10 things I’ve done I wouldn’t want to repeat…ever!

I loved this meme over at Obi-Mom Kenobi’s blog a couple of weeks back, and I’ve been meaning to get around to posting it.  In the craziness of this week, a meme is about all I can hardly “eke out”, so hear goes…

1. Extreme pettiness. The year was 1982.  Middle school.  State cheerleading finals.  (Yes, and no, I do not still fit in the outfit, much to hubby’s dismay)  It was our squad against theirs.  We needed something to nudge us over the edge.  So I snuck in their rooms and poured grape kool-aid into the other team’s shampoo bottles.  They won anyway…Barney-colored hair and all.

2. Extreme learning curve.  I’m pretty sure I was meant to live in NYC, or one of those great cities where public transportation is the norm.  I failed drivers ed.  And I had two accidents before I was 17 – – one of which totaled my car.  Plus, I’m night blind.  Me and learning to drive?  Not the best combo.

3. Extreme pain.  If you have never given birth, please stop reading now, because I’m about to scare the bejesus out of you.  Having a C-Section with Uber was the single-most awful experience of my life.  I had a 32-hour labor with H-T.  WAY preferable to that stupid c-section.  I do NOT like surgery, and will avoid it at ALL costs.

4. Extreme stupidity. My best friend growing up had beautiful, flawless, olive-tone skin.  When your complexion proves that your ancestry is obviously from somewhere north of the north pole, you should never befriend a girl with beautiful olive-tone skin.  Because she will tell you that Wesson oil makes the best tanning oil.  And you will believe her.  Because you are 15.  And she is a goddess.  And then you will have to be taken to the hospital for second degree burns.  And then you will spend most of your 30’s checking every mole for signs of growth or discoloration.  Not good.

5. Extreme danger.  My hubby loves to explore the unknown.  We have always taken the road or path less traveled.  So, it wasn’t unusual for us and our 2 and 4 year olds to be heading out hiking the mountainous treks on a weekend.  What was askew was my hubby taking off ahead of us, and leaving me to navigate a three foot wide track of land with a sheer cliff below. By myself.  With a 2 and 4 year old.  Closest I’ve ever come to death.  AND divorce.  In the same day.

6. Extremely low self esteem.  I was a child of divorce. And that meant that my dad wasn’t around much.  So of course, I followed every textbook prediction and looked for affirmation from boys in my teens.  Which led me to “go steady” with a really atrocious string of young men.  Not a winner in the lot.  Thank God I graduated high school and somehow broke the cycle.  My first post-high-school beau was R-T.  The epitome of the perfect guy.  I got very, very lucky.

7. Extreme grudges.  My dad’s and my relationship was rocky throughout my 20’s.  He was always struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, and I was always struggling with expecting him to just be “my dad.”  So we had a bad falling out after a particularly frustrating episode on his part and a particularly stressful episode on mine, and stopped speaking.  A few months later my dad took his life.  I never got to tell him how much I love him.  I ALWAYS forgive now.  ALWAYS.

8. Extreme isolation. The early years of homeschooling were quite a learning curve.  Hubby was working a LOT.  I was home a LOT.  I was dealing with one kiddo with a neurological disorder, and one with more energy than a nuclear plant.  I never asked for help, or sought out support.  I just delved deeper and deeper into a slow depression.  Finally, I realized I needed a part-time job.  Presto-change-o.  Happy Topsy again.

9. Extreme naiveté.  We were young.  We were starry-eyed.  We were broke.  So we bought an 85-year-old fixer upper.  10 years later, we are still fixing.  Constantly.  And with no sign of relief in the near future.  We were idiots.

10. Extreme belatedness.  I should have started this blog years ago.  I missed out.  On having somewhere to spill my secrets.  On finding the “funny” in everything.  On meeting you great people.  This blog has been a blessing in so many, many ways.  Thanks for sharing it with me, everyone.

