Friday, August 3, 2012

Dear Random Things


Dear Random Things,

You are the best that I could come up with for today's post.

Last night, my eyelids wouldn't stay upright, and my brain felt like melted Jell-O swooshing around inside my skull.  Being on summer hours is, you know, so hard.  My missing alarm clock and inability to surrender to sleep is making me zombie-er by the days nights.  In attempt to write a post, I suddenly remembered that '25 Random Things About Me' meme on Facebook a few years ago, and I thought with a few edits, I can turn it into a Top Ten Things You Don't Know About Me list.  So here it is, and I apologize for this pseudo post.

10.  I have three atomic clocks at home, and during the 99% of time that they work, they take the guesswork out of 'what time is it?'.  #youknewaboutmyocd

9.  I've always been a year younger than my classmates because I skipped eighth grade.  Which meant I just turned 13 to attend high school and 17 to go off to college.  While now I think that was too young, I'm grateful because when I look around, I can't imagine anything different because I didn't skip eighth grade.  And even better, I'm now the youngest amongst my group of friends.  #lastonetoturn40

8.  I have one slightly droopy eye because of nerve damage caused by Bell's Palsy.  It is more apparent when I am tired.  It's a wonder why both my eyes don't droop because 10 months prior to the second occurrence, I had another bout of Bell's Palsy on the other side.  The chances of that happening are miniscule.  #whycantiwinthelotteryinstead

7.  I water down all the juices I drink.  If I'm out, I wait for the ice to melt first.  Not only does this suit my taste buds better, I get twice as much more beverage.  #cheapskateandhighmaintenance

6.  I have recurrent nightmares about my appearance.  Like beyond-exaggerated ginormous zits, loose or missing teeth, stuck contact lenses, and haircut or haircoloring fails.  #narcissistorparanoid

5.  I used to teach 280+ children each week (I taught Science Lab to primary grades), and I knew every single one of their first and last names. I was big on names.  However, that was a decade ago.  I'd be lucky if I can get all their first names now.  #losingbraincellsbytheminute

4.  I have white coat hypertension, which means high blood pressure when one see a doctor (in the white coat).  Which means I have high blood pressure when I get my blood pressure taken.  It's a bit of a problem, don't you think?  The nurse always looks at me dubiously when I tell her that I have anxiety with sphygmomanometers.  And then she tells me to relax.  Which always bumps up that reading by another ten points-- top and bottom numbers--over the already too-high reading.  Who can relax on command?  An anxiety-ridden patient getting her blood pressure taken, apparently.  #ihatethesoundofthatvelcrostrap

3.  I have one real compulsive behavior since I was very little.  As a passenger in the car, I tap my finger when I am between two fixed points.  These fixed points are usually the broken white or yellow lines on the road, or they could be space between two trees, parked cars, what not.  So as my car is moving forward, my finger goes tap-tap-tap when I think I am precisely in between two fixed points.  Is there any point to this?  No.  Is there any point to any compulsive behavior?  #rhetoricalquestion

2.  These days, I like to give myself temporary belly button lifts.  As you know, pregnancies and aging are not kind to your belly button.  This is what to do to remedy that, temporarily:  1) Stand in front of a mirror.  2) Place your pointer finger about one inch above your belly button.  3) Gently press and lift at the same time.  Voila.  There's your fabulous, pre-pregnancy belly button.  Doesn't it look like it's only 20-years-old?  #justdontletgo

1.  When all the stars are aligned, I can belch like a mofo.  But I could just be lying, because no one has or will ever see or hear it.  #exceptmyluckyDH

And there you have it.  Do we have anything in common?

So, Random Things, we have just shared things about me that people didn't ask to know.  But they read it, so maybe it wasn't totally useless.  Whaddaya say we have a bet on how many readers will actually try the Temporary Belly Button Lift just to see if it works?  People, it works.  (Temporarily.)

Happy Friday!

Sincerely,
Me

22 comments:

  1. I feel like I'm terribly vain, even though I'm the kid who probably should've had braces to fix the gap in my front teeth but never did. Anyway, I have the dream all the time where all of my teeth are falling out of my mouth! In the dreams, if I open my mouth, teeth will fall out, and there's hundreds of them in there, tiny, tiny, teeth. What?

