Monday, February 2, 2009

25 things (so I will stop getting tagged) about me.

Here's a little something that was going around on Facebook. I figured since I went through the trouble to type it up, I might as well be efficient and make it a blog post.

1. I think people who use their cell phones while driving are selfish and dangerous assholes. I also think that people who talk about private things on their cell phones in public places shouldn’t be offended when I offer them a sock to shove in their mouths. (yeah, I realize I just offended everyone I know but this is supposed to be things you didn’t know about me and I value my right to life and my husband’s right to life more than I value your right to chat/text while you are driving )

2. I love to dig in the dirt and work outdoors but my back doesn’t. I’ve had chronic back problems since I was a sophomore in high school. The doctor said at my first visit that I better get used to the pain because I will have to live with it for the rest of my life. She was right.

3. I always carry a knife and vintage handkerchief on me-even when I wear a dress/skirt and heels. (I have a drippy nose.)

4. Though I don’t dress like it, I love expensive high-end clothing. I also have a really good sense of style but I’m way to practical to dress the part on a day to day basis. I’m also too practical to spend the money on really expensive clothes. Everything I own/wear comes from a thrift store, is a hand me down or is from Ross/TJ Maxx and was deeply discounted ( I won’t buy it if it isn’t on clearance)

5. I hate spending money. I love saving money. You wouldn’t know it by the amount of crap I have piled on every surface in my house.

6. I am a chronic surface abuser. No flat surface is safe from my piles.

7. I am the laziest person you will ever meet.

8. I have shitty self esteem and I always assume everyone hates me and I second guess everything I say and do. I’ve tried to get over this my whole life but the best I can do is just manage my anxiety.

9. I'm a klutz. I trip, fall, slip, knock things over. You can't take me anywhere because I will embarrass you.

10. I taught myself to snowboard when I was in my mid 20’s. I also taught snowboarding-the same season I learned how to ride. It’s the only thing I’ve ever been madly passionately in love with. It’s what brought me to Utah.

11. I live a quiet, almost boring life. I will almost always chose to stay in but should I have to go out, I will dress up and put make- up on—because I never go out!!

12. I can make things with yarn. Gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, dolls. I know dozens of stitches and I have about 24 skeins of yarn and unfinished projects sitting next to my bed. I also have several hundred skeins of yard around the house and in the storage shed. It’s a sickness.

13. I used to be a series 3 licensed commodities broker. I started as temp office assistant.
I was one of 4 or 5 female brokers in an office of 75+ men. Never ever tell me that I can’t do something because I will show you otherwise.

14. I’m impatient and bitchy and totally irrational most of the time.

15. I didn’t want to get married because I didn’t want to have to share my space and life with someone. It's a good think Niel came along and made me share.

16. I have dial up internet because I’m too cheap to pay for broadband. I also have cable tv and HBO but I watch it on a 17" TV for the same reasons. (I haven’t figured it out yet either)

17. I foster shelter dogs and teach them some manners so they can get adopted. It’s really simple- I show them how to walk on a lead without pulling (at my side) , how to take food nicely and how to wait before entering a doorway or stairway. Works every time!

18. I used to live in Laguna Hills, Ca. I would spend every weekend in the winter in the mountains and every weekend in the summer/ spring at the beach. I miss the beach but I love the mountains more. I don’t miss California too much.

19. I used to have several secret fantasies they are:
a. to have the body of a Ms. Fitness competitor
b. to be able to play the guitar and sing like Ani Difranco
c. to compete in boarder cross race

20. Currently, my favorite place is the Tetons in late September/ early October. There’s just no way to describe the beauty of that park in full fall color. Add in the light, late season traffic, and that place is like heaven.

