Thursday, April 24, 2008

Seven Random Things

When Muddy Mama tagged me for this meme several days ago, I remarked to Darren that I thought it would be hilarious if he responded on my behalf by posting "7 non-important things/habits/quirks" about me. He looked at me as though I had suddenly sprouted a second head and said, "Are you crazy? There is no way that any self respecting husband would do that to himself. I am not putting myself in that position."

"Oh, but c'mon," I wheedled. "It'll be fun! Here's your chance to say anything you want to about me! I'll even let you talk about my pathetically short, stubby toes. Or my abysmal navigational skills. Or the time you caught me unabashedly tap dancing in the bathroom of our first apartment." (In my defense on that one, which he still brings up on an embarrassingly regular basis, I just have to say that I was wearing at the time the most incredible pair of "clicky" heeled loafers, and our bathroom boasted not only a full length mirror but also amazing acoustics.)

Anyway, since he still, after six days, refuses to play along, I guess it's up to me to come up with some random facts about myself. But first, here are the rules of the meme:

1. When tagged, place the name and URL on your blog.
2. Post rules on your blog.
3. Write 7 non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Name 7 of your favorite blogs.
5. Send an email/comment on their blog letting them know they have been tagged.

So let's see:

1. I am slightly paranoid when it comes to my children's safety, with car seats being one of my biggest concerns (second only, I think, to SIDS; I still have to check each of my children for breathing at least once a night for my own peace of mind. Hello! Dylan is six! Will I ever outgrow this habit? I fear not. I joke that when he's thirty, I'll still be sneaking in through his bedroom window, just like in Love You Forever.)

2. Books, songs, and/or movies about children growing up make me bawl like a baby. (The above mentioned book is a prime example, as is this music video. Or this one.)

3. I worry daily that I am ruining my children forever, that a significant portion of their adulthood will be spent in therapy on account of me.

4. Have you guessed yet? I'm sort of neurotic.

5. I like Tabasco on everything. This really confounds my foodie husband.

6. Singing is one of my very favorite things to do. I can apply a song to just about any given situation, and if I can't, I make one up...but only at home, because guess what?

7. In addition to being neurotic, I'm also very, very shy.

So there you have it--more, I'm sure, than you ever wanted to know about me! And now I'd like to learn a little more about a few of my newer blog friends, plus some that I'd just like to know better: Jamie, Andrea, Frances, Stephanie, Jen, Laura,'re "it"!


Jill said...

Thank you for the great glimpse into your neurotic life. ;) Makes me relate to you even more!
Have you seen this book?
(I hope that link worked). Talk about tearing up from a book about children growing up!
I love the description of all the things you think your husband would say if he were to fill this out. Now I'm wondering what mine would say about me!
Thanks for sharing.

Jamie said...

I cry every time I read that book too! The kids keep looking up at me to see if I am crying yet.

I also check to see if they are breathing. My son, now 8, has asked me to not because he has legos set up a certain way and does not want me to bump them!!! I told him he has to move them and this mama will always check! I think I check to see if they are warm too and not chilled. (we live in MN, remember?)

I will TRY this one, but give me a couple days!

Jamie said...

Ok, I just watched the videos and bawled my eyes out!! That Chuck Wicks is pretty nice to watch though! ha!

Frances said...

Thanks for the tag, Melissa! You can read my responses here - I enjoyed putting them together. I love what you wrote about situation-appropriate songs - I do that, too! I especially love it when God puts praise songs in my heart.

Jen said...

No wonder I like you so much. You're just like me! I tell my husband all the time that he needs to set up a trust fund strictly for the children's therapy bills because I am convinced I am ruining them. What I have a hard time believing, though, is that you are shy. You seem so outgoing in your writing. I picture you the life of the party among friends! I know you are online.:-)
And from one fellow singer to the next, I would die to hear you sing something!

muddy mama said...

I love to read that story to the kids. Makes me tear up. I can't read it when my husband is around, however. He makes non-stop comments about the mom in the story being nuts. :)

And you're not the only one who gets up in the middle of the night to check on the sleeping children.

Regina said...

my kids get kinda freaked out by that book...they don't quite get why the mom would be sneaking in through the window (thogh I have explained several times)

great songs! what's that saying...these are the longest days but shortest years.


Jennifer said...

Right there with ya on #3! I hope you are well, Melissa and your sweet baby too!

Stephanie said...

I've been thinking about you, how is the nursing going?

Jamie said...

Just to let you know...I did the meme finally!!