Friday, August 15, 2008

I Need To Talk About Me? Ok!

Angela over at Hello, Dahrlin' meme'd me awhile ago, and I'm just now getting around to it (sorry Angela!). I've actually seen a lot of people doing this one, and I typically enjoy reading the six things people come up with. It's a good number where it's interesting without becoming overkill. The only problem I realized is that if I don't get on the stick soon, I won't have anyone left to tag.

So here we go!

6 UN-spectacular things about me

And the rules are as follows:
1. Link the person who tagged you - Check!
2. Mention the rules on your blog - Check!
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours - And I promise to hold it down to only six!
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them - Done!
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged - Coming!

1) I have an unnaturally large bladder.
Really, I do. I read somewhere once that the average bladder can hold only 11 ounces. Then I look at my 32 ounce water bottle and realize I drink a good five or so of these a day, if not more. And 11 ounces seems really little to me. This actually comes in really handy for several reasons. First, it means I don't have to run to the potty when trying to entertain the wee ones. Second, it means that I went all 40 weeks of both pregnancies without having to wake up in the middle of the night to pee. And third...

2) I have an unnatural phobia of public restrooms.
In fact, I've never used a Port-A-Potty. Ever. And I can go an entire 5 hour car ride to St Louis without having to stop the car to pee. I don't even like going to the bathroom in my work's bathroom. When I do go, I have my standards and some places will and have caused me to just hold it some more. When I use a public restroom, I first have to wipe off the seat with toilet paper. Twice. I'm not a hoverer at least, as the idea of missing or splashing grosses me out more than sitting. And besides, I just cleaned the seat twice. When I flush, I always use my foot. Even when it's not the foot kind of flush. And I'm teaching Little Miss appropriate public potty behavior, as well, although I'm trying not to give her my phobia -- given that she insists on using the restroom at least twice in every restaurant we go to, I think I'm ok on this one.

3) I can't keep a manicure to save my life.
I love getting manicures and pedicures, but they don't like me. I've learned not to go swimming within a day or so because the nail polish just peels right off. But no matter how good of care I take of them, including putting another coat of clear polish on every other day or so, a manicure starts chipping within three days for me. And then I have to take it all off immediately. If I don't have polish remover with me, I have to chip it off myself. That's why I have polish remover in my car at all times. And along those same lines...

4) I can't stand the sound of nails being clipped.
For me, it's worse than nails on a chalkboard. When I get a manicure or pedicure, they have to manually file my nails. And I have to just cringe and grit my teeth when I hear other customers getting their nails cut. It's a noise that I can feel in my neck just under my jaw on either side by my ears. I don't know how else to describe it, but it almost hurts me there to hear that noise. I make my husband go into our bathroom with the fan on and door closed and me downstairs with the tv on before he can trim his nails or those of the wee ones.

5) I have hyper-flexible hips and shoulders.
Until I started yoga, I had no idea of this. In fact, I generally consider myself to be not at all flexible as I can't touch my toes. Even when doing the Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge in elementary school and when I was a cheerleader (captain, even) in high school, touching my toes was a challenge. I just have exceedingly short hamstrings. So apparently I make up for it with my shoulders and hips. I can sit in the "butterfly" position with my heels only a couple inches from my body with both knees on the ground. In pigeon, I generally can't get my hips to feel a stretch. And I can grasp my hands easily behind my back with one hand going down over the back of my shoulder and one hand going up from my hips. I just always thought those were normal things people could do.

6) I have a spreadsheet dating back to 2001 that details every check or payment or withdrawal I've made from any bank account.
I'm a little anal when it comes to spreadsheets. I really like them. I created spreadsheets to track my wedding (and I mean who's responded and how many and what kind of food and how many have yet to respond and who will sit at what table based on who is and isn't coming and forecasts for all of the above). And I have spreadsheets for each of the wee ones' birthday parties that have formulae in them. The one for Little Miss has multiple formulae, one to tell me how many people have yet to respond, two to count how many people and kids are coming and one to calculate how many favors I need to buy and how much that will cost. And the one tracking my spending is quite similar. It doesn't just track what I've spent and where and the audit of my bank statements (separate sheets in the same workbook, obviously), but it also forecasts out my spending and how much money I have for the next four months. It's a sickness.

And after reading all this, you'll probably never come back to visit again, will you? BUT, I'm going to pass this along anyway. And I hope you've read this far.

The lucky meme'd are:
Manic Mommy
Mabunny from Able's Antics
AnyMommy from Is There Any Mommy Out There?
Cookie from The Cookie Jar
Karen from The Rocking Pony
Kellen from On the Upside

It's funny but most other blogs that I read have already done this meme (shame on me for being delinquent, I guess!). Soooo if you aren't into the meme's, feel free to ignore, but I'm a rule follower, so I have to do what it tells me.


