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Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

Making the list about me the other day was fun but also more difficult than I thought it would be.  I haven’t done too many extraordinary things.  I consider my family the most important thing to me, so they are my focus.  But I think I maintain a balance by taking care of myself as well because if I didn’t, I couldn’t be there for them.  I started grasping for ideas towards the end of my list, but last night (while sweating in bed) I thought of a better #38:  My middle name is Rose, and I was born and raised in the South, hence the name Southern Rose.

In regards to the sweating, as for many across the US, spring/summer finally sprung this past week.  I am so excited – shorts and flip flop weather is finally here!  On the downside, when we went to turn the a/c on for the first time this year, it didn’t blow out any cold air.  We opened up windows and got a good breeze flowing through the house, so it wasn’t as bad as not having heat in the winter.  (That happened to us in January – well, to my husband and the kids.  I was out of town when it happened.)  At one point, I found an excuse to go to the grocery store just so I could sit in the air-conditioned car for a few minutes.  Hopefully, the repairman will be here soon.  Until then, I guess I’ll go enjoy a glass of homemade lemonade on the porch while I rock in my favorite chair and my servants fan me … oops, back to reality; must be the heat.

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Thirty-9 Things About Me

1. I have 2 parents whom I know love me very much.

2. I have 2 younger sisters that I adore.

3. I have a wonderful husband who will do anything to make me happy.

4. I have 3 beautiful children that I would do anything in the universe for.

5. I am 1/4 Czech, 1/4 French, and 1/2 English (with a touch of Scottish).

6. I got to visit all of the places my ancestors are from when we lived in France 2 years ago.

7. Paris was a trés chic place to live for 18 months, but I confirmed my belief that I am not a big city girl.

8. I started this blog last year so that our family and friends who don’t live nearby can keep up with us a little better; I wish I had started it years ago, especially when we lived overseas (I’m so glad I have those old e-mails to reminisce – I’m going to post about Guam next).

9. I loved living in Guam.

10. I wanted to be a teacher when I was a little girl, and I got the opportunity to teach while stationed overseas at DoDEA (military base) schools in Japan and Guam.

11. As much as I liked teaching, I know I am better in an office setting.

12. The Army tried to recruit me 20 years ago while I was in college; I took the ASVAB (not knowing what it was), and the recruiters wanted to send me to DLI (Defense Language Institute) in Monterey, CA after my scores came back.

13. I attended DLI 4 years ago with my husband and am now fluent in French.

14. I took Spanish in high school and have been trying to re-learn it over the past couple of years – I’m finding it’s hard to do on my own.

15. I have permanently changed addresses 17 times; 3 times were outside the US (#18 comes in 9 weeks).

16. I have visited 49 of the 50 States; Alaska is my last one.

17. I tear up every time I hear the National Anthem.

18. I would love to parachute from an airplane one day.

19. I love to play games – board games, cards, word puzzles – just about anything.

20. I am a rule-stickler; I will pull out the rules sheet in the middle of any game if there is any question about whether the game is being played correctly.

21. I love playing games on the Wii with my family.

22. I want to attempt a 1/2 marathon race one day (and maybe a marathon, but we’ll see after the 1/2)…that is if my knee will cooperate. 

23. I think my husband and I would make a great team on The Amazing Race.

24. My sisters and I had a 17 hands high Appaloosa named Sgt. Tommy when we were kids.

25. I became a certified SCUBA diver when I was in high school.

26. I don’t like coffee or tea; as good as some of them smell, they taste like (flavored) dirt to me.

27. I have watched people hurl in Ireland (it’s a sport).

28. I am a chocoholic, and I hide chocolate around my house so that my kids won’t eat it all. 

29. I went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans when I was pregnant with my first child; not a good idea.

30. I went to Mardi Gras in Venice, Italy with a friend and our kids a couple of years ago; it was awesome.

31. My husband and I are in the process of designing our dream house and hope to start building it before the end of this year (address change #19).

32. Did I mention that I like love chocolate?

33. I love sitting on the beach at sunrise or sunset and listening to the waves roll back and forth.

34. I have never smoked a cigarette.

35. I enjoy watching sports – especially anything my kids are playing.

36. I hate cold weather.

37. I have a goal to be in better shape and lose a few pounds before we move in 9 weeks; my youngest son gave me 6 candy bars for my birthday this morning, and I just found a cake and ice cream in the freezer.  Big workout tomorrow!

38. My middle name is Rose, and I was born and raised in the South, hence the name Southern Rose.

39. I start my 40th year of life today.

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