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