Five Things

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I am co-hosting a fun link up with Galit Breen of These Little Waves from December 5-9, Memories Captured. You have a chance to win a 16 x 20 Canvas Press photo print! More details here!

I couldn’t resist this prompt over at Mama Kat’s Losin’ It: List 5 things we don’t know about you, 5 things you’re knowledgeable about, 5 things you know nothing about, and 5 things you believe.

I love lists and I love talking about myself (hah!), so yeah, no-brainer.

5 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I did ballet when I was a kid. I quit when I was 7 because I couldn’t stand my teacher.

2. I wanted to be Jem of Jem and the Holograms when I was 8.

3. I nearly became a flight attendant when I was 18.

4. I practice smiling in front of the mirror more often than I should.

5. I really hate birds.

5 Things I’m Knowledgeable About

1. Public relations. At least, I hope I still have the skills!

2. Blogging. I think. Hah!

3. How to make a good cup of tea.

4. Elmo. Thanks to my son.

5. The benefits of exercise and drinking water. I just need to put this into practice.

5 Things I Know Nothing About

1. Elf on the Shelf. I don’t get it.

2. Sewing. I’m in awe of people who can sew.

3. Politics. I don’t want to know.

4. Dora, Calilou, Tangled – I don’t want to know either.

5. Computer programming. My husband is a whiz at this. We’ll just let him have one up on me on something.

5 Things I Believe In

1. Kindness.

2. Honesty.

3. Joy can be found in many things – just stop and look.

4. Black is a slimming color.

5. Ice cream and chocolate make any situation better.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Tell me one thing you believe in.



I also have a guest post today!!

I haven’t written at all about Monkey’s birth.

My birth story is nothing unusual – there were no dramatics (other than my continuously begging for an epidural which was 90 long minutes in coming. Oh, there was also the severe postpartum blood loss. Eh); there were no glorious mother/ baby photos (I was drifting in and out of consciousness for the first 2 hours postpartum and didn’t even hold my baby except when he was newly born and I had him for 5 minutes); but mostly, I just didn’t know how to approach telling it without being long winded and boring.

When Kimberly of Zook Book Nook graciously asked me 3 months ago if I’d write a guest post for her focusing on one of 5 senses in honor of her newborn daughter, that of smell, I thought it would be a perfect way of telling you my birth story in a mere 220 words (or so).

If you’d be so kind as to visit Kimberly to wish her and her third daughter well, and read my very short post, I’d be all over you like a kid with a cupcake.

Thank you!




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  • December 2, 2011 tracy

    Don’t try to understand the elf. The elf is bad. The elf is evil. #occupyelfontheshelf
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    • December 2, 2011 Alison

      I only sort of understood it after reading your poem. I get that it’s evil, mostly. 😉

  • December 2, 2011 Kiddothings

    Heh, politics I don’t want to know either. Everything in moderation – even chocolate and blogging; that’s something I believe in.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      I say that a lot too – moderation. But I don’t practice it much 🙂

  • December 2, 2011 Jessica

    I quit ballet, wanted to be Jem and know way too much about Elmo, we must have been separated at birth.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      I love that!!!

  • December 2, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I think ice cream and chocolate can do miracles. They also help me be patient while I am waiting other miracles to happen.

    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Yes, that, exactly!

  • December 2, 2011 Andrea

    I wanted to be Jem too! I loved Jem so much 🙂 I had completely forgotten about that show. Now I must find it for my little girl to enjoy, thanks!
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      YouTube! Jem is awesome.

  • December 2, 2011 Amanda Austin

    Black is a slimming color = yes. yes yes yes yes yes.

    I also don’t get elf on the shelf. It’s so creepy to me.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Am I glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t get the Elf!

  • December 2, 2011 angela

    I believe mostly in love. And that my kids become one hundred times needier the second I open the laptop or pick up a phone. My morning computer time is almost done, but I opened your birth story in another window to save for later 🙂

    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Love – yes! Kids needy when we’re doing something else – yes!! And thank you for reading my guest post 🙂

  • December 2, 2011 Natalie

    This is a fun list! I wonder if you would have been a famous ballerina? 🙂 And who didn’t want to be Jem LOL?
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      I wasn’t a very good ballet dancer 😉

  • December 2, 2011 Erica M

    I love your 5 beliefs. You can also try a deep brown or navy so the black isn’t so severe. Or sweatpants.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Black matches my hair though.

