25 Random Things

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It seems like everyone on facebook is doing one of these things, so I figured why not give it a try. Someone told me it’s a good way to learn something about yourself, and it seemed fun. I’m not very good at these things so let’s see if I end up being coherent. So here we go.

1.  I always feel like I have a good idea of things I want to say/type but when I sit down to actually get something written, my mind is blank. It makes me wonder if I should carry a recording device for my “brilliant thoughts”.

2.  English is my 2nd language, but it’s the one I am more fluent in. I moved to the US from the Ukraine when I was 6, and my knowledge of Russian, aside from taking some classes in college to “re-learn” how to read and write, stopped right around there. So I can speak my native language at a 6-year-old level.  However, not having been brought up with English spoken in the house, I often struggle to find the right words and trip over my own tongue. I’m like a foreign native.

3.  I’m very much an introvert, though I try so hard to be social because being an introvert is so lonely. But being social is so much work, that it wears me out and I sometimes come home drained and headache-y after a social event.

4.  My most favorite time is spent laying on the couch, watching TV or whatever, wrapped in a blanket, using hubby’s tummy as a pillow, holding my kitteh, with the doggie laying at my feet to keep them warm. I can spend hours just enjoying my cuddly family time. There should be more time in the day for lazy time.

5.  I haven’t decided yet if I ever want to expand my family with human children. I’m quite content with and I barely have enough patience for the 3 kids I currently have – the husband, and the two hairy furball babies that are the cat and dog. Human babies scare me – everything about them, from the idea of pregnancy, to the labor, to the putting up with little screaming things for years and years. I don’t think that makes me a bad person. I’m a good person, dammit! I also don’t want to be one of those women who lose their identity when they become “mommies”. I don’t want my life to become all about my children and nothing else.  I don’t think I would agree to having a kid without some kind of full time nanny help so I can still have some time to myself and still get out of the house and maintain some friendships. 

6. I’m not a tomboy, but I’m also not a girly-girl. I’m not athletic, or very coordinated, and I can’t wear high heels (puts too my stress on my knees which already have enough issues in flat shoes). I buy “sensible” comfortable boots and I never really thought about it until I gave someone a tour of my house and she pointed out that my closet was full of multiple sets of similar-looking black boots. I also realized I rarely wear slacks that aren’t black or jeans that aren’t dark. Apparently the bottom half of my body is depressed or something. Maybe that’s why I have so many bright-colored tops, not that I wear them all that often though. I also rarely wear a lot of makeup. I’m just naturally lazy.

7.  I can be pretty OCD about stuff. I was worse as a kid. At one time I had my closet organized by color and had matching outfits hanging together. A friend of mine came over one time and gave me a hard time about being so crazy. Then she went in my closet and moved everything around! I was shocked. But also I was too lazy to reorganize it back to the way it was, so she in her sweet little way forced me to be less organized and a little more relaxed about things. I’m still OCD when it comes to things having a place and being put where they belong, if I have created such a place. For example, the toothpaste must go in the toothpaste holder next to the toothbrush. If it’s laying on the counter it makes me angry at its existence. See, OCD. I’m telling you. It’s funny because I’m overly picky on some stuff, but then I have clutter areas too. I guess it’s just a mix of OCD and lazy.

8.  Apparently, I am lazy. That seems to be a recurring theme. I go from times of being completely driven and motivated and productive to just laying around and not being able to get anything done. It would be nice to find that middle ground consistently. I sometimes wonder if I shouldn’t just get hypnotized to enjoy working out. I’m so lazy and it’s so hard to get motivated to go to the gym or do anything like that. But I really need to ‘cause I’m so weak, not to mention I recently had to buy a pair of pants another size higher. Unacceptable. Still working on the willpower thing.

9.  I love new technology, but rarely allow myself to shell out the money to enjoy it. I often talk myself out of crazy purchases by convincing myself that whatever new item I want, that I have something that fulfills that purpose. That is why (until recently, but not by my own purchase) my GPS was still 4 years old (I refused to buy a new one since my friends with new GPS devices are having similar problems with their new ones that I am with my ancient one, so why bother?), why I didn’t have internet capabilities on my cell phone (again, until recently, since I mainly used it as a clock anyway), and why I am only now realizing how amazing HD is (yes, the purchase of a new TV last year for my birthday was something I couldn’t talk myself out of, but only recently did we get an HD programming package).  

10.  My kitten is my baby. We really do have a special bond. Every morning she’s waiting for me by the bedroom door (she’s not allowed to sleep with us cause she pounces on hubby in his sleep and apparently that’s not acceptable). The moment I pick her up in the morning she starts purring and that’s absolutely my favorite sound. She follows me around the bathroom and closet all morning as I’m getting ready and rubs up against me and purrs and it’s just the sweetest thing. She also likes to sit on my pile of clothes when I’m taking a shower before bed and when I get out she rubs up against me almost as if to say – Momma you seem to have lost all your fur, here let me give you some. It’s too adorable. I enjoy having her in the bed with me on drill weekends when hubby is out of town because then I get my soft (and her fur is really really soft) little kitty sleeping next to me and it’s the best.

