Monday, January 24, 2011

101 Random Things

I'm sure that this way, way more than you ever wanted to know about me, but  here it is anyway....for your enjoyment boredom.    Feel free to let me know which ones you want to hear more about in a future blogpost.  :)

1.  I was born in California.
2.  I only lived there for a few months before we moved to Texas and then on to Germany.
3.  My first three years of school were spent in three different states--Utah, Iowa, Minnesota.
4.  I am the oldest in my family.
5.  There are eight of us siblings--four boys and four girls.  We alternate girl-boy-girl-boy-girl-boy-girl-boy. 
6.  My only allergy is to metal.
7.  I have broken three bones in my life--leg, collar bone, and baby toe. 
8.  I have been to 49 states...I only need to visit Alaska.
9.  When I was a freshman, I was the only one of my six roommates that didn't get engaged that year.
10.  I met Glen when I was on a blind date with someone else.
11.  My brother Nate introduced us.
12.  Glen and I spent a lot of time together for several months, but never admitted to ourselves that we were dating until a couple weeks before we were engaged.
13.  Glen and I got engaged when I was a junior at BYU. 
14.  We got married 3 months after our engagement date. 
15.  I had Spencer 18 months after we were married and only a couple of days after finals that semester. 
16.  We drove from Utah to Baltimore for a summer internship when he was only 10 days old.
17.  I don't get morning sick at all when I'm pregnant with boys. 
18.  I get slightly morning sick when I'm pregnant with a girl. 
19.  Except Ellie.  I felt great through my whole pregnancy and was convinced that she must've been a boy. 
20.  My thyroid wigs out after pregnancy.  The doctor says it means that I'm prone to thyroid issues, but thankfully I've haven't ever needed any far. 
21.  I rarely match the clean socks, which means the kids have to dig through the sock basket looking for a match themselves every day.
22.  I am a naturally reserved person. 
23.  Glen is just as reserved as I am, which means that together we end up a little reclusive sometimes.
24.  I nursed all five of my kids for a total of about 74 months--that's over 6 years of nursing.
25.  I've spent almost four years of my life pregnant and for the most part enjoyed being pregnant.  
26.  I was captain of the track team in high school.
27.  I was also captain of the cross country team.
28.  In high school, I was always a middle-of-the-pack runner.  Now I'm uber-slow, lucky if I can pull off a 12-minute mile. 
29.  I started getting gray hair in high school. 
30. I grew up being taught that dyeing your hair is a very vain and unhealthy thing to do. 
31.  I highly enjoy my brown-from-a-box hair color and won't go more than 2 months between my dye jobs (including my most recent one this morning before church). 
32.  I've been an avid journal keeper since I was 8-years-old.
33.  In 2007, my blog became my journal/scrapbook. 
34.  My mother finds gum chewing a highly offensive habit and I still feel somewhat rebellious every time I chew gum. 
35.  I tend to chew gum a lot more when I'm on my sugar once-a-week diet. 
36.  I day-dream about having a super organized house someday.
37.  I have no musical abilities whatsoever. 
38. I cannot sleep on fluffy hotel pillows at all, so I always bring my own  flat pillows from home when we travel.
39.  I love living in the DC area.
40.  I tend to second-guess myself.
41.  I have a long suppressed desire to entertain friends at our home, but almost never do.  (see #36 and #23).
42.  I have a phobia of being lazy.
43.  I also have a phobia of over-scheduling our family's activities.
44.  However I have no problem over-scheduling myself.
45.  I have lactose intolerance.
46.  The ability to digest milk is actually a mutation in adult humans, so I pride myself in my non-mutancy.
47.  I have always been a list-maker. 
48.  I ate a chocolate covered ant one time, when my uncle tricked me. 
49.  I can recite all 13 articles of faith at any given moment. 
50.  I once smacked my date in the face with a golf club and knocked him out cold. 
51.  It was totally an accident, but for some reason he never asked me out again.
52.  I used to be a coupon freak and could buy all of our groceries for under $100 a month.
53.  Our grocery bill is close to $1000 a month now. 
54.  I daydream about having a beautifully decorated home with a classic country style.  It's a far cry from it right now. 
55.  I talk to either my parents or a sibling almost every day. 
56.  Other than talking with them, I rarely talk on the phone for fun.  I  only call people if I have a reason to call them. 
57.  My family has always been my best blog fans, giving me sympathy comments when I need them. 
58.  My sister has scars on her arm from where I pinched her as a teenager.
59.  I have a scar on my face from where she hit me in the mouth with a shovel.
60.  Today I consider my siblings and parents among my very best friends.
61. I consider my marriage to Glen as one of the wisest choices I ever made.  He is a kind, hard-working, and patient man.
