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Thursday, June 2, 2011

I'm Adorable!

Today I've been annoyed and struggling. I forgot to set my alarm last night. OOPS, so I overslept and didn't exercise this morning as I had planned. I will be exercising today as I'm heading to TKD after work. That's my favorite part of my week, and not just because I get to hit things although that helps. Every class I feel that I've accomplished something and learned something new. I can't rave enough about how much I enjoy it. The first exercise I've ever done that I don't dread doing.  I hope all of you find an exercise that you look forward to. Such a difference!

I've been fortunate enough to receive an award from TWO people. Thanks so much to my friend the Ninja at Cooking it off and Mallwalker at Getting Healthy.  Thanks you two!  So nice of you both to think of me.  Adorable is not a word I've often associated with myself, but I'll accept it!
According to the rules I'm supposed to tell you 10 things about myself.......umm......why is it these sort of things stop me in my tracks and my mind becomes blank? I don't know. But, I'll try to come up with a few. They may be things you know already, but oh well.

1.  I am a Mother of 3: One boy 13 and two girls 5 and 6. I've spent the last year running around to 3 different schools with the oldest in middle school, the middle in first grade and the youngest in pre-school.  It was exhausting, but over! Today was the last day of school. Next year I'll have only 2 schools to deal with.
2.  I really am a doctor:  I am a specialist in Family Medicine. I think sometimes some of my readers think I'm a doctor like, "I play one on TV or in BLOG-LAND" sorta doctor.  But, no. I'm the real thing. I work full time. I own my own practice.
3.  I love to read.  One of the reasons this blog thing has been so addictive for me is that I'm a reader. I always have a book I'm reading, at least one. I love magazines, newspapers, anything I can get my hands on. I don't always have time to read much, but I've got a book with me everywhere I go, just in case.  I'm currently reading The Passage by Justin Cronin. LOVE IT. It's a futuristic, post-apocalyptic vampire-zombie virus kills the world book and it's awesome. Also working on the latest in the  City of Bones series.  I generally read escapist type books. I'm not one for mushy make you cry Oprah book club type stuff. I do read the occassional non-fiction, but for the most part I get enough non-fiction in my own life.
4.  I love to road trip.  I can find something interesting about just about anywhere. I love to go places I've never been and find the local museum. I love history and learning about most anything although I suck at remembering such trivia.  I love looking at maps and seeing what "points of interest" are marked and checking them out. We've found some really neat out of the way places to visit that way.
5.  Sometimes I'm too nice.  I have a soft spot for the underdog. Maybe because I've always thought I was one. Sometimes that's gotten me into trouble. I've had people take advantage of me and my kindness in the past. This has led me to be cautious and suspicious, which I hate. But being too trusting isn't good either. I can't tell you how many times I've felt bad for patients when they said they couldn't pay and given them a break only to find out they took a Mediterranean cruise for a month and drive a nicer car than me.
6.  I hate snakes. Nuff said. Living in Texas this time of year is well...challenging. But so far, fingers crossed, I haven't encountered any of the nasty things. I hope it stays that way!!
7. I like to garden and wish I could do more.  So we have one small raised bed planted with tomatoes, bell peppers, watermelon and cucumbers. I wish I had more time to do more. But, it takes a lot of work and there's only so much time in the day, right?
8. I'm an only child.  This means I don't mind being alone. I learned how to do laundry and dishes at an early age. I don't have to be entertained and I cannot stand constant sibling bickering which is always happening in my house. It also means that I sometimes long for the sibling relationship. Luckily I've had some really wonderful friendships and relationships in my life. For that I'm very thankful. Doesn't mean I enjoy or understand why my girls are rolling in the floor fighting one minute and then saying, "I love you sissy" the next. It's weird.
9.  I have mommy guilt. I suppose this is one all mother's live with to some extent. I feel like I'm not good enough, not there enough. There is so much pressure on us moms to be "the perfect mommy." Funny thing is I haven't met one yet. And it's not because I work. I know plenty of stay at home moms who feel the same way.  I guess it's because we love our kids so much we want to do everything right. Of course no one can do EVERYTHING right. Sigh. I have to work on letting go of this. A lot.
10.  I occasionally burst into song for no reason. This one is random, but I was trying to come up with a silly thing about me.  Sometimes a word or thought triggers a song memory and I just burst into song. Can't help it. Sometimes I make up silly songs and sing them to my kids which are random and well...silly. I don't know why I do this. But, I always have. My mom used to get on to me about singing jingles from commercials all the time. I still do it. Remember the, "I can bring home the bacon"  commercial? I know those of you my age do. Or what about the Big Mac song? Or The Coca Cola song with all the people singing and holding hands? (Your welcome for getting this lovely tunes stuck in your head today. Grin) Yes, I sometimes just start singing them and my kids stare at me like I'm coo coo. Then I have to explain the reference and that takes all the fun out of it. But, now my oldest has started the same thing with silly random songs and references and it's a lot of fun when we have an inside joke.

So that's 10 things about me. Some you likely knew, but maybe you learned something. I'm supposed to pass it on and so I'll pass it to:

Patrick because he freakin cracks me up and I can't wait to read his 10 things.
Treading Lightly because he's new on the block.
Shelly because she's awesome and also cracks me up. Plus she'll totally get all my commercial references.

There are so many more blogs I love love love, but frankly I'm tired of thinking and I've gotta leave for TKD.  So, I hope everyone enjoys their evening. GO MAVS!!!


  1. I think I've always known you were adorable. Love your 10 things--I'm your twin with loving to read (have you read Gabaldon's Outlander--a must read), gardening, and bursting into song--I'd guess that I can think of some song that relates perfectly to something someone says just about every 30 minutes.

    Set that alarm--don't you hate waking up behind the 8 ball? I do.

  2. Thanks for the shout out, Doc. That's nice of you. I don't think I've been called adorable since I was under five or so...

  3. Thank you for the award, and yes, I do recognize all of the commercial jingles. I used to LOVE the Coca Cola one - I remember feeling all warm and fuzzy whenever that commercial would come on. Hmmm. I should go YouTube it for old times' sake. :)

  4. I used to love to read books... read tons. But funny thing... haven't been reading much since I spend so much time reading blogs:)

  5. Loved reading your 10 things list. I love to read too. If it is possible to be addicted to reading, then I am. I also burst into song, although my sons don't just stare at me. I get, "MOM, do you have to do that?" along with a disgusted sigh. BTW, I knew all those songs. Do you remember the Faygo Red Pop song?


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