Confessions About My Family

August 6, 2014
Don't worry, I'm not going to discuss any deep, dark family secrets here.  I thought it might be fun to "confess" some stuff about my family, but only the kinds of things I wouldn't think twice about revealing to a friend.

* I'm pretty sure my dad was a huge nerd growing up.  He had the thick glasses and always seemed to identify with the characters in Revenge of the Nerds--that movie made him laugh hysterically.  

* My mom survived cancer, against the odds.  She had a malignant brain tumor.

* My dad's side of the family tends to be really good at math and so is my sister Denise.  A lot of them even have jobs using math like: math teacher, math instructor at a university, accountant, and engineer.  Unfortunately, I don't fit into this category.  I could get A's in math in high school and college, but only because I'm good at memorizing and not because I'm actually good at math.  Also, my mental math skills are embarrassing.  If I don't have a pen and paper in front of me, don't bother asking me because I won't know!

* My brother Ryan hates driving.  My dad even offered him a car, but he refused it saying he'd rather just walk everywhere.

* I have twelve cousins and I barely know any of them.  I met some of them for the first time at my grandparents' funerals.

* Several of my family members experience anxiety, and so do I sometimes.  

* My dad whistles constantly--it's kind of funny.

* My mom has a hoarding problem.  I know a lot of us bloggers joke that we are hoarders and I know I hoard body gel and lotion a little bit, but her issue is a bit more extreme than that.  

* Ryan has written several children's books and is working hard to get them published.

* My sister Melissa used to be a klutz growing up.  She's not now, but we were all a little worried about her...She chipped the same exact tooth three different times from falling.  The first two times, my parents shelled out the cash to fix it.  The third time they didn't because it was just her baby tooth, anyway.  

* My grandma got a tattoo in her 60's of a rose on her arm.  That same grandma started taking art classes in her 50's and 60's as a hobby.  My parents' house still is full of her paintings.  She also sold some!

* My mom read that if you don't give your child desserts, then your child won't grow up liking them.  The first dessert I ever had was a piece of cake on my 2nd birthday.  I was hardly ever allowed to eat dessert as a young child--obviously that didn't work on me...My favorite food is cake.  My relatives all love their sweets.  In nature vs. nurture, nature clearly won!

* My dad was the salutatorian of his class and his best friend was valedictorian.

* My mom just had the test to see if she has the harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. (You know, what Angelina Jolie had.)  I reallly hope she doesn't test positive because she has been through so much already.  Also, if she doesn't have it then my sisters and I wouldn't have to worry because she wouldn't have been able to pass it on to us.  We'll know the results in about a month.  

* You know how there's bubble wrap built right into certain envelopes?  My uncle helped invent the first machine to make ever make those envelopes!

What are some confessions you have about your family?


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54 comments on "Confessions About My Family"
  1. I love this glimpse into your family! Great idea for a post.

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    1. Thanks...hopefully I didn't make them sound too crazy, haha.

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  2. great post, yay for your mom surviving cancer! that is pretty awesome. thats funny about the dessert things. we had desserts as kids, and i still love them.
    random funny thing. we didnt eat mcdonalds a lot growing up purely because my mum had 3 kids, didnt start working until we were all in high school (year 7) for issues out of her control, and we couldnt afford it. my friend ate mcdonalds all the time because her mum didnt cook and they lived across the road from one. we both got a job there when we turned 15 and guess who ate mcdonalds every chance she good and probably gained 20 lbs - me! haha. she hated it, and never ate it. isnt that weird?

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    1. That's hilarious about the McDonald's!! I used to work at a Wendy's and ate so much of it, but for some reason I was at one of my lightest weights ever back then...I did work three jobs that summer and go to the gym 3 times a week, though...Gosh, I was I had that level of energy back!

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  3. yay for your mom!! Thats great. I suck at math too and my family loves math/science, my dad was a math teacher for years, and my sis studied math and is now doing her phD in chemical something or the other ... I like to read so law it was!

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    1. Reading and language have always been my forte!

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  4. So cool learning about your family secrets! I love it!

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    1. Lol, and you even got to see a pic of the hoarding problem. ;)

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  5. Your family sounds awesome! And I like this as an alternative to all the other negative confessions. Your grandma sounds kind of badass, getting a tattoo at 60!

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  6. This is so cool! It's great that your mama beat cancer.

