I've been tagged for the 10 Random Things by several lovely ladies, and I thank you for thinking of me. Niki from MagicMaid pushed me over the edge with her request! I thought since I enjoy getting to know all of you better by reading yours, I'll share some things about me...although I don't think mine are as interesting or funny as many of yours! If you checked in to see the other part of my post, which is a list of the shades that will be available at Victoria Nail Supply from the China Glaze Glitters, Shimmers & Cremes collection this coming week, feel free to scroll past the 10 Random Things list!
~I love animals and have 2 dogs and 2 cats. I would have many more, but sometimes I do exercise a little bit of common sense (not when it comes to how much nail polish I have though) and realize that I am only capable of managing so much. I'm involved in German Shepherd dog rescue groups and all of my dogs are rescues. It pains me to see suffering in humans and animals alike, and through my rescue work I have seen both the best in humans and unfortunately, the worst.
~Speaking of animals, I have had several horses and used to show them when I was younger. I was helping a friend break a wild mustang that she got from a government program to relocate them from the wild and took a bad fall. I don't remember too much about it, but I ended up with a punctured lung, several broken ribs, and was in the critical care ward of the hospital for a couple of weeks. I only had one more horse after that and I forced myself to break him, rather than have my trainer do it, to get over the fear that I developed after my mishap. I still love horses and think they are beautiful creatures to watch both in the wild and in a show ring, but I no longer have the desire to ride very often.
~I went to a Catholic grade school and instead of celebrating Halloween, the school celebrated All Saints Day, which is the day after Halloween. I had to dress like the Virgin Mary...hmmm. And the stories you hear about nuns being mean are true! They used to make us place our hands around the edge of our desks and then they'd smack our knuckles with their pointer stick when we were bad. Not that I ever misbehaved...my Mom's cousin was a nun but she was very nice, at least to us. My Dad's brother is a priest and teaches Chemistry at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. I love reading true life accounts about nuns, priests and the Catholic Church, although my own personal beliefs do not necessarily follow all of the Catholic doctrine.
~I am a huge Notre Dame football fan and even though I live in Michigan, I detest Michigan (U of M). They play each other today and I'm hoping for a win, but not necessarily expecting one. I live about 30 minutes from ND and always visit the campus when I go shopping in South Bend. There is such a rich history there and the architecture is beautiful. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart Church and the Grotto give me such a sense of peace and security.
~I have a not so secret crush on my 68 year old veterinarian and also on former Notre Dame football and baseball star, Jeff Samardzija, who is now a rookie for the Chicago Cubs. I have so much respect for my veterinarian and I love his knowledge base and mind as it relates not only to animals, but to people. I don't think Jeff Samardzija's mind has any place in my fantasy, but there are some physical attributes he has which may or may not have anything to do with my attraction to him! My husband is fully aware of this and doesn't seem to care...perhaps because he is more realistic about the fact that nothing would ever come out of it. But I can dream, can't I?
~I have a passion for mustard sandwiches, preferably on fresh, soft rye bread. Yes, just mustard. Every now and then I also add mayonnaise, but just a plain mustard sandwich suits me fine.
~Makeup, nail polish, fragrance...I love them all, and I think it goes back to my childhood and watching my Mom apply her trademark red lipstick every day. Although I've never worn red lipstick, it looked fabulous on her. Sadly, my Mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and passed away just 3 weeks later. I still have some of her lipsticks and her bottle of White Shoulders perfume tucked away.
~Childhood...every time I type a random fact, it seems to lead me into another related one! I had the most idyllic childhood that you can imagine. I thank my parents for this, my Mom for spending the time with us and using her creativity to give me such wonderful memories, and my Dad for working hard to support us and encouraging my Mom to do all of the things she did with us. I think every child deserves a happy childhood, but unfortunately, life doesn't always work that way.
~I am married to a wonderful man who in some ways, is the total opposite of myself. Nothing seems to bother him, he's a very hard worker, a man of few words, loyal to a fault, and never complains about my beauty product obsession (that may be his best trait!). We have a daughter who is severely mentally impaired and she is out greatest challenge, but also our greatest joy. Some people consider that a bad thing, and in some ways, it certainly is. But I've never been one to stay focused on the bad in a situation, because that makes it difficult to move forward. She has taught us so much about love, compassion and empathy for others than we ever would have learned in life without her.
~I'm having trouble coming up with #10...I've shared things about what I like, my family, food, makeup, animals...how about things I don't like? I don't like people with a sense of entitlement. I believe that most of the time, if you work hard for something you will attain it. I don't like to fly and only do it when absolutely necessary, which would explain why I've never been out of this country except driving to Canada. I don't like fruit or vegetables and force myself to eat them unless it's those 2 months out of the summer when I can buy them local and fresh. I detest mean people...people who are only looking to make themselves look better at the expense of someone else. This may be the reason that I prefer to spend my time with animals rather than people sometimes!
Nail Polish News! Here's part of an e-mail I received listing the additional shades that will become available next week from the China Glaze Glitters, Shimmers and Cremes collection at Victorial Nail Supply:
"We are expecting 29 more CG glitters next week. We just received Glacier, Gold Digger, Dreamsicle, Cloud Nine, and Luna. We are expecting Moulin Rouge, Stellar, Cleopatra, Blue Hawaiian, Sour Apple, Atlantis, Sunshine, Medallion, Nova, Shooting, Snow Globe, Bubbly, Polar Ice, Goddess, Silver Lining, Treasure, Rose Tea, Snow, Victorian, Gelato, Trophy Wife, Strawberry, Bridezilla, Flower Girl, Latte, Nude, Whisper, Seashell, and Cream Puff."