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100 Things About Me

February 2, 2009
I’ve been working on this list for a very long time (since before September). I hesitated to do one, but I always enjoy reading others’ lists, so here goes.
1. I got married when I was 18.

2. I grew up in New Mexico in three different towns/cities.

3. I’ve never been to college.

4. I’ve got three daughters, but I would like to have one more child. I’m the only one who would, though, so we are pretty much done.

5. I’ve only had two employers in my whole life.

6. I’m a mostly stay-at-home mom now, though I run our welding business with my husband.

7. At my last job I worked with a guy named Smurf. He really legally changed his name.

8. I am illogically afraid of tsunamis.

9. I don’t know how to swim.

10. I don’t vaccinate my children anymore.

11. I’ve never done illegal drugs, not even smoked marijuana, not even once.

12. I would try marijuana if it wasn’t illegal. I’m not anti-drug.

13. I’ve never been really drunk.

14. I don’t like wine or beer but do enjoy cocktails.

15. I love cheese. Any cheese, I think. I’ve never tried a cheese I didn’t like.

16. I am passionate about healthy foods and local eating.

17. I would have a home birth if we had a fourth child. I wanted to have a home birth with Juliana, but the insurance situation made it unaffordable.

18. I’m a Christian, but don’t currently attend church.

19. I homeschool my girls.

20. I have seriously contemplated harvesting snails from our yard for a dinner, not out of poverty, but out a of an adventurousness and desire to use what we have at hand.

21. I don’t like to make phone calls. I really only talk to close friends and family on the phone.

22. I often wonder how old friends are and what they are doing.

23. I hate to see “K” used in place of “C”, in such things as creative, creamy, etc. It’s not kute cute. It’s annoying. I wish “K” would never be misused again.

24. Grammar mistakes are a pet peeve of mine. Especially the misuse of apostrophes. If I had more time I would write letters to companies whenever I see this mistake in their signage or advertising.

25. I make my own soap from lye and oil. A lot of people are afraid of trying it. I was too for a couple of years, then I decided to just do it. I’ve been making soap regularly ever since.

26. I like to do things for myself. If I can learn to make or do something that I won’t have to buy or rely on somebody else for, I generally will learn to make or do it.

27. Thinking about taxes creates an unpleasant physical sensation. I hate paying taxes and everything associated with it makes me very anxious. I don’t even like to drive by my accountant’s office.

28. I like to have my morning coffee in a very particular fashion. It makes me cranky if things don’t go the way they should in regards to my coffee routine.

29. I’m naturally a night person and I don’t go to sleep early easily, even if I’ve gotten up very early in the morning.

30. I am very competitive.

31. I love to play games but I don’t like sports.

32. I recently found out that a good friend and former co-worker that I had lost touch with died last June. I was shocked and very sad.

33. This friend is the one who told me I should take a pregnancy test when I was just newly pregnant with Maddy. I didn’t have a clue I was pregnant, but apparently she saw something change in me.

34. I’m scared of death.

35. My family and friends and even myself dying sometimes occupies my thoughts at night.

36. Especially after I’ve had a baby.

37. I believe I’ve experienced a very mild form of postpartum depression after each birth that manifested itself in a several week long period of general hopelessness and fear and anxiety that started every evening and disappeared in the morning.

38. I married my husband after only knowing him for about 10 weeks.

39. We’ve been married for 13 years now.

40. I’m a procrastinator.

41. I love to read. I’m always reading a book and I usually bring a book everywhere I go, or at least have it handy in my van. You never know when you’ll have a couple minutes to read!

42. I only read one book at a time.

43. I almost never read a book a second time.

44. When I was five I wanted to change my name to Cindy.

45. I used to hate the color of my hair when I was growing up.

46. I really like my hair color now.

47. I hate the thought of my hair graying and I see more and more of them popping out.

48. I don’t dislike gray or silver hair on other women. In fact, many women look lovely with it, but it worries me personally.

49. The whole issue of aging worries me generally.

50. I’m scared of the possibility of ghosts existing.

51. I like road trips.

52. I haven’t been on a road trip for 2 1/2 years.

53. I love dense fog.

54. I would like to be more knowledgeable about herbal medicine and eventually make more of my own remedies and grow more medicinal herbs.

55. We are planning on raising rabbits for food in the not-to-distant future.

56. We’d eventually like to live on several acres and grow larger portion of our own food.

57. Sometimes when I’m driving by myself and listening to music I feel just for awhile like the girl I was back in the day.

58. I used to dislike lists but now I have lists everywhere. Several shopping lists, a daily to-do list, a task list…

59. I love to sing. I would maybe sing in a public setting if I didn’t have extreme stage fright.

60. I’m very glad that we planted honeysuckle in our back yard, because in the middle of summer when our windows are open I can smell it while laying in bed.

61. I don’t like fruit that much, but I do like some fruits a lot.

62. I really enjoy cooking and baking.

63. I don’t like doing laundry.

64. I do like using a clothesline and I finally even got a wooden drying rack for using in the winter.

65. I cloth diapered all three of my children.

66. I used to dislike eggplant, brussel sprouts, and beets. I now like all three.

67. Despite all my fears, and there are many, I’m pretty adventurous in some things.

68. I’m an adventurous eater. I would try almost anything (edible) once.

69. I’ve lived in Oregon for more than a decade. The climate suits me.

70. Our 70′ cedar blew down in a storm two years ago and now I’m always worried when we get high wind in the winter.

71. I love Greek food.

72. I got had orthodontics in my twenties and now I have a nice straight smile.

73. I’ve never had a cavity.

74. I cry easily, but wish I didn’t.

75. My husband is my best friend.

76. I love aprons.

77. I have an excellent long-term memory. If I’ve known you for more than a few months, I’m sure I remember many things that have happened that you don’t.

