Tuesday, September 8, 2009

100 Things

Apparently it is customary in the blog world to list 100 things about yourself around the anniversary of your 100th post. And, because I've been missing ye olde blog lately, and because I'm just over 100 posts and because I have nothing else to talk about, I thought I would play along. By the way, because I delight in sharing information that you couldn't care less about, this is my 102nd post. So, the following is everything that you never cared to know about me. And a quick disclaimer, if you are my Facebook "friend" then you've seen about 25 of these....but give a girl a break, I'm still adding 75 more incredibly random, mundane & trivial facts about me.

1. I suppose the basics are that I am a daughter, sister, friend, aunt, wife, and mother. (Listed chronologically, 'cause I'm weird like that)

2. I am a sinner, saved by the unfathomable grace of God.

3. I am what they call "HIGH strung"

4. However, luckily I am also LOW Maintenance.

5. Personally, I'm just glad I'm not both high strung and high maintenance....or Brad would be one tired fella.

6. I married the most laid back person on the planet.......this has been a lifesaver.

7. Obviously, I have common sense (see #6).

8. I am a Mama's and a Daddy's girl. Always have been, always will be.

9. There has always been something in my personality that can NOT allow me to ONLY say, I'm a mama's girl or JUST say I'm a daddy's girl..... I always have to say both, 'cuz that's just the truth...and that's how I roll.

10. I usually can't remember how old I am.....almost always have to calculate it....this didn't start happening until I reached the 30s- wonder why that is????? Hmmm, maybe I'm trying to forget :)

11. My sister got the fashion and fru-fru gene of the family.....but I'm smart enough to solicit help from her and my friends.....

12. Apparently, I got the gene that enables me to talk about gross stuff (I'll spare you the details-but with my family 10 bucks says poop will enter the conversation at some point)

13. I'd like to say that I'm a loyal friend.

14. However, I know that there have been times when I have let my friends down.....and I still think back on those times with regret.......even though it's ancient history.

15. I am not quick witted, but I think I can be funny at times. By the way, Shelley got the humor gene too.

16. I TALK TOO much. PERIOD.

17. I used to be able to remember numbers, like phone numbers and addresses uncannily not so much.

18. I am super transparent. For the most part, what you see is what you get.

19. I am a zit picker. There, I said it. See, super transparent and super gross...what a lovely combo

20. I graduated from college, but I didn't "go off" to college. However, I did study abroad in the UK for a semester. Up to that point in my life, that was probably one of the best experiences of my life. Now, husband and children trump it by far. But still, a good experience for me.

21. I sing all.the.time. (always have) and I usually have a song of some sort in my head. Today it was "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown

22. To borrow from Tammy, I get mistaken for my best friend A LOT....and we have conspired to use this in our favor :)

23. My children act just like me and this is incredibly satisfying to my brother.....I think he uses the term sweet justice....... I have no idea what he may be referring too :)

24. I instant message a good bit, and almost every time I think, "wouldn't it be easier to call them?"

25. I'm one of those folks that needs for it to be really quiet when I sleep....this is unfortunate since my entire family (including the dog) snores

26. I'm addicted to other peoples opinions, and I rarely hang a picture or pick out a paint color without consulting the interior designing firm of T& know you are :)

27. I rarely watch TV, but I'm addicted to facebook and blogs.

28. Apparently, I am nosy...why else would I be addicted to facebook

29. I am tender hearted and cry will never cry alone if you're with me......

30. I can not stand to be misunderstood. And, most of the time will go to great lengths to ensure that what you think I'm conveying is, in fact, what I'm trying to convey. That can be exhausting.

31. I like for things to be equal or balanced, and tend to enjoy things that are exact. This can be a nightmare when decorating.

32. I have a few OCD tendencies, but they present themselves in a really strange way. It's not across the board and it's not all the time. But, whenever I have things that are multiple colors, I can't have 2 of the same color together.

33. I like to make lists for things, but I frequently lose the list. And, inevitably when I make a grocery list I leave it at home. This makes me very grouchy.

34. I am a worry wart, and always have been.

35. I used to be downright fearful, but God is working on me about that, and I'm pleased to say that it is a lot better than it was.

36. I am learning to play the guitar.

37. I would also love to learn sign language.

38. I am not very patient and tend to have a temper. In case, you're wondering, there's another less than desirable combo

39. I'm outgoing and extroverted. I think I'm fairly easy to talk to, but will rarely make the 'first move' or introduction.

40. I sometimes judge people prematurely, and oftentimes harshly. This is another area where God is working on me.

41. My favorite color is yellow....because it's bright & sunny.

42. I rarely, if ever, buy anything full price. It almost always must be on sale, or less than $20. This could be what is wrong with my wardrobe. :)

43. I try to be organized, and have achieved that in many areas. But, there are just as many (namely my desk) that are anything but organized.

44. I can be good naturedly sarcastic. I learned this from my dad, who is the King of facetiousness.

45. I love to laugh and hang out with friends.

46. I have Godly parents, a great family, and supportive and caring friends.

47. Obviously, I am blessed.

48. I just found out that it may no longer be in style to do 100 things around your 100th post, because, now I can't find any of the ones that I've read.

