June 12, 2012

Seven random facts

Bean over at Just Plodding Along nominated me for a One Lovely Blog award, but more importantly, I'm pretty sure she promised we could run together one day. She lives in Arizona so it might take a while to coordinate, but let's do it. Also, she runs a half marathon a day (practically), and I trust her movie recommendations. That is a big deal in my world. You all know the friends who recommend movies and you just have to avert your eyes to the ground when they swear it's awesome.


So now I get to tell you seven random facts about myself. I'll try to avoid all random facts involving poop, but just so you know, my mind immediately goes there.

1. Ever since I started running, I stopped wearing open-toed shoes to church because running has warped my feet. I'm too lazy to paint my toenails, plus for about four months I didn't have a toenail on my right big toe. My right little toe is always half black. I keep expecting it to fall off, but it never has. It doesn't hurt ever; it's just black. I wear flip flops everywhere else, but there is too much quiet, stare-at-your-feet time at church for me to handle it.

You don't want to see what funkiness lies inside of these shoes. 

2. We are clothes steamers not ironers. We recently upgraded to a Jiffy steamer, and I have never been happier as I get dressed. A lot of this stems from the fact that I am horrible at folding clothes immediately after they exit the dryer, so we have a lot of wrinkly clothes up in here.

3. After season finales of TV shows, I experience an odd amount of sadness. Luckily So You Think You Can Dance exists, or the summer would be an utter TV failure for me. Last summer, I got to go to a taping of SYTYCD with my sister in LA. We cheered our butts off and made the most exaggerated facial expressions possible to try and get on TV so our mom could see us. It didn't exactly work, but we got gift cards for being so enthusiastic. The day we went was a vote-off episode, and it was surprisingly depressing at the end. The audience just had to get up and awkwardly slink out while all of the contestants were crying and hugging in the front of the studio.

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4. Holding tiny babies does not appeal to me like it does to some people. I love kids, but I don't crave holding or snuggling infants. I have no problem holding my own children when they are babies, but it's not a magic serum, just a necessary part of baby life. My favorite stage of kid-hood is when they can start communicating their funny little kid thoughts to you in words. That's when the fun begins. Recently, I've learned that my three-year-old twins think about zombies and ninjas constantly.

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5. I've always, always, always dreamed of being a contestant on Survivor. Yes, I still watch it. Yes, I know I'm the only one. It just never gets old for me. I even had the board game that I bought at a yard sale, never played (because, surprise, no one wanted to play with me), but kept for eight years anyway. Finally when we moved last year, I was able to part with it (and part of my soul).

Survivor: the place for ITL. Immunity challenge, tan, laze around.

6. If I weren't full-time momming, I would want to be a diplomat, and I would be working on filling up every spot in a passport. So after my kids grow up, I'm going to work on the second part of that.

7. When I get nervous when I'm talking to someone, I triple blink. That's why it's much less awkward for us to have an online relationship. No triple blinks for you to stare at and wonder what's making me so nervous. Also, I bite my fingernails when I'm sitting around and worrying about something.

What's one random fact about you? 


Are you a baby holder?


What's your nervous habit?

23 comments:

  1. Awesome random facts! That's cool that you went to a SYTYCD taping! And I secretly love Survivor as well. Don't tell anyone!

    I am not a baby holder. Why do people always give you a dirty look when they ask if you want to hold their baby and you say no. LOL I usually just say my hands are dirty to avoid the awkwardness, but there have only ever been 4 babies that I've wanted to hold. My 2 sons and my 2 nephews. The rest I'll admire from afar.

    I don't think that I have any nervous habits. Does that make me weird?

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    1. So if we were all neighbors we could have a Survivor finale party! Every season, I ask people if they want to, and they look down at their shoes and mumble something about being busy.

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  3. I also do not like the itty-bitty baby stage. My sister loves when they are that "witto" but frankly, it freaks me out. I didn't know what do with my son the first time I held him. I prefer babies with some chubs.

    Don't know if you were watching SYTYCD a few seasons ago, but one of the contestants, Kupono, was my neighbor growing up (though he is much younger than I am). He was even awesome as a toddler (and everyone in his family is crazy beautiful).

    When I am nervous but excited about something, I have a strange impulse to moo. I have NO IDEA WHY. I usually don't moo, even when I'm alone, but the impulse is still there (ok, so sometimes I do moo quietly to myself).

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    1. You are hilarious! I think I'm going to add that one to my nervous habits just because it's fun. And a good way to fill in awkward silences. That's so cool that you know Kupono!!! I just googled it to remember who he was, and we totally loved him!

