I’m embarrassed to admit it, but…

…I have some confessions. 10 confessions, in fact.

My friend Tricia at A Couple of Dashes tagged me in the 10 Confessions Challenge. The rules?

  • Confess 10 things that are either embarrassing, something nobody knows about, or that are a guilty pleasure.
  • Tag 10 people.

Here are my 10 confessions, in no particular order:

1.  I can’t drive a stick-shift.
So embarrassing! I tried learning multiple times in my late teens and in my 20s, but I could never figure it out. I consider myself to be a self-sufficient, independent boss-lady, so this is deeply humiliating to me

kristi yamaguchi

2.  I was once mistaken for Kristi Yamaguchi.
I don’t know why. I’m half-Chinese, she’s Japanese. Perhaps this is more embarrassing for the person who made the mistake.

3.  I’ve had a potty mouth since the 1st grade.
I learned how to swear on the playground of my Catholic grade school. And I still swear like a truck driver!

the birds

4.  I’m scared of most birds.
You know, like pigeons, seagulls, starlings. And other species. I say “most” because I’m not that scared of pretty little birds like finches, as long as they’re separated from me by glass or wire, or by at least 50 feet.

5. I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird.
You probably don’t think that this counts as an embarrassing confession, but it does. I was an English major and am a voracious reader. I’m ashamed I’ve never been able to read Harper Lee’s masterwork from cover to cover. Maybe it’s because it has “bird” in the title??

6.  I can’t dribble a basketball.
Good thing I like running!

Source: A Couple of Dashes. This GIF was too good not to repeat!

Source: A Couple of Dashes. This GIF was too good not to repeat!

7.  Due to a fear of tweezers, I shaved my eyebrows in junior high school.
Gawd. Seriously, that was one of the worst decisions I ever made. Eyebrow-shaping is next to impossible when using a razor. Fortunately, my brows grew back.

8. I chose my college for a boy.
This also ranks up there with one of the worst decisions ever. Ever ever. I decided to follow my then-boyfriend to college instead of going to the college I really wanted to attend. Poor choice. Thank God I didn’t make the same mistake with grad school.

9.  I love cry-porn.
Not familiar with the term “cry-porn?” Maybe it’s because I’m the only one who uses it. I actually Googled that search term to see if it’s in common-usage and I can assure you it’s not. At least not in the way I use it. So what does it mean? It means I love movies, books, commercials–anything, really–that makes me cry. I enjoy catharsis, in the true meaning of the word. “Terms of Endearment?” Love. We Are Not Ourselves? Love. That Wal-Mart commercial with the kid who’s dad is in Afghanistan and won’t be home for Christmas? Love.

claire danes cry

[Pro Tip: Don’t use your work computer to Google any search terms containing p_____. Trust me on this one.]

10.  If I could be anything in the world, and talent wasn’t an obstacle, I would be a Broadway musical actress.
No joke, folks. I love show tunes and am as cheesy as Chester Cheetah.

Okay, here comes the tagging part:

  1. Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading.
  2. Marilyn at Travis and Marilyn.
  3. Lily at Lily Runs the World.
  4. Laura at Laura Running Wild.
  5. Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC.
  6. Salt at Run Salt Run.
  7. Jenny at Run Jenny Run.
  8. Kristin at Readysetko.
  9. Lisa at Lisa Runs for Cupcakes.
  10. Bradley at Bradley on the Run.

Tag, guys, you’re it!

What is something really embarrassing or funny about you?

18 thoughts on “I’m embarrassed to admit it, but…

  1. Excellent! I am also deeply afraid of birds and can’t really understand why people have them as pets…

    I will work on my list. I am sure it won’t take too long to come up with good ones! 🙂

    • My aunt had a parrot named Pancho, and he’s the only bird I’ve ever really liked. He drank Coke and imitated my aunt when she talked on the phone. Pancho and I were always separated by the bars of his cage, however.

  2. Tricia Johnson says:

    I was laughing out loud at my doctors apt reading this! So funny! They all probably think I’m a weirdo now! I knew you’d love that gif!!! 🙂

    I can’t drive a stick and I haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird either, so don’t feel bad! I’ve also searched for things I didn’t think we’re bad on my work computer only to be completely shocked by what popped up! Eeeekkk!

  3. Love these!!
    I can’t drive a stick either. Had to learn in drivers ed at my high school and I’m pretty sure I broke the car…oops!
    I am a cryer too! Weeping should be my middle name! Ha
    Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I can’t drive stick shift either. My aunt tried to teach me (since she’s so much better than my parents) but after stalling twice, I decided I’d go with automatic from then on.

  5. It’s why I’m super careful about the words i use on my blog. Any google search could go awry! One of my friends was redecorating her son’s bedroom and she googled “boys bedrooms” but what she got was nothing that she was looking for!

  6. I’m on the band wagon – I can’t drive a stick shift either! I sort of understand the concept – but not the application! I also cry watching TV shows and movies – ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ is one of the best/worst – probably more so now that Robin Williams is no longer with us!

    Oh, and I most certainly can’t dribble a basketball! I wish I had funnier things to share…but I can’t think of anything else right now! Thanks for tagging!!

  7. My Aunt is terrified of birds. Like she will push you down and climb on your back if a bird is anywhere near her. She won’t even go near feathered hats. It’s hilarious. I don’t know if your phobia is that bad.
    I haven’t driven a standard in over twenty years so I don’t know if I could drive one today if I had to. I’ll stick with my automatic SUV instead. Ain’t got time to shift.

  8. I love all of this. Here’s something funny which relates to you recommending not search for anything-porn on work computers. One day we were discussing Disney incorporating phallic symbols into their movies. For some reason I ended up googling “Aladdin monkey porn” to find a picture from Aladdin. Not wise.

  9. Fun, looking forward to writing up this post – thanks for tagging me. Haha… when I was in high school… I also shaved (and cut) my eyebrows. Thankfully I am okay with a tweezer now 🙂

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