Thursday, October 11, 2007

7 Things About Me

The Zombieslayer at tagged me with this. For some bizarre reason, he thinks that my quirky ideas on life are interesting.

1) I've never been in a casino. I probably never will be unless I go to one for a concert. I don't believe in luck. I believe in MATH! I work too hard for my money to throw it away on games that are mathematically stacked against me. I do enjoy a game of poker or Blackjack, but I'll only play for chips.

2) My biggest goal in life was to be a mother. I adore kids and I'm sorry that there won't be any more "little ones" in my future. I thank God every day for my 2 amazing kids! They have made my life complete. I had always planned on being a stay at home mom, but life had other plans for me. Working full-time with a limited income, while raising 2 children, has been a challenge. I think we've managed to balance our life pretty well by teaching our kids that family comes first and that money can't buy happiness.

3) I've never had any desire to travel anywhere but the U.S. and Canada. I admit it...I'm boring. I love traveling, but I know I'll never live long enough to see everything in these 2 countries. I'm just not comfortable traveling to a place where I don't know the language. I'm not even interested in visiting Hawaii or Puerto Rico. I'm more into mountains and woods, than overcrowded beaches.

4) I'm the only one in my house with any organizational skills. It exhausts me keeping my guys and our household on track. If anything happened to me, my guys would starve and drown in their own filth within a month. My biggest dream is for someone to take care of me for a change. A week without responsibility would be heaven!

5) I'm a recycling Nazi! I finally got my family trained. Work is another story. I'm constantly pulling recyclables out of the garbage at work. My Boss finally snapped at me about this last week: "I told the dishwashers to throw that stuff away! Recycling stacks up faster than we can haul it around here!" I didn't think that it was a good time to point out to Boss that my recycling program at work has saved her a fortune in garbage fees. *sigh*
I also re-use a lot of things, at home, that most people would throw out. I've been writing a post about this, so I won't bore you with the details now. Believe me; if something finds its way to our garbage can, it's GARBAGE!

6) My entire adult life has been a constant fight for survival. Our biggest mistake was choosing the wrong place to live. This area showed a lot of promise when we moved back here. It's gone downhill ever since. In a way I'm grateful for this experience. It's taught me what is truly important in life. My spiritual life has been immeasurably enriched by our struggles!

7) I don't want to live forever! Retirement for us, like many Americans today, is unattainable. L and I will have to work until we drop, just to maintain the simple lifestyle we've worked so hard to attain. I'm not going to go out of my way to live a healthy lifestyle just so I can work into my 80s. Until Z is settled into a life of his own, I'll fight to stay healthy so I can give him the best start in life I can. After that....meh. I'm at peace with myself and God. My afterlife sounds a lot more appealing than my earthly struggles. There's a lot of longevity in my family. My luck I'll still be working when I'm 90.

I'm supposed to tag 7 more people, but I think most of you have already done this before. If you really feel the need to do this tag just let me know. I'd love to read it!


At 10/11/2007 7:39 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

I don't think your ideas on life are a bit quirkie! I admire your ethical and responsible lifestyle. Like you, I planned to work til I dropped. I didn't envision that to be until I was 70. Unfortunately the drop came early. It's frightening.

My idea also of going to a casino - the rare occasion I do go - is to ONLY gamble with that little roll of quarters they give you with the room special THEN stop! Of course the real deals on the room specials and buffets stop as well when they figure out what you are doing, haha.

Thanks for the getting to know you more post!

At 10/11/2007 9:11 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

I am so with you on #4. I would love to see some places but I just don't see it in my future unless I win the lottery or something.

Right now I'm content.

As far as recycling goes I saw an expose showing my towns program throwing the stuff into landfills or burning it because of lack of demand. Personally I try to buy items with less packaging and do refillables whenever possible.

At 10/11/2007 11:54 PM, Blogger SME said...

You're SORRY there aren't any more kids in your life?! ;D

At 10/12/2007 8:00 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

I don't really have time to do a post on this, I have a couple posts waiting as it is. So I'll just do short answers in my comments:

1. Casinoes, hate them. Never have seen the sense or entertainment value in throwing away hard earned money. I will buy the occasional lottery ticket, but that's it. I have to be forced to put a quarter into a slot machine when I end up at casinos with friends, and that's only when they give me a quarter of their money to play.

2. Goal in life, mother first, singer second. I accomplished the first, started out in the right direction on the second, and then horrible stage fright has prevented me from attaining the second. Oh well.

3. The only places I care to travel are in the northern hemisphere. I like cool weather and mountains too. I would prefer to drive, take a train or a boat to get anywhere. Don't like planes, but fly when I must.

4. I'm the organizer in our family too (but I'll bet you knew that). Every morning before work I watch Clean House. Just this morning, they changed the lineup and there's a different show on. Damn! I need that cleanliness / organizational fix first thing in the morning.