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Why do our minds play tricks with us like that? Yes, those dreams are real nightmares, arent' they? Maybe we were dreaming in Shark? Thanks for stopping by, Sean!

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  2. Funny! I bet you could write few more...

    We have in common #6, dreaming of loose or missing teeth (why?), and #1, but I am not shy around my immediate family. I always blame it on genetics....and on few of my male friends who took burping into an art form...or at least they thought.

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    1. Laura, I've no idea why about those loose or missing teeth, but I'm glad I'm not the only one with that nightmare! I love that you are honest with #1, since I thought that might be TMI and offend some people, but everyone burps, right? =)

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  3. I water down my juice, too. The stuff is too sweet otherwise!

    That's literally the only thing we have in common. ;)

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    1. What? You mean you don't ever miss your 20-y-o belly button? Just kidding. I'm sure we have *some* things in common--as you seem like a nice guy and all--outside of this particular list. Which, for you, is a good thing. Thank you for stopping by, Terry!

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  4. Hmm... surprisingly, my quirks don't match yours. The belly button lift sounds tempting, but I lost my belly button a long time ago down a dark tunnel. Blame it on pregnancy. =) One funny: as a kid, I used to be able to flip my belly button inside out to clean it out. Can't even reach it now.

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    1. LOL! The things that pregnancy does to your body, *sigh*! No, I actually didn't expect anyone to have these same quirks as I, especially #8 and #3! =) But it was nice to know I'm not the only one with those teeth dreams! Thanks, San.

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    2. Hey, correction: I do dilute juice. Mostly prefer it that way. You are so lovable!

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    3. Yay for one thing in common, San! I'm sure there's a ton more, just on another list. =)

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  5. I love this post, for a bunch of reasons, mainly because it's always fun to find stuff out about people you are getting to know, and if anyone says that it's not, they are probably lying. The most interesting one for me was #3...

    I also love this post on a much deeper level, and I think you know where I am going when I say that. This post is out of your norm, it is something that, if I had to bet money on it, was not easy for you to hit that "publish" button.

    But I love this post. I loved reading these random, get to know you things about you and your life and who you are.

    I love the idea of creating something out of something that existed already and was good and beautiful.
    xoxo
    Go you...TCC...

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    1. Kim, I knew that if anyone would 'get' or comment on #3, it'd be you (I mean that in a BFF way). I know I've never told anyone but DH about that one, only because it's so trivial, but it says a lot about me, and only people who get that would understand. And revealing that was kind of soul-baring for me, in a weird sense. Because NO ONE ever knew about it, and it is SO VERY ME.

      I think this post was different for me in the sense that it was completely unplanned. I usually know what I will write in advance, and this was a last minute thing. In fact, I wrote it the morning of, and not the night before, as with all my posts. Definitely an imperfect thing in my eyes. My next post will respond to Cindy's Challenge, but I'm so glad you spotted this one as out of the norm for me.

      Thank you for your thoughts, Kim! Always, beautiful words.

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  6. Your nightmares are funny. In my last one, I dreamed I dropped a glass baking pan.

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    1. Yeah, I can't decide if these dreams mean I'm vain or fearful. Probably both. If I had your dream, I'd be so glad to wake up so I wouldn't have to clean up that mess! Thanks for stopping by, Asianmommy! =)

