Friday, March 16, 2012

All about…me?

Hello there! I for one am THRILLED the weekend is here. This has been an insane crazy week and I’m looking forward to slowing down a bit.

Today’s post is one I’ll admit isn’t the most comfortable for me. I don’t particularly like talking about myself. My house, yes. Me? No.

But I promised you more of “me” earlier this year. Pictures of the person writing this blog. Action shots if you will. And I’ve failed miserably.

Still, all you get is The Hand:

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Anyone want to come take pictures while I do projects? Hmmm? Cause it’s not easy to do by yourself. Hubby never seems to be home at the right time and the kiddo isn’t the greatest at action shots. (Believe me, we’ve tried.)

Anyhoo, I thought I would share some interesting (I know, this is very subjective) facts about myself in an effort to share more about me. This feels weird. Just so you know.

I just know I love finding out more about fellow bloggers and realizing little things in common. It’s nice to know you aren’t alone in this world. ;)

And I’m a little weird, but you probably already knew that. If not, you will now.

Here we go – starting with one I may be alone on…

I find eyebrow waxes to be incredibly relaxing:

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That’s me, all skinny and perfect hair and smiley. In my head. Really, I’m usually half asleep. I LOVE it. Yes, it’s painful, but I have a high pain threshold (fun fact #2), and I find the whole process very soothing and I almost drift off every time. I’m always sad when they’re done.

Weird.

I’m a bit OCD when it comes to my hair styling tools. When I worked full time I would go back and check to make sure the flat iron was off at least five times every morning. Now, I only do it a couple times a morning.

I have been known to turn around in the car and head home to check -- it freaks me out that much. I’m OCD about nothing else, so who knows what the heck that is about.

I can count on both hands the number of times I eat ice cream in a year – I love it but it’s not usually the sweet treat I go for (now, donuts are another story). But I have to avoid Dairy Queen and our local Handel’s on purpose because of the banana split blizzard and spouse like a house:

banana split blizzard

They are DELISH and I could eat either one every day.

I LOVE that Dairy Queen has mini-blizzards now – it’s the perfect size. The banana split is so fresh and fruity and dreamy. Especially perfect for spring and summer. :) The spouse version at Handel’s is just the opposite – pretzel and chocolate and peanut butter…excuse me while I wipe off the drool.

Why am I talking about this?? Now I’m going to have to have one. Or both.

I am perfectly comfortable going into a room full of people and not knowing a soul. I’m never particularly anxious about it, but it’s not because I’m chatty and make quick friends. It’s just the opposite – I don’t mind being alone and keep to myself.

In fact, people sometimes don’t care for me the first time they meet me. I am not overly sociable and excitable and I tend to put up a wall when I first meet people if I’m not careful. Then they mistake that for rudeness. (Maybe it is rudeness? Huh.) Which in turn kills me because (fun fact #??) I’m very prone to feelings of guilt.

I’m making a conscious effort to change this trait about myself, but it’s hard!

Thing is, once you become my friend, I’m a goofy freakaleak and am fiercely loyal. Most of my closest friends are those I’ve known since junior high, high school and college. So…uhhh, let’s just say a long dang time now.

The fact that I’m not overly sociable is what cost me a spot on this show:

Wheel of Fortune

Only the best game show EVER.

I tried out in college and wasn’t peppy enough. They had us act like we were on the show, and I said “b” instead of screaming out “B!!!!!!!!!!”

That will cost you a spot – just so you know. Pep is your friend when it comes to the Wheel people.

But did you know you have to pay your whole way out to Cali to even be on the show? (At least back then.) I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t make it cause I couldn’t have done it anyway.

Pregnancy was the best thing that’s ever happened to my body. I only gained 20 pounds total when pregnant, even though I was on bed rest for the last few weeks cause the boy would NOT STOP TRYING TO ESCAPE.

This was me at 33 weeks, right before I went into labor for the first time:

33weeks

FOUR in-labor trips to the hospital and four weeks later, we finally let this little burrito out:

bubba

But of course that last time I was induced (three weeks early!) because of high blood pressure and he took his sweet time…OMG. It took a couple days all together. After all those times in labor, the last time he hung in there and wasn’t leaving.

But after I had him, a freakish thing happened with my metabolism – I lost weight SO fast, I’ve never experienced it before or since. I lost the 20 I gained, and then another 23, within nine months of having him:

Excuse hubby’s goofy Hawaiian shirt (he’s gonna kill me) – we were there for a band trip and he had to wear it. That was when the Bub was less than a year old and I still don’t know how in the world I lost all that weight. I didn’t even work out – maybe a little bit, but not much. I was almost back to what I was in high school.

Pregnancy kick started my metabolism and it went CRAZY. Makes me want another baby. ;)

Ummm, by the way, the awesome metabolism is all gone now. I’m working on it, but I gained ALL of that extra weight (23 pounds!) I lost back.

Which brings me popcorn. I love popcorn. Obsessed.

I blame my sis – she came to live with us years ago and would make microwave popcorn all. the. time.

Then a few years ago I learned that buttery microwave popcorn has potential harmful health issues (yes, beyond just the butter is not good for you part), so we gave up the juice (microwave popcorn), and went to the Whirly Pop instead:

whirley pop

I would make it every night if I could. Seriously. Salivating. Now I’m highly confused because I don’t know if I want popcorn or ice cream.

I also love movie popcorn, even though I know it’s quite possibly the worst thing you can eat. I will eat half the carton before the movie even starts.

I have a problem and it’s name is Buttered Popcorn.

I believe music sounds best turned up REALLY loud, in the car, preferably with the windows down. Don’t worry, I freak out at intersections and when I stop and turn it down. This is mostly due to the fact that I’m afraid you can get a ticket for playing your radio too loud.

I doubt this is true but better safe than sorry. ;)

I don’t wear heels, hardly ever. I’m already 5’9” so they just accentuate the feeling that I tower over people. I do tower over people with heels – even in short ones I’m just about six feet.

I don’t know what got into me, but I bought two pairs of heels this week – one was a three inch pump and one was a FOUR inch wedge. They both looked all fun and sassy in the store, but at home I feel like gargantuan woman. They’re going back. ;)

I never, ever, ever use the term LOL when writing:

Ever. I don’t why. I think I’m trying to buck the LOL system. What??? I don’t know. Told you I’m weird. I just don’t say it. I’m a journalism girl and I guess it always went against my grain.

Now, Squeezies, cauuuute and LURVE…those are fine. And lots of smiling faces and exclamation points. !!

I am both an only child and an oldest child. The first ten years of my life were as an only. Then Stink Eye was born and it was all over.

I KID!!

I talk about her a lot cause she’s my one full sister, but I actually have a HUGE family! I have one full sis, two half sis’s, one half brother, a stepsister and stepbrother.

Yep. Oldest of seven. :)

Here are all the lovely ladies in my family:

My sis’s, my stepmom and my niece. :) I love them all dearly and love that I’ve had both – time with my parents alone and then a big honkin’ family.

And I have the personality characteristics of both an only child and the oldest – a dangerous combo. ;) (And my stepdaughter has experienced the same, although she had waaaay more years to herself!)

My ears stick out. Big time. Always have. They are the one and only physical trait our son got from me. Good thing cause he looks just like his Daddy. :) Bad thing cause he’s a boy and doesn’t have the girl hair to cover them.

I tend to ignore trends at all costs. I don’t go with the group and sometimes fight it tooth and nail.