62.  When I get excited about something, I tend to get a little obsessive.
63.  I consider this trait to be one my greatest strengths and also one of my greatest weaknesses.
64.  I went to seminary with 2 members of the 80's singing group, The Jets.
65.  One of the Jets (Moana)  really wanted to see what high school was like, so she came along to school one day with me. 
66.   It was the only day in my life that I was popular. 
67.  I love to read and consider it one of my guilty pleasures in life.
68.  I won the school district spelling bee when I was in 4th grade.
69.  My winning word was vaccination.
70.  I never had broccoli, peppers, spinach, or cilantro until I was an adult. 
71.  I had a paper route until I was in high school.
72.  I worked at a grocery store most of my way through high school.
73.  I have always had a deep down desire to be the life of the party--witty, outgoing, and charming. 
74.  It'll never, ever, ever happen in real life, so I let out my wild side (such that it is) here on the blog.
75.  I love collecting quotes and have kept my own quote book since I was a teenager.
76.  I only missed a couple days of seminary in all 4 years. 
77.  I pride myself on being reliable, except when I go into ignore mode.
78.  I definitely prefer big town living over small town living.
79.  Not that I've ever lived in a small town or anything, I just like a little anonymity. 
80.  If I walk outside and find the lighting particularly pretty, I'll go inside and get my camera and start taking pictures of the family for no particular reason other than the lighting. 
81.  I'm sure that's why half my family gets grumpy when they see me pull out my camera.
82.  I love peanut butter and thank my lucky stars every time I eat it that no one in our family is allergic to it. 
83.  When I'm by myself in the car I don't listen to music very often.  It's either talk-radio or nothing.
84.  My train of thought can be very random.
85.  I have the two best callings in the church right now....nursery leader and ward bulletin editor.  The nursery kids are sweet and snuggly and hilarious and the ward bulletin is a sort of paper version of a ward blog for me where I can stretch myself spiritually and creatively. 
86.  Some days I am sure that I have adult onset ADHD. 
87.  I'm very competitive and so is Glen, so board games can get pretty intense.
88.  I'm not a grudge holder.
89.  Inertia is my biggest nemesis. 
90.  Glen and I both very risk averse.
91. I have now lived in Virginia longer than I ever lived in Minnesota. 
92.  I have mixed feelings about giving up my title of Minnesotan.
93.  I way prefer cookie dough over the baked cookies.
94.  It's one of the things I miss the most about eating sugar only once-a-week.  We always end up making special desserts instead of simple cookies. 
95.  I have to keep my potty humor suppressed around Glen.  He does not find tooting very funny at all, which is extra funny because when we spend time with his brothers, it's all they talk about and Glen laughs right along with them. 
96.  Adam appreciates my tooting jokes/comments, which is nice since we have ample opportunity to laugh about tooting in our house.
97.  I've never had to wear glasses.  Glen's never had to wear braces.   So far my eye and teeth genes are both prevailing. 
98.  Before September, epilepsy used to be something that frightened me.   Now it's less of a fright and more of a figuring out how to get over this hurdle. 
99.  I almost always put mascara on before I leave the house.
100. I usually blog at night when I'm losing steam fast and then think/dream about what I've typed all night long.  (see #40) I almost always tweak my blogpost in the morning. 
101.  I'm not one for dramatic endings.

The End. 


Andie said...

Numbers 58, 59, and 60 give me hope for my own kids someday! You guys are awesome!

Denise said...

Seriously. I love this list. I am not sure I could make my own. I did do 101 things about Troy for Christmas one year and that was super fun.

p.s. I too am a BIG FAN of your blog.

Clarinda said...

As usual, you are hilarious! I love your list. Perhaps I'll do one myself one of these days. Here are some I'd love to read more about in a blog post:


Is that too many?? ;)
Thanks for writing such a super fun blog!!

Dad-Mom said...

This explains so much! You are very much your father's daughter.

annalisa said...

I want to hear more about 48, 50, 51, 58, 59, 64, 65.
I love this list! I think it's awesome!

mom said...

Interesting list. Love your blog.

Katie said...

Fabulous list, but incomplete! I see no mention of your exceptional capacity for wit & humor.

(By the way, there's a Jet in my sister's ward in California - We'll have to see if we have a connection there...)

Mirien said...

It was fun to read your list! I am online late Saturday night because I'm supposed to be finishing up my sharing time for tomorrow. Got a little side-tracked here. Makes me wish we knew each other in real life--we have a lot in common!

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