5. We recycle quite a bit, including food for leftovers, but I'm sure we could do more if I thought about it more. We recycle so much that the one container the City gave us wasn't enough, so I went and bought 3 more. Now we fill each one every week and all our recyclables are sorted too.

6. Never enough money in my life. I've told M, "I was born with no money. I've never managed to get enough money during my lifetime. So I'll probably die with no money, and I'm just fine with that." I've survived, quite well in spite of never earning what my degrees say I'm worth in the market.

7. Retirement? That's for the wealthy. I will also being working until I drop or until my mind goes on me, whichever comes first. I just hope someone's there to be nice to me when I'm a dottering old lady who can't remember who she is or where she's going.

At 10/12/2007 10:25 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

Great answers. I know Jeff has his 401k plan but who says its going to be worth what they say it is when we get ready to retire.

And you say you dont have more children in your life. You can borrow mine anytime you want. LOL.. I mean it. You can have them anytime you feel like it.

At 10/12/2007 11:56 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

Thanks for this! Nice to get to know you even better. I, too, am the organized one around here, and could have written your response to number four. I enjoyed your honesty and your comments about spirituality in your life. Would that more people had the view you expressed in number seven. You seem to have a firm grip on reality. Refreshing!

We do the recycle, reduce, reuse thing, too. (Tom, being a pack rat, keeps a LOT of stuff out of the garbage. Ha!) I've been to casinos, but not to gamble, just walking through on the way to somewhere else. MATH, yes, throwing hard earned money away for kicks...huh? Why?

I DO want to travel and hope to someday. But, like you, know that it won't be extensive. Hawaii is not compelling to me, either. It's the old countries I'd like to see: Italy, England, Norway where Tom's family if from. LOVE the mountains and woods, hate crowded beaches, LOVE the solitary beaches of Oregon.

And Number Two. Right on! Kids are the best. You have reached a really good balance, Tshs, and your kids, and all who are influenced by them, will benefit for years and years to come.

At 10/12/2007 4:46 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

Number 2 really touched me as a really wanted to be a mother. It just wasn't in the cards (see number 1).

I love what you say about your spirituality. It is the most important thing we have. I'm glad you've found that.

As far as travel, we have decent jobs and no kids. I would like to go to Prague some day. Ich's been there and he loved it. I have been to Germany, but no where else in Europe. Alaska was fascinating. If you could ever find the time and the money I think you'd love it.

At 10/12/2007 8:30 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Gardenia, LOL! I've never received any casino offers like that. They must be on to me. ;)

Hammer, contentment is vastly underrated!

Our area is 80% wetlands, so the gov't won't let us have a landfill anymore. We ship ALL of our garbage to a site 300 miles away. This situation has caused our garbage bills to skyrocket.
I naively hope that all my recyclables are utilized. If not, at least I'm not paying garbage fees on them. ;)

SME, I always dreamed of having baby grandchildren. :(

VV, the only way our county will pick up recycling is in their stupid little bins. They only allow 1 per household. Since the bin won't hold a month's worth of recycling, we haul our own to a neighborhood recycling trailer.

LMAO! I've always hoped that my mind goes before my body! I think it would be horrible to have a sharp mind trapped in a useless body in the nursing home. If your mind goes first, you don't care if you're in the nursing home. You're happy in your own little world. ;)

Your answers further convince me that our ancestors had to be fooling around across the fjords!

Thanks Tweets! I don't think me borrowing the girls would go over real well with your mother.

Cherie, glad you enjoyed it!
I think Tom and I share some Norwegian ancestors. I'm a pack rat too, but I always manage to use the stuff I've saved...especially lumber and fabric scraps.

Why are the beaches of the American northwest so wonderfully uncrowded? I LOVED the beaches in Washington state!

"...your kids, and all who are influenced by them, will benefit for years and years to come."
I've always hoped that this would be my legacy to the world.
I'm always amazed at how alike we are in our philosophies of life!

Squirl, that's the inequity of life that has always bothered me the most! Why do abusive and neglectful women have no problem getting pregnant, while women who would be fantastic mothers remain childless? It's not fair!!

I think we'll definitely go to Alaska one day. I'd like to go with our whole tribe. SME lives at the halfway point to Alaska, and our grandkids are 300 miles further on the route to Alaska. We could just gather everybody up on the way. ;)

At 10/13/2007 7:21 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

It just shows her who I trust more though with them. LOL... But the offer is there if you ever get the desire to have them for awhile during the summer.

At 10/13/2007 4:39 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

1. I have, but don't gamble. I think the most I've ever gambled before was about $10 on the slot machines, but that was just to get the free drinks before we hit the buffet.

2. I wish there were more stay-at-home mothers (and stay-at-home fathers). The bad thing is the economy is too brutal for most people to do that. As a coach and tutor, I definitely notice the kids raised by parents as opposed to kids raised by the idiot box.