This is why it took me years to create a Facebook account, why I’ve still never read Twilight:

twilight

And why you haven’t seen chevron of any kind in our house. ;)

Not saying I don’t like it – I do, very much. But I’m the type who will wait till it’s out of style and then do it. Rebel you could say. So, at this rate, you’ll probably see it around here somewhere in about ten years.

Whew! OK, that’s it. Some weird, some normal (right??) fun facts about little old me. That wasn’t so bad, kind of cathartic. For me anyway. Probably not for you.

Are you still awake?

*Crickets.*

So, am I alone in the eyebrow waxing? Are you an oldest and an only? Have you read Twilight and am I crazy for fighting it? (Hey, I succumbed to Hunger Games!)

 

P.S. Don’t forget about the next Show Us Your House party, coming up next week! I’ll have the post up Sunday evening.

image Have a GREAT weekend!

134 comments:

  1. I completely agree on the waxing thing-super relaxing, I love getting my eyebrows done.

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  2. How fun to learn more about you! Never experienced waxing, so no judgments from me. Never read Twilight either, so high fives and fist pumps! We may be the only two women in the universe who haven't read the books!

    But we'd be mutt-and-jeff side-by-side. I'm 5'2 on a good hair day. Heels are my BFFs, except I can't wear anything higher than 4 inches or I look like a bad downhill skier about to take off.

    Thanks again for sharing a little about the woman behind the uber-successful blog!

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  3. Haha!! A bad downhill skier about to take off -- I am rolling! I feel like I look like a giant on them, clunking around. Not exactly hot.

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  4. Acck! Handels??! I get so excited when I hear someone else talk about them, since I'm from the south, no one here knows about it, unless my fam has told them!! My mom is from Youngstown,OH and both my parents went to college there, so that's how I know about it! I didn't know there was one in Indianapolis! (if I'm correct in thinking that's where you live?!)

    Looove spouse as a house AND chocolate pecan! Mmmmm! I haven't been in YEARS since most of our fam moved out of OH, but my aunt has shipped chocolate pecan to my dad a few times! Yay for dry ice! I think my dad would literally kill for the recipe, or just to have a franchise here!

    I do however go thru Indy a lot to go to Chicago....must remember to find out where it is there!! Ok now I want ice cream! And I just had cake and cookies! (hello, I'm 5 mo pregnant, it's allowed!!)

    I've been around here for awhile but can't say if I've ever commented! Thanks for all you do! And yes, love hearing about bloggers personal lives too!!

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  5. This was great! Loved hearing little tidbits.

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  6. Hmm...waxing = relaxing, may need to try it. Every time I pluck my eyebrows I sneeze. No to Twilight, no to heels and not really into the chevron stuff. Somehow I was thinking you were from Indy...don't know where that came from, but LOVE DQ too!

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  7. Acck! Handels??! I get so excited when I hear someone else talk about them, since I'm from the south, no one here knows about it, unless my fam has told them!! My mom is from Youngstown,OH and both my parents went to college there, so that's how I know about it! I didn't know there was one in Indianapolis! (if I'm correct in thinking that's where you live?!)

    Looove spouse as a house AND chocolate pecan! Mmmmm! I haven't been in YEARS since most of our fam moved out of OH, but my aunt has shipped chocolate pecan to my dad a few times! Yay for dry ice! I think my dad would literally kill for the recipe, or just to have a franchise here!

    I do however go thru Indy a lot to go to Chicago....must remember to find out where it is there!! Ok now I want ice cream! And I just had cake and cookies! (hello, I'm 5 mo pregnant, it's allowed!!)

    I've been around here for awhile but can't say if I've ever commented! Thanks for all you do! And yes, love hearing about bloggers personal lives too!!

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  8. I think if you lived in Austin we would be best friends. You are not alone in your Twilight aversion! I absolutely refuse.

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  9. I love eyebrow waxing too. I have to say though at 5'10 I love wearing heels. I loved this post it was so much fun to read. :) Megan

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  10. I loved getting learn more about you! And oh my goodness, that picture of the burrito is probably the cutest baby picture I've ever seen!! I love that you can only see his nose and sweet little mouth.

    I also love getting my eyebrows waxed - I love anything involving pampering.

    I'm the oldest and the middle - I have two older half-brothers I didn't grow up with, and two younger full brothers. Oddly enough, the end result is that since I'm the only girl, I end up getting treated more like the youngest. Between my dad and my brothers I've spent my entire life being spoiled and looked after by great men - I always joke that I've never lifted a thing in my life! I really am lucky, because they're all so great. :)

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  11. Ooooops! Not sure how I double commented! Sorry!

    I also refuse to read/watch Twilight just bc I hate anything with Vampires, etc. period!! And I really have no idea what Hunger Games is all about and refuse to find out just bc I want to be different! :)

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  12. You are SOOOO missing out by not reading Twilight. It is sooo romantic and what girl doesn't dream of two hot (or cold and sparkly)strong guys fighting over her?! I am stand-offish when I first meet people too. I am easily intimidated by "pretty" people...ya I have issues. I guess we all do right? Thanks for sharing! Btw...that newborn pic is preciou...sweet little scrunchy face. Awww. Have a great weekend!

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  13. I appreciate learning more about you!! My hubby is getting to know all of my bloggy "friends" haha- I used to say something like, "Sarah from Thrify Decor" and now I only have to say something like "you know, Sarah" and he knows what I'm talking about. Maybe I need to get out more :)
    Anyways~ I just had to comment that we LOVE the Wheel of Fortune at our house! We watch it almost every night. My 4.5 yr. old daughter is OBSESSED with Vanna White!! My daughter has already decided that her first born daughter will be named Vanna. For several weeks we she would only answer if we called her Vanna. LOL (ha- I said that just for you!) I lurve it!

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  14. Hunger Games is way better. If you can bear to watch the TERRIBLE movies for Twilight... you are filled in. But I warn you, they are terrible. Eyebrows... I find it soothing to be in that room but the act of the process is still torturous.

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  15. Thanks for revealing such fun nuggets about yourself, Sarah. I have to admit, I'm insanely jealous at your crazy post-baby weight loss! I think I would have turned into that "19 Kids and Counting" mom if that happened to me. ;-). And I didn't realize you were so darn tall either!

    As for trends, The Hunger Games is worth it!!! I'm on book three now, and haven't been captivated by a book like this in a LONG time!

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  16. You crack me up. Had no idea you were so tall. You're lucky you don't have to wear heels to look normal sized. Glad you don't follow the crowds on trends. It's refreshing.

    I'm one of eight...but never have felt like an only. My 18yr old stepdaughter still thinks she's an only because
    my youngest is only 3. It's been rough on her.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I'm awake... and I loved reading it! Favorite post of yours yet... Keep them coming :).
    I'm an addict... To chapstick and mc donalds sweet teas. Ha! My Paul Mitchell flat iron is my favorite hair tool... Don't forget the smoothing serum to go with it. My feet are the best feature on my body. That's what I've been told! I was induced with both of my kiddos... Layken got her eviction notice a week after she due. Eeekkkkk! And I was Induced with gunner on his due date due to high blood pressure. You blog was the first blog that I found.... Whoa... And thanks to you I'm now addicted to blogger. You never forget your first blog love... Right? As of late in life I developed a deer of deep water. I love to swim but put me in the middle of the ocean, just thinking about it, I can't breathe. There will be no cruises in my future.
    I'm terrified to speak in front of crowds and shiver at the thought of walking into a bar or place with large amounts of people by myself.
    There's a tidbit about me. Am I weird too? I have no problem being weird right along with you.

