honest scrap award!

Martha over at Surviving Baby was kind enough to give me an Honest Scrap Award! What a nice thing to do. Thanks, Martha!

1. Choose 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.

2. Show the 7 winners’ names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they have won the Honest Scrap award. [Okay, I’m lazy and I skipped that second part.]

Coming up with this list was hard – I read so many blogs and I really love them all!

Christine – 12,450 miles
Elizabeth – ilOve Olive
Erica – Our Baby Wish
Kelly – Jon & Kelly + One
Meg – The Road to Sam
Rachel – Henry Street
Zoe – Chasing Saints

3. List at least 10 honest things about yourself.

This was a tough exercise since I am pretty much an open book on this blog. But, I think I identified a few things that I haven’t talked about here. They’re sort of random, but here’s what came to mind:

1. I am very grateful that my husband has stuck by my side. He could have given up by now. He is a good, good man, and I often feel like I don’t deserve him.
2. I grew up living pretty much next door to my grandparents. We saw them almost every day. They came to every school event, swim meet, and piano recital they could. I probably didn’t appreciate their constant presence in my life at the time, but in hindsight, I sure do. My future children will likely grow up far away from their grandparents, and that makes me sad.
3. I am still afraid that this adoption will not actually happen. I worry that Ethiopia will join the other countries that frown upon mental health treatment, for example. I think I am waiting for the other shoe to drop, like it has before. Perhaps it is a defense mechanism.
4. I think a fair amount about becoming a vegetarian (or at minimum removing some kinds of meat from my diet), but I haven’t found the necessary level of commitment to make a change.
5. I am an attorney, but I am also a registered landscape architect. That was my first career. I made the change to get into environmental and land use law, but I don’t really get to do much of that in my job. That’s one reason why I’m not happy in my present position.
6. I was a band geek. I haven’t touched my clarinet since 1996. And really, I’m quite alright with that.
7. I often play the role of peacekeeper (in both professional and personal situations). Sometimes what I really want to do is strangle the people and tell them that they’re being completely unreasonable and that they need to shut the hell up. I need to stop playing peacekeeper and just let wars erupt (and then stay out of them).
8. I know that I need to lose weight, but I don’t do much about it. I think I am afraid of failing yet again.
9. I worry a lot about what other people think of me. It sometimes keeps me up at night.
10. I drop the f-bomb more than I would like to admit. It is usually when nobody else is around to hear me. So then it’s like it never happened, right?

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8 Responses to honest scrap award!

  1. Krista says:

    Congratulations on the groovy award!
    Intersting… a landscape architect too!

  2. Angela says:

    I attended a perspective law student workshop and was surprised by the varied career paths people took before becoming interested in law school. I was the only RN.

    I'm curious to discover what route I'll persue after I make the plunge. We all have to pay the bills.

    Funny, I'm finding that a lot of PAPs are in the field of service…mmm.

    I love your honesty and openess.

  3. Christine says:

    Awww shucks! Thanks for the nod. I'll try to do this tonight! Fun!

    I loved learning a little bit more about you… like you played the clarinet… me too! Great list. I love random honest facts.

  4. CatherineD says:

    Okay, we are weeks away from a travel call, and I still fear that something will happen that it won't go through. We originally looked into China, but since I am on Prozac, I don't 'qualify.' It's totally a defense mechanism for me, but sometimes I think his foster mom will decide she wants to keep him.

    I was a band geek too, and I played clarinet!

    If no one hears your f-bombs, I absolutely agree that it doesn't count! My mom has always called it 'the Eddie Murphy word', although he doesn't seem to be doing "R" movies anymore.

  5. E says:

    Interesting to learn about you.

    I was band geek too. Played the flute for yearrrrrs.

  6. Elizabeth Frick says:

    Aw, shucks! I'm honored!
    #3 – I think all adoptive parents feel this way. There's just so much out of your hands and the world is so volatile, it's impossible to not feel insecure about it. I understand that you've been through so much more than many of us and I don't mean to downplay that AT ALL – just want you to know you're not alone!
    #4 – Do it! It totally helps with #8 too. I gained about 20 pounds in college. Then I met Adam, who was vegetarian and cooked for me, and I lost about 25 pounds! I'm happy to share our recipes with you if it helps! Go! Go! Go! 🙂
    #5 – totally fascinating. I can imagine you're frustrated in your current career!
    #6 – me too! I played oboe. And I dropped it in 96 and haven't looked back either.
    #10 made me laugh out loud. I'm the same way. I may be petite and sweet-looking, but I can swear like a sailor.

    We totally need to meet since we're clearly sisters separated at birth.
    OK, I'm off to start making my list and my award acceptance speech.

  7. Zoe says:

    Wow, you picked me and my little blog. I'm honored! Does that mean I do the same and list 10 honest things about myself now? Something to start thinking about… (Loved your honest items, btw.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    8 and 10 you can blame on your father. Dad

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