Ten things about me

My friend Danielle, who is fairly new to the blogging world, tagged me a while ago and now I feel I must finally get around to obliging her. Here are ten things you quite possibly didn’t know about me:

1. I am all about texture when it comes to pasta. You can make a delicious creamy pasta sauce but if you put it over the wrong noodles, it just won’t taste as good. I’m not a big fan of Rotini, Rotelle or Cavatappi and Penne is only ok as long as it is smothered in sauce which coats the inside and outside of the tube.

2. Half melted Reese’s Pieces are my ultimate indulgence. I pour some onto a saucer and then nuke them for anywhere from 15-25 seconds (depending on the amount). When the shells start to crack and they feel warm from the outside they are ready. Bight into the crisp shell and then feel the molten peanut butter goodness coat your mouth! Oh, it’s heavenly!

3. I am a pianist but not of the technical variety. I’ve always disliked music theory and can play a piece much better if I hear it first. I’ve always dreamt of putting out a CD of my original compositions of which I currently have five. But first I probably ought to learn how to write music huh?

4. I’m a very speedy reader, even if the novel I’m reading isn’t so good.

5. I was born without my upper lateral incisors and when I was 14 my mom had the dentist put veneers on my canines so I would started smiling open mouthed. I thought I looked like a vampire.

6. When I was about 13, I developed a fascination with learning about pirates, particularly those few females who took to the high seas. If you haven’t read about Mary Read or Anne Bonny you’re missing out. I suppose I was drawn toward pirates because I’ve always dreamed of big adventures, though of course piracy is hardly as thrilling as what the movies make it out to be.

7. I love the smell off garlic being sauteed in a skillet.

8. I also love the smell of very old books and documents. When I visit the local archives in my genealogy research, I often request to see historical volumes (200 to 400 years old) of land documents or court proceedings and after they’ve been delivered I have a hard time not just pressing my nose to the fragile pages and inhaling deeply.

9. I love waking up to the sound of rain in the morning. The soft pitter patter on my window is so relaxing.

10. I also have a frugal blog in addition to this one, authored under a screen name that I’ve only told select people about. People that I know personally or trust. Why? Because I often state there, where I live and I haven’t done that on this blog so far. If you’d like to visit my frugal blog where I post daily about freebies, coupons, coupon matchups for weekly store ads, giveaways, etc. then come visit me at Perfectly Provident




Labor Day

Yeah, so I know labor day isn’t about actual labor but at the same time it was a heck of a lot of work to bring my kids into the world and since I don’t get the day off (what mother ever does) I’ll just give myself a shout out for hard work well done. Want to play along? Put up your post and go sign the Mr. Linky at Rocks in My Dryer

How long were your labors?

* Count Dooku was 14 hours
* Obi Wan was 19 hours
* Angel Girl was 6 hours (Thank you induction)

How did you know you were in labor?

* With Count Dooku I hadn’t even had a Braxton Hicks so the first time I felt a contraction I knew just what it was and then they kept repeating and getting closer…
* With Obi Wan I had been having strong contractions off and on for weeks. At my doctors visit 3 days after his due date the doctor told me I was 4cm and to go to the hospital
* With Angel Girl I was induced, one stinkin’ day early. I warned them she would be big but would they listen to me?

Where and how did you deliver

All three at the hospital with epidurals. No C-sections thankfully.

* Count Dooku was at the hospital with an epidural that only worked on the left side of my body. He made his grand entrance after 2 1/2 hours of pushing, forceps and a 4th degree tear
* Obi Wan was at the hospital with a failed epidural. One deliriously painful ring of fire and 2nd degree episiotomy later, he was born
* Angel Girl threatened to be a c-section and I had been scheduled for one but when we went in we found she had finally turned. I was pretty sure that’s what they would discover before we went in due to an event a day or two prior. Feeling a baby that big, that far along make the transition into a downward position was one of the most painful things I’d ever felt. When we came back a week later for an induction I was told I was already in labor. But I couldn’t tell.

Birth Stats (I added this one ’cause I always like to know about birth stats)

* Count Dooku was 8lbs. 8oz. and 21 inches long
* Obi Wan was 10lbs. even and 22 inches long
* Angel Girl was 10lbs. 2 oz. and 22 1/2 inches long.

Happy Labor Day!




Getting caught up

I was on vacation when these awards rolled in, but now I’m going to acknowledge them and pass them on.

