Wednesday, February 4, 2009

25 Things I Hope I Haven't Told You Before

Yes...that's the spot!

Hey gang! If anyone still comes here...I've been away, probably should have been put away, but that's neither here nor there! It took me 47 years to discover that I do have a breaking point, but I'm slowly building my way back up to where I feel almost viable as a human again. I am living in California now. I have temporarily moved back into the house my ex-girlfriend and I shared for several years. She has been kind enough to give me a starting off point for my new happier life back in sunny California!

The seasonal affect thing was killing me, and that joined forces with a full-blown bout of "your-gonna-be-depressed-even-in-perfect-weather...with-dancing-girls!" That knocked me flat on my mental ass, as it were. It was the problem and the answer all rolled into one! I had to move why not back to the place I was not miserable, cold and depressed? Not what you'd call an epiphany, more of a needed morsel of common sense.

I'm here now, and fully expect to have a life again sometime soon. My sweet dog Winston has a torn ACL and needs surgery. It's expensive and I don't have any work yet. I'm not sure whether to pursue a J-O-B, or try to find some work (the kind I do), so I'm going to look for both and see what the universe throws at me, if anything! I know it's tough out there right now, but I don't have to worry about getting discouraged, because realistically, I'm starting from there.

I had all kinds of horrible and funny problems getting moved, and I have an entertaining story about breaking down on the side of the road in Arkansas while driving across the country to share with you once I get rolling again. Until then, I have been tagged with a list of 25 random or interesting things about me, and I like to roll them out now:

1. My stripper name, using that pet and street name formula is Cookie Collins.

2. I had a childhood crush on Doris Day.

3. Wilford Brimley gives me the Heebie-Jeebies.

4. I believe I may make my fortune winning the lottery, or writing erotica.

5. I learned how to fly a plane before I learned how to drive a car.

6. Every report card I got all through elementary school always had the same teacher comment: "Lacks self-control". This convinced me that the teachers only had 5 comments from which to choose, and the other 4 must've been:

Hoards crayons
Wets pants
Makes the line look like a snake
Eats paste

However, I couldn't convince my parents of that, and my father would FRICKEN LOSE IT when he saw that on there.

7. I love without limits, but some restrictions do apply.

8. I have always wanted a tattoo, and I think this is the year I'm going to get one.

9. I tear through a good book but read the last few pages really slowly because I don't want it to end.

10. Those cuffs they put around your arm and pump up to take your blood pressure, make me want to cry.

11. I once took a ladder and climbed up to the slant on the chimney, then jumped to my Mother's open bedroom window, grabbing it and swinging my leg inside, onto her dresser, which caused a huge bruise on my leg, and pulled myself inside, all so I could eat a banana. I'd locked myself out and was starving.

12. My cousin Katy and I used to think it was incredibly funny to read everything from the TV
Guide to the list of ingredients on a cereal box as if we were newscasters.

13. Growing up, whenever I got a new pair of sneakers, I used to pose them just so, and put them where I could see them as I fell asleep. I may still do that, I do love footwear!

14. A Swan chased me once while I was feeding bread to the ducks, I started running backwards, threw the whole loaf at it, but it just kept coming, then I screamed, and then tripped and fell. My step-dad scared it away before it actually started feasting on me.

15. I love corn on the cob, but need to floss immediately after eating it, I mean leave the table and go floss. I can't wait until after desert.

16. I had a pet squirrel named Harold when I was twelve. He lived in the house with us, free to roam around and go outside when he wanted to.

17. I rode a camel while in Morocco. He didn't have the best attitude, but never spat on me.

18. I have a very emotional response to really beautiful music. I get a lump in my throat, and sometimes cry.

19. I played the snare drum in the marching band at my high school. (band geek)

20. I am technology-dependent and wouldn't last a week without my ipod, or my computer.

21. I hear dead people.

22. I don't really hear dead people, but I can't resist injecting humor, even at the most inappropriate times. I can't help it, it's a "love me or leave me" kind of thing. Please don't ask me to write your eulogy.

23. Everyone can tell when I'm lying, my voice gets higher, and my upper lip sweats. I'm not good at poker either.

24. I've often wondered why there is no bean and cheese burrito flavored ice cream.

25. I love to cook delicious meals for people so I can hear them say, "Mmmmm, Oh Tracy, this is sooo good." Is that wrong?


heartinsanfrancisco said...

I enjoyed learning more about you, Tracy.

My report cards all said the same thing: "Susan talks too much and seems to be more interested in things outside the classroom."

