Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Part 2 of Edie's Random Question. TAG!

My last post was part 1 of Edie's Random Question. This is part 2.
That was a pretty redundant thing to say. If my last post was Part 1 then it would make no sense for this one to be part 3 or 4 or anything other than 2.


15 Things I'm Not Afraid To Admit.

There are very few things I am afraid to admit. The problem isn't the admitting, it's the "open mouth insert foot" syndrome that I get as soon as I hit the Publish Post button. On some days I'll tell you anything you want to know and many things you probably don't...but then I may end up hiding in the closet for a week afterwards. SO, I'm going to list 15 things I'm not afraid to admit AND that I won't regret admitting later...hopefully.

As I sit here thinking of what to write, I realize this isn't as easy as I thought it would be. I could easily write 15 things, such as 1. I get out of bed every morning. 2. I brush my teeth. 3. I get dressed. etc etc etc. But I'm trying to think of 15 things that won't put you to sleep.

By the way. There was another neat game of TAG at Alert and Oriented X 4's post the other day. I'm going to do that one on one of my next posts and by then you will know absolutely tons of things about me....which I'm just sure thrills you to pieces. That one has questions for each answer so it's a little easier but I said I was going to do this one, so here I go. I'm not doing a Mr Linky but I would sure like to see how some of you answer some of these questions. Hopefully, you will write a post about them.

Well, this post is long enough so thanks again for reading and have a great day...oh...opps...I guess I won't get off that easily.

15 Things I'm Not Afraid To Admit:

1. Between the ages of about 17 through 25 I thought I was Scarlett O'Hara. I probably watched Gone with the Wind 50 times during those years...no lie. I can recite almost the whole movie as it plays...which can be very annoying to anyone else watching it. Also, if I can recite a 4 hour movie, why can't I remember to unload the dishwasher?

2. In elementary school and high school I was invisible and VERY QUIET (go figure). Some time around age 20, I came out of my shell and haven't stopped talking since.

3. I have very few close friends. I like almost everybody and have many acquaintances and I think most people seem to like me. I can't think of any enemies but I usually don't get close enough to many people to call them a true friend.

4. I have a guilt complex, so if you are going to ask me if I did something, PLEASE be pretty sure I did it, because if you ask, I automatically assume you think I did whatever it was and feel guilty about it even though I may have no idea what you are talking about. I would probably fail any polygraph test if I had to take one.

5. I truly truly hate having my picture taken. I am not photogenic...unlike Chatty Kelly who shines whenever there is a camera within 100 feet. I do like the picture I use for my blog but that is one of the few ones I like.

6. This is probably obvious, but, nothing in my entire life (except for my children) has given me more joy, satisfaction and just plain bliss than being a fire fighter. It has helped me just as much, if not more, than it has helped others.

7. I can drive a fire engine. I have only driven for training purposes and have no desire to drive one for actual calls. The driver is responsible for EVERYTHING and EVERYONE. HUGE RESPONSIBILITY. Also, the driver doesn't get to go inside the fire. He/She works the water supply. BUT, it is the coolest thing to be driving that huge engine down the road. Also, I must admit that I get a huge kick out of pulling up beside teenage girls (whether I'm driving or not) because they look up and get ready to flirt with the "cool fireman" and the look on their faces when they see me is priceless.

8. I took piano lessons for about 8-10 years but only have about 3 songs that I play well enough to preform for anyone. I have later come to realize that practicing between the weekly lessons may have possibly been a good idea. Too bad I didn't think so at the time. I also played percussion in the band in elementary school..snare drum, base drum (not at the same time) cymbals, maracas, claves, etc.

9. Although I don't hate my mother (I used to, but was able to get past that), anyway, although I don't hate her, there isn't anyone that I can think of that I dislike more or that is as cruel and spiteful as she is.

10. I adored my grandparents (dad's parents). I spent tons of time with them when I was growing up and they were a huge part of the only stability I knew. The little bit that I do know regarding cooking and/or general home maintenance, I learned from them. I have a huge amount of regret that I didn't spend more time with them as I grew older before they died. I was married, had 2 kids and was "too busy". What a shame.

11. At almost every job I've ever had, approx 95%-98% of the employees were men. I like working with men. You know where you stand. I've never met a man that will smile to your face and then talk bad about you when you turn your back. I have, however, known quite a few women that will.

