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Got this over at mrs macheide and thought it looked challenging.  Yay memes when I can’t sleep!

I am a daughter, a wife, and a mother.
I think Joe Biden is way cooler than Barack Obama.
I know this house will feel like a home someday soon.
I have more pimples than I ever thought I would in my mid-30s.
I wish that I didn’t have to consider whether I actually love my father or not.
I hate ovens that aren’t self-cleaning.
I miss my mom and my grandma Josie.
I fear having to bury one of my children.
I hear night sounds, crickets and such.
I smell Kool-Aid.
I crave more watermelon.
I search for complacency.
I wonder if I will ever feel it.
I regret that we didn’t travel more before we had babies.
I love my life.
I ache in my back because my computer desk right now is actually a couch cushion on my dining room floor.
I am not good at admitting when I am wrong.
I believe everyone is worthy of trust.
I dance not as often as I should.
I sing often and loudly.
I cry more than I care to admit, but always with good reason, good or bad.
I fight less than I should with people I don’t care about and more than I should with people I do.
I win nobly, or at least I try to.
I lose my car keys all the time.
I never bite my toenails.
I always stay up too late.
I confuse birthdays – nearly everyone’s.
I listen but don’t always respond to my daughter’s endless stream of questions.
I can usually be found at the “dinosaur park” on a fairly regular basis.
I am scared of death.
I need to unpack more boxes and paint the living room.
I am happy about the love my kids show each other.
I imagine my daughter’s questions about my mom aren’t going to stop any time soon.
I tag anyone who would like to volunteer.

The 5 Things Meme

Good Fountain tagged me for a meme. Always up for blabbering about myself, I take it on heartily!


Five things found in your bag:

My bag is a pink Liz Claiborne purse. It is maybe my favorite purse of all time.

  1. A diaper
  2. Travel pack of wipes
  3. Lipstick
  4. Tums
  5. Giraffe finger puppet

Five favorite things found in your room:

This is a hard one. “My room” really isn’t just my room right now. We’re in the temporary apartment which only has two bedrooms, so as an experiment we are ALL sleeping in one bedroom. It’s worked out OK, but at the same time I’m ready to be done with it. Yay house! So… besides the beds, there isn’t too much in that room that’s really super personal. But there’s some stuff in my nightstand, so let’s see:

  1. Diamond earrings my mother in-law gave me when Jake was born
  2. The No-Cry Sleep Solution book by Elizabeth Pantley
  3. Our temporal artery thermometer
  4. My LL Bean Wicked Good slippers
  5. Frank’s flannel robe (that I wear much more than he does)

Five things you have always wanted to do:

  1. Run a 5K – and I mean run the whole thing.
  2. Run for and win some sort of public office – school board, town council, something like that.
  3. Have babies.
  4. Go to Paris… well, all of France, really.
  5. Get 8 solid hours of sleep in a night without a kid or baby or dog or husband or amorous landlord waking me up. (OK, I haven’t ALWAYS wanted to do it, but since I know it has been nearly a year since I have gotten more than 3 hours of sleep at a time, it feels like something I’ve always wanted. I am seriously considering running away for a night and sleeping in a hotel.)

Five things you are currently into:

  1. Getting fit and back into running.
  2. Figuring out how to get Jake to sleep more than 3 hours at a stretch.
  3. The Office
  4. The Rockland Bakery
  5. Photography

Five people you’d like to tag:

I want to tag people who I know visit but that don’t have a writing blog… that I know of. Answer in the comments… or start a blog, share the URL, and do it there!

  1. Amanda
  2. Dave
  3. Carolyn
  4. Jenine
  5. Vanessa

Seven Random/Weird Things About Me Meme

Memes are perfect filler for while I’m out of town. BeThisWay tagged me so here goes!

Here are the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog. Some random, some weird.
3. Tag up to 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Well, since I’m on vacation it doesn’t feel fair to assign anyone work. So, consider this a volunteer opportunity. Use it if you need filler, and let me know if you do it because I want to read!!

So here goes:

