The Truth

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I have some confessions. It’s time to tell the truth.

1. I am not crafty at all. I can’t even wrap a present without it looking like a 5 year old did it. I cannot imagine using glue, glitter, scissors, various fancy paper and whatever you use to make crafts, to create something beautiful. Most likely, I will just end up with glitter in my hair and glue on my fingers. Glue does not like me. I once nearly super-glued my fingers to a pair of flip flops that I was trying to repair. Don’t ask.

2. I am not a very good photographer. All the photos you see here? Are edited. Cropped, filtered, framed.

3. I am not a very good cook. I can skate by and I’m lucky my husband is not very fussy. Also, he likes sandwiches. I once made a creamy mushroom and spinach pasta that I’d made before several times, but this time, I forgot the cream. My poor husband ate it anyway.

4. I don’t cook everyday. I know, I’m a stay-at-home mom and my son spends a few hours a day with his grandparents. That leaves me time to prep and make dinner. But, I don’t. Some days, I just don’t want to get into the kitchen. Some days, I just want to eat takeout.

5. I watch too much TV. I love my shows – Dexter, CSI, The Good Wife, Fringe, Mad Men and so many others. Some days (on the days I don’t cook), I watch 2 hours of shows in a row. Other days, I watch none. But, I know that’s still more than I should.

6. I haven’t exercised in 2 years. Before I had a child, I was a bit of a gym fiend. I loved working out. I ran. I did yoga. Then I got pregnant. I stopped going to the gym. I stopped running. I stopped going to yoga, except for a few antenatal yoga classes. Post-baby, I did nothing but look after the baby. I had no trouble losing the baby weight, so I got lazy. I haven’t ran in over 2 years and I’ve set myself a goal of running a marathon in 2013. Keeps me accountable right? (wish me luck)

7. I own too many pairs of jeans. I once owned a t-shirt that said, “I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda girl.” Every city I traveled to in the course of work pre-baby, I would buy a pair of jeans. That is a lot of jeans. I cannot part with them.

8. I HATE ironing. I will rather scrub toilets than iron, that’s how much I hate it. No wonder I look so rumpled most days.

9. I am totally boring. I would much prefer to have a coffee and cake with a friend than go clubbing. I would rather hang out at a bookstore all afternoon than go to a concert. I would choose taking a stroll in the evening with my son than going to the cinema.

10. I don’t know how to tell jokes. I don’t ever remember how they go or the punchline. I even suck at knock, knock jokes.

However, I realize no one is perfect.

I am totally happy with who I am today – the boring, non-joke-telling, craft-challenged, rumpled, lumpy-mommy-shaped, sometimes lazy couch potato person that I am.

Can you send me some good jokes though?

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  • November 1, 2011 Ann

    You and I sound very much alike! Except the cooking and jeans part. I am always in the kitchen…and wear jeans ALL the time, but don’t have a ton of them!

    As for the cake and coffee vs. clubbing part?! I’m with you! Good conversation trumps a night out every time!
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      I wish I could be like you – cooking every day! But, I’m just too lazy πŸ™‚

  • November 1, 2011 Natalie

    Awww and we love you even more b/c of it! I hate ironing…not a great cook…and I don’t think I’m very crafty. No wonder we are blogging buddies!
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      We’re awesome, aren’t we? πŸ™‚

  • November 1, 2011 Sarcasm Goddess

    Yes to hanging out at bookstores all afternoon! And double yes to the jeans thing. I have a bajillion, but I only wear the same five pairs.

  • November 1, 2011 tracy

    Oh we have so much in common – I love you. We will be awesome boring old ladies together.

    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      Love you too!! I don’t mind being an awesome boring old lady with you.

  • November 1, 2011 Stasha

    There are only two things we don’t have in common. so no wonder I heart you so much!
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      You gotta tell me what those 2 things are!

      • November 1, 2011 Stasha

        I rarely if at all watch TV. And I rarely edit my photos πŸ™‚ but I would sit down and watch CSI with you any day. Specially in the middle of the day!
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  • November 1, 2011 Carri

    I also love jeans!!! Love love love. And we’re too old to dress up like a bunch of whores and go clubbing.
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      Haha, we are definitely too old for that!

  • November 1, 2011 By Word of Mouth Musings

    Its nearly 1am and i am xhausted and SO far behind in the land of blogs … but this post made me laugh … so thank you πŸ™‚
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      It’s always a pleasure to make one laugh!