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14 Responses

  1. Love, love, love your extreme answers. Great take on it.

  2. Wow. Love love your answers. What a challenge. Here goes…

    1. Don’t marry a crazy women? While she was funny in my 20s (when we met), painful in my 30s (when we were together), and untenable once there are kids and I realize that crazy is crazy is crazy and there’s nothing I can do about it?

    2. Being entrepreneurial, I spent way too many years trying to conform to other people’s companies. It was stressful for me. I should have started T4L years ago.

    3. Get in industries I love. I was always fascinated by education and technology and children but it took me until my late 40s to pull it all together. Video games was a good step along the way but semiconductor technology was not.

    thats enough

  3. It’s funny and horrible all wrapped up in one.

  4. Wow! You’ve led an extreme life, LOL. But no regrets, right? That’s what makes us who we are today . . . PERFECT!! 😉

  5. The cliff thing. Oh my!

  6. For the record, I apologized profusely for the whole cliff incident, especially after she said, “I have been screaming for you for thirty minutes! If you ever do that agian I will divorce you.” The look on her face said she was quite serious. I only meant to be gone for a minute or so, but sometimes when I am exploring in nature I truly lose track of time and become overwhelmed by the beautiy of it all. My dear wife Topsy made sure to bring me back to reality.

  7. Great post!

    I laughed so hard at #5, sympathized at #6 (I dated some pretty big losers, too), and cried at #7.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us 🙂

  8. Really enjoyed reading your post. You’re such a good writer! 🙂

  9. Obi-Mom – – thanks for sharing the meme. It couldn’t have come at a better time!

    John – – thanks for sharing! It’s always good to know you aren’t alone in your “what-in-the-hell-was-I-thinking”-ness!

    Holly – – you just wrapped up my life, I think!

    Mom1 – – well, I have to admit, the kool-aid thing was simply uncalled for! 😉

    Lisa – – see Hubby’s attempt at humility in the next comment! 😉

    R-T – – never been more serious in my life. And I think you know it, because you have never made that mistake again! 😉

    SAT – – Couldn’t have picked a better group to share with!

    Karen – – thanks a bunch!!

  10. Like, oh-my-gawd! I was a cheerleader in middle school (’86 – ’87), too! We weren’t allowed to keep our uniforms (good thing, as it would just be too depressing to know I could only get that skirt over one butt cheek now 😉 And right there with ya on the c-section thing. And while you may wish that you started the blog sooner, I’m just glad that you *did* start it! I always love reading about your life! 😀

    This was a great meme. I may have to try it.

  11. OH I can so identify on # 8. This summer was ME breaking out of it. I’m doing ok with it…but I am shy:)

    I really liked reading all of it though! Very insightful!I will try and do one tomorrow!

  12. LOVE it! Great insights. I can relate on so many of them

    1. The cheerleader thing (oy vey)—although I never did the koolaid thing. LOL

    2. Some day I’ll tell you about all my car accidents.

    3. 3 drug free childbirths (Can’t relate on the c-section….but there was still pain. Thank goodness it was over when the baby was out though).

    4. I actually used Crisco….and my friend was Bridget.

    5. Someday you’ll have to ask me WHY I like my feet firmly planted on the ground, and WHY I appear to be afraid of so many things. LOL Lets just say I have too many stories……..

    6. You and I could be soul sisters on this one. Met my true love right out of high school too…and boy was *I* lucky!

    7. Although I can not imagine your pain and loss on this one, or the feelings that must linger with it…..I am one to never hold grudges and I do try to always forgive.

    8. I may need to take your advice on this one as I seem to be heading down the isolation opath myself right now.

    9. Been there, done that on the house. Still holding a second mortgage on it (in FL) as I cant seem to sell it.

    10.This one I’ll give to you. I am so glad I have been fortunatre enough to meet ya and I am enjoying your blog immensly.

    Love ya, Kerry! Thanks for the funny blog. Hope I made you smile back. 🙂

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