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25 Things

There is a chain letter floating through my friends on Facebook called 25 Random Things. The point is to create a new note and tell a person 25 things about yourself. I've done this once and my note is on my Facebook page, but for those who don't have Facebook, and for the gazillion other things I have thought of after posting the note, I'm creating a new one here.

In no particular order, here are 25 things about me. 

1- I use the dictionary on my computer every day. I use it to be sure I spell words correctly. I use it to show people nonprofit is one word, not two, and not with a hyphen (all acording to my Oxford American Dictionary). It not only gives me the dictionary definition, but also provides me with a thesaurus of the word following the definition. I use the thesaurus just about as much as I do the dictionary. In case you are wondering, the synonyms for thesaurus include: wordfinder, wordbook, synonym dictionary.

2- I own a KitchenAid Mixer. It is a very nice mixer, a solid product, it usually works well, but I don't think it is the best mixer on the market. Notice I said mixer. I can only compare this as a mixer, not as a pasta maker, meat grinder, or vegetable strainer, only a mixer. My biggest complaint is that I have to turn off the mixer, lift the beater and then I can add my ingredients. I have to do this for each ingredient I want to add (after mixing of course). My second complaint is the wisking tool seems to always leave some sort of unmixed egg white in the bottom of the bowl. It doesn't matter if I whip my egg whites as stiff as a board, there is unbeaten whites in the bottom of my bowl. I will never get rid of this mixer, especially since it was given to me as a gift from my mother-in-law, but I think if you are mixer shopping, there are better mixers on the market. My mom has her Sunbeam Mixer she probably got when she got married. It's gold in color and my sister broke the glass bowl when we were kids. My mom had to get a stainless steel bowl to replace it. I remember my mom being upset about the stainless steel bowl. She was upset because you could put the glass bowl in the microwave but not the new metal bowl. The KitchenAid doesn't even offer a glass bowl! Anyhow, the Sunbeam mixer is much better than the KitchenAid because the Sunbeam has a feature to slide the bowl to the side. This moves the beaters from the center of the bowl to one side, allowing you to pour things in while beating and scrape the sides while the mixer is running. Such a lovely feature I wish the KitchenAid would adopt.

3-I have a tremendous fear that my marriage will fail because of infidelity. So much that I think my husband and I need to "work on" our marriage while it is going well. I don't want to wait until things get sour for us to try to mend it. I read all sorts of successful marriage articles on the internet and most recently, I suggested we take part in Dr. Phil's 14 days of Loving with Honesty to make our relationship stronger.

4- I think one of the hardest things to buy for a person is a card. There are hundreds, probably thousands of cards to choose from and you had to pick just one to wish a person happy birthday, anniversary, congratulations, thank you, I'm sorry, hang in there, I'm thinking of you, etc. Sometimes I think buying a card is harder than buying a gift! Then after you have the card, you have to sign, seal and deliver it! I truly appreciate cards.

5-I don't like stickers on cars or price tags items. I never stick things to my cars and I always peel price tags off products I purchase. Recently my dad called me out on this obsession. I started to peel a price tag off of something and he said, "There you go, you have to take the sticker off of it. You've always done it ever since you were a kid." And it's true. I sometimes peel them off of the box of cereal, but I usually leave them on food items. I will peel them off the bottom of a candle, a candle I intend to burn, a sticker on the bottom that no one will see, but I still peel it off.

6- My family has incredible health (knock on wood). I have 2 grandmas, who are both in the 80s and live in their own home, drive their own cars and take care of themselves. I have a great aunt who is also in her 80s, lives in her own home, drives her own car and she clogs!

7-I knock on wood. A lot. If wood is not available, I knock on plastic, or metal or glass. If I'm in my car and the wood is "fake" I knock on fake wood. If I think something, I knock on wood. If I say something, I knock on wood. I'm chicken when it comes to tempting fate.

8-I've always wanted to get married in Fiji. I didn't get married in Fiji, but my husband says we will go there for our 10th anniversary. I hope its a long trip, say 10-14 days. And maybe by then I'll learn to scuba dive so we can enjoy some of the beautiful reefs in the South Pacific. 

