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Thursday Thirteen (About My Sister)
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Thirteen Reasons I Love My Big Sister

1. She calls me Toots and I call her Babe. (Actually I hate it that she calls me Toots, but no one else could get away with it.)

{Updated 3/06 to add: This is 'toots' as in 'tootsie.' Not 'toots' as in flatulence.}

2. She is the best Aunt EVER. I mean, EVER, and I had/have seriously great aunts so I would know. And she's still the best.

3. She decided we should have a "Sister Box." It's a shoebox that we take turns filling with whatever the other will like. Once full, it gets mailed to the other one to fill. (And she's better at it than me.)

4. Once when we were walking down the street together we saw what looked like a very big, very dead dog in the middle of the road. She immediately changed places with me so that she would be closer to the dead dog when we passed. Now that's Big Sister Love for ya, right there. Except it turned out to be a shirt that just really looked like a dead dog. (We were ages 33 and 30 at the time.)

5. We make the same awful, gasping-all-the-air-out-of-the-room noise when we're really laughing hard.

6. Also? We snort when we're together and laughing, and then we laugh harder at each other's snorts, which makes us snort and laugh more and then cry when we laugh and snort. And make awful gasping noises. Sometimes there's even snot involved.

7. She comes to visit and criticizes all the things I don't have in my kitchen that she needs. Then we go to the store and buy them all. Then she cooks for me. Then, sometimes, she'll admit her kitchen doesn't have them either.

8. If I call her during 'Alias', she'll pick up the phone and YELL at me for interrupting. Really, I just wish she'd not answer at all. But I love her for this weirdness anyway.

9. She bought me Hello Kitty tape, because I had some when I was little and I loved it. And because my mom bought me the Hello Kitty tape dispenser. Aren't they great?

10. When I call her amid a cooking crisis (about once a month), she takes a deep breath and talks me through it and usually doesn't make fun of me until later.

11. When I call her asking how to boil eggs, she takes a deep breath and tells me. (Usually 3-4 times a year.)

12. She has glorious wavy hair that always looks wonderful, even when she's complaining about it. Actually, this is not a reason I love her, now that I think about it. It's a source of great jealousy. But whatever. Also? Skin like PORCELAIN, for pete's sake. So jealous.

13. She's my best friend. Awwwww.

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Wendy Wings Said:

Aww this post matches up with the pics I posted yesterday. I don't have a sister only a little brother who is so far away I never see him.
Great list, I hope you show it to your sister.
My TT list is up :)

on Feb 15, 2006 11:49:56 PM
Owlhaven Said:

Mine is up too!
Mary

on Feb 16, 2006 12:44:01 AM
Jeana Said:

This was fun to read! Have to ask how she pronounces toots--like the first part of tootsie, or they way I do on my blog! YOu make me laugh, Kelsey! I mean Al. BTW, did you know I respond to almost all of your comments in my comments section?

on Feb 16, 2006 6:01:43 AM
Suzanne Said:

That's a really cool idea...the Thursday thirteen I mean. Maybe I'll try to do it myself?
The sister box is awesome too! sounds like a great sister!

on Feb 16, 2006 6:42:26 AM
Geekwif Said:

Aw. Makes me wish I had a sister. Actually, I've always wished I had a sister – any sibling, really. There's obviously something about that relationship that even a close friendship just can't match.

on Feb 16, 2006 6:51:16 AM
Susan Said:

Cool Thursday 13! I think I figured mine out and posted my first Thursday 13! I am excited so check it out!

Susan

on Feb 16, 2006 7:09:11 AM
Uisce Said:

You said it yourself -- awwwww, what a beautiful list! My 13 are up!

on Feb 16, 2006 7:42:51 AM
Jill Said:

Awww, how sweet.

That's almost just like me and my sister, Amy. Especially about making each other laugh, and how I think she has glorious hair too, but she wouldn't believe me.

My 13 are up!

on Feb 16, 2006 8:59:14 AM
Jen Said:

How sweet! I love that idea of the sister box, I should do that for my sister.

It sounds like you both have a great relationship, that's so cool!

Mine are up!

on Feb 16, 2006 11:07:31 AM
Ginger Said:

I love your sister box idea! That's great!

on Feb 16, 2006 11:17:37 AM
Carol Said:

Aren't sisters the best!

Mine are up, too.

on Feb 16, 2006 11:22:23 AM
Mama B Said:

Sweet sisterly love. Love it!!! My sister is my best friend and we're seven years apart!! My TT is up.

on Feb 16, 2006 11:23:26 AM
julie Said:

Fun post, HM! I don't have a sis like you, but I've got my pal, Deb to harrass (and vice versa).

Hey, check it out, I've joined you in the blog world. Now, if I could only figure out what meme means...and how to link stuff in text...and how to change typeface...ugh.

on Feb 16, 2006 1:11:21 PM
Heth Said:

Hooray for sisters! Makes me miss one of mine...she lives four hours away. :(

on Feb 16, 2006 1:34:40 PM
Rachelle Said:

Sisters are awesome! Thanks for sharing. My 13 is up now.

on Feb 16, 2006 2:23:41 PM
Sarah Said:

I am SO jealous. I am the big sister but my little sister is kinda mean and she just rolls her eyes and gets snarky if I try to be nice to her.

But it was fun reading your list! I'm going to go call my sister now and if she gets mad at me I'll make her read YOUR blog and tell her it's all your fault!

on Feb 16, 2006 2:30:58 PM
Ardice Said:

Sisters are great. I have 2 older sisters and one younger. Great list. My list is up. Have a wonderful day. Take Care...

on Feb 16, 2006 4:36:50 PM
Emily Said:

What a great post, I really enjoyed it.

My TT are up.

on Feb 16, 2006 6:12:13 PM
Veronika Said:

Awh, what a nice post about you and your sister. I can't wait to move back to be close to my sisters.

on Feb 16, 2006 7:25:03 PM
Chickadee Said:

I like the idea of a "sister box" how neat.

You two have a special relationship. That is rare and wonderful.

My 13 are up.

on Feb 16, 2006 8:24:27 PM
Faith Said:

This is EXACTLY why I always wanted a sister!

on Feb 16, 2006 10:28:02 PM