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  18. This was great! I love your blog, I've been reading it for about a year now and its awesome! When I finally get my mommy time at night I see if you've written a new post (hope that doesn't sound stalkerish haha!) I love your design style. LOVE.

    Totally agree with the LOL. I maybe used it when I was 13... maybe. And you are a LUCKY woman to have your body do that after pregnancy. Jealous over here!!

    And waxing eyebrows is like getting a massage for me. I thought thats how everyone felt haha!

    Thanks for the fun post!

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  19. Oh yes...forgot to mention....cute picture of you pregnant.

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  20. I would so love to tower over someone! I was once taller than my kiddos until they grew! Oh, well! :( Enjoyed learning more about you and really enjoyed the little burrito pic! Adorable!

    Have a great weekend!

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  21. Oh man, donuts are my weakness! I'm talking eat the whole dozen when I'm Pms-ing. :) Seriously. All 12. In my belly.

    You're not missing much with the Twilight series. The movies ruined them all anyway. Stewart and Pattinson are some of the suckiest actors ever. :) Yay for jumping on the Hunger Games bandwagon, though. Good stuff. :)

    I am totally jealous of the metabolism boost after delivery. It's been 6 years since my last was born, and I'm still struggling with the last 20 lbs. :)

    And popcorn? We tried Alton Brown's recipe for homemade microwave popcorn tonight, and it was awesome! You use a brown paper bag, 1/4 cup popcorn, 2 tsp oil and 1 tsp seasonings - then microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Awesomesauce.

    Thanks for letting us get to know you! So fun. :)

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  22. OMG!! I am soooo jealous of your pregnancy story! I must say that I am the opposite of most of what you have shared with us and I think that is totally cool! I cringe at anything painful...I would MUCH rather go to bake-a-wife (tanning bed) then to have my eyebrows waxed. I do not think I have many left since I tweezed them too much in the late 80's. Shows ya how old I AM!! I have not read Hunger Games yet...but the Twilight series was fantastic! Thankfully, I have two tweens that wanted to read them and since I did not have any knowledge of the content, I read them first and fell in love! Stephanie Meyer is an amazing author because she writes about the emotions that all of us feel and NEVER talk about! I will make you a deal...I will read Hunger Games, and you can try Twilight. Just sayin'. I love how open you are with your home, family and YOU! You are truly an inspiration!!

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  23. I totally understand the hair tools thing. Does your phone have a camera? Take a picture of the tool right after you unplug it- then if you find yourself wondering- just check the phone. If the date stamp on the picture isn't that day, then you can turn the car around . If it is from that day you can reassure yourself

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  24. I have not read Twilight, nor have I seen any of the movies. This is a source of pride for me, I am not gonna lie. NO Judgment is placed on those that have done either. I must confess, however that I do judge grown women who wear Twilight t-shirts. Really?

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    1. Haha! Totally agree and yes, that would be such an... Awkward sight to see!

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  25. Love this! We would either be best friends or oil and water "in real life" because I seriously think we are the same person. I LOVE getting my eyebrows waxed. I was an only for a long long time before my parents had three more biological children and then adopted a fifth when I was 25. Hate trends until they're over (or if something I like becomes a trend), and refuse to read Twilight. And LOL? Fuhgetaboutit. I could go on and on....

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  26. All I am going to say is "ditto". You could have written that post about me. The only difference is the ice-cream. I could count on my hand the amount of days I HAVEN'T had ice cream, and I am not fussy, store bought vanilla is just fine ;-)

    And I am only 7 years older than my sister.

    Otherwise exactly the same.

    Love your blog
    Sarah - yes, we even share the same name

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  27. Ok, this is so weird because aside from 2 or 3 things, we are very alike!
    I'm only 5'1". I gained a lot of weight really fast after I had my daughter. And I did read Twilight. In my defense though, I read the first one before most others heard about it. And I think the books are better than the movies and are even very different to me... almost to the point that they are completely different stories.
    Anyway, so glad to know that others find eyebrow waxing relaxing! It helps that the lady that does mine does a face massage right after, followed by a cold stone massage to help with redness :)
    And thank you for not using 'LOL'! I don't use it either! Too many people use it in place of a period.

    Thank you for sharing about you and making me feel less weird! You should feel less weird, too, now!

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  28. Not even kidding, I have turned the car around more than once to make sure my flat iron is off! And the stove, and all the heaters! ... Loved your post! Thanks!

    Stefanie
    myblissfulhappiness.blogspot.com

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  29. Oh my gosh you are just the cutest thing ever! I have been reading your blog for a long time and I loved reading this post. You were the initial inspiration for my son's big boy room and I love your home so very much. We have a lot in common, I too have never read Twilight and I am probably the least trendy person you will ever meet (and I am super good at grammar! Ha!). I am also OCD about my flat and curling irons! Mine comes from my mom who used to do "safety checks" before bed! Loved the pic of your bub too, he's so cute!

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  30. This is me high fivin ya, I can walk away from ice cream, rarely have it and if I do it's a blizzard or blast with butterfinger. No donuts, candy you got me! I'm an only child and have 8 siblings, I am the only child my mom had and never lived with another sibling until the last few months of my senior year when my parents adopted a 4 yr old daughter. fun to find out more about you! Oh I am with you on the fads!

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  31. OK...just TODAY I was having a pedi and brow wax and thinking, this is peachy!!! I don't mind the pain at all, though the first time was a bit of a shock.

    Never did read Twi. series...I figure as a 50-something girl I don't have to read anything I don't want to. Bring on the Hunger Games! :)

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  32. I am so with you on avoiding Twilight. I'm creeped out by romanticizing vampires. And I'm annoyed that everyone on the plant loves those books. So, I avoid.

    I also experienced CRAZY weight loss after having my first. I topped out at 190 (20lb gain) and bottomed out at 139 after I had my daughter. Gained most of it back when I stopped nursing. Had baby number two and barely lost ANYTHING. So - I don't know. My metabolism is broken.

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  33. I love that you shared this! I too am 5'9 but unfortunately LOVE heels! That really makes me stand out next to my 5'8" hubby. I'm just fortunate he's into tall women =) And I have an aversion to trends, simply because they're trends, however....I finally gave in to the Twilight books about a year ago and I have to say...LOVED em! The movies are another story....blech. But now I feel I have to watch them simply because I've read the books...suffer through them would be a better term!

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  34. Thanks for sharing all of these fun facts! I will come take some photos for you if you teach me how to use your power tools! I cannot believe you rarely eat ice cream. I can go months without candy, yet find it hard to go a few days without an ice cream cone. I was against reading any vampire drama. Then I read The Host by Stephanie Meyer and it was all over. The Twilight series may not be the world's best literature, but I couldn't put the crazy vampire drama down once I started.

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  35. I have you beat! I'm an only, oldest, youngest and middle!
    For the first six years of my life, I was the youngest. Then all my siblings moved out and for the next 11 years it was just me and the parents. A year before I left for college, they became foster parents and eventually adopted three younger kiddos. So I've had a chance to be everything! I have no full-blooded brothers or sisters, but between half and adopted, I have 11 siblings! And I'm totally the same way in a room full of people and yes, people always think I'm rude or a snob or something. Totally not true! Thanks for the great post!

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  36. I love your blog and love knowing more about you. You are very lucky for your post pregnancy body....so jealous.I have not read twilight,don't like vampires

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  37. Haha as I was reading I was thinking, she must be the oldest ,she sounds just like me. Seriosly, that would almost explain me except I hate popcorn and ice cream .

