Nov 19, 2009

Ten things

Amy at Wade's World gave me an award last week, and I'm just now getting around to posting about it. Thanks, Amy!

There are apparently some rules I have to follow in order to accept the award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link to their blog. (Done.)
2. Share 10 honest things about yourself. (Huh. I will attempt to do that without boring the yoga pants off all 12 people who read my blog.)
3. Present this award to 7 other whose blogs you find brilliant in design or content. (I am uncomfortable doing that to people I don't know, so it might be a shorter list than seven. We'll see.)
4. Tell those 7 people they have been awarded. (Noted.)

Here goes ... 10 honest things about myself ...

1. So when I popped over to Amy's blog and read her 10 Honest Things, she started off with a real humdinger: "We have lived in our house for 6 years now, and I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never cleaned the oven." O to the M to the G. I had no idea that was something to be ashamed of. I have been in my house for 10 years and have never cleaned my oven, either, but I would never have thought to mention it. Want to know what I do? I have aluminum foil laid in the bottom of my oven. Anything that drips, drops or splatters off of a pan, the foil catches. When it gets icky, I throw it away and replace it. I've been doing that since about 1993 (when I moved to an apartment in college), and I've never had to clean any of my ovens. That's like 16 years without cleaning an oven. SCORE!

2. I think people who don't read any blogs at all are missing out on something. I know lots of people who don't read blogs. Actually, the MAJORITY of people I know don't read blogs. And it's not like I think that every blog has something to offer ... I've visited probably hundreds that didn't inspire me to visit again. But I have found so many that brighten my day, broaden my worldview, inspire me and evoke emotion in me, and I know that I would be absolutely devastated if they were all to disappear tomorrow. Assignment America: Find a new-to-you blog that resonates with you and subscribe to it.

3. I'm terrible at math, which I think I've mentioned before. But I'm not SO bad at basic addition. I can add all the numbers between one and nine together in my head without using my fingers, EXCEPT for my Achilles heel: 8+5 = 13. I either have to start with eight and count the other five on my fingers, or I have to go 8+8-3 = 13. I do not know why my brain refuses to memorize that one little fact, but I'm 36 and I don't see myself learning it magically now.

4. I got on the boat late for a few TV comedies that now rank among my favorites. I bought them all on iTunes well after they debuted, and I'm totally hooked: The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother. Thank you, iTunes.

5. I've never seen a single episode of House or NCIS. As a matter of fact, I have a hard time remembering that Mark Harmon is even ON a current TV show. That is very unusual for someone who is basically a walking TV encyclopedia.

6. I hate pennies, but I can't stop using them. If my Chick-fil-A order comes to $4.61, I give the cashier $5.01. If it's $8.84, I give her $10.04. "Thank you for visiting Chick-fil-A." "No, thank YOU for letting me get rid of some of these PENNIES."

7. I have some SERIOUS night-blindness. It's worse in the rain. I hate driving at night because I always feel like I'm subjecting myself and my passengers to unnecessary risk. However, that feeling is not strong enough to override my Need to Control Everything nor my conviction that I am the best driver in our house, so I still insist on driving everywhere we go, even at night.

8. I am overwhelmed by large groups of people. I am much more a "small group person." I enjoy small groups of people even more than I enjoy one-on-one time with people, in general. Small groups have the potential for great storytelling and gut-busting laughter, two of my favorite things on Earth.

9. Speaking of small groups, that term is relative. A small group of people at a party might be 10 people sitting in a loose circle, and hopefully all of them can make me laugh. A small group of people at my table at a restaurant is a maximum of four. A table of six is the most I can do without feeling enormous pressure to choose the "right" seat. I want to sit in the chair that has the access to the most people -- preferably the FUNNIEST people -- which at a table of four is a moot point, at a table of six is any of the four chairs in the middle, and at a table of eight is a total crapshoot.

10. I absolutely cannot BELIEVE how blessed I am to have the family I have. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would have three beautiful boys who throw their arms around me every night and who love me with far more fervor than I am worthy. I never thought that I would have a husband who loves me so much, despite all my flaws (and despite the fact that I think and state that I am a better driver than he is), and I thank God that He put all of these people -- My People -- in my life. He is Good!

Now, I'm awarding ...

1. Patrice at The Williams Family Blog
2. Megan at Hold It Up to the Light
3. Lora Lynn at Vitafamiliae (who I don't think even reads my blog so I don't know how she'll find out about this)
4. I'm a Mom!? at The Incoherent Ramblings of a Stay-at-Home Mom (and a language warning if you happen to pop over there)


Anonymous said...

Yes, "How I Met Your Mother" is THE best sitcome on TV right now - although this season has been less than stellar with Barney and Robin hooked up. This past week was SO much better now that Barney is single again. At the end of every show, my DH and I have to say "Can you believe that Neil Patrick Harris is gay in real life?" because he does such a good job of being a sleaze bag on the show!

Do you watch Glee? That is my second fave show!


Wade's World said...

Great list! One question: If you are bad at math (like I am) how int he world do you pull off #6? I would just completely blank out and totally embarrass myself.

And House is amazing. I love it!

Rachel said...

I love Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. Thanks for sharing your list.

Sarah T. said...

You are definitely the best driver in your house, not that Grayson's much competition. That one time he was driving me around downtown Atlanta, I thought we were going to die. Running red lights (slowly, because he couldn't tell if it was red or not, so he'd run it by creeping across the intersection, which is WORSE), going the wrong way on one-way was scary.

RLR said...

Enjoyed these! I'm also horrible at math, but I'm really good at fractions (go figure). And that 8+5 thing gets me every time. I have to do 8+4+1.
I think nickels are the biggest waste, monetarily speaking. They weigh SO MUCH more than a dime, but are only worth half as much. HOW did that happen?
From someone completely on the outside, you do have a lovely family!
And, I don't clean my oven, either. My hubby does. Guess I've got a lovely family, too!
Congrats on the award!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Susan, YES I watch Glee! I love it! My patience is running short with both of the pregnancy storylines, but I love everything else about it.

Amy, I DO NOT KNOW. All I can say is, I can do the penny thing with my eyes closed. I am a freak of nature.

Rachel, Sheldon is one of the best things on TV right now. I could watch him all day.

SET, I'm sure Grayson will appreciate that sentiment.

Ryan Leigh, I'm all for banning nickels, too. Really ALL loose change. I'd almost rather pay a dollar for a 60-cent item and just say "Keep the change, sucka!"

Patrice said...

Um, what? You are supposed to clean your oven? Or if not, your supposed to put foil down?

Dang it. The Man always finds a way to get me down.

Jonah is scheduled for surgery on WED which means we'll be in the hospital over Thanksgiving, but he's eating MUCH better today (19 ounces already!), so if he stays stable like this, we'll postpone until after Thanksgiving. So start praying now! We already spent Easter in the hospital. I'm not so excited about the thought of Thanksgiving there too.

Eat, Jonah, EAT!

Love ya,

Jennifer Juniper said...

Not cleaning my oven??? Not even on my radar! And I feel sorry for people who never read blogs! It's such a great, fun thing!

My fave comedy is The Office. Man, is that show funny!

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