Monday, February 07, 2011

A dozen things you didn't know about me

I've seen other bloggers make a list like this and I've always wanted to do it. Those personal, quirky, pieces of their puzzle feel like a gift. And really, the little things are what make up a life. So here are a few random pieces that make up my own puzzle.

1. I really love movies. Old classics, romantic, comedy, drama, family, even animated...most anything except when a good story is ruined by too much violence. I can mark periods of my life by the movies that I loved and watched over and over. In childhood, it was Goonies, Annie, and Pollyanna. In high school it was Say Anything and Dirty Dancing. In College it was Reality Bites. We watched it once a week. Not kidding.

C'mon. You know it's so good. I knew all the dialogue between Winona Rider and Ethan Hawke. Some of my favorites since I've been a grown-up are Once, Tristan and Isolde, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Moulin Rouge, Serendipity, The Holiday, and August Rush. A good movie, one that resonates with timeless humanity, is something I really savor.

2. I can’t wait until I can trade in my station wagon for a non-mom mobile. This is my first choice, a 1969 Corvette Stingray. It would look so cute on me, I think. I keep dreaming that that day will come on my fortieth birthday, except that is not too far off.

3. I’m really sensitive to smells, and my sensitivity got worse after having kids. What we used to call “super nose” when I was pregnant just never went away. I have to hold my breath when I wash ketchup off the dishes after dinner. I can’t stand it.

4. I don’t know what color my hair is. I can’t really “see” it, and I don't realize it is any different from everyone else. I've never colored it, and when I look in the mirror, I don't see the color, which is what most people notice about me. So when I see another red head out there in the world, I ask my husband, “Does she have my same color?” so that I have an idea of what mine looks like. Most of the time, he’ll say something like, “No, yours is a little lighter,” and so it doesn’t really help. This sounds strange, I know.

5. I love animals. Each kind speaks something about God to me, and I believe that's part of their purpose. Animals can move me to some great realizations, like when I wrote this post. Sometimes I feel I even learn how to appreciate God through observing them and how He’s made them. His power, His joy, His creativity, His loyalty, His mystery….it’s all on display in the animal kingdom. So yeah, if you come with us to the zoo, I may be teary once or twice and try to hide it from you. Stop giggling.

6. I have a weird anxiety about dropping things. If I’m carrying an arm full of mail and some things start to slide out, I have to tell myself that everything will be okay if I drop some of it. Seriously, I feel like I might freak out when I drop something down the side of the seat in the car, or the crayons roll off the table at the restaurant. I have to take deep breaths. I also feel really stressed when the grocery bags tip over in the trunk and I hear the oranges rolling all around. Think I have issues with chaos??

7. I’m kind of competitive. Not crazy, but I don’t mess around, especially with board games. I like games, and I equally feel bad/like to beat you at them. My favorite is Scrabble. I was super into Pac-Man and Donkey Kong growing up since we had them in the garage. Arcade-sized. It was awesome. And I secretly have this fear that once my kids get big enough and we decide to have a video game system in our home, that I’ll be the one tempted to spend an unhealthy amount of time improving my strategies. That’s kind of embarrassing.

8. I love learning. I wish I could be taking a class on something – anything – all the time. I love school supplies and test-taking and books and scantrons and pencils and Target in September. At one point, I seriously considered how I could get a PHD and become a professor so that I could be in school forever. When one of my kids says, on occasion, that they don’t like school, I have to conceal my wash of panic on the inside while I feverishly try to talk them out of it. Wow. [btw, I think that is the ONLY feeling I do try to talk them out of ]

9. I want to write a book someday. I have no idea what it would be about.

10. I’ve only gotten one traffic ticket, and it was when I was 18, the morning after Grad Night. Not that I haven’t deserved a whole lot more of them.

11. I’m not afraid of public speaking. I competed in speech contests when I was a teen, and it scared me so much that all that fear got used up, I guess.

12. My two biggest goals right now are within the art of homemaking, something I’m not great at. Yet. We are in the process of repainting and redecorating….making our space look like us instead of looking like stuff we’ve just always had around us. And secondly, I am challenging myself to do this. It starts March 9th (covering the 40 days prior to Easter) and will require me to go through my whole house – every drawer and closet and shelf – purging what we don’t need or want. I’m really scared, for some reason, and am feeling plagued by feelings of incompetence, which isn’t my usual deal. But I’m also really hopeful that these two changes will feel like a big breath of much needed fresh air.