Awarded me by Dad of Divas, Mozi Esme and Toni at A Daily Dose of Toni. The rules are: put the logo on your blog. Put a link to me (who awarded it to you) on your blog also. You need to nominate 7 other bloggers for the award and put links to them also on your blog. Finally, leave a comment for those you’ve nominated - so they know they’ve received a special award.

I’d like to pass this on to:

Richelle at Richelle’s Reflections
Ree at Ree Writes
Lucy at An Ordinary Mom
Becky at The Newson Narrative
Tiff at My Three Ring Circus
Leslie at You Just Gotta Laugh
Kenna at Shrek loves Fiona

This one was given to me by Deb at Mom of 3 Girls who said of me:

“Another good blogging friend! Not so much photography here, at least not that she shares, but she has created some wonderful blog sites and I love her designs. And she writes with such clarity and vividness that you truly feel like you are there. And then there are her extremely helpful html tips that she posts every so often - definitely a huge help!”

The rules of this award are as follows:

1)You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language

2)Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3)Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4)Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

The 5 bloggers I’d like to pass this award onto are:

Michelle at In the Life of a Child
Susan at Strange Pulse
Christine at Are We There Yet
Janice at Chasing Myself
Loni at Loni’s Argyle Socks

Lastly, I was tagged by Becky at The Newson Narrative. Here are the rules: Answer these 15 questions about yourself on your blog.
Tag five people at the end of your post by leaving their names.

JOYS
1. I love an awesome thunder, lightning and rain storm. I seriously hope I die getting struck by lightning, later in life of course. The awesome power of a good storm always thrills me.

2. Learning something new. I just love teaching myself new things.

3. My family. Sounds so cliche right? But becoming a mother has brought me the greatest joy I’ve ever known.

FEARS
1. That I won’t always be able to protect my children from their poor decisions. I know it has to be that way if they’ll grow and become better, but I wish that day would never come.

2. That I won’t get everything I want to accomplish done before I die.

3. Being overcome by panic and depression at some future point. I know I’m never out of the dark on this one, but I hope it never gets so bad again.

GOALS
1. To learn as much as I possibly can before I die

2. To teach my children the best I can and not count myself a failure when/if they make their own choice to go astray someday.

3. To publish a novel

OBSESSIONS/COLLECTIONS
1. I love collecting coins/bills. I don’t know what is worth what or anything like that. I just like foreign coins or bills or super old ones. The oldest coins I’ve found so far are a 1928 Buffalo Nickel and a 1924 Wheat Penny. I also have a 1934 silver certificate.

2. I am obsessed with anything old/antique. I walk into an antique shop and just feel this reverence wash over me. I don’t know why but it’s always been this way. Old documents especially, oh, just looking at an amazingly beautiful piece of preserved history makes me tear up. I guess it’s fitting that I love genealogy so much.

3. I love to collect little souvenirs from places I’ve been. I have a cuckoo clock from the Black Forest in Germany, a hand whittled whistle from Switzerland, shot glasses and magnets from many different locations, etc.

RANDOM, SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT ME
Hmmm, is there anything I haven’t let hang out here on this blog? Let’s see…

1. I love all things slimy and slithery. I use to find snails and catch frogs as a kid. I still love them. Oh and someday I want to get a pet snake.

2. I am a highly musical person. I use to sing duets and trios with my mom and sisters in church. I currently play the piano and in the past I have played clarinet, tenor saxophone and alto saxophone.

3. I love nearly all creatures, but there is one that gives me the heebie jeebies. The moth. Too many memories of dead moths tangled in my hair each morning after a night of camping I suppose.

I’ll leave this tag open.




A lot can happen in 15 years

Think back on the last 15 years of your life. What would you tell someone that you hadn’t seen or talked to for 15 years? How would you sum up your life?

Fifteen years ago I was but 11 years old. Hmmm….

* I’m still a bit of a tom boy but I have finally connected with my inner girlie. I know I swore off pink but I’ve found it’s actually my best color and I kind of like it…in small doses of course.

* Those hundreds of story ideas I had bouncing around in my head? They’re still there but now I’m not afraid to put them on paper and take them to a publisher. Of course, I have to complete one first…

* I know I said I was going to be an astronaut full time and an artist and author on the side but I discovered I’m not fond of tight spaces, I’m not very good at painting and I have yet to have any works published, officially.

