It’s time for Old School Blogging again! This month, I’ve hooked up with Alison from Writing, Wishing, who is co-hosting with Elaine from the Miss Elaine-ous Life to do yet another list of Get To Know Your Favorite Blogger. Or, if you’ve stumbled here by accident, get to know me. Hey! Nice to meet you!
Okay, here we go. I’m an open book.
Five Things I Have A Passion For
Advocacy. Although this may be a joke to those who know my life (because I don’t advocate for anyone in a formal setting), I feel that being a voice for those who have none (or a limited one) is important. Children, battered women, elderly, mentally ill – these groups of people are often overlooked or given the leftovers of what our society has to offer. And it isn’t right.
Organization. OMG, someone put those loose pictures in an album, STAT! And did you notice that my Five Things are in alphabetical order? Sorry to all the disorganized people out there who can't ever find the other sock or bin of summer clothes from last year. I can. But organization can kind of consume me which is its own problem. Wouldn't you rather be okay with not caring that there are still dishes in the sink from last night? Because right now there's a popcorn bowl in ours and it's kind of making me twitch a little.
Parenting. You know, like how to tweak it daily so that by the time your kids are eighteen and out of the house, they don’t completely hate you and you are all are alive and in one piece. This passion began the first night we brought our son home from the hospital and I cried because I had no idea what I was doing, continued throughout potty training and eating and sleeping issues, and is in full force today as we tackle navigating sex, social media and how much time is too much time on Playstation?
Relationships. I have always loved understanding others’ hearts and minds, and finding out what drives them. To be frank, I am the quiet, solitary friend – the one that disappears for a while. I have a high tolerance for being without company. But when my threshold for alone time is reached, I yearn for interpersonal connections and have been known to send out texts like “GIRLS’ NIGHT! NOW!”
Writing. I get a little squirrelly when I don’t have time to write. If I get too busy with life, I compensate for not being able to sit down and write by making lists and filling books of Post-Its with instructions for myself and others. It’s not quite the same, but on the upside, I never get disorganized.
Five Things I Would Like To Do Before I Die
Write and publish a book, sell a painting, ride in a hot-air balloon, make a short movie, and shred all the papers that are sitting in that big box over there. In all likelihood, that last one might be the one that doesn't get done.
Five Things I Say A Lot
How are you?
What are you doing?
Omigosh the things I say a lot are so boring and/or annoying.
Five Books And/Or Magazines I Have Read Lately
This is such a joke, because I have been reading Les Misérables on my Kindle for months. Like, six months. I am not kidding. I am 84% of the way through and the day I finish this book, I am throwing a party. It is toying with my slight OCD tendencies and purposely making me crazy. I am Une Misérable from reading this book. Even through this unending torture (who out there is responsible for failing to warn me that Victor Hugo takes forty pages to describe a garden, or a fence post?), the other four things I’ve read recently are the May and June issues of Marie Claire and Vogue magazines. July’s issues are still waiting.
Seriously. Eighty-four percent after six months.
Five Favorite Movies
Lost in Translation. Who doesn’t want to have a chaste love affair with Bill Murray for a week in a foreign place? Okay, only me then.
Mary Poppins. This has become one of those movies that makes me tear up when the music starts playing – from sheer nostalgia. I watched this on a loop as a kid. How I wanted to live in that grand house in England – and jump through sidewalk pictures into another world.
Moulin Rouge! The part where Ewan McGregor smiles as he sings “Your Song" is really the most important moment in the history of cinema. That’s all.
Schindler’s List. This movie mesmerized me when it came out. It still does – I cry the whole way through it, every time.
Terms of Endearment. Mom and daughter love each other through yelling. Total tear-jerker. Why, oh why do I love movies that make me sob uncontrollably?
Five Places I Would Love To Travel To
The Amalfi Coast. Hawaii. India. Northern California. Rio de Janeiro. I’m kind of pedestrian in the places I want to see. I tend to go where I know, and I’ve traveled a little but always to the same places. I picked India because I’m thinking India of the British Colonial days - I’m a little Hollywood-eyed that way.
Five People I Have Invited To Do This Meme
None. I’m not sure that anyone would respond, but I’d love for five of the people who read this post to do it, and if you do, please tell me and I will read all about you! And then I will be your best friend forever. Which basically means that I will never call you but will quietly yearn for your companionship. And then send you a mildly bossy text to meet me for margaritas on a Tuesday night.