Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Finally, I Get To Write About Myself

Karen MEG from A Day In The Life tagged me to do a meme I have been wanting to do for a while. I have been reading Karen MEG's blog for about a month and I really enjoy it. She is a funny and creative writer and you should go visit her.

7 Random Things About Myself
1. There are songs that I am unable to listen to without crying. 'Weekend In New England' by Barry Manilow, 'Shannon' by Henry Gross, 'Memories' by Barbara Streisand, 'The Winner Takes it All' by ABBA, 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' by Bonnie Tyler and All By Myself by Eric Carmen. Fortunately these songs are never played on the Radio Stations I listen to, and if I happen to come to one on a CD, I can easily skip over it. It is unfortunate however, if I am grocery shopping or in an elevator and one of these songs starts playing. I have to pretend there is something in my eye.
2.I won't eat home-made canned foods because I have a fear of Botulism. I have never known anyone that had Botulism poisoning and I have not ever had it, but I fear it would be fatal if I did. I will eat cheese from a can.
3. I recently purchased a 'Social Distortion' T-shirt for MYSELF, and I got all tingly with excitement when I did. I love the questionable looks I get from the more conservative moms when I wear it.
4.I have naturally curly hair and I get annoyed when people ask me if I have a perm. My husband tells me it is like a perm but more like "a week after you got a perm". Having curly big hair was a blessing in the '80's, now, I wish my hair was straight and shiny without a hint of curl. Of course if it was, I probably would want wavy hair. I try to straighten it when I have time, but no matter what products I use in it, the hair won't stay straight. I know it is silly to get offended by this question, but sometimes people will ask me more than once, as if they don't believe me.
5.I don't like gardening. I have tried it many many times, mostly before I had kids and wanted to spend quality time with hus. After I had each child I would make an excuse for not helping in the gardens "Well, who's going to watch the kids?" Finally I admitted to my hus that I don't like gardening and he just laughed and told me he already knew that. He told me he understood that I don't get the same kind of good feeling he does while gardening, like when I write or do an art project. I do enjoy having gardens though, especially flower gardens.
6.I change the price tags on certain items I buy. This is sort of a running joke between my hus and I. He will change the price on a bottle of wine to make it more expensive and I will change the price tag on my hair products and other things to make them less expensive. I scared my husband last week though, when I changed a small handbags price to make it more expensive, just to see if he noticed. He already assumed that I spent a lot on it because I bought it in Manchester Vt. The stores in Manchester are almost all expensive designer outlets. The bag was $14.00 marked down to $7.00. I changed the tag to read $14o.oo marked down to $70.00. Heh heh, I loved seeing the look on his face when he asked if I spent that much on a bag I would use once just for a wedding. If I really had spent that much, which is my own choice, I would have just taken the tag off altogether!
7. I had a job selling balloon bouquets once. I loved the job, it was fun and easy work. I was living in California at the time and I sold balloons to a few celebrities such as Adam Ant, Phil Collins and two different General Hospital stars whose names I don't know. I eventually got fired because I could never seem to get there on time. I didn't have a vehicle at the time and I constantly missed the bus!

Thanksgiving update: Unfortunately grandma didn't say "Phenomenal" once, the B*TCH! I didn't feel like drinking too much anyways as alcohol seems to just make me tired lately. I did however take Xanax which helped me not yell at grandma. She did repeat "at least they have their health" or I am thankful we all have "our health" over and over. So my husband made me laugh several times by saying "at least they have their health" at any opportunity that arose like when were watching the news and something dreadful happened to someone like their house burnt down. It was a fun time had by all!


Sara said...

Sounds like you had a good Thanksgiving!

Girl, I have thick, curly hair too! I finally grew it out. I wash it once a week, let it air dry in a braid. Then, the next day I take a flat iron and straighten it! I get tired of people asking if my hair is a wig, seriously they have!

Anonymous said...

As someone with absolutely straight, no tiny smidge of wave at all, hair, I envy the curls. Maybe we could do a Freaky Friday hair swap for a month or so just to give it a try.

I would not admit this to many people, but I have a Barry Manilow greatest hits CD and I LOVE "Weekend in New England"!

Gina said...

I love "Weekend in New England!" I have a very soft spot for Barry.

Anonymous said...

I have stick straight hair, and I'd kill for just a bit of wave, or for big bouncy curls. The thing that bugs me most about my hair, though, is when people ask me about the color. Yes, it's natural. No, I've NEVER EVER colored it NOT EVEN ONCE. No, I'm not making that up. No, really. IT'S NATURAL.

I feel your pain.

Oh, and I own Barry Manilow's Greatest Hits, too...

Kellan said...

I loved the price tag thing - now why didn't I ever think of that?

Family Adventure said...

Heidi, the price tag thing is hilarious! :)

I, being cursed with straight, straight, straight hair, cannot fathom why anyone would not love their curly hair. But being surrounded with family members with crazy curly hair, I have come to realize it is not quite as heavenly as I used to think. Except deep down inside I still think it's 'kinda' heavenly. You know...the grass is always greener and all that.

Good meme! Heidi

Anne said...

I love that y'all change the prices on things... thats a good idea! As far as the hair goes.. the grass is ALWAYS greener on the other side of the fence. My niece who has very curly hair feels the same way, still its beautiful and i'm jealous.

Anonymous said...

you are such a clever writer and always make my day brighter. thank you. hope you are having a wonderful day.

Karen MEG said...

Thanks for playing!!! That is sooo funny about the price tags. You are a smart cookie!
I get teared up over certain songs too ... but not Musak so much :). You are absolutely hilarious! And "Social Distortion" - you rock, mama!

Lainey-Paney said...

I have naturally confused hair.
Stringy on top, but will curl with a diffuser.
Wavy in the middle.
Ringlets underneath.

So, I blowdry it straight most of the time.

....um, but nobody told me that the Josie Bissett look (at the height of Melrose Place) would not do well on a naturally curly head of hair. I looked so stupid & it was too short to straighten.

Yeah...naturally curly hair can be limiting.
but, curls really never go out of style.

speaking of curly hair---you know what curly hair I love???? The mom from "Meet The Parents". Perm? Naturally Curly? i don't know, but for some reason---I love her hair.