  • November 1, 2011 Kimberly

    So many things in common. Some days I don’t want to cook and I sure can watch too much TV. And boring? Yes, that’s me. I’d much rather do the things you listed than hit a club.
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      We’re so NOT Jersey Shore, right? πŸ™‚

  • November 1, 2011 Amanda

    I’m with you on so many of these. Especially the crafting thing. I don’t have even the slightest intereste in becoming crafty – I’m just not patient enough!
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      Me neither!!

  • November 1, 2011 Hopes

    I love this list! You…are fantastic!

    As for #8 invest in a steam dryer. You’ll never have to iron again! LOVE IT!!
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      Aw thanks!! I gotta look into that steam dryer thing! Or just remain rumpled πŸ™‚

  • November 1, 2011 Jessica

    I love my jeans. Cooking, not so much but I do it occasionally. Whatever.

    We are perfect just the way we are.
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      Of course we are.

  • November 1, 2011 June

    By that definition I am totally boring too. Probably worse than you. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for cheering my otherwise boring day up a lil’.
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  • November 1, 2011 Galit Breen

    Love this Alison! Perfect imperfections are so where it’s at!

    Also? I hate ironing, too. *Shudder* So much! πŸ™‚
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      I love that – perfect imperfections.

  • November 1, 2011 Kiddothings

    What do cows listen to?


    I know it’s a lame joke. Just heard that off my kid’s High 5 video.

    I’m boring and love TV too.
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    • November 1, 2011 Alison

      I actually laughed at that!!

  • November 1, 2011 Barbara

    I am not crafty at all and I despise ironing!! You are right, we can’t all be perfect! πŸ˜‰
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  • November 1, 2011 Jaime

    I always feel bad about the amount of TV I like to watch. Someday my house will be cleaner and meals will be more varied, but I don’t know when that day will be.

    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      It’s not our fault there are so many good shows out there……..

  • November 1, 2011 Sweaty

    Even after reading your list above, I still think you are one of the most efficient and organized person I’ve ever known. Seriously! And you know what, I still (and will always nag you about it) think that you should write a guide book on blogging :))

    I hate cooking, ironing, crafting… so no wonder we get along, eh?

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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      I only ‘appear’ organized and efficient!

  • November 1, 2011 bestfoodies

    Loved this post and all the comments…looks like we all have a few things in common. My favorite attire is jeans, t-shirt and flip flops…Winter is coming in Indy and flip flops don’t work out…ticks me off lol. As far as boring…I am a homebody…don’t like crowds or noise and would be willing to put my boringness up against anyones lol! I do love to cook though! (and thank goodness for my DVR, I have show addiction)
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! Shame about the flip flops. I get to wear them year round, thanks to tropical weather!

  • November 1, 2011 Erica M

    Have you seen the movie Constipated?

    No, it hasn’t come out yet.

    Hahahahha…I was the only one who laughed when my niece told this joke at dinner, no less. My mom was horrified.

    I love getting to know you through your blog posts. Great post, and thanks for linking it to lovelinks.
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison


      Thanks for that!

  • November 1, 2011 angela

    I love this list. I feel like I know you better πŸ™‚ And love you even more!

    Also, with all of your jeans knowledge, I would love to know what I can buy that will not give me a saggy butt. But will not cost $200, because I still have some lbs. to lose!

    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Angela!

      As for jeans knowledge – let’s see, get one with pockets in the right place at the back, it perks your tush right up!

  • November 1, 2011 Jamie

    Wait a minute, I thought the dry cleaners were for ironing??
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      I’m too lazy to go to the dry cleaners!

  • November 1, 2011 Lindsey

    Aside from #5-7, you and I have a lot in common!
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  • November 1, 2011 Brandi

    Here’s a secret – good photos are almost always edited! So, don’t feel bad.

    I’m new here, but I found myself smiling as I was reading. I’m not a cook, either – in fact, cooking freaks me out. I get stressed and anxious, and just trust me when I say that it’s not pretty. I tell people that I can’t cook just so no one will expect me TO cook. Yes, I lie to my loved ones. I can cook, but I hate it so much. I’d rather scrub toilets and iron every single thing in my closet than cook.

    That being said, I’m an awesome sous-chef, if someone’s there to explain what “julienne” means and to praise my salad arranging.

