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Piece #13

We interrupt your national coverage of the recent Presidential Elections for this very important announcement:

I have a thing for husky men.

Oh yes, I do.  🙂

If you ask any of my close friends what kind of guy is my “type”.  They’ll know the answer!   And, hopefully, they’ll know that there’s a difference between “husky” and “really obese”.

Now, I’m not a size-ist.  I have dated the occasional manorexic, or generally slender guy.  But I usually prefer a man with some meat on his bones.  Someone who gives great hugs and is perfect for cuddling with.    Someone whose hugs I can just get lost in.  🙂

Which is one of the reasons why this guy is a celebrity-crush of mine:

You cant stop this.  You cannot stop this

"You can't stop this. You cannot stop this"

*sigh*.  All this and he’s funny, too!

Another reason to like him is this:

Because I could never love a Yankees fan

We now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

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Piece #12

12.) I LOVE office supplies.

No seriously – I do. And this is not just some “I love Lamp” statement.

I may have mentioned my LOVE of all things office-supply related before. I love new notebooks, pens, pencils, staples, post-it flags…. you name it.

Hence – The grocery stores, convenience stores, superstores – are virtually filled with aisles and aisles of goodness for me. Forget Playgirl – (btw: ick, really!) – Give me an Office Max insert from the Saturday newspaper. Oh baby!

I have to show restraint on a regular basis at work. Every time I get my hands on the giant Staples 2008 catalogue my stomach does little flip-flops. Just last week I “splurged” and ordered myself a Dr Grip mechanical pencil – with #7 lead. Come to Mama…. you gel-gripped masterpiece.

I even convinced my coworkers that we ALL needed one. Really – it’s more economical to use the refillable Dr Grip vs the non-refillable cheap mechanical pencils (which we were out of anyways!) No better time for an upgrade.

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100 Pieces – #11

11.) I go to Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers every year.

Opening Day 2008.  Kathy (right) and Me

Opening Day 2008. Kathy (right) and Me

And I go with my fabulous friend Kathy – who makes the whole experience fun. She also looks after me to make sure that my food/adult beverage ratio is on the right track. 🙂 Kathy also knows the city way better than I do since she went to Wayne State University downtown. So we are always finding some great little pub or restaurant to pop into.

For the last two years we’ve bought season ticket packages as well – so Opening Day is just a start to a great summer. I’m going to admit it right here: I am a Detroit Tigers fan. There, I said it. I’m sorry, Boston Red Sox, you were my first love – and I’m still torn. Truly. But you’re so far away, and neither of us are very good at long distance relationships, are we?

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Piece #10

10.) I went to Michigan State University.

 

And I am PROUD to be a Spartan!  Growing up in Michigan, I was vaguely aware of the rivalry between University of Michigan (UofM) and Michigan State University (MSU).  I really didn’t pick sides on the matter until I was a student at MSU. 

The deciding factors for me were the amount of “green” space and the specialty programs.  I graduated from what was Lyman Briggs School in the College of Natural Science.  LBS is now LBC – it’s been reinstated to college status in the last year.    What LBS meant to me was a uniquely challenging curriculum that integrated the sciences with art/philosophy/politics/pop culture.  You didn’t just learn about science, you also learned how it interracted with society as a whole.

LBS was also a residential college – which meant that I got to live in a huge dorm that largely consisted of other science-minded kids like me.  This was great because it gave me the freedom to fully be my “nerdy, tree-hugging, lab geek” self while I lived there.  It was also a safe place to do class/dinner/game-room time in my own little corner of a huge campus.  It really was the best of both worlds: Small college with lots of personal attention in the midst of a Large, Big Ten University.

As for the green space: My dorm window overlooked a large woodland, and there are lots of parks and natural woods distributed throughout campus.  I still love to walk in the Rose Garden, or the 4-H Children’s Garden – or Beale natural area. 

MSU was a place where I could breathe. 

I definitely made the right choice for me, and I haven’t once looked back with regret.  I made great friends, had lots of good & bad life experiences, learned to live on my own, grew up a WHOLE lot, and enjoyed some awesome Big Ten sports along the way.

#1 Mascot in the US!

#1 Mascot in the US!

Go Green!

Go White!

The fabulous Prezioso sisters, Sparty and me

The fabulous Prezioso sisters, Sparty and me

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Number Nine

9.  I have an unnatural fear of raccoons.

evil!

evil!

It’s one of the few things that really, really scare me.   (That, and dying an old, lonely spinster with 27 cats.  But that’s a whole other post…)

Have you ever heard raccoons fighting?  They used to make these ungodly, demonic noises in the woods behind my house growing up.  Just out of control, and screaming like banshees.  Ever since the first time I heard them fight like that – I have been deathly afraid.

Growing up, one of my favorite stuffed animals was a raccoon named Rocky (SO original, I know…)  It wasn’t until we moved to Michigan that I developed this fear.

Once, while on a camping trip, I refused to sleep in my tent because I saw a lot of raccoons wandering near our campsite on my way back from the bathroom.  I slept in my Pontiac Sunbird instead.  My boyfriend insisted that we get up at the crack of dawn and go back to the tent then so noone would think he was a coward too.

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Numero Ocho

8.) I visit Cape Cod just about every year.

beautiful cape cod beach shot

beautiful cape cod beach shot

I love vacations! But I guess that’s not too special about me. Everyone loves vacations, right? I just rolled up to my cottage in Cape Cod this morning. This is my third summer in a row here and I. LOVE. IT.

It’s not just the beach (great). Or the sand (yay) or the Sunshine, and the smell of salt water in the air (yummm). It’s also that my parents are here, My aunt & uncle are 4 cottages down, and my great-aunt and great-uncle are right across the street from them. Lots of other family & friends will be invading over the upcoming weeks and crashing at one pad or another.

The Doherty’s are the new Kennedy’s. We have our own flippin’ compound here. 🙂 And I have a feeling that it’s only going to grow in the coming years.

And then there’s the seafood. (Can I get a w00t w00t! for Lobster Rolls?). And the unique architecture. The grassy dunes, and a Dunkin Donuts on every corner. sigh. It really is a piece of heaven….

This is the first year in a long time that I haven’t had a least one girlfriend come out with me. I love traveling with my girls. And it’s not just because I’m chronically single. I really do have great girlfriends.

p.s.: does the title of this post remind anyone else of the movie Dodgeball? ESPN-8, “The Ocho!”

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piece #7

7.) I love Fireworks!!

Fourth of July is one of my all-time favorite holidays. The lights, the bangs! and Booms! I especially love the ones that look like giant chysanthemums whose thick, sparkling petals look like they are falling down right on top of you.

The closer I am; the louder and brighter they are- the better! Some of my favorite shows are in Clawson and in Lake Angelus.

Oh, yeah – but especially the ones that go off when you have a great kiss. mmmmm.

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