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Andrea Reiser is a blogger and author focusing on happiness and gratitude. The mother of four teenage boys, her latest book, "Letters From Home: A Wake-Up Call for Success & Wealth" (Wiley, 2010), has been described as “required reading for all parents,” and a “blueprint for raising healthy, happy, productive, and loving children.”
I'm a quintessential Taurus, and my Chinese astrological sign is the horse.
I periodically go through my keyring and throw out keys that I don't remember what they open.
Myers-Briggs accurately pegs me as an ESFJ.
I can knit but I can't crochet for shit.
Since nearly the turn of the century, my sister and I have had a weekly email ritual to celebrate Mondays.
I have two little girl doggies named Phoebe and Maisie.
Spelling errors in published materials or on signs make me insane.
I'm a side-sleeper.
It skeeves me to use the tethered pen to sign the electronic credit card screen.
I once met someone at the airport wearing only high heels and a trench coat…and shortly thereafter married him.
I delivered one of my kids breech.
My favorite color is pink.
I could live on a diet of great bread, great cheese, great wine and great chocolate.
I love to throw parties.
I wrote Adam Sandler a fan letter way back when he was just a featured player on SNL and he sent me back an autographed picture telling me I sounded like an adorable girl myself.
I make off-the-hook chocolate-chunk cookies.
I wore a plastic cockroach on my mortarboard at BU graduation as part of a group tribute to a freshman-year prank.
I have a secret instant-off button.
I've lived in five states.
I used to listen to Andrew Dice Clay doing his naughty nursery rhymes while in the carpool line at preschool pickup.
My high school English teacher insisted I was a lousy writer and I still have his comments to prove it.
I shaved my legs in front of my Oral Presentation class in college.
I can French-braid my own hair.
I was rescued from a burning boat when I was almost 12.
When climbing a flight of stairs, I either silently count them or step to the beat of whatever song's in my head.
My middle name is Robin.
I have an unnatural obsession with typefaces.
If I could be a cartoon character, I'd be either Pebbles Flintstone or Judy Jetson.
I giggle uncontrollably on roller coasters.
I lack patience for people who lack the silly gene.
Fuzzy peaches scare me.
I love Thanksgiving.
I collect antique teacups and rolling pins.
I used to bowl in a youth league.
I think precious few things are more sublime than laughing until you nearly wet your pants.
I have a fragrance collection in the several hundreds, but I always seem to return to Chanel No. 5.
Thinking of my Mom's radiant smile at any given moment fills me with comfort.
I wore my Mom's wedding gown but the crinoline got left behind and I didn't realize it until our first dance.
I've been a devoted Mac user since 1986.
I've been parasailing.
I can't pee in a public restroom unless I cover my ears.
I know the words to "Rapper's Delight."
I have a thang for pink champagne.
I love the smell of cigars and my babies' heads.
Best concert I've ever seen? A tie between Billy Joel's "Last Play at Shea" and Sting's 60th birthday at the Beacon.
Cuddling makes my heart smile.
I think most bad behavior is rooted in jealousy.
I think the world would be a better place if people wrote more thank-you notes.
I obsessively organized by year my playlist of 500+ songs from the 70s.
My special stuffed Grover doll has had a place of honor in every office I've had since 1988.
I won a Royal Caribbean cruise at an insurance marketing convention, but ended up giving it to my sister and a friend.
I'm fairly certain there's another woman out there walking around with the rest of my ass.
Incompetence outrages me.
I am often politically incorrect, and fairly unapologetic about it.
I love fried pigs' feet, but think they taste more scrumptious when they're called "pieds de cochon."
Romantic = city lights + rainy night.
The infrastructure of Manhattan fascinates me.
I've played piano since I was six.
My favorite TV series finale was "Newhart," when Dick Loudon woke up as Bob Hartley and found it had all been a bizarre dream.
I have a Mary Tyler Moore pin that brings me good luck.
I detest snooty people, phony-baloneys and "friends" who talk about you the moment you leave the room.
I once threw a brick at someone when we were like 8, and he's still one of my dearest friends.
I have a theory about people who don't like shaved truffles.
I'm right-handed, except when attempting to do cartwheels.
I think kissing is highly underrated.
I have a beauty mark behind my right ear that I'll never see in person.
My feet are quite ticklish and I have one outrageously ticklish vertebra.
Well more than half my boyfriends were southpaws.
My favorite flowers are peonies.
My first concert was Barry Manilow at the Providence Civic Center in 1978.
I use an electric toothbrush.
My guacamole is so good it almost makes people faint.
I scream and hurl things when I'm livid.
I've worn contact lenses since I was 14.
I can't fall asleep (or go back to sleep in the middle of the night) without a sitcom on in the background.
I adore being an aunt.
One of the most poignant TV moments for me was Steve Martin's tearful "Dancing in the Dark" tribute to Gilda on the Saturday evening she died.
I was born on a Sunday.
I was stuck in an elevator in college and have been claustrophobic ever since.
I would love to see The Eagles and Prince in concert (but not together).
I once spontaneously co-choreographed a musical to the song "Daybreak".
I dig bald guys.
My favorite number is 18.
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be my Nana Caila.
My favorite shoe designer is Christian Louboutin, and Manolo is just a step behind.
I sleep with the sheets tightly tucked in.
It always made my day when my Grandpa surprised me at the junior high bus stop, and I can still hear his signature five-note whistle.
I am highly influenced by attractive packaging.
One of my ultimate joys is watching my babies sleep, no matter how big they are.
I have stolen a stop sign.
Don't come near me if you've eaten tuna salad within the last 12 hours.
I'm a popcorn snob and I order my kernels online.
I'm a sucker for celebrity-chef cookbooks.
I sing in the car, loudly.
I still have an original Cabbage Patch doll from the 80s. Her name is Alyssa Elaine.
Sushi and sake made me the mother of twins, and no, twins didn't run in the family.
I'm an oldest child.
The best meal I ever had was at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris.
Best wishes for a healthy, joyous, peaceful new year.
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