    I feel bad for my future husband, whoever he may be. He has NO idea, poor thing. Hope he likes pizza!
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      You can scrub my toilets and iron my clothes, and I’ll cook for you, deal? Though only 3 times a week.

      My husband loves pizza – I wonder why πŸ™‚

  • November 1, 2011 Kir

    I can’t…won’t…I won’t believe that you and I are that much alike…seriously??? You are my mentor mom, the good blogger, good at everything really!!!!!!

    it’s almost nice to see you have some ummmm, things you don’t like. I don’t iron either, my mom does our ironing for me. πŸ™‚ Some of it is the fibro and some of it is me HATING ironing, works either way. πŸ™‚
    just when I am sure I can’t like you more…I do!!!!
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Kir!! I’m so flattered you think of me as a mentor and a good blogger/ at everything – I am so not! πŸ™‚

      Someone needs to invent iron-free clothes!

  • November 1, 2011 Amanda Austin

    I would rather wear wrinkled clothes than iron. HATE IT.
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  • November 1, 2011 Ado

    Oh my God – we’re twins. Except for #5, I’d be watching too much TV if we hadn’t killed ours. (-:
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      I can’t get over that you have NO TV!

  • November 1, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I try to cook every night. Thankfully my guys will eat just about everything.
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  • November 2, 2011 Mirjam

    Are we on the same page with our blogposts this week or what? I am crafty but I also glue my fingers together, so maybe this is just our thing. And I am really boring, so we should hang out!
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      That would be lovely!

  • November 2, 2011 molly

    Ha! I can relate to all of these. Although I wouldn’t say you’re boring because you don’t go clubbing. I think that just means you’re a grown up πŸ™‚

    I suck at cooking and cleaning and crafting. But hey, I’m still a good mom and wife because I love my kids, right? RIGHT?
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      Absolutely RIGHT!

  • November 2, 2011 Lola

    I love this little glimpse into who you are. And these “faults”? I think they make you even more fabulous…if that’s even possible! Much Lola love!
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      Aw, shucks, thank you Lola!

  • November 2, 2011 Jessica

    I love this! I, too, thought I’d enjoy and want to cook everyday as a sahm, but that hasn’t proven to be the case. Some days, I enjoy cooking but other days I’m fine with eating out. And, I don’t beat myself up about this. At all. One truth about myself? Hmm. I didn’t start shaving my legs regularly until a month ago. *gasp I know. It’s shocking!
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      Haha! Are you one of those not-very-hairy people?

      Ok that sounds wrong but you know what I mean πŸ˜‰

  • November 2, 2011 Catheryn

    Hey hey… you sound a little like me and most moms out there! πŸ™‚ so High 5!

    And I dont agree with Point 10! Good or not with joking, you never fail to make me giggle happily reading your posts!
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      I love that I make people laugh πŸ™‚

  • November 2, 2011 Kelley

    I doubt you’re boring! You like the quiet things in life. I like those, too, but I do love the movies and a good concert here and there. I need to go to the gym, too!! I have a membership and everything. Shame, shame.
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  • November 2, 2011 Just Jennifer

    I can be crafty, but I suck at wrapping gifts. And I kinda don’t care cuz they just get ripped open anyway. As long as the contents are concealed, I’m happy. I too hate ironing and WILL NOT do it. I’m a throw the clothing in the dryer with a damp washcloth kind of gal. I’m terrible at exercising. And I don’t do a lot of cooking. In my defense there, my husband is a better cook than I. Oh, and I too watch a lot of TV shows.

    Pretty much, except for the jeans, I could’ve written this post!
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      The jeans thing is really terrible, isn’t it? Consumerism at its worst!

  • November 2, 2011 January

    I loved this! We have lots in common except I do love to cook. As for ironing – totally with you there. I avoid it at all costs. And I’m for certain the WORST present wrapper ever. Thank God for gift bags.
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      Yes, thank goodness for gift bags!

  • November 2, 2011 Elena

    I’m with you on hating ironing. Can’t stand it! And sometimes takeout is just the way to go. πŸ˜‰
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  • November 2, 2011 Kimberly

    oh I love you.
    i can’t cook either…which is strange because I am addicted to watching the Food Network.
    I don’t own a bunch of jeans because I hate buying pants. True. i hate buying pants. Isn’t that weird?
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  • November 2, 2011 Kimberly

    Ooops that meant to say that I don’t cook much either…not cook…I can kick ass in the kitchen. Just sayin
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      I get you – I don’t suck at cooking, I just don’t always enjoy it. I need to be in the mood!

