Friday, February 4, 2011

7 Things You've Always Wanted to Know About Jen

Last week, I was tagged by the lovely hostess, Michelle, at Lost in the Prairies to write about 7 random things that no one (or perhaps at least very few people) know(s) about me.  I kinda gave up a few secrets a few weeks back on another CR Friday, but I'll do the best I can.
I'm stealing Michelle's 7 from last week because it's so cool.
{1}  I tend to become a bit paranoid at times -- random moments when I let my imagination get the best of me and I do things one might call...irrational.  For example, way back when before I had children, I had left my car at the shop to be repaired.  Upon returning home, I realized that I left the garage door opener in my car.  I envisioned men in ski masks appearing in my bedroom, reading to take everything I own and do me some bodily harm.  So what does a scared girl do?  She climbs on top of a trashcan (with wheels), stands up on it somehow without the lid caving in, and UNPLUGS THE GARAGE DOOR.  Do I think about just making sure the lock between the garage and the house is locked tight?  Do I think about JUST LOCKING THE SLIDE LOCK OF THE GARAGE DOOR?  Of course not.  Needless to say, my husband was not happy that I risked my neck for a lawnmower.  Ahem.

{2}  I am obsessed with sharks.  I fear them when I am in the ocean, but DVR every new show on The Discovery Channel during Shark Week.  Somehow I get a fix while watching people do stupid things like petting them.

{3}  When I lived in Denmark, I became a fan of Cher and Brittany Spears because apparently, those were the hit American singers that the Danes loved during that time.  "Hit Me Baby One More Time" and "Believe" will always remind me of that far off place.  Do you believe in life after love????

{4}  I am really not an animal person (please refrain from hating me) but of course the one animal we have, Thomas, loves me.  We rescued him after he was abandoned by his mom when we was barely 6 weeks old, so he still (a year and a half later) does this nuzzling thing on my shoulder that leave a huge wet spot on my clothing.  Who is the ONLY person he does this to?  Moi.  He won't even go upstairs to bed until I go.  And of course, if I forget something and go back down, well, he (clang, clang, clang goes his bell) goes right along with me.  And did I mention that he sleeps on a small corner of my pillow?  Yea.  He does.

{5}  I'm better at keeping my house clean than my car.  You should see my car.  Yuck.

{6}  For awhile there I thought I might actually be able to sing (this goes up there with the irrational thinking, or perhaps my tone deafness).  And then at some youth retreat back in the day they were actually recording the worship music.  Apparently, I was a few yards too close to the microphones and they had to edit me out.  (Insert sheepish look here.)
Remember Hung from American Idol?  I don't think I'm quite as bad as him.
{7}  I currently just defrosted my very first frozen pipe!  The girls went upstairs to take a bath last night and my husband came down and said the tub wasn't working.  Of course, you know me (see this post for  more cold weather panicking) and I immediately imagined pipes bursting, water spilling down walls, and months worth of reconstruction all within the span of 30 seconds.  I instructed my husband to research what to do (praise God for google) and since there was a fine trickle of water still escaping, we basically just have left the faucet on for almost 24 hours now.  I'm not turning it off until it gets above freezing (hopefully Saturday) and I'm sure I won't be happy about the higher water bill, but it will be less than my homeowner's insurance deductible.

Okay, so I get to tag 7 people to do this now.  Whoo-hoo!  If you see your name here, please know I will be stalking you until it's done.  (Just kidding!)

Jenny @ In the Becoming
Kelli @ Racing for God
Andrea @ {this nest}
Amy @ Gracious Giving
Stephanie @ Journey of Healing
Lea @ CiCi's Corner
Christy @ Critty Joy

Y'all are it!

For more fun visit Michelle at Lost in the Prairies and Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary!


  1. I love this! Can't wait to do it! I'm cracking up with the garage door thing because I'm so obsessive in my fears, that I've been known to sleep with every light on and a baseball bat in my bed. Me = problems.

    I love getting to know these things about you!

  2. I'm glad that I'm not the only paranoid one. However, my paranoia involves semis and big rigs. I can't stand driving anywhere near them and hate passing them. I too love the sharks. However, I want to be one of those crazy people who pet them. I've heard there is a place in Australia that you can swim beside Great Whites and they won't attack you. Like I said, I'm one of those crazy people.

