Wednesday, January 9

Takin' Care of More Business

Not only did I fall behind on awards, I also fell a wee bit behind on memes. If you have tagged me in the past few months, I will get to it. Promise. For now, I thought I would knock out one from Chris of The SuperDad Chronicles. He tossed the 7 Random Things Meme my way because apparently you people really like to hear about me, me, me, me, me, me, and me.

1. I didn't know my husband's name for the first few months that I knew him. No, really, I didn't. We had many, many conversations hanging out in a bank parking lot in Minot, North Dakota, but I didn't know his name. While I am really bad with names, it wasn't truly all my fault. NOBODY knew his real name. All his friends and roommates referred to him by his nickname (I would tell you what it was, but then he would get revenge by walking around calling me by a nickname that I despise with all my soul, and we can't have that). Nobody ever called him by his real name. I finally found out what it was by digging in his glove box and looking at his vehicle registration (when he wasn't paying attention, of course).

2. If you hand me a clarinet and play me a note on any instrument, I will match that tone exactly and on the first try. But while I have perfect pitch while playing an instrument, I can't sing for crap. I couldn't carry a tune if it packed itself into a Coach purse and threw itself over my shoulder.

3. When I was pregnant with Alexis, I didn't want to know whether we were having a boy or girl. My husband couldn't promise to keep his mouth shut, so he wasn't allowed to know either. It wasn't a complete surprise, however, when we had a girl. Around the four-month mark, I started to "feel" that we were having a girl. I don't know why I thought I knew, I just did. I even went so far as to write it down, put the paper in an envelope, and seal it up. The only problem is that I don't remember what I did with the envelope. But I was sure we were having a girl, I swear!

4. Along the same vein, when the moment came for the doctor to announce the little one's birth, he said, "It's a boy!" My wise husband said, "No, it's not." I'm thinking the guy with the Bachelor's degree in Zoology knows something the PhD havin' doctor needs to learn.

5. We didn't have cable when I was growing up since it wasn't available out in BFE. Satellite TV at that time required a dish the size of an elephant and cost a small fortune, so I was a deprived teenager who never got to watch MTV. To say that I was pissed when my Dad got a satellite a few years after I moved away would be an understatement. I wanted to watch music videos in the worst way as a teen. Still do, in fact. Too bad there isn't a channel that shows them.

6. I am trying very hard to convince Mr. Husband that we need to go to Southern California this fall for vacation. Alexis needs to visit every Disney property, after all.

7. A turn into a teary, sentimental wuss anytime Alexis wanders over to me to give me a random kiss. Unsolicited affection isn't something that I'm particularly good at accepting, and that kid has the power to melt me on contact. Unless, of course, she looks like this at the time of contact:



(Go ahead, guess that substance. I'll give you one hint: it's not what you first thought it was.)

40 comments:

  1. Oh, dear. Alexis, bath time! That cracks me up you didn't know spouse's name, but I'm thinking Fargo or Pierre or whatever Dakota Black Hill you hail from must lack fun if you "hang out" at the bank???

    And, mother fudger why can't I remember to switch accounts. The delete? Me as per usual.

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  2. I love that you predicted the sex of your child with 100% accuracy, but can't prove it to anyone...did you look in the glove compartment?

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  3. Jon didn't remember my name the first few weeks we knew each other either...which is saying something since we got engaged after five weeks!

    So, um...is the substance peanut butter? Please say that's what it is!!!

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  4. It is not peanut butter.

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  5. Oh, and AFF? "Lack fun" is an understatement. Perhaps the understatement of the century. My high school years consisted of driving around aimlessly then parking to talk to people. Woo hoo.

    hrh--I haven't checked the glove department. I'll look there tomorrow!

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  6. Hmmm. Thanks for the meme. I hate writing them but lover reading them.

    Oh, and since I'm on your blogroll, I heart you/your blog too. :)

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  7. Fun stuff! Thanks for sharing. I love learning more about everyone. As for Miss Alexis...my guess was peanut butter, but you said no. So, maybe it is....oh, hell, I don't know!

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  8. Leanne--I don't really mind writing them that much, I just never seem to do it. And once they pile up a little bit, it turns painful. I still have three more. :-(

    But I agree, most of them are fun to read!

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  9. No MTV, you were deprived. I thought it was PB, too. Hmm, nutela?

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  10. Peanut butter?! Given it's not what I thought it was, I'm guessing peanut butter.

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  11. Dammit!! If I had read all the comments before posting, I'd have seen where you said it wasn't peanut butter.

    Looks like graham crackers, but I doubt it. And, she'd have had to mix it with pee or juice to make it look like that.

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  12. You will pay. Oh, you will pay. (rubs hands together in evil scientist way!)

    They are up. And, I'm hoping you saw Follow that Bird in the 80s cause Burgh Burgh Burgh. Burgh is the word.

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  13. So that's not peanut butter on your child's hands? My next guess is poop, but well, that's just plain gross.
    Also, I'm hoping your doctor was joking when he announced a boy? Or maybe you need a new OB?

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  14. Is that caramel sauce?

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  15. Hi, there!

    I enjoyed your meme, very interesting! You're too funny (couldn't carry a tune if you had a Coach bag flung over your shoulder!) *giggle* You must be a very good clarinet player, though! Wow! I thought that was peanut butter, too. Hmmm,..it looks kind of like the consistancy of sand for some reason,..but I don't think you'd feed sand to your little girl. (well, duh!) I'm going to guess apple butter and graham crackers on bread? I'll be back to see what it really is, cuz I'm sure that's wrong! :)

    Lizzy

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  16. I too grew up without cable TV. It was awful being the only one who hadn't seen the music video. Which one? Any of them.

