Thursday, August 03, 2006

Fifty Little Tidbits...

...about l'il ol' me (in no particular order):

1.) My nickname growing up was "Ladybug" because I had red hair and freckles.
2.) I have three brothers and always wanted a sister. I still do.
3.) My dad is my hero.
4.) I'm old enough to remember removing pop-tops and sticking them INTO the drink.
5.) I grew up in Berkeley in the 60's, but I'm not a hippie.
6.) I rebelled as a teen by becoming a cheerleader. That, to my radical family, was absolute defiance.
7.) I have truly loved three men in my lifetime. I still love all three of them.
8.) According to Myers-Briggs, I'm an ESFJ -- The Provider (Extroverted/Sensing/Feeling/Judging)
9.) I work in a high tech industry, but I'm not really techy. (I am, however, a geek!)
10.) I absolutely love my cat... and I swear that he absolutely loves me.
11.) I wish I were as smart as my oldest daughter.
12.) I forgot how to drive a stick shift.
13.) Deep inside of me is a broken heart.
14.) I have never loved or really accepted my body, yet I make media about positive self-esteem and body image.
15.) I remember names and dates very easily. I forget where I put things when I clean (drives hubby nuts!).
16.) I think about Germany a lot. My heritage is there and I feel it calling me sometimes... (Yes, I'm a bit nuts!)
17.) I love almonds and fall leaves.
18.) I look at men's wedding ring fingers. It's a habit; not sure why. My husband has never worn a wedding ring. I wish he would.
19.) My oldest son makes me laugh more and harder than anyone has, ever. He could absolutely be a stand-up comic if he wanted to.
20.) My twins -- the grandchildren of a German Jew -- were born exactly as the Berlin Wall was coming down. Like on that day and within those hours.
21.) Bavaria feels like home. Can't explain that one either -- except that it was my mother's home...
22.) I think a man speaking German is incredibly sexy.
23.) I seriously considered marrying a sexy Bavarian man.
24.) I kill any plant I own. I simply forget to water it.
25.) I was born with two thumbs on one hand. The extra digit was removed when I was a baby, but hands are still ugly, as I bite my nails. Tried to stop a few times; it's torture.
26.) I'm willing to bet that my youngest son will someday be a US senator... at least.
27.) I love domestics -- sheets, towels, dishes, etc. Forget the bee-line to clothes when I go shopping -- I head to the pillows and mugs!
28.) I long to go to Florence again, but I don't think I ever will.
29.) I've had some blissfully perfect days in my life. I remember the best of them by date.
30.) I do media about physical activity and good nutrition, yet I lack in both areas.
31.) I can do this bizarre thing with my tongue. I am a tongue contortionist.
32.) I should be working right now. I'm being paid to write this!
33.) I talk in my sleep. I've walked in my sleep, too.
34.) I insist on taking a bath every night. If I don't, I can't sleep.
35.) I'm curious about Ecstacy but I don't like drugs.
36.) I long to feel a baby move inside me and to breastfeed again, but I'll never again do either.
37.) I am a Certified Childbirth Educator and doula, but I haven't taught a class or attended a birth in years.
38.) I'm more comfortable in a group of men than in a group of women. Both my daughters feel the same way. I think it comes from having a couple of brothers.
39.) I love going to sleep. I also love waking up.
40.) Somewhere deep inside, I'm shy.
41.) Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" makes me instantly sob, no matter where I am. (Happened in Safeway once...) It reminds me of my mother's death because my brother played a slideshow of his kids to its accompaniment during her few last lucid hours.
42.) I would have been a good midwife. I often wonder if I went into the wrong profession.
43.) I wonder what it's like to be in my husband's head. Sometimes I totally GET him and other times I can't for the life of me figure out how he thinks.
44.) I long to go to Greece. Can it really be as beautiful as it is in movies?
45.) I have a novel in my head. Will I ever put it on paper?
46.) I love my husband, but sometimes I'd like to take a 6-month "marriage sabbatical."
47.) I think that the most exquisite and perfect piece of music ever written is Christoph Gluck's "Dance of the Blessed Spirit."
48.) I'm not scared of death. That is a gift from Mom, who had a beautiful, peaceful, almost holy (especially for an atheist!) death.
49.) I'm a product developer/manager by trade, but I think I'm a marketer (and a midwife?!) at heart.
50.) I only like bacon when I'm camping. Any other time, I think it's disgusting.

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Crystal said...

Hallo Carol! This is the 1st time I'm stopping by your blog so it's great to get to know a bit more about you. Now about those little tidbits...I grew up with 2 sisters and wish I had a brother, so I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. But there WAS someone who was like a brother to me, I had a German penpal (from Bavaria) for over 11yrs, we were best of friends from age 17. I visited him during my 1998 backpacking trip to Europe, staying with his family, and we were both addicted to books and used to always make recommendations to each other. We had a spat about a year and a half ago and now are no longer speaking, and that just breaks my heart because I really adored him so much. Anyway, German men do have sexy accents, and I'm lucky because my husband also has a sexy foreign accent too (he's from former-Yugoslavia)! Best wishes with making plans to travel Greece, I also hear so many wonderful things about that country!

Dixie said...

The idea that your twins were born as the Berlin wall opened is such a wonderful image. You know that event had a great impact on me and my husband but we didn't know how much at that time.

And I agree about German men sounding sexy. I get to hear it all day long every single day. :)

The putting the pop top into the can cracked me up. I did that too.

Anonymous said...

Carol, this is my first visit to your blog (from Amber's Under Western Skies) and I've really enjoyed reading a few entries, seeing all your photos and learning a bit about you from your tidbits. I can relate to the "marriage sabbatical" too. Made me laugh to know I'm not alone (or maybe just willing to admit it!). My hubby's accent is Irish and adorable. We're both from Dublin but he's held onto his accent more than me. Touches my heart each time he speaks (whether to me or someone else). I hope you make it to Greece. My hubby and I have been twice. Once you go you also have to go back :) One day we want to share the experience with our children too (they are only 4 and 5 now). The Cyclade Islands are everything you hear or dream about Greece. Just don't stay in Athens longer than to explore and be awed by the Parthenon and other historical sites. It's a huge, sprawling, noisy metropolis that doesn't sleep. I live in Ballard. So we're neighbors. I'll stop by again. Thanks for the enjoyable visit.

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