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Thank you so very much, Internet, for your congratulations on The Match. My husband and I are so very excited to be staying here for his fellowship. Not only is his program excellent, which means he’ll get top-notch training… But we love the area and have begun to carve out a nice place for ourselves.

Since Match Day, I have been working a lot. And not sleeping much.  And spending any “free” time thinking about the next big step we’d like to take: buying our first home.

I… have no idea how to go about finding and/or buying a home. So it’s got me a little stymied.

While I ponder what to do first – besides drooling over photos of homes we can definitely NOT afford – I have been stuck without blogspiration.

So, in the spirit of firsts (as in, we’re about to buy our first house) (it’s a loose segue, I KNOW), I pulled this meme out of the depths of R’s archives. Enjoy!


1. Who was your first prom date?
My first prom date was my boyfriend at the time. He was an adorable blond-haired, blue-eyed hockey player of the “strong, silent” variety. I was a sophomore in high school and he was a junior. My high school did two proms a year – a winter ball and a spring prom. Only juniors and seniors could invite guests, so I felt very special and adult to be asked.

I vividly remember seeking out my first prom dress. My mom and my best friend and I squeezed ourselves into her two-door little sports car and drove nearly five hours in some horrific weather to the nearest Real Mall. (Well, it wasn’t the NEAREST. The NEAREST was only two hours away. I… can’t remember why we drove to this other mall. But we did.) My dress was short and a shimmery purply-black. For prom, I got my hair done at the salon and wore makeup and heels – which was totally outside my comfort zone of Airwalks, LEI jeans, and no makeup. I felt so beautiful and so grown up!

Oh right. This question was about the DATE not the ATTIRE. Can you guess which was more interesting? And less likely to completely neglect to tell me that he was leaving on a band trip ON VALENTINE’S DAY so that I had to find out from his mom when I went to his house to deliver his Valentine’s Day present?

2. Who was your first roommate?

My first roommate(s) were three wildly different girls. I stayed in a four-person suite my freshman year of college. We shared a dorm that had two bedrooms, a common area, and a bathroom. One of them was a tiny, sassy blonde from the East coast who could talk her way into anything – and put her foot in her mouth like no one’s business. One was a tall, easy-going water polo player from California who has one of the best shoe collections I’ve ever seen and can make me laugh like no one else. And the third was the winner of a Miss Midwest-something-or-other pageant who was sweet and cheerful and so popular she was hardly ever in our room.

I’ve only kept in touch with one of those roommates, and poorly at that. But even if we are terrible at talking on the phone or exchanging emails, she’s very dear to me.

3. What was your first alcoholic beverage?

I have fond memories of sipping the foam off my father’s beer… But that must have been a fluke, because he’s much more of a wine guy.

4. What was your first job?

I’m pretty sure (foreshadowing: my memory is TERRIBLE) my first job was a summer position while I was in college. I worked as an office assistant in my dad’s office, filing medical charts and making appointments. The summer after that, I stood in the basement of our hometown hospital, shredding old medical charts in a windowless room across the hall from the morgue.

5. What was your first car?

When I was in high school, I had my pick of two vehicles to drive (I know – SPOILED). One was a 1989 Chevy pickup. It had four-wheel drive and got me through some serious snow drifts. The other was really my dad’s – a 1974 (1972?) sports coupe that he’d bought years ago and restored. The windows didn’t roll down all the way, there was no air conditioning, and I had to keep a supply of spark plugs (or whatever – I really just pulled a hardware-sounding item out of thin air) on hand because the wipers liked to stop working at any given time. But I loved both of those vehicles to death.  My brother got his license six years after I did, and he also got to drive the sporty coupe throughout high school. I wonder if he drove around with the stereo bumping, thinking he was the coolest kid in all the lands, just like I did?

6. When did you go to your first funeral?

Yikes. I don’t remember. I’ve been to too many in the past decade. (Although, even one is too many.) But I don’t recall the first one. My grandfather passed away when I was in third grade. I can remember little snapshots of spending time with him and our aging collie, Jessica. But for the life of me, I cannot remember if I attended his funeral.

7. How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown?

Eighteen. And – except for summers during college and holidays and other short visits – I’ve never gone back.

8. Who was your first grade teacher?

Mrs. H! I remember two things about her class. The first was from the reading class she taught that I attended during kindergarten: I was in some sort of little play that my mom came to see.