3. I'm more into mountains and woods, than overcrowded beaches.

I like all three.

4. Funny thing is, Mrs. Z has organization skills for everything but finance. When she was doing the finances, it was a mess. It's been much better now that I've taken them over. As for everything else, she does it.

5. Me too. I didn't think it was possible, but Mrs. Z is an even bigger recycling Nazi than I am.

6. Struggle builds character. That's probably a big reason you're so interesting. ;)

7. Our sacrifice for retirement is leave the farm/college town (Chico) we love so dearly for the city, so we could have a retirement. Both of us would so much rather be there than here.

At 10/13/2007 9:12 PM, Blogger SME said...

*humming* "North to Alaska"

There's still hope for baby grandkids with Z!

At 10/14/2007 12:10 PM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

You're not missing out by not visiting casinos. They are a waste of money, in my opinion. As far as being a stay-at-home mom, I'd love the luxury of that now. We simply cannot afford it. Funnily enough, even though we were struggling when I had K, I stayed at home for much of the first year and was not particularly content. If only I knew then.... I would have enjoyed it more, I think.

At 10/14/2007 6:43 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Agree with you as usual, Tshsmom. Especially re travel (YUK). and I don't like casinos either--have never been in one, don't want to be either.

At 10/15/2007 11:14 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

They don't recycle where I work and it drives me up the wall. I don't think they have the facility for food service recycling or something, but it's really bad. I am also a recycling fanatic, and it grates heavily on my nerves when milk just and paper just get put in the garbage!

At 10/15/2007 5:30 PM, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Maui at the end of May isn't over-crowded, it and the Big Island have some very high mountains. :-)
A friend who lives in a small East-coast town says they have to separate everything (paper, aluminum, glass, yard-clippings) for recycling under pain of fines etc. - material which is then taken to the town recycling center and it's ALL re-combined to get a better bulk-rate price for the city. It's the Law.

At 10/17/2007 7:09 AM, Blogger Miladysa said...

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At 10/17/2007 7:11 AM, Blogger Miladysa said...

I also love the way your spirituality shines through.

At 10/17/2007 5:04 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

ZS, I'm definitely a character! ;)

L was hopeless with money when we got married. I worried a lot about how to bring this topic up with him. Fortunately, L told me that he wanted me to handle all the money, before I had a chance to talk to him.

SME, by that time I'll be too old and decrepit to enjoy them. :(

Notta, I was home for the first 2 years of SME's life. Once I started working again, there are a LOT of things that have slid downhill around here. :(

Bridg, COOL! I didn't think there was another casino "virgin" out there! ;)

WC, frustrating, isn't it?
BTW, I LOVE your new coyote pic!

DC, that's just idiotic!

SA, Thanks! Welcome back!

At 10/18/2007 4:11 PM, Blogger SME said...

Who says you're not too old and decrepit now? Heehee.

At 10/19/2007 10:33 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

SME you are mean. LOL... Yikes. I will cyber hit her for you Tshsmom. LOL...

At 10/19/2007 4:52 PM, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Oh yeh, now that I have been in a casino for the gunbloggers rendezvous I can say with certainty that I don't have the gambling gene - there's just no interest in it at all, it's kinda boring actually. ;-)

At 10/20/2007 12:23 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Oh, I definitely believe the one who is better with finances should do them for the couple. It's so much better that way. It would cause so much less heartache in the future too.

Get this, one of my co-workers, I'll call her Elsa, had over one million dollars in her retirement account. Her husband got a stock tip and was "100% sure" that he could double or triple her money. Now that same retirement account has $200,000 in it, which may seem like a lot, but for the San Francisco area, it won't buy anything anywhere.

Elsa was good with money, but listened to her gambling husband. In retrospect, she wishes she did both of their finances. They'll never retire now. (She's in her 50s). He has nothing because he gambled it all away on that same stupid stock.

At 10/22/2007 2:18 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

Sounds like SME may be planning on getting that room ready for you and me, tshs!

At 10/22/2007 3:49 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Go get her Tweets! ;)

DC, my parents went to a casino with some family members a couple of years ago. They got depressed watching all the little old ladies with their nickel cups.

ZS, with our finances, the stock market ranks right up there with casinos. :(

Cherie, maybe we should start picking out our books, music and board games? ;)

At 10/22/2007 8:03 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

OK where did you go???

At 10/23/2007 12:17 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

Yep, I think so - better to be prepared!

At 10/23/2007 11:05 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

What project are you working on now?? You have been missing in action for a week or so now. LOL..

At 10/24/2007 7:42 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Hey, where u at? Hope everything is going alright.

At 10/24/2007 6:34 PM, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

I didn't see many people with coin cups, everything is digital now! If you have a cup that give tactile feedback you might stop gambling if it was full or empty...


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