Tuesday, September 30, 2008


My, my...it's been a long time! Too long. I have things I should be doing rather than blogging, but I'm home alone & I don't feel like doing much other than drink some beer, watch some stuff that's been squatting on our DVR, & pay some attention to my darling blog.

Let's get something straight - I don't do tags. I'm just not good at following orders when I'm not on the clock, & I like to write what I want to write when I want to write it. Or at least when I can write it...by now, we all know that there's a big difference between wanting to do something & actually being able to do it.

However, this time is different! My good pal Lucy tagged me the other day for the second time (I think), & I just can't refuse her. You see, every single weekday morning, I can count on going to her page & seeing something new...& it always makes me smile if not laugh outright. I'm usually sitting at work - desperately wishing I didn't have to be there - when I read her very clever & informative posts, & I look forward to it every time. Yes, even when it's about tomatoes.

So here goes - 7 random things about me:

1. I have a real problem sitting with my back to the door of a restaurant, bar, or even a cubicle (I'm not important enough to have an actual office, but I'm sure it'd be the same way if I had one). What can I say? I'm 1/2 Italian & my friend Thom shares my belief that it's simply in my blood. There's no other explanation for it - I really don't think that someone is going to come up & shoot me. But hey, in case someone does, it's good to be prepared - I'd like to at least give the bastard a dirty look.

2. Speaking of being Italian...for those of you that don't know, I'm adopted. Nope, I don't know who my natural parents are, nor do I really care to. Not because I have any resentment, it just doesn't interest me (other than for medical records, which I may deal with someday). I mean, really - if I were to meet them, what would I say - "Hi, how are you? So...what have you been up to for the last 39 years?" I don't think so. The only things I know are that my parents were very young, & that along with being Italian, I'm also 1/4 Syrian & 1/4 Greek. Heh...good thing I learned to control my temper. Anyway, while being adopted certainly has created a few issues, it really hasn't been that big of a deal. Doug happens to love it - he's comforted in the knowledge that I won't be like either of my parents. Yup, he'll take a total crapshoot over that mess.

3. If I'm talking to someone with poorly groomed eyebrows, I have a hard time concentrating on the conversation. Sadly, it happens a lot. I just don't get it...some are waaay too thin (I once worked with someone who had plucked her eyebrows so that they were only 2 hairs thick!), some are completely untouched & practically growing into their hairline, & then there are those that copy what their mother has always done...nothing like a 30-something woman with, uh, retro eyebrows.

4. I only daydream when I'm in motion. I can't seem to do it otherwise. Seriously, I get bored & need to do something if I'm I'm just hanging around. I know, weird.

5. Careerwise, I'm one of the least ambitious people that I know. I have a decent enough job, too bad I don't like it that much. It's a living, at least for now, & I have my reasons for staying. It's definitely not my "calling", & if I even have one of those, I really don't think that it has a thing to do with work. Aside from my job, my life rocks, so if I'm only meant to be Doug's wife, mom to our dogs, & the chick that drinks wine & blogs once in a while, then so be it!

6. Doug & I have only been "into" wine for about 4 or 5 years. Some people think we've been big fans our whole lives, but no, it's just over a short amount of time. How have we learned so much? We just go to a ton of tastings...& we PAY ATTENTION & we try everything that's offered. Well, except for White Zin - there's just no point in that! Anyway, that's how we've learned so much. In comparison to some people we know, we don't know diddley, but that's ok. There's always going to be something we can learn about wine, & the education is always fun.

7. I love socks. Yeah, flip-flops are great in the summer, & I wear them a lot, but I'm happiest in socks. Particularly this one black pair....they're made of bamboo, they haven't faded at all, & they're the softest trouser socks ever. Even as I dread having to leave home to go to work, I have a moment of comfort - almost bliss - when I put those socks on my feet.

There, 7 random things. Again, I don't do tags, so play along only if you choose to. Oh, I could go on with more randomness, but Doug just got home, so I won't. The poor guy's been at work since about 6 a.m., & he just told me that after tonight, he won't be home until sometime Friday . Yes...you read that correctly...until sometime Friday!! That blows. The only thing good about it is that it's all overtime pay, but even so, we're not sure it's worth it. He's going to be so tired, & so busy that he won't get much time, if any to rest, but at least it'll all be over soon. I feel really bad for him.

Now, if I could just convince the dogs that my way is as good as Doug's, I just might make it through this week.


LucyinStLou said...

You are SO sweet! Thank you!! And thanks for playing along with the tag. You know, after watching the Godfather 2, I have a hard time sitting with my back to the door also.

sarah said...

Hey, my unsophisticated palatte enjoys white zin. But I'm not fuckin' drinking merlot.

Well, I hope you guys get rested for Friday cuz it's going to be a blast!!! I seriously do hope you guys get to recuperate after all is said and done. I know the debate has been really hard on both of you and you definitely deserve some R&R!!!

Claire said...

Lucy - I wouldn't go that far, calling me "sweet", but you're welcome. I guess we're going to have to make the boys sit on the other side of us when we go to dinner!

Sarah - oh yes, you WILL drink fuckin' Merlot! We'll be fine for Friday night..Red Bull can work miracles. And recup? We'll get that in December, but at least our schedule won't be quite so hectic.

Tracey said...

Claire! Hope you guys get a nice long vacation after this month. It sounds like you deserve it.

LucyinStLou said...

Oh that's funny! "Hey guys can you just keep your back to the door for us." Hmm, Mr. Luce might wonder since we've recently talked about increasing his life insurance policy. Actually I CAN sit with my back to the door, but whenever I get seated that way, I always think "wow, I hope no one comes in and opens fire."

Thom said...

1 - Don't fight it
2 - I prayed for that as a child... I think I might be related to your family.
3 - Totally with you on that one - even worse on older men
4 - I only daydream when I'm awake
5 - Never underestimate the virtue of being unambitious
6 - Just say no to White Zin!
7 - I used to enjoy socks more when I didn't live in the jungle. Enjoy them!

Rhonda said...

This comment isn't about your post-- I just wanted to email you but I don't have your addy. I hope you still have mine- I have something to discus!

Mo said...

Funny - love the random facts. I can relate to being adopted and lack of ambition in career. I have a good job, but my heart is in reading about and drinking wine, and playing with my lovable pooch.