The second is that someone got sick in class and left a trail of puke from her desk, down the hall, and into the bathroom. (Remember that sawdust stuff the janitors used to put on the puke to soak it up?)

I’m sure Mrs. H intended to leave me with much more. And I have a general impression of her being a very kind and supportive teacher. But alas – that’s all.

9. Where did you go on your first airplane ride?

Again, I have no idea! My mom has told me stories of taking me to California (I think?) (Man, I need to listen better.) when I was just a baby. I’m guessing we took a plane? But I don’t know for sure.

10. When you snuck sneaked out of your house for the first time, who was it with?

Well, Internet. I have never sneaked out of my house. This is partly because my parents’ house is eight miles outside of our little town, my bedroom was on the second floor, and the windows didn’t open.  But it’s more because my parents were strict and I was a Good Kid Who Didn’t Want to Disappoint Them. Ask me about missing my curfew though – I think I did it so often, I’m surprised my parents didn’t lock me up.

11. Who was your first Best Friend and are you still friends with them?

My first best friend – that I can remember, at least – was B. She and I were friends in kindergarten and then she got transferred to a different school. She and I didn’t really see each other again until high school when we were on the same cheerleading squad. We still know each other. She’s a nurse and is struggling with a serious health problem in a brave and inspiring way.

12. Where did you live the first time you moved out of your parents’ house?

I lived in a dorm with three other girls. See answer #2.

13. Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?

My mom. She is endlessly patient with me. She always has good advice and kind words. And I know that she’ll support me no matter what.

(I would say my husband, but I don’t really talk to him on the phone. When he’s at work, his phone is off. When I’m out of town, we keep phone calls to a minimum because we get irritated with each other super fast via phone. And when he’s home, we of course discuss bad days… but in person, not via phone.)

14. Whose wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid or a groomsman?

Hmmm. Once again, my stellar memory seems to fail me on this one. I think I was in at least one wedding as a junior bridesmaid. One was for my former nanny. I got a home perm from her mother and got mercilessly teased for it in school the next day.

The first time I was a real bridesmaid was in 2008. I was in the wedding of my dear friend from grad school. She was a beautiful bride and had a special morning ceremony before the official church wedding, and I bawled like a baby through the whole thing.

15. What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Turn on my computer.

16. What was the first concert you attended?

Um. I have no idea. I don’t really DO concerts. (They are too loud and too CROWDED.) I am pretty sure I went to see Juice Newton and Steve Wariner when I was in… middle school? And then I went to a Weezer concert in college with California Roommate (see Answer #2), which was amazing and totally worth breaking my No Concerts Rule for. But that’s about it, I think.

17. First tattoo or piercing?

I have neither tattoos nor piercings.

18. First celebrity crush?

Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I actually wrote the kid letters. And I think I sent him a PHOTO of myself. (A very TAME photo of myself – I was, like, 11.) How embarrassing.

19. First crush?

I… don’t remember. I mean, I remember many crushes. But I don’t remember who was first. His name was probably Nick – I had crushes on a dozen Nicks over the years.

20. First real love?

Well, it’s hard to say that I experienced real love until I met my husband. But I THOUGHT I was in love twice before him – once in high school and once in college. So the first one? He was a wrestler who weighed less than I did, quoted Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey movies all the time, and got better grades in math and chemistry than I did. He was also outgoing and affectionate and friends with everyone, and he could always make me laugh. He was a year younger than I was, and we broke up when I moved across the country for college.


What are some of your firsts, Internet?


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Well, Internet, it’s 2011.

I spent the last couple days of 2010 and the first few days of 2011 doping myself with Tylenol and amoxicillin, trying to kick a nasty case of strep throat. Basically, I rang in the New Year as a pathetic lump. A pathetic, whiny lump.

Let’s all hope that this isn’t a harbinger of things to come.

Anyway, it’s past due for my Traditional Year-End Round-Up. If you can call doing something twice in a row a “tradition.”

I had great fun reading through last year’s round-up and measuring it against 2010. Not as many life-changing things happened for me in 2010 – no moving, no name changes, no honeymoon. But I did a LOT of traveling this year, both physically and emotionally. And on that oblique note, let’s get to the Round Up…

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Weaseled my way into Joined a book club.

Traveled to Napa for a girls’ weekend.

Went to Palm Springs.