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  17. I am guessing chocolate icing and coconut? Either that or some kind of pasta sauce.

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  18. um, peanut butter? chocolate???

    I love your details. I love that they were random and unique to you!

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  19. What is that stuff? Ugh. Love the fun details! Oh, and you can see her "power to melt." Heck, look at her hands!

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  20. Looks like some mashed up chocolate cake with some icing to me. :)

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  21. I did find out the sex before Bubba was born, but BEFORE we found out I was pretty sure he was a boy. Then all the nurses convinced me that he was a girl because of his high heart rate so I was in for a shock when we did find out. BTW, that story about your doctor getting the gender wrong totally cracks me up!

    Oh, and we drove around and parked and talked to people where I grew up, too, but we parked at the Dairy Queen.

    Absolutely NO CLUE what's on Alexis' hands since it's not PB. Love her jeans, though!

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  22. Misty is warm and Kellie sort of started down the correct path.

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  23. either yellow cake with chocolate frosting or...
    tortilla chips and refried beans?
    Whatever, I wouldn't want those hannies coming for me without meeting a towel first.

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  24. I "knew" what I was having with the middle two boys. It's strange that you can know, isn't it? I was clueless with the other two.

    We never had cable, either. Still don't. I had a strangely non-typical childhood. I only drove around once and was ridiculed for my age. Although 17, I looked 12 at the time. And the boys laughing at me were waiting on the curb at the movie theater for their mommies to pick them up. If I'd have been quick witted I would have laughed at them. It was much safer to hang out at the horse stable.

    Minot?! Dude, that's the worst of ND. People who moved from there to Alaska were in winter heaven.

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  25. I enjoyed reading about you. I didn't have cable until I was in college. I wanted to watch MTV, also! And the substance, I have no idea. I was going to say peanut butter, too.

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  26. 12 years of Minot, Karen. Still wondering why I high-tailed it out of high school a year early and escaped to Spain? Or why my darling husband didn't re-enlist? The tourism commission has a slogan that goes, "Why not Minot?" Everybody who has been there knows the answer--Freezin's the reason.

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  27. that was awesome!!!! so funny that you didn't know your hubbys real name!! i love that!!!
    and...you aren't kidding when you said i'm screwed because, dude...you only know what i've told you...you should only know half of the stuff i pulled on my parents...and,they would kill me if they found out. luckily, though...i really wasn't THAT bad! didn't do drugs. wasn't a hobag! just got into some mischief. but...i really am so screwed...and, i have 5 of them to screw me!!

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  28. I have a list of 100 random things about me on my blog. Boy, was that hard to do!

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  29. Love your list and love your use of the word EVAH on my blog. CJ is a sweet boy - he wasn't always but he finally turned!!! :-)

    Hallie

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  30. Well, I've thought and thought and can't come up with a guess for the icky stuff. I'll be back to find out the answer, though!!

    Loved the comment about music videos, lol. You're so subtle!

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  31. That's funny! When I first met my husband I thought his name was Brian instead of Ryan. He should have told me, but he just anwered to Brian. How was I supposed to know?

    Kimmy

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  32. To me it looks like tortilla chips and refried beans, but I don't think that's it, since you said chocolate was warm.

    My mom hated MTV, so I would sneak downstairs and watch it right up against the screen almost, with it turned down super low. She would usually find me, and say "You want to watch MTV? Fine! But, I'm watching it with you". Her tsking and shaking her head through each one usually ruined it so much, I would turn it off. Smart woman, my mom.

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  33. Wow! Those were 7 very cool things about you. Very jealous about the perfect pitch. ROFL at #5...I can sooo relate. We didn't have cable either ;)

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  34. It's not poop? Please say it's not poop!

    And I thought it was bad that I couldn't remember what day my husband's birthday was for the first few years we were dating. Until Star Wars Episode 1 came out on his birthday, and I had totally memorized what day it was coming out so that lead to me finally remembering his birthday. But don't tell him, cause I faked it every year.

    And I love that you figured it out by sneaking into the glove box. Very clever.

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  35. When I was pregnant I just knew I was having a girl too. Every time, actually. Shall I remind you I have three boys? Let's just say that whole "womanly intuition" thing does not apply to me.
    My hubby lied and told me his middle name was Edward when we first met. After about 4 months of dating he mentioned his grandpa Elmer and only after I told him that I thought that name was the cutest did he admit it is his middle name. Ca-razy!
    I'm not sure about the pic. Could it maybe be peanut butter? Or chocolate pie? Hmmm.

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  36. Kathryn--Ding! Ding! Ding!

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  37. Caramama--Yeah, I, um, had the birthday thing wrong for a while, too. Actually, for years. His birthday is one day off from a good friend of mine's. For a long time, I couldn't remember which one of them was the 21st and which was the 22nd. Since I couldn't just ask, I had to fake it.

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  38. Great picture!

    Hey we never had cable either. We lived in the "city" sort of, but my parents would never ever spend the money on cable. But, like you, soon after I left, cable moved on in. NOT FAIR!

    I actually carried that fear of cable for a number of years (only would order the basic service in my apartments). When I finally broke down and upgraded my cable, I became addicted to MTV - especially the Real World. I think season 3 was airing. Yeah, I'm old.

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  39. LOL Great way to learn more about you, love how you did't know his name at first.

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