21. I used to play the bass guitar. I saved all my money when I was in jr high and with some help from my cousin bought one. I taught myself how to play it but later sold it because my then husband made me. I regret that. I have an acoustic 6 string and I know many chords and how to play it but I suck because I don’t ever practice. I always mean to practice, I always wish to practice but I’m just not driven enough (maybe you should tell me that I will never be able to play because I’m just not good enough)

22. Speaking of regrets, I only have a few…I regret not realizing my childhood dream of being a sound engineer, I regret not going to university after high school, I regret not going to University when I moved to Utah, I regret not finishing my degree when I got married in 05, I regret not actually taking the snowboard racing seriously when I was younger and I really regret not being a better mother to Hannah-I should have spent more time hugging, singing, reading and playing with her. Now, I’m to cranky and stubborn to make up for it. If I could change one of them, it would be be the last one.

23. I have no talents. Seriously. Not one.

24. I love to swim and lift weights. I don’t like to run. Hiking is tolerable only because it’s the only way to experience a national park.

25. I’m so sorry for all of you who actually read this.

oh one more, I'm worried about getting older and losing my looks (because it's always been about my looks, right?) but I think it's totally stupid that girls get all dressed up and wear heels on campus in the winter. just today, i saw a girl with knee high socks, short shorts, and heels walking up the hill to the Union. wtf?


  1. "oh one more, I'm worried about getting older and losing my looks (because it's always been about my looks, right?) "

    Freaking brilliant..glad I am not the only one that worries about stuff like this!

  2. I loved your list. And I'm glad your loving full-time student life.

  3. Basically your entire list was about your talents. You are indeed irrational.


  4. chandelle, that implies that i was bragging. not my intention at all. if that's how it came across, my apologies to all for my arrogance.

    imo, i have no talents but i do have skills. and many of them. in fact, i have tremendous confidence in my skills.


  5. No, I don't mean that you were bragging. But I am tremendously impressed at all that you accomplish and the many things that you're good at, whether you call them talents or not.

  6. chandelle, that's funny. i thing that about you, and R, and lisa and just about everyone i know too.

    it's easier to see the good stuff in other people than it is in yourself, i suppose.

  7. goodness!!1

    i can't spell and i certainly don't do a good job of editing my work.

  8. Nothing you have written up to this point has convinced me that we could be actual friends. Will you be my real friend (I don't ask lightly?) You're pretend friend, Djinn. Not to put pressure on you, you get to hate me with no bad feeling on my part (I say this in a totally loving, caring way; not meaning to be anything but clueless, understanding and, uh, clumsy; might as well know me, if I'm offering friendship.)

    Spinning moderately quickly, you know how to reach me. PS. Sparkles are always optional.

    Yr provisional (you, not me) and rather inept (me, not you) friend,


    ps. I live in Portland, very close to downtown; awesome city with much easy-to reach public transport in reach. Come visit. If you go to one of those awesome Boise snackers, you're halfway there, I'll show you around.

  9. I totally agree with you on #1. I see a lot of that around here, even though most cars are stick shift. It's bad enough with an automatic car, but how do they have any hands free to hold their cell when they drive stick? I just don't get it.

    #3 - What do you use the knife for? :)

    #8 - I never would have guessed and I can say that we have that in common. But I think my self-esteem is better now than it was about 10 years ago.

    #20 I can totally believe.

    #23 I cannot/do not believe.

  10. 3: are we talking about a pocketknife for utility, or a Croc Dundee knife for protection?

    6: How funny! We share; my wife is constantly teasing me/harassing me about my piles. She’s strange- -she think you should actually be able to see and walk on the floor.

    8: Know the feeling. Virtually anytime I talk to somebody, I afterwards am saying in my head “you ass! Why did you say X and Y? Now they’re going to think you’re an idiot, and never want anything to do with you ever again!”

    12: You and my wife should talk about this. She loves yarn crafts, and has made some very impressive afghans, mittens, stuffed animals, purses, and even a cardigan. Her biggest frustration is that she frequently buys too little yarn to finish a given project, and then when she goes to buy more, that color is no longer available. Drives her batty.

    ("Why did you go on about all that? Stupid! Now she's going to think you're some sort of obsessive stalker!")

