Thursday, March 26, 2015

Owning It

It's everyone's favorite day of the month over here on the blog!!  The day when a guest blogger visits and shares her craziness by Owning It!!  Today, one of my very close friends in blog-land AND the real world is here sharing some funnies...Andrea from Momfessionals!!  In this post, Andrea totally owns it and one of the things I love the very most about her is that she does that in real life as well.  

I have been LOVING this series and laugh so hard every time Erika has someone guest post for her and when she asked me to participate my first thought was, “I’m soooooo not quirky”.  But as I started thinking about it, jotting things down and asking Dave about my “quirks” I quickly realized that I am crazy quirky.

- ONE –
My AMAZING Athletic Abilities…. And by amazing I mean none.

I am clumsy, uncoordinated and have zero athletic ability whatsoever.  That said, I typically hold a basketball one time a year at our School’s Back-To-School retreat for the staff free throw contest and EVERY year I make it on the first shot.  It’s amazing.

(the pic above is when I was nominated - as a joke - to participate in the Staff vs. Students volleyball game.  I played awful, but I looked cute!!!)

- TWO –
I’m a sympathetic blusher (and crier).

I blush and I blush HARD.  If something embarrassing happens, I can feel the heat starting on my neck and moving upward until it reaches my forehead.  I start off pink and quickly turn to bright red.  In high school I had an English teacher who (lovingly) called me glow worm. ;)  The worst part is that I blush on other people’s behalf as well.  If something embarrassing happens to YOU…. I blush.  If something embarrassing happens to someone on TV… I blush.  It’s uncontrollable and totally obvious.  I’m also a sympathetic crier.  If someone around me is crying I can’t hold back the tears.

In many situations, I'm SO thankful you do this.  :)  That way I'm not the only one turning red.  haha!


I watched E.T. at about age 4 (I think) while at a neighbor’s house and I’ve been emotionally scarred ever since.  For YEARS I was terrified to go to the bathroom at night because I was CONVINCED I was going to pull back the shower curtain and he was going to be laying there in the tub all white and sick.  My middle schoolers know about my E.T. phobia and over the years I’ve received E.T. dolls, keychains and pencils and have even had them create and post pictures like these…

- FOUR –
I’m HORRIBE with accents.

If you have an accent, chances are I understand less than 70% of what you’re saying.  I am AWFUL with accents!  We moved from Canada to North Carolina when I was in the second grade and my teacher was LOVELY, but she also had a super thick southern accent (not “Texas southern”… “Carolina Southern”).  Her drawl was completely foreign to me and I was continually asking for clarification on directions and then got sent outside the room on multiple occasions for talking to my tablemates (I was asking them to re-explain things to me).  I told my mom that my problems were that “I don’t understand”, but was too young to explain that I couldn’t understand because I literally couldn’t understand what she was saying.  Midway through the year she had a baby,  we got in a long term sub who was from somewhere up north, I immediately made a turnaround in the classroom and they were able to figure out that I couldn’t understand her accent ;)  Thankfully, after lots of time in the South I can now understand almost any drawl. 

On another occasion, Dave and I were vacationing in the Dominican Republic and the sweet girl who was checking us in to our hotel was giving me directions and instructions and when she went to get us our key I turned to Dave and go, “I have no clue what she said… my Spanish is horrible!” and he goes, “Andrea… she was speaking English”.

And in case you missed it – one of my most embarrassing moments EVER revolves around my inability to decipher accents. 

This one made me LOL!

- FIVE –
My Flower Pillow

When I was pregnant with Luke, the nurse who taught our birthing class recommended buying a pillow specifically to take to the hospital so you didn’t have to take one of your bedroom pillows (I’m not sure why, but Luke was my first and I did everything I was told.  Everything).  I bought a pillow and even made a cute fun, floral case for it (because it was pre-kids and I had all kinds of time to craft and sew and such).  I brought it to the hospital and fell in LOVE!!!!  I bought the pillow at Target and have never been able to find the exact same one.  It’s literally the perfect pillow.  It’s squishy, but not too squishy.  It’s never gotten lumpy and it always has a cool side.  Since I don’t have two of them I can’t officially use it on my bed (like when it’s made), so it hangs out as an extra and I use it EVERY night.  Mason has taken a liking to my “flower pillow “and he takes it to bed with him almost every night and then before I go to bed I go in his room and take it back. Hahaha

So if you’re looking at my pictures and see a weird floral pillow – that’s why. 