Went to Asheville, North Carolina. (Which I have an entire, picture-filled post about that, due to “technical difficulties,” I have NOT posted. SIGH. Just pretend you read it, okay?)

Gave a business presentation to a group of 10 people.

Went to an NFL game.

Made Thanksgiving dinner from scratch.

Held a baby.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I’m not a big New Year’s resolutions type person. So… I didn’t make any and I didn’t keep any. I did, however, achieve my goal of making Thanksgiving dinner. (I have a bad feeling that this survey is going to involve a lot of references to Turkey Day.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Oh my yes! One of my husband’s groomsmen had a baby boy… Two close college friends had their second baby girl… A high school friend had a baby boy… A high school friend of my husband’s had a baby boy… A couple we recently met had a baby boy… A childhood friend had a baby girl… Another childhood friend had a baby boy… A bloggy friend had a baby girl… And many other bloggers I read religiously have also had adorable children, I suspect primarily so I can visit their blogs and coo over the cute little cheeks.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No. Thank the good Lord for that.

5. What countries did you visit?

Sadly, I did not leave the country this year. Not like I leave the country regularly, or anything. I mean, I’m no globetrotter.

However, I have been to the following states this year – some of them multiple times:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

That’s got to count for SOMETHING, right?

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

Same answer as last year (apparently simply writing it down and posting it on one’s blog doesn’t make it magically appear): Thinner thighs.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The strep throat or possibly the Tylenol are making my mind very fuzzy Internet. Not good for an end-of-year recap post. But I’m having trouble coming up with specific dates.

So let’s say the big ones: My husband’s birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas – all great days.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Making Thanksgiving dinner – from scratch – with only one incident involving acrid smoke.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I didn’t exercise as much as I planned and wanted to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

2010 was The Year of Food Poisoning, where I wound up curled into a shivering ball on the bathroom floor not once but twice. Lovely.

And, of course, it ended with me lying on the bathroom floor in a shivering ball. Because my brand of strep begins with a fever and vomiting. Lovely. Let’s hope that 2011 brings me a stronger immune system.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Tickets – plane tickets to see my parents and my in-laws last February and experience a wonderful two-week vacation… Plane tickets to Napa to spend a weekend with three high school friends… And tickets to a football game for my husband’s 30th birthday.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My husband’s. He is so incredibly busy at work, and yet he always – always – makes time for me. This year has been tough in many ways, and he was always there to offer his level-headed, logical opinion… To give me a shoulder to cry on… To hold me… And to make me laugh. I am so very lucky to have him in my life.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

This is a loaded question this year. So I’m going to say… The behavior of people on airplanes appalled me. For the love of god, put your carry-on suitcase in the bin the RIGHT WAY so that there’s room for other people’s stuff.

I swear, the instant people set foot in an airport, they seem to forget that there’s anybody else in the universe. BLECH.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Travel, definitely! Which is a good thing!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The two vacations we took this year. Both were AMAZING.

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2009?

Runaway by Kanye West

Love the Way You Lie by Eminem, featuring Rhianna

Teenage Dream by Katy Perry

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Hmm. I’d say that this year held sadness and happiness in equal portions… So I’m probably at about the same level I was last January. Maybe a measure sadder. But I think I’m less lonely than I was last year, so that’s good too!
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner! Okay, so I’m only thinner by a few pounds. But it’s something!

c) richer or poorer? Richer!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Well, I wish I’d exercised more. I wish I’d been more giving. I wish I’d done more writing for myself. And I wish I’d done more socializing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?


20. How did you spend Christmas?

With my husband, my parents, my brother, and the dog and cat! It was a fabulous Christmas!

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?

No. But I did fall MORE in love with my husband. It was a different sort of year than our first year of marriage – not quite as exciting and new. But I learn more about my husband and how smart and strong and kind he is every day. My love for him grows and grows.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

I can never pick just one! Mad Men… The Good Wife… The Big Bang Theory… Blue Bloods… Dexter… Friday Night Lights… The Office… Parenthood… All great shows!

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?


24. What was the best book you read?

I read over 30 books in 2010; a lot of them were great reads. But I think the best book I read was Incendiary by Chris Cleave.

25. What did you want and get?

A watch! I mentioned it in passing to my husband a long time ago, and he surprised me on Christmas with a beautiful watch.

Cute shirts!

Cute bracelets!

A warm, cozy bathrobe!

