Five Things About Me

20140627-115742-43062332.jpgI’m trying something new this week by joining the DC Trifecta link up. I first heard about this via Run Salt Run and Helly on the Run, two blogs that are must-reads for me. The DC Trifecta is comprised of Mar on the Run, Cynthia of You Signed Up for What, and Courtney of Eat Pray Love DC. I hope I did all the linking back properly to give credit where it’s due.

This week’s theme for Friday Five is Five Things About Me. You know you’re sitting on the edge of your seat for this post. All the secrets of Pandora aka Judith that you didn’t realize you needed to know.


Medusa before the breast reduction

1) I had breast reduction surgery about 4 years ago. It didn’t matter if I weighed 125 or 87, these knockers were outsized (like a 32 DD — maybe larger but I refused to buy bigger bras and getting them in a 32 band size was damned near impossible) and the first place I gained weight and the last place it came off. It finally started to affect the curve of my spine and insurance paid for the whole thing as a medical necessity.

Best decision ever. I only wish I’d done it sooner. I used to have to wear three sports bras to do any sort of exercise and now one suffices. I’m still shocked when I see running photos of myself because I look so relatively flat-chested. And I love it that way!

20140627-115903-43143829.jpg2) I pitched a suspense book to the agent that discovered Tom Clancy and he loved the concept. He wanted me to send the full manuscript to him and… I chickened out and didn’t send it to him. Self-sabotage much?

I later went on to spill a glass of wine on the laptop containing said novel and destroyed the hard drive. I do have about 75 percent of the book in hard copy, but I can’t bear to look at it now. At the time, I think I was more upset over the spilt wine.

3) I have a crocheted turtle my mother made for my sister before she was born. I was two years old and liked the turtle so well that she gave it to me and made another for my sister. I still haul it around with me whenever I travel as it’s the one thing I couldn’t stand losing in a fire. I think my attachment is because it’s the one sign that my mother might’ve liked me once before her NPD completely took her over. Yes, I know it’s strange that a grown-ass woman carries a stuffed toy with her around the world. I’m emotionally stunted.


Don’t give me any ideas… but I do think my grandfather’s Caddy would’ve looked smashing painted like this.

4) When I was six, I painted my grandfather’s new Cadillac with tar meant for the driveway because I thought the car should match the color of the wheels. I proudly announced what I did… um, thank goodness he eventually forgave me and laughed about it.

5) I ran for about a year when I was 23/24Β and most of it was while I lived in Philadelphia. I had some weird experiences with men during those city runs, including one time when an older gentleman in a Mercedes convertible pulled up beside me. I thought he was going to ask for directions, but instead he asked, “Can I pay you to get me in shape?”

He was a persistent bugger, and when I replied that no, I didn’t do that sort of thing, he asked if he could take me to dinner. Right then and there. While I was in my sweaty running clothes. To the nice Italian place we were right in front of.

I still don’t get why he thought this might get him somewhere. Maybe it was my D-cups’ siren song befuddling his brain.

Question: What was the weirdest pick-up line that you’ve either had used on you or that you’ve used? Did it work?


15 thoughts on “Five Things About Me

  1. Hey! Thanks for the shout out! ❀
    I once had to come up with a pick up line during an adventure run and all I had was, "I'm Stacy's mom." (From that song–luckily, the guy giving out the tickets knew the reference lol!)
    But holy scary about that dude trying to pick you up!

  2. That might be one of the more unusual posts I’ve seen (okay, I’m not well read). Also I think if I could travel the world, taking along a stuffed toy wouldn’t be that bad of a trade off. πŸ™‚

  3. YAY you linked up!! Friday Five is so fun and I’m so glad you joined in. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the shout out too!

    I LOVE the story about you painting your grandfather’s Caddy with the tar. You were only trying to help! And I’m glad that he forgave you. πŸ™‚

    I’m so flat chested and then when I was pregnant my chest was HUGE and I hated it and couldn’t wait for them to go back to normal so I could sleep on my stomach again.

  4. thanks for linking up — we’re so happy to have you! i know a couple women who’ve had breast reduction surgery and they all said the same thing you said “why didn’t i do this sooner??!” i have ample “girls” and while i love them, sometimes they are a huge pain in the butt!

  5. Happy, my stuffed aroma therapy dog, goes with me everywhere. He packs easily, and he makes me happy. πŸ˜€ Before him, I had a stuffed Grover, who traveled to Yellowstone, Thailand, and Europe. πŸ™‚ The maids in Thailand loved arranging him on the bed after they made it.

    What a creepy guy.

    I’m afraid I wouldn’t recognize a pickup line if it bit me. πŸ˜€

  6. runawaybridalplanner says:

    Great list! As a writer, I hope you finish your novel someday! But that is way cool about the Tom Clancy guy!
    Oh I have had my share of creepy guys and pick up lines. I had a sicko guy the other day give me one. Keep in mind his wife was about 20 feet away looking at books at the time, he says “I wish it was illegal to be beautiful, and I wish I was a cop because I would really enjoy arresting you.” ???? Weirdo! I just looked at him then his wife and said “very inappropriate” and walked away..

  7. Tar on the Caddy! I think that could be a country song. BTW, my daughter has a chest about the same as yours was. I think I might have her read this as she’s not so happy to be SO well-endowed. And WOOT for good insurance!

  8. Them some interesting tidbits. Too bad about the book. Something about me, I have a teddy bear my grandparents gave me as a kid. He had a ribbon around his neck. I asked what it said, they replied “Super Price.” I thought that was his name. Didn’t realize until my Sr year of high school what his name actually meant.

  9. Some really cool things – thanks for sharing. Self-sabotage is the worst! As for carrying your turtle, I think that is great. I had a stuffed bear I got when I had to be in the hospital when I was 4, and had it until it disintegrated … so Lisa bought me one when we were dating, and I took it everywhere I traveled for work for a long time. It still sits on our bed when we make it every day.

    Thanks for sharing! Oh – and I love the Medusa graphic … haha

  10. That is impressive about the book pitch! My mom made me a quilt that I still keep and lay out, even though it does not match any of my decor, I love it.

  11. Thanks for sharing! Glad I’m not the only one who carries stuffed toys πŸ™‚ I have had a cat, who fits perfectly under my arm when I sleep, for 22 years. Kitty goes wherever I go.
    And I can’t imagine having anything more than a “barely A” chest. I wouldn’t know what to do. Glad you got it taken care of!

  12. Martha B says:

    I really hope you revisit your novel someday. I would hate for you to live with that in terms of a regret.
    I lol’ed at the tar painting. Weren’t you a crafty one πŸ™‚
    I hate when people think trying to pick someone up while they’re running is appropriate. Or walking. Or grocery shopping. Maybe I’m just a jerk, but I hate that kind of attention.

  13. TR says:

    The car story is funny, it makes sense for it to match the tires :). I love the quote about self sabotage, it is so true and I hadn’t thought of it like that before. I can’t remember any interesting pick up lines but a man (way older) approached (he came out of his car towards ours) my mother when I was a teenager to ask me out. I told her that was so creepy and she acted like it wasn’t and that the man was so well dressed (ah, Ns).

    Thank you for sharing part of yourself. xx

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