A tag!

A while back, I got tagged by my friend, Bonnie.

I love being tagged, though I’m always sorry it takes me so long to do them…

8 TV Shows I Love to Watch:

Uh oh.

We actually don’t watch TV.

But there are a few shows we watch every once in a while on DVD or online:

1. The Cosby Show

2. The Waltons

3. Little House on the Prairie

4. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

8 Places I Love to Eat:

Oh, holy smokes.

With the current state of my nauseated digestive system, I’m not sure if I’ll make it through this question…..

But right now, I think I might possibly enjoy:

1. Denny’s or IHOP

2. Red Robin

3. Any Pizza Place

4. McDonald’s

5. Taco Bell

8 Things that happened yesterday:

1. Meeting with the Stake Young Women Presidency to plan an upcoming Stake Young Women Value Activity for church

(Not at all related to my Cub Scout calling–just a special assignment I was asked to accept)

2. During above meeting, the Wooga Man played extremely well by himself for almost two hours

3. Taking advantage of beautiful weather by donning our rain boots and tromping out to the neighborhood park

4. Playing with neighbor kids

5. Digging a hole with the digger and then throwing rocks in it

6. Crazily splashing through puddles in the tennis court

7. Searching the far hills for any leftover blackberries

8a. FINDING some leftover blackberries

8b. The Wooga Man EATING some leftover blackberries

8 Things I Love about Fall:

1. Cooler days

2. Playing in the leaves

3. Taking advantage of good weather

4. Taking advantage of bad weather

5. Lots and lots of school buses that the Wooga Man ecstatically loves

6. Sweaters

7. Anticipating the holidays

8. Flannel sheets

8 Things on My Wish List:

1. The complete set of Anne of Green Gables books

2. A slip cover for my beloved, yet homely couch

3. More long sleeve maternity shirts

4. Staying positive while vomiting

5. Um, I can’t think of anything else…..

8 People I am Tagging:

1. Charming

2. Heidi W.

3. Apple

4. Starwoodgal

5. Suzanne

6. Kim M.

7. Emily S.

8. Alycia

Quirky Meme

Please accept my apologies.

I had grand hopes of posting more pictures from my romantical adventures as Regency maidens on the hillsides of England.

But Flickr had other plans.

And has not been working all day.

So, I must change gears and give you something without pictures for the time being…..

Long, long ago, I was tagged by my friends Andrea and Wandering Nana-Linda to reveal 6 of my unspectacular quirks to you.

So, please prepare yourselves…..

To be quirked.

Quirk #1:

I love collecting data.

This love was born during my training as an SLP, where data was highly valued and absolutely necessary in assessing and treating children.

And this love has carried into how I mother.

I’ve been taking data on Bubbers’ sleep habits since he was two months old.

I take data on the date and order that each of his teeth come in.

I take data on how often we read to him (which doesn’t really count, because it’s for earning books at the library).

And I take running data on the words he says, how he articulates them and how his articulation progresses.

This data empowers me and comforts me.

I love collecting data.

Quirk #2:

I love alphabetizing.

All of my secular DVD’s are alphabetized in one case.

All of my church DVD’s are alphabetized in another case.

And all of my CD’s are alphabetized in a third case.

I love alphabetizing.

Quirk #3:

I love computer folders.

Files on my computer are contained in a complex organization of folders within folders within folders.

This complex organization makes complete sense to me.

But always leaves Charming shaking his head with a smile and asking, “Where do you keep that file again??”

I love computer folders.

Quirk #4:

I love Outlook reminders.

When I took over all bill-paying responsibilities in our household, I had no idea when things were due.

And some bills came in the mail.

But some bills didn’t.

And some were due through a website.

But some were due through the mail.

It wasn’t long before I was stacking up the late payments and completely frustrated with the whole system.

And then my husband introduced me to setting up tasks and reminders in Microsoft Outlook.

Now I have one reminder to pay the bill (and how it needs to be paid).

And another reminder to check and make sure the payment went through.

It has saved my bacon.

I love Outlook reminders.

Quirk #5:

I love thematic toys.

Another love born from my SLP training is a love for toys that encourage thematic play.

These are toys that have a theme around which one plays.

Like a polar set with Eskimos, an igloo, a dog sled, a boat and polar animals.

Or a Potato Head set with potato heads, eyes, ears, shoes, etc.

Or a farm set.

Or a train set.

Or a veterinarian set.

(Or my personal favorite when I was a kid: A fairy tale set!)

These types of toys encourage imaginative play, cognitive development and language development.

And they’re super fun to play with, too.

I love thematic toys.

Quirk #6:

I love bins.

As much as I can, I keep things organized and stored in clear plastic bins from Walmart.

If a thematic toy set I buy doesn’t come with its own container, I buy a little bin with a white lid for it.

It helps keep track of little pieces.

And it helps keep the mess down.

