Wednesday, February 18, 2009

True/False Answers Revealed

1. I have been stung by a jellyfish.

TRUE! Every June, my family headed to Ocean City, Maryland on vacation for a week. We drove the 10 hours down there (without air conditioning and without seatbelts - it was the 80's) and rented a condo on the beach. Tons of dead jellyfish would be washed up on the shore. And I, of course, stepped on one. Since I was kinda known as a drama queen anyway, when I complained about my foot hurting, my parents were too drunk unconcerned to take a look. But when we got back home to NY, I ended up having to go to the emergency room because my foot was swollen and layers of skin were peeling off in clumps. And they removed the stinger that had been in my foot for over a week! Gah.

2. I have never broken a bone.

TRUE! And aside from the stitches that accompanied my 3 c-sections, I've only ever had to have stitches one other time. My best friend and I had just hopped out of the car after arriving at her family's log cabin on the lake. I was going to be staying for a whole week with them. We skipped down to the creek in our flip-flops, I slipped on a rock and cut my shin. 5 stitches and no lake swimming all that week.

3. I once sang "Mustang Sally" as a backup singer with a band. In Australia.

TRUE! In 1994-1995, I spent a trimester abroad drinking studying in Melbourne during my senior year of college. One weekend, about 12 of us took a road trip along the Great Ocean Road and ended up spending the night in a hotel. Where the evening's entertainment happened to have booked rooms right next to ours. So we met this Australian band and had a few drinks with them beforehand. During their performance, they called for us American gals to come up on stage to sing. So we did. "Mustang Sally now baby...riiiiiiiide Sally riiiiiiiide!"

4. I have driven a NASCAR racecar.

BIG FAT FALSE. Never have. Congrats to Suburb Sierra (a fellow Masshole!) for guessing correctly. But I have been to the Daytona 500. And only saw 13 laps of the entire race. That will be my next story for ya.

5. Arnold Palmer was at my wedding.

TRUE! Hubby and I got married in Charlotte, North Carolina, the same weekend that the Senior PGA golf tour was in town. Our reception was held at a Hyatt, and Arnie was staying at that very hotel. He was bellied up at the bar throughout our reception. The bar which the groomsmen kept leaving the reception to frequent, much to this Bride's annoyance (1) because Arnold Palmer was in there and (2) because the Bruins hockey game was on the TV. One of my bridesmaids got her picture taken with him, and we have his autograph on a Hyatt cocktail napkin.

6. I have hiked part of the Appalachian Trail.

TRUE! After going through a pretty bad breakup (pre-Hubby), I took a road trip with some friends to visit one friend's boyfriend in Virginia. And we spent a drizzly Saturday hiking part of the Appalachian Trail (remember this, Christy and Kim?), passing hard-core hikers who smelled as though they hadn't used a smidge of deodorant EVER. We ended our trek at an awesome family-style restaurant and ate our faces off.

7. When I was a child, I had a black tooth.

TRUE! I totally remember this, even though I was only about 5 years old. I was walking to church between my Mom and my Grandmother. I had a green woolen coat on, and I had both hands in my pockets. And was skipping. I tripped, fell and banged my face on the sidewalk. Blood everywhere. Turns out, I killed the nerve in one of my top baby teeth and it turned BLACK. My parents started wiggling that ugly tooth immediately and it was the first baby tooth I lost. I'm not sure why, but Dad called it my "moo tooth".

8. I'm going back to NYC in less than a month!

TRUE! And this time, it's on someone else's dime! I can't reveal all the details yet, but I can tell you it has something to do with fishies...

9. I once spent an entire day in the Pittsburgh airport because I allowed myself to get bumped off two different flights in order to receive 2 free round-trip tickets.

TRUE! Wouldn't you do this too if you were young, single and didn't really want to head back to your job at a law firm after the Christmas holidays?

10. I was advised by my doctor that I should not become pregnant again because it could be potentially harmful to me and the unborn baby.

TRUE. Sad, but true. After Baby's birth, I ended up with a catheter for 7 DAYS. 7 days, people! With a pee bag yellow Gucci purse (as I preferred to call it). Turns out, my uterine lining was paper-thin from the 2 previous c-sections and in attempting to get Baby out, my doctor nicked my bladder. (Some women still have thick uterine linings, even after 4, 5 births; some have thinner. Great. The only thing "thin" about me is my uterine lining.) Somberly, she told Hubby and I that if I were to become pregnant again, it would be dangerous if I were to go into labor on my own, since my uterine lining is so thinned out and they would have to induce me at 36 weeks. Hubby and I had already made the decision beforehand that Baby was IT, so there really wasn't an issue. But Hubby was much more affected by the doctor's news than I was. He didn't like the fact that the decision to be done was, in a way, taken out of our hands.


Allison said...


Chris said...

I second Allison's comment.

Anonymous said...

The yellow Gucci purse part is pretty funny. But oh my goodness, you were stung by a jellyfish?! And the stinger stayed in your foot for a WEEK?!

Suburb Sierra said...

LOL. See, it would take a Masshole who is a Red-Neck wannabe (Ok, not really) to know that getting inside one of those cars is either damn expensive or near impossible :) Fun post.

Manic Mommy said...

You know you're a mommy when you spend a 'trimester' abroad in Australia rather than the normal 'semester' non mommies took.

(I'm just jealous because I didn't do either.)

justme said...

i went to australia and the great ocean drive. beautiful country and fun !!!

Chaotic Joy said...

What a fun life you have already lived!


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