Friday, April 25, 2014

Ten random things


Inspired by Annie

I love to do the laundry. Clean, fresh laundry makes me very happy, and I like all of the associated tasks: sorting, folding, putting it away. Even buying laundry detergent or dryer sheets gives me a little thrill.

I almost bought an issue of Mollie Makes this morning; picked it up and thumbed through it and everything. But I can't make myself buy an $8 magazine, even if it does come with a craft kit and even if I do recognize several people in it from stalking perusing crafty blogs all the livelong day.

I once had a job in a gas station, where they sold that cheap fake "cappuccino" from a machine. They told me I could have any drink I wanted for free while I worked, and I went straight for the cappuccino because it seemed so fancy. I drank cup after cup, and by the end of my first shift, my hands were shaking so much I couldn't operate the cash register. I drank Sprite after that.

I can't play any musical instruments. I never really wanted to, which raises a lot of eyebrows for some reason. It just never appealed to me. But I do like to sing. I can even belt it out occasionally.

If I had to pick a pet peeve, it's gainsaying, especially as it pertains to negative experiences. Really, if you have to always be the one who has been through the very worst life has to offer, then you win. You've got it worst of all. Congratulations, you miserable creature.

I'm currently obsessed with Law & Order, ever since I discovered it had been added to the streaming content on Netflix. I watch an episode or two most nights. Detective Sergeant Max Greevey is my secret boyfriend.

Before I joined the blogging world and started winning giveaways, I'd won exactly two games of chance in my whole life: a radio call-in competition where I won a pair of tickets to see the Quad City DJ's perform off-season at a ski resort (they are famous for this terrible song), and a raffle held by the Students for Environmental Awareness club in my high school, where I won a basket containing shampoo, conditioner and a bar of soap.

I have, however, won every spelling bee I have ever participated in, so there.

I've never lived with a cat. I've hardly even touched a cat. I have nothing against cats, I just haven't had much contact with them. I like to watch them, though.

I'm looking at my refrigerator right now, and I see, on top: a basket holding a bag of potato chips and a bag of pretzel sticks, a set of garden nippers, a potato ricer. On the side facing me: a calendar, free by mail from Betty Crocker, the April page featuring "mini rainbow whoopie pies"; two different digital timers; a photo of a relative and his wife and dog; two medical appointment reminder notes for my son; a coupon for $5 off toilet paper at Target; a coupon for $1 off a sandwich at a sub shop I don't like; a grocery-list notepad I forgot I had; a magnet which looks like a Band-Aid, with the phone number for our preferred Urgent Care facility; a magnet which looks like a space shuttle designed by my husband's employer sometime in the 1990's; a lanyard held by a magnetic clip. And that's just the top and one side.

42 comments:

  1. Brilliant random things, and well done on those spelling bee victories. I have always been able to tell that you are good at all things English/writing/reading related. I like putting things in the washing machine as well. I was just thinking last night that it's like a little miracle that you can put in a stinky football sock, press a button, and 45 minutes later there it is, fresh as a daisy. Love it. I know what you mean about expensive magazines. There are some lovely craft magazines out here at the moment, but they are really pricey. I'm glad your luck has taken a turn for the better now that you're a blogger. And I'm glad that you're a blogger, I do so love to read your posts. I hope you guys have a really good weekend Jennifer. CJ xx

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  2. Great random facts. Sadly have to agree with the joy of laundry and the random collections in the kitchen.

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  3. Hi there, just catching up! It is funny to read of the random things on your fridge, we all seem to have them or in the vicinity don't we! I hope that all is well with you, I liked your colour collaborative post on the Easter eggs! Lovely to read about your egg traditions. Hope that you have a good weekend. xx

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  4. Love your random things. Oh I hate doing laundry . As a young child my mother believed children must learn to iron I was six when I given my fathers handerchief to iron but I managed to place the iron on my hand instead. I still have the scar. From that day onwards I had to sort the laundry into the piles and iron everyone's clothes. Every week I had to iron 20 shirts\blouses for the family for work or school .My mother insisted I iron knickers bras, all the tablecloths, bed linen that had valances my goodness I hated it all. I finally gave up ironing everyone's clothes about five years ago .Every one does their own and now I am a very happy bunny.
    .I loved your piece for the colour collaborative so interesting to read about others traditions.
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend

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  5. I like putting the laundry in the machine, hanging it out to dry, folding it and putting it away, but I HATE ironing with a vengeance Im afraid!