Because Bubbers can’t open them by himself.

And we don’t open one for him until the previous one has been cleaned up and put away.

I love bins.

The End. :)

p.s. I tag anyone who has 6 quirks they’d like to share.

p.p.s. Thanks for the tag Andrea and Wandering Nana! :)

I’ve been tagged!!

Holy smokes, I love being tagged.

And a while back, Wandering Nana (a private blogger) tagged me to write “6 unimportant things about me.”

Hm, that’s an interesting meme.

But since I’m feeling a bit on the dramatic side today, I’m actually going to write “6 crazy things about me” and do my absolute darndest to surprise y’all with at least one of them.  (Because even last time, I still didn’t surprise enough people…..)

So, here we go!!

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1. When I was a teenager, I almost got killed by a herd of zebras.  (Okay, so “almost got killed” is a little strong, but I was definitely in danger of almost getting killed.  And that’s the truth!)

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2. I was the only person ever known to use the chemistry room’s Emergency Eye Wash at my high school and was this close to going blind.

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3.  When I was a kid, I rode to school one morning with a dead, bloated goat in the back of our van.

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4. While I was growing up, I had a crush on all of my sisters’ boyfriends.  And all of my brothers’ friends.  (And with a family my size, that’s a lot of crushes!!)

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5. In second grade, my class went on a field trip to Lake Tahoe and we were attacked by a swarm of yellow jackets.  The little buggers left me with 16 stings, a class record and an acquired allergy.

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6. When I was a young teenager, I almost got run over by the Tahoe Queen dinner cruise boat.

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So, there you have it!

(Please tell me you were at least a little surprised…..).

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Okay, now it’s time for me to tag seven people:

Prince Charming

Melissa (a private blogger)

Suzanne

JS

Apple

Heidi F

Natalie

7 weird and random things…

Holy smokes–my first tag! I’m so excited, I can hardly wait (thank you, Pam!)…

Rules:

1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

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Now, the last time I did something like this, Charlotte said my answers weren’t very surprising, so this time I’m really trying hard for at least one thing that catches you by surprise. If not, you know me way too well…

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1. As mentioned in the chicken story, I grew up on a farm of sorts. At one point, my Dad decided he wanted to raise llamas.

“What on earth do you do with llamas?” people at school frequently asked me with a blank stare.

“Well, umm, you see…” was my intelligent reply.

My Dad said they were like artwork: very expensive and nice to look at.

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Oh yeah, check it out. My incredible sense of fashion was evident even at an early age.

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2. I have an aversion to toilets and non-carpeted floors. Being near them makes me very uneasy.

I actually just discovered this recently, so I’m not sure if I acquired it as an adult or if it’s been secretly festering in me always.

Either way, it’s real and makes it quite difficult for me to want to clean the floors and bathrooms in my house (as if I needed it to be any harder…).

Fortunately, Charming offered me a killer deal: He’ll clean all the floors and toilets in the house if I’ll change all stinky diapers and do the budget.

Are you kidding me? Absolutely!!

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3. Currently, there are approximately 100 bananas in my upright freezer waiting to be turned into banana bread sometime before the millennium.

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4. I grew up on goat’s milk.

Before the llamas, we had a bunch of goats.

They were very cute and cuddly.

Well, all of them except our billy goat. We called him Leo Pee-o because he urinated on himself to attract the ladies.

(Wow, did I just write that outloud? Huh, I guess I did…).

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Boy, it’s a good thing I labeled this picture so well. You never know when a goat might be mistaken for, oh, I don’t know–a turkey or something crazy like that.

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5. I love school. From kindergarten to my master’s degree–school was absolute heaven for me.

When I worked as a speech-language pathologist, I chose to work in schools because (as I told the Personnel woman who interviewed me), “When I walk into an elementary school, I feel like I’m coming home.”

And come on, who can resist adorable kindergarteners who don’t look where they’re going because they’re smiling so huge up at you and almost run into the flagpole?

And sassy first graders who insist you should name your baby after them? Multiple times. In the same day.

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6. My family calls me the “historian”.

It was the running joke in my family that if you couldn’t remember when something happened to have Heidi go look it up in her journal.

“Hey Heidi,” one of my older brothers would call out with a big grin on his face, “When was the last time I sat on you in the front yard and stuck grass up your nose?”

Then I ran like a crazed banshee to hide behind Mom’s legs and tattle my head off.

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7. And last, but most definitely not least: I am a sucker for all things romantic.

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As a youth, I frequently read poetry books in meadows while clad in formal gowns and bare feet.

Sigh.

And then Prince Charming appeared, hefted me onto his noble steed while reciting poetry by heart and I swooned.

Double sigh.

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Okay, now it’s your turn…

I’m tagging:

Prince Charming

Jesse

Lisa

Whimsy

Tearese

Julie

Meghan

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p.s. That was so fun, thanks again for tagging me, Pam!