August 8, 2007

We're all a bunch of weirdies

Shellers tagged me. She wants to know the 10 most weird things about me.

This is a tough one. I can't think of any. Really. It's like the log in your own eye. I realized I needed to look at myself from other people's perspective.

Or ask CeanBounter.

He could come up with A LOT!

One weird thing about me is that I can not reuse a glass once I've drunk milk out of it. Can't do it. Even if I wash it with soap and water. It grosses me out.

If I need to work on something that requires extreme concentration, my house must be clean. Perhaps this explains why I don't get much done around here.

I've started eating tomatoes for the first time in my life. Love them with Mexican food!

I wear yoga pants almost everyday.

I'm beginning to think that shaving your legs is overrated. If one wears yoga pants everyday, why shave?

Go Hixson!

MathMom has invited us to revisit our high school memories. Quite appropriate in this my 25th year after graduation.

I'll try not to get bogged down in my angst.

1. Who was your best friend? Lori. Still hear from her from time to time.

2. Did you play any sports? No. But when I "dated" John Pack, we played a bit of tennis, pool, and ping-pong and I got quite good.

3. What kind of car did you drive? 1970-something brown Ford pick-up. It was my Dad's and I got to drive it because he had a company car. My first wreck was in it. I literally drove over a VW bug that was parked next to me in the high school parking lot.

4. It’s Friday night. Where were you? At home, spending the night with a friend, or driving around in Lori's car after the game looking for the guys we liked.

5. Were you a party animal? No. I wasn't popular so I never knew about any of the parties going on and my Mom kept such a tight rein on me I never could've gone anyway.

6. Were you considered a flirt? No. Guys didn't really notice me.

7. Were you in the band, orchestra or choir? No, no, and no. I took Drama for a year and starred in one of our plays. I also tried out for majorette and flag corps, but all I got were bruises to show for it.

8. Were you a nerd? Hmmm, I made good grades and was in the National Honor Society. Does that make me a nerd?

9. Were you ever suspended or expelled? No. I got called into the principal's office once for being repeatedly late to Homeroom. The horror!

10. Can you sing the fight song? Something like "Hail to thee, O, Hixson High School, loud our praises ring."

11. Who was your favorite teacher? Mrs. Wade, Spanish. Although, Mrs. McClintock, Math, was a character. She told the girls to always keep a separate checking account when we got married.

12. What was your school mascot? Wildcats.

13. Did you go to the Prom? I was asked my junior year by John Pack, but he asked me the week before the prom and I knew there'd be no way I could find a dress in time. I went to the prom my senior year with the guy I was dating at the time, Scott Wallace, with whom I also worked at Red Food Store. After the prom, me, Scott, Lori and her date, and Russ Wise and his date went back to my house. Mom had cooked for us. We played songs from Queen's The Game album backwards on my stereo. Freaked Lori's date OUT!

14. If you could go back, would you? And do it again, no. To every season.....

15. What do you remember most about graduation? The fact that I was moving. That night me and several girl friends went out to eat. As we were sitting in the restaurant I looked at all of them and realized I might never see them again. That was true of everyone except Lori - so far. She came all the way from Tennessee for my wedding!

16. Where were you on Senior Ditch Day? Can't remember having one, but my Mom would sign me out early all the time. I'd call her after lunch. As long as I didn't have any tests, she'd come and get me.

17. Did you have a job your senior year? Junior and senior year. Checker at Red Food Store! 100% polyester uniform! That's where I learned what true customer service is and now I'm overly critical of all grocery stores.

18. Where did you go most often for lunch? We couldn't leave campus. Cafeteria or me and Lori would hang out with John and Susan who worked in the library during their Study Hall. One day I realized John was going to be really cute when he got his braces taken off.

19. Have you gained weight since then? This is a toughy. Let me think. Yes. Three kids, duh.

20. What did you do after graduation? See #15. Next day we left for Texas.

21. What year did you graduate? 1982

22. Did you attend any of your reunions? No. Too far away. Haven't kept in touch.

23. Strangest thing you ever sold for a fund-raiser: Valentine notes. Our typing class sold them. You could pay a few cents and have a special note delivered to anyone in school. I actually found some recently going through old boxes. None from boys, by the way.

Hey, that was pretty fun!

How much do I owe you?

I got a kick out of EuroMom's post on Simple Math and wanted to tell you my experience at with lacking math skills and customer service. Two of my pet peaves in the World of Retail.

Party City - My purchase totalled $1.08. I gave the checkout girl a $20 dollar bill and 3 cents. She hit 203 on the number pad and looked at the computer screen, perplexed.

She cleared it and punched it in again. And again, perplexed.

So she asked the checkout girl next to her how to enter $20.03. "Is that right?" Checkout Girl #2 looked at it and said, "No, it's 2003," and punched it in herself. Then she looked at it and began doubting herself! Upon further examination she regained her confidence and allowed my Checkout Whiz to hit enter.

Jason's Deli - During a recent trip, they did not have any sweetner packets at the beverage counter. None. No pink stuff, yellow stuff, blue stuff. Not even straight up sugar.

There were three employees standing at the counter. Let's call them Larry, Moe, and Curly. I asked Larry if they had any Sweet & Lo to which she replied, "I don't know."

That was it. She didn't know. I looked at her. She looked at me. Question answered. My job's done.

How about Moe or Curly? Do you think they might chime in and answer for their dim-witted co-worker?


So I bypassed Moe altogether and directed my attention to Curly because he looked to be the oldest and asked my question again. He turned to a FOURTH person and asked them when a FIFTH person, a bright young lady with good hearing, overheard my question and said that someone was refilling the tray in the back.

So I wouldn't have to wait on the tray, she retrieved a handful of the pink stuff and my black currant tea was saved!

Finally, a glimmer of competence.

Not only am I glad I homeschool, I don't think I'll worry if I'm doing a good job anymore.