    Helenxx

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  6. I really enjoyed reading about your random things, Jennifer, and I love your pic - its so bright, colourful and cheery! Thank you, and happy weekend to you and yours! Joy xo

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  7. Ha! Worth reading just for the phrase "mini rainbow whoopie pies". The mind boggles.... :)

    Such a fun post. I wish I liked doing laundry! Would love to have a spell-off with you sometime. And I'm with you on Mollie Makes (and most other mags). It's an awful lot of money to blow on something that will probably end up in a pile somewhere.

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  8. It's like reading the best and the worst of you! I like doing laundry too ... and ironing (the smell of cotton under a steam iron is the best). What's a whoopie pie?! After reading Annie's ten things and now yours, it's tempting me to do one too. Wendy x

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  9. What a fun post! I love clean laundry too, but I really dislike folding it and making beds. :)
    I've heard of that magazine, but I've never seen it. I'd have a hard time spending $8 too.
    I have a stainless steel frig so I had to get rid of most of my magnets...

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  10. I feel the same about clean sheets, I especially love seeing clean washing hanging out in the sunshine. Great list of randomness xo

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  11. Great post, J, and I am having quite the chuckle about the top of the refrigerator. We have such random piles all over the house, and I am laughing because I have a free coffee voucher lying on the bench, for a coffee shop we don't like, and HB refuses to go in and use it! I like laundry associated tasks too, washing, ironing, sorting, putting away. Beats cleaning any day in my book.

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  12. Now that's an honest post. But I'm not surprised, as you always tell it like it is. Gosh we had a gorgeous sunset over the Pacific this evening. I'll post a shot tomorrow or the next day. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Refreshing post. I love the smell of clean laundry particularly bedding. I have no problem sorting it into piles or shooving it into the washing machine but I HATE with a vengeance doing the ironing. You are very welcome to come over and do mine anytime you like. Ha! Ha!

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  14. Hi! I too love the fresh smell of laundry! And I love your blog too! I`m Debbie by the way. :)<3

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  15. Hello:

    Such a very eclectic mix!! We too very much identify with what you say about those people for whom the very worst that life has to offer has always, without fail, come their way and/or been their direct experience. So very tedious to hear about it and one really is left thinking, Get a life!! But perhaps this is a little uncharitable!

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  16. I hate doing the laundry, the only thing I like about it is the gorgeous fresh smell when it's been line dried. Well done on your spelling, I remember being good at spelling when I was at school but I think I've got worse at it as I've got older.

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  17. I like you random things Jennifer, i love doing aundry too and the pegging out but I hate the folding and the putting away as for the ironing I will only do it if I absolutely have to. I agree with you about the magazines, does anyone ever actually make anything out of them. I buy them when it's 3 copies for a £1. I envy anyone who can spell I am a terrible speller and it's getting worse, thank goodness for spell checkers. Enjoy your weekend. :)

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  18. Hey Jennifer,
    This has made me chuckle. Laundry I love. Ironing I hate. I do it. But I hate it. I have stopped buying magazines. They are all full of the same stuff, and you can see it all online for free anyway. And get you spelling bee queen!! My son is the ace speller in this house. The other day I had to stop and think about how to spell the word parrot. It may be an age thing.
    Have a lovely weekend! I haven't commented on your lovely Colour Collective post. Those posts are a monthly blog highlight. I love them all. But I am all behind with my commenting this week. Suffice to say I loved your post. What a lovely tradition you are carrying on with your little ones. I adore your writing Jennifer. Really. You and CJ and Annie and Gillian. Such talented writers. Right stopping the gushing now ;)
    Leanne xx

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  19. I loved seeing this over at Knitsofacto and decided to do the same so am currently compiling my list!
    I'm with you on the laundry and the gainsaying... and definitely the caffeine! Just one strong cup of coffee and I'm a trembling mess.
    Oh, and cats are nice. If one comes up to you in the street stroke it and it will be your friend :)
    Sarah x

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  20. Hi Jennifer,I loved your random ten things. Might try one myself. I keep coupons for random things too, but only until they go out of date! Jo x

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  21. Annie's list got me thinking too, and I love yours.

