Thursday, July 13, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #18: 13 Things that I Do Not Apologize For

This is one of the topics that I’ve been wanting to do for a while . So I’m sorry if it seems a little bitchy. Really, I apologize! Oh wait, I’m not supposed to apologize. Sorry!

  1. I will not go to any Tupperware-type parties. Especially when the purpose is less in trying to sell you a product and more in trying to sell you a distributorship into their pyramid scheme. Or at the very least, they pressure the attendees to have their own party. But, if you leave me a catalog, I just might buy a product!
  2. Yes, my car is a mess. I can’t seem to spend as much time in my car as I do and be able to keep it clean. Especially with two kids who drag in toys, etc. On the flip side, if you need anything, it just may be in my car! Besides, with a 40 minute trip from/to home one-way, I don’t want to forget anything.
  3. Oh, and yes, I have a car and not an SUV or mini-van. So it may be a little cramped. I don’t normally take extra passengers. But it saves on gas, and that’s good for my pocketbook and, in the long-run, good for the world.
  4. Sometimes I put off housework in order to pay attention to my family. Since I work full time, my evenings with the children are precious. I don’t really care to spend it doing dishes. I’ll try to do it after they go to bed, but then my husband likes to take over!
  5. I like good beer, not American beer. That means I drink the dark stuff. Give me a Becks Dark or a Warsteiner Dunkel! But given the choice between a Budweiser and water, I may choose water.
  6. Jello is a dessert and not a salad. It should never be used as a salad, and I won’t eat it if it is.
  7. Coffee is best when it’s strong. I make strong coffee. If you don’t like your coffee strong, add water to it.
  8. I don’t send out Christmas cards. I send out cards that wish people Happy Holidays. That is because I don’t like it when people assume that everyone believes in the same thing that they do. I’m always trying to remind people that not everyone celebrates Christmas.
  9. I don’t really like professional sports, and I think it’s a waste of time. I don’t follow what’s going on in the sports world. I’ll watch the Superbowl for the commercials and I’ll cheer for the team with the best colors or mascot if I have to. Leave the playing of games to kids and stop taking it so seriously!
  10. When going to the symphony or opera, I don’t get completely formally dressed. I mean, I won’t look like I’m going to the prom. If you go often enough, you’ll notice that the people who really enjoy classical music are there for the music and not just to be seen.
  11. I will not say Grace or pray out loud. I don’t like the pressure.
  12. We can't get any TV stations and we don’t have cable or satellite. If you come to our house, we won’t sit around and watch it. We can only watch DVDs.
  13. I don’t answer the phone every time it rings. I stopped killing myself to get to the phone a long time ago—about the same time that we got voice mail and caller ID. People forget that answering the phone is not mandatory.

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Carmen said...

jello salad. ick. :)

phoenix said...

I can totally relate to 12 and 13. I get 2 tv stations and no cable, so DVD or nothing!

I can't tell you how many times I have hurt myself trying to do the phone dash. I am over it!

Great 13!

Nature Girl said...

This was a great TT!!! I feel the same way about sports, and the tele! I played too. Stacie

Trish Ess said...

Lovin' your TT this week! And I agree with it - 100%! You shouldn't *have* to apologize for any of those things - they're no one's business but your own. anyone who says any different can take a flying f*** at a rolling donut. :)

Happy TT! Mine are up.

Wendy aka Cheeky said...

I don't rush for the phone either - its usually a telemarketer - and yes, I mess with their heads - its I wrong for that??

I played too

Red said...

Well done for driving a car and not an enrironmentally disastrous SUV! And who cares if it's messy... it's all character, that's what I say!

Anonymous said...

I could have written this list. It sounds so much like me. In my car (Honda CRV) you can find a beach chair, blanket, asprins, dictionary, and so much more. I have a secret fear that I'll be stranded or may have to live out of my car someday.

Jello is from outer space. And ditto to the rest.

Mine are making a lipstick stain around a coffee cup.

Leanne said...

What a great list! I'm with you on nearly everything. I stopped rushing to the phone for the same reasons. I pick out cards that are multi-denominational but still inspirational, or I'll get two kinds of cards, one that is Holiday'ish, and one that is Religous. I hate jell-o as a salad. Sports are stupid, except figure skating - and that's more of an art. LOL

Okay I'll stop rambling in your comments now! LOL Happy Thursday, nice to meet you! :D

ms blue said...

Don't you know that watching sports is just an excuse to drink beer?

I've never been to a Tupperware party but I have been to Candle Parties, Scrapbooking Parties and even a Sex Toy Party. They are all the same.

I so need a coffee right now!

Lynn said...

We love caller ID at our house;-)...and ditto on needing some strong coffee right now!

Mama Duck said...

LOL I never answer my phone either ;).

The Shrone said...

Not only do I not answer the phone, I don't answer the door. Where I live there are a lot of solicitors. My TT is up.

Maribeth said...

Are we twins who were seperated at birth?

Juggling Mother said...

Good list. Jello as salad? yuk! That must be a US thing.

I have also learned that I don't need to answer the phone as soon as it rings - even if it's work (I work from home). I have an answer machine & talking over 3 screaming kids doesn't exactly sound too professional:-)

My TT is up

Jen said...

I do send Christmas cards, but only after asking the folks on my list if they care. Even the non-Christmas'ers don't mind if it's done in the right spirit, and they know I'm hanging up their Hanukkah and Solstice cards right next to the others :-) I'm just glad we're all happy at the same time! (I don't know anyone who celebrates Kwanzaa, I wish I did, I'm sure the cards are beautiful.)

I know what you mean though, the folks who treat Christmas like it's some sort of sneak attack. That bugs me, too.

Anonymous said...

#5: Try Yuengling lager; it's made in PA from the oldest brewery in the US.

AuntieM said...

Yuengling lager is great. I say good for you for not being a conformist. Do your own thing!!

My TT is up...come visit.

Changed by His Love said...

Jello salad is gross! Jello by itself is okay. I won't press you to say grace or pray, just as long as you don't mind that I will. :)
My TT is up!

armywife said...

usually i send enough cards in december to have to buy a couple of packs of cards. so i get a variety. christmas ones for friends and family who i know are religious and holiday for those who aren't or that i'm unsure about.

i've posted too at

alau said...

Jello in salads and mayonnaise in casseroles...honestly, no wonder why the rest of the world thinks Americans have no taste...we really don't

momsmusings said...

I don't answer the phone everytime either. If it is important they can leave a message. I will call back when I have the time...Thanks for stopping by today!

Master Enigma said...

I thought I was the only one who did not have cable TV. We get 3 local stations through the built-in tv antenna and the signal sucketh muchly.

So we do other things. *smile*

My boys are pushing hard for cable now but I will not give in.

Now for my biggest confession - I only watch the superbowl for the commercials. I do not enjoy any pro sports on TV at all. Probably the only male in the US that does not like at least one sport.

Wacky Mommy said...

Amen on the housework! I waste too much of my life on it.

Unknown said...

omg i love that list. love it!

"add water to it" exactly!

Amy said...

What a great 13! i love that you did this one. i should do one like this...oh and i like your name :-)

Meira{FB} said...

Love the list. Sorry I'm late had to work yesterday! Hope you had a happy thursday!