October 4, 2013

C is for...

CAROLINE! Just kidding. But obviously, my name begins with a "C" so I have to put that down first.

Cosmetology: I've been a hairstylist for over thirteen years. Most of my new neighbors don't know this, and I'm not going to tell. Mostly because I just don't want to deal with doing people's hair right now. I mean, I CAN, and I WILL, I just would prefer not to. Mostly because I'm not in a salon, and I love doing hair at a shop, but I hate doing it at my house. (Even my own family. I put it off forever, because the hair: it gets EVERYWHERE.)

College: Right now, I'm in college. I'm working on getting my degree in art education. This is a ten year plan, because I'm only taking a couple of classes at a time. (Because if I take more than that, my head will explode.) Right now, I'm enrolled in Drawing, Art appreciation, and English. And yes, I am re-taking English because I failed the last class because I didn't go to class often enough. Because it was during my naptime. And you know I have to have a nap every day or else I get sick. No joke. This is why I'm loving the distance learning programs that schools are offering. Video chat with a professor from home? Sign me up!

Celexa: This is my happy pill. Not that it makes me happy, so much as it makes me not crazy. I don't know if it's taboo or not to talk about, but I have some mental illness issues (depression/anxiety) which are exacerbated by my neurological problems, and celexa has been a life saver for me. Literally. You could take away all my other prescriptions, and I would learn to deal, but take away my celexa? And I will kill you. Again, literally.

Color: I love color. I love color in my hair, I love color in my yard, I love color in my house. I don't like color on the WALLS of my house, because then I can't change all the other stuff around it. Because sometimes, when I'm feeling crazy, I rearrange all the pictures/furniture in my house. It's like having a new house, but for no money! You should try! And I don't really wear colored clothes. I mostly wear a lot of black, because I like it. Also: my hair has been every color of the rainbow. True story.

Craftsman: I like to make things, but I would not call myself a crafter. This is because the things I make are beautiful and I spend hours upon hours on them, and they are exquisitely made. I hate the term "crafter" and "crafting" because it sounds like a cheap imitation version of the real thing. And I realize that the term "arts and crafts" has been around forever, but that is to say artists and craftsman have been around forever. Also: this is obviously a major pet peeve of mine.

Cheerful: I have a pretty good attitude about most things. This is because I prefer to be happy, so I just do that... be happy.

Cooking: I love to cook. I like to make dinner every night, and I like to experiment in the kitchen. I would love to take cooking classes, just so I could learn how to cook different things and use new ingredients. I hardly ever follow recipes, I just throw things together that sound good, and it works out for me. This has helped immensely with my children's eating habits, because they'll eat anything... No food is off limits. Except shrimp. But that's because we have an allergy situation, not because we don't love it.

Cleaning: I also like to clean. I LOVE a clean house, and I like everything that goes into getting it that way. Except that the level of cleanliness has taken a nose dive over the years simply because I am not capable of cleaning things the way I want to. I would love to be able to afford a cleaning lady, but since that's not going to happen, we do the best we can. My kids all have chores, and they're more than happy to help out. But it's the little dumb things that don't get cleaned that bother me, like the grime on the doors and behind the fridge.I wish I had more energy to clean, but I just don't. I have learned to deal with this, and I pretend not to notice.

Control: I like to be in control of lots of things. This is because there are so many things I CAN'T control, including my own dumb body, that I like to exert control in other areas of my life. This is not to say I'm a controlling person. I just like to be the boss of things.