PS - I feel like now I've challenged you all to a game of Where's Waldo and you're constantly going to be spotting my "flower pillow" in all my pics :)

- SIX –
My desire to never hurt anyone’s feelings runs DEEP.

I am a total pleaser and I am aware that I’m a pleaser.  I HATE the thought of anyone being disappointed in me or even worse the thought that I've hurt someone’s feelings.  When I was in Elementary School and I would be invited to a sleepover my mom would tell me that I could bring one stuffed animal with me.  I had a favorite bear, but I didn't want my other animals to get their feelings hurt, so before a sleepover I would take all my stuffed animals into my closet to play “tea party”.  I would play for a few minutes and then I would sneak one out of the closet, shut the doors and loudly announce that I was running downstairs to get something.  My stuffed animals were left unaware that I was taking my favorite bear with me and I wasn't left feeling guilty.  I’m a hot mess.

Hot tea makes everything better.

Seriously though.  Hot tea makes EVERYTHING better.  I don’t drink alcohol (no really… I’ve never drank anything alcoholic…. I have nothing against it, I’ve just never really had a desire to, maybe because of hot tea???), but when I get home after a long day I want a cup (or four) of tea.  I blame my Canadian/British roots, but I’m obsessed.  I’m really particular about my tea – it has to be extra hot English Breakfast tea (a black tea) with a splash of skim milk and a sweet and low.  I’ve tried peppermint, green, oolong, earl grey, etc. and none of those can compare.  I drink it even when it’s 110 degrees outside.  I love hot tea.


(My favorite part of vacation at the Homestead???  TEA TIME!!!  And yes... I'm prego with Mason)

Is it crazy that I've NEVER had hot tea??  Maybe we should plan a tea date?

I hate seafood.  All seafood.

I have NEVER liked seafood.  EVER.
I can’t even eat a Calfiornia roll because I feel like the seaweed has a fishy taste.  Everyone thinks they can “convert me” with the whole, “I swear…. This one doesn’t even taste like fish” line and every time I want to puke my guts out.  Even Caesar salads that have too much anchovy paste are unpalatable.  Dave loves fish, but he knows that it he eats fish he won’t be getting even a peck until probably the next day.  We used to vacation on the Carolina beaches where the “daily catch” is plentiful and I survived those weeks eating hush puppies ;)

I chaperoned a trip to Houston and we ate lunch at a seafood restaurant on the boardwalk... hence the hush puppies ;)

Really??  You think the seaweed has a fishy taste?  I've never tasted that before, but now I'm going to be REALLY thinking about that little piece of seaweed!

- NINE –
Excessively thick hair.

I’m aware that LOTS of people think/say they have really thick hair.  I’d challenge any of those people to a “hot head” contest because apparently, medically, I have so many hair follicles it makes it almost impossible for heat to escape from my head like it’s supposed to when you’re hot.  Hence… my face turns purple when I’m hot and leads people to making me lie down with a cool cloth on my face on more occasions than I’d like to admit.  I did hunter jumping when I lived in North Carolina and when all the other girls were wearing gorgeous black velvet riding helmets with their coats and riding pants I was sporting a special plastic ventilated helmet since when I wore the velvet ones I had a tendency to pass out and fall off the horse. 

- TEN –
I read when I blow dry my hair.