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  7. Hi Sandra, it's Cindy here. Wow. Just Wow. I am so impressed with your list and your post. I love these lists because I like to learn about people and you have a really interesting random list.
    And now, I am going to shock you with something...# 8 is me too. When I was in 5th grade, I got Bells Palsy, had a pirate patch on my eye for 6 weeks b/c it wouldn't close and the entire left side of my face was paralyzed. I discovered it at the lunch table when I laughed and everyone pointed at me and freaked out b/c only one side of my face moved. It got worse from there, but it did go back to normal. Except when I am really tired or tipsy, my eye droops. I am totally self conscious about this, I still check in the mirror or ask my husband if it's drooping and it's been 27 years.
    #7 - I totally water down all my juices, especially orange.
    #6 - I often dream about my teeth falling out. I pluck them out with my fingers b/c they are really loose or they just come out into my mouth and I spit them out into my hand. Dang, they are awful dreams. I also dream that I am screaming at people at the top of my lungs in frustration (my mother/sisters appear in these dreams a lot, but so do some other characters in my life occasionally). It isn't words, just AAAAHHHH!!!!! Makes me know I am nuts because I should just say what's on my mind and the dreams would probably go away.
    # 2 - I've done it. I have gained and enormous amount of weight in the last few years; I am an emotional eater. Anyway - I often give myself a lift and check out my belly button and how it used to be. But, the effect is ruined b/c of the stretchmarks I have from kids :)
    #1 - I can't belch on cue. I can't whistle. I have a really difficult time using bathrooms that aren't mine and if there is anyone even remotely near it when I'm in there, I can't go.
    So, now that I know you a bit, you know me a bit too. I may need to start a blog for you and Kim so I don't over write on your posts like this. But I love the conversation we had on Kims.

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    1. Cindy! Thanks for visiting over here!

      Wow, Bell's Palsy--The Eraser of Smiles. It was horrible, painful, and scary as hell. Can you imagine it twice, once on each side? I'm so sorry you had it, but you can certainly relate. Watering down juices is the only way to drink them! Maybe we'll take better care of our teeth since we are freaks about them in our dreams?! They are crazy weird! I think screaming at the top of your lungs in your dreams is actually a great sort of release without having to hurt your vocal cords =). The belly button lift is just lovely, and even if it's not totally like before, it's certain better than what we have now, isn't it? And I can't belch on cue. All the stars have to be aligned!! Which is rare. I also get the bathroom thing, too!

      I totally encourage you to start blogging! You'd have at least two readers right off the bat! (And in case you missed it, Kim did comment on this post above, and noted that this post is out of my norm!) I really appreciate you reading and commenting here, Cindy. I hope you read my comment back on Kim's Bag of Imperfections post. TTY soon!

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  8. This is such an interesting list (why does everyone else have interesting facts and I have nothing? :))

    I water down juice, too whenever I drink it (which isn't often.) We don't buy juice often, but when we do, I sneak water into it before giving it to the kids.

    I don't have dreams about my appearance, but when I was pregnant, I had a dream that I gave birth to a kitten! (I know, weird, right?)

    If the belly button lift was permanent, I might have tried it :)

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    1. I'm *sure* you have an interesting list, Janna, only you don't think so since it's yours. What if you write one and let your readers be the judge of it? =) But I did have to think hard and make a list about things people didn't already know.

      Oh, I have had crazy weird dreams about pregnancy and birth. They're so far-fetched that I wonder about myself!

      As always, thanks for reading and commenting!

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  9. Sandra,
    nothing in common on your list but sorry to hear about your Bell's Palsy. My sister had it too but fortunately, she has mostly recovered. Yea, why can't I win the lottery instead PIC (Punctate Inner Choroidopathy) came. A few years ago, I came down with a condition called PIC, not a rare but certainly very uncommon eye disease that resulted in the loss of central vision in my right eye. Had a bout of depression but I've learned to be thankful for what vision I have left and all the other blessings. But still hoping for a cure. Thanks for letting me share.

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    1. Tran, I'm sorry to hear about your PIC. That must have been so scary, and understandably, upsetting. You are brave to choose to see the blessings in your life afterwards. During my bouts with BP, I realized how much I took the ability to smile for granted. Thank you for sharing this with me. (HUG)!

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  10. #7- I was drinking a watered down cranberry juice as I read this. I just dont like it full strength. Sometimes I cut it down with ice and vodka.
    #5- with the people i work with, remembering someone usually means a good thing, or a bad thing- at least that's what I tell them ;)
    #3- I think there wss somethjng similar, a 'car game' I made for myself

    Does it count that I did that 25 item list on FB as well?

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    1. Interesting that you had 3 very similar thing to my list, braintomahawk! I love watered-down cranberry juice! I guess maybe kids all have some sort of car games, but do you still play, as a compulsion, like something you just can't help? Yeah, that's me. That 25 item list was fun to do--but even a few years later, I'd probably write a few different things already. It'd be interesting to do them every few years and compare the difference, wouldn't it?

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate your comments!

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