January 9, 2009

16 Things

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 16 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you. (or because you tagged me and I was told to tag you back...)

1. I love to organize (and re-organize) things. When I was a substitute, I even organized the desks of messy teachers. It gives me great satisfaction that everything has a place and that everything is in its place.

2. I hate to clean - organizing and cleaning are very different - but I can't stand it when my things are dirty, so I do it anyway.

3.I have major anxiety about gift-giving. I try so hard to find the perfect gifts and stress about it so much that I typically get nothing until the last minute, and then I am always disappointed in what I chose. Someday, I hope to conquer this.

4. I used to dream about being the next Oprah. I couldn't imagine a better job than hers. How fun would it be to meet all sorts of people, learn about them, learn from them and get cool gifts. Hm... doesn't sound so different from teaching! :)

5. I have a small scar on my forehead from when I had the chicken pox. I was 6, and my mom picked at it because she thought it was a zit. Clearly, 6 year-olds do not get zits.

6. My mother saved the notes she used to find in my pockets from junior high and high school and gave them to me a couple of years ago. Some of them are HILARIOUS! Others make me cringe.

7. I'm totally enthralled by anything Britney Spears. It's a sick and twisted world. (This was originally Elaine's, but I kept it because it's true.)

8. A few years ago, I ran into my 5th grade teacher at a club in Naperville and he bought me a beer. I bet he never thought that would happen. I hope I never run into my students in any clubs!

9. I think it's hilarious when people trip and fall. I simply cannot help but laugh. Don't worry, though, I laugh when I fall too (sometimes through tears).

10. On that note... I once broke my big toe and by tripping UP the stairs. It was bad. I also landed on my kneecap on the corner of the wooden stair. All of my screaming and crying convinced my dad I broke my knee and needed an ambulance. My mother, however, knows I'm a drama queen and told him to get me ice. I limped around for months. It wasn't cute.

11. My sister once pushed me down the stairs. We were playing dress up and strutting around in my mom's high heels when she tripped and fell into me. Of course, I was standing at the top of the stairs, and her "accidental" push launched me face first toward a wooden floor. I broke my hand and was the first recipient of a waterproof cast at my mom's office (she worked for an ortho at the time).

12. I used to be a Republican (Don't judge me. We can't help how we're raised.), but then I learned about how this country really works and changed my mind.

13. I'm amazing at Wii bowling! I need to get a Wii of my own because it's fantastic.

14. In college (and grad school), instead of doodling, I used to write up my bridal party and guest list for my future wedding. It seriously evolved over the years!

15. I would love to backpack around the world, but I know it will never happen. For one, when I say backpack, I really mean rolling two large suitcases behind me. Also, these types of excursions typically require stays at various youth hostels surrounded by strange, drunk people with questionable hygiene. I prefer to stay in hotels, and that gets costly.

16. I still hope to someday take an African safari. It would be amazing to see those animals up close (from a vehicle that can travel at speeds faster than any of those animals, if necessary).

I tag: anyone reading this! Yes... I mean YOU! Don't forget to share your list with me!


  1. they're not that hard to come by. and i think what really drives me crazy about this family is that they have other options - like, all day pre-school (a really good school), the mom could leave her job (she wants to, i'm not just projecting my priorities, she just WON'T do it), and at one point they had lined up two other nannies and decided to keep the one they had, even though one was SUPER good and responsible with fantastic recs. and on top of all the not taking care of the kid mess, she doesn't even clean or keep the house well. i used to leave samil there until i realized she was a nut. the kid isn't even allowed to play with her toys and if samil takes them off the shelf to play, the nanny takes them away and puts them back! it's insane.

    i think it has more to do with priorities and having a backbone to tell other people, hey look IAM your boss and you're going to do what i tell you instead of letting people walk all over you.

    phew. that was long!

  2. I'm sure all your friends would love to know about your 'adventure' on the tredmill.