Dumb Shit I Do

25 things about me

January 9, 2009

I have been tagged with this one many times so here it is for your enjoyment. I won’t tag anyone with it but please feel free to do it yourself and let me know when you do.

  1. I have two fantastic kids. They drive me up the wall most of the time but they are good kids and I am extremely proud of who they are turning into.
  2. I have been married and divorced twice. Neither marriage lasted longer than three years and both should have ended sooner but we “tried”. This is where I get most of the good stuff for this blog. Both failed marriages were a huge blessing.
  3. My father was gay. This is where I get most of the material for my other blog, kidsofqueers.com. My father was also my best friend and I miss him terribly sometimes.
  4. My mother had a severe anoxious event when I was 4 and she was 29. Basically she had a stroke. She lost most of her short term memory and most of her mobility. She also suffered severe brain damage.
  5. 3 and 4 are probably where I got my sense of humor and the ability to cope with all the other crap that has been thrown my way in the last 42 years. They probably contributed to #2 as well.
  6. I have been pregnant six times. I have two living children, one daughter who died at birth and three miscarriages.
  7. I have a thyroid disorder, Hashimoto’s disease or hypothyroidism which is just a big word for an under active thyroid. When the medication is not checked regularly, like after giving birth, it can manifest itself in OCD, anxiety and panic attacks. It sucks when the medication is off but otherwise not really a problem. Every woman on my father’s side has a form of thyroid disease.
  8. According to my children and some really close friends I cannot carry a tune. I disagree with them.
  9. I am mildly dyslexic.
  10. I do not get math.
  11. Because of 9 and 10 I sweat when I see Captchas or word verifications. This has prevented me from leaving comments on other people’s blogs many times.
  12. I’m a sucker for a stray. Two of the best dogs I have ever had were discarded puppies. This also probably contributed to #2.
  13. I was a horrible student in grade school and high school. I had no discipline and no one ever bugged me about doing my homework. For some reason it clicked when I went to college and my grades were fantastic. I am a quarter shy of actually graduating from college. I have no plans to finish my degree.
  14. Although I could stand to lose thirty pounds I am finally at a place where I like my body and feel good about it. When I was a size 4 I didn’t feel this way.
  15. There is no tragedy that a new pair of shoes can’t fix.
  16. I rarely wear shoes.
  17. If I were stranded on a deserted island all by myself and I had only three albums on my iPod they would be Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by Sarah Mclachlan, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, and Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits. I could only be stranded for a few weeks however with this play list as I’m sure I would get sick of them right away.
  18. Autumn is my favorite season.
  19. I often feel as if I bore people to death.
  20. I plan on learning how to play the banjo this year. My grandfather played and was in a band. His face showed nothing but pure joy when he played. I have his banjo and can’t stand that it hasn’t been played in nearly 25 years.
  21. I took piano lessons for six years when I was a kid and can hardly play chopsticks now. I’m hoping the banjo is a little easier to learn or that I have evolved somehow since then.
  22. As a kid all I ever wanted to do was to be invisible. I tried desperately to fade into the woodwork. I stuck out like a sore thumb with my hair.
  23. I’m scared of clowns.
  24. The first time I read the Little House books, in first grade, I decided I wanted to be a writer. I have no knack for making up stories, I am not creative in the least but I am learning how to tell a compelling story.
  25. I have an uncanny ability to say a lot about myself without actually saying anything too revealing.
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  • Reply Lin January 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Oooh, I like this. I am scared of clowns too–aren’t they creepy? My dad had a stroke and died when I was 7 and he was 32. It’s funny that we have that in common. Well, not FUNNY funny. Ah, you know what I mean. Oh, here’s my tip for the scrambled word thingy–just copy your comment and keep returning until you get a word that doesn’t require a lot of thinking to type in. Maybe that will help.

    I liked reading about you. I may just join in a do one on my blog too. But I’m not sure I have 25 things to say about me. Hmmm…

  • Reply Jen January 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I have done the copy the comment and keep hitting refresh many times. It’s not funny what happened to your dad but I know what you mean. I’m sorry for your loss that must have been hard. It is probably why we do have a lot more in common however and why we turn things into funny stuff. Survival baby! I’d love to read your 25 things. Let me know when you get to it.

