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A Little Bit About Myself – Part 2
September 16th, 2011

Last year on my birthday I broke away from my usual M.O. and instead of writing about my thoughts and reflections on some topic that had been on my mind, I wrote about myself.  Given the introspection afforded by pregnancy, I’ve been writing about myself more than usual lately.  Nevertheless, I thought I’d carry the tradition forward this year and provide a few more fun facts about myself.

So, without further ado, here is a little list of things about me, which you may not have already known.

  1. As a rule my hair isn’t thick enough to let it get very long.  However, it gets very thick when I’m pregnant, so I’m currently growing it out because this is my one chance for it to get long enough to donate.  I’ll chop it all off right after the baby is born.
  2. Because I plan to donate it, I haven’t colored my hair in almost a year.  I’ve been surprised at how much I like my natural color, but also surprised at the number of grey hairs I’ve had to pluck.
  3. I can’t wait for the weather to cool off enough for me to start roasting marshmallows over the stove after dinner each night.
  4. When I was pregnant with IEP we found out that we had a colony of bats living in our attic.  It was one of the creepiest experiences I’ve ever had.  I don’t recommend it.  (Thankfully none ever got into the house.)
  5. When I was a kid my favorite birthday dinner menu was macaroni and cheese with little smokies.  I still love macaroni and cheese, although my penchant for tiny sausages has faded.
  6. Lately it isn’t uncommon for me to go to work with stickers of Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, or sporting equipment stuck to my body.  They are IEP’s rewards for successfully using the toilet and when the novelty of the poster on the back of his door wore off he decided that it was fun to stick them on me.  I love looking down and seeing his little imprint on me all day at work.
  7. I haven’t read a single book since June.  I find it highly embarrassing, but I just don’t have it in me right now.
  8. All summer long I’ve resisted the temptation to try McDonald’s swirly frozen lemonade concoction because I feared I’d get addicted and didn’t want to worry myself with all the extra calories and sugar.  But now that fall is setting in I think it’s safe to try it because I suspect it will be going off the menu soon anyway.
  9. Over the summer I replaced loose powder and pressed blush with tinted moisturizer and cream rouge and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
  10. I am incredibly curious about this baby, what kind of a kid he’ll be, and how he’ll be similar to or different from his brother.
  11. The picture above was taken as part of a larger family photo shoot in May.  By the end of it IEP’s face was completely covered in red dye.  Those pictures of him are some of my all-time favorites.
  12. Every day on my right hand I wear a white gold and diamond ring from Tiffany that I won in a classical radio station raffle drawing when I was 25.  I actually won a watch, but I was able to exchange it for the ring.  I get complimented on it a fair amount and I love telling the story of how I got it.
  13. I’ve been feeling pretty good about myself lately because people keep telling me that I’m a cute pregnant person.  But I always have to confess that they haven’t watched me try to put on socks.
  14. My favorite Jewish holiday (I’m not Jewish) is Sukkot.  I love going for walks in the evening and seeing all the Jewish families out enjoying one another’s company.  It makes me feel good about things even though it’s not a part of my own culture.
  15. I have no idea how I came up with 33 entries for this list last year.  I’m calling it quits for now and will add to the list throughout the day.
  16. Was one of my favorite birthdays.  Getting my drivers license was great, but I have especially fond memories of my birthday party.  My dad took me and several girlfriends on a camping trip and it was one of the most fun parties I had as a kid.
  17. I haven’t ridden a horse in more than a year and that makes me kind of sad. 
  18. I still have all of my wisdom teeth, but I’ve only ever had three.  The fourth never came in.
  19. Not usually one for extensive retail therapy, since I was about five months pregnant I’ve had the insatiable urge to go shopping.  I think there’s something about not being able to shop that’s making me want it.  I’ve mostly placated myself with shoes, but I think I may go on a little bit of a bender come spring.   
  20. When eating out I almost always order dessert, and I almost never order a chocolate option.  I will go for something caramel or fruit based over something chocolate every time.  Bread pudding, tarte tatin, berry cobbler, here I come.  Flourless chocolate cake, you do nothing for me.
  21. The one exception to my general disinterest in chocolate is a chocolate bundt cake that is made from a spruced up devil’s food cake mix that other people go nuts for, and which I never grow tired of.
  22. I worry that lists like this are completely indulgent and self-absorbed, but I make them anyway because I love reading them about other people.

9 Responses to “A Little Bit About Myself – Part 2”

  1. anne Says:

    Happy bday sis. Maybe I’ll eat mac and cheese in your honor. You are my favorite sister ever.

  2. Gale Says:

    Thanks, Moo. You should eat some mac and cheese. It’s always a good idea. And you are my favorite sister ever too. Love you.

  3. TheKitchenWitch Says:

    That picture is awesome! Happy Birthday, Gale. And now I’m dying to know why you call Annie “Moo.” xoxo

  4. Jeanna Says:

    Happy Birthday Gale! I have to confess that there was probably more than one year as a kid that I choose mac & cheese with beans & wieners as my birthday meal.

  5. Gale Says:

    Kitch – I had a feeling that might prompt some questions.

    When Anne was a little girl she had a very active imagination. When she was about three years old (and ridiculously cute – bright blue eyes, blonde toddler ringlets, etc.) we were on a vacation to Mackinac Island and stopped at a hotel for the night. As Anne toddled around the lobby the desk clerk asked her, “And what’s your name little girl?” to which she promptly responded, “Miss Moo Moo.” We’d never heard of Miss Moo Moo before, and apparently it was part of some imaginary story she was playing out in her head. Needless to say, the nickname stuck and nearly 30 years later it still lives on!

  6. Cathy Says:

    Happy birthday! Careful with that shoe shopping – my feet grew during pregnancy. Turns out it is not an old wives’ tale.

  7. BigLittleWolf Says:

    Well have a very happy birthday, and enjoy that shopping bender as soon as you can!

    (Love the picture, and what an interesting list!)


  8. Rebecca Says:

    A very happy birthday, Gale! We share the same birthday month (7th). I LOVE getting these kinds of lists from people!

  9. Aidan Donnelley Rowley @ Ivy League Insecurities Says:

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday! xox