Sunday, November 4, 2007

Gaaa! I've been tagged!

Allison got me, I knew it was going around, but didn't think I'd catch it. Okay, six things about me; six dirty secrets that I hide from the world. That's pretty tough, because I'm a bigmouth, and have a hard time keeping anything to myself. Here goes:

1. This one is bad, it's really bad. Every night, I go downstairs to exercise, right? That's only partly true. I'm actually having an affair. I'm slavishly devoted to a little man named Dr. Mario. Isn't that an old video game from 20 years ago, you ask? Yes, yes it is. One day I was getting ready for my workout, rolling up a stray controller that was strewn across the floor. I noticed how long the cord was. It was almost long enough to reach the treadmill! I lugged my treadmill within Xbox controller range, I step on it, crank it up, and I go into Dr. Mario dreamland. My husband couldn't believe it when he first came down and saw me. Let me tell you girls, I've got some serious skills. I can beat the computer now at level 13! I'm even way cool in my kids eyes. They sit down with me when they're supposed to be in bed. If they're really quiet, I'll let them watch me work and cheer me on when I win. I can go for almost an hour without even looking down at the console. I still end up dripping with sweat, but I don't even feel it. I go into the zen state. It's tacky, it's immature, I know. But I don't care.

2. This one is even worse. You know that movie that's coming out in Dec., The Golden Compass? You know the one, because you've gotten the same warning emails I have.Well, I've read the book. I LOVED the book. I was 3/4 through the second book unable to put it down when I got the infamous email. At first I thought it was put out by the same people who think Harry Potter is satanic. I did some independent checking and found out that yes, the books were written with the intent to sour kids on organized religion. Having been a Lit major, I'm not horrified or offended by anyone's ideas, but I put the books down. I don't have a lot of free reading time, and I'd rather fill it with books that enrich me. But this series is terribly exciting and intriguing on a philosophical level. There. Now you know.

3. I've known for a long time that Snape was in love with Lilly. It was my pet theory. When we got to that chapter, I was crowing like a rooster in triumph.

4. Jane Austen is very clever, J.K. Rowling is a genius, but in my book, .......
No one beats Leo Tolstoy. No one. Ever. There's a reason his stories are at the top of the list for the best novel ever written. He can paint a picture with words so clearly that you'd swear you were there. Whether it's the way a girl feels at her first dance, or a new mom's first attempt at breastfeeding, he describes them in a way that leaves you convinced he's seen your soul. I actually don't have the words to describe his depth of insight into the human heart. All I can say is that I see myself in almost every character, I learn from every character. I'm his number one fan! If anyone else says they are, they're wrong, WRONG I TELL YOU!

moving on.....

5. It's my dream to live in another country. I don't know when it will happen, but it will. I want to live in Mexico, not just because I could have a maid. When Lewis and I were there, I was literally blinking away tears of happiness the entire time. I want to live in Russia. The grocery store I shop at has people there from all over the world. I have a hard time concentrating on what I'm doing because I'm so intensely curious about the people I see there. I want to know where they've come from, what they think of living here. What food they eat. What stories they have to tell. I'm either too polite or too shy to accost them, but one day.

6. I can eat an entire huge bowl of popcorn by myself. I do, on a pretty regular basis. When I was a kid, my parents would ground me from popcorn as a punishment. I have this rule- no one is allowed to touch it before it's properly buttered and seasoned. Preferably, no one will touch it until my stomach is unable hold any more. I'm willing to share, but it's still tough.

Alright, all my dirty laundry is hanging on the line. My problem now is finding anyone to tag that hasn't been already. Hmmm.