(whew, this is long and I hope you aren't falling asleep reading it)

12. Although school was very difficult, I think having ADHD has been a positive part of my personality. It has helped me see the humor in things that I think many people overlook. Unfortunately, sometimes I see the humor in things that SHOULD be overlooked. Also, having ADHD lets you notice so many things. I think I see things in a different perspective than many people. If only I could remember the thing I was talking about before. It's not that I have a short attention span it's just that.....

13. If you are having a crisis I am usually the first one to drop everything and do what I can to help. As I have mentioned before, that is the one time that I CAN focus. Unfortunately, when it comes to my own problems.....I tend to ignore them and pretend they don't exist.

14.I struggle helping my 7th grader with his homework. As for my 12th grader, the only help I can give him, is to say, "Do you homework".

15. I am too easy on my kids. My husband is generally not a nice person. Therefore, I overcompensate. I know I shouldn't and I do think I've gotten better but I'm still too easy on them.

16. There is a stubborn streak in me that makes me want to push the rules, (i.e. this is #16)

There you go. Definitely not the most exciting post in the world. But it's honest.....and that it's self is a step in the right direction.......Monkey's Are Funny?


Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

I wish we lived closer...I think we could really be friends...you know. The iHop @ 11:30 p.m. for cheese blintz's because we're ticked off about something friends...

My ADHD Me said...

If anyone needs me, I'm at i-Hop with A&OX4. We'll be the ones talking about the other women...(meow)

Bonita said...

The more I get to know you the more I think I have ADHD. I love your honesty and can uncannily relate well to much of what you said, especially the guilt complex thing. Even if I'm not guilty, I'll suspect that I am and maybe got distracted and forgot what I did wrong if someone else suspects I'm guilty. Not exactly in the overly confident crowd, you know.

Beverlydru said...

Oh Scarlett!This was an interesting post alright- as yours always are! Interesting point about men. Sadly true about how women can be two-faced.

You're the Bomb Diggety.

Edie said...

It's never a boring moment with you! I really enjoyed reading these little things about you... All 16. :)

1) I have family members who recite animated shows as they are playing. It IS annoying, but sometimes just because I can't recite along with them!

4) Similar except I automatically think the person believes it and is angry at me for it. I tend to feel like I'm in trouble for something.

7) HaHa!

11) At almost every job I've ever had, approx 95%-98% of the employees were WOMEN. Except that one little "bookstore" mishap that I blogged about. Then I was around almost all mem, but you can't really call that working with men now can you? I am much more at ease with men than I am with women too. But I am getting better in this area too.

Edie said...

HaHa - I was going to say the same thing Bonita said about having ADHD.

On Purpose said...

For you have a great story...and it looks beautiful each day He reveals it!

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

(sigh) Vicodin makes me throw up. Percocet, maybe?

Chatty Kelly said...

What were talking about? Pretty much I knew all the answers - you know I have known you for 40 yrs. But you writing to make things amusing and interesting and I enjoyed the post.

4. But why did you do it? (LOL!)
15. Ya think? (LOL!)
16. What a rule breaker!

Sue J. said...

I played piano for about the same amount of time, and I can't play anything! I need music for everything and practice really is important! Time to practice is a problem (but, it was a problem then too).

You are the real "first responder" as CK mentioned on my blog a while back (not me...and things are fine with me, BTW--all clear!!) Thanks for doing what you do! We need more people like you!!

How 'bout 16 going on 17.... Baby, it's time to think......

Chatty Kelly said...

"People I meet will tell me I'm sweet, and willingly I believe.

I need someone older & wiser telling me what to do...."

Anyone, anyone???? Name that tune.

Greg C said...

Oh I have to come back to this one. It deserves lot of attention and I can't devote that much time here at work. Get ready though. :)

My ADHD Me said...

CK- I am 17 going on 18. I'll...take care off...of you!!

A&EX4-Percocet is fine too. Just have to be more careful with that.
Regardless...with Vicoden or Percocet...the monkeys really will be funny. (haha)...note to CK-Don't worry.We're kidding. No lectures on remembering who my readers are.

Edie-regarding #4. That is EXACTLY how I am!!
As for your job of working with men...you weren't (thankfully) really "working" with them.

Bonita-I told you all if is a conspiracy. Before we're done here, we'll ALL have ADHD.

Beverlydru...who I always want to call Beverly Lou-I think YOU'RE the Bomb-Diggity.
Want to feel old...(oh yes of course we all do!) Chatty Kelly thought that was a new phrase.

