Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Things I Do For My Friends...

A while back now, my adorable, talented, amazing friend Matt tagged me to write six little known facts about myself. At least I think that was the assignment. I had already done the "Seven strange things about me" one, so it has taken me a little while to think up more stuff.

1. I...love...ellipses... Maybe you've noticed... For me, they convey just the perfect amount of subtle wit or wry sarcasm. I'm not really an exclamation point girl--too in-your-face. Periods just don't give me enough feeling. I use dashes a lot too--they seem conversational. Oh, and parentheses. They are like funny asides, or secrets between you and me. (I feel like a nerd right now...)

2. I do not wear yellow. I think the picture below is the last time I wore it. Notice the age of my kids! I think it is a gorgeous color, just not so much on me.

3. I had the best job ever from the ages of 15 to 18. My friend Rebecca hooked me up big-time with a cush job recording songs for elementary school kids for Macmillan/Mcgraw Hill School Publishing. We would go to the recording studio for about four to six hours, mostly during the summer, and sing all of these different songs, taking long breaks in between and eating a lot. We recorded many of the songs in different languages--we would just have the words written phonetically. Sometimes, we would get called in to lay down a solo, which was cool because you got paid extra. For whatever reason, I sort of rocked at the Asian solos so that was all I ever ended up doing. Our producers wanted to tell their boss that I was some little Chinese girl named Hai Lee. I was cool with that. I still remember one entire Chinese song and I will sing it for you next time I see you, I promise. But I tell you what, after having a job like that, waiting tables is just not as glamorous as you might think.

4. I had a total of five Norwegian live-in nannies as a kid. Consequently, I can count to ten in Norwegian and probably know some swear words.

5. I ran track and field in high school for two years because it was the easiest sport to letter in. I ran the 100m high hurdles. No, I was not the star of the team, but yes, I got that letter. The next year, my school passed a policy that allowed you to letter in choir and theater. All of those shin splints for nothing!

6. I love hospitals. I went to visit my friend at the hospital last month and this feeling of peace and warmth washed over me as I walked through the doors. I just wanted to check myself in. Granted, I'd had a rough week, but everyone is so helpful and everything is so sterile. And I like hospital food. I hope heaven is kind of like a hospital for just a few days, maybe while you recover from your "journey" from the other side. All my loved ones can come visit and I can eat and rest and read magazines (although probably not Entertainment Weekly.)

OK, so I tag my mom and Mila and Aydan and I think everyone else has done this.

P.S. I did not purposefully delete my family links from the sidebar. Ben did. He was trying to upload a new template for me and he messed everything up, bless his heart. I haven't had the patience or the time to fix it. So don't be offended, family...

12 comments:

Annette said...

That was fun to read some interesting things about you! You are a woman of many talents...

Kristen said...

Sheesh, I am offended! j/k See that? Exclamation point! Ok, let me tell you we are two of a kind...I love hospitals too. And that warm feeling you get every time you walk in one? I get that too!
I don't know why so many people hate them. I mean who wants to go home after having a baby to a house that you have to clean and cook in when you can stay in a hospital that all you have to do is sleep, hold your baby, eat food you didn't have to make, and oh yeah, hold your baby. I get depressed leaving the hospital to be truthful.

Elly said...

LOL! How do you think of these sort of things? I must be a really boring person because I can never think of anything...that I could admit publicly. I can almost sympathize with you about hospitals (but not Primary Children's) but I definitely hear you on punctuation. Have you ever read "Eats, Shoots and Leaves"?

erin said...

Geez, I didn't know any of these things! Well, I sort-of noticed that you like ellipses and parentheses... but that's it. I think that pic of your little fam on the porch in yellow is sooo cute! ... and, I want to hear your Norwegian. :)

Shawn said...

Love it, Hailey!

I never knew that those dot, dot, dots were ellipses...wow,I'm impressed. As you know, I overuse those little lovelies, but I pause a lot when I speak and that is the only way that I can express that in my writing...

:)

Also---you KNOW that I love HOSPITALS! I feel so secure and love to have people taking care of me. (you must have gotten my hospital attraction gene)

As for me talking about 7 little know things, I think that most things everyone knows, and no one reads my blog anyway. Violins, please!!

But I will think on it...

Shawn said...

That last paragraph sounded really weird! I need to re-read it next time.

By the way, that is one of my pet peeves---bad spelling. Or maybe its one little known thing about me.

Mandee said...

You have to be the most interesting person I know. I really like your hospital in heaven theory. I hope it's true.

Mandee said...

And I really need to know who the last 2 of the Oceanic 6 are. I'll be thinking about it all day, so feel free to call me after you get this message.

Also, I was watching some show about "multiples" on the Discovery Channel. One mom was talking about her response to people who comment on her "hands being full"
She says "I would rather have my hands full, then empty."

That made me think of you...

lisa v. clark said...

I learned something new about you!

I think you know how I feel about hospitals.

King Family said...

I love the hospital fact. That is so funny. I also love it there, I really like the food, is that embarrassing?

Annette said...

Feel free to join the online book club! All 3 of us would be thrilled! I am almost done with The Thirteenth Tale and I'm really enjoying it. I got a little weirded out during the description of Charlie & Isabelle's relationship but the rest has been awesome. I love how it's written.

Kristen said...

I like the new look.