Random Facts

1.  I'm way harder on myself than anyone else could be on me.   Maybe most of us are like this but I'm constantly wanting to achieve more, do more, help more...

2.  I've tried the vegetarian thing.   The problem is everything I love has meat in it!  I really love meat too much.  I have high cholesterol and shouldn't be eating meat but it's so, so good :(

3.  I've tried to be Christian and wasn't very successful.  I'm really a walking contradiction of the bible and so in order to not be a hipocrit, I've given up the title.

4. I love to sing, even though I'm not really good at it.   I still sing in the shower any chance i get!

5.  I miss my grandpa.   My grandpa had a way of getting on my nerves.  I think he found it to be a lot of fun.  He lived with my parents most of my teen years and into my twenties and I really took him being there for granted.  There's so much I never took the time to ask him.  He was such a great chef and i learned how to cook by just being around him all the time.  He was really passionate about food and I inherited that from him.  When I bought my first house, he bought me a washer and dryer and said "now every time you do your laundry, you'll think of me" and i do a lot of laundry in this house and think of him everyday.

6.  Growing up I wanted to be an actress.  I  signed all my letters like this:


Laurie, Actress to be

7. I could live on spaghetti, well I pretty much have.  Growing up, I'd come home from school and boil a pound of spaghetti and eat the entire pound throughout the afternoon.  Of course, I can't eat like that anymore unless I want to weigh a ton.  I love spaghetti and homemade sauce, meatballs, italian sausage...I'm pretty much a sucker for all good italian food (thank you, Grandpa!).

8.  As a kid I lied a lot and now I'm honest to a fault.  I try not to offer up my honest opinion unless someones asking me but you'll quickly figure out if you want to know the truth about something, just ask!

9.  I love the travel channel and food shows.  I feel like I'm gaining weight just watching them.  I've always dreamed of owning my own little Italian restaurant somewhere beautiful...maybe on a vineyard somewhere?
10.  I can't help but be a matchmaker.   I'm constantly matching people up...in person, out loud, in my head.  When I meet someone, usually I can think of people that they would be good with.  It's a sick habit and I've tried to stop but no such luck yet.  Sometimes the thought of the other person I feel you would be good with just nags at me over and over until finally I'll tell you.  You'll think it's ridiculous...me, with that person?  never!  Well, if I really care about you, I'll insist you meet them and when you do, you still may not see it.  But after the second or third time of meeting this person, you do see it.  You chalk it up to chance that I was right but hey, I knew all along who your soul mate was.  How, you ask?  Good question!

11.  I lost compassion a long time ago!  Let me start out by saying of course I have compassion for people who are sick or going through really hard times!  I just lost compassion for my friends who say "I'm so tired" or complain about not having enough time in the day to do something.  I feel like no one has more on their plate then me.  I realize this is crazy but it's just how i feel. I have 4 kids and work full time.  I have no nanny, no housekeeper and I'm not getting more than 3 hours of sleep at a time.  I don't want to hear that you're tired Mommy of 1!

12.  I don't like animals!  Don't hate me yet!  It's not that I hate them or anything, i just don't have a like for animals.  I've never gotten attached to animals and I don't like the smell or hair of animals.  Sorry if you find this cold hearted, it's just the truth.  hey, i love babies!
13.  I'm overly paranoid.   I'll be the first to admit it.  I'm the mom that drags her 8 year old son into the women's bathroom rather than sending him into the men's bathroom alone.  I never allowed my kids to spend the night at other friends house...their friends are welcome to sleep over here.  I have a hard time trusting people and I'm paranoid that the people you least suspect may be crazy.  I'm sure this can all be explained by a therapist somewhere but the fact remains that I'd rather be called Paranoid than have something awful happen to one of my kids.

14.  I don't like breakfast and I married the "Breakfast King".  My husband loves breakfast...waffles, pancakes, french toast...eggs, bacon, sausage...all the traditional breakfast foods.  I've never really liked breakfast.  I used to not even eat breakfast but now I try to eat something in the morning since I know it's so important.  Still don't like cooking it!

15.  Having a girl didn't change the fact that I don't like pink.  When I found out I was having a girl, I had so much fun buying pink things, decorating the nursery in all shades of pink but I've never really liked the color pink.  Now that she's here when I dress her I end up sorting through all her pink outfits and pulling out the purple one!

16.  I can't stand people in my kitchen.  I don't like other people cooking in my kitchen or even standing in my kitchen.  I'm sure it's some weird control thing but we've always had an open kitchen and everyone tends to congregate in the kitchen at all times. I'm constantly trying new ways to get people out of my kitchen...politely shoo-ing them out, placing appetizers in the dining room or living room, setting up a game outside of the kitchen...somehow everyone ends up back in the kitchen.  If my husband even goes in there to make himself a sandwich, I'm secretly cringing and wanting to do it myself for him.