"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

I don't have much to write about right now, I guess that is a good thing.  So I thought I would share with you something that has been floating around blogs and Facebook for some time now and I am just now participating in.  I apologize to my Facebook friends if you have already read this:

1. I have a BA in History and a Legal Studies Minor from the Univeristy of Northern Colorado. I also have a Paralegal Certificate. I have not used my degree or certificate in 8 years. 

2. I was a bank teller before I had my daughter. I liked it much better than being a legal sectetary.

3. My wardrobe used to consist mostly of business casual clothes. Now it consists mostly of sweats and t-shirts.

4. I would love to have at least one more baby but I'm scared to death, not to mention pretty dang busy with the kiddo I have now. 

5. I know more about tracheostomies, g-tubes, PDAs, kidney reflux, corpus callosums, dysmorphic features, AFOs, OT, PT, ST, bronchoscopies, PMVs, multiple congenital anomalies, micrognathia, high arched palates, oral aversion, intubation, O2 sats, and on and on... than anybody without a medical degree ever should.

6. I love my daughter more than life itself (and I don't say that lightly) and I would be lost without her. I would trade my life for her health in the blink of an eye.

7. I started dating my husband when we were 14.

8. I married my best friend when I was 2 months shy of turning 22.

9. I admire Jeremy for being such a great husband, father and provider.

10. I frequently have dreams of my daughter being "normal". When I wake up, I realize how truly grateful and blessed I am to have her just the way she is, simply because I am able to have her at all. She has taught me some of the most important lessons I will ever learn.

11. I think my brothers are some of the funniest people I know.

12. I think my sisters are some of the most loyal and loving people I know.

13. When I went to college, I went into immediate culture shock. I graduated in a high school class of 64 people and moved on to a college student body of 10,000. Whoa, big city!

14. I hate to let my toenails grow out, but sadly, they do quite often. Yuck!

15. I am such a clutz that I have too many bruises to count and I have no idea where most of them came from.

16. I hate my voice. I think it is too deep.

17. I love the color of my eyes, hazel brown and green.

18. I have no less than 20 nicknames for my daughter and I use every one at least once a day. She is going to grow up to have a major identity crisis.

19. I love to startle people but I hate being startled myself.

20. I nag way too much.

21. I cuss way way too much

22. I am the daughter of a Methodist Minister. 

23. I believe in God, but I do not believe I have to go to church to have a strong relationship with Him. Although, I do love going to Women of Faith every year and sitting in an arena with about 70,000 other christian women. Very refreshing for my soul.

24. I clean and scratch my ears with q-tips, much to my sister's chagrin. 

25. I love for my husband to rub my feet really hard. He absolutely hates it.

Random pictures inserted here:
Whaddya suppose she is looking at?

A get well gift from Miss Shandy
I guess I could update a little.  Marissa is finally transitioned completely from Lortab to Tylenol, so the poops are back and regular again!  Hooray!

I think when they fixed her kidneys, they took away her ability to nap and I, for one, do not think this is a fair trade.  I need her naps badly!  She has been up since 6 am this morning, so I am hoping and praying she'll nap today.  I am not ready to lose that moment of solace in my day.  

P.S.  Sorry for the different fonts.  I could not get blogger to accept my way of formatting today.  Any other time, I would be totally OCD about this fact but today I am just too tired to fight this battle.  :)


Finding Normal said...

I'm with you on Q-tips. My husband makes fun of me every day for my addiction.
I want another baby too, but am scared shitless. I had resigned myself to not having one. Until my husband has started bringing it up lately, talking about wanting one. And I just don't know if I can put my heart out there again.
Addison has tons of nicknames too. And she knows them all.

Hope said...

I hope you get some sleep! I agree, you probably do know more than most doctors. Doesn't everyone hate their own voice? Mine it too high, wanna trade? lol
I will never admit to cussing way too much or nagging....I would never do that! (please do not ask my husband) hehe

You are such a sweet person, Alicia. I'm glad I "met" you. (and Marissa too!)

Anonymous said...

I happen to curse way too much. Roland hates it and I dont blame him. Sweats and tshirts are way better than business clothes.
Glad Marissa is doing well.

Anonymous said...

I call Bella stinky head all the time. I wonder what damage that will do lol?

Tara said...

2 things my dear Bill: I've called you Bill forever and it has yet to give you an identity crisis....right? My mother always told me that a well loved child has many names. I must agree with her on that point. :) Secondly, you are absolutely right, your brothers are hysterical!!

Oh, and one other thing, if the Lord has another baby for you, that means He has the strength for you as well.

Love ya woman

The round-the-worlders said...

Well, I didn't know that, or that, or that....but I did know that.

Really glad Rissa Roo is feeling better, but I hope you both can get some rest.

Love you lots,

Dad and Arnie

Janice said...

I never thought you had a low voice! You sound way normal to me.

Jeremy had a few choice nicknames too. Germ was one. And he had silly ears. He could fold his outer ears to a point and then push them in the hole. They'd stick and then he'd grin at you. He was around Rissa's age. He looked so goofy.

I'd like to think Marissa is keeping an eye on the angel overhead that's keeping an eye on her.

I'm so glad she's better. This baby is amazing.

Love you all - Big Hugs & Kisses
Grandma Utah

Elizabeth said...

She will catch back up with her naps, she just got so much rest from recovery that she has to balance out. You on the other hand did not sleep at all so you have to catch up too. I Janice and Joyce should hijack your blog and put up pics of you two as kids, since we seem to have lost the story of us for a while. Would love to see him with his ears all funny like that.

lots of love

Nana and PaPa said...

I have to agree with Elizabeth about the pictures! (hhhhmmmm...how could we do that?) And I also agree with Tara..each one of you kids had several names as you grew up...and...I don't THINK it warped you...(or is THAT why my kids are the way they are? LOL) Alicia...you've always been the one who NEEDED your usual amount of rest, and even though it's not happening right this moment, I'm sure Marissa hasn't given up that golden nap time...yet. Have faith...you will get that time back very soon. Hey Jeremy! Can you STILL do that with your ears??? I would LOVE to see that! LOL...love you guys
Nana & PaPa
P.S. Marissa is either looking at her guardian angel or conferring with her imaginary friend...lol