Friday, September 4, 2009

10 things about me

at Cafe Du Monde last year, doing what I do best:
Eatin stuff and drinkin coffee.

(btw, that's powdered sugar, not foam. if you've eaten
a beignet there, you'll know.)


Some unweird and also totally weird stuff you may not know about me.
  1. I'm turning 40 this year. Wow. I said it. But I still can't believe it.
  2. I still have trouble telling right from left. I figure at this point, it is pretty much hopeless.
  3. I am a teensy tiny bit of a perfectionist, at times. Or you perhaps did know this about me.
  4. I'm not good in a crisis. If it is mine, that is. If it is yours, I'm very businesslike.
  5. I don't watch the news.
  6. I have unexplainable reservations about getting flu shots. I've never gotten one. My dad is pelting me with swine flu propaganda right now.
  7. I fantasize a lot about hiring a live-in Alice-like housekeeper.
  8. I love a stick shift, and actually prefer that to an automatic. However, I can't parallel park to save my life.
  9. I have a pathological hatred of mosquitoes. At night if someone holds my front door open to say a lengthy goodbye, all I can think about is 'crud, they are letting in a bunch of blood sucking mosquitoes.'
  10. I've never cleaned my sewing machine. Or behind my stove or washer. And I'm ok with that.
Ok! Now that you've peered into my soul, I'm going to take a week-long blog hiatus. I'll see y'all after next week.

P.S. If there were a number 11, it might be: A pet peeve of mine is when someone (usually an actor) uses "y'all" to address only one person. It's plural. You all.

37 comments:

  1. You're hysterical! I'd love an Alice like housekeeper too. Entertainment and live in help? Sign me up.

    I kind of like the austerity of 40. Thirty something is so not rounded like 40 at least in my little OCD mind LOL. Like thirty nine is just not-quite-forty.

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  2. haha.... I don't clean behind my appliances either. Or in my cabinets. I just like the places I see to be neat.

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  3. I am almost certain that we are identical twins! Except that I'm good with the right and left; it's east and west that trip me up. And I can parallel park, as long as the car is a Miata (or smaller.)

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  4. I have trouble with my right and my left too! People think I'm crazy when I try to give them directions.

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  5. Your list could be mine, aside from the being 40, which it is hop skip and a jump away for me, and watching the news... which I really shouldn't do. Trust me, you aren't missing anything except maybe a sleepless night.

    I love your list, thanks for sharing :)

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  6. your great, i don't watch the news, can't tell my left from my right, and I wouldn't get a flu vaccination if someone payed me, (those things are dangerous, reading a great book right now about vaccinations check out my blog for the title if interested). House keeper, oh so very tempting, since I have four under 7, the youngest 10 months.

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  7. Dear Larissa,

    great! When I read through your list I can say I'm 100% with you in a few points (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

    And whenever I hear a mosquito in my bedroom I am turning on the light and look for it until I found it! Last time it was 3 o'clock and my husband was not amused but fortunately he is a great one and I love him even more for not being mad with me because of that and because of your number 2 - I always knock on the window when he's driving and I want to tell him he should go... ehhhhhm.... right! When the navigation system (I hardly ever use due to that) says left you can be sure I'm going right!

    Kind regards Nina

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  8. Ok, you are like my long lost sister or something.. I'm feelin ya on everything..well, except for #8.. I hate a stick and an automatic for that matter..prefer a chauffeur :). I Love your blog too!! very cute and fun.

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  9. LOL I haven't cleaned behind my fridge, stove and washer since we moved in almost 2 yrs ago and I'm not going to start now :)

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  10. You good and honest folks, I'm feeling the sisterhood. I'm truly glad to know there are others who have trouble with left and right. I endure a lot of ridicule on that one from He Who Professes To Love Me As I Am.

    Marielle, thanks for trying to make 40 sound preferable to 39. I'm getting there.

    Megan, I'm intrigued on the vaccinations info. I'll check it out.

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  11. Too funny :D I love to drive a stick shift too, although I don't and I can't parallel park either. If there isn't a spot to pull in or a parking lot, I will just go home!

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  12. Wow! Except for the fact I am one year younger, we could be twins.

    Except for the fact I love fresh ground nutmeg in my coffee more than powdered sugar. ;)

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  13. Apparently I have several long lost twins out there.

    Tuppence, oh no no no no. The powdered sugar residue is from devouring some Cafe Du Monde beignets, which are piled so high with powdered sugar they look like miniature Alps. I take cream and regular sugar in my joe. Also not averse to nutmeg. So if you also like to eat fattening sweets with your coffee, I guess we ARE twins a year apart.

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  14. Love your blog! I too never watch the news, nor read newspapers. nor can i tell left from right! Love coffee too. fun stuff!

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  15. I'm there with you on a lot of those too. The only time I've ever had the flu was about a month after my first (and last) flu shot. Not gonna do that again.
    And, uh, I'm one of those people who can't drive a stick shift - 17 years later and my dad still won't let me live down the "lessons". People, I'm telling you I can't "feel it" when I'm working the clutch!!