  11. genie, did you say we can't be friends and then ask to be my real life friend?


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  13. Delete Comment From: EXCELLING AT MEDIOCRITY

    Blogger mfranti said...

    i carry the knife for its utility. how many times have you wished you had a knife to cut something when you're out and about? or just working around the house?

    maybe i live a weird life.

    derek, at least you are a nice/funny/smart stalker...

  14. Uhhh, typo typo typo typo typo. As is well known to all people that are me, if you repeat something five times (I counted three times) it counts, unless you misread, in which case it doesn't count, unless you have a parrot on your shoulder, at which points all bets are off.

    I meant, let's be friends. There. I thinks that's what I mean. No parrots involved.

  15. "could be" should read "couldn't be." Those reverse double negatives are as treacherous in real life as they are in anime ninja kung fu movies without the cool masks. Sigh.

  16. The "could be"/"couldn't be" confusion (my fault as is getting to be tiresomely tyical) occurrs in the first post of mine on this thread; not one of the later ones where I fail, somewhat less than spectacularly to make amends.

    This reminds me of a joke.

    Woman to unfortunate husband (imagine dialog LOUD) You are such a smuck you would take second place in a smuck contest.

    Signing off (permanently?)


  17. I just bought the mostest awesome ever hand-knit grey sweater, boatneck, with as far as I can tell actual Lynx (or if you prefer, Geoffrey's cat) trim; used, for twenty smacaroos. Come to Portland. No better place to thrift. Oh, and the leopard-skin pillbox hat? It's prob. nutria but dyed beautifully.

    I, too, have a deep, deep, deep, love of clothing. Deep.

  18. i saw that pillbox hat and was jealous. i don't have anything to wear it with but i love vintage clothing/accessories.

    i once came across 8 or so vintage hats from the 60's at the DI...i wish i would have bought them. i hate it when i do that.

  19. the trick to wearing vintage (like I know) is just wear the hell out of it with whatever else you have on. Forgive the swear word, but I found it to be the only possible set of appropriate letters.

    Buy vintage, wear it with the rest of your wardrobe. It's all about attitude, baby.

    You should see the amazing red sweater with a ton of bugle beads, sequins, satin lining, etc. that I just bought (prob. early 60's, late 50s) FOR ALMOST NOTHING. he stuff that everyone else hates is often the best of the best. Put it on. Be the one who decides what is in and what is out.

    I feel like Keith Richard in his Exile on Main street phase with fewer needle marks.

    Rock on. Forgive me for bragging, but WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!

    PS I'm wearing it with a chartreuse 60is dyed lace camisole' totally modest, unexpected, totally rocking.

    way too much about me and my clothes. I notice you have gritty pretty on your blog list, ask.

    Again, forgive if I sound like I'm totally bragging, because I am. But, in my defense, I've been just about to sick to get out of bed for like a year, and have gained a rather astonishing large amount of weight. Finding something I feel happening in is a cause for celebration.

    Thanks, all, for your forbearance.

  20. Thanks for the clarification about the knife. I couldn't figure out why a knife would be used for a drippy nose - and I really didn't want to try. *grin*

  21. "I have no talents. Seriously. Not one."

    You have the talent of making me smile - and that's not a bad talent. *smile*

  22. ray, i make you smile? for really real?

    that's like the best thing ever. i don't know if you know this but i have a ton of respect for you so your comments make my night.

    and i know that the sentence about my nose and knife were poorly worded but i was too lazy to go back and fix it.

    thanks for stopping by.

  23. Derek's comment on your #8 made me laugh. I just posted a whole post about people thinking I'm crazy.

    As for #2, my dad went to boston to some back specialist who gave him a bunch of exercises to do that has really helped. (the funny thing is, is that they're basically yoga)

    I'm going backwards: #1- I sometimes wish I had a sign to hold up for people who are talking on their phones while driving. Also, I'd like to throw rocks at people who speed down my street when I'm outside with my kids.


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