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  38. a) my husband's school colors are blue and gold and he NEEDS THAT SHIRT!!! or at least I would pay money to see him in one.
    2) I agree on the chevron and would like to also nominate the combination of yellow and gray. So sick of yellow and gray together.

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  39. Twilight was terrible. Have you read the "So You Want to Be a Wizard" series by Diane Duane? If you liked "Hunger Games," then you might like Scott Westerfeld's "Uglies" series.

    Popcorn with margarine and parmesan cheese is my weakness. I am also a known chocoholic.

    I am both an oldest child and a middle child. My dad had a daughter in his first marriage, my mother had a daughter and two sons in her first marriage, and then they had myself and my sister when they got together.

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  40. I used to do eyebrows so I don't only love to do them to others, I love having my done and love doing mine myself. Not so relaxing doing it myself but I love it.
    I love ice cream also but it can sit in the freezer for months and I don't eat it, but ate a donut tonight...they never last.
    Pregnancy did NOTHING good to my body, but like you, I had high blood pressure and went into the hospital at 28 weeks pregnant on bedrest and had my little munchkin 8 weeks early. I wrote about her in this post...
    http://iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com/2011/06/this-time-last-year.html
    It was nice to get to know you better, and your not weird at all!

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  41. I can't ever say I have relaxed during an eyebanrow waxing, however, I totally am the same way about my flat iron and "IS IT REALLY UNPLUGGED?!" I made myself nuts until I bought a silicone oven mit (flat one) and I lay the iron on top of it just in case I forget. I also like the music in the car turned up crazy loud and have been known to frighten people when I turn on my vehicle. I surely wish I would have had your post-baby metabolism. Or at least wish I was one of those fortunate women who drop weight like a stone when they nurse. My sisters and I lost our tummy weight but got "fat back" (ick!) until after our babies stopped nursing.

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  42. Wow, that was fun reading! Can't say I find waxing relaxing though. Have you tried "threading"? I'm loving that!
    Also, I'm only 5'2" so can wear the heels but gotta be comfy! I could wear a 4 inch heel and you would still tower over me barefooted :) !! I too love exclamation points and smiley faces but don't do LOL! I also check many times and have turned around to quadruple check that the flat iron is OFF! Maybe if we totally unplugged them when we finished using them.....hmmmmm? Thanks for sharing. That picture of your burrito is adorable!

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  43. What a fun post! Though I cannot say we share the same pregnancy trend {I gained an obscene amount of weight}... we do share the same OCD issue. Seriously, it's ridiculous how many times I have to go back and check. It's over the flat iron/curling iron and the garage door being closed. :-) Since moving to Indy, we've tried Handels and LOVE it. Though haven't had the chocolate pretzel ice cream.... but now I feel that I must go try it. I'll thank you in advance for the weight gain! :-) Loved the post... Happy Weekend!

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  44. I thought I was the only one whole LOVED getting my eyebrows done! Sometimes I tell her to shape them a little more just so I have a few more minutes :)

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  45. It's always nice to get a little inside peek at our bloggy friends. Can't say I love eyebrow waxing, though. I don't like pain! I thought I was the only person who hadn't read Twilight- just say no to vmapires. :) Did you breastfeed after bub was born? That helps tremendously with weight loss. I wish there were some other easy weight loss trick because at 51, I have no plans for another baby! :D

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  46. Ugh, I hate my dyslexic typing. That should be "vampires."

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  47. This is the best post I have read in a while! I also went to try out for wheel of fortune - but didn't get called on stage. We have a whirly pop too! My hubby makes the best kettle corn. I NEVER use LOL! (except to tell people that I don't use it) I mean would you ever say to someone "Oh, I'm laughing out loud that is so funny!" NOPE. I have not desire to read Twilight, and dont do chevron...and I am not the biggest fan of wreaths. At Christmas, yes, but other than that, not so much. I can't believe I even admitted that!
    Have a great weekend!

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  48. I thought I was the only one who hadn't read the Twilight books. I haven't seen the movies either. I'm just not into vampire love stories. I just started using a hot iron and I'm a little OCD about making sure it is turned off too. They get so hot. It seems like the kind of thing that could burn the whole house down while I'm off (all straight hair and looking good) somewhere. LOVED your post!

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  49. Thanks for sharing more about yourself. It is nice to get to know the bloggers I follow better. I have not read any of the Twilight series or seen any of the movies. I don't have any chevron or tango tangerine in my home either. I also do not follow most trends, unless it is something that I love and know that I still will when it is no longer a trend.

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  50. I almost peed I was laughing so hard. I haven't read Twilight or watched the movie. I still haven't watched "Forrest Gump" either. Nor do I like chevrons. I've almost deleted several blogs I read because so many are cookie cutter blogs! So, thanks for staying true to yourself. Ps...loved the burrito pic.

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  51. This is my most fave post of yours. Ever. I love getting to know you and am now wondering if we are the exact same person. How can you be in Indy when you are here in Chicago.....freakkaay. Anyway, love this post, loved getting to know the face behind the blog and would love another post like this in the future. :)

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  52. I am my mom's only child, where I lived full time. But, I have two older step brothers & a step sister plus a younger half brother & half sister. So I was an only at home & the oldest when at my dad's. My steps are a lot older than me but now that we are adults we are all friends and hang out. So I joke that I'm an only, the oldest, the youngest & in the middle.

    Also, I don't mind waxing either. I have read Twilight (all of them) and have bought but not yet read The Hunger Games. No chevrons in my house or on any clothes though ;)

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  53. Thank you for such an entertaining post...my kids kept asking me what I was giggling at. I could have written this myself. LOVE eyebrow waxes - am sad when it's over :) ignore the trends, turn the music up way loud, called our first burrito, people mistaking my quietness for rudeness at first...I could go on and on. But, I do use Lol...lol :)

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  54. I love this post! I have a low threshold for pain so not a fan of eyebrow waxing. I've read all of the Twilights and seen the movies but haven't gotten Hunger Games yet. I'm just reading Girl with Dragon Tattoo series.

    I know what you mean about the wall around you when you go to parties but around people I know I'm very outgoing.

    I want to end by saying that is the cutest picture of your baby burrito!

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  55. I never watched or read Twilight either so don't worry about it. I can totally relate to the hair tools situation I have two puppies now and I am even more OCD about it then before.

    It was great getting to know you more very enjoyable. Have a great weekend!

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  56. Fun facts! Thanks for sharing!
    I'm just wondering...
    Why do some people ALWAYS go against what is popular? Things get popular for a reason. Sometimes it's rewarding get involved with something that is well-known. You'll find that the more you fight everything, the more you will miss out.

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  57. You are TALL! That was the most surprising thing I think :) It *is* fun getting to know you a bit better. . .thanks for stepping out of your comfort zone to tell us more about the woman behind the house.

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  58. Loved getting to know you. I "get" your nontrendy decorating. My walls have been apricot for 5 years and it is time for a change ... and now tangerine is the hot color for 2012. Go figure.

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  59. My ears stick out, too. As a child/teen I was uncomfortable with them, but now I'm OK with it. I realized that what my ears look like is truly not important, and those who love me don't care at all. I still wear my hair down 98% of the time.

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  60. Please don't ever read Twilight. That is wasted time you will never get back.

    That being said, I am usually way behind on trends too. It took me like 10 years after the first book came out to finally read Harry Potter.

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  61. I spied the people in the background copying your husbands trendy shirt.

    Not read or seen any Twilight, have facebook and never post, pluck my own but have been known to relax in the dentist chair, and the only hunger games I know are that I'm going to DQ and making popcorn tonight. I also feel compelled to add an LOL or two.

