Me TimeApril 5, 2010 at 11:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 24 Comments
It’s time … for a little me time. I wonder if I can do it.
Because when Justine tagged me to share 10 things about myself, I thought: Fun! And then: Is it possible to say 10 whole things about me? All the things I first came up with were really about my precious kiddos. Because they are me, and I am them, and some days it’s tricky to separate the two. (This is why I bop to nursery rhymes.)
So. Me. Time. A challenge. But a fun one. Better than a solo trip to Target. Almost as good as a lazy Saturday on the couch with a good book. And made just the tiniest bit easier with a bowl full of Cadburys within reach.
1. I am a creature of habit.
I get the same thing at Starbucks. I eat out at the same places. I watch the same movie over and over and over. I went through a Pretty in Pink phase in college, wherein my roommate would come back from class every day at 2 p.m. and find me doing homework while Andie and Blane worked to find a détente between the “richies” and the poor kids. All semester long. With Bun, it’s been One Fine Day. Every night. As I try to fall asleep. (How my husband tolerates this little habit of mine, I’m still not sure.)
2. I love rain.
The grayer, cloudier, drizzlier it is, the happier I am. There’s just something about a good thunderstorm that’s like a soothing balm for my frayed soul. Perhaps because I can stay inside and get away with it …
3. I love sleep.
One of my husband’s nicknames for me is 12-12. Because my body prefers to function for 12 hours, then sleep for 12 hours. It’s my steady state, my strange Circadian rhythm. I was the kid whose parents had to wake her up on Christmas morning because I loved sleep more than Santa. (Sadly, my offspring seem not to have inherited this trait.)
4. I am crafty.
I have mad skills with a glue-gun. Also with markers, paint, and googly eyes. I love to make Halloween costumes and birthday cards and diaper cakes. I have a huge box of craft stuff taking up space that could be used for more useful things like, say, Christmas lights or drill bits. And although my husband doesn’t necessarily understand why I need pipe cleaners in 13 colors, he occasionally dips into the box himself to help Lollipop and Giggles make something for Mommy. Bless him.
5. I am crafty. But.
I do not know how to use a sewing machine. The very word “bobbin” makes my heart palpitate. The one thing I can sew is a button, and that’s gotten me pretty far in life. I think I’ll stop there.
6. I’m a lefty.
A Southpaw. And proud of it. I was the only lefty in my third-grade class, and my teacher “taught” me cursive by having me trace the penmanship book on transparency paper. (Oh, sweet overhead projectors!) I hated the smudges the pens left on my hand, but my cursive is pretty darn perfect. Also, I secretly, desperately, hope one of my kiddos ends up a lefty. Because it’s fun. It’s different. And people are always saying to me, “I’ve never seen anyone write like that.”
7. I run.
Not fast. But I’m out there. I like it because it’s me racing against me. Against my last time. Against all the anxiety in my head. Against the physical stress I sometimes let take over my body. I lace up my shoes (Asics or New Balance only, please), hit the concrete, feel the endorphins kick in, and let it all melt away.
8. I’ve read every Jane Austen novel.
When Husband and I backpacked across Europe, we were constantly on the lookout for good, cheap books in English. Jane Austen’s oeuvre fit the bill, so I devoured each one. In general, though, I tend to read fluff. When I finally find time to sit down and plow through a book, I want something easy, happy, fun. My current favorite authors? Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanovich, Emily Giffin, and Nora Roberts. Excellent beach reads, if anyone is looking.
9. I keep score.
At baseball games. BB, WP, K, L8, RBI … I’ve got the lingo down. And I can’t wait to teach this rapidly fading cultural art to my children.
10. But I hate keeping score.
Anything that requires me to compete against you, I’d rather not, thanks. During college football season or the Olympics or anything that could be described as “fierce competition,” I have to wait till it’s over, Google the results, then watch the game/match/event. Also, I adore Scrabble. But when I play, I want everyone to use up all their tiles so we all win. (Yea!) And then we can hold hands and sing Kumbayah around the campfire with our s’mores.
Now that I’ve got you craving marshmallows and adding Molly Ringwald classics to your Netflix queue, what’s something interesting about you? Do you love rain, or is that just me? What’s your best Scrabble word ever?