My dear friend Jerusalem tagged me to tell 5 weird things about myself. She knows me too well and limited me to only 5 because the list could go on and on and on...
1. I love to eat with chopsticks. Really, I do, and I usually limit it to oriental foods although I have been known to eat chopped fruit and spaghetti with them. What's even weirder is where I learned to eat chopsticks- McDonald's. It all started back when I was pretty young and we were in the States for a visit. McDonald's had some promotion with their chicken nuggets that had something to do with oriental sauce, and you got a pair of chopsticks with your meal. I figured out how to use them from the instructions on the paper sleeve that held the chopsticks, and the rest is history.
I have quite a few pairs of them in our silverware drawer. My mom recently brought me this beautiful set from her trip to Thailand. They're almost too pretty to use. My kids seem to eat better when they use chopsticks, perhaps it's the novelty of them, and I just ordered some that are geared toward children. My 14 month old wouldn't eat his food the other day. He wouldn't eat it with a fork or a spoon, but when I offered it to him with chopsticks he devoured the meal. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
2. My husband would say this is the weirdest thing about me, I can eat frozen items, such as ice cream, slushes, milkshakes, etc very quickly with no "brain freeze." I don't know when that started because I never thought it odd, but my husband swears that if I was to enter an ice cream eating contest I would win.
One of my favorite places for frozen confections is Sonic. The one "commonality" between all 3 of my pregnancies was my deep craving for Sonic slushes (orange slush floats to be exact with the girls.) I didn't care if if was well below freezing outside, I WANTED a slush. Tragically, where we live now doesn't have a Sonic, but fortunately I'm not pregnant.
3. Whenever we move something big comes to the area that we left. For example, when we left Germany, they were just opening up a 24 hour Shoppette (like a 7 Eleven), and anything that was open 24 hours in Germany was a BIG deal. When we left Atlanta, they had just opened a Super Wal-Mart 5 minutes from our house. Before that I had to drive 20-30 min to the closest Super Wat-Mart (I also went into labor in that store- craziest 20 min drive of my life). Shortly after we moved from Colorado the base where we lived got a mega-Commissary (military grocery store). The one they had was horribly cramped and left a lot to be desired. Who knows what will open up here by the time we move, probably a Sonic.
4. I can fly 8 + hours on a plane without batting and eyelash, but put me in an elevator and my palms go sweaty. I used to calm myself by biting on my dad's shoulder. Can't do that now, and because I use a stroller I HAVE to take the elevators in malls. I put on a brave face for the kids, but should we ever get stuck...
5. Finally, I'm directionally challenged. Seriously, I could get lost in my own backyard. That doesn't bode so well with frequent moves, but I eventually get the hang of it just in time to move again. Before he deployed my husband bought me a Garmin, which I have lovingly nick-named "Jill" (that's the voice that "talks to me). The area we live in is very confusing for those who have a normal sense of direction, but I fell apart at the first 5-way stop sign, and roads change names at least three times in a mile. Jill was well-worth the investment.