    ~Bliss~

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  62. The biggest takeaway I got from this is the eyebrow thing..that is so me..I have had a few freakish looks from beauticians because I look so relaxed..the pain doesn't bother me..I have fibromyalgia so I experience all the time..eye brow waxing is nothing!

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  63. so if u like popcorn and peanutbutter have you tried them together? if not i will hand over our family recipe if you are interested. quizoticblonde at yahoo dot com i am a faithful reader but rarely comment. i live in indiana also. i will volunteer for the photography for you. *wink*

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  64. I am an only child, the youngest and the oldest! I act most like an only child and the youngest though...I love your blog by the way!

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  65. That was fun! I love reading these sorts of blog posts (my next favourite is people showing messy parts of their everyday homes - not just the staged bits for the photo). You can have the relaxing eyebrow waxing (ouch) but no Twilight here (I still haven't seen Titanic for the same reason!).

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  66. It was really fun getting to know you a little better. Hey, I was the first, oldest (& youngest for many years), but always the most responsible, most mature & most eager to please which didn't get me very far! Now I'm an orphan & only. Seriously, you don't even want to know the details of all that! I have succumbed to using LOL & OMGoodness! I've never read Twilight, but absolutely love reading "series" type novels. I've tried to avoid the pitfalls of blogging (which I love) -- like painting everything in my home with Annie Sloan paint, painting my kitchen cabinets white (although that may happen at some point) or creating "stuff" just so I can blog about it! I've never had a brow waxing, but did have my brows tattooed several years ago (not something I would ever do again)!

    I love your blog, but some times I'm just a "lurker" & not great at commenting -- truly sorry about that!
    Happy St. Patty's Day!
    CAS

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  67. It was really fun getting to know you a little better. Hey, I was the first, oldest (& youngest for many years), but always the most responsible, most mature & most eager to please which didn't get me very far! Now I'm an orphan & only. Seriously, you don't even want to know the details of all that! I have succumbed to using LOL & OMGoodness! I've never read Twilight, but absolutely love reading "series" type novels. I've tried to avoid the pitfalls of blogging (which I love) -- like painting everything in my home with Annie Sloan paint, painting my kitchen cabinets white (although that may happen at some point) or creating "stuff" just so I can blog about it! I've never had a brow waxing, but did have my brows tattooed several years ago (not something I would ever do again)!

    I love your blog, but some times I'm just a "lurker" & not great at commenting -- truly sorry about that!
    Happy St. Patty's Day!
    CAS

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  68. oh, I loved this! I know I'd feel totally weird talking about myself too, but it is AWESOME to learn more about your bloggy friends.

    I'm with you on trends. I like something, until it starts becoming really popular. (I almost didn't finish the Harry Potter series because it was SOOO popular!)

    Thanks for the peak into you!

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  69. I have never had my brows waxed. Now going to the dentist, That is my love! Thank you for sharing a bit about your self.

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  70. I love reading your blog and finding out more about you! I promise you are not the only person who hasn't read Twilight - I haven't and I don't intend to read it. I didn't read The Hunger Games series until this past December (I'm way behind the times, too).

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  71. It's refreshing to read about someone who shares a lot of my own quirks! I rarely use LOL, I love eyebrow waxes (something about the hot wax is soothing), I am self-conscious about my music at intersections, and I love keeping to myself in big groups (but my even more introverted friends often require me to step out of my shell more than I'd want to). Now it's even clearer why I love reading your blog!

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  72. I can't do chevron,either. I do think it's cute, but I adamantly refuse to do anything with that pattern because it's EVERYWHERE. I'm glad I'm not alone.

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  73. Hi... I found your blog through pinterest (my adult #2 daughter turned me on it)and I think it's the new sliced bread. I also started a blog, basically so I could post on other blogs. I don't know what I'm doing, but I post pics of my sewing/environmental saving efforts and have no comments on my page. I also used the word *crickets*. I have five kids, did not benefit from losing weight with each, and after the twins (last ones) I haven't lost any. Working on it. I'm five 8 1/2. I like heels but shoes in general hate me. I need to get my eyebrows done, eyebrows are great to get done, but doing a mani/pedi takes too long and too much $$.

    Oh, and being in a large crowd? Everyone sounds like Charlie Brown's teachers... so not so fun for me. Although I can't wait to go to my 40th (did I type that outloud?) class reunion this fall. I figure we'll all be "speaking up". LOL <use it frequently!

    Smiles!!!

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  74. What a fun post! I am with you all the way on the buttered popcorn thing! Can't get enough of it!
    It was great to learn more about you!
    xo-Lisa

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  75. I'm the 5th of 6 kids. Baby girl, but not the spoiled rotten baby!
    I also put off reading Twilight for the longest time!!! When I did finally pick it up, I read them all in a week... they were very good! But I refuse to take part in the movie madness! (Robert Pattinson is sooo not my idea of a hot guy, vampire or not!!!) I read the whole first book of Hunger Games and was excited to read the second... Started it and got halfway through and decided it wasn't for me anymore. Never finished and don't plan on it!
    When people first meet me they usually think I'm stuck-up or a total B! I blame it on the "mean face" which is really just my natural no expression face. My Mom has it too! (stupid genetics!!)
    Anywho, love your blog! Wish I could borrow you to redo our place!!

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  76. Nope! Haven't read Twilight either...am kind of annoyed by the whole thing, actually. Although I do love vampire novels. A really good one I'm reading now is "A Discovery of Witches." Yep, I said witches (and vampires and daemons!). I also tend to be way behind on anything trendy, which is wierd because I love to shop!

    Best wishes!

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  77. I am totally with you on the waxing. Just wake me when you're done. I almost nod off when I'm having my teeth cleaned, the hygenist keeps talking to me to keep me awake. Hey, I take naps when and where I can get them.
    My children have multiple halves, steps, etc. My grandchildren have ended up with about 5 sets of grands. They love it!

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  78. Love your blog site! Fun getting to know you and your likes and dislikes. The ear thing gave me pause as I unmercifully teased my baby sister because of her ears (57years gone by and still feel bad). She NEVER wears her hair up. I am the oldest of five. You are the first blog I check into daily and find it very rewarding on many levels.

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  79. I LOVE getting my eyebrows waxed, and I feel the same way you do- its relaxing and SO gratifying. I love the clean end result and feeling (this is weird) purified somehow. So no, you're totally not weird. And I heart this post.

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  80. My husband is also obsessed with popcorn!! Literally, every night, he makes a huge bowl with the whirly-pop.

    Totally with you on the LOL thing and not doing trendy things until they are out of style. For me, it's not really about being a rebel, I'm just really slow to like new things!

    Also, I'm pretty sure people think I am rude when they first meet me too, except that my reason is that I am shy and I am totally uncomfortable in a roomful of people I don't know! I've actually been told I kind of intimidate people (not on purpose!), but when they get to know me they realize that I am totally down to earth and a huge dork!

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  81. I enjoyed this, too. I also fight trends, now I feel better. You actually write trendy & for some reason I like it! And you are the only blog I subscribe to. The word is authentic--has anyone called you that before? Oh, and I work in a small bookstore, & have sold The Hunger Games to mostly women from about age 12-60s. Haven't bothered myself, too many books to read to go for the trendy.

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  82. p.s. My son had a statuesque gf who was a fashion plate & stood tall--taller than him, but he didn't mind. I don't know if you can change this now, but I'd love to see you embrace your height.

