Things I’m Afraid To Tell You – Round 3

Today’s gift:   Have you seen the “Things I’m Afraid to Tell You” posts that bloggers have been doing the last few weeks?    Leslie Fandrich of the excellent blog Lights and Lights invited me to participate in Round 3.

Our posts all go live Tuesday, May 29, at noon EST.  We will collectively hit publish at the same time — for moral support and to push the movement a little further (Round 4 anyone?).

There isn’t anything as freeing for bloggers as virtually holding hands and sharing secrets.  And so, here is my “Things I’m Afraid To Tell You” list:

It’s been more than a decade, and though I’m blissfully married with a miraculous set of twins, I still miss living in NYC.

I am superstitious. Very superstitious.

Sometimes I am still afraid of the dark – especially after a nightmare. (See superstitious.)

I am not a great swimmer but really wish I was and yet I keep procrastinating about taking swimming lessons. This is serious stuff because we spend the summer sailing.

I procrastinate about cleaning my office every single week!

I love watching Bethenny Ever After on Bravo.  And I’m kind of obsessed with her success story.

I have to force myself to give myself ME time.

I am addicted to accessories. I have unopened, never-used handbags and jewelry.  Am I a hoarder in the making?

I hate grocery shopping. I. Hate. It.

I sometimes wonder why God chose me to be both a parent of twins and a special needs parent.  Why does he have so much faith in me?

I am irrationally afraid of bees.  As in, I will run like a mad woman when they come near me.

I eat candy like an addict.

I try to write about the good and the bad when I blog and sometimes I’m VERY scared to be so honest because I’m not sure how my twins will feel when they are older and can read what I’ve published about them.  Related to this is my struggle with privacy and how public I should or shouldn’t be about our and their lives.

I worry that my social media friends think I drink way too many Dirty Martinis!

Blogging saved my life.

A shout out to my gifted Round 3 blogger friends who agreed to post with me today. Thank you to all of them and please be sure to go check out what they have to say as well. (Please leave us some comment love, here and there, it helps so much to get support on vulnerable posts like these!)

Jill at Terra SavvyErica at The Elbow Jen at Taking Off the MaskKate at Modern Home Modern BabyLaura at My So Called Sensory Life | Monique at Razing MayhemCaroline at Salsa PieLeslie at Life In Every LimbTammie at Tam.MeMelanie at Inward Facing GirlAmy at Old Sweet SongMichelle at Early MamaJen at Jen EptingLeslie at Lights and LettersSarah at SAWK Photography

My post would not be complete without giving shout-outs to the braves ladies that published their lists before me:

The very first one  —  Jess Constable. (Background about how it started is here on Creature Comforts, including confessions.) Erin Loechner and Sarah Bryden Brown posted theirs in Rounds One and Two.  Meg started round two and shares her secrets on Meg + Mimi along with all the bloggers listed for Rounds 1 and 2.

Do I hear a volunteer for Round 4? What is on your list?

Cheers to all!  And congratulations on pushing “publish” today.

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13 Responses to “Things I’m Afraid To Tell You – Round 3”

  1. Leslie Says:

    Yay Laura! At least if you are a hoarder you will be a fashionable one. ;-) I love what you said about God having too much faith in you.

  2. Jen Says:

    BETHANY RULES! I love that show and I love her… and sometimes it makes me super-depressed when her and Jason fight.

    (PS Go team non-afraid! :) )

  3. Caroline Says:

    I hate grocery shopping too! And, I am also afraid of the dark. And I am very superstitious.

    p.s. I think you are awesome. Always have. Great job with your list! My favorite thing was what you said about God having faith in you with the twins and your special needs child. He knew you could do it!

    Love, Caroline

  4. Jennifer Cullen Says:

    Way to go Laura! And I would never, ever think that you drank too many Dirty Martinis. Hope to clink a martini glass with you one day!

  5. Sandra Says:

    And how can you NOT miss living in NYC – wish I’d have done that at some point…

    Can I “call” you on Bethany and raise you one Gossip Girl?

  6. Erica W Says:

    I am SO afraid of the dark… when my bf is away I tend to fall asleep with light or TV on. Good work :)

  7. Kate Says:

    Ha! I LOVE BETHANY. I can’t keep my eyes off here when I see her on TV. Did you see when she was on Anderson Cooper and her dress flew up over her head? So hilarious and yet she handled that so incredibly well.

    Anyway, I read recently that God builds the back for the burden. So, given what you have to carry, you already have the backbone to support it. Believe in that and you won’t doubt. So glad to be among round #3 with you!

  8. Leslie Says:

    Love me a dirty martini! Or two. I also miss NYC. So much sometimes. I’m grateful that I can go into the city occasionally on the weekends. But what I really want is an apartment there, as well as my house upstate! Thank you so much for doing this with me today Laura. It’s been such a pleasure to read everyone’s posts and see all the similarities. I love that you said blogging saved your life. It does have that power, doesn’t it? xoxo

  9. LRT Says:

    Gang: I love all of your comments. I’m most touched by how you all chose specific things to comment about — from God to Bethenny to Dirty Martinis. I am so glad we are Round 3 sisters in “Things I’m Afraid To Tell You” and that we are all on Huffington Post now too! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-rossi-totten/things-im-afraid-to-tell-you_b_1553773.html

  10. tammie Says:

    i can so relate to many of these. candy. not cleaning the office. thank you for sharing and being a part of today!

  11. Jen Says:

    Hi Laura-

    I love your list! Thanks so much for sharing. Funny- I don’t mind grocery shopping, but I HATE putting everything away. I was also irrationally afraid of bees, so bad that I ran out of car one time causing damage to another car. I’d be happy to discuss my experience with homeopathy with you. I went through a treatment plan and can honestly say, I no longer fear bees! Homeopathy may also help your special needs child. I’ve used it with both of my kids and it is helping greatly (we have issues of our own over here!)

    I look forward to following you on here, as well as Huff Post! Good luck.

    ~Jen

  12. Helene Says:

    Brava, Laura! Great list. Thanks for sharing it with us. BTW, if you’re truly afraid of becoming an accessory hoarder, I’ll be glad to relieve you of a few items. Really, there’s no sacrifice too great amongst friends.

  13. Melanie Says:

    I hate grocery shopping and I freak out if a bee comes near me.:)

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