Tuesday, June 5, 2012

152 insights into my soul

Part I (not sure where I'm going with this but it's been in the works for months...and by "in the works" I mean floating around in my head at night while I should be sleeping)

You can lump it or leave it (like my grandma used to say...or some other old person I know but I'm pretty sure it was my grandma).

And the picture has nothing to do with anything. I just think it's cute.

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1. I like to have the volume setting on the tv to be an even number or a multiple of 5.

2. I felt embarrassed when I was pregnant with Cate. I was an old lady (34 is practically ancient right?). I thought people were staring at me and wondering why that old lady was pregnant.

3. I don't like it when the dishtowel hanging on my stove handle is crooked.

4. I hate gardening. I hate touching the dirt. I hate wearing garden gloves because then I can't really feel what I'm doing. Nobody has planted our garden yet. I planted petunias in the front yard and that's as far as I'm getting this year.

5. I didn't pump gas until I was 23.

6. I learned to drive on a stick shift. I took my driving test that way too.

7. We used to call the back part of the station wagon the "back of the back." That was the best place to ride. Mom would sometimes yell back at us to duck. I guess when we passed a police car. I don't know. It was scary and fun. You know what those crossover cars are? Station wagons with a few more seat belts.

8. I had a gerbil named Gloria. When she died, my dad said she was just old. I don't think she was. I believed him though. I don't remember being sad about it.

9. I don't like to eat fish. Or smell it for that matter.

10. I don't like to go fishing.

11. I went fishing with my dad once for a Girl Scout activity. We caught a fish. I wasn't happy about it. I remember being very upset when my dad was cleaning it in our backyard that evening. He was sitting there scraping the scales off with a knife. I wouldn't eat any of it.

12. I don't like blueberry pie. I don't like most kinds of fruity pie.

13. I don't like getting syrup on my scrambled eggs if I'm eating pancakes on the same plate. I rarely ever eat pancakes but I still don't like the syrup to touch anything but their intended target. Syrup on bacon is a tragedy.

14. I don't mind going to the store without makeup on.

15. I don't mind going to the store before I've showered.

16. Cilantro makes me gag. Even the teeny tiniest piece.

17. I wasn't happy about the lady at the Miami airport telling me that I shouldn't let Cate crawl around because the floors are very dirty. REALLY? Duh. I'd be happy if my almost 18 month old daughter would learn how to walk already but she didn't.

18. I used to want to be a brain surgeon when I grew up. That all changed after I took AP Biology my senior year.

19. I decided to be an elementary school teacher after I got accepted to college and realized I had to register for classes.

20. Grandma had to buy a new phone so I could register for classes. The rotary phone wasn't going to cut it. No internet registration back in 1991.

21. I think my sense of humor is misunderstood sometimes.

22. I think my shyness is misunderstood sometimes.

23. I don't like guacamole. It looks like green puke. I don't like hummus either. Too stinky.

24. I don't like it when people write "could of been" instead of "could have been."

25. I enjoyed learning about diagramming sentences in my seventh grade English class. I got quite good at it. I think that has never come in handy in my life though.

26. I scored a 5 out of 5 on the AP English test.

27. I scored a 2 out of 5 on the AP Calculus test.

28. Sometimes I wonder if I would like to have my head shaved.

29. I used to bite my nails.

30. I don't like butterscotch.

31. I don't like listening to people write on the chalkboard.

32. I don't like writing on the chalkboard.

33. I don't like yard sales. They make me feel poor.

34. I try to park in the same spot every time I go to the store. If the store has numbered rows (like Walmart does) I write the number on my hand.

35. I peel off the label on my Chapstick tube.

36. I don't usually listen to music in the car. It's too noisy and distracting and one kids likes it and the other doesn't and it's just not worth it.

37. I don't like using the first drive-up window at the bank. Too close to the lady behind the glass. I might as well just go inside.

38. I hate buffets. Cafeterias are possibly worse than buffets.

39. I hate the self checkout at the grocery store.

40. I don't like it when the kitchen faucet has drops of water on it. Especially when I don't catch it and they dry all spotty.

41. I have a hard time being happy for people who have what I want. Which means a lot of the time I'm not happy for people. This is a hard one. I'm working on it.

42. I almost always use the handicap stall in public restrooms. Then I worry that a person will come in who actually needs to use it and I'm in there because it's nice and roomy. Then they'll give me a dirty look when I come out and they realize I don't have any special needs, I just like a roomy stall. And this is even when I don't have my kids with me. Everyone knows that kids in the restroom with you warrants the use of the big stall.

43. I've never given a baby a bath in the kitchen sink. That just seems disgusting to me.

44. I can't eat taco soup since the time I ate it at the church Halloween party and then was up puking taco soup all night. Puke doesn't taste good but taco soup puke is especially painful. It burns. Real bad. No more taco soup for me. Ever.

45. I have nice handwriting. Or is it called penmanship? I know I have nice handwriting because lots of people have told me so. And I believe them. I'm pretty good at writing on the chalkboard even though it gives me the willies to do so.


Marisa said...

Blasphemy! Syrup on bacon is delicious.

I have many more comments to make, but I have a busy day and really should be getting to school. I shall return for more this evening.

debra said...

Wow. Very interesting, in a good way. I don't think I could come up with that many things about myself. Maybe I should start a list.

Bronco P3t3 said...

Really, we just watched this movie- "You've got Mail". NY152... Great insight into your life!

Marisa said...

I'm back! I love this post, by the way. I love learning the little quirks that make people interesting.

1. Yes, I do that, too.
4. I get dirt under my fingernails even when wearing gardening gloves. What's up with that?
5. I was 22 when I first pumped gas. Oregon doesn't allow it!
7. We also called it "back of the back," and "the way back." Good times.
14/15. I once went to the store all grubby and ran into an ex-boyfriend. I won't make that mistake again.
18. I wanted to be an architect when I grew up, but when I learned it was a 5 year program, I majored in Psychology instead. I was so short-sighted.
20. I wonder if they still include the disclaimer that you can't register from a rotary phone? I know people still have them.
21. My sense of humor is frequently misunderstood. I've lost friends because of it. :(
22. Mine too! People think I'm mean or snobby, but I'm really just shy. :(
24. I have a million of those.
39. I used to do the self-checkout when I was by myself (no kids). But then kids were with me often enough that I got out of the habit. Plus if something rings up wrong, I have to ask for help. Shyness makes that difficult.
42. Yeah, it's really only ok to do that if you have kids with you.
45. I have decent handwriting, but I can't write on a chalkboard worth beans.

I love this! I'm totally going to copy you and post my own list.

Sell...Party Of 5 said...

I HATE FISH, and this is why I love you.

Arlene said...

I wish you would write a book!