I really love reading her blogs for so many reasons, but mostly because she lives in Chicago and if I hadn't ended up moving to Minneapolis and then the 'burbs, I would totally live in Chicago. So I just live vicariously through her life in the Windy City.
So my task is to come up with 10 facts about myself, which is always an awkward endeavor. I'll give it a shot.
1. I have a food issue with carcass. If anything looks like what it did when alive, I have a lot of difficulty eating it. I made my first ever Thanksgiving turkey 2 years ago and it still haunts me a little.
2. I'm half Puerto Rican and half Irish. I look like neither and both, which has led (on more than one occasion, sadly) to a rousing game of "Guess Stephanie's Ethnicity" while in a bar. True story, I did an article once on the L Street Tavern where they filmed Good Will Hunting. One of the Irish guys there is like "you have a dimple in your chin, so you must be Irish, but what's the rest of ya" (I believe looking down at my, um, ample rack and backside). People guessed the usual: Greek, Italian. I finally let the cat out of the bag and the dude did an ACTUAL spit take with his beer and shouted "What the f**k kind of mix is that?"
3. My parents started dating when my mom was 16 and they are the single strongest relationship I've ever seen.
4. I'm a very intelligent girl, but I love television. In particular, I am hooked on Real Housewives (Atlanta, New Jersey and slightly less so on OC), Lifetime movies, and any shows that show the inside workings of jail or the justice system. If a Lifetime movie is based on a true story that involves the inside workings of jail and the justice system, I am SOLD! Also? I will watch any Lifetime movie with anyone formerly on any Aaron Spelling show. Because even when they're bad, they're sooo good.
5. I am a Boston sports nut. Like total dude sports nut. I will shush my husband if he wants to talk during a Patriots game. I pay for HD service for the very few games of Boston sports I can see. My daughter was brought home in full Patriots gear. Also important? I do NOT EVER wear pink sports memorabilia. It goes against everything I believe in.
6. My husband and I decided not to find out the gender of our baby. The thinking was both heartfelt and logical. Heartfelt because I always feel there are too few good surprises in life. Logical because I also 1) dislike pink and 2) didn't want a ton of clothes. I knew I had people to give me clothes for my baby, but what I didn't have was ANYTHING else. At my shower I got mostly bath stuff for the baby, leading to a complete breakdown in my third trimester when I looked around the baby's room only to see a crib and towels. We'll be finding out the gender when we have another.
7. I have traveled to or through all of the 50 states except for Hawaii and Alaska. We took a lot of road trips growing up and those are some of the happiest memories I have.
8. I didn't do much cooking until after I was 25 and I decided it was time to learn. I found I was quite good at it. But I didn't experiment much, or at all, really, until I met my husband. He is single-handedly responsible for my ability now to be okay with eyeballing a measurement now and then, and even make substitutions. He is also responsible for having me try and like foie gras and sweetbreads.
9. I am an organization nut, but my house is never neat. All of my recipes are organized perfectly in two binders (one for healthy recipes under 400 calories and the other we refer to as "entertaining"), but my laundry is almost never folded and put away. I used a label maker and labeled every spice bottle in my ample spice cabinet, but my bedroom floor has never been clean enough to vacuum the whole thing at one time.
And the #10 interesting fact? I met my husband online dating.
I really don't like tagging people and pressuring them to answer things, so instead I am going to cheat and list my 10 favorite posts of the last month and if those named wish to be tagged and accept their award, great. If not, you guys find some great blogs.
Incidentally, if you are looking for new blogs and/or promotion for your blog, I highly recommend checking out SITS Girls' #commenthour hashtag on Twitter. You sign up Mondays and Tuesdays, and the blogs are chosen and announced every few minutes for an hour on Wednesdays on Twitter. I've gotten about 20 new followers (hiii, guys!) since signing up. And found twice as many great blogs.
On to my faves:
I'm Gonna Kill Him writes a hilarious but also serious post about making a will.
Holly at Holly's House wrote a maddening post about facing some very ignorant people and yet doing the right thing.
Frogs in my Formula writes a hilarious and cringe-worthy post about what happens when you have food poisoning and two kids.
Pampers and Pinot wonders about those minor characters in cartoon movies and what it would be like to hang with them.
Just One Donna makes one of the prettiest chicken piccatas I've ever seen.
Wait in the Van tries to joke about her kid sucking down wine and meds. (seriously, one of the funniest posts I've read this month).
Life with Baby Donuts realizes you can go home again, and sometimes it rocks.
Taming Insanity writes a story about getting locked out that I think it's okay to laugh at now.
It's Blogworthy and baby in a tie. Nuff said.
Hungry, Healthy, Happy (Hungrigyrl) gives her perspective on the Mommy Wine controversy. I'm all for it.