Friday, August 24, 2007

Yay! I'm tagged...

Thanks to Aimee:)
Playing Tag
RULES - Post rules before giving the facts - Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves - People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules - At the end of your post you need to tag six people and list their names - Leave them a comment on their blog, telling them they have been tagged and not to forget to read yours.

My 8 random facts,

but first, I have to say it is hard to pick 8 facts to share & then to remember that family reads my blog, so I have to think hard about what to say:

1. I have an unnatural love for Germany. I was a German major, the only one in my classes who had actually never learned a lick of German before college. I was born there and spent much of my childhood there (military). I love the language, the food & beer, the whole fairy tale atmosphere of the countryside. The people are not the friendliest in the world, but I don't care. When I'm in Germany or Austria I am blissed out just to be there. I would move there in a minute, even if we all crammed into one small apartment.

2. I used to socialize for a living. I was a corporate concierge in Washington DC in the early 90's. I stayed out late every night going to soft openings, regular openings, parties, concerts, clubs etc. etc. Some of my coworkers and I would get paid by our agency to go to parties and mingle. It was weird & there were some major cheeseballs out there. My dad told me working as a concierge would be good for me because I would learn to smile a lot. He was right, I can be friendly to anyone. He also told me it would help me find a better job in a depressed time (not many good jobs back then) He was right about that too.

3. I have causes, things I believe in, but they all revolve around babies, because I am baby crazy.

4. I used to be a mover in the summertime. I was very fit, I lifted boxes all day that I packed, I had some lunatic coworkers and I had a blast almost every day. We would stay out very late partying in the parking lot with car radios blaring Dr. Dre's the Chronic CD.

5. I love to entertain. I love cooking, reading cookbooks, having people over & staying up late drinking, talking, eating, dancing. I thank my mom for this, she is the Queen of entertaining, even on a moments notice.

6. I secretly don't relate well to a lot of other moms my age because, I am my dad, as a woman. I am more like My own dad if he was a stay at home dad. I read whenever I can, I suck at laundry, I do the minimum in the kitchen & I truly suck at cleaning!! I will cook a damn good meal, I make sure the kids are healthy, clean and well fed, but I hate housework. When I was a kid and my dad was watching us he was always reading the paper or a book, with his music cranked. He interacted, but he left us to our own devices a lot. I am the same kind of parent. I think kids entertaining themselves is the best! I am trying to improve, but deep down I am interested only in learning loads of random facts and reading anything I get my hands on.

7. I had written here about my Catholicness, but that's not really that random, so I'll make that its own post & here I'll add here that I had dreadlocks in college. I went to the beach over labor day my sophomore year and decided I was through brushing my hair. It dreaded up in less than a week because its tangly. I did not have cute orderly pre-fab dreads, they were really gnarly & I liked them. It was liberating in a way.

8. I am a constant primper. I love makeup and I will always have a mirror with me at all times & I will never forget my lipstick.

If you want to do this, please do & then send a comment so I can see your randomness!


Aimee said...

I'm so sorry about your baby. That must have been very hard. My heart goes out to you. I loved reading your responses and almost wish we lived in closer proximity--I think we'd have a lot to talk about over drinks!

clara said...

Thanks Aimee, it is still a struggle, although better now than ever.
I completely agree! I would love to have a few drinks and chat!

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Qtpies7 said...

I lived in Germany for 6 years, and loved it! I had my first 3 kid there. I would move back in a heart-beat, too.
And housework, oh my gosh, that is soooo hard for me! I hate it, I avoid it, I detest it with all my heart!

Qtpies7 said...

Oh my goodness, I read the comments, and these people completely missed the point! I'm so sorry that you were attacked like that! Clearly you were saying that you were like YOUR dad, not like all stay at home dads.
They need to get a life, clearly.
Oh my gosh "If you truely cared about your kids health you would clean, clean clean" what a crock! Being bad at housework and hating it does not mean the house is a health hazard!

clara said...

3 stay at home dads got their boxers in a twist and wrote some ignorant & exceedingly defensive comments here. One comment was rascist and filled with racist terms I would never want my children to see. I obviously wrote about my own dad and not about all SAHD's. I would never pick on anyone who chooses to stay home, but its a little scary to think of how judgemental these guys were of me, and yet, they raise kids.
I remove negative comments, because I can.

I don't know how other people were raised, but I was taught to not say anything if I don't have anything nice to say. I guess not everybody got home training. :)

S. said...

I would love to live in Salzburg! One of my favorite places!

Ummm...I am sure you have read the continuum concept, that sort of goes along with reading and listening to your own music and leaving kids to their own devices, probably good for them!

Oh, guess I missed some stupid comments...but actually, the reason there is such an increase in childhood allergies is our houses are too clean, and a little dust definately is not a bad thing--also good for kids to have dogs in the house for the same reason. and I don't know any kids who looking back, their favorite memories of their moms were when they were cleaning, geesh...some people need a life.

S. said...

oh yeah, I was also a concierge (but not corporate, at a luxury hotel)--it helped me learn not to cry at the drop of a hat when people yelled at me! Although most people were very nice.

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