My blog-free week was hugely successful. It was hard for me not to hop around blog-land to see what was going on, but I resisted! I did swing by the blogs of my real-life girlfriends, but that doesn’t count… :o
In the end, my self-imposed restriction was highly motivating. I missed you guys and couldn’t wait to finish my taxes !
Now I’m back at it and quite behind in lots of other things (as a result of that dreaded paperwork). So in the interest of getting to know eachother, I thought I’d share this with you. It was written a year or two ago and because nothing has changed, I’m posting it as-is. I really didn’t find it hard to write, and could probably go on to list another 25 things… but not today.
1. People say I’m creative. I’m an ideas person. This is why I’m great at starting things and horrible at the follow-through. (Case in point, I started this list over a week ago!)
2. I loathe forms, applications, anything that requires me to fill in the blanks… paperwork of any sort actually. It’s amazing my kids got birth certificates. (April 2010 addendum: My taxes are DONE and just awaiting input from my accountant. Yay for me!)
3. However… I am a compulsive list maker. I make them, sometimes the same ones over and over again, so I can experience the satisfaction of checking things off. (I only made this list once, even though it took me a while.) :S
4. I homeschool my kids because I see so many advantages to it. All the disadvantages have to do with me having less time to do other things I want to do – but so far, it’s a sacrifice I’m prepared to make.
5. I simply adore my husband and I LOVE the way he loves me. Putting him before the kids is really best for our whole family… You can’t build a house on sand.
6. I can’t even look at a picture of a snake, but can pick up spiders or bait a hook without issue.
7. I am frustrated by the level of unnecessary medical intervention that exists today and think that Naturopaths and Midwives are immensely underrated.
8. I don’t care a whole heck of a lot about what other people think of me. Some people find that off-putting. I find it freeing.
9. I love music – all kinds of it (okay, not polka and not speed-metal) and would like to learn piano and guitar someday.
10. I cry at almost anything. A good song, any wedding (fiction or not), a sweet commercial, a golden sunset, a beautiful hymn. Christmas carols put me right over the edge.
11. I try very hard not to over-schedule my kids. I believe they learn, grow and enjoy more when they can just… BE.
12. I used to be more organized and aspire to be organized again… someday. I can’t visit a department store without checking out the latest selection of containers/ baskets/ bins/ sorting/ organization tools in anticipation of this eventual goal.
13. Many moons ago, I loved the New Kids. I’m okay with that. Twenty years later, and now that they’ve resurfaced, I still think Donnie’s the best one.
14. I can’t stand poor table manners, and feel like I’m constantly telling my kids to chew with their mouths closed.
15. I love to get creative in the kitchen, esp. when D and I are cooking in there together with a great bottle of wine. I really appreciate food.
16. I think people who put themselves before others have got it all back-asswards and are missing out on the biggest joys in life. That’s sad.
17. I look forward to retirement so I can spend even more time with D (hopefully sailing and enjoying a dilapidated old farmhouse in the South of France).
18. I long to live like Western Europeans: Enjoy life. Eat well. Don’t work too hard. Take naps. Celebrate life with a good wine. Slow down. Sigh… this is why we want to spend our retirement there.
19. I have always challenged the status quo because I think God gave us brains and instinct for a reason.
20. I love to camp and want to do more of it now that I’m home with the kids.
21. Mia Farrow is my hero. If I had the resources she did, I’d have a gaggle of kids too! We’ll settle for a half-gaggle instead.
22. I’m fine with my children being a lot of things, but disrespectful is not one of them.
23. My entire childhood and much in to my teens, I wanted to become a writer. After that, I daydreamed about becoming a midwife. But then after G was born, I realized I’d just be an emotional wreck and of absolutely no help to my clients.
24. I have a lot of tools – power tools, hand tools and belt to match. I love home fix-it projects, even though I’m not particularly good at them. When our budget can afford it, I like to hire someone to do the work with me, so I can do parts of the job, stay on top of them to make sure it’s done to my satisfaction, while learning something at the same time.
25. I have an unshakeable work ethic, which is sometimes a good thing – many times not. I always bite off more than I can chew (there’s that “ideas person” again).
And the bonus number, 26: I am grateful to God for all the blessings in my life… and not afraid to say it out loud.