May 16, 2011

Behind the Scenes - Me

Well, you are probably expecting a crafty post today, but to be totally honest I'm really tired.  It was a long weekend and I didn't get everything done that I needed to.  So, that being said, I thought I'd take a moment and tell you a little more about the person who writes this blog.  Yeah, that's me.  I'm hoping you won't think of this as self-indulgent.  I actually love it when blogs I love tell us about themselves.

So, here are 10 random facts about me.
1) I've never had long fingernails in my life.  I've kept them short for guitar and piano, but even when I'm not regularly playing I can't stand them being long.  I've also never had a manicure.  I joke that I have man hands because they are large and I can play a 10th on the piano without stretching too hard.
2) Don't hate me for this, but I can't stand the word "swoon."  Pretty much everyone uses it in blogland, but the word makes me cringe.  In fact if you're going to decide not to like me for that, I'll give you another reason.  I've never watched all of Pride and Prejudice and I couldn't stand the parts I have seen.  It's just not me.  I'm not that kind of a romantic...or swooner.  Yeah, I just made that word up.

3) In third grade we had an origami unit.  I checked out origami books from the library to learn more and sold my paper cranes and other items at recess.  I earned a lot of change until the teacher found out I was selling stuff at school.  Sadly, she ended it.  I've always been cheap and I save every dime.
4) I know it's gross, but I love macaroni and cheese.  I always have.  It's not classy, but I adore it.  The spirals are my favorite, but I don't buy them because they are a lot more expensive per ounce.  Yes, I told you I was cheap.
5) Until I got pregnant with Rex, my biggest fear in life had always been that I wouldn't be able to have kids.  It took almost a year to get pregnant (which I realize isn't that long, but it felt like forever, especially due to my fear).  This picture was from his first Sunday at church.

6) I currently have a PC that doesn't work very well.  I had a Macbook when Rex was a baby.  I was in love with it and I never had one problem with it until I accidentally poured a full bottle of breastmilk into it.  Nasty?  Yes.  Sad?  Very.  I still mourn the loss.  It never turned on again and even the computer genius from the repair shop couldn't restore anything.


7) I have virtually no natural athletic ability.  My husband prays that our boys will get his athletic abilities.  Playing team sports in gym class always made me extremely uncomfortable because I don't like doing things I'm bad at and I don't like letting people down.


8) I hate opening the dough that comes in cans because I can't open it without jumping a little.  I hate being late.  I hate it when you're second in a long line at a store and another register opens and no one gives you the courtesy of going there first even though you've been waiting 10 minutes longer than they have.  (I know I need to get over that one, but it ticks me off.)


9) I love traveling and I dream of taking my husband to Portugal (where I served a mission for my church.)  I served on an island for 6 months of the year and a half I was there (Terceira in the Azores) and I dream about walking the cobblestone sidewalks with him and watching a live bull fight in the streets.  (They aren't the mean bull fights.  They just literally block off a street and let a bull run around while some of the crazy people jump in front of him.)


10) If I had so much money that I didn't know what to do with it I might just hire a chef because I hate cooking.  However, in all honesty I don't think I would live much differently than I do now because I'd feel guilty knowing the money could go to better causes.  I might splurge a little on traveling though.


And that's me in a nutshell.  Well, that's me in a really random nutshell because some of those things I just told you are a bit weird.  Anyhow, thank for dropping in and getting to know me a little better.  See you tomorrow.

62 comments:

  1. I, like you, love to know more about my favorite blogs...and YOU are one of them! Love the reason for short nails, love the fantasy of walking with your husband down the streets where you served...Dislike the P&P comment...We LOVE this show in our family! We're quoting it all of the time! In fact, it's one of the really impressive things about my teenage sons to young ladies. When they quote from that or any Jane Austin movie the girls just SWOON! (I, also hate that word) ;) Great post along with all the others you share daily. Thanks!

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  2. Wow! So many on this list could describe me! Especially being frugal (and exactly like you, I like the spirals better, but hate paying extra for them!!). And the origami thing-we were allowed to do origami after our classwork, and I was always the best one-the teachers would come to me to figure out how to fold the things! Ha ha!

