Monday, March 03, 2008

The Meme that will not die!

His Doorkeeper tagged me awhile ago for the 7 Random Things About Me meme. I've done a couple of variations of this which you can read about here. I considered sitting this one out, but I needed something to post today, so here ya go!

1. I cannot peel potatoes without having a full-blown asthma attack. I can eat them. I can even eat potato skins. I just cannot peel them without needing my inahaler. This means that I've had to be really strategic and creative with my meal prep over the years. Thankfully, Sarah has learned how to peel potatoes for me, and she loves helping me in the kitchen!

2. I haven't had a drop of artificially sweetened anything since October 2005.

3. I sometimes drink Dr. Pepper but it has to be ice cold and poured over ice. If it's room temperature, forget it.

4. I cannot go to bed without my kitchen being clean. That means all dishes put away, countertops wiped down, the floor swept, and no clutter in sight. I just don't like starting the next day with things in disarray. I've been married 17.5 years and I can count on two hands the times I've left my kitchen a mess.

5. I don't like bananas. At all. But I will eat banana bread, and I probably make these muffins once a week.

6. I get very, very sick when I'm pregnant. With my last pregnancy, I lost 9 pounds in the first trimester. I coudn't keep anything in my stomach. Not to worry though, I gained that 9 pounds (and then some) back in the second/third trimesters. And I still have some residual Abbey on my hips/thighs.

7. I've visited 24 of the 50 United States.

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Holly said...

The map was fun! I visited 20 states--only 30 left to go before I go. :)

I won't drink my Dr. Pepper cold. In fact lukewarm is my favorite (as long as it hasn't lost its fizz). Aren't we all funny?

I wish I could say I kept my kitchen like you, but alas...I am not so good at keeping it every night. But, I do have a perfectly clean kitchen every time I cook. I don't like to cook in a dirty kitchen. It's the cleaning-after cooking part with which I struggle.

Have a marvelous day, Mer!

Gretchen said...

Clearly, you're due for a visit to see me, Mer. I want to be a red state, too. :)

Loved your weirdness. Funny about the potatoes, isn't it. God sure knit us together in such unique ways.

I am trying to be a "clean kitchen reformer", because I can probably count on my 2 hands the number of times my kitchen has been spotless without any clutter in my 17.5 years of marriage. Last night, DH forgot to run the dishwasher, and i didn't check on it to see if it had been run. grrrrr.

Susan said...

I am not oderly, but am using a program that really pushes you if you do anything, at all make sure you shine your sink before going to bed. If you have a shiny sink then you will clean the rest of the kitchen too. It really makes a difference for me. Now I cannot leave it dirty either.

Love the map idea, I am going to try it out!

Stephanie Kay said...

I have visited 32 states! Some day I hope to leave the Atlanta airport and be able to count Georgia - it doesn't count if you don't leave the airport. = ) It also helps that I live in New England. One drive to AR from here and you can really rack up the States.

I'll take a Dr. Pepper anyway. Room temp. Cold. Ice or no ice. For breakfast or before bed. It is my favorite.

Could you come clean my kitchen? I need serious help. I promise to drive you around and add States to your list. = )

His Doorkeeper said...

I never leave for a trip without my house (including kitchen) being fairly clean and the bed made,etc. I always think (and this is pretty dumb, I know) what if we were killed in an accident and people had to come over to my house and think what a slob I was to leave my house so messy!! Like it would matter what people think at that point??!!

Oh, well, we all have our quirks! har

Jenn said...

Strange thing about the potatoes. Do you think it has anything to do with the dirt on the peel?

Impressive about the artificial sweeter! So when you want a soda you do the real thing? What do you drink throughout the day? Water? I should work on this one!

I am going to make a map. Fun - thanks for the link.

Love reading random things about you. Your lists are always so good!

Elizabeth said...

We have a lot in common. I totally understand the kitchen thing. I can't sleep at night if my kitchen and my living room aren't clean. If they're not, I clean obsessively as soon as I get up in the morning.

I gave up artificially sweetened beverages for over a year but, sadly, I gave in and had a diet coke a few months ago. I need to re-commit to not having any.

Like you, I get very sick in my first trimester. Fortunately this time it only lasted until 14 weeks instead of 17-18. It was still hard, but Zofran made it tolerable.

I need to figure out how many states I've been to- I think it's around 30. It's probably a lot less.

Leah Belle said...

I'm glad to discover your recipe blog...somehow I'd missed it. I hope to peruse it later tonight.

I love the map. I have been in many of the states too, so I think I'll make a map of my own.

His Girl said...

I hope your kitchen illness is contagious. i might be willing to climb 7000 feet to catch that! ;)

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

OH I am SO with you on the clean-kitchen-before-bed thing. It's a staple for my morning sanity and I swear by it.

*carrie* said...

Want to come to Iowa? =)