A blog named BETTY

Monday, May 19, 2008

Tagged and Dangerous

I have been tagged by Miss Becky (http://www.huhandotherreactions.blogspot.com/). And now I am responding. I am trying to force myself not to overthink the answers, because this is, afterall, supposed to be fun, right? And fun is the best when it's spontaneous. Unless you're talking about jumping out of a plane, in which case I think some pre-planning would be in order. Such as bringing along a parachute. Not so fun without. Oh no, now I'm over-thinking fun. But it was spontaneous over-thinkage, so that makes it fun, right?

3 joys:

1. Taking the blue tape off after a newly painted room is done. DO NOT sneak in and steal that from me, because it's one thing I live for.
2. Finding a super-spectacular deal on something I adore. Like the patterned trench I got last year for $40, which I would wear every single day of the year if I could. And I would get at least one compliment every single one of those days, cuz it is SOOO cute. Even when people don't say something out loud, I know they are coveting it inside their head.
3. Thinking of and executing the perfect little act of kindness for someone. I think that joy has tripled for me since I was sick. I was amazed at the small (and big!), creative things people did for me, and I was amazed at what a difference those things made in my day.

3 fears:

1. The "C" word returning. But we don't think about that, so let's move right along...
2. Driving into a deep river and not being able to save all of my children. Honestly, that has kept me awake at night. I asked Hubby the other day what he would do if that happened to him. His answer: "I'd start by not driving into a river." I don't think he gets how the fear game works.
3. I am a bit irrational around butterlies. I got caught in a swarm of them once, and ever since I don't trust them. Especially in multiples.

3 goals:

1. Really connect with each of my children at least once a day. With the younger ones it's hard because they're always there, and so I forget to appreciate them...With the older ones it's hard cuz they're NOT there. (And they run when they see me. JK)
2. Consistent self-physical therapy for my back. In other words, I need to get to that gym and do the 3 measley weight routines the therapist told me to do. It takes literally 10 minutes and I don't even break a sweat. And yet it completely changes how I feel on a daily basis. But somehow it's just too much to ask.
3. To teach my kids--hopefully by example--that 'people are more important than things.' That's the phrase I use on them when their grandparents call to talk to them but they're in the middle of their favorite show. It's what I tell myself when a struggling friend needs me to shop with her but I'm doing laundry. See what a sterling example I am of self-sacrifice?? I'm just all about the peeps.

3 obsessions/collections:

1. I don't think I actually AM addicted to shoes, but I definitely could be if I had unlimited funds. Seriously, I think we're living in the best shoe decade in history. Flowers, polka dots, buckles...and those are just Hubby's shoes (tee-hee). I could own a flat in every color and still keep going. It's times like this I wish I were a centipede. A rich centipede.
2. Okay, I just thought of two more clothing-related obsessions, so let's just generalize and say I could single-handedly keep a few stores thriving. Again I 'could' IF the cash flow were more flowy. For now, I'm just Albertson's unwilling benefactor.
3. Ear plugs. MUST HAVE EARPLUGS. I can't sleep without them, even if I'm in a sound-proof chamber.

Random facts:

1. I can write with my toes. Right now, both you and I are wondering if I could TYPE with my toes. Hmmmm. I'll save that experiment for another day.
2. I cannot remember phone numbers, but I can go through my house and name where every item came from, including who gave it to me, if it was a gift--even my first marriage wedding gifts from complete strangers. Now isn't THAT a useful talent? Comes in so handy when you need to call your neighbor to tell them their house is on fire.
3. I cannot answer tag questions with only one sentence. Seriously.

Okay, so maybe overthinking my answers would keep me from overanswering them. Anyway, I'm gonna tag Julie in New York, my niece-in-law Tiffany, and Jen in Arizona (unless there's some reason her own sister didn't tag her, in which case she's off the hook.)


kendall said...

This is by far my favorite blog of yours. (Yeah, I've been reading for awhile...) You are so funny! And I definitely agree with you about butterflies being creepy and wishing for unlimited shoe money. The world would be a better place if some of us had unlimited funds!!
your niece, Kendall.

Crabtree Family said...

Got mine done. I loved reading your's.

Jen said...

Hmmm...I did wonder why Becky didn't tag me, but now I'm starting to think that maybe there's more to it. (You see, someone suggested that I shouldn't overthink things, so I AM!) Is there something I should know about why I wouldn't get tagged?

Anonymous said...

Butterflies and ear plugs. I already knew about the toes thing, it has been creeping me out for years. She used to show that to anyone who would stick around long enough for her to take off her shoes! Some peoples children! I don't think you overthink things at all.
love ya

PhatNat said...

I am SO with you on the ear plug thing!!!!! It saves my marriage daily. And the phone number thing- ME TOO! Not a head for numbers, but when I pull out a pan I'll say this was a wedding gift from..... Or a vase, "so in so gave this to me."
So the moral of this little story is- give me a gift cuz I'll remember you forever!