Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Random things

People keep posting these "random things" on facebook and stuff. Maybe it's dumb, I dont know. But when I read other peoples I found them interesting, so I decided to try it myself. Here you go. {Steph - you probably already know all of these things, and you probably know even more random things about me than I do. :)}

1. I think I might have a slight case of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder.) I say slightly because first of all, I don’t think I would be diagnosed as this because I don’t do anything that really interferes with my daily activities. But just enough to be a bit odd. For example, the other assistants in the office make fun of me, because this is how it looks when I stock the work refrigerator. Everything needs to be facing the same direction. {oh my goodness! I just realized that the 7ups in this picture are not straight. You have no idea how much that bothers me.}

2. I am an executive assistant to the Vice President of an aerospace company. Sounds cool, but it’s not that cool. At least not as cool as my sister’s job of being EA to the CEO of Google. Really I just do a lot of travel arranging and answering phones and e-mails…. And other than that I have a lot of time to blog stock people and shop online.

3. I went to school to be a massage therapist. Every guy I have dated has really enjoyed this fact about me. But usually I only give someone a massage if I think I can get one in return. And when anyone else asks for a massage I remind them, “I dropped out.” I only went for 1 term. And although I learned a ton (there is a lot more to it than simply a “back rub”) I decided that I liked it as a hobby {if you can call it that} but didn’t want it as an occupation.

4. I don’t really like children. Yes, I know, this sounds horrible. And don’t worry; I of course love my own son. And I even love my friend’s kids, and kids that I’m related to. But in general I don’t seek out children. Oh, and I HATE it when kids try to tickle you. It hurts! Ugh.

5. Apparently I’m a flirt, or for some reason guys just like to ask me out. From my current job I’ve gone on dates with the FedEx guy, the mail man (he was only a sub for 2 days), and the heating and air-conditioning guy. I don’t intend for them to ask me out. And I don’t mean to be flirting. But they always come back and ask me out. :/

6. My biggest fear in life is that I will never marry again. Sure there are lots of guys to date, and some of them would even marry me. But I want to be sure that I find someone who is my best friend, that I can truly say I want to spend the rest of my life with. Because I NEVER want to go through a divorce again.

7. I really do think my dog is cute. People say all the time that he is ugly, or that he looks like a rat. Ok, I get the he looks like a rat thing, but I really don’t think he’s ugly. He was cuter as a puppy, but I still think he’s cute. Maybe it’s just because of my emotional connection to him. But I love my dog… huge ears and all.

8. I have a really hard time buying clothes that have color. You know the store White House Black Market ? I love that store, and I wish it was my closet. I love black and white (mostly black.) I have to consciously tell myself that I have to buy things with color. And then consciously tell myself that I need to wear color, because other wise I wear black and white every day.

9. I am currently living with my parents, trying to save up money for a down payment on a condo. Although I obviously wish I was living in my own place, I actually really love living with my parents. I think my relationship with my parents has really improved over the time since I’ve moved back in. I feel like my parents are not only my parents but also my friends. (And I also love that my mom spoils me and makes me breakfast and lunch every day.)

10. I can’t stand the feeling of a news paper. I hate how the news print comes off on your fingers. It’s like nails on a chalk board to me. I hate this feeling so much that when the mail comes at work and I’m bringing it around to people I make sure that I don’t actually have to touch the news paper. I strategically place the normal mail on the outside so that I can grip the newspaper without actually touching it.

11. I have a bad habit of finishing people’s sentences. It’s completely rude. And I realize that. I don’t mean to be rude, and it’s not that I think what I’m saying is better than what they are saying. It’s more like at the time I am trying to show that I am listening, or that I understand what they are saying, by finishing the sentence. UGH! Why do I do that? It’s so dumb. I’m sorry everyone… I’m trying to work on it.

