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25 {More} Things

1. I have a ridiculous sense of smell.  I swear I can smell a cavity forming in someones mouth.  Among the smells I could pick out anywhere and that bring me comfort include: My mom, My husband, My kids, and anything that takes me back to my childhood.  Among the smells I love include: gasoline, paint, permanent markers, rubber cement, and buttered popcorn jelly bellys.


2. In the spare time that I don’t have, I would like to start a movement called M.A.D.S = Mothers Against Daylight Savings.  Daylight Savings throws a javelin into our kid’s schedules.  Who’s coming with me?


3. I get this teeny tiny sliver of jealousy whenever I see a brand new mom with her brand new baby.  It’s such a challenging, emotional time becoming a mom for the first time, but it’s also a time we will never get to have again.


4.  At every grade-school birthday our Dad let us pick out a special restaurant he would then take us to alone.  We got all dressed up and my sister’s would pick places like Cathedral Farms or The Italian Kitchen.  I’d put a beautiful dress on, borrow my Mom’s purse, and announce to my Dad that we’d be going to go to the local ice cream parlor for dinner.  The first job I ever held was at that same ice cream parlor; I had an abnormally large forearm muscle for a 15 year old girl.


5. When I first started this blog I had the help of a dear friend of mine by the name of Sharon Mulcahy. She built the original MIM logo and helped make my pictures look pretty. I met her my sophomore year of college when I was interning at a PR agency she worked for as lead designer.  She took me under her wing and taught me so many things.  I ended up working for her again my Senior year of college when she opened her own company with a partner.  That same partner called me on March 9th, 2014 to tell me she had suffered a brain aneurysm and died quickly. I never got to say goodbye or thank her for everything she did for me.  That will live on as one of my biggest regrets.  I still like to think she’s watching over me every time I chose a font color.  I will never forget her.


6. Describing the concept of death to my inquisitive 4 year old is among the things I absolutely hate to have to do.


7. When I first moved to this house I did a photoshoot for a baby product company. If you ever want to get your new neighbors talking, move from the city to the suburbs then get professional photos taken in your driveway with a male model man that’s not your husband without explanation.  Have him push your child in a stroller for dramatic effect.

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8. Sometimes when I look at pictures of my kids as babies I get so nostalgic that I physically choke on a gigantic emotionally charged lump that gets stuck smack dab in the middle of my throat.


9. When my Mother-in-Law retired, she wanted to work on her passion for drawing.  Her first painting post retirement was one of my favorite pictures.  I had just had my son and was feeling vulnerable and unfit.  I was worried my daughter wasn’t getting the same attention she was used to at the same time worrying that I wasn’t giving my new son the same attention she got as a newborn.  I like looking at this picture because it reminds me that everything was okay and that those were just growing pains.

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10. I have never colored my hair.  It is estimated that only 2% of the world has natural red hair. People have commented on the color of my hair for as long as I can remember.  Often when they do I think to myself “Oh yea, I have red hair.”  When redheads see other redheads on the street we give a little smile.


11. I used to perform in musicals in grade school, high school, and college.  I like exposing my kids to the theater so we can continue to share the beauty and magic of it together when they get older.  This is a picture of the cast from West Side Story I performed with in my college stage troupe.  I’m the redhead.

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12. During my senior year of high school I had to chose between going to a finalist game for my basketball team or perform a lead role in Once Upon A Mattress.  I chose the latter.  My basketball team went on to win the New York State championship that year; a first for our hometown.

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13. I have a huge mental block when it comes to Math.  Numbers scare me.  I shut down as a human and can’t function when I’m asked anything relating to numbers.  I carry the 1 on restaurant checks.  I use my fingers to add 8 + 4.


14. Speaking of mental blocks, despite multiple attempts from multiple people, I am now 36 and have never learned how to whistle.  My 4 year old can whistle.  This annoys me.


15. It’s a personal pet peeve of mine when one sentence in a children’s book rhymes but the next one does not.  Related – if you ever want to feel more drunk than you are drink two glasses of wine and read a Dr. Seuss book to your child.


16. The other night a friend of mine was telling me she thought what I did was really cool; how I get to create my own schedule and work for myself while still having quality time with my kids.  She’s right.  But after many careers paths, sometimes it feels like the grass is always greener.  I am constantly chasing my next paycheck, nothing is guaranteed.  I am constantly questioning myself: Am I saying too much? Am I saying too little? Wouldn’t I make more money if I went back to corporate life?  I live  in constant fear of being judged.  I am always trying to juggle what seems like too much on my plate to make it all work.  But at the end of the day, it’s all worth it…because it allows me to read a Dr. Seuss book to my daughter’s Pre-K class for Read Across America at 9:30 on a random Monday morning.  No amount of money is worth missing that look on her face:

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Related: I did not have two glasses of wine before reading this particular Dr. Seuss book.


17. I laugh at really dumb things.  For example this is still my favorite party trick:
IMG_4419When I first heard the expression “Go shit in one hand and wish in the other.  Tell me which comes out first” after telling someone what I wished for…I literally doubled over and couldn’t breathe.  I’m pretty sure my husband thinks he’s a comedic genius.


18. Speaking of having a laugh, did you know I’m a huge fan of gangster rap? I’m either blaring broadway music or gangster rap.  I’m like a shuffling thug with jazz hands.  I pretend to know all of the words in rap songs and shout them loudly.  I sound like a grown up in a Charlie Brown classic.


 

19. I moved to Manhattan right after graduating college.  It was October of 2001 and everyone kept talking about how NYC would never being the same.  But it was still the NYC I dreamed about living in as a kid.  I would walk from my apartment (that I split with a friend by putting up a fake wall in a 1 bedroom) on East 34th all the way to my job on the other side of the island between 11th and 12th.  It took me 45 minutes.  I would hold my CD player as steady as I could and walk past heaps of garbage put out from restaurants the night before and grates with steam escaping, accosting my (sensitive) nose.  I memorized all of the buildings and all of the street signs on that walk.  There was no sound that was unfamiliar to me.  I felt so alive on those mornings; like I was a part of something so big it was hard to comprehend.


20. I am the daughter of a man that worked in the calendar business for 95% of his career.  To this day I write everything down in a paper calendar.  Meeting invitations sent to my email or phone offend me.


21. My older sister makes fun of me for never using emoticons.  I texted her that I prefer to write out my feelings.  She texted back using 25 different faces and images including a middle finger.  I laughed uncontrollably for 5 minutes.


22.  My 4 year old daughter had a school friend that moved to California months ago.  Out of nowhere she asked if she could send her a letter.  I got the little girl’s new address from school and we put together a package for her including a note that said “I love you. I miss you. I hope you like your new school.”  This past Friday she got a letter back from her in the mail with a picture and hasn’t stopped talking about it.  The power of paper and pen is alive and well, even if we have to look to our youngest generation to find it.


23. I still sleep with the cuddle blanket I had as a child.  I think it might drive my husband nuts when he finds it curled around his thighs in the morning.


24. Purchasing and putting an elliptical and treadmill in our basement was one of the best things I ever did for my fitness” “goals.” I can sneak a quick session in here or there while the kids are resting or before they wake up.  These pieces of equipment are also my best friends because they tell me “Great Job!” after 15 minutes on a pathetic setting.


25. I wrote the idea for this post in the Notes app on my phone while on the elliptical – listening to Eminem reminiscing about paper and pen and sniffing new paint in the basement.

-MIM-

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