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  3. Thanks for sharing, I love it! I'm also not a P&P fan. I've seen the shorter movie version (with Keira Knightly), but would NEVER be able to sit through the Colin Firth marathon one.

    One does wonder how you managed to pour an entire bottle of milk on your computer. Spilling some, sure, but a whole bottle? That totally sounds like unluckiness that would befall me. (And I hear you on the PCs. I was raised on Macs, but am too cheap to buy one myself. We buy a $300 PC every three or four years instead. And, of course, hubby has something indescribable against Apple...)

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  4. I love this post! Thanks for sharing! I love thought of traveling, too!! My husband served in England and I can't wait to go there with him some day and tour some of the old castles! I agree about P&P. I've never been into those kinds of movies or books, but I watched the newer P&P with Kira Knightley and, I have to admit, it's now one of my favorites! (& I don't think they ever use the word "swoon") :)

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  5. What a fun post!! It is great when we can get to know a blogger on a more personal level. I am so there with you on the cooking. I would totally have a chef if I was rich..LOL! And I too am a fan of Kraft Mac 'n Cheese :)

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  6. Ha, I also don't enjoy the word SWOON or PREGGERS, ugh that one makes my skin crawl. I know, I am weird.

    I do love P & P though and I am not your typical hopeless romantic but Jane Austen!!! Come ON! :)

    Cute post, thanks for sharing.

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  7. I love your list, specially the part about Portugal, because I am portuguese and, probably and hopefully, I'll go to Azores to teach in the near future! Maybe we'll meet there, you never know!

    Kisses

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  8. Thanks for sharing, Cheri! That was fun. I'm totally with you on being cheap, but totally not with you on the P&P thing. Have you tried the Keira Knightley version? Anyway, I'll try not to hold it against you :) The blogland "word" I can't stand is DH, which I know is not really a word, but that's why I put it in quotes. It makes me want to throw something.

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  9. What a fun post! You are one of my favorite bloggers and it was so fun to learn some things about you. I don't like the word swoon or the P&P movie either. I also do not like Jane Austin books. Gag. Give me a good mystery instead. Have a great day!

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  10. I LOVE hearing more about the people who write the blos I read! I am so with you on the chef thing. I think I would be healthier if I had a chef, too because the easy things to cook are never healthy:)

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  11. i liked getting to know the behind the scenes!

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  12. That was awesome! I love the randomness! I think it's great to get to know things about bloggers! I think your blog is fantastic and the only craft blog I look at every. single. day. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Oh my goodness! No wonder I like your blog so much! I can't stand the word swoon or pride and prejudice either. I do like romance books and movies, but that one was too swoony for me! I also have no athletic ability and couldn't stand p.e. class, and I keep my nails short. I loved hearing more about you. And no, those things weren't that weird!

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  14. Love your blog have been coming every day for about a year now! It's fun to know more about you. I would so love to have a short order cook...just order up what you want and it's done. Especially when I was pregnant!

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  15. Oh, your poor mac book! That is so sad, but I totally understand spilling breast milk on it!

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  16. It's nice to get to know you a bit more. I loved this post and love to hear your 'voice'. Keep on keepin on!

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  17. Oh thank you! I too, do not have long nails (nor desire to have them) and Pride and Pred...well we're in the same boat. Thank you for allowing me not to feel so alone on those two.
    Very sorry about your Mac Book, I'd mourn too.

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  18. Thank you for sharing these little tidbits! :)

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  19. Such a fun post! I can't stand pop dough cans, either. My husband refuses to open them for me because he loves to watch me jump. The suspense as you're peeling back the paper is just too much! ACK!

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  20. I was going to ask you more about Portugal since I am going there in the fall for the first time (jelly much?) but I can't bring myself to ask advice from one who has never seen Pride and Prejudice. Perhaps I have too much pride and am a little too prejudiced. I may even have to boycott your blog. Just kidding. I love your blog! PS I am writing this on my Mac... : )

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  21. I love this post! It made me laugh, and reminded me of myself- nails, check. Origami, check. Mac n' cheese, check. Being late, check. No athletic ability, double check. Love the part about the dough in cans- they make me jump every time!