  3. I think many moms have versions on the paranoia thing...hahaha! I do it most when we're preparing to be away on vacation or holiday. Did I unplug all the appliances? Did we lock the door??

    The whole Thomas thing made me snicker and giggle. HAHAHA! You poor dear...oh, the unconditional love of an animal! sigh.

  4. great list! definitely with you on the paranoid....i think i could write screen plays for crime dramas!

  5. How interesting and I'll sure try to find a few minutes to participate this weekend. Definitely shouldn't be hard to think of 7 things. :o)

    Stay warm and have a great week-end!

  6. this made me belly laugh out loud (almost waking up the kids). Cher? Brittany SPEARS?!? Geez! I guess I shouldn't be talking, I.... Oops, almost gave my secrets away. More on that on my 7 post. XOXO, the other Jen

  7. LOL- So I am so glad to know that I am not alone on the paranoid thing...
    Have a great weekend!

  8. Hey Jenn....your Texas isn't suppose to be this cold...Maya has a 11-1/2 hour layover at Houston airport tonight because her original flight was cancelled this morning...she gets in around 8 pm.tonight and leaves Texas around 7:30 tomorrow morn..who would have guessed snow and ice in Texas would happen like this! I have an old english sheepdog that follows me around like your Thomas....she's a little big to sleep on my pillow though!

  9. Too funny! =p
    {1} I am so paranoid. I play out different scenes of how to escape from my house in case anything crazy happens.
    {4} I'm not an animal person either. I don't mind playing around with other people's pets, but we'll never have one. The only thing I know how to care for is a bunny because that's what we had in the Pre-K class I taught.
    {5} Crumbs on my floor? No way! Crumbs in the car? Meh.
    {7} I don't think that will ever happen here but thanks for the tip. I didn't know that's what you would have to do.

  10. I soooooo get it on the car thingy, sometimes I wonder how we aren't sick ALL the time with all the germs that have to be in there, LOL. Not good! It may be the end of the weekend before I get this done, but looking forward to it, it really sounds like fun to think of my 7 things!

  11. We have some things in common, JF!

    About two months after I had our first daughter, there were some repair men fixing the roof of our townhome. I insisted the babysitter shut and lock all windows on the second floor (even though we didn't have air, and it was summer!) because I was certain one of the fix-it men would see my adorable baby and kidnap her.

    Ahh, I'm hoping that was hormones.

    ps So not an animal person either. Very fun!

  12. I am definitely with you and the irrational fear...I mostly picture snakes running up stairs to get me, but yes, especially if I've been watching something scary, (or remotely, since I REFUSE to watch anything actually scary) I am sure it will happen to me...oh dear!

    And the pipes freezing...that DID happen to us in our barn when we were dairy dryers came out, etc. to thaw them...

    and I LOVED reading your 7 things:)

  13. I love reading your 7 things too!! I laughed at Cher and Brittany that song..hit me one more time might just be in my head all day:)

    do I have some stories on irrational! I am terrified of the ocean and sharks...can't sing either...only in my car when I'm alone:)
    have a good weekend ...

  14. Fun! you had me giggling especially number 1 and 3. have a blessed weekend! :)

  15. I would have probably reacted the same way as you about the garage door opener. I even get worried they'll copy my keys and write down our address. I guess I could always give them a spare car key and take the remote out of the car?

    And I think upon meeting us for the first time, all animals know exactly the one they are going to target. It must be instinct to try and win us over or something.

    Loved your list, loved learning more about you.

    Hope you have a great weekend,

  16. It is hard to admit that about animals, isn't it? I don't like dogs. When I admit that, people tend to look at me like I've said, "I eat small children".

  17. I love posts like these! They are always so much fun! :) Paranoid... me? YEP! We like watching all the sharks on discovery channel too. And singing... I can not sing a bit. Unfortunately. I like to. I just can't! lol I enjoyed your list!

  18. Oh my goodness, what you wrote about being paranoid sometimes... I am so like that! My imagination is always running away with me! Thanks for sharing all of this. I'm visiting via SITS by the way! :)


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