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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

There. I did it. Are you happy now?

I have been tagged on Facebook a hundred times. For true. If I get one more "It's YOUR turn to write 25 Random Things About Yourself" email, I will vomit up my Cadbury Cream Egg. Here is my experiment to see if people will stop tagging me: actually do the stupid thing. So, here on both my blog and Facebook page are 25 pickin' Random Things About Me.

1. I have grey hair. A lot of it. If I don’t color my hair at least once every 2 months, the grey starts to become easily visible on the side of my head. It sucks. I hate coloring my hair myself (don’t even ask me how many towels are stained because of my Loreal adventures) and I REALLY hate dishing out $200 every other month to get it done professionally. Grey hair is dumb and expensive.

2. I am a passionate egalitarian. Some would describe me as feminist, and although I embrace that label, I much prefer a term that includes equality. I get hot under my unpressed collar every time women’s issues come up. I ardently believe in equality within marriage, within the church, within the workforce, within pretty much everything. If I had unlimited funds and time, I would go back to school for my Masters degree in Women’s Studies. I would love every inch of reading and discussion!

3. I was so scared of fire and of burning myself, that I didn’t independently light a match until I was in my 20s.

4. I love watching political commentary shows on Sunday morning. I get dressed for church to the words of George Stephanopolus (now that Tim Russert is gone and “Meet The Press” sucks monkey’s balls). The Canadian political shows come on after church starts, so I am fairly Americanized in this regard. I seriously smile before going to sleep on Saturday night, in anticipation of drinking coffee while watching a good round table discussion.

5. I am a bit anal about cleaning. Messiness registers as chaos in my brain, so I’m just a much nicer (and coherent) person when I’m in a decluttered, tidy space. I don’t think I’m an OCD cleaner, but I do have an obsession with corners. I hate dust and dirt in baseboard corners. I’m also a real stickler when it comes to bathroom cleanliness. My dream would be for someone in our house to pee sitting down, but until that happens, I will scrub the toilet and the floor surrounding it, every other day. Now, I *do* find that cupboards and closests are outside the clean equation. Mine are messy as all get-out. Ha!

6. I love milk. I could drink a gallon every few days if I’d let myself.

7. I wear inappropriate footwear a lot. I don’t even own a pair of boots and I live in Canada. I seriously wear flip flops until the tips of my toes turn gangrenous from frost bite. Actually, the big toe on my left foot has no feeling because of “the frostbite incident” in 1988. I was in 6th grade and we were waiting for the Olympic Torch to pass through our town (the Olympics were in Canada that year). I wore these tight pink Converse sneakers because they looked COOL. So cool, in fact, that my toe froze for good. So, see, I have an Olympic battle scar too!

8. I secretly love dressing Ellie up in froo-froo dresses. Like wedding-flower-girl-ish dresses. Pains me to admit it, but it’s true. Just wait till you see the dress I just bought her for Easter!

9. I could eat a family sized container of Cole Slaw from KFC as my meal. Best. Coleslaw. Ever.

10. I could be an gun control lobbyist. I am more passionate about women’s rights, but gun control would be a close second or third (I’m a pretty passionate person!). I hate guns. I wish it were against the law for anyone (other than law enforcement) living in city limits to own a gun.

11. I don’t drink a lot of carbonated beverages. Soft drinks are NOT my guilty pleasure. Now, sweet tea, THAT’s a diet-breaker. Carbonated drinks give me heartburn.

12. I am a terrible car passenger. Eight or so years ago, Richie and I were in an accident. Richard was driving and it wasn’t his fault. It wasn’t necessarily a BAD wreck, but I had to go for chiropractic treatments for a few months. The worst part of it, though, was how it seemed to traumatize me. I am ALWAYS nervous in a car, waiting for the next accident to happen. I realize I’m annoying, but I don’t know how to change it. Medication, maybe?

13. I miss Texas every day. When we lived in Texas, I missed Canada every day. I have SEVERE “grass is greener” disorder.

14. I am a big believer in Affirmative Action. Perhaps one day, when the percentage of the population living under the poverty line is less than 50% African American, I may be persuaded to eliminate Affirmative Action. Until then, however, I have no problem balancing the playing field a little bit. I know that I was born with privilege simply because of my parent’s skin color. That’s not fair. AA makes it a little less unfair.

15. I’m not an animal lover. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m an animal HATER, but I would be more than content to be pet-less for the rest of our lives. Richard and I actually had a dog during our first year of marriage. It ended up breaking my heart, because we had to put him down. I’m not sure I want to deal with that heart-ache again. I also like the freedom that pet-less-ness affords.

16. I have won many a farting contest. Just ask the girls in my youth group. Or Richie.

17. I love Lean Cuisine Thai Chicken Pasta. I eat one at least once per week for lunch. It reminds me a little bit of my favourite dish of all time: Thai “peanut butter” pasta at Cheesecake Factory (with angel hair noodles). See number 13. We don’t have a Cheesecake Factory in our current neck of the woods.

18. Ellie cries every night when we put her to bed. Sometimes it’s for 1 minute; sometimes it’s for 20 minutes. She’s done it since the day she was born. I don’t even notice it anymore. Well, I *do* notice it when we have people over and I get paranoid that they’ll be calling CFS to report us. My conclusion is that Ellie just needs to get it out at the end of the day, and her way of emotional release is through crying.

19. I played ringette all the way up to 9th grade. What is ringette, you ask? It’s pretty much hockey. Back in my day, girls weren’t really allowed to play hockey yet, so they played ringette (a ring replaced the puck, hence the name). There was no fighting or body checking allowed. But, man, was I a verbal goon. I was nasty. Truly. If anyone reading this played ringette against me, accept my apology for dissing your mama, making fun of your flat chest, and spitting in your face.

20. I love luxurious bedding. I am a stickler for down comforters and for sheet sets over the thread count of 600.

21. I no longer drink flavoured coffee. Guess that phase is done. I’m just a dry roast, half-and-half cream kinda girl now.

22. I really, really, really, really wish my uterus worked.

23. It’s only been a few weeks, but I’m already missing football in a major way. Of course, I miss college ball the most, but I also love me some NFL. I think I will always be a Cowboys fan, after living in Dallas for seven years. They’re always good for a laugh, especially with Jerry Jones at the helm.

24. I hate talking on the phone. For this reason, I love my answering machine. I don’t know what it is, but I would much rather send you a 5-page email (do emails have pages?) than answer your phone call.

25. We’re selling pizzas for our missions trip fundraiser. Wanna buy some?


Laurel said...

So you finally gave in...

One question - Are the pizzas Yellow Sub?

peitricia mae said...

See, you totally could have avoided this...

(Not that I mind. Although I do feel a bit compromised in my Facebook-sponsored enjoyment right now.)

ellen :) said...

Hey there, girl.... I feel very ashamed that I haven't talked to you in FOREVER!! First of all, that Ellie is THE sweetest thing! I LOVE the video of her walking!! Go girl! :)
And... i thought of you tonight because Sammy and I were watching his newest fave show (Wheel of FOrtune) and there was a woman on from Alabama and the last thing she said in her intro to Pat Sajak was "ROLL TIDE!" :) Couldn't NOT think of you!! :)
Great to hear you all are doing well....
don't know if you have my blog address... Sammy's getting too big for his own good! ;)