Thirteen “E” Words that Describe my Life
Scrolling through my life, one letter at a time.
1. Earring – I don’t wear jewelery, unless I’m dressing up to go somewhere, but never day-to-day. In fact, I rarely even wear my wedding ring, much to my husband’s chagrin (he likes to say, when I do wear it, “Ah. I see you’re married today”). Jewelery bugs me. It gets in my way; I lose patience with it.
The biggest reason I don’t wear my wedding ring is because when I worked in the cash office at Wal-Mart, I caught it on something one night and just yanked the crap out of it. I totally freaked out, afraid the diamond had popped out and ever since then, I haven’t wanted to wear it for fear of losing one of the most important things to me.
(NOT the ring itself, but what it symbolizes, in case you think I’m THAT materialistic).
2. Earthworm – I am not a creature person. Ya’ll know I’m not an animal person, and when it comes to creepy-crawly things, I’m even worse. I never give a second thought to squashing a bug or smashing a spider – if I find them in the house.
You’re on my turf, man. Be gone bug.
3. Eavesdrop – I have a bad habit of listening in on people’s conversations. Kevin and I will go out to lunch and suddenly, I’ll stop talking and stare at my food. Kevin knows exactly what I’m doing and teases me about it.
I can’t help it, I LOVE to people watch. I LOVE to listen to people talk. And I love to either try and figure out the story behind the conversation or simply watch how people handle the conversation with facial expressions and body language.
I admit, it’s rude. But at least I’m discrete about it. It’s not like I’m sitting there, with my elbows on my knees, my chin in my hand and popping popcorn while I enjoy the show.
Though if it were interesting enough, I just might. *wink*
4. Economy – I’ve never really been THAT into politics. I could care less what was going on in the country when I was a teenager and I was too busy working, being romanced, getting married and having children in my twenties. I started paying more attention to the economy and our government in my 30’s and now that I’ve reached my 40’s, I’m very aware of our economy and how this asinine government in office right now has completely turned it inside out.
I’ll tell you one thing though, this new-found awareness has piqued the boys’ interest and they are well aware that they will be forced to pay for Obama’s attempt to socialize our nation when they reach my age.
Once again, THANK YOU Obama for screwing up my kids’ future earning potential. I’d go on, but this is a family-friendly blog.
5. Edit – I am constantly editing. If you had any idea how many times I’ve read and then re-read my posts, it would make your head spin around. I can’t help it, it’s the writer in me, I suppose.
THIS is why National Novel Writing Month is such a big deal to me – because turning off my inner editor is freaking HARD for me!
6. Education – Important. I was determined, through hell or high water, that I would graduate from college some day – and I did, after going on and off for 10 years in between having children, working and taking care of my family. I’m proud of my accomplishment; it was really hard to juggle all of those balls at the same time. I also wanted to set a good example for my boys, to SHOW them that it’s never too late to learn new things.
And I don’t think education should stop at school. I think it’s absolutely crucial for people to continue to educate themselves their entire lives. By learning a new craft, or challenging their brains, or staying on top of current events (and making sure he/she has enough information before offering an opinion).
There is so much to learn and so little time to learn it, let alone implement what you’ve learned.
7. Educational Television – Important. It sounds so boring, but once you begin watching educational television, you realize how INTERESTING it truly is. So much TV nowadays is just brainless nonsense. Again, the world is an amazing place – let’s learn more about it and skip the reality shows which only showcase humans at their very worse (most of them, anyway).
8. Efficient – I like to be efficient. I like to feel like I’m in control of every aspect of my life. I think, overall, this is a good trait to have. Life just goes more smoothly when things are run efficiently.
9. Egocentric – There is no question that I’m self-centered. I think this blog proves it (but one could argue, how can a personal journal be anything BUT egocentric). However, I feel like I have a good balance between what I want and what my family wants or needs from me. I never hesitate to put my husband or my children in front of myself. If that means sacrificing the last cookie, or putting their comfort ahead of my own, then so be it.
There’s a time to be self-centered and then there’s a time NOT to be self-centered. The trick is knowing WHEN.
I’m still working on that part.
10. Election – You can bet your bottom dollar that I can not wait for the 2010 and 2012 elections.
We need change.
Wait. Scratch that. We HAVE to have change. Let’s take our country back and get back to our country’s basic principles; the principles that make this country great to begin with:
Willingness to work hard and be proud of our accomplishments (and not have it handed to us)
11. Electronic – There is no question that I’m an electronic junkie. I love all things electronic. In fact, my whole family does. I love using electronics, I love testing new electronics, I can’t imagine my life without electronics.
We’re so blessed to be living in such a great age!
12. Elegant – Though I like to think I’m pretty down-to-earth, I DO like elegance. I like eating out at fancy restaurants and FEELING elegant. I appreciate people who exude elegance and class both in their speech and their demeanor. I enjoy being around people who proudly carry themselves.
Most of the time.
But being around someone THAT elegant or THAT pretentious all the time would, and does, get old after a while.
There are other times I prefer just to sit around in my sweats and belch. 😀
13. Emasculate – This is a pet peeve of mine. I can’t stand women who purposefully emasculate their men all in the name of feminism. The women who feel the need to prove to either themselves, or whomever, that they are stronger and better than their mates are generally weak, insecure and rarely happy in the end.
And if someone falls into that category and disagrees with my assessment, then I would like to add honesty and humility to that list, too.
Because if you’re honest, with me and with yourself, then you’ll know, deep down, that tearing someone down, making them feel inferior so you can feel superior, never ends well.
There’s being a feminist and then there’s being a b*tch.
I could elaborate on this here, but I’ve already written about my experiences with this category, if you care to read more about it.
I don’t mean to be gettin’ all up in your business, but let’s be real ladies, men need to FEEL like men in order to ACT like men.
I’m just sayin’. *shrug*