26. What did you want and not get?

A pedometer. But really, if someone had given me a pedometer as my big Christmas gift, I might have been disappointed. It’s hard to get really excited over something that measures your footsteps.

27. What was your favorite film of this year?

The Social Network. Possibly because it was the only non-3D film I saw in the theaters this year and automatically gets an extra gazillion points just for that.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 29 in 2010, and it was the best birthday I’ve had in YEARS. My birthday fell on a day during our fabulous two-week vacation last spring. My parents went ALL OUT and we not only got to ski on my birthday, but they took me out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in all the lands. PLUS they showered me with presents.

And THEN we went to California for a week with my in-laws… And in honor of my birthday, they took me to a beautiful spa for lunch and a massage and my mother-in-law bought me adorable red sandals. Then we went out to dinner at a delicious restaurant.

Such a great birthday!

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

The ability to switch off my brain when it goes into Worry Mode.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

All about comfort.

31. What kept you sane?

My husband and my mother.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?


33. What political issue stirred you the most?

The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

34. Who did you miss?

My brother.

35. Who was the best new person you met?

I’d have to say my book club girls, collectively. They are all super friendly and fun and I look forward to our book club sessions every month.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

I worry too much.  And worrying doesn’t help ANYTHING. (Although I knew that before.)

Also, that an iPad may be cool, but I don’t really see its usefulness. Seriously.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now.” – Airplanes by B.O.B.

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Thank you for being so kind about my little fiction proffering on Friday.

Unfortunately, despite your sweet words, I am having Major Writing Anxiety. Which is not a good thing if “brilliant novelist” is something I want to pursue as a career. Good thing I have an actual writing career to fall back on!

Anyway, every word I’ve written in the past week seems ridiculous or self-indulgent (according to my Inner Simon Cowell) or boring or treacly (hi again, Inner Simon!) or just plain unremarkable.

So I was relieved and delighted when sweetheart blogger New Teacher, New Wife tagged me in the Eight Questions game.

1. How would you describe your fashion style? Does “pajamas with a side of food stains” count as a style? If so, sign me up for the next season of Project Runway.

In reality, I think my style is “conservative.” I like clean lines and classic looks. But I don’t mind a bit of cleavelege (which is my new favorite body part, thank you RHONJ) or something that shows off my rear end. I wear a lot of black. I’m not opposed to a decorative scarf or a chunky necklace. And I love high heels – on boots, on peep-toes, on pumps. But you’ll never find me wearing too much stuff – I steer clear of bold patterns and lots of glitter/sequins/lace/metallics. Not that I don’t love those things on other people – I just feel wildly uncomfortable and costumey when I wear them.

2. If you had to choose, what is the one food you could eat for the rest of your life? This question is ridiculously hard because I love food. But I suppose if I HAD to pick, I’d go with hard-shell, ground-beef tacos. Heavy on the onions, lettuce, and hot sauce, light on the cheese and sour cream. And can I get a side of guacamole and tortilla chips please?

3. If a movie was being made about your life, who would you want to play you? Well, I’ve been told all my life that I bear a resemblance to Meryl Streep. After many years of soul searching, I’ve come to see this as a compliment. I mean, hello Meryl!

(Please ignore the weird photos, which I borrowed from Google image search. I don’t know what’s up with all the white space.)

Not that I actually look THAT much like her. But if she bears a resemblance to me… And is also AWESOME… Well, why wouldn’t I pick her to play the movie version of me?

If I were to pick someone who’s closer to my age (although still older), I’d choose Tina Fey or Kate Winslet. Tina’s got the dark hair and glasses and a scar on her face like me… plus, she has a rocking body and a great sense of humor, both of which I’d love to possess. And Kate is an amazing actress who has a real woman’s body, which I love.

4. What was your favorite childhood memory? I feel very fortunate that I had wonderful childhood. My parents really did what they could to make sure I had everything I could ever need. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for what they’ve provided me with.

That said, it’s hard for me to choose a favorite memory! My mom – who LOVES to travel – took me to London and Paris with her when I was eight, and I have fond memories of eating Indian food for the first time in a restaurant overlooking the Tower Bridge… and eating crisp salad on one of the wide boulevards near the Seine… and getting my portrait drawn in the artsy market behind the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur.