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  83. Thanks for sharing! As awkward as it was for you to write, it was fun to read. Those details are the ones that make you real to us readers...not just a perfect Barbie blogger! And I'm totally with you on not using LOL and bucking trends. I just don't like to feel that I'm hopping on the bandwagon. I don't mind doing something that I've seen and liked and/or something that is common, but I don't like the "everybody's doing it" stuff. It makes me feel like I don't have a mind to think for myself.
    Thanks for your great blog and for sharing!

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  84. Popcorn addict right here. When I was pregnant with my second child I was addicted to the S'mores galore parfait at DQ. At LEAST twice a week I would get one. (Now that I live in the midwest my temptaton is Culvers custard). Luckily, I didn't gain an excessive amount of weight when I was pregnant either. I have five kids and I never gained more than 25 pounds in any pregnancy. And breastfeeding was the best weightloss catalyst ever. After my first I was the skinniest I've ever been.

    And I refuse to read the Twilight books for the same reason. I just don't like to follow the crowd. No chevron here either.

    And it annoys my husband that I like to crank the music up because he hates to try to talk over it. But I'm definitely a loud music kind of girl.

    Fun post! Thanks for sharing!

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  85. I am just in the middle of searching the internet about metallic spray paint (and how to use it), when I come across your entertaining and most important, educational blog!! Love everything here!

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  86. kelly . kelsoulforreal@yahoo.comMarch 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    I know im late on this comment .. i just found your blog .. I googled center piece ideas and some how stumbled upon you .. i have been sitting here for two hours reading now .. where have you been all of my life !!!! i really enjoyed the info you have .. Much like you I check the flat iron/curling iron often .. i fight the urge of Twlight or anything similar .. and so far i am winning .. heck ya ! Like you I am loyal .. most of my girlfriends have been in my life since grade school .. when i read your writing it often reminds me of how my best friend and i kid with each other .. it was so great to hear how you got started .. i have always had a heart/obsession for decorating/artisticness (dont think that is a word) .. thought about going to design school and did for a while but people were so superficial there .. i left . and followed my heart to "helping the world" .. i still often dream working for peir 1 .. perhaps doing there lay out for magazines .. that is a dream !!! .. who knows !! thanks for all you do i have learned so much just after one day .. ps i have an obsession with magazines as well .u ?

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  87. kelly . kelsoulforreal@yahoo.comMarch 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    pss.. i often do the same hokey pokey dance .. you described in your blog .. setting .. resetting .. standing back .. analyzing .. moving things around until i see the balance .. so glad you gave it a name .. hokey pokey dance

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  88. Now you've got me wanting a Blizzard, too. I love those mini ones! I've never tried banana split, now I'm curious. I'll have to check out Spouse Like a House, too. Ice cream is my favorite indulgence, by far. Usually I keep it in the freezer rather than buying it out, though. For seriously indulgent, the best is Traders Point Creamery.

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  89. No LOL's for me either. I think I've used it maybe once when I sincerely laughed out loud. :) Loved reading these!

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  90. love to read about this its very cool

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  91. Love eyebrow waxing...read Twilight! Great post!

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  92. Very cute post....I also bought two pairs of heels this week (and I don't hardly wear them either). My hubby was quite surprised when I showed them to him.

    Anyway, I am also 6ft+ in heels but guess what? I plan on keeping mine and rocking them where ever I go! I am tired of wearing flats all the time. The cute stuff has heels!

    I am with you though on the ice cream thing and the twilight aversion...if those two items disappeared off the face of the planet it would take me months to even notice!

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  93. Whatever your quirks if thats what they are...they make you uber cool. I loved your post.

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  94. I think I view trends like you do. I do not do "LOL" either, although I may have a time or 2. I normally say "haha"....Maybe we view LOL as a trend? [cauute, lurve, & do not forget decrapification! You need to trademark that one! haha]

    That burrito picture is so cute!

    I enjoyed the pic of the ladies in the fam also.

    I'm thankful my hair straightener has auto shutoff. So does coffeemaker. Ahhh. Look for these features next time you buy!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Chrissy

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  95. Read twilight they are good! Much better then the movie!! DONT TAKE THOSE SHOES BACK! if i can wear 4" heels so can you! Im 6' BEFORE the heels!!! Nothing like a good pair of heels to make you feel sexy!! I love your blog btw!! Im a oldest and only child also! Unfortunately im a airforce wife so im not around any of them very much any more! We are stationed far from home in the most awesome place!!! Honoluli hawaii! Thankfully they are coming for a visit

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  96. Thanks lot for this useful article, nice post

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  97. Don't you just love your whirly Pop? The hubster and myself like really spicy food (we're from South Louisiana originally)... so we put jalapeno pepper slices in the whirly pop and cook them for a few minutes before we add our popcorn to it... it makes the most delish popcorn!

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  98. You sound like fun! Can't agree with the eyebrow wax thing. I've been too chicken to do it. I have a low pain threshold and it seriously looks like it would hurt. Mmmm, popcorn. Mmmms, ice cream! I'm weakness is Dairy Queen's Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard. I'm an only girl; does that count? I have four brothers, two older, two younger. My father never treated me differently than my brothers. Although he was career Navy, he had a passion for remodeling and DIY projects. I was always right there with him, helping him pick out materials at Hechinger's (anyone remember them?) and begging to use his power tools. I guess that's where my love of all things DIY comes from.

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  99. Love this post! I can't believe how much of this stuff looks like something I would of typed on my own blog. Waxing, being in a crowed room and not being all butterfly like and getting the rude vibe, popcorn, loud music, rarely wears heels, etc.

    Love it!

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  100. I'm such a trend fighter too! I've never read Harry potter, twilight, or even watched Grey's, if it's bandwagon, I can't bring myself to jump on :)

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  101. Ok, so Im pretty sure we might have been separated at birth. Especially with the eyebrow waxing and the hair tools thing- I check, double check, triple check that flat iron and yes, ive turned around before to check yet again. Im not an ice cream eater and we've just recently given up the microwave popcorn. And im very glad that Im not weird now :-)

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  102. Sarah you are so cute. I too think we could be BFFs if you lived in Nashville (where Peyton may be living soon ;-) I almost feel like someone wrote this about me, there's that much in common. I'm 5'9 too and feel your pain about not being able to wear heels, but have you ever had to have a dress hemmed? No b/c they are made to fit someone 5'9. Gotta look for someone positive about always being the tallest! But don't know about this thing about popcorn, don't know if I want to know. I love microwave popcorn.

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  103. Loved this post. It's always nice to know that you're not alone in some things. My mom was a beautician while I was growing up, so I was spoiled w/ eyebrow waxes, shampoos in the chair, free haircuts & perms. I, too, am way too relaxed when getting waxes (eyebrows only, thank you very much). But a hairwash... holy spumoni, that puts me RIGHT out.
    I don't mind a room full of strangers either. I can come out at the end with at least one new friend.
    And your serious weight loss..were you ever tested for thyroid disorders? I'm saying this because after my pregnancy of "Thing 2" (my now 13 yr old son) I was diagnosed with HYPOthyroidism (underactive thyroid). You sound like you went seriously HYPERthyroid (overactive thyroid). But if you aren't experiencing any issues now, it may have been a pregnancy thing. Mine, however, is the result of an autoimmune disease & unfortunately, I'll be hypothyroid for ever.
    Anywho..love your blog. Loved this post. Or should I save "lurved"...