I’ve mentioned that I read while I blow dry my hair to a couple of friends and the looks of confusion and puzzlement that I received have led me to believe that this is a quirk.  But it’s true…. I am HORRENDOUS at the round brush and so when I blow dry I just use my fingers to kind of help the process along and I usually flip my head over and put a book on my lap to read while I dry.  When the bottom layers are done I put a book on the counter and read while I dry the top layers.  Anyone else do this???  It’s not just a side effect of being a busy mom… I did this all the time growing up as well.  My mom would come upstairs and find me blow drying my hair and reading Lurlene McDaniel books (did anyone else read these books??? LOVE!!!)

I'm going to need Dave to take a picture of this in action!!!

 Well, there you go - ten of my quirkiest quirks. ;)

Andrea, thank you SO SO much for sharing your crazy with us today!!  I definitely learned some fun stuff and I'm still questioning, "How does her book stay open in her lap while she's blow drying her hair"??  hahaha!! I'm sure we could all relate to at least one of your quirks!!  THANK YOU for Owning It!!  XOXO

In case you've missed any of the other "Owning It" posts, check them out here...

You can read Kelly @ Kelly's Korner HERE.
You can read Olivia @ Snyders Tell All HERE.
You can read Narci's HERE.
You can read Fancy Ashley's HERE.
You can read Kelly @ Redhead on the Run's HERE.
You can read Shay's HERE.


Jen said...

Hahaha this is hilarious!!! I thought I was the only one who hated ET!!!

Mix and Match Mama said...

I think the flowered pillow is my favorite! Now, I'm going to be looking at it in the background of pics :). Such a fun post girls! Love you!!

Narci said...

Haha!! So funny, girl!! Love your quirky side. :)

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

A special ventilated helmet made me LOL. Because otherwise you would pass out and fall off the horse. I MEAN. Your crazy makes me smile! xoxo :)

Andrea (127things) said...

I think the whole seafood thing-"if Dave has fish he knows he won't be getting even a peck until the next day" is my favorite hahaha! Love all of these!

kristine said...

She was speaking English...hahaha!!! I needed a laugh this morning! :)

Jersey Love said...

This is great. I love that you steal the pillow back from Mason at night. I did that with my nephew and my bear when he slept at my house haha.... and reading while drying your hair is talent girl... Dave def needs to snap a pic of that! And I'm with ya on hot's the best thing. I love Tetley's British Blend or PG Tips!

kimm atwood said...

I can't believe you hate ET! So fun reading this

theKfam said...

I totally read while blow drying my hair because let's face it, blow drying is BORING. I read my kindle so no problems with the book staying open! Love this post, you are too cute! :)

Lynn {A Taste of Country} said...

I totally agree on the seafood quirk! My boyfriend loves sushi, but it just makes me gag. The only seafood I eat is tuna and fried cod fish.

And the search is on for the flower pillow now... :-)

Laurie S said...

Love your post! I also love hot tea. My family can't understand why but I just do. Maybe it's the warmth going down. And I can totally relate on being fair to my stuffed animals. When I was younger I rotated who I slept with so their feelings don't get hurt.

Tara G. said...

We lived in Alaska and I still hate seafood. :)

Mrs. Harvey said...

I also read while blow drying my hair!! I too just use my fingers, and I can't imagine it any other way!

the girl in the red shoes said...

Oh my gosh, love this! I could easily have written some of this myself! I'm terrified of ET, have crazy thick hair, blush all the time, and hate seafood too! Your crazy sounds just about right to me!

Kelly said...

I absolutely LOVED Lurlene McDaniel too! Haha....if only I could get my hands on a few now! :)

Anonymous said...

Very funny post. I also have thick hair and my face always turns red from being hot!

Liz/ said...

Pretty sure this is my fav Owning It funny! The stuffed animals had me dying laughing, hilarious and I loved all the rest too but that one seriously made me cry!

Shawnee said...

Totally owning #2 with you! And it's made worse when people call me out on it. :(

Gina Cogan said...

how funny! i have A LOT of hair, so it takes me FOREVER to blow it dry,and it's naturally as straight as a board so i dont even need to brush while i blow it dry! i read also!!! sometimes i'll do squats too :) gotta keep it tight! hahaha :)

Kylie McGraw said...