I remember “helping” my father repair his vintage Alfa Romeo in our garage on summer days… Riding with him in the old farm truck to the dump… Soaring down the ski slopes as he watched, ready to praise me and give me pointers…

I remember curling up on top of the heating vent in my brother’s room as he slept in his crib… Sitting on the stairs with him on Christmas morning, waiting for our parents to get the coffee started and the camera ready before we discovered what Santa brought us… Reading All About Sam to my brother in the back of our ancient Suburban as we drove to Washington, Utah, Colorado, Canada, or wherever adventure awaited us.

I remember walking across the damp sand at low tide with my grandparents, searching for clams… Hiking up wooded mountains, the air heady with the scent of earth and pine, with my family all around me… Enjoying my mom’s goat-cheese-and-garlic mashed potatoes and my father’s signature spice roast for Christmas dinner…

And so many, many more.

5. If you could move anywhere in the world (and not worry about other obligations), where would it be? It’s a tie: Paris or Berlin.

6. What is your favorite time of year? Winter! The bite of the air… The comforting cocoon of a heated apartment or car… Frost on morning windows… And piles and piles of fluffy white snow.

7. Cats or dogs? Cats – hands down. I don’t like being knocked over, barked at, or licked.

8. If you could change places with any person of the opposite sex, who would it be? My husband! I’d love to know what it’s like to be him for a day!

As part of meme protocol, I now have to come up with eight questions of my own… So here goes!

  1. Which TV character (past or present) do you most identify with?
  2. If you could swap out three of your body parts, what would they be – and who would you swap them with?
  3. What is one thing about you – physical, mental, or otherwise – that sets you apart from everyone else on the planet?
  4. Who are five people on your “laminated list”?
  5. If you could invite anyone to a dinner party – living or dead – who would they be?
  6. What’s your signature dish?
  7. What would you say is the top TV series of all time? (Caveat: It has to no longer be on the air.)
  8. What is your worst habit?

If my Inner Simon Cowell is still raging, perhaps I’ll answer my own questions in a later post. YES IT HAS COME TO THAT.

In the meantime, if you are reading this, I tag YOU and ask that you respond to any and all of these eight questions in the comments section. (Yes, besides being boring, I am lazy.)

Or you can ask me a question and I vow to answer it!

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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our…

Wait. Sorry. This is NOT a daytime soap. What I’m trying to say is, can you believe it’s freaking AUGUST, Internet? Where the eff has the summer gone?

In honor of the day, I am playing along with Getting to Know You Sunday. Join in at MannLand5.

1. If you were to win an award today, what would it be for?

Well, today I am up for a Sleepaholic Gold Medal. Heck, let’s make it a Platinum Medal. Yesterday, I slept in until eleven o’clock. Today, I woke up at 10:17. This is not normal (for me), Internet! What am I doing wasting the day when the summer is slipping by so quickly?!?
2. What is your shoe style?

I am a four-inch-stiletto kind of gal. However, I do sometimes cheat and go with four-inch wedges instead. More comfy and less teetery.
3  Does your car reflect your personality?

I drive a navy blue Honda CR-V with a manual transmission. It’s conservative… Roomy… Gets good gas mileage… Kind of tricky if you don’t drive stick… Annoying on hills or in stop-and-go traffic… Needs a lot of maintenance (mainly because I don’t drive it often)… And hasn’t been to the car wash in ages.

So yes. I’d say it reflects my personality to a T!
4. If you could take over someone’s body for a day, whose would you choose?

Okay, if we’re talking pure vanity here I would swap bodies with Evangeline Lily in a second. (As long as body includes face.) Or maybe Kim Kardashian. I mean, how often do you get to test drive that kind of rear end without having to try to buy pants for it?

But I would also be SO CURIOUS to be in my husband’s shoes for a day. To see what he thinks about in that inscrutable brain of his… To have his, ahem, equipment… To see what it’s like to be a doctor… And, most of all, to see what it’s like to be married to ME!
5. Love or be loved?

Oh man, I don’t think you can have one without the other. But I guess I would choose “be loved” because I’m selfish like that. I’ve loved someone before when it wasn’t returned… And that’s awful. It breaks your heart every minute. I have also been on the other end, though… It’s no picnic when you know someone is crushing on you hardcore and you don’t feel the same. But hey, it’s a head trip. Who doesn’t enjoy being the object of someone’s adoration?
6. If you were on death row, what last meal would you choose?

This answer would probably change every day. But today, I would choose a big pile of tacos, some chips and guacamole on the side, a glass pitcher of margaritas, and a big ol’ slice of cheesecake smothered in fresh raspberries for dessert.
7. Have you been on vacation this summer, if so where?