11.  I really miss my Momma! My Mom and I are really close, or at least were before I moved to Texas. We were more like sisters and would hang out together and go shopping and it was just so much fun. I really miss having her close now that she’s 2000+ miles away.

12.  I want a best friend. I often feel so lonely without a female companion. Other than my Mom, I had a best friend in high school, we actually called each other sisters because our birthdays were one day apart, and we were so much alike and could sit and talk for hours. I really miss having someone that I connect with like that. Yes, I have my wonderful husband and he is my best friend, but he’s male, and he just doesn’t fit in that role of a female best friend that I need to fill. So I’m still searching for my Texas BFF.

13.  I am addicted to those crime/detective shows on TV. We record (because dvr is awesome) probably like 10 shows a week. It gets pretty crazy to try to keep up with them all. I’ve also recently realized we have HBO with our new expanded programming package, and have become addicted to TrueBlood. The current episodes with Sooky and Bill – well they’re what the Twilight movie *should* have been.

14.  I stumbled into my career sort of on accident, but I was lucky. Things seem to be working out pretty well and my supervisor/DM is super awesome. We get along great and can talk about random things for hours. We have very similar personality traits. Perhaps she’s me when I’m 50, if I ever decide aging is a good idea.

15.  I like puzzles. I got hooked on sudoku in college and did a puzzle in the newspaper every day. It’s been a while since I’ve done them regularly, but every now and then if I come across one in a newspaper or something, I am compelled to finish it. I also used to like logic puzzles but I haven’t explored any in a while.

16. I don’t remember what my first words were (meaning I don’t remember what my parents told me it was, if they even told me), but I do remember my first sentence. It was spoken to my Grandpa. I asked him to make me some tea. See, as a child I used to spend my summers with my grandparents because my Grandma was a teacher and had summers off. But only Grandpa knew the correct way to make my tea, so I just went up and asked him for it. I couldn’t have been more than 3 or so. I remember this event, or maybe it’s been told to me so many times that it’s become like a memory.

17.  For the longest time, my favorite color was purple. But in recent years, I have become obsessed with burgundy. It was one of the colors in my wedding, it’s the color of my dining room walls (though we didn’t paint them, the previous owners did, and I love the color), and the color I want my next cellphone and car in. Since it’s in the same general color family, I wonder if that’s just my favorite color maturing?

18. Speaking of cell phones, I want a Blackberry. It’s like everyone has one these days. And they look so cute. Not to mention they have a full keyboard so I can finally text without being a monkey holding a phone upside down trying to figure out what to do with it. Seriously, I can’t text on a regular phone. I need a full keyboard. But I also want full email capabilities so I get a ding when a new mail comes in and I can sync it to my home and work emails. That way I never miss an important message, and I know in advance when something’s about to hit the fan.

19. On that note. Most of the technology I have are hand-downs from my Daddy. See, he plays with something, gets bored and moves on to the next thing, and gives me the toy he no longer wants. This past visit home he gave me his current GPS, so now I don’t have to use the ancient one, and a Palm Treo cellphone with a full keyboard and internet capabilities, but it doesn’t have the full email plan where it gets emails as they come in – I still have to log in and get them. So it’s not exactly what I want, but it’s a step closer.

20. I want a Lexus. Want. It will be my next car, provided my current 12 year old Avalon lasts me until I can afford one. I haven’t quite decided which model yet, either an ES 300 series or an RX 300 series, but it will be burgundy! Yes, I’m deciding between a sedan and an SUV. The RX 300 SUVs are just total cuteness. I just don’t know if I’ll justify the fact that it’s a bit of a gas guzzler. Unless I get the hybrid. The other thing that I don’t know about is the lack of a trunk. I use my car’s trunk for lots of stuff, and I like being able to hide what’s in my car – it keeps people from wanting to break in. But trucks and SUVs do not have a trunk so everything is out in the open and visible. And cluttered. I like to hide clutter in my trunk. But I like the fact that the SUV is taller and safer than a smaller car, which is quite important in Houston traffic. So.. we’ll see, I suppose.

21. I absolutely love owning my home. It’s amazing to me that I can even have a house with only one of us working and the other one going through law school. Sure, it’s not my dream home, but it’s my first real house and it’s amazing. It’s got a decent floor plan, though I have a few complaints about the upstairs, and the yard is amazingly huge and makes the doggy happy. We’ve made some improvements here and there and have others planned, which is a lot of work but also rewarding to be improving the place where we live and making it look how we want it to. Sure, I don’t live “in the loop” or whatever, but I wouldn’t want to. I prefer the suburban life.

22. I am looking forward to when hubby graduates law school, but also dreading it for a few reasons. It will be great for him to be done with all this reading and exams and get started with a job and all that. But as soon as he graduates his loans become due, and it will take some time for him to study and take the bar and get a job. I’m worried about making those payments happen. Of course there’s also the looming deployment sometime around 2010/2011. I don’t really need to say how I’m not looking forward to that happening. I just don’t think I can handle being alone for a year constantly worrying about him. Blah I so want him out of the army already.