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  22. Loved your facts!
    I too love the posts that are more about the person - see my current post - it's all about ME (ie shallow!!!)
    fee x

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  23. I'm happy to know I'm not the only adult with a secret LOVE for Mac & Cheese. And also, that I'm not the only one cheap enough to not buy the kind I really want because it's 20 cents more. :D

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  24. first of all, there was absolutely nothing wierd in that post. I didn't ever "get" nor was I able to finish Pride and prejudice, Those are all valid pet peeves, which are very similar to mine and Portugal sounds amazing!
    hope you get rested up!

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  25. Thanks for sharing more about you! My husband also served in Portugal. Can't wait to go and see what he's always talking about.

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  26. AMAZING BLOG! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! 1 KISS FROM SPAIN :)

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  27. That was fun! I have a lot of the same things. Love mac and cheese, and that is my current worst fear. Hope it vanishes soon.

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  28. I too, hate the word swoon, and dough in a can! See, I told you we should be best friends:)
    It was so fun to learn more about you. I loved this post!

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  29. We might be twins separated at birth. Except I like cheesy romance movies. ;)

    Tambem falo Portugues! Meu marido serviu no Brasil e eu estudei Linguistica e Portugues na BYU. Fomos para Mocambique fazendo servico humanitario por 6 meses. :)

    Aloha!

    Charlie

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  30. That was a fun post! Thanks.

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  31. Oh man I feel like I shouldn't use "Swoon" anymore, lol! I do agree with someone up there that "preggers" might be thee stupidest word on the planet.

    I'm cheap, too. But I do love P&P. I adore BBC classics.

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  32. I'm probably going to sound like such a creeper, but I'm pretty sure we should be friends. With each number I was like, "Yep. Uh huh. Sounds just right." Now I know your blog-awesomeness stretches to the real-world you.

    Have you tried Cheesy Alfredo Mac&Cheese? It's my fave, but I can only find it in certain grocery stores. Look for it. You might just love it.

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  33. spirals and the shape macaroni taste better. my husband argues that they taste the same....but they are so much better! love getting to know you!

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  34. I love get to know you posts too! Kraft mac and cheese is my all time favorite food. And yes, spirals are infinitely better.

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  35. you sound a lot like me... have never watched pride and prejudice, love mac & cheese and really don't care for the word swoon. Macs are the bomb and I despise cooking... it isn"t the cooking so much that bothers me but the mess and clean up time ....yuck!!
    This was a fun post to read!

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  38. I still make the origami frogs and balloons that we learned during that unit in 3rd grade...I love "impressing" friends and co-workers with my mad skillz. I think you were one of the only ones who got the hang of making the crane and that's probably why your business was so successful!

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  39. Loved your post. I have to agree on on most of what you said. P&P.. never saw the one with Colin Firth, but did see the one with Kiera... and I loved it.I would love to have a Mac, but the one I want its about 2 000 euros, and well, that kind of money, could be spent on other things. hehehehehehe.
    When you decide to come to Portugal, let us know (or me) hehehe, and I will tell you all the best places to go. I have never been to Azores... on day.. I live in the Algarve ( south of Portugal). keep up the good work, I love reading your Blog.

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  40. ha ha your mac and cheese part cracked me up. That is totally me!

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  41. thanks for sharing! those cans of dough scare the crap out of me! also, thanks for sharing about how long it took you to get pregnant. i'm about to hit the year mark so that really helped me! :)

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  42. all of #8 I'm with you on all of these

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  43. I loved the list. I thought I was the ONLY PERSON in the world that has issues with canned dough! I always try to get someone else to open it. My kids (who are grown) say "What do you do when we're not here?" I say "I don't use the dough" LOL!! Thanks for sharing...your list made me smile!

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  44. I especially love the 1st sentence of #8 because its so true for me too! I feel for you!

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  45. You have become my favorite blog for the time being. I love checking your blog because it is always different. There are days when I want crafts or days when I want some ideas to share cheer or ways to fix my hair....and you always are dishing something new out!

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  46. We have quite a few things in common (and a few thing not in common). I can't sing and have no musical ability! I have no desire to watch Pride and Prejudice. I can't stand those romantic movies! You are a gem!

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  47. i llike you. reading these comments make me like you more. i may not agree with them, but that's why i like you. i wish you lived around the corner so i could meet you for a coffee.