I’ve spent a week at my in-laws’ and a week at my parents’… but since I worked during both trips, I guess I can’t say I’ve been on an actual vacation. I do have a mini vacation coming up – to Napa Valley! So I’m really excited about that.
8. What is your favorite food related guilty pleasure?

Cheese. I didn’t realize what a fixation it was for me until I started trying to revamp my eating style (ie, lose weight). But I love to pile cheese on everything. Burritos. Tacos. Nachos. Load up some brie on a plate and eat that. Mmmmm cheese.

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Happy Sunday, Internet! I hope your August is the best month yet!

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Jen posted the other day about her irrational fear of cruise ships.

I can fully understand this fear, because among the things that Other People Love That I Do NOT are cruises.

And believe me – ten thousand people have already tried to convince me that cruises Aren’t So Bad! Or are in fact Actually Really Fun. I am staying on dry land thank you.

Anyway, Jen invited her readers to share their own irrational fears, which got me thinking. First, I have a lot of fears. Second, I don’t think they are irrational. Third, hmm… maybe they ARE irrational. Fourth, dammit!

Here are some of my top fears, rational or not… (Don’t worry – I have left out the really scary ones.)

I am ir/rationally afraid that:

  1. I will fall off a cliff/stairway/tower/other high apparatus. This is totally rational, in my mind, because I have been known to trip over my own feet.
  2. A gang member will slice my Achilles tendon while I am trying to get into my car. This totally happened to the friend of my husband’s aunt’s friend and is So Not an Urban Legend.
  3. I will accidentally use someone else’s toothbrush. In fact I did, once, use my husband’s toothbrush by accident. And while neither of us died or anything, it was still completely horrifying.
  4. Someone else will accidentally use my toothbrush. This is why I keep my toothbrush in a plastic travel toothbrush holder in my makeup kit while traveling. Even if there is a handy-dandy toothbrush holder in the bathroom I’m using. Even if I am the only one using that bathroom.
  5. A random dog will attack me.
  6. My apartment will catch on fire. This is why I always wear my Good Jewelry and/or carry it around with my in my purse. It is a very good thing that I don’t have a whole lot of Good Jewelry.
  7. I will be unloading knives from the dishwasher and I will puncture my husband while walking from the dishwasher to the drawer. (Our kitchen is tiny.)
  8. Someone will throw up on me. If you start hacking up a lung at the dinner table, that concern on my face is only half for you. SORRY.
  9. A waiter/chef/disgruntled maitre’d will spit in my food.
  10. The comment I left on your blog – out of adoration! and in good humor! – will offend you and make you hate me.

What are your irrational fears?

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(You can read more things I just don’t get here.)

1. Red Bull

2. Leggings

3. Doggy bags (in which one carries leftover food)

4. Doggy bags (in which one carries miniature canines)

5. Electric toothbrushes

6. Crocs

7. Orlando Bloom

8. Spray tans

9. Kedollarsignha

10. Water/soda/iced tea with lemon

11. Iced tea

12. Jorts

13. RaNdom cAPitaLizaTIon

14. Turkey burgers

15. LeBron James

16. The Bachelorette

17. Miracle Whip

18. Replacing “you” with “u” and “are” with “r”

19. Swimming pools

20. Saying “no problem”

21. Michelob Ultra

22. Tofu

23. Soccer (aka “football”)

24. The Biggest Loser

25. Trader Joe’s

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(Stealing this fabulous post idea from the talented Elizabeth of Princess Nebraska)

  1. Twilight anything
  2. Nicholas Sparks and all related paraphernalia
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Text messaging
  5. Dancing with the Stars
  6. Bumper stickers
  7. Sushi
  8. Lady Gaga (although I do find her endlessly fascinating and sometimes catchy)
  9. Flannel anything
  10. Gladiator sandals
  11. Pedicures
  12. Buffets
  13. The iPhone
  14. Movies in 3-D
  15. Sliders (the mini hamburger kind)
  16. Mayonnaise
  17. Showering every day
  18. Ben Affleck, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson (please don’t hate me!)
  19. Facebook
  20. Diet Pepsi, Sprite, and 7Up
  21. Shorts
  22. Chick-Fil-A
  23. Coffee
  24. Yoga
  25. Alice in Wonderland (except for the part with Johnny Depp)

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