Best wishes for a healthy, joyous, peaceful new year.
Andrea Reiser is a blogger, author and speaker who shares inspiration and ideas for creating lasting, joyful family memories. 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.”
Enter your email address to sign up for Andrea's newsletter, and get the Introduction and Chapter 10 of her book, "Letters from Home," featuring an interview with TV's Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.
My favorite TV series finale was "Newhart," when Dick Loudon woke up as Bob Hartley and found it had all been a bizarre dream.
It skeeves me to use the tethered pen to sign the electronic credit card screen.
I know the words to "Rapper's Delight."
I still have an original Cabbage Patch doll from the 80s. Her name is Alyssa Elaine.
I think kissing is highly underrated.
I have an unnatural obsession with typefaces.
My guacamole is so good it almost makes people faint.
I'm a quintessential Taurus, and my Chinese astrological sign is the horse.
I dig bald guys.
My favorite shoe designer is Christian Louboutin, and Manolo is just a step behind.
My favorite number is 18.
The best meal I ever had was at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris.
I sing in the car, loudly.
I'm fairly certain there's another woman out there walking around with the rest of my ass.
I've been a devoted Mac user since 1986.
Since nearly the turn of the century, my sister and I have had a weekly email ritual to celebrate Mondays.
I have a Mary Tyler Moore pin that brings me good luck.
I think precious few things are more sublime than laughing until you nearly wet your pants.
I'm an oldest child.
I've lived in five states.
My first concert was Barry Manilow at the Providence Civic Center in 1978.
I've worn contact lenses since I was 14.
Fuzzy peaches scare me.
I delivered one of my kids breech.
I'm a sucker for celebrity-chef cookbooks.
I have a beauty mark behind my right ear that I'll never see in person.
I can't fall asleep (or go back to sleep in the middle of the night) without a sitcom on in the background.
I once threw a brick at someone when we were like 8, and he's still one of my dearest friends.
My middle name is Robin.
I make off-the-hook chocolate-chunk cookies.
My feet are quite ticklish and I have one outrageously ticklish vertebra.
One of my ultimate joys is watching my babies sleep, no matter how big they are.
I love Thanksgiving.
I sleep with the sheets tightly tucked in.
My favorite flowers are peonies.
My favorite color is pink.
Incompetence outrages me.
I would love to see The Eagles and Prince in concert (but not together).
I lack patience for people who lack the silly gene.
Don't come near me if you've eaten tuna salad within the last 12 hours.
I have a fragrance collection in the several hundreds, but I always seem to return to Chanel No. 5.
I giggle uncontrollably on roller coasters.
I love to throw parties.
I was stuck in an elevator in college and have been claustrophobic ever since.
I once spontaneously co-choreographed a musical to the song "Daybreak".
I'm a popcorn snob and I order my kernels online.
Cuddling makes my heart smile.
I can't pee in a public restroom unless I cover my ears.
I wore my Mom's wedding gown but the crinoline got left behind and I didn't realize it until our first dance.
I used to listen to Andrew Dice Clay doing his naughty nursery rhymes while in the carpool line at preschool pickup.
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 obsessively organized by year my playlist of 500+ songs from the 70s.
I used to bowl in a youth league.
I have a thang for pink champagne.
I am often politically incorrect, and fairly unapologetic about it.
I detest snooty people, phony-baloneys and "friends" who talk about you the moment you leave the room.
I'm a side-sleeper.
I was born on a Sunday.
I think the world would be a better place if people wrote more thank-you notes.
I have stolen a stop sign.
I collect antique teacups and rolling pins.
I've played piano since I was six.
I think most bad behavior is rooted in jealousy.
Myers-Briggs accurately pegs me as an ESFJ.
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.
When climbing a flight of stairs, I either silently count them or step to the beat of whatever song's in my head.
I scream and hurl things when I'm livid.
I adore being an aunt.
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 theory about people who don't like shaved truffles.
Well more than half my boyfriends were southpaws.
I could live on a diet of great bread, great cheese, great wine and great chocolate.
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 have a secret instant-off button.
I periodically go through my keyring and throw out keys that I don't remember what they open.
My high school English teacher insisted I was a lousy writer and I still have his comments to prove it.
I'm right-handed, except when attempting to do cartwheels.
I once met someone at the airport wearing only high heels and a trench coat…and shortly thereafter married him.
Sushi and sake made me the mother of twins, and no, twins didn't run in the family.
I am highly influenced by attractive packaging.
I can knit but I can't crochet for shit.
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be my Nana Caila.
I've been parasailing.
I love the smell of cigars and my babies' heads.
Spelling errors in published materials or on signs make me insane.
I love fried pigs' feet, but think they taste more scrumptious when they're called "pieds de cochon."
I won a Royal Caribbean cruise at an insurance marketing convention, but ended up giving it to my sister and a friend.
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 shaved my legs in front of my Oral Presentation class in college.
If I could be a cartoon character, I'd be either Pebbles Flintstone or Judy Jetson.
My special stuffed Grover doll has had a place of honor in every office I've had since 1988.
I use an electric toothbrush.
I can French-braid my own hair.
Romantic = city lights + rainy night.
Thinking of my Mom's radiant smile at any given moment fills me with comfort.
I was rescued from a burning boat when I was almost 12.
The infrastructure of Manhattan fascinates me.
I have two little girl doggies named Phoebe and Maisie.
Best wishes for a healthy, joyous, peaceful new year.
I'd love you to join the conversation over on Facebook where I post lots of interesting questions about family happiness, as well as photos that will make you smile. And please feel free to connect with me on Twitter.
© 2013 AndreaReiser.com
site by Out:think Group