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  104. Love your blog! I've never had my eyebrows waxed (I pluck) never read Twilight or Hunger Games, don't wear heels (I'm 5'11") and I was an "only" as the youngest...my brother is 18 yrs older and my sister is 16 yrs older than me. I'm sure I would never be selected to appear on Wheel of Fortune, either. I'm not perky enough!

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  105. You should try a DQ banana cream pie blizzard. OMG so good. Thank GOD for the mini size or I'd be huge. The twilight books are actually really well written novels, I loved them. The movies are horrible. Horribly translated from the book, terrible acting, but if you've read the book, you'll find yourself addicted to the movies as well - as bad as they are. Hunger Games was awesome, can't wait to see how that translates to movie.

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  106. I also avoid trends like the plague!! If I actually like it, I will wait for the trend to die down before I try it.

    As for ice cream, I could probably count on my two hands the number of times I've had it in the past *week* :)

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  107. I love getting my eyebrows waxed too! If I ever have a headache and get my brows waxed, it always goes away!
    However, after so many years of waxing, I don't have to do it often anymore...maybe once a year?!

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  108. I don't find eyebrow waxing relaxing, but I don't think it's all that painful, at least for me. I have read Twilight (and seen the movies...don't hold it against me) and I'm reading Hunger Games. I'm having a hard time getting into it actually and am considering not reading the rest. I do wear heels, but only to about 3, 3/1/2 inches. I'm a shortie but won't go higher than that.

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  109. I'm sorry I'm a little late to the party, but I have to let you know how much I enjoyed this post! It really is so fun to learn more about someone you feel like you've known for a long time (I've been reading for 4 years now!!) even though we've never met. Each time I read your posts, I have to remind myself that we don't actually hang out on a regular basis. :) (Sarah McLachlan!) I about died when you said you got to try out for Wheel of Fortune! That is SERIOUSLY something I've always always always wanted to do. And your preg pic was fun to see, plus the one of your boy...so so sweet! He has the same mouth it seems. Thanks for writing ANOTHER fun post. Can't wait to actually meet you at Haven (that's your warning in case you want to run and hide from me!).

    By the way, I totally had to make popcorn after reading, just so you know! :)

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  110. I totally understand what you're saying about the non-sociable. I am the same way. I get it from my dad. I am ok with being by myself. I think that's why I don't have a problem being a stay-at-home mom. I actually love it, (besides the fact that I have a child that I love immensely!) and feel it's the best job I have ever had!

    My pregnancy was similar to your with the metabolism thing. Although, I gained 44 pounds and lost every bit of it after, and some extra and the doc told me not to lose anymore. Gained some of it back now though. Had a former church member (from a church my hubby used to pastor) ask me today if I had gained weight on a Facebook pic! For the whole world to see! Ok, maybe not the whole world, but my whole world of friends! I just said, "*gasp...not me! ;) I blame it on the camera." I mean what was I supposed to say? "Thank you for pointing that out! It made my day!" LOL Ok, now I am rambling....

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  111. You are so not weird!!!! I am vey relaxed when my eye brows are waxed and I also have high tolerance for pain. I check, double check, triple check... my iron and flat iron every morning. I have also gone back to check one more time. Trends - whatever - I do my own thing and often when they are out of style.

    Fun post!!! : )

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  112. Thanks for the personality fix! Appreciate it.

    First born of two and no further mixes!! My parents worked out their issues (don't know how that happened...cause they were huge).

    Twilight (read first) was better than Hunger Games. I have a vampire fixation so I think that is where my loyalty lays. The first book of Hunger Gmes had me hooked but the end of the last book came too quick. Jump to safe ville and then end. ?? Twilight dragged but I enjoyed it too much too care. Different strokes, for different folks, I guess.

    I totally recommend reading Twilight before watching as it's more captivating in print.

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  113. I love this post! It's great to see that everyone has their own quirks! I totally agree on loud music with the windows down in the car and fighting trends (except The Hunger Games....nobody can fight The Hunger Games!)

    Michelle

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  114. Thanks for sharing! It's neat to learn things and get to know people.

    I have a total weakness for Dairy Queen and it is less than a mile from our house...very bad. I am the oldest-I have a sister that is 7 years younger, so I can relate to being an only child for a while. I'm 5'8" and love to wear heals, but unfortunately I can't due to arthritis in my feet. :( I don't mind eyebrow waxing either, in fact I just started doing my own. And I too have OCD with hair styling tools, also, the oven and dryer.

    Congrats on an awesome blog...I love it!

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  115. Fun reading.Wear those wedges and heels!! Girl I'm 6'3". Used to wear heels when I was much thinner.Yep I would be 6'5" sometimes.Love it.Stand tall always. My husband is 5'7" he says he always wanted tall kids.Well my oldest is my height second son 6'2" and my daughter is 5'7".Shorty!

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  116. 1. Not sociable or excitable.....how can I get me some of that? I'll totally trade you for my she-doesn't-drink-but-she-MUST-be-drunk-to-be-laughing-that-loud tendencies. That quality (curse?) also reveals itself with loud music that is certainly NOT turned down at intersections. And is accompanied by dancing, much to the disappointment of my children.

    2. If you ever used the phrase LOL you would be deleted from my google reader. True story.

    3. I think your ears are adorable.

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  117. OOOOh girl, I knew you were a kindred spirit.
    I am an oldest child (by four years). Never EVER had any desire to read or watch Twilight. I started reading the Hunger Games series with my son last week. I haven't had warm fuzzies about eyebrow maintenance, but kinda like having my cuticles pushed back... Love your blog, makes me smile and inspires me. Keep it up!

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  118. Yikes! Eyebrow waxing is not on my bucket list!! Will cut off my nose to spite my face as my mum would say when it comes to trends and fads! Do not use LOL but will admit to smiley faces :) Have never read (nor intend to read) Twilight or Harry Potter, nor have I seen the films. Used to wear heels a lot and am 5'9" but now live in flip flops and flat boots and my feet thank me for it.
    Thanks for such an honest and interesting post - will be lurking around your blog now!

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  119. Be proud of your tall self!! I just read you're going to be at SNAP. I'll be there too, and I'm 5'10", so you won't be the tallest one in the room. Bust out the tall shoes! ;) So, so excited to get to meet you in person. Yours was literally one of the first handful of blogs I ever read.

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  120. I love this! Thanks for lettin' us get to know you :) I know this is an oldish post, but that's ok! I really resonated with a lot of what you said, particularly the part about being shy and not peppy! People almost ALWAYS mistake my shyness for being stuck-up or just plain rude, and it's such a tough habit to break! With ya, sista!

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  121. I am so glad I read this post! I have been following your blog for a while now and I would always tell my husband "O! She sounds like ME! Listen!!" :] I feel that I literally spppeeeak through the way I write. I want people to actually HEAR me. :]

    I also stay clear of the "trends". I want to be different and the thought of being a follower and like everyone else is so... bleh.

    I don't say "LOL" either. I don't LITERALLY sit here and say "ohhhh laugh out loud!" so I prefer a good HA or BAHHAHHA <~ which is how I actually laugh. :]

    Keep up the wonderful decor :]

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  122. Ha! I laughed out loud when I read the last part about NOT having chevron in your house. THANK YOU! I swear everyone I know is putting that in their house. I can't help but think of the chevron warning signs on the road every time I see one. Don't care for it at all! Anyway, great to learn more about you. Can't wait to read more! :)

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  123. Great info, fun read. I'm also an only and oldest! I was an only for nearly 21 years. My fathre re-married and at 20 my half brother was born. Pretty cool! He just turned 13 last week. Time flies!