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  16. Ok, I was right up there with you on almost of your '10 things about me', but you should have left number 11 off, grin. Y'll is singular the south, All y'all is plural.

    And if you really want to know who won the Civil War, it was the south, anyone knows that, my reasoning is the saying "if you can't beat them, join them" and at the rate northeners are moving to southern states, it's pure logic that the south won, grin. (And I was a northerner, married a southerner and love it here.)

    As to cleaning behind appliances, I am not moving something heavier than me just to get rid of a few dust bunnies, as long as they leave me alone, I'll leave them alone, grin.

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  17. A little freaked out that we have 8 out of ten in common. I had to get my mom and new fridge this week and was HORRIFIED when they moved her twenty year fridge from the wall. The two guys looked at me and said, "We can wait if you want to mop that up or something..." and I put a wet rag on the end of her broom to try and dent through the layers of whatever lived under there. Made sure that I stayed the full distance of the broom away in case I made it angry.

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  18. Sarah, it IS tricky learning to drive with a clutch. Clutches are very different between cars too, some are a LOT easier. Like our Civic for instance. Back in the day, my husband's chick magnet car was a Pontiac Firebird and I'm telling you the clutch on that thing was weighted with an anvil.

    Barbara, we'll have to agree to disagree on the y'all thing. It will always mean more than one person to me, and my parents are both from Alabamy. Yeehaw!

    Kristi, you are hysterical. Thanks for the laugh. I actually have cleaned behind my fridge a couple of times, but only when my husband has fixed the ice maker, compressor, etcetera...

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  19. I tell people that I know right and left if I think of it in terms of driving -- "get into the Left Turn Lane" and "Right on Red." Other than that, I'm helpless.

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  20. I always have to hold my hand up to see which way is left. Your thumb and pointer finger make an "L" on your left hand. So there you go. . . I'm another hopeless case for left and right directions. I'm glad to know I'm in good company.

    I'm with Megan on the vaccination thing. Scary stuff that they are doing and not properly testing b/c of the whole H1N1 scare.

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  21. Oooh! Oooh! I've got one. #11 - I cannot open a processed food package properly to save my life.

    This is fun!

    My "y'all" pet peeve: when a Southerner, who should know better, spells it "ya'll". Come on, people! (No, you didn't, so no need to check.)

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  22. mmm...Cafe du Monde... Good times. Aren't you due for another beignet and cafe au lait soon, Missy?

    If you wait too long, you may have to settle for coconut juice...

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  23. Robyn, I'd prefer you to make your OWN list instead of adding more freaky stuff that you know about ME. My list could be endless and it would start to weird people out. :-)

    Yes, I'd love a cafe au lait with you, more than coconut juice for sure. I'll bring a coffee maker if I miss the deadline. :-)

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  24. Yeah! I am not alone- i will turn forty next july! i can do the left/right , but telling time is so hard, I still count 5-10-15.... and I found out that my messiness , is BECAUSE I am such of a perfectionist( wanting the perfect storage, perfect block of time, etc...).

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  25. I can't do left and right either, and I am 42! Which isn't so bad at all - way better than 32. I have a lot less insecurities: You don't like me the way I am? Your problem.

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  26. Forty isn't bad!! I just arrived the other month. It's the month's leading up to the day that's bad- once it arrives, it's like, "Really?! No difference."

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  27. Your blog is really really nice!! I've become one of your followers!

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  28. hahahaha! That is a great list, and very surprisingly most of it would be my own!! Very uncanny!

    The husband is forever making jokes about my having to think about which way is right or left.

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  29. I just found your blog, and I love it! I think you're great and I love your ideas :) Thanks Larissa!

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  30. I totally panic when it comes to left and right. I know that my left hand makes the L and I write with my right, but still, I screw them up all the time! It's comforting to know I am not the only one!

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  31. Fantastic list! I never got a flu shot either and I hate cleaning behind appliances! See you next week!

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  32. I don't need to read the list, just knowing there is another 40ish woman out there that LOVES Word Girl is enough to know you are a good egg.

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  33. bombilla and igail, welcome! and thank you.

    it's becoming so clear to me that there are a LOT of left and right challenged, but otherwise cool chicks out there.

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  34. Thanks for sharing...you're so funny! I have mosquito phobia too...they like me too much. I sometimes practically slam the door in guests faces when they leave so the critters don't get in, LOL!

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  35. Deb, I have been very close to actually shooing people out so I can close the door. I have to really squash the impulse. Mosquitoes consider me a rare delicacy, and the bites get huge and last for weeks.

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  36. Hi, I'm new to your blog and loving your random list of 10 things, probably because I can relate to a few of them. I've visited your # 1 last year...I'm feeling better about it now. I'm with you on # 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 - I really, really hate mosquitoes.

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  37. duckyhouse, welcome! I thought you guys were going to think I was a freak and half after reading this, but instead I found a lot of kindred spirits! :-)

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