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