Archive for the ‘Make A List Monday’ Category

List All the Items in Your Wallet

  • Driver’s license
  • A small scrap of paper with a shamrock sticker on it
  • A small handwritten note that says “If hunger isn’t the problem then eating isn’t the answer”
  • My SAI lifetime membership card
  • Insurance cards
  • Food Lion/Kroger/ Lady Foot Locker/ Hot Topic/ Subway/Hallmark/ Regal Crown Club/ Starbucks frequent-buyer cards
  • Sheetz fountain drink/ coffee bar/ MTO freebie cards
  • Pics of family
  • Theatre ticket stubs from this summer
  • Obligatory debit card and bank card
  • Loose change/ Cash
  • A recipe for spinach artichoke dip

List the Brand Names You Buy & Swear By

  • Burt’s Bees Garden Tomato Toner
  • St. Ive’s Apricot Facial Scrub for sensitive skin
  • OB tampons (I will *never* use any other brand)
  • Manic Panic hair color
  • Rice & Almond Dream
  • Twinings teas
  • Celestial Seasonings teas
  • Cacique bras (not only do they fit well, but they are made well- they had better be for the 40 bones you spend on each one)

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Songs That Everyone Likes That You Can’t Stand

  • Anything by Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha or Justin Beiber (gawd!)
  • “Boom Boom Pow” -Black Eyed Peas
  • “Alejandro” -Lady GaGa
  • “Fur Elise” -Beethoven (don’t hate it, it’s just an uber-request from people when I play so it has kind of worn out its freshness for me)
  • “OMG” -Usher
  • “California Gurls” -Katy Perry
  • “Love The Way You Lie” -Eminem

Things I Miss From Childhood

  • Saturday morning cartoons
  • Most 80s and 90s cartoons, actually
  • Not worrying about weight or appearance
  • Being able to make messes without guilt
  • School!
  • Soda-flavored Lip Smackers, lol
  • Road trips
  • Not relying on cell phones or internet for everything
  • Toys and stuffed animals
  • Roanoke College Children’s Choir & my friends from RCCC
  • Travelling as a student ambassador
  • Feeling of safety (drugs weren’t prevalent, sexuality wasn’t introduced at age 10 or earlier, you weren’t bombarded by violence, hatred or intolerance at every turn)
  • I miss having my mother be my mother (she suffered a mental breakdown when I was about 13 and has had several other psychiatric issues since. She’s not that same woman anymore, and I miss her sometimes)
  • Being confident in my self and my views on life

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Ok, this week’s MALM entry will contain NSFW material. It may also offend some sensibilities; if you are easily affronted by certain words please select another entry. There you go: I warned you.  My first list was suggested by Courtney and the second list I had to add because there are a lot more words that I don’t mind that other people hate.

Random Words That Make You Uncomfortable

  • Moist
  • Pussy
  • Mommy (in relation to a girlfriend/boyfriend that have no children. I hate hearing people call each other mommy and poppy. Creeps me out)
  • Twat
  • Mayonnaise (even the words makes my stomach do flips and grosses me out)
  • Puce
  • Slather
  • Tweet (in reference to social media interaction for the severely ADD)
  • Eenie Meenie Miney Mo Lover (Justin Bieber, need I say more?)

Random Words That Make Other People Uncomfortable That You Like

  • Cunt
  • Cock
  • Fuck and pretty much all other curse words
  • Bisexual
  • Pansexual
  • Polyamory

What can I say? I’m a southern woman with a dirty mouth. I think it is actually classy if done properly (think Dorothy Morrison. I want to be like her one day) and if you don’t know what I mean, then you’ve never hung out with a classy older southern woman. It doesn’t have to be white trash or redneck anger; it can be humor, expression, sarcasm… So I’m unusually comfortable with profanity and sexually explicit terms. Except pussy. I hate that word. End of discussion.

