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Oh - Kelly - I'm so glad I saw your post...

 

One of mine was going to be:

 

a) I'm not sure I want to have kids b/c I'm scared that my identity will have to change and I REALLY don't like the idea of hanging out with crazy moms who want to talk about PTA things, what color their kid's poop was last night, or how much they hate their husband because he won't help out. I'm glad to know a successful mom who feels the same way - maybe there's hope.

 

Here are the other things I though of (how sad that it's so hard to come up with interesting things!):

 

-I do a lot of public speaking and am invited to testify in front of state and federal legislative committees about 2 or 3 times a month. What I didn't connect up until recently is that my first stint in this area was when I was 13 and helped a Senator from CA and NASA lobby for a Space Camp in CA (was killed by an insane/awful rider). After that, I was asked to speak about solar issues, various environmental things... I was just a kid but I thought nothing of it. I never intended to do this with my life, but with every job since college, there's been a need for me to testify about somethign so now, I've just been doing it for most of my life!

 

-I was a dancer. It's really my only artistic talent. Most of my family members are very talented artists and I've always felt feeble next to them b/c I can't draw ANYTHING that is recognizable, I don't have the patience to make elaborate works of art in my yard or sew my own clothes, etc. But, I miss performing so much that DH and I now do argentine tango, ballroom tango, and salsa (but we only perform the tangos) - it was his idea so that I could get my creative outlet back and I love him so much for it.

 

-Here's something I never even told DH - I saw a psychic in 1999 who told me several things that are out of the ordinary that have come true - including my very bizarre illness (that she said I would conquer so that's good). She also told me that I would only be married once and I would have 2 daughters but that my husband would die and an early age. AHHH! That scares me and makes me sad and I think about it at least once a month. I just can't envision my life without my DH.crybaby2.gif

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Something interesting about me....

In 32 days my fiancee and I leave to go traveling for 4 months!
Ooooh! I want to know where you are traveling too! I would love to be able to do that!

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Natasha that is so scary that she said that to you. I don't blame you for freaking out. But it could just be a fluke and you really shouldn't let what she said get to you or else you'll spend the rest of your days on this earth worrying. Your a public speaker, what would you tell someone else in your shoes? That's awesome that you do a lot of public speaking. When I was 13 I spoke on former NY governor George Pataki's Domestic Violence Task Force. It's crazy looking back, that at such a young age you can speak out on important issues.

 

I also have my doubts about being a parent. I go through phases. I love children and I would hope that I would at the very least be a decent mom, but I also worry about how much my life would change. Up until your post I have never told anyone that b/c everyone I know wants kids and if I say things like that I am scared people will judge me and think I am an awful, selfish person. It's good to know I am not the only person who feels this way.smile72.gif

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oh this post is fun. here goes...

 

1. I have been married before. I never believed in divorce but my ex was physically abusive and tried to kill me so I left and divorced him.

 

2.I left Shane (my fiance) to go back to my ex husband then realized that I was making a mistake. Luckily Shane took me back and here we are!!

 

3. I have had 2 breast augmentations....would do it again in a second!!!

 

4.I used to bartend at a strip club, got promoted to club manager and eventually became an exotic dancer to be able to afford to leave my ex. I was still a dancer when Shane and I started dating.

 

5. Shane and I went to high school together. I liked him then but nothing ever came of it. I dated one of his best friends in high school. When I left my ex husband, Shane and I ran into each other out one night and started dating.

 

6.My dad has lung cancer and recently they found a spot on his brain. My biggest fear in life is losing my dad.

 

I think that is it for mine. Thanks for sharing girls. Interesting stuff!!!

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1. I am afraid on developing cancer. So many people in my family have been affected by it...I just fear I will get it someday.

 

2. I am a terrified driver. I always think I am going to get in a car accident and die. My best friend died when I was 16 in a car accident. Maybe this is why?

 

3. I also dont think I can have children. Never got preg with my ex husband and Jay and I have never gotten pregnant. I have PCOS though and w/o fertility drugs, I just dont see it happening. Even with the drugs, who knows? Jay is fine with it...we both REALLY want kids though, so we will adopt if we have to.