* Yeah, I got married. Even after all my hate talk about romance and flowers. But my husband doesn’t like romance or giving me flowers either.

* I have three little kids running around now. Two boys and one girl and motherhood is a more rewarding job than I ever imagined.

* Oh, and I know I said that if I got married it would be to Jonathan Brandis. But yeah, that didn’t happen.

* You know that time we went to that Japanese Restaurant and the chef cooked up the shrimp on the griddle right in front of us. And remember how he pitched a shrimp to each member of the table with the spatula and had us try to catch it in our mouths? I was the only one that managed to do it, oddly enough, because I hated shrimp. What you didn’t see was me pulling the shrimp out of my mouth and stuffing it under the seat cushion of my chair. Just thought I ought to confess that after all this time.

I still hate shrimp.

* I discovered the internet when I was 12 and I’ve been online ever since. Well, not continually but you know what I mean. My interest started with a chat room and then I went on to creating various web pages just for fun. In the process I taught myself HTML. It was only in 2007 that I discovered blogging and that led to my own blog and my own little blog design business.

* I can still belch louder than you. But I’ve learned to be more polite in public.

* I’ve now been to Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria and Lichtenstein. I’ve learned how to crochet, scrapbook, can, sew, cake decorate and more. I’m also an avid genealogist. Nothing that has occurred is as I predicted it would be, it’s so much better.

Thanks for the tag Dad of Divas!




Weird things about me

Memes are great fodder for a weekend. :wink:
Liza tagged me for this one.

Weird Facts About Myself, the rules:Once you’ve been tagged, you have to write a blog with 10 weird, random, facts, habits or goals about yourself. At the end, choose 6 people to be tagged, list their names & why you tagged them.

1. I have restless body syndrome (it must exist, really)! I can. not. sit. still. I must be moving constantly. I crack my knuckles, I shake my foot, I tap little rhythms on the desk or table, I twirl my hair. I am never not moving.
2. I love MST3K!
3. People rubbing their hands on their pants or other smooth fabric gives me the heebie jeebies. It’s like nails on a chalkboard for me.
4. I do so enjoy a thick sliced liverwurst sandwich drenched in mustard.
5. I really enjoy watching blood get drawn from my arm, IV insertion etc. I think it’s fascinating.
6. I love to sing in the shower. Loud.
7. The basis of any story scene I write, is formed after a dialogue between characters has formed in my mind. I speak the dialogue between the characters out loud several times, tweaking the way things are said and adjusting the storyline to follow what I think the characters may be hiding based on subtle tone changes. Wow, did I just say that out loud? Not crazy really. Words and subtle hints in tone are just so interesting. I love listening for vocal tells when people speak.
8. I can’t go to sleep at night until the sheets and blanket are spread just right. The tags have to be on the bottom left corner of the bed.
9. I would love for hubby and I to own two motorcycles one day and ride cross country sightseeing.
10. I grind my teeth terribly. Both when I’m sleeping and often during the day I’ll catch myself doing it .

I leave this tag open.




ABC Tag

Richelle tagged me with this fun ABC tag, so you get to learn a little bit more about me. :)

A - Attached or single: Attached!

B - Best Friend: Meisha

C - Cake or Pie: Apple or Pumpkin Pie

D - Day of Choice: I like Saturdays because my husband is home.

E - Essential Item: Internet

F - Favorite Color: I like white. But since that’s not officially a color, I like burgundy and muted shades of purple

G - Gummi Bears or Worms: Neither. Sour Patch Kids

H - Hometown: Spent my first few years in So. Cal, the rest in Utah

I - Indulgence: Peanut Butter anything

J - January or July: July by a long shot. I’ll take sweltering heat over cold any day

K - Kids: Three

L - Life is incomplete without: My family and the gospel

M - Marriage Date: December 19

N - Number of Siblings: 5 - 2 brothers and 2 sisters

O - Oranges or Apples: Apples

P - Phobias or Fears: I’m a wee bit claustrophobic

Q - Quote: “I don’t think the world should assume that we are all natural mothers. And it does. I don’t think it’s such a big thing anymore, but the idea that you sacrifice everything for your children—it’s a load of rubbish. It leads to very destructive living and thinking, and it has a much worse effect on children than if you go out and live your own life. You’re meant to adore your children at all times, and you’re not meant to have a bad thought about them. That’s facism, you know, and it’s elevating the child at the expense of the mother. It’s like your life is not valid except in fulfilling this child’s needs. What about all your needs, your desires, your wants, your problems? They’re going to come out anyway, so it’s better they’re acknowledged straight off. Having said that, I really do believe that children have to be protected. They have to be loved. Somewhere between the two, I think, something needs to be sorted out. The relationship between parent and child is so difficult and so complex. There’s every emotion there. We mostly only acknowledge the good ones. If we were allowed to talk about the other ones, maybe it would alleviate them in some way” - Marina Carr
Saw this quote in one of Ree Writes’ posts and just loved it!

