A Few Odd, Assorted Things


“Tag” has been making the rounds. I’ve been double tagged — by Luna and Chicklet.

The rules:
1) Link to the person who tagged you (I did above).
2) Post the rules.
3) Share six non-important things / habits / quirks about yourself.
4) Tag at least three people.
5) Make sure the people you tagged KNOW you tagged them by commenting what you did.

Based on what I’ve been reading around the blogosphere, I’ve got some serious competition. Here we go:

1) I’ve been to Hell at least twice. I can document two of the times because I have photo evidence of the visits, but I’m convinced I’ve had my passport stamped more often. Compliments of infertility, I’ve had the sleepless nights and tortured thoughts to prove it.

2) Starting about the time I was 13 I developed a mad, mad crush on Clark Gable. I read everything I could find about him and watched every movie he was in — one of my faves being It Happened One Night. I had a life-size poster of him on the back of my bedroom door. I dreamed about marrying him. I did in a sense — my dh could be his alter ego. Tall, dark and handsome…

3) On the subject of movies, I’m happiest in a movie theater in the back row with no one around me (except my squeeze, of course). I just can’t relax and lose myself in a movie when someone is sitting directly in front of me, or worse yet talking or eating loudly. Why is it that some people treat public places like their living room?

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4) And another thing I can’t understand and find positively annoying is when people name their children after cities and states (malls and parks are starting to sound like train stations with parent’s yelling out: Austin, Madison, Orlando, Carson!) Even more pretentious is when they assign last names as first names or change the spelling of their kid’s name. Why would anyone saddle their tykes with spelling their name every single time someone needs to write it down. The worst I’ve seen yet — and this is a double offense — a last name as first name with a goofy spelling: Kenadi. (I want a dollar for every time that one is misspelled — might comes close to recouping the money we spent on infertility treatments).

5) In the “get the straight jacket out” category, long before there was The Truman Show or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Reality TV shows, I’ve been convinced at times that I was starring in my own movie. Yep. I’d even imagine the theme music. The first time it happened I was about 19 walking across the University of Michigan campus. It was likely right after I saw The Big Chill. I’m not as crazy as you think. There’s a book called, “Life: The Movie.” It’s an interesting read.

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6) I don’t iron. I just don’t. Fortunately, my husband does.

I’m going to tag Ellen, Becky and Rachel.

I was going to add the caveat that my next sentence falls in the TMI category, but on second thought it seems positively harmless compared to the details I’ve read on other blogs: I’m off to get my annual mammogram.


14 Responses

  1. Kami

    February 13, 2008 4:36 pm

    I don’t think starring in your own movie is so odd. I have often thought it would be cool to have a small, yet powerful speaker system built into a jacket (or something) so that you could play appropriate theme music to go along with what is going on in your life.

  2. Jenna

    February 13, 2008 5:16 pm

    Nice to know more about you. Yes, I’d say that the things I read on other people’s blogs make me look like such a prude!

    You go get that mammy with pride!

  3. MLO

    February 13, 2008 6:08 pm

    #5? By any chance were you walking across the Quad during summer? Hrm?

    And, Hell, MI I expected, but Hell, Bahamas? Wow. They really do run the same names every so many miles… ::shakes head::

    As to #6 – this is why sweaters and jersey knits were invented. Pants get wrinkled once they are on, so why bother? (My Mom is the ironing nut – she even irons jeans…)

  4. chicklet

    February 13, 2008 9:41 pm

    I leave ironing so long that the husband goes to cleaners to have them do it. That works much better.

  5. loribeth

    February 14, 2008 12:26 am

    Thanks, it was fun getting to know you better. I love Clark Gable too — read “Gable & Lombard” when I was about 13, after “Gone With the Wind.” I just love the first shot of him in that movie, camera zooming down the stairs as he looks up at Vivien Leigh, grinning.

    A mammogram is not my favourite way to spend a morning or afternoon, but I’m thankful they have the technology! Hope you’re feeling less sore & pancaked by now!

  6. luna

    February 14, 2008 5:21 am

    who else would star in your movie?! and ironing is way overrated. I specifically wear things that don’t need ironing. thanks for playing along… ~luna

  7. May

    February 14, 2008 9:23 am

    Heh. I never iron either. H is the one who wears shirts to work, H irons them. I get to be scruffy and wear tee-shirts, so the ironing is not my problem. Which is just as well because I can leave a poplin shirt looking considerably worse after I’ve finished with it than it looked in the laundry pile.

    I never had a ‘My Life: The Movie’ in my head. But I did have ‘My Life: The Novel’. I’d walk down a street and a little voice in my head would say ‘May walked slowly down the street in the Spring sunshine, stopping to admire the flowers in the front gardens…’ And. Errr. Still happens, sometimes. Umm. And me a functional adult and all…

    Good luck with the mammogram.

  8. babystep

    February 15, 2008 4:45 am

    Okay, now you are frightening me. I never go to the movies for the reasons you mentioned. Never. I get the DVDs and watch in my living room, I get to press “pause” when I have to pee, and I don’t have to have someone tall in front of me, or someone munching loudly on popcorn in the next seat. I don’t iron either – if my clothes are wrinkled I don’t wear them until DH irons them for me. And I totally related to your fantasy of starring in your own movie — I still do that sometimes!!!

  9. Ellen K

    February 15, 2008 2:03 pm

    Thanks for the tag! I’ll try to get to this over the weekend.

    Ironing is well down on my list of chores. I don’t really mind doing laundry, though.

  10. Iota

    February 20, 2008 3:54 am

    I’ve recently come across Kortney, Kandi and Jaxon. I agree with you. It really doesn’t help a child along the way in life to have to correct his/her name every time it is written down. The letter ‘K’ seems particularly popular for these spelling twists.

    In my son’s class at school, two boys have the same name. For one it is the first name, for the other the surname. I guess that isn’t that unlikely to happen these days.

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