12. I put a clean pair of socks on every night before I go to bed. I don’t like that the bottom of the bed is cold, so I put the socks on to keep my feet warm until the bed warms up. And then right before I fall asleep (or sometimes in my sleep) I take my socks off. But then in the morning I can’t wear those socks, not because they are dirty, because I only wore them in bed for a few minutes, but because they are stretched out and I want my socks to have that tight feeling of clean socks.

13. I love steak. Just thinking about it makes me want steak. Mmm, and I like it medium, sometimes medium-rare if I am feeling daring (or if I want to impress my date.) But the crazy thing about this… I used to hate red meat. I thought it was super gross. Keith – my now brother in law, once took me to Daniels. I don’t remember why we were there. But I was having chicken (which I would NEVER do now! Chicken, at a steak place!) and he told me that I should just try a piece of his filet mignon. It took some convincing, but eventually I tried a bite. From then on I’ve been hooked. But guess what? Keith is now a vegetarian! Weird, right?

14. I have really wrinkly palms. They look like an old persons hands. They have always looked that way. I remember having a conversation about them with a friend back in Jr. High.

15. I think I have a sugar addiction. I love sugar. I’m not huge on candy really… more like baked goods. And as my coworkers and my best friend like to tease me about, I like my coffee about 1/4th coffee creamer. And the thought of drinking coffee black makes me want to gag.

16. I have a motorcycle. A Kawasaki Ninja 250. I love it. I bought it for myself for my birthday last year. I wish I had more opportunity to ride it, but the weather around here doesn’t get along with my “fair weather rider” status.

17. It bothers me if the toilet paper roll is on backwards. “What way is forwards?” you ask. It should roll over the top to that the loose toilet paper falls in front. I don’t know why this is the right way, it just is. And I am not above changing it if I notice that it’s on the wrong way while I am using the restroom at someone else’s house. I figure that it’s not that they wanted it the other way, they just didn’t know there was a right way.

18. I love law/crime shows. CSI, Criminal Minds, Forensic files…. I think that they have change the way that I view things, and my brother in law has the same problem. As an example, here is a text conversation that Keith and I had the other day: Me: “I just saw part of a garbage bag sticking out of someone’s truck. First thought?” Keith: “It’s a body!” “I bet they could get a partial print off that bag...” Me: “That was totally my first thought too!” Sad, huh?

19. I don’t have a middle name. And I don’t really like either of my other names. My parents didn’t give any of their girls middle names, with the idea that we would keep our maiden name as our middle name when we are married (which I did while I was married.) I don’t like my first name because I think it’s too simple and doesn’t sound feminine. You can say it with out moving your mouth. Go ahead and try. Erin. See! Lame! And my last name, people can never understand it, and I get sick of spelling a name that they should be able to figure out.

20. I get more headaches than anyone that I know (other than my mom maybe.) I almost always have some degree of headache. Usually Tylenol can get me through. But if they get bad then I {with the help of my drug supplier mother} break out the heavy stuff. And if you ask Steph, she can spot a migraine coming before I even tell her that my head is killing me. How? Because I’ll drink Coca Cola (note: the real stuff, not diet), and I never drink soda unless my head hurts.

21. I’m almost never thirsty. I have to make myself drink anything. Right now it’s a little after 3pm, and I have had less than a 4th of the 16oz water bottle that is on my desk. I just don’t feel thirsty. Ok…. I’m gonna make myself chug this bottle of water before I continue…..blah, that was painful.

22. I can watch movies or tv shows that I’ve seen before and not remember the ending. Sad, right. But it’s also wonderful. Because I am surprised all over again. Usually you’d be disappointed when a show is a re-run, I still am a little bit, but not too much because I can watch it again and still be entertained.

23. I memorize things more easily if they are put to song. I’m not active in church anymore, but I still remember all of my Articles of Faith, because I memorized them in song form. Oh, and in second grade good ol’ Mr. Johnson taught us how to spell because with a little song, and I still remember it that way, “B-E-C-A-U-S-E, I can spell because you see.”