So glad you've relocated to our fair state, and I wish you and Winston every happiness here.

tsduff said...

We have a lot in common Tracy - the music thing (I get emotional all the time - especially with Sarah McLachlan), as well as #2, #6 and #15...LOL about the swan - that is so funny! Anyway, it always fun to read your posts because they make me laugh. Glad you are pulling out of the morass of what you have left behind.

comfortandjoy said...

26. You are a great story teller

27. You make magic out of wood.

28. You're a prodigal blogger come home.


Baino said...

Ah well big big welcome back! Here's to a happier New Year! I hate it when bloggers I like to AWOL without a word. And a bonus insight into you to boot!

Glad you're settled and frankly, for all my bitching, sunshine makes even the worst days a little lighter. (Shame about the Prop 8 bill tho)

Re the cruciate . . My Lily (labrador) had a knee replacement 2 years ago. Rehab took about 12 weeks and was tricky to manage and it cost $3,500 including xrays but the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy) worked a charm, the best technique for large dogs but only a few vets are qualified to do it. If he's an old dog that doesn't exercise much, you might get away with a cheaper option. Ha! No good news there. Happy to talk you through it if you want some advice.

TheWeyrd1 said...

She's ALIVE!!!

I've been tagged at least twice to do that dang 25 thing...and I've seen it several more times. I refused on principle to do it. Just sayin'. But thanks for sharing, glad you made it to California, hope everything improves!

roro said...

Yay! You're back! And with an awesome list! The pet squirrel...I have no words. And swans - TOTALLY CARNIVOROUS. Nobody believes me but I swear it's true. I'm glad your stepdad saved you when he did.

RED MOJO said...

heartinsanfrancisco, Thank always for completely understanding!

tsduff, glad I could make you laugh. It makes my day to know that!

cj, 29. I have terrific friends, and thank you!

Baino, so nice to see you here. I really appreciate you. Prop 8 does suck ass!
I may ask you more about the treatment for Winnie.

RED MOJO said...

theweyrd1, Ah! I am alive! Thank so much for dusting the cobwebs off my blog and visiting me.

roro, Your list was so inspiring, and I know my list can't touch it...but I did my best. :)

Slip said...

Hey Kotter "Welcome Back!"

Alex said...

Hey, Cupcake, I didn't know you were back here blogging. Great to see you back in the house, as it were, and sharing.

And being an aviation geek, I had to be stunned at the learning to fly a plane before learning to drive entry! You are something else! :)

RED MOJO said...

slip, thanks buddy. :)

alex, hey lemon drop, I decided to try to get back into it...maybe a post a week to start. Easy does it! lol
My stepfather has his pilot's license and used to take me on trips in a Beechcraft Bonanza. He taught me to fly it when I was thirteen or fourteen, and actually let me take off and land on my own. I loved it!

citizen of the world said...

So good to see you back in the blog world!

#6 My reports always said I was "a good student but she talks to much." Always.

#10 Me, too!

#25 Me, too to this one, also! Except, I actually prefer if they use my name.

heartacheorheartburn said...

Nice list.

I am the same way with music. It speaks to me. I really don't think I could survive without it!

And the drums. I want to learn how to play them desperately. All kinds. I have bongos and a cajon and mess around with them a lot. I need to take some lessons though. That would be my dream!

hoo hoo said...

I'm glad you're back! My report card also said "Julie won't shut up!".

RED MOJO said...

citizen, thank you for the warm welcome and for coming to my blog when I haven't made it to yours in a while. I really appreciate it!

heartacheorheartburn, thanks for commenting so I could find your blog! I can tell you put a lot of thought into your posts and your comments.

hoo hoo, LOL Welcome into the open, thanks for commenting. :)

♥::L::♥ said...

The part about Wilford Brimley seriously cracked me up!! =D

RED MOJO said...

L (with some hearts), Thanks for visiting and commenting. I love it when I amuse, as that is often my aim! :D

kj said...

i am glad to know you are settled and sunning. that's a fine start. i won't tell you how much snow is still on the ground...

VE said...

Welcome back to the West Coast! You know what Jim Morrison said "the West is the Best". Well, ok, he was intoxicated for about four years there when he said it but that doesn't change the fact.

I enjoyed your 25. I'm gonna go tuck my shoes in now...

Craig D said...

That thing about you and your sisters reading the ingredient lists like newscasters is hilarious! I'm going to try that.

Baino said...

You still around then?

heartacheorheartburn said...

Wanted to check on you. Hope all is well.

Debra Kay said...

Glad to find you again RM, now please start posting. I've missed you!