Edie-conspiracy..I've got you hooked.

On Purpose-Thank you.

Chatty Kelly-
4-I'm sorry. I'll never do it again. You believe me don't you!!
7-See...I'm the one with the red eye and who looks 20 pounds heavier than I am....I really don't look that big do I?
15- I know. I know.

Sue J-So glad things are going well. I had a note to call you the next day. but..er..um..I lost it.
I'm a great first responder....awful at follow-up.

Greg-Ready and Waiting

My ADHD Me said...

That last comment was so long, it should count as my next post.

My ADHD Me said...

CK- Oh Shoot--that was supposed to say I'll taking care OF you...not OFF you.

Chatty Kelly said...

What was care doing on me?

I think it was freudian, and you really don't want to take care of me, you want to take care OFF me (i.e. GET OFF MY BACK!)

How did you know I was planning a lecture?

Greg C said...

Where do I begin.....
#1. Frankly Scarlet, I don't give..... just kidding
#2. You were an early bloomer compared to me. I stayed invisible until I was 40.
#3. Ditto. Hey maybe we can be good friends. Ok I tried.
#4. I know who you are and I saw what you did.
#6 and #7. Way to go. My dad was a fire chief.
#9. Double ditto. Same here. Hate to admit it.

You sound pretty normal to me. Maybe too normal. Are we related?

Edie said...

You don't strike me as the Scarlett O'Hara type. Was she a firefighter too? :P

Edie said...

"As for your job of working with men...you weren't (thankfully) really "working" with them."
You're right, I was just hanging out with them. That makes it better. LOL!

My ADHD Me said...

Kelly...OF you, Of you...Not OFF you..now you're mad, aren't you. I'm sorry. Yep you're mad and now I feel guilty. GUILTY. I probably deserved the lecture too. Guilty, Guilty Guilty!
PLUS...I forgot the most important part of that verse...from me to you...
"You need someone, older (yeah, I know) and wiser telling you what to do....I am 17 (give or take) going on 18...I'll take care....of you!"

Edie- Yep, thought I was Scarlet. I was in my "I will survive and will do whatever is necessary stage in my life (was?)" I thought it was so cool that she did whatever she had to do to save her home and to get what she needed in life. I also loved the way she batted her eyes. As I've gotten older, I still like alot of stuff about her, but I've also come to realize she was, just a tad (at least), of a B+atch.

3.I think we could be great friends...except for all that outside stuff. You know, there are bugs out there...and spiders...and snakes. Also it's TOO cold...or Too hot. Now if the weather is perfect (not too hot and definitely not to cold) and I have my can of insect repellent, I'll be out there. Or if something is on fire in which case I don't feel the heat or cold anyway (an adrenalin thing).
Otherwise I'm the one in the closet..which is better than being the one "coming out of the closet"...not that there's anything wrong with that!

6&7-Obviously your dad was cool. My dad and grandfather were both firefighters (grandfather was the chief). I used to love to talk to my dad about it since he's "been there" but even after almost 6 years of being on the fire dept, my dad still insists that there is no way I would be able to handle that hose...so I've stopped mentioning it to him.

9- Don't feel bad. I look at it this way. When ever anyone starts talking about how bad their mom is...I'll say "well, my mom did this..." and they say "Well, my mom did that"....we'll go back and forth and I always end up winning. haha. I call that the "I Bet My Mom Is Worse Than Your Mom Contest".
I've read some of your posts on it and I think it would be a close match for us.
We'll play one day...because "I Bet My Mom Was Worse Than Yours...."
Remember, if you don't laugh about it, you might cry...and no crying allowed! :)

Beverlydru said...

I came back to read your comments... they are as entertaining as your posts.

And I become Beverly Lou Who for the holidays. It's time - I'm ready to watch all my favorite Christmas videos... "Elf" is at the top of my list.

Chatty Kelly said...

I'm reading about you on everyone's blog today. Your famous! No one knows what to call you though. That "My & Me" in your name makes it confusing. Folks want to make sure people realize they're not talking about themselves.

Some have called you ADHD-Jo. But my personal favorite was Greg's blog roll. He calls you "an adhd girl" Wahahahahaha!

Bomb Diggity.

HisPrincess said...

I'm thinking people don't get close to you because you don't stand still!

Chatty Kelly said...

Hmmm, hmmmm, hmmm, la, la, la, do, do, do....just waiting for a new post. No hurry, take your time.