  • December 3, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    I believe in the power of red wine…
    and Jem…how I love Jem…though I didn’t like that she was bigger than Barbie and they couldn’t share clothes…
    oh, and Caillou is creepy
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Hah! The power of red wine – gotta love that.

  • December 3, 2011 Jessica

    “Ice cream and chocolate make any situation better.” – Spoken from a wise, wise woman. I’m off to check out your guest post now.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Hee! Thanks Jessica, for reading my guest post.

  • December 3, 2011 Brandi

    I SO wanted to be Jem, too! They are running reruns on one of the kiddie channels over here – my niece loves it, and it’s so funny to see 80s fashions in cartoons again.
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  • December 3, 2011 Brandi

    Oh, also? Yo Gabba Gabba freaks me out and I know more about Dora than I ever cared to know.

    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      I watch Jem on YouTube once in a while (shhh).

  • December 3, 2011 FranceRants

    I now believe in yoga (wait, what was your question? never mind, this is what I am going to answer. I’ve had a lot of coffee today and my brain waves are jumbled)….so where was I? Oh, yes, I believe in yoga because I just tried it this week (it took me courage to go to classes too btw…and those yoga people in class are quiet, which I am not used to, although they do breathe loud. I’ve had to work hard to keep me jokes to myself). Ironically, this week the Catholic church just announced that the head Exorcist (yes, he exists) feels that yoga is Satanic. So, I’ve got that going for me.

    How are you feeling my dear??
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Haha! I wanted to write I believe in yoga too, but I haven’t done it in 2 years so……

      (and it’s not Satanic, haha!)

      I’m feeling well, thank you for asking!

  • December 3, 2011 Heather

    This made me chuckle. I totally don’t understand Caillou either.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Glad I made you chuckle 🙂

  • December 3, 2011 julie gardner

    I believe I need an eighth day added to my week (just one) during which the rest of the world would have to stop so I could catch up.

    But I’d probably end up ruling the world if this happened. Which wouldn’t be good for anyone.

    Especially the elves on shelves.
    They’d be the first to go.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Oh I wish YOU ruled the world, truly.

  • December 3, 2011 Barbara

    oh the Elf, it’s become such a point of contention in our family!
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Best if it didn’t exist, right?

  • December 3, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Love this, Alison. I laughed out loud that you hate birds…kind of funny!
    And I love the things you believe in…all SO true 🙂

    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Haha, I really hate birds. Not that I’m afraid of them, I just …. don’t like them. I do play Angry Birds though 😉

  • December 3, 2011 Kelley

    Loved reading your list! So funny about the birds. Ha! I am on my way to read your post. 🙂
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Thanks for reading my guest post!

  • December 3, 2011 Carri

    I don’t get Elf on the Shelf, either. It just seems so creepy.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      If I woke up and saw one sitting somewhere in my house, I would freak the hell out.

  • December 3, 2011 January

    Love your lists! Very fun! I SO wanted to be Kimber from Jem and the Holograms. I still watch that show. Shhh.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      I do too, shhhhh.

  • December 3, 2011 elizabeth-flourishinprogress

    I believe that our past doesn’t have to determine our future. And our upbringing doesn’t define who we become as an adult. It’s something I try to remind myself every day.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      You’ve gone all serious on me, Liz. Where’s the mofo I love?

      But I do love what you believe in. 🙂

  • December 3, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Ice cream and chocolate do definitely make anything better. So you’re a fellow tea drinker, eh? We should swap recipes.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Okay, I may have given you the illusion that I’m a SERIOUS tea drinker. I do know how to make a good cuppa, but just plain black tea 😉

  • December 3, 2011 Missy

    Right there with you on Elf on the Shelf.
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank goodness!

  • December 3, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —Mama, A,
    Looove your new, sexy photo.

    And I always enjoy getting to learn more about YOU… I must do this for my next post! :))))
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      Thank you!

      Yes, do try this prompt, I’d love to see what you come up with 🙂

  • December 3, 2011 Galit Breen

    Love these Alison!

