October 31 11

I always choose to take the stairs.

It irritates me when people say that they don’t have time.

I’m a sucker for a good elbow patch.

I wanted to name my first child Scout. It got vetoed. I still love the name.

I don’t like potatoes. Or chocolate. Or ice cream.

I have the circulation of an 85-year-old woman. I even sleep in socks, buried under three quilts.

I hate my teeth. It’s the part of me that I’m the most self-conscious of, the most aware of. I would fix them if I could afford it. I can’t afford it, so instead, I’ll continue to cover my mouth with my hand on a regular basis. If you know me, you’ve seen it. I’m not proud.

I really, really like Cher.

I am a published author. There are books with my name on them. It doesn’t matter that they are first graders.

I love old things. Planes, cars, bicycles, trains. Bonus points if you drive an Alfa Romeo, something in the ’69 era. Spider, perhaps. Of if you’ve heard of the Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster.

I love musicians. Bonus points if you play the guitar.

If I ever get a tattoo it will say this: Let me hold it close and keep it here with me. No question.

I am still trying to get through this final book in the Harry Potter series. At first, it was a nice thing my son and I were doing; a project for just the two of us—no sisters allowed. We’d each read the book and then watch the corresponding movie together. Speedy McMagicpants has finished the series. I, however, have read about 17 books while trying to get to the end of this series. I just can’t get into it. Dumbledore is dead. Harry and crew are no longer at Hogwarts. I don’t really care about Horcruxes. If I wasn’t so bloody stubborn, I’d pretend to have finished the last book, so the boy and I could just get to the last two movies already. I assume that Harry Potter saves the world and that Ron and Hermione finally do something snogtastic. AmIright?

I am stubborn. I could probably medal in stubborn. Gold, likely.

I am addicted to medicated Chap Stick and Tic Tacs.

I prefer Jon Stewart to Stephen Colbert.

When I watched the original Planet of the Apes for the first time just a few years ago, I had no idea what the ending was. I watched it completely unspoiled and was blown right the heck away.

I think blog lists are stupid, and yet I still wonder why I’m never on any of them.

Mad Men is the best show I have ever seen.

I hate boats.

I have never been drunk.

I have smoked exactly three cigarettes in my life. I did not enjoy any of them.

I am anti-raisin, especially the hidden kind.

I wish I could spend all day with a teacher and a camera in front of my face.

I had a nose job just before I turned 18. It’s true. It was equal parts to fix a deviated septum and to get rid of a bump that I hated. I don’t regret it. Not even one little bit. It changed me as a person.

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  1. *Gasp* You don’t like potatoes?! It’s like I don’t even know who you are anymore, Ali! It’s going to take some time to work through this, methinks.

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    ali replied on

    Ha. Yes. I really don’t love potatoes. I don’t HATE them, either. But, yeah…

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    Comment by Alicia on October 31, 2011
  2. Re: the Harry Potter books…I know that the first book especially is a tough slog esp because Harry is freaking out every two seconds, but just keep trying! You’ve made it so far. Just a little bit more! And yes, your predictions are fairly accurate.

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    ali replied on

    I’m on the last book…I know I’m almost there…but I’m just not loving it. At all. I really, really wish that I was…

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    Comment by Jen on October 31, 2011
  3. Yeesh, I’m an idiot. By first, I meant last.

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    Comment by Jen on October 31, 2011
  4. I knew about half of these, I think. You should just get the Cliff’s Notes for the Harry Potter books and then read the last ten pages of the final book for the epilogue.

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    ali replied on

    I’m so curious which half.
    I forgot what I share and what I don’t. Also, I think I share some stuff on Twitter and most people miss because twitter is so fast ;)

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    ali replied on

    Also, I am way too stubborn to stop reading. I have only quit one book in my life…and I have tried to read it about three times now…

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    Chris replied on

    It isn’t the Hobbit by any chance? Love the movies; really dislike the books! Are you a To Kill a Mockingbird fan?

    Avitable replied on

    Well, you’re actually one of four people whose tweets get texted to my phone so that I don’t miss them.

    I knew about people who “don’t have time”, elbow patches, potatoes, chocolate, ice cream, circulation, your teeth, Cher, being a published author, loving old things, your stubbornness, Jon Stewart, Planet of the Apes, blog lists, Mad Men, being drunk, smoking, and I *think* you mentioned the nose job before. Most of those were in our long, rambly emails back and forth.

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    ali replied on

    I’m honored!

    Comment by Avitable on October 31, 2011
  5. how can one not like chocolate AND ice cream??

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    ali replied on

    I am not repulsed by either…and will eat them. I just don’t really like them. And wouldn’t choose them, yanno?

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    Comment by Gemini-Girl on October 31, 2011
  6. i’m not sure i understand the teeth thing….on any of the pics i see they’re lovely! just go and “give’er”….smile big!

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    ali replied on

    Oh, my bottom teeth are really crooked and a few of my top teeth face a little bit outward. BUT, it’s really the color of them that bugs me the most. I was born with an enamel problem – runs in my family – so my teeth have lots of white splotches all over them. It’s really noticeable to me, so I’m super self-conscious about them.

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    Comment by julie on October 31, 2011
  7. I’ve never even noticed anything about your teeth.

    Also, I had no idea about the nose job! It’s like I don’t even know you! :)

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    ali replied on

    It’s one of those things that I am likely more self-conscious about than I should be. But, Ilana will agree with me! They are multi-colored…and there’s not much to do about it. bleaching just makes the white even whiter and then it’s more noticeable…beh.

    The nose is one of those things I really never talk about. Not because I’m embarrassed or ashamed…because, really, I’m not at all. It really changed me, as a person. in a really amazing way. I just don’t talk about it.

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    Kristabella replied on

    I’m sure it is there, but I’ve never noticed.

    Also, I think your nose is lovely!

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    ali replied on

    Before I had my nose fixed, I had THE WORST SELF ESTEEM EVer. Like, I’m not even joking. It’s all I saw, it’s all I was. It was all consuming…even though it really wasn’t all that bad. BUT. afterwards…and it wasn’t even the greatest nose job ever…there are still lots of flaws on it (which I like!) it gave me the confidence I needed to realize that I was pretty, that I AM pretty, that I am more than just my nose.

    Comment by Kristabella on October 31, 2011
  8. I hate boats, too. Hate, HATE them. But, I do like raisins. Just not in my cinnamon buns. Or my salad.

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    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on October 31, 2011
  9. I believe there ought to be raisin disclaimers. I am ok with raisins au naturel, but it is just dishonest to sneak them into baked goods. r worse, salads of any sort.

    My kid boycotted the last Harry for all the same reasons. She was particularly livid with Rowling for killing off Dumbledore. Finish it if you can, we did so we could watch the last movie together. It was well worth it.

    Glad to know a little more of your story Ali.
    n.b: If you win them over, first grade readers are among the most loyal.

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    Comment by EarnestGirl on October 31, 2011
  10. I love Harry Potter…however if you don’t? Find a website that gives you the Cliff Notes of it and just be done?

    You don’t like potatoes, ice cream or chocolate? *raises eyebrows* Oh well, more for me.

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    Comment by Issa on November 1, 2011
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