Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Honest Scrap Award

Teresa sent me this award, thank you Teresa for thinking of me...even though the last meme you sent me remains a half-done draft! It had the unfortunate coincidence of arriving just before my blog hiatus.

I'm supposed to....
1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award. 2) Share "ten honest things" about myself. 3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me. 4) Tell those 7 people that they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving it.

Ok, let's see, 10 scathingly honest things about me...good thing I'm sober.

1. I absolutely detest getting my hair cut. Hate it. I put it off forever until my ends are splitting and my hair is so long and unmanageable that it lives in a scrunchie on the back of my head every day. I hate being the focus of some random stranger's intense attention. Plus, the last few times I've gone, the stylist has been rather unfriendly and I have found myself cornered on all of those uncomfortable stranger questions like, "You have HOW many kids? You're done now, right?" and "You homeschool? I had a neighbor who homeschooled and her kids were oversheltered freaks."

2. I used to think all homeschoolers were oversheltered freaks. My mom homeschooled my brothers for a brief period of time...I had already left home...and I thought she was nuts. Ironic, yes?

3. And speaking of my hair, I'm going bald. I don't know why. Several years ago I noticed my hair was thinning badly. I went to the doctor and they did some blood work to test my hormone levels and thyroid and that sort of thing and said everything looked normal. I was working my way through nursing school at the time, single mom, I hoped it was just stress related. That, or the fact that I was living on caffeine, and 4 hours of sleep a night. But it never got any better. Too bad. I used to have great hair. And I'm not really going bald. It seems to have stabilized at just too thin.

4. I am a compulsive organizer. I am not a compulsive cleaner. As a result, the house may be a mess but our drawers and closets are perfectly ordered. Weird, huh?

5. I am almost completely illiterate in the arts and music. Thank you, Florida public schools. The last time I had any required art/music was in 6th grade. I remember drawing a shoe. It came out badly, so I decided I was lousy at art. I took lots of extra science and math through the rest of my school years because I was good at that. I did take choir in junior high for a couple of years, which mostly consisted of learning the lyrics to the songs in Footloose. I wasn't required to take any music or art appreciation until college, when I needed a one credit art appreciation class. It consisted mostly of watching films at 8:30 in the morning, and after that four hours of sleep, well...I dozed through it mostly. I never did take any music appreciation classes. Classical music, for me, has always meant breaking out the White Album or my Queen box set. So I find myself learning these things with my kids. Most homeschooling parents break out into a sweat at the thought of teaching Algebra or Chemistry...not me. It's music. But I am learning.

6. I love history. I didn't figure this out until I got to college. I never took much history in school either. I remember I got to skip 8th grade civics because our school had a rule that if you took a music class and a foreign language, you could skip civics. I'm not sure where the logic was there. So, hence my uncanny knowledge of the lyrics from Footloose. I do remember taking history classes in 9th and 10th grade, but they were intensely boring and very disjointed for me, partly because we moved around a lot but mostly because they were taught from textbooks...the worst possible way in the world to teach history. I took an honors US history course in college...small class, lots of writing and discussion involved, and I really, really enjoyed it. History is my favorite course to teach my kids, and one of the reasons we use Mother of Divine Grace is because I love the way it teaches history.

7. When I was a kid, I briefly wanted to be a jockey. I loved horses, and I took English riding lessons for a period of time. Unfortunately, I was taller than every jockey alive by the time I was 12.

8. I don't like to shop. I grocery shop every two weeks just so I can avoid going to the store as much as possible. Oh, there are stores I enjoy. I like the craft store, the hardware store, my favorite thrift store...and of course the book store. But I'm not a window shopper. I honestly can't remember the last time I went to a mall.

9. I am almost the mother of a teenager. Maria will be 13 in September. I went to wake her up this morning and found a woman in her bed. All of a sudden she's just looks so much older. I'm not sad about it, yet, but it's making me realize that I don't have a whole lot of time left with her at home. Ok, now I'm sad about it.

10. The other night I went to a homeschool group planning meeting. We were supposed to bring a snack to share, so I stopped on the way there and bought a bag of chips and a jar of queso. At the meeting, the hostess remarked how cool it was that no one had brought anything homemade, lol. Not too long ago, I would have cringed at the thought of showing up with such offerings. At the very least I would have made some homemade dip, even if it meant adding too much at the end of a very busy day, even if it meant that I would feel stressed and grouchy trying to find the time to make something, because I would have wanted to impress everyone there with my domestic genius. I love that I can bring jarred queso at this stage in my life. If I show up to a meeting with something homemade (and I still often do), it's because I *wanted* to make something and found the time to do so, not because my self-esteem was too wrapped up in a jar of queso. And I love that the other moms there felt the same way.

Ok, Let's see if I can come up seven people to nominate here...

1. Kori at Taught By a Toddler
2. Erin at Growing With My Girls
3. Erin at Light of My Life
4. Entropy, when VBS is done
5. Lisa at Home to 4 Kiddos
6. Angela
7. Charlotte...are you out there? :)


Anonymous said...

Love your honestly mel as always!! Yep...I am a compulsive organizer too!

Entropy said...

I love your list! Especially number 10. Good for you!

Thanks for the nod and as soon as VBS is over I'll do this!

Charlotte said...

Yes, I'm out here. We are about to finish our VBS. It's called Totus Tuus and is the most amazing program. We've had the busiest June ever! I'm so tired......


Angela M. said...

I didn't know you were a single mom at one time. Nosy me - I have to ask - is that why there is such a gap between Maria and Jack?

I am excited to do this meme!

mel said...

"I didn't know you were a single mom at one time. Nosy me - I have to ask - is that why there is such a gap between Maria and Jack?

Yep! That, and it does take us a while to get pregnant for reasons we have never determined. Maria was 6 when John and I married, and then she was 8 when Jack was born.