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Today’s list is brought to you by Courtney again (to whom I just need to say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!). We went out for her birthday last night & hit The Underground on Main St. Blacksburg. It was a really chill pub-type hangout, with darts and fooseball and great import beer on tap. Only place I’ve found Smithwicks on tap down here. And for $4 a pint? Nice. Anyway, she was regaling me with a recent brush with dating hotmess, so this list was kind of a poignant one.

List Your Deal Breakers On A First Date/ In A Partner

  • Poor table manners
  • Treating waitstaff poorly
  • Leaving a bad tip
  • Narrow-minded views
  • Inability to hold a conversation
  • Inordinately short attention span
  • Bad taste in music
  • Suped up car (like hydraulics, monster tires, giant mud flaps, spinning rims, outrageous paint jobs, etc)
  • Hatred of tattoos/piercings/self-expression
  • Overt drug use/getting plastered on the first date

And that kind of sums up the first date foibles that I cannot tolerate. I just don’t like it when people treat other people poorly just because they’re working & I enjoy being mentally stimulated. It’s nice to have someone hold their own in the talking department, otherwise it becomes Heather-palooza all too easily. Lol.

~~*~~ Also, congratulations to me!! This post officially makes August 2010 my most prolific blogging month to date! And it’s only the 2nd week 🙂 ~~*~~

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For our second Make A List Monday I’ll be giving you two short lists instead of one that’s more involved. So, here we are:

Things You Are Trying To Do More Each Day

  • Take care of myself/ Be good to myself
  • Make better food choices
  • Drink more water
  • Practice piano
  • Attempt to draw
  • Work on my poetry, novel, and other assorted writing projects

List The Early Jobs You Had As A Child, Teen or Young Adult

  • Babysitting
  • House cleaning
  • Gardening/Mowing/Other yardwork
  • Arts counselor for church
  • Music counselor for camp

And now in an effort to keep up with #5 from my first list, here is my version of a cartoon from SavageChickens. I really love the idea of doing little cartoons on post-it notes (my artistic vision isn’t quite well-honed enough to come up with my own yet, but I’ll get there). And of course mine were lime green! Slide on over to his website and check out the other adorable cartoons he has.

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Today’s list is from my best friend, Courtney Good. She suggested that I compose the list “Missed Opportunities in Your Life.” She also gave me the word for my Wordy Wednesday post for later in the week (that’s foreshadowing, y’all). And now on to the list!

Missed Opportunities in Your Life

  • Leaving SU before completing my degree
  • Not being able to stay with Dish Network after the split (I could probably have gone pretty high up if I could have stayed- not necessarily that I would have wanted to, but it would have definitely set me up better financially)
  • Not performing more when I was younger
  • I have missed several opportunities for relationships because I refused to put myself out there and make the first move. I was always concerned that the person might not be into me and I would be a bother
  • I have wasted time indulging when I should have been working on achieving my weight loss goals
  • I missed a giant opportunity to develop a sense of self-worth that doesn’t revolve around my partner or my ability to perform my job well
  • I didn’t take college as seriously as I should have. Oh, sure, I still made good grades but if I had known what I know now I would have relished every minute. Including the ones that I spent ripping out my own hair trying to complete projects at the last minute. Lol.

And that is what I can come up with right now. I have missed a couple of opportunities in my life but most of them had other opportunities that fell on the heels of those I missed. Upon leaving Dish, I did have a bad spell but then I was able to get a job working with special needs pre-k through the public school system. Even though I didn’t take advantage of all the performing opportunities I had as a child or young adult (community theatre mostly), I am taking advantage of my opportunities now as an adult. Better late than never.

I am a firm believer that if you miss an opportunity or choose not to take a certain path, there is a reason that you made those decisions. And perhaps your happiness lies down another path you just can’t see clearly yet. I’m stumbling blindly down my own path to happiness right now and am absolutely certain that somewhere up ahead the sky will clear, the trees will part and all will be revealed at last. I just have to keep clearing away the debris as I come upon it. I’ve even gotten pretty good at dodging the rocks in my way. 🙂

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