My Character Revealed

by Stefani on 16-January-2008

Y’all are the best. Thanks, for all the understanding and kind words about my bloggy fickleness.

I’ve decided to dispense with the laundry, sweeping, lesson planning, surfing and what not that usually make up my evenings, and instead, put my feet up, pour a glass of wine and spend tonight with Dr. Zhivago. (Praise be to Netflix!). First though, I had to pop in for some rather random, but utterly essential bits to pass along:

1. There’s an age old debate regarding the best fat (there’s no more polite way to put it) to use in pie pastry. Butter gives more taste, but Crisco gives better texture. Three little words have settled that issue neatly for me: Butter-flavored Crisco. Glory be. Just say those words again: butter. flavored. Crisco. Disgustingly wonderful, right?

2. 1 out of 3 children prefer the smell of homemade play dough to that of the store bought version (per our less than scientific research). In stark contrast, the same kid prefers store bought icing, while the other two like the homemade variety. Go figure.

3. If you find yourself with a kiddo that wants to learn to type, this downloadable program is pretty great.

4. A five year old will put up with your narrow minded ideas about the proper way to tell time for about 5 minutes. He will then show you how it’s done in his world.

The Passage of Time

5. You know you’ve heard that the true nature of a person’s character can reveal itself in one tragic instant? Ever wonder if you’re the kind of person that would jump, without thinking, in front of a moving bus to push someone else out of the way? Well it was no moving bus, but I did discover something… I am the sort of person that would plunge my hand into a public toilet to retrieve my iPhone. Three gallons of bleach and more than a month later, there is good news… I have not developed any weird disease (yet), and the phone never skipped a beat. I have no idea what this says about my character, but I do know that it means I’m fully over the hyper aversion to germs that accompanied the birth of my third child. Clean over it (pun intended).

5. My kids can’t get enough of this site.

6. I can’t get enough of this one.

… and now, the good doctor calls….

emily January 17, 2008 at 4:58 am

number 5. number 5! i don’t know what kind of person i am. ack! but i prefer homemade playdough and icing, for whatever that’s worth.

Sarah Jackson January 17, 2008 at 5:15 am

I would have gone in after it too! After 3 kids and 4 animals, nothing much scares me anymore. My kids like homemade playdough because they like to squish the colors into it. Hope you enjoyed Dr. Zhivago! One of my favorite films.

Tracy January 17, 2008 at 5:28 am

I can’t get enough of Noticing, either.

I love the smell of playdoh, still. Although I don’t know the smell of homemade playdoh, because I don’t recall ever making it. Is it really that much better?

Alicia A. January 17, 2008 at 6:43 am

Homemade playdough smells sooo good. Someone gave my kids a no-name playdough for Christmas and it smells like vanilla?! It sure doesn’t help much with my don’t-eat-the-playdough-young-lady initiative.

**Thank you!!** We’re having fun with the noticing site and it’s so fulfilling that other folks are enjoying it too. : )

capello January 17, 2008 at 6:46 am

oh man. back before i knew anything about nutricion i LOVED butter flavored crisco. make chocolate chip cookies with it. seriously. oh. my. god.

Autum January 17, 2008 at 8:13 am

How about the taste of homemade play dough vs. store bought? I could not resist tasting play dough as a child.
You probably get more germs on your hand opening that same public bathroom door than you did putting your hand in the toilet. I’m still laughing at your description though : )

erin January 17, 2008 at 8:34 am

i would have stuck my hand in too. 🙂
and crisco….yeah. it’s a necessary evil.

lucy January 17, 2008 at 9:25 am

1) when I first delved into the world of piecrust making, and reading about the “best fats,” the butter-flavored crisco that my mom always used in chocolate chip cookies seemed like the obvious answer. it freaks me out, but man-oh-man, it works wonders.

5) also, about a year ago, i dropped my digital camera in a total and didn’t think twice about plunging in to grab it. germs-schmerms. 😉

6) (erm…7?) the noticing project is fab-o

Molly January 17, 2008 at 10:40 am

I love that noticing project…

kristin January 21, 2008 at 1:22 pm

oh your poor iphone!

i was always one of those kids that didn’t like the smell of “play-doh” (the kind from the store) as a kid. and it still gives me the creeps. yikes.

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