 

4. This is an odd one...the toilet paper must go OVER the roll. If Jay turns it so it goes over, I freak out...even though he just does it to make fun of me. Also, if I am at a friends house, and their paper is going under, I switch it.

And, one time, in my classroom the toilet paper was going under. I found the janitor later that day and asked him to switch it. He laughed and said I was wierd. Ya, I know.

 

5. I rarely say "good-bye" on the phone. Not to be rude but just because it seems to final.

 

6. At restaurants, I have to drink out of a straw.

 

7. I have to sleep on the right side of the bed (if facing the bed).

 

I am sure there are many more, but I dont wanna bore you guys!

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I have to have all white hangers in my closet. No wire hangers and no colored hangers. If I get my clothes from the cleaners....I have to switch to white hangers before they get hung up. My clothes all have to face the same way, jeans together, black slacks, t's and so on. Oh and James CAN NOT do laundry!! He purposely put my clothes on the hanger wrong just because he thinks it's funny to watch me re-do everything. And he can't fold towels because they have to be folded a certain way and he just doesn't get it.

In my pantry, all the labels have to face forward and be lined up perfectly and boxes have to face the same way.

Oh my Gosh, me too! On the clothes and the food thing!

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A lot of this comes from my childhood - my Mom was always super freaked out about things because she did a lot of drugs and was paranoid/schizophrenic due to this (she was abused as a child by her grandparents and parents). Like one time I remember it was 4th of July - she had just come home from Hawaii where she took off to when I was about 5. I was at home w/ her and her weird boyfriend who used to eat dog biscuits (?!?). Anyways, she became convinced that people were after her and told me that they were coming for us. Since it was 4th of July there were firecrackers going off everywhere, which she said were gun shots. I remember laying flat as I could in her bed with her all night (there was a window right above it and I was scared that I would get shot if I sat up). When I woke up she was gone. I called my Dad who came and got me and took me to school, and then went looking for her. The police finally found her - she had broken into a church and was talking to the voices around her.
Wow- I can relate to that! My adoptive mother was bi-polar/type II affected with paranoid tendencies. She was in and out of psych wards while I was growing up. She thought someone was trying to break into our house and kill us, so she slept with a 12-gauge shotgun under her bed and kept chairs secured under the doors. She would stay up all night looking out the windows and keeping track of all the vehicles going up and down the street and she'd sleep during the day. When I was 14 and snuck out in the middle of the night, she caught me sneaking back in, but was in such a "state" that she took the gun and shot at me in the middle of the night (missed me and killed my cat). I literally didn't think I would survive past my 18th birthday living in that house....

Jesus, thank God we drugged her ass for the last time when I was 26!!!!

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Hmmm. I guess the thing I'm most proud of is that I couseled survivors after the World Trade Center Disaster (9/11). I work for the New York State Child Abuse Hotline and because I'm a licensed Social Worker, I was recruited to go to New York City to counsel state workers whose office was 2 blocks away from WTC. I didn't think twice and left for NYC the day after I was asked. This was in October 2001. WTC site was still burning and was the most horrific thing I've ever seen. Twisted metal and smoke everywhere. The air was still filled with smoke and debris. I had to wear a mask to help me breathe when I walked through the streets. I stayed there for a week and a half just doing whatever I could for these incredibly brave people who not only survived this tradgedy but who also save abused children day in and day out. I learned a great deal about strength, love, and faith during that time. It was just an incredible experiance that still just makes me want to cry when I think about it.

 

Some less heavy Karen facts:

 

I can't eat anything blue like blueberries...blue food creeps me out.

 

I ran in and completed Rock N Roll 1/2 marathon (13.3 miles) in Virginia Beach

in 2004.

 

I was a Metal head in High School. Teased Hair and all.

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Oh, and I have an ADDICTION to chapstick. 24/7 it has to be on.

 

Oh and one more...the sun hurts my eyes and I have to wear sunglasses outside. Even if it is overcast, I have to wear them. Which will make for a lot of squinting in my wedding pics, I am sure. sad.gif

 

 

Karen, that WTC counseling must have been hard. :hugs:

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