Ten Surprising Things-revised

I was tagged by Megan at Heart of Monica and Some How, Some Way, Some Day (Thanks!) so here are 10 surprising things about me.

1. I went to Catholic school until 5th grade. I wanted to leave because a new elementary school was being built right by my house. I was going for free by that point, so my mom gave into the pressure since that bothered my dad anyway. I didn't like it at all and wanted to go back, but that wasn't an option. I attended my Catholic classes' eighth grade graduation and bawled that I wasn't part of it all.

2. I love organization! Office supplies and post its make me giddy, as dorky as that sounds. I make great lists, but often lose them before I get to the store! I just downloaded a post it ap on my cell phone and my desktop is already covered with them! I am so excited it won't lose its stick and get lost (as long as I don't lose my phone!)

3. I have a beef against wearing makeup, but I still wear eyeliner. I feel like the more you wear, the more you get used to it and then you don't feel right without it-I just don't want to be that way. I was never one with a gift for applying it anyway.

4. I have horrible vision. I have had 5 or so eye surgeries for a lazy eye and though the appearance has improved, I can't see out of both eyes at the same time. As a result, I have no depth perception and am a complete clutz. Gas perm contacts work great for me and I can drive fine, but I avoid areas I don't know at night or bad weather, construction, etc.

5. I don't consider myself girly and def not high maintenance.  I don't like to shop. I wear minimal jewerly (no earrings, etc) and what I do wear is the same everyday (wedding ring, watch, and necklace). I have no gift for doing hair or coordinating outfits.  I can be out the door two seconds from waking up.  It could be that I should just look in the mirror more often, or gain more skill in these areas, but I don't bother! :)

6. I died my hair green in high school and got my naval pierced at 16 when it first became popular. I went with my sister and used her id (though no one really cared). I had it repierced once and wore a tasteful one up until March of 2008 when I started showing with Charlie. I never wore one again. It looks incredibly ridiculous all stretched out! Oddly enough, I wasn't really that wild of a child and never used a fake id for any other purpose.

8. I have a crazy sweet tooth!  I love to bake and can make a mean chocolate chip cookie. I love peanut m&m's (and peanut butter m&ms and almond m&m's) and all things chocolate...I can put away a pound of m&m's with the best of them!

9. My masters is in autism. I have a passion for understanding behavior and how people respond to certain situations fascinates me.

10. I have relatively poor knowledge of the Catholic faith, though I taught religion with my mom from 11-15 and had my own class at 15 untinl 21.  I never would teach higher than fourth grade.  I learn everyday from all of you and that helps make it less of an overwhelming task to start from such ground zero!

11. I am an early riser. Ideally I go to bed at 10:30pm and wake at 7am. I do not even try to stay up all night (with the recent dissertation exception), or even late, and I am very grateful dh and I are on the same sleep schedule. It makes life easier.  Whenever he is out of town, I am up way too late on the internet though!

12. I am a doer, or a busy body, or however you want to term it. You get the point. I am the one who can't just watch tv, but is folding laundry too.

13. I am not crafty. I can't sew. I can't even really cut straight with scissors. I don't really desire to do these things except when I pay too much for items I know someone could easily throw together.

14. I am not a great cook. Dinner for the week involves take out, leftovers, grilled cheese with lunch meat, dh eats popcorn for meals...I do a lot of short cuts . I have a few fabulous appetizers I can throw together for a party. I can read directions. Other than that, I am in trouble. Most often our grilled cheeses are burnt. Dh is patient and easy, thankfully!

15. I hate popcorn. And Chipoltle. Gasp. Yes, I said it.

16. I have wanted to be a mom since the day I was born. I used to feel guilty telling my mom I felt like a fake in school so long because I really just wanted to be a mom more than anything. I used to love on my sisters' bellies and talk to their babies so much I was told I needed to back away or the baby would know me and not their own mothers. I was able to peel away so they didn't have to get physical. :)

17. I love quotes and have them plastered everywhere.

18.  I could lay in the sun forever. When I was young I was the girl with white hair and black skin! I could go from the pool to searing myself on hot concrete and I loved it. I could lay in the sun for hours (next to a pool), just getting in occasionally to cool off. Heaven.

19. Dh and I are pretty affectionate.  We don't need our own space and it isn't unheard of for us to sit in the same chair, share a twin bed or whatever.  We hold hands and are silly.  We have lots of nicknames for each other.  We both stink at singing and don't know all the words to songs, but it doesn't stop us.  Charlie is following suit.  He sings with us, dances with us, and insists we kiss him on the lips and never can give him a hug or a kiss without the other! :)

20. I could never name just ten things!  I am a talker by nature! :)  I spend too much time on my phone, email, texting, and my computer (including blogs). It is my guilty pleasure, and dh is usually calling me to please come to bed. I lose track of time there easily.

I tag:
Alive in Hope
Kaitlin at More like Mary, More like Me
Second Chances
Waiting for Baby Blondie and
Awaiting a Child of God :)


Leila @ Little Catholic Bubble said...

#5 could be me!!!

I would have to say that #10 can't be true... you are very knowledgable!!!! :)

Megan said...

I love this meme! It is so much fun getting to know everyone on a deeper level. I love how Lauren said that we were filling in the gaps! So true! :)
I am not a jewelry person either. I like it, but I am often too lazy to mess with it! I wear my diamond studs and my wedding rings every day, but that's about it!

Ann - Building a Nest said...

#10 - I feel the same way. I told my husband I wasn't Catholic enough for some of these blogs because I feel so ignorant. He (a convert) is far more knowledgeable than I am.

How is the dissertation going?

Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

I got to # 12 and thought...wait a minute!!! I should have done that. I published my 10 things and then kept thinking of more "better" things that I "should" have shared! ALAS!!!!

I know just what you mean RE jewelry and make-up. I wear bronzer, mascara and lipstick every day. My jewelry alternates between gold and silver, but otherwise it's always the same. Gold = diamond studs and Navy Wings necklace and gold watch- Silver = hoops, cross necklace and silver watch. Sometimes I go crazy with a beaded neckless or such. :)

You hate popcorn????? WHAT????? I could eat my weight in popcorn- but only homemade, airpopped and saturated with butter and salt.

I love #19!!!!

Second Chances said...

You are such an interesting person! I don't even know if I can come up with 10 things...but I'll try :)

Grace in my Heart said...

Ohh, it was great to read 20 things! Thanks for sharing!

My Vocation is Love said...

I didn't know it was possible to hate chipotle!!!

And I'm the same way with TV. I love watching TV but I have to be folding laundry, cooking, making lists, "studying" or something.. I can't just sit there!

Tridentine Wife said...

Haha I love your list and oh yes to the peanut m&ms, although with this pg they are not on my list :( And not liking chipotle is a criminal offense, you should be thrown in jail!

allyouwhohope said...

I hate Chipotle too! And I wish I could roll out of bed and be ready in two minutes. I'm way too high maintenance, and envious of those natural beauties like you!