tagged and other stuff

Nothing to do on a Saturday night? Go read my sister’s blog about how lovely my other siblings and I were to her when we were children.

EDIT #2: In all fairness to my xanga friends at the bc party, no one ever really said “You look worse in person.” What they said was, “You look nothing like your picture.” Since they didn’t tack on a qualifier such as, “That’s not a bad thing.” or “You’re still pretty, you just look different.” or “You look better in person,” or “But that doesn’t mean we think you’re ugly,” I just assumed the real me was a bit of a disappointment. None of my new friends are the least bit mean-hearted–sorry for the confusion.

EDIT: Reminder to self to divulge my outfit-shopping tips/secrets on next blog.

I hate to write another blog, because I like those pictures and don’t know when I’ll look cute again. It’s not today, that’s for sure. Thank you all for your sweet and generous compliments. I’m not the most gracious compliment-taker. I usually try to qualify them by adding stuff, so I’ll just say, “Thank you.”

Not a whole lot of guys stood in line for the book–well, maybe 10-15. So, this one 50-ish guy comes up, points at the board beside me and says, “Whoever took that picture of you should be shot.” I’m thinking he means the cover of the book–too scandalous or something. “Oh no, that’s not me!” I say. “Those are just models.” He clarifies that he’s talking about my author photo–yeah, that one’s definitely me. “It’s a terrible picture,” he says. I open my mouth, but nothing comes out. “You look much better in person,” he adds. Hmmm… I’ve not gotten this one before. All the xanga gals who met me thought I looked worse in real life! I take this as a compliment, and joke around with him a bit. “He doesn’t like my picture,” I say to the other people in line, with a pouty frown. “You really should give me a break. I was five months pregnant,” I tell him. I think he feels a little embarrassed at this point and mumbles something about my hair looking nicer now and takes his book and scurries away. (Sidebar: The person who took my picture is an amazing photographer. How is it her fault that he thought I was ugly??)

Before I forget, Ava’s fever is gone and she is eating, drinking, and playing blocks and ponies with Nina. Hmmm… I e-mailed my friend and asked her what she thinks about tonight. I hate decisions like this. I’m leaving it up to her. Those were some quick and powerful prayers, folks! Thanks!

Gabe just spent an hour with Livi at her school for “Bring an Adult to Kindergarten Day.” He loved it and didn’t want to go back to work.

Oh, yes, I’ve been tagged. Was hoping that might never happen to me. Here’s what my sisters, Bethany and Stephanie, had to say about their own weirdness. They are MUCH weirder than me, that’s for sure.

I’ve Been Tagged!

The Rules: People who get tagged need to write a blog post of their own six (6) weird things as well as state the rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose six (6) people to be tagged and list their names.

1. Found out from a chiropractor when I was 16 that one of my legs was shorter than the other. Wore a lift in my shoe for 15 years. Found out a few months ago that my legs were fine. The lift was probably causing most of my back pain for the past 15 years. Talk about senseless. 

2. My cousin (who will remain nameless) and I used to pretend we were boys and pee in my grandparents’ barn. I was Tim and she was Todd. We’d drink a bunch of water and then find secret places to pee.

3. I was mean and cruel to my younger siblings when we were growing up. I beat on them and said terrible things to them and threatened them. They’ve forgiven me, but as an adult, it took me quite awhile to forgive myself.

4. My junior year of college, I went through an orange phase. I wore orange every single day. My half of the dorm room was decorated with solid orange. I had orange sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts, vests, skirts, and shoes. Even an orange dress (which was a bit short for Cedarville and earned me my first and only demerit). One of my hallmates used to regularly steal my Zoe (Sesame Street) doll and leave ransom notes. I would find her (Zoe) literally hanging by her neck from the ceiling in random dorm rooms.

5. Running out of ideas here… Uh…I collect vintage aprons—love them—but have never worn one while cooking. Have never worn one at all, for that matter. Keep meaning to. (I know–that’s not very weird.)

6. I know this is cheating, but… my sister French-kissed a goat!

Shoot, who to tag? I have no idea which ones of you have already done this, so… I tag: angntug, rocknnell, gtaviano, marketer319, faithchick, and kkakwright.

17 thoughts on “tagged and other stuff

  1. aconrad8

    Hi! My name is Heather, my husband Aaron knows Gabe.  I’m friends with Krysty and she told me about this list post.  It’s hilarious because I actually found out the same news about 3 weeks ago – I’ve lived for 15 years thinking my one leg was longer than the other (though I havn’t worn my lift in years).  I just purchased your book the other day and I anticipate reading it!  Thank you for allowing God to use you.

  2. Abs7

    awww! i have never met you in person, but i’m sure you are definitely not ugly in person!

    too bad you guys don’t still live there. your girls would have 2 little adorable boys to hang out with 🙂

  3. scottnjes

    You do look way cute in those new photos! And in real life. And in your black and whites. Wow, you’re just a way cute girl! And I always think your girls are going to grow up to be so pretty just like their mommy.

    It seems people do dress up like food around me often. But perhaps it’s the adversion phenomenon. If you don’t like it it keeps popping up.  

  4. Nixter77

    I think you look HOTT on the pics and HOTT in IRL, even thought I have only seen you on Skype 😉

    I LOL to the pretending to be boys and peeing all over the place.

    nixie = even now knowing some weird things about Marla, still love her

  5. tonialynn59

    I’m cracking up at your list of “weird” things.  I think of my childhood and I was that kid that was labeled “perfect” (if they only knew….).  I was the one that when the 3 of us (me and my sibs) got in trouble because someone said bad words and no one would fess up (it really was them) I stood and ate the soap while my sibs figure out how to get around it.  My hubby was 6 years older than his next sib, a sis, and they tell horror stories of stuff he did to them.

    Thanks for the compliment on being a good mom.  Not feeling like one so much today.  I just finished doing Hayley’s income taxes and TRIED to do ours (and oh the mean thoughts going through my mind…) and then I did her fafsa for college.  Just wait till that day comes.  It makes me want to pull my hair out and my eyeballs as well.  Justin is doing just fine today.  He ate a great dinner last night and has eaten very well today.

  6. stephaniedawnbasham

    Hey…no fair on #6. 🙂

    Jen, Julie and I used to pee out in the barn too! We’d pretend we were boys and had to spend the entire day in the field and barn, peeing in corners and eating seeds. Gross.

    And as far as #3 goes….if it makes you feel any better, I remember far more mean things that Bethany and Josh did to me than things you ever did to me. 🙂

  7. Abs7

    Ali is Tommy’s sister. They live on E. Williams Ave.  Just in case you are as bad with street names as I am, it is just across the street from a school and hospital and down the road from a great park and swimming pool…

  8. KmHunsberger

    How could anyone think you looked or do look ugly now? You are beautiful. Plus, you are my future goal…I want to look just like you after I have three kids…or two 🙂 You are beautiful!

  9. gsowell

    Do you still have a lot of orange? My husband packed for church camp a couple of summers ago with exclusively orange clothing. That meant 7 orange t-shirts, 4 orange polos, and a pair of orange swimming trunks. We also just bought him two dress shirts that are in the orange family with coordinating ties. They look awesome with his new suit. I think I’m the only woman on the planet who sorts a separate load of laundry for orange clothes!

  10. faithchick

    that is hilarious about that man! 🙂 and what’s this about your xanga friends thinking you looked worse in real life?!? so not true!
    🙂

    …and…thank you for the idea for a post for Monday. it’ll be perfect–i can wrack my brain coming up with weird things over the weekend and then I don’t have to think of an idea for the daily installment of the life of me. whew.

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