To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
-Steve Prefontaine
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- Don Draper

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Theven Things Thursday

The lovely Christie at Changing From Fat to Fit was splendid and also nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Due to lack of creativity, nothing going on in my life and writers block, I shall now come up with 7 more things about myself!  Thanks Christie!!
  1. Every single morning at work I listen to Jimmy Buffett from 8 to 9am. My day feels incomplete without my little dose of Jimmy!
  2. I hate the word veteran. I hate it because everybody says vet-run. It is like they completely ignore a vowel. Even as I was ranting about this on the way to work to my mom (we carpool) a commercial came on about Veteran's Day, and sure enough the douche bag said, "Vetrun's Day". CAN'T. STAND. IT.
  3. I have already had 3 kidney stones in my life. During the first one the doctor told me that I will certainly have more since I got the first one at such a young age. (I think I was 21 or 22. Now I feel old because I  can't remember. 22. I was twenty-two!) The second stone I passed was soooo big. It was a huge stone with tons of other little pieces that look like sand. I've read that even one sand sized stone is terribly painful. Well no wonder I thought I was dying. I was on Percocet and 2 other narcotics for an entire week. I slept. Woke up. Drank juice and ate. Swallowed pills. Slept. Over and over.  The stone was so big I named him "Hudson" -- after Rock Hudson. Get it? (I have a photo but I can't find it right now. You got lucky!)
  4. I cannot stand things touching my neck. I absolutely adore my Love To Run necklace and haven't taken it off since I put it on nearly a year ago. This week it is driving me nuts. I can feel it touching me. I'm sure this is all mental. I feel like I'm choking. OMG I can't get it off. I'm trying and it won't adjust.  HELP! Seriously, I am trapped in this thing. I can't breathe. Dammit.
    1. No really. I can't take it. I need it off. I'm going to cry. 
    2. I got it. I'm exhausted. You see? I'm not joking. I can't have things touching my neck. I feel sad without it on. I promise I'm not turning my back on Steve Prefontaine. I just needed to breathe.
    3. The psych major in me thinks this is symbolic of other things. Hm.
    4. Wow - there was a lot of sweat dried up into that necklace. Poor thing. I guess it needed to come off for a cleaning!
  5. I absolutely adore Fiona Apple. I've seen her in concert 4 times now, and even her guitar player use my pen once! I swear she has a song for any type of situation or emotion you could have. The ex-husband always knew to just stay away if I was blasting Fiona. Ha - the ONLY smart thing he ever figured out! He realized I'm either mad about something, or I will be mad if he disturbs my Fiona time. She's the best! And her body is just so perfect. Lucky lady!
    1. So the necklace has been off for 5 minutes and I'm still choking. This leads me to number 6!
  6. I believe in reincarnation. But I also believe in Heaven. I was BFFs with a preacher's kid (two different ones actually.) and she didn't understand me. She told me that doesn't make sense. Whatever, I don't care. Anyhoo... I've always believed in a past life I died by drowning or choking. This is my theory on why I don't go underwater, why I get sick watching Titanic when it starts to sink and why I can't have things touching my neck. This is probably why my running shirts are always too big, too. The only "tighter"ones I can wear have v-necks! I'm a freaking mess you guys! Let's call it pre-race nerves.
  7. BFFs.... I am lucky, I have multiple! I blame it on living in various places and the world wide web of myspace, blogging and facebook. And they are all my BFFs in different ways. If your name is Mike though - you get to hear it ALL! He's my #1 gay and I just adore him. We met on the internet, too, and have since gone one multiple vacations together across the country. 
That's Mike - we spent my 29th birthday gay bar hopping in Phoenix!
That was 7. Here's a bonus! And it is because I need to call him now to have him be my lunch date. I'm named after my grandpa! (We went to the same college and he was honorary "dad" for Dad's Weekend!) AND when I moved back to Oregon and was fixing up my house he and I were roommates! And now he's my landlord. We're obviously not close at all.  ;)  And I can see his yard from my backyard! My mom and I share a middle name. Whenever I have my child - and especially if she is a girl - I'm carrying on the middle name AND grandpa's name! I may have had my daughter's name picked out since the early 90's.


  1. I know so much about you, whatever will we talk about on Saturday.

    Okay, I will have Titanic cued to the middle of the movie. S likes the part where Rose is naked, does that work for you?

  2. Does S also quote the movie as he watches it?

  3. I can't stand things around my neck either. I only wear V-necks or scoop neck shirts. I can't stand even a regular crew neck. I'm pretty sure wearing a turtleneck could be considered torture for me. I'm not sure why. I'm pretty sure its nothing as ominous as your previous life drowning though.

  4. You know you just jinxed yourself into having boys :-) I have 2 boys, would love a girl but won't "try" for one as I know it will bee another boy - 2 is my limit!

  5. Yes yes yes!! Turtlenecks are the devil!! I remember in junior high when we all wore turtle necks under sweatshirts from colleges we could never get into (Harvard, Yale, Notre Dame). I look back now -- how on earth did I survive that fad?? I was always miserable!

    ....Kelly - my e-mail reply to you came back to me. :(

  6. you will love that they added a margaritaville CASINO in vegas now. They also have the mini margartiville pit stops along the strips 1 shot of tequila + a landshark beer all for $6--- did a few of those hehe.

    I overheat when things touch my neck- only will allow something to touch it if i'm cold

  7. now didn't we just find out a lot about you from this post?!! Oh, yuck KIDNEY STONES...never had one, pray I never will. have fun this weekend!

  8. Firstly, your grandpa looks like he is in good shape!

    Love all the pictures.

    I believe in reincarnation too. And in karma. What goes around, comes around.

    I dont like things on my face. And I have lots of baby hair. Yeah. You got that right. Lots of baby hair even though I am far from being a baby.

    We need to race together at least ONCE in our lifetime!!

  9. Ha! Rock Hudson! Love it. But yikes!! Three kidney stones?!

    Such a cute pic of you and your grandpa!

  10. I can't wear turtlenecks.

  11. I can't sleep with anything touching my neck. I wake up gasping and freaking out.

    Good luck on your race!

  12. We learned so much! Eww, I'm the same way with turtle necks. Can't stand em. Anything else though, well, it shouldn't bother normal people! :)

  13. what an incredibly interesting list! Jimmy buffet is awesome but I don't know if I could listen to him daily, so fun!

  14. Ugh... I can't imagine how painful it must be to have kidney stones! You are very strong for enduring them!

    Cute photos... you are lucky to have the friends and family you've got.


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