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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I'm nothing if not honest.

My good friend Elaine over at The Miss Elaine-ous Life passed this award on to me well over a month ago!


I keep remembering that it's out there, but forgetting to actually write a post, so here goes (edited to add: this has been in my draft folder for a week)!

Here's what I am supposed to do:

1). List 10 honest things about yourself - and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!

2). Pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.

This is a very random list, and not in any particular order. And while they may not be especially interesting, they are most definitely true.

1) One of my biggest pet peeves is people not taking the time to write thank-you notes. It's plain and simple - if someone takes the time to make or purchase a gift for you, then you can take a few minutes to write them a nice note of appreciation. Is that really so hard? Besides, who doesn't love "good" mail? I'm convinced that in this age of e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, and everything else (which believe me, I am all for, in their appropriate place) the art of letter-writing is becoming extinct, which makes me sad.

2) I have an amazing memory when it comes to people, events, and details. Scary amazing - as in, people rely on me for this skill (oddly this skill applies to song lyrics but not movie details). I'm usually the memory when it comes to rehashing a night out. Want to know what someone was wearing at that wedding we went to 6 years ago? Ask me. I may forget names, but never faces. And when I do recognize someone, I can't give up until I figure out where I know someone from. Sometimes I can remember things with such vivid detail I'm afraid people will think I'm some weird stalker. I live with the secret fear that because I'm the memory keeper, I will end up with early-onset dementia or Alzheimer's.

3) I have very strange and flexible feet. My toes are long and I can bend them over in a way I've been told is completely unnatural (I showed a roomful of friends after telling them my husband brought this to my attention and they agreed). My husband says I could write letters with them. This makes me feel self-conscious and even more insecure about not having cute feet, but does not stop me from wearing open-toed shoes, sandals, and flip-flops for as much of the year as possible.

4) I have a nervous and obsessive habit of picking the skin around my fingernails. To the point of bleeding. I've done it for as much of my life as I can remember. Most of the time I am not even aware I am doing it. My husband and daughter, however, are very aware, and are constantly yelling at me to stop (it is unbelieveably endearing when the Mad Hatter puts her little hand over mine and tells me to stop giving myself a boo-boo). I believe it's a horrible and disgusting habit, but I can't seem to find a way to stop.

5) I have a bad habit of picking up a hobby (primarily crafts), throwing myself into it 150% (read: having to have everything I could possibly need for said hobby right now) and spending lots of money and time immersing myself in it not always for a very long period of time. I end up with lots of half-finished projects and lots of project supplies and tools.

6) If it wouldn't make me feel like complete crap (or make my weight even higher than it already is!) I would do nothing but eat desserts and sugar-filled products ALL. DAY. LONG. Seriously, my sweet tooth is out of control. I would rather give up alcohol than dessert. I'll take cake over chips any day. And don't get me started on ice cream. I am severely lacking in the willpower department.

7) I am notorious for purchasing things because they are a "great deal", then putting them away, forgetting about them, and never using them. Clothes, items from the Target Dollar Spot, craft supplies (remember #5?), you name it. This makes my husband CRAZY. It is a bad habit I am working on, and I think he'd agree I'm getting much better at.

8) I am a hot mess when it comes to organization. There - I've gone and said it out loud for the whole blogosphere to see. I can make things look presentable, but please don't dare open my closets, cabinets, or the door to my craft room (read: spare bedroom, craft room, catch-all for everything). I like to think of my "condition" as organized chaos. I may have messy piles, but if you ask me to find something, give me a couple of minutes and it's all yours. People who really have their shit together completely intimidate me and I stand in awe of them. However, I find my lack of organization to be a flaw, and therefore it is a goal I do work on. Hubby is an over-organizer, which can make me feel inadequate, but I know he appreciates my efforts and I love how excited he gets when I make strides towards bettering myself in that area.

9) I'm almost always late. Even if I'm running early, I end up late. I admit, my time management skills are lacking. Sometimes I get caught up in the wrong things and lose track of time. Sometimes I'm just poorly organized (see #8). I play the silly mind-game of having my alarm clock set 10 minutes ahead of the actual time, even though I'm well aware of what the real time is. Need to work on it. Am working on it. Honest scrap.

10) I sucked my thumb until the summer before 7th grade, when I went to overnight camp for the first time. Along with the thumb came the soft satin binding of my blanket held in hand of said thumb and rubbed against my cheek to fall asleep. I no longer suck my thumb, but to this day must have a blanket with a satin binding. And I still rub it against my cheek when I'm falling asleep.

I'm not tagging anyone specific. This was a lot of fun, so I am encouraging any and all of my bloggy friends who want to get honest to do so, and take the badge of honor along with it. Make sure to leave me a comment so I can come see your honest scrap!



3 Fabulous Replies:

Elaine A. said...

Thanks for doing this!

And...um... we are very alike in some ways. I sucked my thumb until I was 8 and I do the skin around my fingers thing too. And my memory for faces is wicked good. All the details of a memory, not so much but faces, yes!

Oh and the Thank You note thing drives me crazy!! And you know the worst offenders in my life? My family! Ugh! And sweets, well that's a given. I felt like I could have written a lot of this! HA!

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

I sucked my thumb until I got braces in 6th grade... and here I was thinking I was the only one!

Stephanie Cunningham said...

I do #4, too! I hate it, but can't seem to stop it. At least MH tries to stop you! Hannah came over to me and held up her fingers and pointed out how she was doing it, too. Oops.