24. I’m left handed. I guess. I eat left handed and I write left handed. But I do every thing else right handed. I play all sports right handed. The old man that delivers our pay role checks every-other week likes to remind me, as I’m signing for the delivery, that being left handed is a sign that you are evil. Really?! Who says that? Plus shouldn’t he be nice because if I were evil then wouldn’t he want to be nice to me?

25. My best friend and I are complete opposites. (which, I think is why we get along so well.) She loves girly movies - I’d rather not go to them. I love to wear dangly earrings – she doesn’t even know if her ear piercings are open because it’s been so long since she wore earrings. She loves pink – I hate it. She loves diet coke – I refuse to drink diet anything. ….. but although we are completely different we both think the other person is great! Which is why we’ve been BFF’s since 5th grade.


Stepheranasourusrex said...

LOL! This should be called 25 reasons Steph loves me! All great things... I think Im going to do this too.

amyraye said...

no wonder you haven't posted in so long; you've been working on this for weeks, probably!
so much great stuff in here, erin. loved learning more about you. i really hardly know anything at all about you. except that i feel drawn to you in some weird, unexplainable way. [not in a stalker way]
here's what i learned:
1. so many worse things to have than OCD; it's healthy, i say
2. yeah, your sister does have an awesome job
3. totally had no idea.
4. me, too. a little embarrassing, but i've improved a lot
5. who knew? :)
6. scary place to be, but it'll happen for you if it's what you really want
7. hmmm. can't relate
8. how can you not love color?1
9. glad you appreciate your parents; my mom has not been as fortunate with her live-in children. keep yourself full of gratitude!
10. weird, but now that you mention it, totally true. yucky newspapers
11. totally get it.
13. me too
17. i'm trying to figure it out... i may need a visual.
20. that sucks; did not know you were prone to migraines.
23. totally awesome.

Candice said...

I also finish people's sentences to show I'm listening (and because it's painful to wait for them to find the right word). 99% of the time, I finish the sentence wrong. It drives Scott crazy!

Area Man said...

That photo of the refrigerator is driving me CRAZY!!! Seriously, Erin - either photoshop in a new 7 up can, or upload a new pic. you're killing me here.

This was a great post. Guess what Ann and I were watching when I read it? And yes, they just found a body in a bag in a trash can. Time to put it in a sealed chamber with some superglue vapor and lift some prints!

I miss Daniel's. I would totally get the filet again. And that apple tart. man! Thanks for hanging out with me all those times.

I know your headaches are serious and from some mysterious neurological condition, but still - don't you think it's weird that #20 ("i always have a headache) and #21 ("i am always dehydrated") are right next to each other?

Lastly - i think you have lived long enough with a middle name. Choose one. Let's do it. Or I can choose one for you - maybe for your birthday?

Blake said...

You say you Steph likes pink and you do not, yet in that picture look who is wearing pink...

Erin said...

Steph - lol. Of course you would think that. That's why I love you! (because not only are you way awesome, but you think I'm awesome too!)

Amy - Yes, odd that we really dont know much about each other (other than what we learn on our blogs) yet I've always been drawn to you as well. And I know what you mean, not in a creepy way, but in a "I dont even know how to explain it" way.

Can - I love that you do that too! I've never noticed though. So you probably just mostly do it to Scott. {lucky him}

Keith - That picture totally bugs me too. I went back to the fridge and fixed the can after I noticed it in the picture. But decided to leave the bad pic. And yes drinking more water would help my headaches some, but as my chiropractor would tell you, my headaches are from a pinched nerve because my C1 and C2 are touching on my right side. And I'm curious what would you give me as a middle name???

Blake - I noticed my pink shirt in that picture after I posted it. But see #8. It's a consious decision to make myself wear color, even if I dont like it. and even though I dont like the color pink, it looks good with my skin tone. ;)

LaDawn said...

Wow, I'm more like you than I realized. For your headaches, you should get checked for allergies. I've been seeing our on-site allergist and I actually don't have a headache everyday--just some days. You inspire me, maybe I'll post 25 random things about me, I'm just not sure that there are 25 INTERESTING things about me. I'll have to think on it.