49. But, clearly, I'm sticking to it, because, Hello? I'm on number 49.

50. Apparently, I'm 'so yesterday'

51. I have perseverance :)

52. Not really, I'm just stubborn.

53. I have trouble falling asleep sometimes. Which is exactly the cause for this stupid post.

54. I enjoy sleeping late, and pray to the dear Lord above, that I'll be able to tomorrow (since it's 2am right now, and I can't go to sleep).

55. I tend to get on one subject and stay there...

56. I am a planner....this has been known to bite me in the tail.

57. If I could change anything about my physical appearance it would be my insanely, unnatural light complexion.

58. I did try to change it by laying out in the sun during my teenage years, and I was rewarded with a diagnosis of melanoma at the age of 25.

59. Now, I am a sun-o-phob. And, I take inordinate amounts of pleasure upon discovering a new sunblock with a SPF of 70.

60. I love to cuddle and snuggle.

61. I formed that habit while growing up, because I got in the bed with my daddy every morning before school to cuddle with him for a few short minutes.

62. Even to this day, if I spend the night with my parents, I will get in the bed and cuddle with them when I wake up.

63. I have been known to make my daddy get back in the bed so I could cuddle. And he did. Which is just one of the reasons why I'm a Daddy's girl. Obviously, we are wrapped around each other's fingers.

64. However, I am NOT the chosen one. (That would be my brother, the first born son) :)

65. In fact, I always wanted a playhouse when I was know, one just like my brother had. I finally got it last year, when daddy built one for the kids and put my name on it too. I'll take what I can get.

66. I like to be crafty. I love to scrapbook and make cards.

67. However, I'm not very creative.... I just copy stuff.

68. When I was little, my sister hit me over the top of the head with an axe. Some say that this explains a lot.

69. I am claustrophobic.

70. I'm not afraid of heights, but that doesn't mean you'll ever catch me skydiving or bungee jumping.

71. I start thinking about what we are going to get the kids for Christmas by August or September....see #56.

72. I gave birth to a 9 lb 140z child in 40 minutes (not including labor) and Sara Kate who was still 8lbs even 3 weeks early, came without a single push. Pardon me, but I feel that is noteworthy.

73. Apparently, I've been known to brag (see #72)

74. My least favorite household chore is cleaning the shower.

75. There are some things that I probably won't understand this side of heaven.....most days I'm okay with that, other days it's a struggle.

76. We've been waiting 3 years to adopt a little girl from China. At this point, we're not sure it's going to happen. (see #75).

77. I am horrible at shutting doors and drawers. You can always tell when I've been in the kitchen because every cabinet door is open. This drives both my parents and my husband crazy.

78. My biggest pet peeve is for someone to say that they are going to do something and then not do it. I would rather them not say anything at all than to fail to follow through. Obviously, I'm not speaking about extenuating circumstances that prevent follow through.

79. With that being said, I try my best to follow through with my commitments. I don't or can't follow through all the time and that worries me sick. I also try my best to extend grace, so that it will be extended to me. Sometimes, I'm good at that; other times, I'm not.

80. I think parenting is the absolute hardest and the absolute most important thing that I will ever do.

81. I am both a Human Resources and General Management major.

82. This is ironic to me, because I don't enjoy managing (or being in charge) of anything or anybody. I can't take the pressure, and would much rather be an Indian than a chief.

83. However, In the few management jobs that I've held, I think I did fairly well in them.

84. There have been a very precious few times that I've said exactly what I wanted to say when it needed to be said. Most of the time, I think of something that would have been appropriate a good 2 days after it was needed. This is most frustrating.

85. I am a sentimental kind of girl, and I love family traditions. We have several that are near and dear to my heart. I consider it part of my heritage and want desperately to impart that heritage or legacy on to my children.

86. One of my favorite traditions is making a couple of thousand cookies every year at Christmas time with my aunts and my cousins. I would give my right arm to have my grandmother be able to be with us for just one of those weekends. She started that tradition without even knowing it.

87. I gave Brad an ultimatum that if he didn't ask me to marry him by the New Year (January '99) I was moving on to find the husband that I knew God had for me. (In my defense, we had been talking about marriage for 2 years and I already had my wedding dress that he went with me to get- not see, but purchase)

88. He asked me to marry him the day before New Year's Eve.

89. I'm not the only one that is strong-willed and stubborn. :)

90. I like to travel.

91. I tend to hold the arguement that if 1 is good, then 2 is better. This is not always the case.

92. Almost without fail, when I'm in a crowded room or movie theater, I plan an escape route should the unthinkable happen. I'm sure there is a name for this illness, but I don't know what it is. (#69 plays a role in this I think)

93. I see the danger in everything.

94. For this reason, I hold the record for the diving in the pool with my clothes to rescue a child (who may or MAY NOT have needed rescuing).

95. I'm not at all embarrased by #94 because I'd rather go in and not be needed than not go in. So, you can make fun of me all you want.....but your kids are safe if I'm around. :)

96. I also tackled my 3 year old niece and completely took her to the ground when I thought a wayward bottle rocket was going to explode near her. She looked at me like I was crazy, but she has no doubt that I'd save her if she needed it.

97. However, as mentioned before, God is working on my fear issues and I sure as heck don't want to pass fear onto my kids.

98. I am a work in progress.

99. I completley and utterly imperfect.

100. And, I'm okay with that!

Feel free to play along....for some reason, I love to read these things. I think I mentioned that I'm nosy. :)