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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me!

(And didn’t know you wanted to know!)

But first, what have I been doing lately?  Potty training.  My daughter is 26-months-old and we decided it was time.  It has gone…up and down.  The first week was not going well, so I was ready to quit, but the husband convinced me to keep at it.  The problem?  I wasn’t trying hard enough.  The method I’m using requires my complete attention and I simply wasn’t applying myself to the task.  Once I committed to watching her like a hawk and being accountable to whether or not she was making progress, our success rate shot up!

She has been more or less peeing in the potty chair or full-size toilet for a few weeks now and we’re getting there with the pooping.  I say more or less because she still just pees sometimes without trying to take off her pants or get to the potty, but it seems like some kind of attention-seeking behavior and she knows she shouldn’t do it.  As for poo, she was not willing to poop in the potty until last weekend, so if she even pooped (which she was literally holding in protest) it was on the floor, unfortunately.  Now we’re consistently pooping in the potty, but accidents (and sharts) happen!  Nighttime training has been more challenging as she’s a deep sleeper and does not like being woken up to pee.  Some nights she’ll sleep for fourteen hours and not pee, other nights she’s in bed for four hours and soaked.  If I can rouse her just enough to sit on the potty and pee, we’re fine, but if she’s not having it, she’s not having it and she will freak out.  Not cool at two o’clock in the morning.

I’ve also been crocheting, knitting, and sewing a bit whenever I have a chance.  I finished a crocheted basketweave pillow cover and finally got around to sewing a new liner so the color underneath (orange and bright pink) wouldn’t be visible through the yarn (purple and cream).

It came out pretty awesome, made all the more awesome by the fact that I saw someone selling the exact same design pillow with blue and cream yarn for $70 on Craigslist!  I don’t quite have the nerve to try that, but I’m proud of it.  I also sewed a new pillowcase for this mini-pillow we have that has gotten pretty dingy.

Also pleased with this little project that I banged out in about twenty minutes after planning it for ages.  This is a perfect example of why I don’t procrastinate: nothing really takes that long, so just get on it!  Having finished a couple things I’m now more motivated to get other stuff done, like the hats I have planned for my parents, the wreaths I want to make for our front door, the slippers I really, really need to make, and the sweater I want to knit for the toddler that will probably be done when she’s, oh I don’t know, five or six years old.  Maybe it’ll fit our next kid.


Now for the fun part!  Five of the most interesting things about me that most people don’t know!

  1.  My husband and I got married in Las Vegas.  Elvis walked me down the aisle singing “Fools Rush In” and I wore a dress I bought at Express the day before.  It was a lot more complicated than they make it out to be in the movies, but definitely one of the most fun weekends of our lives.
  2.  I have gone to college in five (about to be six) states, earned two (about to be three) Associate’s Degrees, and had two (about to be three) very different careers.  And I wanted to be an actress when I got out of high school but didn’t end up studying acting!  Still love acting, though.
  3.  I have one extra vertebra, which sounds cooler than it is, but it just means one of the bottom ones (sacral) didn’t fuse as it should have done, making it a solo piece rather than one of a whole.  I’m also topically allergic to both oatmeal and shellfish.  And I have a “highly mobile” pelvis and ribs, which also sounds cooler than it is, but it just means I’m optimally designed to carry babies.
  4.  I have broken at least two light switches pressing down obsessively on them.  I am an obsessive compulsive, always have been, and I press and hold light switches to ensure they are totally off, which eventually breaks them…  I have other so-called “rituals”, but I’m not as bad as I used to be, which is saying a lot, let me tell you!
  5.  My husband and I have been ethical vegetarians (sometimes vegans) for over seven years and can think of no reason we would ever go back.  We’re also raising our daughter vegetarian.  And no, we’ve never had any ill health effects from our diets and I’m pretty suspicious of people who claim to have quit being vegetarian because they got sick.

I could probably come up with a lot more, but we’ll stop here.  Okay, gotta go make vegetarian BLTs for supper.

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