I am headed off to the Haven blog conference in Atlanta today. I have been busy preparing for a session at which I will be speaking and have gotten a little behind in getting a post photographed for today. Instead of posting a project on the blog while I am away, I thought it would be fun for you to get to know me a bit better. I am sharing 5 things that you may not know about me. Just little things you would know if you knew me in person.
While I am at it, if you have any questions you wanted to know about me but were afraid to ask, go ahead and ask it in the comments. I will try to get them answered when I log onto my computer when I get back to my hotel room every night.
Here it goes…
1. I am seriously claustrophobic. As I have gotten older, it has gotten worse. I can’t be in my basement for long periods of time or any room without windows. When I stay in hotels, I always sleep in the bed by the window with the drapes open even at night. I take the stairs instead of elevators unless my destination is a very high floor, then I just focus, grin, and bare it. I can’t even put my head under water in the pool anymore. This is one of the reasons why I like minimal window treatments and my windows wide open. My dream house would have walls that were windows and doors like the one in the photo above.
2. I am an identical twin. Sorry I don’t have a recent photo of us together. Next time I am with her I will get one. My twin sister’s name is Carol. Last week we turned 55. YIKES!!!! She was born 5 minutes before me, so she is actually older than me. :-) We are used to being stopped and asked all kinds of questions like: What’s it like to be a twin? Did you ever switch classes in school, or switch boyfriends? Who is smarter, skinnier, fatter, etc? Our friends can tell us apart easily, but when you first meet us when we are together – you will think we look exactly alike. She is a Nurse Practitioner who heads a nursing school.
We still have the same baby tooth that has never fallen out. We got our first “period” on the same day 12 hours apart when we were young teens. It amazed our parents that our biological clocks were precisely the same. We know that in the womb, I was on the left side and she was on the right since we feel off when walking , sitting, or standing next to each other if we are reversed. We dressed alike until the 6th grade, but do have very similar tastes in clothes even now. We do share a sixth sense that has come in handy a few times in our lives. To answer the question...What’s it like to be a twin? It is all I have ever known. It had many perks growing up – like being popular just because… we were twins.
3. I am addicted to sugar and trying to break the addiction. Being addicted to anything is not fun, but when you say you are addicted to sugar, others will laugh and say, “ha ha…me, too.” Addiction and a “sweet tooth ” are two different things. A sweet tooth is when you want something sweet after dinner. Addiction is having to have it all day long – a fix that you have to keep giving into that takes over your life. I have never been able to go for a few days without chocolate or something sweet in my entire life, except when I was in the hospital with appendicitis.
Over the past year, my addiction to sugar had gotten so out of control that I had to find something to help or I was going to become diabetic or worse. I found something after lots of research and plan to write a whole post on the topic since I am truly amazed! It is simple and inexpensive. No doctors or drugs, only a little bottle of… Dill Oil! You read that right, dill oil. I have been into essential oils for a few years and over the past year have been reading everything I could about how to use different oils besides diffusing them so my house smells good. I bought a book on Amazon called the Reference Guide for Essential Oils and looked up “sugar addiction” Sure enough it was listed and the first item under the heading was to rub dill oil mixed with some carrier oil ( almond, olive, grapeseed) on your wrists. “Say what?” … I had to read it a few times until it sunk in. It can’t be that easy. All these years of struggling with the addiction and never winning… I figured I had nothing to lose and bought a bottle of dill oil. You can buy it anywhere they sell essential oils. I started putting it on my wrists the day after Mother’s Day. 8 weeks. Life changing! I want to get on my hands and knees and say thank you God for putting the book on my radar. Once I pass another month or two, I will post all about it in more detail. So far – a TOTAL success.
4. I am also addicted to skincare products. This is a fun, but expensive addiction to have. I can’t pass a Sephora or a department store cosmetic counter without testing the potions and lotions that promise perfect skin. Sometimes the obsession wanes and I only have 2 serums, 3 day creams and two night creams in my bathroom cabinet. Right now is not one of those times. The nice ladies at the Lancome counter yesterday gave me lots of travel sizes freebies to take on my trip to Atlanta. They know that I will be back to buy the full size of one of them soon. I have seen good results using a variety of products, but my skin responds best to Lancome and Dr. Denese products. I mix the day cream with the sunscreen I mentioned in this post.
5. And last but not least…I can’t get enough of Beachfront Bargain Hunt! Have you seen the show? If one of your dreams in life is to have a house on the water then you will love this show. The premise of the show is that you can get a waterfront home for under $350,000. I hope I can find one! It is on Sunday nights – I DVR all the episodes.
I will be back on Monday with a teeny peek at what I am doing in my bedroom.
If you have any questions you would like to know about me, the blog, or anything – ask away. XO