  1. There is a seven year baby pattern in my family; specifically, on my mom’s side. It started when my aunt Carolyn was born. Then seven years later I was born. Then seven years later my brother was born. Then seven years later Carolyn had her daughter, Kayla. Then seven years later Carolyn should have had a baby but she had a miscarriage (and thus my cousin Ben was born on an off year). Then seven years later I had Lane. Thus, SOMEONE is going to have a baby in 2011. (Well, obviously, LOTS of people will have babies in 2011… but you know what I mean.)
  2. I am an awesome fake bunter (or at least I was when I played high school/college softball).
  3. I’m certified to coach high school sports in NY state. (This means I have 9 college credits in coaching theory and injury prevention/treatment. To make my certification current I’d have to retake an advanced first aid course.)
  4. I can pop my ears at will.
  5. I totally screwed up my driving test. I messed up parallel parking, the three-point turn, and I sped through a school zone (I totally didn’t see the sign for it). But the tester gave me second chances on all of it (and for parallel parking I needed a third chance) and he still passed me. And I didn’t bribe him or anything! It was very bizarre.
  6. I love gerbils. I had gerbils for pets all through high school and college, and always had a pair that would breed because I LOVED LOVED LOVED the babies. Pet stores were always happy to take the babies off my hands and sell them. I can’t wait until the kids get to the age where they want little critter pets because we are totally getting gerbils again. If you’re thinking of getting little critter pets, I cannot recommend gerbils enough. They are nice and gentle (unlike hamsters, mean things they are!) and you only have to clean their cages once a month (unlike hamsters that require a weekly cleaning). Gerbils are desert animals so they don’t drink much water, their poop is very dry and they barely urinate at all, which is why they are so non-smelly. They are social and they don’t bite and they do all the cute things that hamsters do (except they don’t have cheek pouches to fill with food like hamsters do). Some people don’t like gerbil tails but I think they are cute – much better than mouse & rat tails that have no hair on them.
  7. My aunt Carolyn (recall, only seven years older than me, so she was always like a big sister who didn’t live with us rather than an aunt) and I once played a practical joke on my brother (seven years younger than me) where we recorded scary voices on his tape recorder, then put it on play and hid it in his closet at bedtime when he was like 6.

Word!

Fun little list that I found on mrsmacheide’s blog. Add it to your own blog, if you wish. You. Can.

Only.

Type.

One.

Word.

Not as easy as you might think. Change the answers to suit you and then pass it on. Remember: one word answers.

1. Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Your significant other? working
3. Your hair? highlighted
4. Your mother? dead
5. Your father? complicated
6. Your favorite thing? book
7. Your dream last night? absent
8. Your favorite drink? cider
9. Your dream/goal? house
10. The room you’re in? office
11. Your ex? suicidal
12. Your fear? death
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? home
14. Where were you last night? errands
15. What you’re not? cruel
16. Muffins? please!
17. One of your wish list items? laptop
18. Where you grew up? Buffalo
19. The last thing you did? nursed
20. What are you wearing? jeans
21. Your TV? awesome
22. Your pets? amazing
23. Your computer? useful
24. Your life? wonderful
25. Your mood? excited
26. Missing someone? yes
27. Your car? utilitarian
28. Something you’re not wearing? earrings
29. Favorite store? Target
30. Your summer? far
31. Like someone? yes
32. Your favorite color? lavender
33. When is the last time you laughed? ongoing
34. Last time you cried? Saturday
35. Who will repost this? Kate

(Actually written on Monday.)

Movie quotes meme

Got the idea from Kate, and I love movie quotes so I’m going to play too. (This would also be fun with song lyrics!)

The basic rules are that you list ten movie quotes from IMDB of some of your favorite movies.

However, since I’m having trouble picking ten, and I’ll be on vacation, I’m going to do 15.

You get to guess.

Generally the approach is that I should edit and strikeout the ones that people have guessed but since I’m on vacation right now, well, let’s just say I’d much rather be drinking a daiquiri than updating a blog, and I’m fairly confident I’ll have no means to do that anyway. So you guys keep track in the comments, and correct anyone who’s wrong. OK? OK!

No cheating, or I will throttle you. Virtually, of course.

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Ollie Ollie Oxen Free!

I got tagged by my friend Good Fountain. It was fun reading about her! So here goes! My turn! Exclamation point!

The rules of this tag:
A. The rules are posted at the beginning
B. Answer the questions about yourself
C. Tag 5 people, let them know in a comment on their blogs that they have been tagged.
What were you doing 10 yrs ago?
Ten years ago, I was 22. I was in my senior year of my undergraduate studies at the University at Albany. I was majoring in psychology, but just about then had decided I really didn’t want to pursue a graduate degree in psychology, but with a bachelor’s in psychology I wasn’t going to land any stellar jobs, so I had decided about then to get a master’s in business so I spent a lot of my senior year taking business classes vs. psychology classes. I did my senior “psychology” independent study as a recruiting project for the School of Business, signed off on by a professor who was friends with the industrial psychologist who taught in the business school. I was living with my friend Amanda in a two-bedroom third-floor walk-up apartment in a building with tons of character but a serious need for a rehab. Frank and I were dating, pretty seriously. We spent most nights together in that walk-up apartment, he had a key and a toothbrush there.
My mom was still alive. That’s sort of weird to think about. About now, ten years ago, we were planning a weekend trip to New York City together. We were coming into our own as adult friends and it felt really good. We went to NYC together in June, we went to a show, went to The Met (art, not opera), I took her on the subway which made her nervous, so we took buses the rest of the weekend. We got tipsy together, not as mother and daughter but as two women enjoying each other’s company and having a great time in what may be the coolest city in the world. It’s a weekend I’ll never forget.
Snacks I enjoy:

  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Doritos
  • Grapes
  • Apples & caramel dip
  • Crusty bread and spinach-cheese dip that I make myself, I shall blog the recipe someday, it is wicked easy and crazy delicious.

