In honor of my birthday today, I thought I'd re-post something I did on facebook awhile back. It was a fun little game where you think of 25 random facts about yourself, & list them for friends to see. I've taken that, and added some more, just for fun. I'll put a link to this page on my sidebar and add more as I think of things. If you can think of a fact about me that should be added, feel free to post it in the comments. I can always delete it if I don't want anyone knowing. ;)
1.I have a great memory for anything that leaves an emotional impression --especially music. But I have a terrible memory for numbers --unless the numbers have some sort of emotional value attached to them.
2. i've gotten so good at tuning out all the noises form the children talking & playing, that I often don't hear them when they're talking to me. "mom.. mom!... MOOOM!!!:
3. I hate almost every activity that needs to be repeated on a daily basis, including cooking, cleaning, and bathing... "i just did this yesterday!!"
4. i'm an increadibly loyal person and *hate* losing touch with anyone, even if i only met them once...which is why I love facebook. :)
5. It's impossible for me to talk without using a lot of expression. If i'm not feeling well enough to adequately express myself, i'd rather just not talk.
6. when I type, I put happy faces at the end of almost every sentence. I just can't help myself. I *need* to use facial expression! :) :) :) :)
7. i've been told that i look like Claire Danes, Gwenyth Powltrow, Cameron Diaz, and Kirstin Dunst.
8. I can't stand Kirstin Dunst...she reminds me too much of me!
9. My favorite flowers are star lilies. I just love how the smell fills the room.
10. I've always regretted not getting my bachelor's degree.
11. When my kids grow up, i'd like to be professional photographer.
12. I *really* regret not taking cosemtology classes in high school
13. i'm *terrible* at returning phone calls and emails.
14. I'm kind of lazy, and would often rather not do something fun, if it involves work to do it -- which is why i seldom take my kids to the beach . I wasn't like this until I had kids.
15. I *love* people. I love being with people. I'm energized by being with people. But i'm dreadfully shy. So shy, that if i see someone i know in the store, i try to hide. Or if i'm at a meeting of some sort, I'll pretend to be reading something so I don't have to talk to anyone.
16. one of my highest values is kindness.
17. I can't stand to see anyone or anything hurt. even an annoying bug. i feel terrible anytime i have to kill one. If there's any way I can avoid it, I will. If it must be killed, I try to get someone else to do it, & then hide, so I don't have to watch.
18. I hate conflict of any kind, & will go to great lengths to avoid it.
19. I seldom apreciate new technology.
~ I thought CD's were dumb --"they'll get scratched just like records!"
~I wondered who on earth would want a digital camera... "it's not a good picture unless you can hold it in your hand...and the lag time after pushing the shutter: don't get me started!"
~ I thought cell phones were annoying "if you want to call me, call me when I'm at home!"
~ I thought MP3 players were rediculous "what if you don't want to listen through the earphones??"
20. I know about half of the employees at our local grocery store by name, and I have to plan extra time for my shopping, because i know i'll be stopping to talk to a lot of them while i'm there.
21. I've always wished I could be cool &; artsy &; quirky.
22. I'm somewhat concerned that i'm never going to grow up.
23. i smile when I'm nervous or uncomfortable. If i'm *really* nervous, i smile a LOT... which is really inconvenient, if i'm in a serious situation... like if i'm telling chris i just totalled the car, or something (remember fact # 18?) The upside is that i usually make a great impression at job interviews because of my "great smile" :)
24. I *love* getting things in the mail! ( real things like cards & packages. not junk mail)
25. i love to help people. you know, with little kids, how you ask if someone wants to help & they *all* raise their hand & say "pick me! pick me!" ? I never grew out of that. (see random fact #22)
26. my feet are always cold, but i seldom wear socks. when i must wear socks, i use thos thick fuzzy ones that never match what i'm wearing
27. the three hardest times in my life were: when i placed my baby for adoption; my first year of marriage; my first year of motherhood.
28. i love being a mother.
29. i hate being a housewife. mainly because of fact #3 and probably also #14. It takes away a lot of the joy i have in mothering.
30. my first kiss w/chris was on the night we got engaged... not that we waited *that* long, since we met & married in five months. :)
31. My mom is my greatest hero.
32. I think the whole question of whether the glass is half-full or half-empty can be easily decided by asking if the glass was just filled, or if someone just drank out of it?
33. I don't use capital letters very often when i type. This bad habit started when Chloe was a little baby and I could never put her down. So I would chat in chat rooms on the internet to pass the time. but I could only type with one hand because i was holding the baby with the other. That made pressing the shift key more difficult, so I didn't. I'm working hard on breaking that bad habit.
34. I don't drink coffee. I tried to like it once, because that's what grown-ups drink. But then I noticed that everbody I know who drinks coffee is adicted, & would like to break the habit, and I decided that it's silly to try to force myself to like something that will only become a bad habit, so I quit trying.
35. I feel the same way about alcohol as I do about coffee.
36. I've never been on a diet.
37. My life's dream is to have an orphanage in Africa. This started when I read an article about Compassion International. In the article they talked about children who were living alone, scavenging for food in a trash dump. The tragedy was that there was no one to help them or take them in because there were so many orphans. I couldn't understand why there weren't enough people to help, & thought, "someone should do something about this!" As quickly as that thought went through my mind, a new one came, "I will."
38. I'm 6 ft. tall, and wear size 11 shoes. I'm constantly discouraged by how difficult it is to find inexpensive clothing that fits well.
39. I love to laugh and enjoy people with a good sense of humor.
40. I love starting new projects, but I'm terrible at finishing them.
41. My drink of choice is milk.
42. My favorite TV show of all time is Pushing Daisies. I'm sad it only lasted 2 seasons.
43. Because of my height, I'm often asked if I ever played volleyball, basketball, or any other sport. The answer to that question is no. I've never played sports, except for the occaisional tennis "game" with my dad when I was in grade school.
44. I love to dance. Five minutes of loud music, dancing, and singing at the top of my lungs is the perfect emotional pick-me-up for me.
45. I was a nerd in high school. (not like the smart kind. the dorky kind)
46. My childhood pets included (but were not limited to) a parakeet who was beheaded by my pet ferrett; a gerbil who died after being thrown against my bedroom wall by a certain person who will go unnamed; and a baby duck who was smothered to death in a certain other person's bed, when they were trying to keep it warm at night,
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