23. Due to a high tax return and mortgage surplus refund, hubby talked me into buying a Playstation 3. I didn’t want that to become just a toy for him, so we found a game I would enjoy too – the Lego Indiana Jones game. It is so much fun! We play it together. It’s definitely “our” toy, which is funny to me since I’ve never really been into video games. He’s a lot better with the controls since he grew up playing video games, but I’m catching on slowly. I’m having a lot of issues with the jumping and the depth-perception. I keep trying to walk next to places. I’ll get it eventually. But it’s a ton of fun. We haven’t used the blu-ray capabilities yet but I’m sure we’ll rent some good movies and try that out soon.

24. I love to travel and see new places. It’s so much fun for me. I’m such a tourist with taking pictures of everything. Even though travel can be exhausting, it’s so rewarding too.

25.  Currently, most of my social schedule is filled with meetup.com events. It’s a really good website. I’m assistant organizer for the Houston couples meetup group, and we’ve met some cool people and even made some friends through that group. We’re also pretty active with the movie meetup group in our town, cause we love to see movies and this gives us a chance to make that happen more often. I’ve also joined many women groups but I haven’t really had a chance to get active in those. Outside of meetup, most of the people I know in Houston are people I met at work, and people I met through people I met at work. I suppose that’s a good way to start a network, especially since we do have a lot of younger people at my job. Anyway though, I do like going to meetup events because it gets us out of the house and we get to explore more of the area and hopefully make some more friends. Cause being lonely isn’t fun.

Phew! Look at me. I finally finished this, and it only took me a month to come up with 25 items. 

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9 thoughts on “25 Random Things

  1. Well now I know alot more about you than I did previously. I don’t blame you for the nanny thing to be quite honest. You don’t get alot of your own time when you become a parent.

  2. I enjoyed learning some very interesting things about you. I’m weird. At work, I like everything very neat and tidy, but at home I’m a slob. I am totally with on on children. I never really wanted any, so it’s a good thing I never had any.

  3. My cats are my babies too! I love it when they purr the moment you pick them up for a cuddle. That sound is music to my ears :)

  4. Wow, you finally finished your 25 things! Very interesting too – I’ve learned quite a bit about you from reading this. :) Anyway….

    5) I really do agree with you on this. I don’t actually plan on having kids at all, but if I did I’d want some serious help raising them. It certainly doesn’t make you a bad person…everyone has different ways of doing things.

    9) Lol, I am the exact opposite of you when it comes to stuff like that…and not just technology either. I’m very self-indulgent, I don’t like to deny myself anything. 😉

    25) Those meetup groups sound like such a good idea, and I’m glad you’ve made some friends through them. I think I’d still be too shy to even take the first step of joining the group though. =/

    Anyway, take care hon…see you around at Vertigo! *hugs*

  5. That is quite a bit.

    I think most people have a part of them that they are finicky about (OCD about). One gal I use to work with made it an excuse and it became increasingly annoying after some time that it actually put off people. After a department change for her, I am pretty sure she has no clue how it became a problem between others and her during work.

    English is my first language… although Spanish is on a level equal to English. I have been studying/ speaking/ writing it for half of my life. In fact, I am the one teaching my son Spanish (as he is Mexican- American) and his father who is from Mexico City is really lazy about it. I do however have an appreciation for those who have learned English as a second language. Learning a third or fourth is not easier, so when some of my European friends who know 4 or more languages come around, I find it impressive.

    You and I have some commonality, especially with travel. It is a passion of mine as I love to learn about new places. :)

  6. You would want a nanny if you had children? When I think of people with nannies I always think of rich snobs who shouldn’t have a nanny in the first place. I could never see myself with a nanny. I would just hire a baby sitter now and then so I could go out and relax.

    I think I’m similar to you with number 7. I also like things to be in their proper place. Sometimes I will leave things laying around. But if other people move things around and don’t put them back I get very angry, at least inside. It really stresses me out.

    That meetup site sounds awesome. I wonder if we have something like that around here. I can see that being very useful.

  7. Wow – that’s a lot to comment on! That would have taken me a year to write *laughs*.

    1 makes sense when you consider 2. If fluent English isn’t spoken around you it’s no wonder you struggle to get your words out! Saying that I have the same issue and I have no excuse.

    Currently I’m in the mind-set that I’d much have a family that included kitties over children. Cats do something to my heart that nothing else can! ‘Cats leave paw prints on your heart’ – is something I’ve seen quoted before!

    I am similarly great at talking myself out of purchases – but recently didn’t even argue against getting a Nintendo Wii! My, I do love it though!

    I’m not all that keen on Lexus cars, but then again I’m kind of in the wrong country to see their best vehicles! I’m such a Jaguar lover it’s ridiculous. If one passes me I actually turn my head to check it out! Crazy lady!


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