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06 April 2008

More that you never wanted to know.

I'm it! I've been tagged, again. (Which by the way, should be pronounced like Forrest says it when he says he got to meet the President of the United States again.) My (real-life) friend Daphne at The Bayou Belles and Their Beau hit me this time. Thanks Daphne. These come in handy when I don't have any other, you know, material. I can always talk about me. I mean, that's why y'all come here right? To feed my narcissism? Well y'all are swell. And I am most certainly obliged.

Anywho, these are the rules, but since I fancy myself a bit of a rebel, I probably won't follow all of these. Because that's how I roll people.
That is how I roll.

The Rules:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I always keep my toe nails polished (Should toenails be one word? It kind of looks better that way. The word toe looks funny standing alone.). Anyway, I keep them polished. Like a poodle. Even when I was big and pregnant like a rolly polly, I polished them puppies. I can't stand to look at my feet "naked". It's more than my girly heart can bear. Or bare. Whichever.
2. I speak French. Now now, don't get all excited. And don't corner me in the hall at church and try to carry on a conversation. It ain't gonna happen.
Here are some of my favorite French words though, and their translations in case you're in the mood to get your learn on.
ballet - balance
plié - folded
(You knew they'd be here, didn't you?)
le pamplemousse - grapefruit
la parapluie - umbrella
coneille - mischevious
Impressive huh? So yeah. I'm bilingual. I think it's a sign of genius.
That's what ma mama said.
3. If I make a sandwich and I add cheese, I always put the cheese on the mayonnaise side rather than the mustard. I don't like the way they look together, and it seems like the cheese is always more slippery on the mustard side... always trying to escape my sandwich. However, if someone else makes my sandwich I don't even care. I'm only neurotic when I'm in charge of the layering.
4. When I was younger, probably around the middle school years, I decided I wanted to be an Oceanographer when I grew up. I was inspired by all of the Jacques Cousteau books we had. I'd look at those books all the time, completely taken in by the beautiful photography. I felt pretty certain that that's what I wanted to do with my life. Be an underwater photographer/oceanographer. And then one day it dawned on me... the deep end of the pool strikes terror in my heart, how would I survive the vast expanse of ocean? Surely my heart would attack me to death. A career under water would never suit me. Nope. Oceanographer is not a viable career option. And from that day until this I've floundered. What to do? What to do?
5. I have greater than, less than confusion. The best way I've found to remember which is which is to think of this great t-shirt, that reads Math Camp > Regular Camp. Honestly, I'm not at all sure how that helps because I've always been a miserable math student. In my mind the shirt is a lie. But if I'm ever back in college and the memory of that shirt finally boosts me out of remedials, I'll buy it and wear it proud.
6. Two of my all-time favorite books are:
* The Thesaurus
* Inside Out by Larry Crabb. You can read great reviews on Amazon. Last I checked there are 9 reviews of this book, all giving it five stars. I think that's remarkable. What they have to say is much better than what my tired, feeble brain can articulate tonight. I will say this though. I read it over a year ago and it is still wrecking the way I look at what it means to be a Christian. In a very good way. It has left the strongest impact on me - more than any other book I've ever read, barring the Bible. It is not a cliché when I say it is life-changing. I can't wait to read it again!
So, Thesaurus, Inside Out - Both of these books are indispensible. And indescribably brilliant!
7. I'm somewhat of a slacker. I tend to get to the end of something and leave it undone for quite some time.
I shuffle my piles of papers together into a neat pile, preparing them for a more permanent home, and then leave them alone for weeks. Or sometimes months.
Or I set the treadmill to run 3 miles, then talk myself into quitting after 2.5. I think I may be afraid of success, because then I'll be left without my excuses. And my reasons why I Can't. People will expect things from me. And I'll be expected to deliver. And to keep delivering.
So when I see myself doing it, if I feel up to it, I make an effort to push past that point, because I really do feel better about myself when I've completed something. I wrestle because I have to weigh which is better: comfort or accomplishment. And because I have a penchant towards laziness, comfort often wins.
But I'm not without hope. God is truly changing me from glory to glory, from the inside out. So, no need to despair.

Now. I've tagged people before and I don't like to inundate people with these sorts of things, so I'll see if I can think of some new ones. Probably won't be 7, but I am Queen here. I got clout. I reign Supreme, and so what I say goes. Ahem, where was I?
Oh.
Yeah. 7 seems high - so I'll see what I can do.
And listen, just so we're clear, if I tag you and you totally don't want to do this? Well then, use your clout and throw some weight around. You make the rules. :)
1. Tonja - Sisters don't come any better than this! You can check her out at Raising Eagles. I suggest you give her a visit. She's very insightful and fun. I love her. ;) You'll like her too.
2. Fay - my new friend from Red River Interiors. I think one of Fay's spiritual giftings is encouragement. That's why she's my new BFF. (Hey Fay!!)
3. Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee. Linda is a hoot! I love visiting her! She makes me laugh and she's a doll. Go on over and see what she's got brewin'.
4. Missy of It's Almost Naptime. I love her blog because I feel like we have a lot in common. We're both surrounded by shorty's so I draw from her experiences a lot. Plus I just like her. I struck that out because Missy asked to pass on this one. Go visit her anyway because she's precious!
5. Kristin at Life's Moments - My 2nd sister-in-law; she recently started her own blog. It's sweeping the nation, the blogging.

10 people love me:

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

And I ADORE you but I want you to put someone else there. Because I got this meme like a month ago. And I got it again 2 wks ago and I have been trying to come up with 7 more random things about me but because I blab blab blab every day on my blog, um, i am out of fresh randomness.

Like, I am kinda bored with my own self, and you, fellow narcissist, know how rare THAT happens.

Or maybe I should start a new meme. Hmmmmmm.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

rareLY that happens. Oh, I used an adj instead of an adv - my head is hung low.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

3 - you need therapy. I mean, duh, you need professional help.

4 - Ok, this made me laugh because I went thru this stage in my "what the heck do I want to do with my life" 20s where I decided I wanted to be a midwife. And I looked into it, checked out schools, was gonna meet with one, etc. And then I had this startling epiphany that there is NO WAY in HADES I would ever give birth without an epidural. And a home birth? Oh, disGUST. All that blood and guts on my wedding registry sheets? UhUH. So, I figured I would probably not make a real good midwife, you know?

7 - I want to check out this book now. I think you would also love New Way to be Human - it is on my cool new bookshelf.

xo good night

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Thanks for participating! I'm with you on the toenails. I feel the same.

It's funny that you tagged Missy because she's one of my daily reads. Love her blog. Two great minds like the same blogs! I've also been reading Linda's too lately.

By the way, you looked gorgeous at church Sunday. Loved the dress. I don't know if I told you that or not.
Talk to you soon!

Tonja said...

this one might have to wait 'til i can think of ANYTHING else besides this drama :P
and so I can actually think of some things to say...you may have to help me :)

Linda said...

Je parle Francais un peu, aussi! Ou est la musee?

I do the same sandwich thing.

I love that t-shirt. Just saw it today.

I am now cracking up at your plea for comments above this box, "They [comments] are the wind in my sails!" I'm passing some wind along to you now. You're welcome. I will try to do this meme soon.

Mike said...

Math camp is greater than regular camp? Love it.


Mike
http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com/

marina said...

enjoyed your post!!and I do think toenail is now word ,marina

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Ok, did anyone besides me laugh when Linda said she was passing wind? teeheehee teeheehee

Jodie said...

Missy, I did!!