Five things on my to-do list today:
This meme assumes I have a to-do list. Ha! But if I DID have a to-do list, things on it might be:

  1. Empty the dishwasher and load it back up again
  2. Get me and the kids dressed (yes it’s nearly noon and we’re still all in PJs)
  3. Maybe go and submit the application for the part-time job I’m mulling
  4. Go to the in-laws’ for dinner
  5. Leave Lane at the in-laws’ for a sleepover tonight.

Things I would do if I became a billionaire:
Now, I’m going to assume for the purposes here that I instantly have a billion dollars, just dropped in my lap, to do with as I please.

First, like $100 million straight to charities.

Next, $800 million goes into investments. Some stocks, mostly those that pay a strong consistent dividend, so I can claim the income as capital gains. Some probably into an annuity or two, to pay a consistent income for as long as we can expect to live. Maybe $15 million earmarked for each kid for when they turn 25, plus another $15 million in annuities for them to pay out over the next 15 years from when they turn 25 to when they turn 40. Enough to ensure their comfort, not enough that they get to romp around like Paris Hilton. If they are smart, this $30 million each should be all the money they ever need. If they aren’t smart, well, they just got the world’s most expensive schooling.

So now I have $100 million left. Maybe about $30 million is gifts – some for my dad, my brother, my in-laws, my husband’s family in the Czech Republic (two half-sisters and a few much-adored cousins), other assorted relatives and friends. Not enough to make any of them crazy-rich but enough to make their lives much more comfortable.

The remaining $70 million left is near-term living & fun money. The requisite upgrading of residence and cars. Residence-wise I think we need 4; nice big house right around where we live now, lake house in the Adirondacks, skiing place someplace western (Frank and his family are into skiing, I can physically do it but I can take it or leave it… though with a lot more money I would definitely take more of it), and then something small someplace warm and sunny, like a condo in Florida. We’d have to spend some time shopping around for that one. 🙂 No huge places to be sure — well, our main residence around here would definitely be pretty big (but not overly extravagant). But the other three, just big enough for the few weeks a year we’d spend there, with the requisite family and friends that would hopefully use us and join us.

3 bad habits:

  1. Eating too much
  2. Not exercising enough
  3. Probably too much internet

5 places I have lived:

  1. Cheektowaga, NY
  2. Albany, NY
  3. Morristown, NJ
  4. Hunterdon County, NJ
  5. Rockland County, NY

Jobs I have had:
This list is pretty inclusive.

  • Paper girl
  • Lifeguard
  • Retail clothing sales
  • Retail boating supply store cashier
  • Waitress
  • Bank Teller
  • Graduate Assistant (advised undergrad students)
  • Training Development Intern for a non-profit
  • HR Analyst
  • Stay at Home Mom

Things people don’t know about me:

  • I won a big spelling bee in sixth grade.
  • I dove off a cliff once.
  • I tried to have my dad arrested once.
  • I almost died of something called Henoch-Schonlein Purpura when I was in kindergarten. For most people it’s not a super serious thing, but my case was one with every complication.
  • I have hitchhiker’s thumb.

So that about does it. So now, five people? This might be difficult. Maybe I’ll pick on a couple random strangers in the blog world. Ha Ha!

  • I know very little about Normal Boy, so he gets tag #1.
  • Island Mama, because I love her and everyone else should know more about her.
  • I’m just starting to read Mrs Macheide‘s blog, so I would love to get to know her better.
  • Daisybones, because she’s having a weird eye problem and if you’re having a weird eye problem, there’s nothing more you need than a meme, right? RIGHT?!?
  • Michelle at Adventures of a Supermom. I haven’t even read her blog yet, but I could have written her list of favorite books/authors so I think it’s safe to say I’ll be reading more! And she seems pretty cool and down-to-earth, two things I hope other people think about me.

All right! Whew! All done!

Just a note — by the time I was done with this meme, the kids were dressed. I’m still in my jammies.

Book meme

Oooh my first meme!!  I have a lovely lady to thank for such an honor.

Much to her chagrin, however, my book will NOT be porn.  Don’t you wish!!

I happen to be reading three books simultaneously right now – The Step Diet, Positive Discipline, and The No-Cry Sleep Solution.  All of which I am too tired to provide linkage to, thanks to a-couple-people-who-shall-remain-nameless letting Jake doze off tonight at 9:30 p.m. when we weren’t at home.  So it is now past 1:00 a.m. and he’s still raring to go. 

:yawn:

Anyway, I’m not at home.  We are in Saratoga Springs visiting some of our best friends in the whole world.  And I’m sitting at their desk, so the book closest to me is Persuasion by Jane Austen.  So, without further ado, Page 123, sentences 5, 6, and 7:

And there was a Mrs. Wallis, at present only known to them by description, as she was in daily expectation of her confinement; but Mr. Elliot spoke of her as ‘a most charming woman, quite worthy of being known in Camden Place’, and as soon as she recovered, they were to be reacquainted.  Sir Walter thought much of Mrs. Wallis; she was said to be an excessively pretty woman, beautiful.  He longed to see her.

Since BeThisWay tagged nearly all the bloggers I know… I am forced to tag Normal Boy, who I barely know.  Go for it, dude.  🙂