Mom: Job Description
Because sometimes you need a sense of humor…
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.”
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I love to throw parties.
I think the world would be a better place if people wrote more thank-you notes.
I sleep with the sheets tightly tucked in.
Sushi and sake made me the mother of twins, and no, twins didn't run in the family.
Romantic = city lights + rainy night.
My high school English teacher insisted I was a lousy writer and I still have his comments to prove it.
I was stuck in an elevator in college and have been claustrophobic ever since.
My favorite TV series finale was "Newhart," when Dick Loudon woke up as Bob Hartley and found it had all been a bizarre dream.
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.
I giggle uncontrollably on roller coasters.
I have a fragrance collection in the several hundreds, but I always seem to return to Chanel No. 5.
I have a secret instant-off button.
I sing in the car, loudly.
I think most bad behavior is rooted in jealousy.
I lack patience for people who lack the silly gene.
I was rescued from a burning boat when I was almost 12.
I've been a devoted Mac user since 1986.
I adore being an aunt.
Cuddling makes my heart smile.
Fuzzy peaches scare me.
I can knit but I can't crochet for shit.
The best meal I ever had was at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris.
Thinking of my Mom's radiant smile at any given moment fills me with comfort.
I love Thanksgiving.
I would love to see The Eagles and Prince in concert (but not together).
The infrastructure of Manhattan fascinates me.
Myers-Briggs accurately pegs me as an ESFJ.
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 shaved my legs in front of my Oral Presentation class in college.
I have a Mary Tyler Moore pin that brings me good luck.
I collect antique teacups and rolling pins.
My feet are quite ticklish and I have one outrageously ticklish vertebra.
I love the smell of cigars and my babies' heads.
I once threw a brick at someone when we were like 8, and he's still one of my dearest friends.
I've lived in five states.
I've played piano since I was six.
One of my ultimate joys is watching my babies sleep, no matter how big they are.
I scream and hurl things when I'm livid.
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 was born on a Sunday.
I obsessively organized by year my playlist of 500+ songs from the 70s.
I'm a quintessential Taurus, and my Chinese astrological sign is the horse.
I can French-braid my own hair.
I think precious few things are more sublime than laughing until you nearly wet your pants.
I still have an original Cabbage Patch doll from the 80s. Her name is Alyssa Elaine.
I'm fairly certain there's another woman out there walking around with the rest of my ass.
I dig bald guys.
Incompetence outrages me.
I have a thang for pink champagne.
I make off-the-hook chocolate-chunk cookies.
My middle name is Robin.
My first concert was Barry Manilow at the Providence Civic Center in 1978.
It skeeves me to use the tethered pen to sign the electronic credit card screen.
I have stolen a stop sign.
I once spontaneously co-choreographed a musical to the song "Daybreak".
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.
Since nearly the turn of the century, my sister and I have had a weekly email ritual to celebrate Mondays.
I once met someone at the airport wearing only high heels and a trench coat…and shortly thereafter married him.
I have a beauty mark behind my right ear that I'll never see in person.
I know the words to "Rapper's Delight."
I used to listen to Andrew Dice Clay doing his naughty nursery rhymes while in the carpool line at preschool pickup.
My favorite color is pink.
I won a Royal Caribbean cruise at an insurance marketing convention, but ended up giving it to my sister and a friend.
I am often politically incorrect, and fairly unapologetic about it.
I am highly influenced by attractive packaging.
I'm a side-sleeper.
I can't pee in a public restroom unless I cover my ears.
I'm right-handed, except when attempting to do cartwheels.
If I could be a cartoon character, I'd be either Pebbles Flintstone or Judy Jetson.
I have a theory about people who don't like shaved truffles.
I have an unnatural obsession with typefaces.
I'm a sucker for celebrity-chef cookbooks.
I could live on a diet of great bread, great cheese, great wine and great chocolate.
I'm a popcorn snob and I order my kernels online.
I use an electric toothbrush.
My guacamole is so good it almost makes people faint.
My favorite flowers are peonies.
My special stuffed Grover doll has had a place of honor in every office I've had since 1988.
Don't come near me if you've eaten tuna salad within the last 12 hours.
Spelling errors in published materials or on signs make me insane.
Well more than half my boyfriends were southpaws.
I detest snooty people, phony-baloneys and "friends" who talk about you the moment you leave the room.
I have two little girl doggies named Phoebe and Maisie.
I'm an oldest child.
I delivered one of my kids breech.
I've worn contact lenses since I was 14.
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.
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be my Nana Caila.
I think kissing is highly underrated.
My favorite number is 18.
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.
I love fried pigs' feet, but think they taste more scrumptious when they're called "pieds de cochon."
I used to bowl in a youth league.
I've been parasailing.
I wore a plastic cockroach on my mortarboard at BU graduation as part of a group tribute to a freshman-year prank.
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