Yes, once again it is time for ICLW. I took a few months away from ICLW during the holidays, but I'm back. You can read a little more of our story here.
Today I will tell you some new things about myself. (This gets harder after more months of doing it...)
1) I am into audiobooks lately. Weird, because I don't have a commute. I get the CDs from the library, copy them onto my computer, put them on my iPod and listen to them at night. I've been trying to catch up on some old classics that I have never read before. Currently, Don Quixote. So far, I'm finding it to be hilarious, which surprises me. I always thought that since people read it in high school, it would be dry and boring. It's really not.
2) While I was growing up, my mom always watched All My Children. Almost every day, I think. So it's not surprising that I watched it too. I always loved watching with my mom. It was stupid and silly and we laughed at the ridiculousness every day. In 2005, as my mom started to get really sick, she stopped watching. I was working full-time and it changed from something I could do with my mom into something that reminded me every day that I was no longer watching with her. I stopped watching, and I didn't really miss it. Suddenly, around Thanksgiving, after almost 6 years, I started to watch again. I'm relearning all the characters and story lines. And after 6 years, it doesn't have that feeling of missing my mom that I had in 2005. It's now just something I like.
3) I used to be the pickiest eater ever. The first semester of college, I ate Golden Grahams, pizza, PB&J, and English muffins. And dessert. Always dessert. Oh, sometimes turkey sandwiches, but not always. Some of my most hated foods were potatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti, meat, soup, most vegetables and anything spicy.
Fast forward 15 years, and I'm kind of a foodie. I'd still eat Golden Grahams, pizza, PB&J and all that, but I now include potatoes, tomato sauce, meat, most vegetables and everything spicy. I'm still not crazy about spaghetti. I eat just about every other type of pasta out there, but spaghetti feels weird to me. It's just not my favorite. And beets and broccoli. They're definitely on my "will not eat" list. I do believe I've gotten over my pickiness.
4) Despite the fact that our wait feels interminable, (also despite the fact that the wait has just begun...) I am fighting an internal war between admitting that this adoption actually may happen and trying to protect myself by not acknowledging anything that makes it too real. I have a secret obsession with reading about baby stuff, shopping for baby stuff, and learning all I can before I become responsible for someone's life. I want to be good at it before I even try! So I'm studying and reading and learning and researching online. But then it becomes too real and I don't actually ever buy anything. I want to know all about stuff, but I don't want to have it in my house. If that makes sense. I suppose as long as I know what I want, when it's time, I can go to the store with a list and get it all at once.
5) Things that I love that I don't have nearly often enough - sushi, manicures, baking days, trips to the movie theater, new clothes, and days with temperatures in the 70s. Wow, that makes me sound like a Real Housewife or something. I'm totally not. Though who doesn't love sushi and manicures? And weather in the 70s. Oh man. It snowed again here last night. What wouldn't I give for 70s and flowers?
What are you into these days?
Oh yeah, the banana cupcake with nutella frosting. Just because I like to share. I'm quite pleased.