35 Things You Didn’t Know About Alethea’s Mom

She posts as “Mom Kontis” in blog comments. Her favorite color is red. She loves the number 35. And so, for Mothers’ Day, I asked her to write for me 35 wonderful things about herself that the world didn’t know. It was hard for her to stop at 35.


35 Things People Don’t (Might Not) Know About Mom Kontis:

1.) 35 is my favorite number. I’ve used it throughout my life. I’ve probably used it 35 thousand times! Or maybe 35 million times.
2.) I’m not a collector of anything except maybe friends.
3.) Money doesn’t impress me – character does.
4.) I love to travel. I can pack in 5 minutes but I hate to unpack.
5.) Just because you’ve died, don’t think we’re done talking. I talk to my old (gone) friends all the time.
6.) I skipped high school but went to college.
7.) I’m a “jack of all trades” and want to know something about everything.
8.) I love to read.
9.) I believe in Karma.
10.) I never have enough time and hate it when I feel my time is being wasted.
11.) It drives me crazy when people don’t use their car blinkers. Please let me know what your plans are when you are driving or I will be in my car screaming at the top of my lungs “Your blinker’s broken!”
11.) I have a “pay as you go” cell phone and have never spent more than $80-$100 in a year and have never run out of minutes.
12.) It drives me crazy to see two or more people (especially a couple) out having dinner and playing with their cell phones/iphones and not talking to each other. Are the people on the other end more important than the people you are with?
13.) My home phone does not have caller ID, or call waiting. Call waiting is just rude. If you hear a busy signal (do you even know what it sounds like?) you know I am home but speaking to someone else. Call back.
14.) I believe in reincarnation.
15.) I don’t know how to whistle. George says that’s how he’s going to find me in our next life (if he remembers!)
16.) I love to troubleshoot and/or figure things out.
17.) I love quiet and I meditate.
18.) I love learning new things and meeting new people.
19.) I still iron clothes – including my husband’s handkerchiefs.
20.) I prayed for wisdom so I might have the answers to help my children with all their life’s problems and realized the best thing for me to do is keep my mouth shut.
21.) I love to make people laugh but it always amazes me when they think I’ve said something funny and actually laugh.
22.) I quit smoking. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
23.) I miss my mother, especially on mother’s day. I sent my mother a Thank You card on my birthday. I learned that from a dear friend.
24.) I can play pool and people think I’m good but actually I’m just lucky.
25.) I love making up rules (go watch “The 12 rules of Christmas” – YouTube)
26.) It drives me crazy to see you driving and on your cell phone. I’m worried for your safety and mine!
27.) My favorite color is red.
28.) I love to play games and will never let you win.
29.) When I first meet people they usually tell me their entire life stories in the first 10 minutes.
30.) I have a hard time remembering names so I try harder.
31.) I balance my check book every month and it reminds me to do my monthly breast exam.
32.) I like to change recipes and make them “my own.”
33.) My favorite vacation place is Greece or where ever my children are.
34.) My favorite car is my old Cadillac 1990 (and I’m still driving it!) My new favorite car would be a Lincoln MKZ (MK being my initials and the Z is for Alethea’s first Alpha Oops book – “The Day Z Went First”
35.) I believe in miracles; I experienced one firsthand on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje with my mother.