last kid.
  98. I should have pierced my belly button before kids.
  99. I always wanted to dye my hair bright blue.
  100. I plan to do that when I turn 65.

One of those question and answer thingeys

I completely AM an idiot because I did this last week for A Mom’s Walk and completely did not publish it.  Sigh.  I hate being a loser.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? 

Yes, a heroine in a romance novel my mom was reading.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? 

Actually two hours ago.  I was stressed!  
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? 

No, I’m told it looks like a feminine boy’s writing.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?

Thick turkey or ham off the bone, none of that deli crap.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? 

Yes, Two
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? 

I hope so, but then I am a bit of a bitch.  
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? 

It’s just another service I offer.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS

I do.  Not my appendix though or my sense of shame
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

Let me see, jump off a building or bridge with a small elastic rope?  No thank you; I chose life.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? 

Frosted flakes: breakfast, snack, and desert.  But I’ve only been eating rice krispies for sometime now.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? 

Yes.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? 

Yes,
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? 

Oh my god, sooo many choices, Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough or fossil fuel or americone dream; or Cold Stone Creamery Sweet cream with berries, or m&ms or sprinkles or pralines or . . . .; rocky road, chocolate chip, chocolate, vanilla, butter pecan, cookies ‘n’ cream, mint and chip . . . .
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? 

Eyes,
15. RED OR PINK? 

How about blue?  But if I HAVE to pick one, red.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? 

I attack when I’m stressed.  It’s something from childhood; it’s not very helpful in a marriage.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST. 

Having no responsibilities except school work.
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?

If they want to sure!
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?

none, barefooted
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? 

Homemade broccoli beef, but I’m still hungry . . .
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW ? 

Cars driving on the street
22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? 

Cobalt blue
23. FAVORITE SMELLS ? 

My boys’ hair.  I can’t stop smelling them.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? 

My husband.  (and before you jump to conclusions, it was all business and we never talk on the phone)
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?

Yes.  She seems really cool.  You are cool right, Christi?
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

Ugh, I hate watching sports.  I would rather play.  But I know enough about softball, baseball, and swimming to care
27. Hair Color? 

blonde
28. EYE COLOR? 

Changes, blue/green/grey/blue-green
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? 

Not yet
30. FAVORITE FOOD ?

Where do I start?  Spicy tuna hand rolls, fried shrimp, steak, HAMBURGERS, Polish potato soup, chocolate, ice cream . .
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?

Happy endings
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED ?

Tinker Bell
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING. 

blue
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? 

Summer!  Swimming!  Barb-b-ques!  Birthdays!
35. HUGS OR KISSES?

Hugs

36. FAVORITE DESSERT ? 

Brownies, ice cream, cheesecake, berries and cream, chocolate, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate chip cookies . . .
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? 

I hope everyone does.
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND. 

Shrug, every body
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW ? 

Life with the Savages by Shirley Jackson
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? 

black
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?

Stupid football and some foreign film that my husband was watching.  Yeah, I’m pissed it was my day to watch my TiVo Pushing Daisies  while I did the boys laundry.  Stupid remote,  Stupid NFL, Stupid husband for not reading my mind.
42. FAVORITE SOUND. 

My boys’ laughter (corny)
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? 

Beatles!
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME??? 

Don’t laugh.  Hawaii.  I’m working on it.  But I have seen over half the states.
45. DO U HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?

Special as in awarded or special as in ping pong balls or special as in class?  I can roll my tongue to the side, I can project my voice to be heard across a Home Depot.  I’m a decent poet. 
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? 

Tucson, AZ 1980
47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? 

Oo! Oo!  How about Badmommymoments or Outside Voice or  . . .

I’m going to quote Christi on this because I have no idea what I’m doing.  “I am generic and don’t have many bloggies, so if you are reading this and haven’t done it already, consider yourself TAGGED!”