Tuesday, 10 February 2009

25 things you didn't know about me

1. I love pretty linens. I was lucky I married someone who is comfortable enough in his masculinity to realize that flowered sheets and high thread counts? Get me hot.

2. The dog is named after Hugh Laurie.

3. I struggle constantly with talking before I think. The good side is that my shoes fit fine when they've been in my mouth for awhile.

4. I blog about almost everything, although since I found out my grandmother is a regular reader, I've stopped talking about my sex life.

5. I am happiest reading or taking photographs, especially with my gorgeous and divine children.

6. I would dearly love to have a third child, but it's probably not in the cards.

7. Right now I have four jobs. Ward Clerk, Secretary for my church (Yes, I am the professional Church Lady), I work for Statistics Canada, and I'm a Secret Shopper. I love all these things, and figure that between the four? I'll see everyone in this town somewhere between birth and death.

8. All these things plus having a family is exhausting sometimes. I still love it, although if anyone could slip me a few extra hours of sleep somewhere? I'd be your slave for life.

9. The gorgeous and divine children do NOT share my love of sleep. The G & D Two would like to be up all day and all night, frankly, and despite my weeping protests continue to insist that I get up in the morning and do unreasonable things like interact with them and pour them cereal.

10. Actually, it's not that bad. I've had recurring insomnia most of my adult life.
Three am is a lovely time for reading.

11. I read a LOT. Right now I'm in the middle of a haunting book called Little Bee. The one before that I loved too - Bird By Bird.

12. I was really excited about the election. I'm still an American citizen, so I can say (with pride!) I helped elect the latest president.

13. I'd love to take my kids to some of the places where I went when I was growing up. It gives me a lump in my throat to think they probably won't ever go to Mackinac Island, or watch the Cherry Parade, or even see the school I went to. This country I live in is beautiful and wonderful and amazing, but I think everyone wants to share things from their childhood with their children.

14. I'm not sure my brother and I will ever get back the relationship we once had.

15. I have a love-hate thing going on with my hair. When it's short, I let it grow long, once it's long, I hate it and chop it off. I feel a cut coming on....

16. Holy crap, this is hard.

17. I talk to my mother at least once a week. My Dad and I are better with e-mail.

18. My mother and I usually get along - unless we talk about politics. Then there are rolling eyes and we both talk circles around each other until we have to abruptly change the subject before someone explodes.

19. I quit smoking twelve years ago, and I still catch a whiff once in awhile and think wistfully about the days when I used to drive the highways with the windows open, smoking.

20. But I really don't miss the bronchitis I got at least once every year while I was lighting up.

21. I don't watch any reality tv. Instead, I watch reruns of NCIS, House, Private Practice, and Stargate Atlantis.

22. Dora the Explorer drives me up the fricking wall. So does Max and Ruby. Guess what two shows my daughter loves? Yeah. I usually try to delay drinking any coffee until she's watched her show - that way I can doze and not register every time Dora SCREAMS something or be bothered by the way Max and Ruby are orphans and probably squatters on someone else's property.

23. I used to think I'd love to go to Africa, but now I'm relatively certain I'd step on a snake or get eaten by a lion. I won't go see the ball drop in Times Square for the same reason.

24. Last summer I had a terrific vacation where I took off by myself, visited my dad and step-mum, then went to a blogging convention for a few days. It was the most fun (and the most wine!) I've had in a long time.

25. I would love to be craftier, but really? I get bored quickly.

Oh! And I missed my anniversary - but I've been blogging for four years!! Still no end to the drivel I want to tell you about....


mapsgirl said...

#2 - That is the best!

alison said...

#13 - I used to go to Mackinac Island when I was a little girl growing up in Sault Ste. Marie (Ont)! I remember the huge white hotel with the giant veranda and riding in a horse-drawn buggy. I haven't thought of that for years.

#21 - I don't like reality TV either, but my viewing is more Grey's Anatomy, CSI, ER, L&O, and the Rick Mercer Report/This Hour has 22 minutes.

#22 - I was glad when my girls outgrew Dora and especially Caillou.

#25 - I have to laugh, because I have one of those plastic chests of drawers filled with unfinished projects -- cross-stitch, scrapbooking, knitting.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Happy Anniversary!! Thanks for another 25 things about yourself. We enjoy learning more.

meggie said...

Some of the things I am sad my grandchildren will never see, are really simple things like beaches.

aliceinparis said...

I love this 25 thing meme going around. Nice to learn about people. I used to work for Stats Can too.
Cheers, Shelagh

Vanessa said...

I love that you named your dog after Hugh Laurie! He is so sexy! (Hugh, not the dog)

metro mama said...

Hope to see you again this summer.

I LOVED Little Bee. My book club's doing it in May.

Chantal said...

All good to know. I am working on my 25 now.

I HATE Max and Ruby (mostly Ruby, her voice ARGGGGG). The other day my 7 year old was asking me where their parents were... Really, WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS!

motherbumper said...

Don't get me started on Dora and Max & Ruby and don't ever ever call it drivel.

Ree said...

I'm with you on #21. ;-)

blackbird said...

Damn #4!

Mary G said...

Severe case of sheet envy here; my guy can't sleep unless he's swathed in white or beige.
With you on Dora. All the way.

Anonymous said...

Verrry interwesting....

melanie said...

I'm the same about my hair - I grow it and then cut it, grow it and then cut it. I'm actually trying to leave it long for a while and it is hard.

raino said...

stopped talking about our sex life and a professional church lady. very good list. you really do have interesting things to say about yourself. i don't think that i know myself as well as that. good for u!


Magpie said...

A secret shopper!?! Wow.

Mandy said...

Hugh Laurie... a totally underrated actor until House hit the airwaves!

Woman in a Window said...

WHY won't your kids go to Mackinac Island? Go, just go!

Ricki said...

I've been to Mackinac Island too, I bet your kids will go there some day (((hugs)))

Stomper Girl said...

Hearing you on #1 and #19!

I understand about the childhood sharing too, I live in a different state now and rarely make it back to the place I was born. Bit of a double-edged sword though, as I don't ever feel much motivation to go back. Some of my childhood beaches I
d like to show them though, one day. So they can experience warm[er] surf.