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