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  48. ok, so I take from this that you have always been practical (the nails) and certainly entrepreneurial (the cranes).
    I can understand your reluctance to embrace Period Drama and I can relate to your genetic propensity for thriftyness.
    I can't relate to the Mac & Cheese fetish but that might be cultural. I don't expect you would ever love Vegemite as much(another Kraft concoction that's popular in these parts).
    My husband would love me to visit Portugal as he loved it too and my sister-in-law is originally from the Azores (just a coincidental aside).
    Oh, and I would DEFINITELY let you in should the check-out next door miraculously open up, because that's just how I roll!

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  49. We used to live on Terceira too! We lived in Fontines (sp?) and loved having the daily bread delivery, goats bleating waking us up in the morning, the amazing volcanic rock walls. I want to go back too!

    We saw a few bull "fights" they are hilarious!

    Just another reason to like you! :)

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  50. I love this post, Cheri. Love getting to know you better! I've never had a manicure either:). And until my husband said, "Remember how you used to grow your nails long and scratch my neck?" I had mine short since I had Carson, and just recently started to grow them out, but you are right--piano playing and guitar playing doesn't happen easily with long nails! But I don't do either of them often at all, so I guess now is a good time!

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  51. Do you still have the computer? I talked to my husband (who has a little data recovery business on the side) and he said the chances were pretty good that he'd be able to get back stuff you had on that hard drive. I just thought I'd let you know in case you had unbacked up stuff that you'd like back. If you want, feel free to look up Hard Drive Heroes on facebook- his info is all there.
    And amen to never having long nails.

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  52. I had to laugh about the Mac and Cheese. I seriously think we all secretly love it as much as our kids!!...I'm just glad you didn't say you loved Spaghettios....For some reason the thought of Spaghettios makes me sick!

    I really appreciate your honesty about being tired. Sometimes I see blogs and feel so inadequate like "why can't I get all that done?" but reading that from you today really helped me feel "normal" for all my tired days.

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  53. Still love ya and agree with at least half of that list! :)

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  54. fun getting to know you better! swoon! hahha

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  55. that was so fun getting to know you a bit better Cheri! I love these kinds of posts. :D

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  56. I was at work when I read this and I may have spit a lil coffee out laughing. U are a hoot! Keira Knightly in Love Actually, it's a shared lead. I luv that movie, I don't believe there is any swooning in it, ha!

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  57. I too do not prefer "swoon" or "lol". I'm over it though so when bloggers use them I rejoice. I haven't seen the P&P pictured but the P&P with Kiera Knightly I liked. No swooning. She's kind of bitchy, which I like. I laughed out loud about the origami because in second grade my best friend and I made 100's of yarn pom pom's and sold them for .25 each until the teacher found out and quickly stopped that business.

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  58. This was so fun to read! For me it's "squeee!", that one drives me nutso. Although I am guilty of the Lol's and smiley faces. :) And when I read that you wanted to take your husband to Terceira I about spit out my coffee, that is where my mom's family is from!! Her grandparents came over here and settled in California. I would love to go to the Azores and maybe meet some of my relatives! And I am in total agreement about grocery store lines, common courtesies seem to be hard to find these days.

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  59. I have just started following your blog and I decided to read some of your older posts. I was shocked to hear that you missioned in the Azores! I lived in the Azores for two years when I was younger on Terceira island! That is just awesome! Mainly because most people have never even heard of the Azores! That makes you so much cooler in my book ;) I look forward to reading more of your blog posts!

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  60. I love your blog as well! I am grandma to three boys and your ideas are awesome! I love to upcycle and Savers is my favorite thrift store. I live in Utah, too (Orem), and I miss Goodwill, Salvation Army and Junior League stores in other states where I have lived. They ofter have better, quality stuff.

    Just curious why you didn't just say you're a Mormon?

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  61. wow - i love your blog, one of the best i've ever seen - thanks and PLEASE don't stop making your projects!

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  62. You know, your blog is very lovely. The most lovely I have ever found I guess.
    I really love seeing your post, your cute boys and girl. Such adorable family.
    Hopefully I will fee the happiness you feel once I have my own family :)

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