    I like sorting the washing - I empty the basket out onto the floor and make careful, accurate piles of white, coloured and dark clothes - but the love ends there. I loathe pegging out small things like socks and think this is surely what tumble dryers are for. x

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  22. I laughed out loud at so many of your items. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  23. I wish you would come here and do my laundry Jennifer, I do dislike it very much!! I don't mind putting it in the machine, or tumble drying it, but putting it away - agggh. I often leave all of the clothes in the tumble dryer and then get annoyed with myself when i come to fill it with wet clothes, only to realise it's already full! There is a great satisfaction though when I do (occasionally) have all the laundry put away in the correct place! :) Those magazines are so tempting, but I know what you mean, the price tag is ridiculous. I don't buy any magazines anymore, I am lucky to get a couple of good ones free from work. And your refrigerator sounds like mine! There's loads of random things on top including suntan lotion and hair brushes, and it's where we put all of the important letters etc that need to be actioned. :)

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  24. Oh, I did enjoy this, Jennifer! Such a wonderfully random ten things, which still told me a lot about you. :-) I'm another who enjoys doing laundry, especially bringing it in after it's blown dry in the wind and sniffing that outdoors scent it always has. Incidentally your fridge sides sound even more cluttered than mine. ;-)

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  25. I'm impressed by your spelling bee abilities... I don't know what I did before spell check!!! Jx

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  26. Great facts! I read Annie's post and thought it would be a good one to do but I havent had time to come up with my list of ten yet! Happy weekend Jennifer.

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  27. Mollie's is $11.99 here in Canada!

    You can have Max, Mikey Logan is mine! I'd even be willing to share Stabler from L&O: SVU.

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  28. This post gave me a big smile, Jennifer, all these random facts somehow make me feel I know you better, even though they're just little tidbits! Chrissie x

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  29. I love your random facts Jennifer. The only part I like about laundry is putting fresh outdoor dried sheets on the bed. My son once drunk several lattes from the cooler section in the local shop. He thought they were milkshakes (bought naughtily with his pocket money and without my knowledge or approval). He was shaking like a leaf in the wind and couldn't sleep for hours. I rarely buy magazines now, the blogging world is full of great ideas and inspirations. Enjoy your weekend. Cx

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  30. Ha! So funny! Some of your points I heartily disagree on - laundry! Yuck! And some I agree completely - $8 for a magazine? No way! But they were all fun to read and truly "random!"

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  31. Hi Jennifer,

    Lovely to hear your ten random things - I am like you love to do laundry and some people think I am strange but - I like to iron the clothes too when I am watching TV some evenings.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  32. I enjoyed your randome facts! I am not such a big fan of laundry...even though there are only 3 of us, it seems never ending although I do love pegging it out! I had never heard of a spelling bee - had to look it up! I agree about Mollie Maked, it is £4.99 here and I just don't think it's worth the money at all. Hope you are having a great weekend.
    Marianne x

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  33. Love that tablecloth....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  34. I loved all your randoms Jennifer! I especially liked the gainsaying one! -I also have a pet peeve about that. Great post! :)

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  35. There's something about a bit of randomness that we can all relate to, especially the stuff on top of the fridge! Loved this post Jennifer very refreshing,
    Patricia x

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  36. Great random facts, Jennifer! I also love sorting laundry and buying laundry detergent... crazy! Your tablecloth is absolutely gorgeous.

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  37. I wish I had the same love for the laundry you have... :-) But I do love your random facts.

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  38. Fun! Thanks for the confessions, Jennifer :)

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  39. Jennifer, I have no idea how I missed this! I've been reading and not commenting a bit lately as I am just so short of time at the moment, but I didn't even see this post. Well done on the spelling bees! Sounds to me like you'd win a 'how much can you fit on a fridge?' competition too ;) I'm with you on the gainsaying. And that would have been me with the shaky hands too ... when you're cappuccino just sounds so sophisticated doesn't it.

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    1. Oops, of course that should say, when you're young cappuccino etc. (dare I admit I had to spell check cappuccino then!)

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