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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Five Things...

Five Things You May Not Know About Me...

1. My hair fell out when I was a baby and it didn't grow back until I was almost two years old.  My parents and grandmother got really tired of people calling me a boy... Apparently they did so even when I was wearing a dress!  

It was starting to come back in here.  I now have a head full of very thick hair though my dad, on the other hand, went in the opposite direction... 

2. I have Thalassemia Minor that I did not find out I had until I was pregnant with my second baby.  I was always told I was iron deficient when that was not the case.  I'm basically a carrier of Thalassemia, a blood disorder that is life threatening if you actually have the Major version.  Turns out my dad has it too and so do both my boys.  About half of our red blood cells are normal and the other half are abnormal. Physical endurance can be challenging.  

3. I didn't go to kindergarten because I was so shy and it was optional back then. 

4. Anytime I have to have more than a vial or two of blood drawn, I get very lightheaded, begin to hear ringing in my ears and come within an inch of passing out though I have never actually gone through with it...the passing out, I mean.  

5. I have two creases where my arm bends.  Well, there's the one where it bends like everyone else has but then there is an extra one below it.  I had never met anyone else who has this extra crease until Dracen came along.  He has it too though his is not as defined. 

Five Things I'm Knowledgeable About...

1. Dachshunds.  Surprise!  There's not much I don't know about those beloved little long dogs.  

2. Arranging flowers.  I was, after all, a florist for four years and it's just one of those things that came easy and has stuck with me. 

3. Movies from the late 80s/early 90s.  There are very few of them I have not seen and I have been known to quote lines from many of them at random.  

 4. Online dating.  I had it down to a science when I met Charlie.  

5. The stages of grief.  

Five Things I Know Nothing About...

1. Operating heavy machinery.  I mean, you know, other than a car.  

2. How it feels to get all pumped up about watching a football game on t.v.... or a basketball game, or a hockey game or any other kind of game, aside from baseball.  I did go through an obsessive stage about the Atlanta Braves one summer when I was a kid but it mainly had to do with a major crush on one of the players.

3. Why all boys and men too (though they don't all admit it) love to pee outside so much.  I just don't get it and am quite sure I never will.

4. Faking it. I've never been good at hiding my feelings or pretending everything is perfectly fine when it's perfectly not.  

5. Rocket science.

Five Things I Believe...

1. That words can be powerful but actions speak volumes.

2. Life is comprised of a little bit of luck and a whole lot of what you choose to do with it.  

3. Gaining knowledge of something is the best way to conquer a fear of it.

4. Worrying will get you nowhere but it is pretty near impossible to stop, especially after you become a mother.  

5. All dogs go to heaven.  :)     

Got this idea from the Writer's Workshop at  Mama' Losin It!
Also linking to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday!

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  1. I don't get that peeing outside thing either, but man, once they do it they just never stop.

  2. Of the things I now "know" about you, we have #1 and #4 in common.

    I do know about #2 in your things you know Nothing about... heck, I did a whole post on it... it's different when your own child is out there!

    Things you believe: with you on #4.

  3. I wish I could arrange flowers! Maybe I will learn someday. And, I love Steel Magnolias. Good picture choice!!

  4. Wow. I had no idea that you had Thalasemia.
    I'm double jointed in my elbows so when I stick them out straight they almost fold back over on themselves. Creeps people out.
    I'm not a mechanic...therefore I has a husband.
    And peeing outside?
    Don't get it either although the husband said "It's glorious to watch the stars"....weird.

  5. Not so sure I love it but it is handy when the need arises.

    Not good at Flower arranging but am and have been a forktruck and crane operator for years. I have driven firetrucks(every kids dream) and frontend loaders. I like me some big toys.

  6. I have a crease, but it's not that deep. Is that what you mean?

    I don't get the pee thing either, or the sports game. Men and boys are totally weird!

    Actions are what matter.

  7. Although I knew a lot of that stuff about you, I didn't know about the bendy arm thing.

    I totally don't get the sports or peeing outside thing either:)

  8. I was bald until 2, also. To keep from the 'what a cute boy' comments my mom would put a dab of karo syrup on my head and stick a bow on it. Seriously. I was a bald baby with bows. But at least people stopped calling me a boy!

  9. I really enjoyed getting to know you a little better. I am learning more about boys and peeing everyday.

  10. What an interesting collection of factoids! I'm so sorry that you know so much about grief. I often feel that myself lately having lost both my parents in the past two years. It isn't something I would wish on anyone.

    Thanks for your visit earlier!

  11. This was an interesting read! I feel like we got to know you a little better.


    Divine Nature

  12. I have that extra crease too I thought everyone did? Great list of things but Im a little lost. Where is the d for alphabe Thursday?

  13. ooops Never mind I missed that your name is Diane lol

  14. You had some very interesting stuff in your first section! And this:

    Faking it. I've never been good at hiding my feelings or pretending everything is perfectly fine when it's perfectly not.

    Me too!

  15. What a fun read. My daughter was born with a head full of jet black hair. By the time she was 2 weeks old, bald as a cue ball and stayed that way until she was matter how pink or frilly her clothes people always said what a cute boy she was...LOL...and THEN...she turned out blond. Go figure.

    Loved the rest of your post too, but my comment could turn into a whole page if I kept going. Thanks. Have a great week.

  16. I love 80s movies. I own a lot of them.

    Great post!

  17. Oh my - I had no hair to speak of either until about 1 1/2 or so...the thing of it I am almost 68 and guess is getting thinner again...oh no...

    And yes...All dogs do go to Heaven..

    Love this post!

  18. This is a fun post! I bet you had us all checking our elbows!
    I recently had a discussion about the peeing thing with my husband. He said it's fun because it is.

  19. I didn't have time to play Mama's Losin' It writing prompt this week. *sigh* But, it was such fun learning about you today. DD#2 wasn't born with much hair and she was very much like you not getting much hair until her 2nd bday, but I dressed her in pink and I don't believe I ever got questioned about her gender. I guess everyone assumed she was a girl. Maybe her being so tiny helped, too. =D Thanks for visiting yesterday!

  20. OHMYGOODNESS! I have that double "elbow armpit" crease too!

    (as Itty Bit calls it)

    But I always assumed the lower one was from refusing to make two trips with the groceries and having the plastic bags carve lines into my arms! ;)

  21. I'm kind of absurdly interested in this crease thing... pictures!

  22. There's so much I can relate to in this post, I don't know where to start.

    So let's just say... I'm sure I'll be finding my way back to your blog again!

    {{ stopping by from SITS }}

  23. What a delightful link for the letter D.

    I'm sorry you know so much about grief...I suspect it's help mold you into the compassionate, intuitive and loving person you seem to be today.

    Sadly, I don't have the double elbow crease...but I have plenty of 'creases' on my face to contribute to the extra crease cause!

    Thanks for linking. This was quite interesting.