I love these posts!! I always hated seafood too (a whole fish on a plate just doesn't look appetizing to me) but I recently have taken a liking to tilapia and crab so I guess I'm on the bandwagon now! Ah! I'm seriously impressed you read while drying your hair. I need to perfect that. ;)

Queen In Between said...

Cracking up all over again thinking about the Ba-nanas. And the riding helmet story..oh my goodness.

Donna said...

So much love for Lurlene McDaniel, I think I read everyone of those books between the ages of 14-20. Also, I totally did the same thing with my dolls and Barbies. I would set up a nice meal or tea party and then when I was sure they were distracted I'd excuse my favourite to "get more tea" and then we'd leave and go to a sleepover where she got to play with my best friends Barbies!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE seeing that other ladies around my age hate ET also! I mean seriously!!! He is soooo creepy!! My parents took my brother and I to the theater to see it, 10 minutes in my dad had to carry me out. To this day if I see ET I want to throw up!

Corner of Sass and Snark said...

Hahaha I LOVE these! Such a fun series!

Olivia said...

Andrea I can really relate to your turning red and getting embarrassed for others. One time our pastor called out 2 girls who were talking near the front row (we go to a mega church so this was a big deal) and I turned beat red for wasn't even at our physical campus and I was so embarrassed for them.

I too am a people pleaser and cannot understand people's accents to save my life. You should see me at the nail salon. It's like that Anjelah Johnson nail salon video. One time the girl asked me if I wanted a Deluxe or Regular pedicure and I answered "I know. It's been a long time since I got my nails done." ?? My friend died laughing and corrected embarrassing! Loved reading your post!

Whitney {Whitney's Sweet Life} said...

This is hilarious! I also read while I blowdry my hair! I set it on the floor when I flip my head over and on the counter when I come back up. Hah! So glad other people do that!

Katie Benedict said...

Oh my goodness I'm terrified of ET too! The other night there was something on instagram with ET in it and I told my husband about my ridiculous fear and he thought it was hilarious. I also hate any and all seafood :) thanks for sharing your quirks. We have many in common!

Johnna Bradley said...

I am absolutely terrified of ET!! Also I loved the Lurlene McDaniel books!

Leigh said...

I love these posts! I can't eat seafood since I'm allergic to it, but I don't think I'd like it. Just looking at shrimp and crab and all that stuff makes me queasy. I have never heard of anyone reading while drying their hair (unless it's at a salon). I don't get the chance to read very much, maybe I need to give it a shot!

Morgan said...

I love that you didn't want to hurt your stuffed animals' feelings! ha! totally something i'd have done as a kid.

hannah friend said...

I read all my blogs while blow drying! Blow drying is burning! Love this

Kim Taylor said...

How funny! I read when I blow dry my hair too! I have super short hair but I always read my blogs or facebook! or the newspaper that my husband leaves out for me each morning!

allisonwest said...

I, too, am a distracted dryer! It takes forever to dry and I will read, squat, clean (I have a long, long cord on my home dryer) most of the time then only actually brush and dry for about a minute in the mirror! Although, I've become just a Saturday night dryer-church I'm behind on my reading. This was a fun post to read!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

This was so fun!!I thought I was the weirdest person in the world because I have ALWAYS read when I blow dried my hair, too!! So glad to hear I'm not the only one :) and the blushing thing? Yeah, ain't no way for me to play off being face gives it away every time. I feel like I am literally radiating heat. And my face doesn't just turn red when I'm embarrassed it will turn red when I'm suddenly put on the spot - I hate being the center of attention!

Amy said...

OMG I am terrified E.T too!!! I had the exact same experience as a child and was always scared to check behind the shower curtain because I thought he was going to be in there or in my closet or under my bed!

My roommates in college once printed out about 100 pictures of ET on April Fools Day and posted them all over our dorm my bed, in all of my drawers, in the shower, and the worst was when I thought I had taken down all of the pictures I went to class the next day, opened my binder and there he was...a picture of E.T! I just about lost it in my class!

I am 28 years old and still won't watch the darn movie! haha