Angie's Spot August 15, 2008 at 8:18 PM  

FINALLY!!! Someone who is more anal about spreadsheets than ME! I truly didn't think it was possible. And you'll forgive me if I send gobs of my friends and family to your site every time I get a wise-crack from them from here forward as to my "spreadsheet addiction". Now, I know I have a sickness too, but I think yours might be in the advanced stages. But I still luv ya! :-)

-Bridget August 15, 2008 at 9:03 PM  

I think you owe us a picture on the flexible thing. And I think I could pace you with the spreadsheet usage any day sista!

Karen August 15, 2008 at 9:08 PM  

There's gotta be a bladder happy medium somewhere. Mine is miniscule and weak. It holds very little but always has enough left in it to leak in times of duress. (Like sneezing.)

anymommy August 15, 2008 at 10:53 PM  

I loved that. I know you in a whole new way now. Suddenly, the lottery ticket system makes perfect sense.

Okay and I am painfully slow about these things. You'll think I totally ignored you and then I'll do it liek at Christmas or something. It's not that I don't love you.

Mabunny August 16, 2008 at 9:40 AM  

I will do the meme this weekend:)) gotta think of stuff to put there!

Angela August 16, 2008 at 2:14 PM  

Yay! I loved learning more about you! Let's see:

I have a tiny bladder, which makes it impossible for me to avoid public restrooms. But I always put paper on the toilet seat (like, to cover it) and sit on that, even at work. I just can't sit on the actual seat itself.

And I have the same problem with manicures. I just use my hands too much to protect the polish and I haven't got the patience for acrylic nails (which will hold polish) these days.

I'm also pretty flexible, though I have to work to maintain it these days.

I'm LOL about your nail-cutting phobia though! I don't mind the noise, as long as people don't leave nail clippings anywhere. But I once had boss who would do this at his desk, which was just gross!!!!!

Michelle August 16, 2008 at 6:28 PM  

Angie - Ummm yeah. I really am quite anal about my spreadsheets. I could actually probably market my budget and wedding spreadsheets. I've sent out my wedding spreadsheet to three friends in the past few years due to popular request. So feel free to send everyone over to witness the spreadsheet additions :)

Bridget - Ummm, no picture. But use a mental picture... when my shoulders are tight, my husband stretches them for me by pulling them straight back behind me towards each other. Then he has to have one on top of the other because when the backs of my hands are touching, it still doesn't stretch. And yes, my feet can go behind my head. I'll leave it at that. And hey -- you can help Angie with reassuring her friends and fam that spreadsheets are your friends and she's not so bad off, right?

Karen - I'm sure there's a happy medium somewhere. I definitely haven't found it though. I have a feeling that adding more children might make my bladder pendulum swing the other way though, and we all know that's not in the cards!

Anymommy - Yeah, I suppose the lottery thing would make more sense then, wouldn't it? No worries on the memes. I'm not too big into them, but this was actually a sort of ok one. I take no offense if the tagees don't want to play. I just had to follow the rules :)

Michelle August 16, 2008 at 6:30 PM  

Mabunny - It's hard to decide what to put there, isn't it? I have a few that I debated putting up but finally settled on these. And I'm sure someday you'll hear about more quirks!

Angela - Thanks for clarifying my issue -- I work too hard and use my hands too much to keep a manicure. Ah-ha! Brilliant! And umm yeah, nail clipping not in the privacy of your own bathroom totally skeeves me out. Not that my FIL did it in our family room with me in the room while visiting or anything... Nope. Didn't happen. Nuh-uh.

Cookie August 16, 2008 at 9:09 PM  

OMG! Have ever been to Japan? Do you know the "traditional" toilets in Japan? They are like a hole in the ground! I'm not kidding. I've heard there are some "worse" in China. But I haven't been there myself so I can't verify that.
Anyway, Thanks for tagging me. I'll have to think about the 6 things, but I have no idea of other 6 people to tag!

Manic Mom August 17, 2008 at 4:49 PM  

I will try to get to this, but school starts this week so I might be in my bedroom crying my heart out all week long cuz i'm going to be soooo sooo sooo sad!

Thanks for the tag though! : )

Michelle August 20, 2008 at 10:18 PM  

Cookie - I have not made it to Japan, although it's on my list. A woman who used to work for me though went earlier this year and showed me her photo album, including the hole in the ground toilets (that her sister who is teaching English there neglected to mention)! I actually may do better with those toilets than these. In the airport bathroom this afternoon, someone had peed ALLLLLL over the seat. Yuck!

Manic - Ewww, you guys start this week? We start up next week. Well, ok, my husband starts next week and the wee ones the week after. Good luck with the empty house (and ummm it took me awhile to complete the tag, so no worries)! OH, and tell Jess that I read her book while in Vegas (finally) and absolutely loved it. Especially the truisms I know from life in MN and here... and the fact that it wasn't all neatly tied up at the end. GREAT BOOK!

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