I’d Like to Thank the Academy…

  • honestscrap1My first blog award courtesy of In Vitro Veritas and All Grown Up.    Huge thanks to onepinkline and Nicole for this award as it came at a time when I was really feeling down – both from the recent IVF failure as well as work struggles.  Receiving this award from you guys really helped pick up my spirits!

This award has been making its way around blogville, so the rules are probably pretty familiar, but just to recap:

The rules:
1) Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.

2) Show the 7 winners names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Scrap.” Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.

3) List at least 10 honest things about yourself.

So, at the risk of revealing my true ordinariness, here goes:

1 – Although I have never lived in Canada (closest I’ve gotten is Minneapolis), I often lapse into a Canadian accent – especially when tired or nervous.  I did date a Canadian for quite some time in college so I always attribute it to him…but that was (ahem) quite a number of years ago.  Lately, it’s gotten stronger as my job takes me to Winnipeg quite frequently.  People who just meet me often assume I am Canadian and are later surprised to learn that I’m actually from the Midwest.

2 – I BADLY want a dog (as does LG) or even a cat, however due to allergies and asthma that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.  We did have a beautiful Standard Poodle for 3 weeks as we had heard that people with allergies often do well this breed.  Not so much.  Unfortunately, after 3 weeks, we had to return him to the breeder (we were very up-front with her in terms of the situation and she was amazing).  It was one of the saddest days I can remember.  I couldn’t believe how quickly I fell for him.   

3 – I could eat Chipotle everyday.  Chipotle and Twizzlers.  When we finally have children and I have to model good nutrition, it’s going to be a rude awakening for me.

4 – As a true testament to my dorkdom, I am obsessed with fonts.  Specifically, I have a true aversion to serif fonts.  If someone at work sends me a file in Times New Roman or other serif fonts, I have to change it to Arial before I can read it.

5 – I used to be an active participant in community theater.  I have played the character of a nun in 4 different productions.  I also once did a cabaret-type show at a local night club in my City.  Just me, a piano, 1 guy (it was a duet show), 16 songs, and the audience.  It was one of the scariest things I’ve done and one of the things I’m most proud of doing.

6 – When I’m really relaxed, I have this very weird habit of drawing up my shirt (or blanket) up over my mouth right under my nose and just kind of holding it there.  It’s this strange little comforting ritual I have.  When I’m doing it, I’m usually not aware of it until someone points it out.  LG delights – delights I tell you – in mocking me for this mercilessly.

7 – I work in HR, and while I’m happy to have a job, I hate it.  You would not believe the things people come into my office to whine about.    I was pre-med for my first quarter in college, and I dropped out because I had a bad run-in with Calculus.  I have forever regretted that I didn’t see that through.  Sometimes, I think about going back to medical school, but the fact that we’re just now trying (unsuccessfully thus far) to start our family and the fact that I feel like I’m too old holds me back.  Nursing is another option I’m considering.

8 –   I wish I lived in Colorado.  I went to college in the Denver/Boulder area (keeping it anonymous, LG) and lived out there for nearly 15 years before moving to my current city.  I really really miss the mountains and the whole vibe out there.

9 – I wish I had more friends IRL.  I’ve never been one of those girls who is part of a huge group of girls, but I’ve always had at least one or two close girl friends.  While they were really strong friendships at the time, they tend to be situational versus the kind Mel of Stirrup-Queens so elegantly calls “transcendent“.  I do still have a couple of friends from college, but they both live in different states and have 2 children each, so we’re in very different places – literally and figuratively.  Work used to be my go-to place for friendships; however, I changed jobs about two years ago, and I’ve never connected with anyone at the new job.  Of the 3 girls I was closest to at my old job, 2 moved out of state and the third passed away from Stage IV breast cancer 6 months after her 40th birthday.  I still miss her every single day.  I do have my sister, and even if I had a gaggle of girlfriends, she would still be my best friend, so I’m grateful for that…but she, too, lives in another state.  I really miss the laughter, support, and comfort that comes from having friends in the same city that you can go to chick flicks with and deconstruct each other’s lives over guacamole and margaritas.  I adore LG and the time we spend together, but sometimes I am very lonely.

10 – I hate to wear bras…although I definitely need to wear a bra. 

And now on to the worthy recipients:


5 Responses

  1. I saw your comment about flying to Winnipeg on Baby Smiling’s blog & followed you over here. I grew up in Manitoba & went to school in Winnipeg — my family is all in the area. Funny about the accents. My sister & I used to make fun of our Minneapolis cousins’ accents. ; ) I now live in the Toronto area, where everyone loves to make fun of the Winnipeg weather. I will tell them “Yes, it may be 35 below… but the sun WILL be shining!” (It often is not here, & it really DOES make a difference!) Hope the weather is sunny AND warm(er) for your trip!

  2. 🙂 this is always fun to read. i love learning fun facts about people. i love qdoba. i could eat there often, too….and i order the same thing (exactly) every time i go…

  3. So, what is it, exactly, about serif fonts? I find that I prefer the serif fonts to the non-serif fonts (if that makes any sense at all).

    My transcendent friends also live far, far away and I kind of hate the bras–though I can kind of get away without them–the bras, not the transcendent friends.

  4. OMG, I *love* fonts. I’ve got discs and discs of them. I notice fonts on posters and billboards and business signs.

  5. Oh wow, thanks for the award!!!!!

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