78. Having an excellent long-term memory can be embarrassing when you remember people that don’t remember you or remember a lot of detail about people you don’t know well or haven’t seen for a while. I can make you look like a stalker to retain that kind of information, but for some people it’s not a choice, that memorization just happens.

79. My short-term memory isn’t as good as it used to be. (See #58.)

80. I drink raw milk with no fear of illness.

81. I have a Frappuccino habit.

82. I think hickeys are gross and tacky.

83. I think I might be the only person on Facebook not connecting with their old high school and college friends.

84. I’m almost never sick. I have a strong constitution.

84. I’m a word geek.

85. My vehicle doesn’t represent me. I actually don’t like it at all, but it’s what we have and it’s paid off and runs fine, so I can’t complain too much.

86. I wish I could travel more. I’d love to be exposed to more of the world, first-hand.

87. I took three years of French in high school and my husband is fluent, but we never speak to each other in French.

88. I have very detailed dreams, most of which I can still remember when I wake up.

89. I haven’t seen my sister in eight years.

90. We live across the country from each other.

91. We aren’t estranged, just broke.

92. I’m very shy, but I wish I weren’t.

93. I didn’t attend my 10 year high school reunion, though I promised and crossed my heart I would when Lisa Smith pressed the issue in my senior year of high school.

94. I don’t generally swear. I’m not averse to swearing I just usually don’t. Unless I’ve rammed my toe into a chair or sliced into my finger. I’ve sworn on those occasions.

95. I have a problem with time management.

96. I’m still close with one of my former step-sisters though my mom and her dad divorced more than a decade ago.

97. I was casually waiting for a Mormon missionary to come back from his mission when I met my husband.

98. In high school some of my best friends were Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

99. I miss seeing luminarias at Christmas time.

100. My paternal grandmother died when I was almost 10 and I still miss her and feel gypped that she didn’t get to stick around longer, because I think she would have loved seeing what has happened since she left.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Evelyn permalink
    February 3, 2009 1:46 pm

    Great list! You aren’t the only one on Facebook that doesn’t connect to people from the past. I signed up primarily to play games with you. We need to start a game of Scramble and Scrabble again.

  2. Laura permalink
    February 3, 2009 5:12 pm

    I love the list. Isn’t it weird how a simple list lets people see so much about you? I know that you used to get so upset because my grammar was so awful. I have to tell you it’s really not any better. LOL!

  3. Angelina permalink
    February 3, 2009 9:04 pm

    I love these lists. I really really do. I am so glad you brought up hickies because I have always thought they were tacky and hated anyone trying to give me one.

    I think the fact that you don’t swim makes your fear of a tsunami at least a little more rational than mine. At least I can imagine swimming to safety. Oh I’m getting the shivers even thinking about this.

  4. Lisa permalink
    February 3, 2009 9:12 pm

    I agree with Angelina… number 8 is caused by number 9. Not that number 9 would help you in number 8! Also, number 38 disproves number 40!

    Fabulous list!

  5. Lisa permalink
    February 3, 2009 9:57 pm

    Mom-You’re right. We do.

    Laura-Yes, that used to drive me nuts! Still does, but I’ve learned a little more self-control since then.

    Angelina-I don’t know if being able to swim would be a true help in a tsunami!

    Lisa-Hi! Haven’t seen you around here in awhile. Ha! You crack me up.

  6. PrincessMax permalink
    February 3, 2009 10:28 pm

    Thanks for doing this. I’ve only just begun reading your blog (Give-away Day!) and it gives me new insight.

    Also, it reminds me that mine is very out-of-date.

  7. Hunny Bunny permalink
    February 5, 2009 3:45 pm

    Alright the snails thing had me rolling. I’m sorry that’s just great. LOL

  8. Lisa permalink
    February 7, 2009 6:57 pm

    PrincessMax-Thanks for stopping by. Your blog is great! Hunnybunny-It has my family rolling and cringing at the same time. I’m lucky they put up with me so well.

  9. Monica permalink
    February 9, 2009 3:33 am

    What a great list. By the way, I’m not sure how I ended up here; I have just been following links and here I am. But anyway, thanks for sharing. I think I’ll go check out your food blog.

  10. Monica permalink
    February 9, 2009 3:33 am

    What a great list. By the way, I’m not sure how I ended up here; I have just been following links and here I am. But anyway, thanks for sharing. I think I’ll go check out your food blog.

  11. underthebigbluesky permalink
    February 11, 2009 1:19 am

    Lovely list…very honest.

    Pardon my improper use of apostrophes. I mess it up on my blog all the time and never catch it…and I was an English major so that makes it all the worse.

    But as my favorite Grammar teacher told me: “First you learn all the rules, then you can break them”.

  12. Lisa permalink
    February 11, 2009 1:36 am

    Jen-I’ll give you a pass on my apostrophe peeve. 🙂

  13. Lisa permalink
    February 11, 2009 1:38 am

    Monica-Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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