R - Reason to Smile: My Kids

S - Season: Summer

T - Tag: Anyone who wants

U- Unknown Fact About Me: I love tomato products, but I hate plain tomatoes.

V - Veggies or Fruit: Both

W - Worst Habit: Picking scabs

X - X-Rays or Ultrasounds: I’ve had both

Y - Your Favorite Food: A thick juicy steak with sauteed mushrooms

Z - Zodiac: Libra

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7 Truths and 1 Lie, Answer Revealed

Alright, for those of you who wondered about the lie in the April Fool’s Day post, here we go:

1. When I was very young, 4 or 5, one of our neighbors became upset about something and sent me home. Evidently I was worried for her so I picked her some flowers and took them to her to cheer her up, all of my own accord. TRUE - I don’t remember it but my momma told me about it.

2. When I was about 4 my mom helped me learn how to do Somersaults. I was very proud of my newly acquired skill and I wanted my mom to do some with me, so I asked her, “Can you do MommySaults?” (Do you get it yet?)TRUE - I think I must have been a very cute kid. ;)

3. My dad brought home so non-alcoholic beer when I was about 16 just for us kids to try. We each took a sip and promptly spit the nasty stuff out. My dad chuckled while we each declared we would never drink real beer ever. I still haven’t ever had a sip of anything alcoholic. TRUE

4. I was a social outcast for my early years. Painfully shy and determined not to be like other girls, a so called Tomboy. My only friends were boys and books. TRUE

5. I am a treat-aholic. I love to bake and eat sweets. My favorite dessert ever is a deep dish Cherry Pie. FALSE- Did I trick you? I do love to bake and eat sweets but I really don’t like Cherries, especially cooked.

6. I didn’t kiss a boy till I was 17. After that I only kissed one other guy and he is now my hubby. TRUE

7. I went to my 11th Grade Prom alone. I had it on good authority that a boy two years younger than me was planning to ask me and I didn’t want to go with him. He was super annoying to me in class and I was a bit immature so the very day I heard the rumor I made it known I already had a date. But I didn’t. Then I went to prom and told everyone my “date” had to cancel. TRUE - And those of you who said it must be false since I didn’t seem like the type of person who would do this, made me feel even more guilty. ;) I wouldn’t consider it now and I certainly regret it. I also felt very guilty about it at the time but I was more selfish then. Ah, the stupid things we do when we’re teenagers.

8. I won second place in the 8th grade spelling bee. The word I misspelled: Guard.
TRUE- Yeah, it’s pathetic that I mixed up the A and the U. But so it is, and I’ll forever knock myself over the head about it.

Now, seven more things you might not have known about me, courtesy of Liza

1. I love candles! I have a large collection of them that I like to rotate through. A nice smelling home is important to me. Especially to cover up the stench of baby diapers. ;)

2. I like to dye my hair light orangey red. I haven’t done it recently but whenever I dye it that’s the color I go with. I’ve always wished I was born with the beautiful red hair all my aunts and uncles have.

3. I’ve always wanted to dye my hair purple or blue. But I haven’t dared to do it since I’ve become a “mature adult”

4. My favorite vegetable is corn on the cob. Corn is good anyway but it just tastes better on the cob

5. I do all the assembly work around here. Like putting our bookshelves together, putting the boys bunk bed together. Hubby doesn’t like to do it and I do. I like tools.

6. My favorite animals are Gorillas and Octopuses. I have a small stuffed gorilla collection and an even smaller octopus odds and ends collection (one octopus magnet & one octopus key chain). Why don’t they make more cute octopus stuff?

7. Christian Bale is my favorite actor. My favorite of his movies is Batman Begins. I also love him in Little Women. I can’t wait for The Dark Knight this Summer!

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