      Long ago when I was skinny, I loved shopping for pants. Now, with my giant hips, notsomuch.

  • November 2, 2011 Mommy2Β’

    As you are finding… you are not alone! I will say I love your choices in TV shows! We share a lot of the same. Dexter is my all time fav! I’m hoping this season starts to pick up a bit more though.
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  • November 2, 2011 Mama Track

    I hear ya. I used to be a workout addict. Now I struggle to find time. It’s really, really hard. Especially pregnant, you know….
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      I can’t understand that lady who RAN A MARATHON then gave birth. That’s…… insane.

  • November 2, 2011 Leslie

    Hi, have we met before? I’m totally guilty of the too much TV thing; and I loathe ironing; and I’m a total homebody (which is why most of our parties are at our house!). As for sending you a joke, my mother-in-law’s love of puns has rubbed off, so mine are AWFUL. (for example, I even got my daughter saying that our backyard maze is a-maze-ing. Wah, wah wah!)
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha! I do love puns πŸ™‚

  • November 2, 2011 Leighann

    I would love to own a lot of pairs of jeans!!!
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  • November 2, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Yessss!! I don’t exercise either, lol! I always feel so guilty about it b/c I feel like everyone but me is exercising. Although I have started walking a bit with Donut in the evenings.
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    • November 2, 2011 Alison

      I try not to look at my thighs when I read about people running and doing marathons πŸ˜‰

  • November 3, 2011 Elaine

    This isn’t very P.C. but here goes…

    What happened to the Indian who drank 30 gallons of iced tea?….

    Wait for it…..

    He drowned in his own tea pee! ;p

    You can remember that, right?

    Love ya despite your aversion to glue. xo
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    • November 3, 2011 Alison

      Hahahahaha!! I totally cracked up at that, thank you!

  • November 3, 2011 Varda (SquashedMom)

    Love this! Agree with you on so much of it. Ironing? Ironing you say? Let’s put it this way: in one of Jacob’s many speech tests they were showing him pictures and asking him to name objects. They showed him an ironing board and he drew a blank. I had to explain to the nice tester that this was not to be marked against him – he had never seen one because in his ENTIRE life I have not ironed, not once.
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    • November 3, 2011 Alison

      Hahahaha!! That is actually pretty funny πŸ™‚

  • November 3, 2011 XLMIC

    I love this list… but I am still stuck on your good news!
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  • November 3, 2011 Cookie's Mom

    Alison, you are too funny. I’m sorry, I don’t remember jokes either! BUT I do have a no-ironing tip. I don’t like to iron either. It’s pretty dry here in AB, so I hang all of my clothes to dry after washing rather than put them in the dryer. The clothes last longer and the wrinkles just fall out. If there are any wrinkles left on the day I want to wear something, I spray the piece with a bit of water (always have a spray bottle full of water available for this) and let it hang or toss it in the dryer for a few minutes – voila!
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    • November 4, 2011 Alison

      Thanks for the tip! I live in an apartment though, so there’s nowhere I can hang clothes up. Also? The weather here is such that if I do, they smell funny.

      So wrinkled I shall be! (but at least I smell nice)

  • November 4, 2011 Mrs. Jen B

    You are too funny – but I refuse to believe that you’re not a good cook, not with all the tasty things you talk about making. I call “false” on that one. πŸ˜‰
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    • November 5, 2011 Alison

      I cheat, I use easy recipes (and yours!).

  • November 4, 2011 Miss Marina Star

    Oh my goodness, you are ME! At every one of your lists I nodded and said, “Yep!”

    It’s funny but in all these little ways, I think you’re feeding your soul. You’re taking time for yourself and doing things in a way that gives you more energy for your family. At least, that’s what I tell myself every time I reach for the take-out menu.
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    • November 5, 2011 Alison

      That’s a good way to look at it!

  • November 5, 2011 Christine

    Ditto #2 – I’d be lost lost lost without What do you use to edit your pix?
    And the only reason I don’t watch too much TV is that my kids are always using it!!
    Great list.
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    • November 5, 2011 Alison

      I use PhotoScape, it’s a free tool for Windows and I love it!

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