    {But Tangled, you *must* see Tangled- way better than Elmo, I promise!}


  • December 3, 2011 Sweaty

    Hee hee hee… I somehow couldn’t picture you as a flight attendant, Alison! I mean, you’re not exactly the type who’d smile and just take it when someone makes rude comments (I have this hilarious mental image of you throwing some icy cold drinks on a passenger–hahaha forgive me!).

    Ditto on politics! Ugh, the whole thing’s too dramatic for me. And yes! Black IS a slimming color. Absolutely!
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    • December 3, 2011 Alison

      I know! I can’t picture myself fake smiling through my days either!

  • December 3, 2011 Lola

    Love your list! And I don’t know why, but picturing you “practice smile” in front of the mirror has got me giggling 🙂
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    • December 4, 2011 Alison

      It’s silly, isn’t it? Hehe

  • December 3, 2011 Liz

    These are awesome lists! No me gusta Dora tambien. 🙂 I know we are the same age-ish, but I must have missed Jem. Lots of my friends reference her, too, but I don’t remember her at all.

    • December 4, 2011 Alison

      YouTube Jem!

  • December 3, 2011 mamawearpapashirt

    Amen to black, and cheers to ice-cream and chocolate! 😛
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  • December 4, 2011 Nichole

    Great list!
    I don’t get the elf either.
    And I’m okay with that.
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    • December 4, 2011 Alison

      Oh good, it’s not just me 🙂

  • December 4, 2011 Ado

    I love this! That you hate birds and practice your smile in the mirror. Love you even more than already!

    • December 4, 2011 Alison

      Hee hee! I’m pretty silly 🙂

  • December 4, 2011 christine

    Ice cream and chocolate do make everything better. And I too am in awe of people who can sew.
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  • December 4, 2011 wendy

    I don’t understand the Elf either! I believe chocolate is a good idea in almost any situation. Also gummy bears don’t hurt.
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    • December 5, 2011 Alison

      Oooh I love gummy bears.

  • December 5, 2011 Jen Has A Pen

    I also am in awe of people who can sew. I have zero skills in that department. George usually sews my buttons back on for me.
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    • December 5, 2011 Alison

      That’s so sweet! If only my husband could sew…

  • December 5, 2011 Mandy

    Glamour and glitter, fashion and fame….Jem is truly outrageous. Loved that show too! Jem and Kids Incorporated were my world.

  • December 5, 2011 Just Jennifer

    It’s so interesting to me that you’re Malaysian, yet you seem so American (re Jem, etc.). So why do you hate birds?

    • December 5, 2011 Alison

      I blame television 🙂

      I’m not sure why I hate birds – I just don’t see the appeal. As pets they’re boring. As wildlife, they’re pretty uninteresting (to me). The only birds I like are edible 😉

  • December 5, 2011 Julie

    I’m pretty handy in most things domestic, but sewing scares the crap out of me. That machine is terrifying.
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    • December 5, 2011 Alison

      That machine just baffles me. It shouldn’t be so complicated!

  • December 5, 2011 Sandra

    I’m really digging this “5 Things” prompt from Mama Kat. I laughed when I read your view on politics: don’t know, don’t wanna know. I hear ya. I’m clueless but I’m ok with that.
    Going to read you over at Kimberly’s now!
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    • December 5, 2011 Alison

      I’m so okay with not knowing about politics!

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my guest post!

  • December 5, 2011 Jamie

    I so enjoy these little snippets about you!

    I believe in everything happening for a reason!
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    • December 5, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jamie! That is a good thing to believe in.

  • December 5, 2011 Kimberly

    I wanted to be Jem too! And politics? Forget it.
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    • December 5, 2011 Alison

      Hah we could start a Jem Band!

  • December 5, 2011 Ann

    Hi Alison! Nice picture….is it new? Or am I woefully unobservant?! I am in total agreement regarding ice-cream and chocolate and I also do not understand the whole Elf on the Shelf thing! Thanks for the list!
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    • December 5, 2011 Alison

      Hi Ann! Yes, I changed it a few days ago, but it’s an old picture (from 2008).

  • December 5, 2011 Jessica

    I don’t get Elf on the Shelf either.
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    • December 5, 2011 Alison

      It’s just creepy to me.

  • December 12, 2011 Robin

    Sewing, ditto. Politics, ditto. Chocolate and ice cream, ditto. 🙂
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