Childhood, Humor, Life, Nonsense

Beer Breath, Cat Smell and Big Hair- What Makes Me, Me

I love “about me” posts. I thought this would be a fun share on the first Friday of birthday month. 


First published May 6, 2013


– I have been using the same hair pick to comb out my wet hair after getting out of the shower since high school.
2021 note- Still using it.

– I love Monty Python and The Holy Grail, thanks to my brother introducing it to me. My husband doesn’t get it their humor but I love it.

-The smell of beer on my husband’s breath gets me in the mood. Have I said too much?


– I can smell cats in a house as soon as I walk in. Even if you NEVER had a cat, but maybe the previous owner did? I can smell them. Realtors should hire me. I am like a savant in uncovering cat smell.

2021 note- why would there even be a need for such a thing? 


– I have large feet. Size 9.5- 10 big. You know what they say about women with large feet? They wear large shoes.

2021 note- I can hear my dad laughing at that joke.


Woman Blowing Bubblegum

– Aspartame gives me headaches, and for that reason, I rarely chew gum.


– My parents almost named me Amy. If I were to be a boy, my name was to be Jonathan.

Side note; my brother’s girl’s name was going to be Christy. My brother married a girl named Kristy.


– I love the smell of fresh road tar.


– I put salt on apples and watermelon.


– I also love ketchup on cottage cheese. My youngest won’t eat cottage cheese without it.


Galeries Lafayette Building

– I took three years of French in high school and I only remember three French words.


– I won a blue ribbon at the county fair at 12 when I was in 4-H for snickerdoodles. Here is the recipe.


– I don’t know how to swim.


-Sometimes when I’m home alone, I turn up the music really loud and pretend like I am on Solid Gold.


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Dakota Fanning Courtesy/ Pinterest

– My oldest daughter looked exactly like Dakota Fanning when she was little. So much so that random people on the street would stop us and ask us if it was her.


– I was so afraid I would die of Toxic Shock Syndrome growing up, that I never wore tampons until I was an adult.


-The soundtrack of my senior year in high school was Hysteria by Def Leppard.


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Tina Yothers (aka Jenny from Family Ties) Courtesy Getty Images

– When I was in high school, everyone called me “Jenny” because I reminded them of Jennifer on Family Ties.

2021 note- My youngest daughter looks so much like that picture of Tina Yothers up there that when I showed that picture to Mike, he thought it was Ella. 


– I was told by my English teacher in high school I would make an excellent writer someday and that she couldn’t wait to read the book I someday write. That same teacher gave me a final grade of C- in her class.


– I was a cigarette smoker for 17 years.

2021 note- Being a former smoker was how I got on the list to get the vaccine last week. So I got that going for me.


– I almost became a nurse. I took all the prerequisite classes and passed the entrance exam. After years of trying to get into the nursing program, I finally got accepted and then promptly turned it down.


– I am freakishly strong. Both of my daughters are as well.


-I love getting a foot rub, but I hate touching other people’s feet.


– I miss big 80s bangs.


-I also miss my waistline

Off to have a smoke and watch The Holy Grail.
Wanna come with?

24 thoughts on “Beer Breath, Cat Smell and Big Hair- What Makes Me, Me”

  1. I, too, am I roller skating diva! I saw Def Leppard in concert during the Hysteria tour and have pictures of Joe Elliot in his ripped pants.After reading this list we ARE sisters from anotha mutha!!xoxo

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    1. Omg is there a concert you havent been to??You are my taller, more photogenic, fearless sistah. And I know my mom will adopt you. 🙂

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  2. You make me laugh, Kari! I love your blog posts. I know I commented on FB about you winning the iPad Mini, but I'll say it again – woo-hoo! That is so awesome. I don't know if you had any kind of tablet beforehand…I don't, so I'd be thrilled to death. Heck, I don't even have a smart phone! (A little behind the times.) I do have an iPod (whaddya know) and like you, I turn it on and DANCE my tushy off when no one is home. I pull the blinds so my neighbors don't see me and think I'm having an epileptic fit or something. ;-)Gum…there's lots w/o aspartame now; most of them have xylitol instead. I loved Def Leppard when I was in high school (a looong time ago). Met them in person at a record store and got their autographs and I'll be darned if I remember what I ever did with it. Probably threw it away as I got older. Had an autographed poster of Ozzy too. 🙂

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    1. Omg this is awesome Melanie!! We need to get together for lunch soon since we arent too far from each other, sound like a plan?

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  3. Once again…WHY didn't you live next door to me growing up????? Think of the fun!But I always had flat hair. My sister used to put water in my hairspray bottle. Totally not bitter or anything…

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    1. Omg that is awesome. We would have had so much fun!!! We will make up for it at Blogher. 😉

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  4. I still have friend that has 80’s hair and bangs! Lol. I have very large feet too; in fact with all the weight I lost I can now fit back into 9.5’s and I am so happy to have “smaller” feet again. I forgot most of my French but once Alec began using Duolingo and started saying some of it aloud/ asking me questions, I was pleasantly surprised to find that much of it came back to me.

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  5. Is the French word you know “merde”? 😉

    As Ella has gotten older, the pictures you’ve shared look so much like the pictures you’ve shared of younger you. And you both look A LOT like Tina Yothers.

    I was going to be Stephen if a boy. There seems to be no consistent taste/philosophy in my parents’ name choices (Steve is a really different kind of guy than Rita is a girl), but I suspect they didn’t put nearly as much thought into it as parents do now. I suspect we were a lot less precious than today’s kids.

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    1. YES!! You know me well. 😉

      We do! I’ve occasionally checked up on Tina Yothers over the years and she is a lovely woman. So I like the comparison.

      I agree with you on the names. My dad just liked my name; no real meaning behind my first name. My middle name, Ellen, was named after my grandma Ella but they didn’t like the ring of Kari Ella. So there ya go…

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