So there you have it. Did you learn a couple things about me? I’m a piece of work, but God’s work. He’s always got me, and that means all my strengths get used for good things (when I let them), and all my weaknesses get redeemed (when I let them). All the in between is just my own unique mixture of crazy and lovely.

So I’d LOVE to get to know you better too. Really. If you feel so inclined to make your own list, let me know. (Should I do a linky thing??) ‘Cause I wanna read it!

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  1. Love it! #4: Are you color blind? I thought I heard someone say, once, that only men are color blind. Is that true? Do you know? #5: Do you know about elk sounds? I just went to the zoo last week! Omgoodness, it was soooo much fun! #6: Is it because you dropped a jar of mayo when you were a kid, and your dad yelled at you? B/c that happened to me...

  2. Ha ha! No I'm not color blind! I'm just not ever looking at myself in a crowd to see what I look like relative to everyone else. Does that make sense?

  3. A few notes for your readers:
    - Leslie's grandmother drove a 300HP Camaro at the age of 60, so even if she doesn't get her Stingray until 50, she'll still be ahead of the game.
    - Her "kind of competitiveness" is not completely her fault. Note first, a variation of the definition of competitive, "As good as or better than others of a comparable nature." So stubborn and so smart, she can't help but win, then feel compassionate about it.
    - To address her Drop Phobia, its interesting to know that her father tells a scary story about being attacked as a child while carrying out a pile of trash. Of course he was being attacked by an imaginary monster. He dropped the whole pile and rushed back to his mother who at the time was yelling "look out, look out". But she was simply referring to the watermelon juice leaking off the pile of trash.

    Anyways...Video games at night! I'm totally available play Tron online together between 12am and 2am.

    Can't wait to read the book!

  4. i adore this!!!!!! love getting to know you better!!! xoxo

  5. You are SO ADORABLE!! This was so fun to read! And when I was reading about your love for animals, it made me think of something you might really love. We use a wonderful resource in our homeschooling and it's one of the kids very, very favorite parts of our week. They are called Character Sketches and they take one character quality and have four chapters on four different aspects of that quality. But the really cool part is the fact that they use ANIMALS to display that quality. It is fascinating! Then they show the same thing (or lack of it) in a character from the Bible. We always come away in awe of our Creator and His amazing animal creations.

  6. Brothers are awesome. If you don't have one, I feel sorry for you. Thanks for the additional notes, Dave. XO

  7. this was a fun spin to the regular 'coffee date' post! i think i might do something like this next time- for my readers who don't know me well. :)

    i, too, want to write a book one day! and i'm kind of with you, i dont know exactly what it would be about...

    thanks for sharing coffee! i enjoyed getting to know you.

  8. my dad just sold his '69 corvette and got a new one. i'm not really into cars, but i think it would look cute on you too.

    i do the same thing with my hair. i always thought i was a lot more blond than i am. it has been strange to start calling my hair brown (not that i cared what color it was, i just didn't really know). so, i can totally relate to #4.

    i'm very impressed with #11 about public speaking. it is probably one of my biggest fears.

  9. I recently colored my hair reddish-brown and I totally understand the not knowing what my color is. I am always trying to catch my reflection while I am in the sunlight. This was fun to read.

  10. Hey girl! Thanks for the comment. I feel ya on the hair color thing. I've gotten red, blonde, and light brown. I think the solution is to equate our hair color to an item, not an actual color...

    "What color hair do you have?"
    "My hair is baked apple pie crust."

    It works.

  11. I think I'm addicted to learning too! And I DID get a PhD. But I didn't become a professor because then it's more about publishing than teaching, research & conferences & ego-puffing than learning. No, I'm not disaffected...why ever would you think that?...

    But then after we moved to Thailand, I was still like "I wanna take language courses! And teaching courses (even though I've already taught 4+ years)! And yoga courses!" And when the hubby gave me a funny side eye look, I thought maybe I should chill for a bit.

    I also super big pink puffy heart love Scrabble. :)

  12. Oh, I loved Reality BItes but Singles was always one of my very favorites...from around the same time I think? And The Holiday...LOVE that movie and not just because of Jude Law but because of that little cottage that I actually dream of staying in one day..or something close to it! : ) Loved learning a little more about you, Leslie. Thanks so much for coffee!

  13. I love this list! You and I are quite similar (and, interestingly, my BFF Casey is very similar to Shauna).

  14. so fun to get to know you better in this way! i'm kinda competitive, too. great list, seriously fun way to "meet" people for coffee!!