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  4. Congrats on the nomination!! That's super cool! I read Bean's blog, she's in Tucson and I'm in PHX. One day maybe we'll run in the same race. Would be cool to meet her...and you!! :-)

    I don't do the baby holding thing either. I only hold babies of my closest friends. I really like this age with my daughter - 7, 8, 9. She is way too funny for her own good. I'm really enjoying this time with her right now.

    Random fact about me - I'm actually very shy until I get to know someone. I can't just walk in to a party and be the life of the event. Although, once you get to know me, chances are you will forget that I was once shy!

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    1. I love Bean! I will be jealous when you guys are out racing together in AZ, though I did make it out there for one race last year (IMS Arizona that I won an entry to from Skinny Runner) -- so a triple-threat meet up could happen. My brother-in-law and family live in Gilbert.

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    2. Yes! I vote for triple threat!

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  5. Lol I avoided sandals for a while there too. 2 black toe nails that fell off (ok I admit that I helped them bc I was so sick of looking at them) and well then they just looked worse. I'm not a baby lover either. I'm sure I'll feel different with my own kids but frankly I feel like a moron communicating with babies. I cannot do the funny sounds/faces without feeling retarded.

    Umm nervous habit... I guess I have trouble breathing on rare occasions. I rarely get nervous though so I dunno.

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    1. There comes a point in every failing toenails life when it just has to get ripped the heck off!:)

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  6. Don't worry, I still watch Survivor too even though the contestants get stupider and stupider (is that a word?) I guess a nervous habit would be kicking my leg up and down when my legs are crossed. I also find myself holding my breath sometimes, so I try to remind myself to take deep breaths when I'm nervous. Weird I know:)

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  7. I am not a baby holder either. I much prefer the stage we are in now...with communication and independence. I am not a pregnant belly person either. I didn't have a belly but I am sure not going to touch someone's pregnant belly. Being around pregnant people kinda makes me nervous. I guess its cause I don't understand. who knows.

    I just got hooked into netflix. I love period pieces and have queued lots of movies and shows to keep me busy until primetime starts back up in the fall.

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  8. Fun post!

    One random fact about me .... I speak German... Is that random?

    I am partially a baby holder.... I loved my kids and holding them, although since my first only EVER wanted to be held, I found myself wasting a lot of time convincing her that she could be put down and survive. Looking back, I wish I had just held her. :/ I don't ask normally to hold other people's babies, because I don't know how they feel about that, but if they offer I don't turn it down.

    My nervous habit is humming... If people make me nervous, I tend not to do it, but if I am in a situation that makes me nervous, I hum quietly to myself.

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    1. I love that you speak German! My maiden name is Stout, so I feel almost obligated to try and learn German at some point because of my heritage.

      Humming seems like a very pleasant nervous habit -- like it might actually calm you down if you did it.

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  9. Ummm I loooooove SYTYCD. I'm really jealous you got to see it taped. I decided after being around a baby all day friday and being baby barfed on (like A LOT, all over, very smelly) I think I like the cute toddler age where they say funny things... but who knows. I'm not that experienced yet.

    When I'm nervous I eat. And crave sweets.

    ps- missed you this morning!

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    1. I know! Amory decided he needed gym time, so I couldn't go.:( How was it? I saw they had one at night too. Sounds kind of miserably hot, but I might try to make it to that one at some point. Are you going again?

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  10. Survivor watcher here! Every season since it started. Not really enjoying it any longer, but can't pull myself away. What good company you are in, if I do say so myself.

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    1. Exactly! What happened to the good old days when they had to eat bugs and actually try and find water sources and scrounge for food. Lately, their island life is so cush. But I still can't get enough of it.:)

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  11. I am so like #1. Wow runners have bad toes. My poor little toes are black and blue because I always forget to cut my nails. Then we wont even talk about the fact I lost my first toe nail last month!!! Why do I run again?? Oh yea I love the medals!!!

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    1. I wish we could melt our medals down into fake toenails, like platinum grills (for teeth).

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  12. Yes to running together! No to open toe shoes. I now have to get pedicures during the summer here. I just felt too bad about people having to look at my talon feet of death. And newborns are like screaming, pooping loafs of bread. I have no idea what to do with them and they terrify me since they are so helpless. Love your fun facts!

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    1. Seriously, stop, you are cracking me up. I'm stealing "talon feet of death" and "screaming, pooping loafs of bread." Done, stolen. I love it.

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