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  124. Just have to say that your posts are always a bright spot in my day ;) Never met you but totally love you! Thanks for sharing!


    Lisa

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  125. Embrace your height! I think it's crazy tall women are looked down upon for wearing heels. I'm 5'11" and rock 4-6" heels when dressing up [is necessary]. I quote a supermodel for when men ask me why I wear heels, the response is "I'm not sacrificing fashion for your ego". Love it! And I will NOT use "LOL" either :) thanks for sharing! Love knowing more about who is behind my daily blog reads

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  126. hey, that was kinda interesting....KINDA...don't want it to go to your head! :D JK JK!

    I love your "I'm an only and and oldest"....I feel that way too. I am the baby in my family and the oldest in my birth-family (I was adopted)...and my brother..ten years older...so after he left when I was nine...I was an only! SPOILED! :D

    Hope you have a happy Easter!
    God Bless!

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  127. I gained/lost the same amount of weight as you during/after pregnency. Turned out I developed hyperthyroidism (Graves Disease). It was the best disease ever! Loose 40lb without even trying!

    The best part was after awhile my body regulated itself (i.e. hormones got back into place) and I no longer have issues with it. Wonder if the same thing happened to you.

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  128. I know this comment is WAY late but I had to write you :)
    1. The eyebrow thing-LOVE getting my brows waxed! I get so upset if they don't tweeze at the end or if they tweeze just one or two. My cousins and I realized that we were all in agreement on this one and thought it was a weird family thing-welcome to the fam ;)

    2. My Mom used to say I come off "aloof" when being in a group of strangers so I guess  that's why at first people think I'm a jerk....but, get to know me and I don't shut up, I love to have fun and laugh, I can't stand mean people and I will be your life-long friend, I will also make you become life-long friends with all my other life-long friends! I too am still best-friends with my junior high/high school friends. And now they are friends with my grown-up "mom" friends too :)

    3. With all four of my kids I lost all my pregnancy weight immediately, I would be wearing my  real pants within a week of delivery and then continue to lose extra weight.....but the following year my body apparently would want its old fat back so I would pack it back on :) it didn't matter because I would just get pregnant again ;) eventually, I had to stop using having babies as a diet plan so now my youngest just turned 3 and I'm the heaviest I ever been!! I think my husband would rather have a fat wife than a skinny wife who lost her mind because she has 18 kids- although, to me it's tempting because it's much easier than dieting or working out.

    I also have the same love of ice cream but only eat it when it's in my face, I go through popcorn phases and now your post makes me want a whirly pop because I too switched from microwave but I just kept trying to make it on the stove and I would burn it. I'm 5'8 and also never wear heels. I was walking through JC Penneys this March and all their boots were $15 so I bought 2 pair of high heeled boots thinking "I can wear heels too!" that night we went out to dinner with 2 other couples and I felt like the Statue of Liberty walking around and never wore them again.  This comment is getting really long sorry.

    Just a couple more things....I tend to refuse trends too. Never read Twilight, hunger Games and my friends think I'm weird for not wanting to read 50 shades of Gray. I have recently read a few chapters of 50 shades so I can be somewhat part of conversations this summer though;) I have stated many times that I WILL NOT use LOL but went through a major WTF phase because of Phil Dunfey on Modern Family (Why the Face!). It's probably the same reason I never read your blog until today and I'm so glad I did :) Now I can part of the thrifty decor chick conversations. Sorry to take up your time with my long comment but  it was so much fun reading about another weirdo like myself! I have been stalking blogs for about two years now and yours is the first I have ever commented on. Take care and thanks for writing an awesome blog. 

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  129. Sarah: I don't think you're weird at all. I've never read Twilight or Hunger Games (not seen the movies either) and I'm not really into trends. I decorate my home with what makes me comfortable - so sometimes I can't find it and have to make it instead. Sound familiar? I don't wax my brows, but have had to pluck since I was 9 yrs old. Hubby says I tricked him 'cause he didn't know I was a unibrow - ha, ha! We also have always called our only son "the Bubs". I laughed out loud (at work!) when I read that the first time on your blog. Our son is now 30 yrs old and a 3D computer artist - time flies...
    I am the oldest child, but also a middle child. I am my parents oldest of 3 - I have 2 younger full brothers. Then I have 2 younger half-sisters and 1 half-brother from my dad's 2nd marriage. Then my mom re-married a widower when I was 10 who had 3 kids and that gave me 2 older step-sisters and a younger step-brother. Whew! Too many to count.
    My OCD is having things straight - pictures, table settings, sheets, etc. Another is hair and lint. I have to cram my hands into my own pockets at the mall or a store to keep from picking a piece of lint off of a stranger! Now that's really weird! I just can't stand seeing it. I'd better stop before someone reads this and calls the little men in white coats... :)

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  130. PICK ME! PICK ME!! PICK ME!!
    Oh, this isn't a contest? Oh well, here it goes:
    I wax my eyebrows, & the brows of others. Love it.
    Popcorn- every night. (Don't tell me why it is bad for me.)
    I call my younger sister, "Little Blister".
    My closest reference to "Wheel of Fortune": Everyone told me (in the 80s) I looked like Vanna White. Must have been the banana clip in my hair and big teeth.
    Not comfortable walking into room. Constantly trying to change my "first impression" tactics. Always epic fail.
    Usually dubbed as "rude", then they usually end of being my best friends.
    Does not hurt my feelings to be in my house all week doing projects-alone. My husband calls my PJs my "uniform".
    Shame husband into good fashion ("Do you want to look like your Dad in a hawaiian shirt?")
    Never looked better than pregnancy (except fo the second pregnancy--even skinnier afterwards).
    Self described OCD(or is that controlling?)
    Fought off "Twilight" & "Hunger Games". Eventually lost the fight--but regret the time lost on Twilight book.
    Just recently realized my ears may stick out (I don't want to talk about it. Maybe it will go away.)
    I use "LOL"-don't judge.
    I always say "cricket chirping" (& wonder if the other person got what I meant).

    I JUST joined Pinterest today. I fought it haaaard. I was junk finding, glueing thingamagigs together & painting them before it was "cool". Now, I find there are people much weirder, and much cooler out there than I.
    I must embrace my people, so with that being said---I found your blog on Pinterest. ;-)
    I know you can't respond to everyone, so I assume you pick the funniest people first--- I look forward to hearing from you.
    Molly

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  131. Oh wow we are so alike. I really dislike trends, I love being surrounded by strangers. I don't have any life long friends, because I move all over the dang place. Just people close to my heart. Also the fact that you're a crafty genius, I am df not that! but you're very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  132. Too funny, I love to get my eyebrows waxed and consider it very relaxing. I have never read any Twilight book even though i got a copy for Christmas from my sis 2 years ago! I have 4 sisters,0 brothers and I'm the youngest. Also OCD about rinsing clean drinking glasses, not sure why. By the way I love the pic of the burrito, cute!

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  133. I just happened upon your blog last week and love it! Our family just bought a house in Indy this fall and I am desperately trying to redecorate. It was not at all my style but we had to buy something before school started. I will be making a trip to Midland Arts tomorrow. Too bad your post I just read is from Sept. because the bookcase is exactly what I have been looking for and my birthday is in 2 wks. so I could splurge. I cracked up as I read your personality comments! I have never joined FB and have not read 50 Shades of Gray. Hopefully I will know how to post this when I am done...first time and my first attempt was unsuccessful! Keep the pics coming and all the great Indy info. for great finds. Who knows, we might pass at ReStore some time. I try to go once a month. Jen :)

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