9-I didn't pass the reading part of my high school proficiency exam. I passed the math and science and writing, but not the reading. I don't like to read anything longer than a magazine article. I rarely get into any fiction books (non fiction is a bit easier) I just fall asleep while reading them. At one time I thought i should read more books and I began checking them out at the library. I'd return them after 2 weeks and I wouldn't even be half way through the book. On the flip side, I love children's books. I have a small collection that is rapidly growing thanks to the great selection at the dollar store.

10-I love having a garden. I am going to plant one again this year. I wish I had strawberry and raspberry plants, too, but I am very chicken about buying them. I think I will kill them and not be able to keep up on the weeding. 

11-I stole a bowing ball once. From a bowling alley. It wasn't a "house ball" but a person's ball they had donated to the bowling alley. It is dark pink with some white swirls. I call it Strawberry.

12-I love grilled cheese and tomato soup, steaks and red potatoes, mashed potatoes with butter, anything chocolate (white, dark and milk), and white milk. 

13- I like things done my way. If I need someone to do something for me, I show them how to do it, and I don't like it when they don't follow my way. I believe my husband will agree with me 100%.

14- I like to research items before I buy them. I surf the internet, email friends, or talk to professionals. For example, the Dyson vacuum. I will never own one because after talking to a vacuum store person (that sells Dyson) there are better vacuums on the market for the same price.

15- I love dogs. I have never had a dog as a child, but my sister and I always wanted one. Both of us have dogs. I cannot imagine my life without one. Any size will do, but I prefer those with short hair. I cannot understand why a person would buy a dog from a breeder. There are so many dogs "out there" the need homes. Many of them are purebred dogs and many of them are not. Some of the cutest dogs are those that are a mix of breeds.

16- I wish I could give more to charities. I wish I could donate monthly to Last Chance Rescue, Women's Resource Center, Salvation Army, United Way, and any other charity that comes my way and needs money. If I had all the money in the world, I would donate regularly to these organizations and help volunteer.

17- I make all sorts of lists and then I toss them in my purse, and re-write the lists. I believe I have a touch of OCD and a desire to organize. I make things messy so I can rearrange and reorganize the area. 

18-I like to eat my spaghetti o's at room temperature. 

19- I've never had a broken bone, but I cut my flexor tendon on my right pinkie finger. I waited a week or two to go to the doctor. I realized I had a problem when I typed. I was unable to get my pinkie finger to the top rows of keys. The tip of my finger wouldn't bend! I had to have surgery and four months of physical therapy. If you are wondering how it happened, it was a kitchen accident, I was cooking and trying to pry apapart frozen spare ribs with a table knife. My hand slid down and cut the tendon. I now have a pretty sweet zig zag scar.

20- One in a while, I get the urge to write a paper. I have this desire to go to the library and scour over the internet for hours searching for information on random topics. I don't act upon this craving.

21- I am extremely critical of my own work. I always think I can do better. It doesn't matter if it is a personal project or if it is a work project.

22- For a long time, I thought I would only get married if I found the right guy and he gave me a ring, with one diamond that was 2.5 carats. My current husband voiced his thought on getting married and I would repeatedly tell him one diamond needed to be 2.5 carats. Then I agreed to settle for 2 carats. I didn't get one "that big" but I think the one I got is pretty sweet and the guy is even sweeter.

23- I am hoping this summer I learn to drive my VW Bug by myself. I'm just so iffy on the stick shift driving. 

24-  When I was younger I decided I wanted to be a plastic surgeon. Not because I wanted to be a doctor, but because I knew that is where the growth was going. Some days I wish I would have done something in the medical field.

25- I want to be a man for a week, and for one week be myself with what I consider my ideal body, taller, smaller bust, darker hair (and eyebrows!), plumper lips, and of course, "lighter".


In response to #10 - Yesterday, when I was feeding Rebecca her homemade organic baby food, I told her maybe this summer I would make her fresh vegetables from the garden! I have never planted a garden, but always wanted to. So I told her that her Aunt Kari could come over and teach her Mommy how to plant a beautiful garden! And I told her she could pull the weeds while she learned to crawl.

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