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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tag, I'm It

Joey at Bloggin' Mama has tagged me, and meme’d me at the same time… I've never been tagged or meme'd before, I'm not sure how I feel about this.

The tagging - I’m supposed to go to my picture files, choose folder #6, choose the 6th picture, then post it on my blog, and give you all a very very intriguing explanation of said picture… You're in for a treat, this is from Halloween. This is Anastasia's grand niece in her adorable kitty kat kostume.
I just barely made it to meet Anastasia over at her niece's house with the camera. I had dropped my son off to trick-or-treat with his friends and then drove 120 miles roundtrip to have my daughter admitted to the hospital and I was racing to meet Anastasia so I could take this great photo.

Now on to the MeMe… I've never had to MeMe before, is it painful?…

So here I go… 7 random facts about me: (Ouchie…)
Just for snicks and grins, and because I want to (and the rules don’t say that I can’t), I’m doing this in reverse order (ala Letterman’s Top 10, only this is top 7):
7. Anastasia and I were rabid Cubs fans, but we are still in mourning, please… respect our privacy, we don’t want to talk about.

6. In my freshman year of high school I flunked gym one quarter, so the next quarter I had to take gym twice a day. And no, they were not kind and did not schedule gym classes back to back. I swear all I did that quarter was change clothes.

5. Much to my children’s chagrin, I am not a gamer, so Anastasia (aka "the fun Mom") plays video games with them. I have my DS and I’ll play puzzle type games – Sudoku, Crosswords, but that’s the extent of it. I fear if I start getting involved in it, I will become obsessed. Kind of like with the computer. Nuff said.

4. I wore horn-rimmed glasses in kindergarten.

3. I used to be incredibly, terribly, painfully shy. Now I am only terribly shy.

2. I grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI.

1. Twenty years ago, on a whim, not knowing a single solitary person, I moved, lock stock and barrel to Chicago, IL. This was my first move away from home on my own.
The Rules say I have to pass both of these on to 5 people, so here are the lucky people:
I Am Harriet
Definitely Maybe
I Do Things So You Don't Have To
Havoc and Mahem

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*Just Jen* said...

I am feeling your pain on the Cubs.....

JD at I Do Things said...

Thanks for the tag. I've put it in the queue. I liked your list. My husband shares your Cubs pain. And, no, he doesn't want to talk about it either.

JD at I Do Things

Babette said...

Hi Lola, Thanks for thinking of me for this tag. I will do it even though I've done the picture meme part. The first one I received does not have the second part. I think this will be fun. :o)
It's nice to know a little bit about you.
Please accept my condolences about the Cubs. Hubby feels the same way about his. :o(
My daughter is painfully shy. My husband and his two brothers were very shy growing up so I think genes has something to do with it. I try to encourage her to talk to her classmates and make friends. She used to go to a public school but we moved her to a smaller private school. We think that having the same classmates every year will at least help her out. I am hoping that she'll come out of her shell. Any ideas on things that I can do to help her?

Lola said...


As I got older I learned if I can't ask for what I want (like at the store) or get the information I need, then I can't get what I want and I can't function. I still find it impossible to make friends, but that's a whole different issue.

My kids have been shy as well and to get them out of it I've taught them how to politely ask for things at the store (starting when they were about 10 and 12). That was something that I couldn't do at their age. They bargain with each other about who is going to do it, but eventually they get it done because they know they aren't going to get whatever it is. They actually take turns now. Maybe that's a bit militant, but it actually did work for us. We also make them order their own food at sit down restaurants.

With both kids they didn't have any contact with kids outside of school when we lived in Chicago. When we moved I told both of them to bring me phone numbers or email addresses of at least 2 classmates by the end of the second week. If they didn't do it, I'd make it their task for the next 2 weeks. Further in the year, I'd ask them to get numbers and emails from 2-3 different kids. I now do this every school year. I also make them join at least 1 afterschool activity. Something they are interested in. Eventually at some point they needed help with homework and had to call someone. My daughter started to make friends quickly. It took my son 2 years, but now he has friends he sees outside of school, and he calls them afterschool almost daily and has plans with them every weekend. It's really hard to believe this was the same kid who didn't make any effort to make friends. It did take a lot of work, some bribing, but now he is very social. His school social worker is amazed at his progress. That's another avenue, contact your school's guidance counselor or social worker and meet with them to work on it together.

My son will be in high school next year and I know I'm going to have to start all over again.

My son is still very bashful around Anastasia's family, but even that is improving. Last night he talked for twenty minutes on the phone with one of her sisters to thank her for the DVD she got him for his birthday. Anastasia had to actually TELL him to get off the phone because her sister had to go to work. LOL!

Babette said...

Thanks for these tips Lola. I'll give these a try.

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