  • Reply Jenny Fletcher January 10, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Jen – not sure which of my blogs you have read, but linking this comment to the one you NEED to read. I am also Hypothyroid, have been since birth and have come to the conclusion that UK medical profession have TOTALLY let me down.
    Read post Anger over possible mistakes in my Medication on Pushing the Angry Button. Hugs

  • Reply Jennifer January 10, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I love reading these things — it’s always interesting.

    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s when I was 11 (we also have a family history of endocrine problems), but somehow I haven’t needed medication for years, though I should get my levels checked more often.

    I also like the contrast between tragedy-fixing new shoes and going around in bare feet.

    Difficult childhoods — from parental issues to school issues to awkwardness issues — often make for more interesting people. At least I like to think of it that way!

  • Reply Chat Blanc January 10, 2009 at 8:59 am

    excellent meme! My failed marriage was a blessing for me too. And I have to say you’re the only person I know who has even thought of playing the banjo. Coolness! 🙂

  • Reply Shonda Little January 10, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I am also frightened of clowns and mall Santas. It seems like a magnet for sexual predators and what not. I don’t get math and loved sticking out as a kid.
    Oh, and I’m a ranting redhead. I’m not sure you aren’t me.

  • Reply Mrs. C January 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Don’t worry about your play list on the I-Pod – your battery will wear down way before you are tired of that music.

  • Reply Texas Wanderer January 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Haha I love that #2. I’m divorced twice as well so I know the feeling. I’m just impossible to live with. I admit it. My current wife, #3 of _____ , agrees.

    BTW, I have a blood clotting disorder that shows up in women more than men and its usually caught when they have multiple miscarriages and/or blood clots after taking birth control pills.

    Drop me an email if you’d like more information, it might save you some difficulties later. Especially after I read the thing about your mother, because it causes strokes and is hereditary as well.

  • Reply Jen January 10, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Jenny, wow you have had a craptacular week or three years. I hope things get better soon.

    Jennifer, Geez there are a lot of Jens tonight, I keep telling myself that too and I think you are right makes for interesting people.

    Chat, now I have to find someone who teaches banjo. How different can it be from a guitar?

    Shonda, Maybe you’re my sidekick?

    Mrs. C. You are absolutely right I forgot all about that battery problem and the iPod. I think mine plays for all of three minutes before it needs a charge.

    Tx, I love it when I hear of people who have walked down the aisle for the 3rd, 4th etc time. It gives me hope. And it’s nice to meet such optimistic people. I don’t plan on having anymore kids so I’m not too worried about the blood clotting thing, however being a red head I do bruise easier and bleed more. Don’t know why. My mom didn’t have an actual stroke. She had pneumonia really bad and needed to have a tracheotomy to breath, she suffered cardiac arrest on the table and her brain was deprived of oxygen.

  • Reply PurpleGreenPops.com January 10, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    – My father died several years ago of cancer.

    – I absolutely love Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits!

    – I often don’t leave comments when there are so many dang hoops to jump through in order to do so.

    Nice hair. 🙂

  • Reply Theresa January 10, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    If I am representative at all of “people,” you do not bore! I love reading your stuff!!

  • Reply Bill January 11, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Good luck with the banjo. I’ll bet you will have a natural talent for it. Piano was probably not your instrument, and if you were forced to take lessons, you may have developed a grudge.
    I tried trumpet lessons, and hated every moment of it. I thought the instrument was too strident, and it made my lips numb. I loathed that damned brass torture implement.

  • Reply Karen Henry January 13, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I just found your blog this week. As a redhead myself, the title caught my attention immediately! 🙂

    I know exactly what you mean about “sticking out like a sore thumb”. I am terrible with putting names and faces together, but everyone who’s ever met me seems to remember who I am, just because of the red hair.

    Karen Henry (Raleigh, NC)

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