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    1. Yes...she had very good doctors in Pittsburgh...It's sad to say, but if we had been living somewhere else, I'm not quite sure she would have made it.

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  7. Hey Lisa, I love reading about your life and getting to know you better! This is so interesting!

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  8. Yeah that dessert thing is total nonsense, haha. Give someone sweets for the first time at any age and they're bound to get hooked!

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    1. Too bad it was total nonsense...It would be pretty amazing to not have the sweet tooth that I do!

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  9. Such a great post! I'm so happy to read that your mom overcame cancer. That is wonderful. I will be praying that she doesn't carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. My mom and sister are both klutz and don't seem to grow out of it lol.

    Lily
    Onedayatatimelily.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for the nice comment. I am a little anxious about hearing the results...

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  10. Love this post - I find so much of it interesting! I can't believe your mom survived a brain tumor. I hope the new tests results come out clear. Scary.

    Interesting that you don't know your cousins. I only have 2 and we are close.

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    1. I know...I didn't realize how truly bad it was at the time because I was only 14 when she got diagnosed... We are lucky to have her around.

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  11. my aunt let her kids eat as much junk as they wanted and now, they eat it ALL THE TIME. my mom was the opposite and we don't really eat that stuff.

    thanks for linking up!
    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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    1. I'm jealous...I wish I didn't crave desserts like I do. I have no problem giving up chips or the salty snacks, but to part with my sweets is difficult!!

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  12. Sending good thoughts the results go your way on your mom's test!

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    1. I wish it was a shorter process!! It sucks not knowing.

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  13. How cool! Love the one about your grandma, she sounds like an awesome lady!

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    1. She really is! She was always so funny/the life of the party.

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  14. What a fun post! It's always neat learning more about a bloggers family. My fingers are crossed that your mom's test comes back with great news! That's awesome that your grandma got a tattoo :D

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    1. Thanks for the well wishes! My fingers are crossed with you!

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  15. My husband's family has the gene. His twin sister had her breasts removed and implants put it because of the possibility. Two of his aunts passed away from it. We don't know if he carries the gene or not.

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    1. That is scary stuff and it's not so cheap to get tested for it. My mom's mother had it, her grandma had it, and her aunt and I think some cousins had it...Not good.

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  16. That's so awesome about your mom!! This was a great way to introduce your real fam to your blog friends :)

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    1. I know...she won the battle and has been cancer-free for more than a decade!

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  17. Your family sounds a little bit crazy....Kind of like mine :) So happy to hear about your Mom, that's SO great!

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    1. I left most of the incriminating stuff out, too, haha.

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  18. 12 cousins?! I only have 2 and am fairly close to both. My husband probably has 16 or so (I lose count) and is really close to about 4 of them. And your grandma sounds awesome!

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    1. We just lived too far apart to be close, though some of them are very close with each other.

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  19. Love these confessions. They are a lot of fun. Your grand mom sounds awesome.

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  20. Your family seems SUPER interesting! Many ups and downs that obviously have built a strong family foundation! Praying for good test results!!

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    1. Haha, I'm glad they don't seem boring! And thanks for the prayers. :)

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  21. Congrats to your mom! I loved learning about your family!

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    1. I hope I can tell her congrats again in about 2 weeks on not having the harmful BRCA gene.

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  22. :) This is such a lovely post!

    So happy for your mom!

    Got major respect for Ryan turning down a car!!

    Amanda @ www.amandaniescior.com

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    1. Yep, he seems to prefer just walking around everywhere. In most places, it's hard not having a car, but he chose a small town to live in the center of. Luckily for him almost everything he needs is within walking distance.

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  23. This was so fun to read! So cool that your grandma is doing so many cool things at an age when a lot of people just start slowing down. And I think I'd like your family!!

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    1. I didn't always like my family growing up, but I like them now! :)

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  24. Wow your family seems really interesting :-)

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  25. Wow!!! Some of these gave me shivers! I hope your mom gets good news!

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  26. Wow this is so cool!! I think you have a very awesome family :)

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. They can be a bit weird, but every family has their quirks.

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  27. the cake thing made me laugh!! I'm the same with my cousins but even worse, I was at the same college at the same time as one of my cousins and we still never met!

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    1. Haha..yep, exactly the opposite happened of what my mom wanted.

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