Friday, October 23, 2009

101 Things About Me

I started this list way back in July, and I've just now gotten around to finishing it up. Many of you feature this list on your blogs, and I find them fascinating, so I've created my own.

Plus it's Friday, which translates to "Slacker Day" and that applies to blogs too.

1. My hair is naturally red. I've only dyed it once, and I went brown,

2. I was voted Homecoming Princess my junior year of high school.

3. I gave Hot Topic the idea for the "I Make Boys Cry" t-shirt. I still have printouts of the emails.

4. I spent a semester as a housekeeper for a eccentric recluse who was apparently a semi-famous author. He created gumball machines, was a boxer for UCLA, and was incredibly lonely. I think the only reason he hired me was so he would have someone to talk to.

5. Once upon a time I was a hardcore feminist, now I lean more towards more traditional gender roles. Mainly because I hate working, don't mind cleaning, and want to raise my own kids.

6. I missed my professional calling. I'm hoping to remedy that. Someday.

7. I love video game culture, in theory. In practice, not so much.

8. I am fascinated by pin-up culture. I think I'll always be an outside observer rather than an active participant.

9. Mike and I have the best dog we could have asked for, and I am a huge advocate of adopting from shelters.

10. I always carry water and chapstick. If I am ever without those two things I feel very anxious and will often go to the closest gas station to purchase them. Leaving my phone behind doesn't usually bother me.

11. I can't sleep in anymore.

12. I feel strangely adult now because I have a lawyer, and Mike and I are looking over contracts. But. getting a Costco membership made me feel more adult than buying a house

13. I'm a reformed Internet creep. When I was in 7th grade and we FIRST got the Internet, I used to lurk around chatrooms, stay on AIM all night. As I got older, I trolled craigstlist rants and raves. I used to make online friends.

14. I have trouble dressing myself and I wear black so often that I look like a mourner.

15. I didn't expect to miss living with my parents once we got the house...but I do.

16. Planning the wedding made me really uncomfortable. I felt really awkward and guilty planning a big party that's supposed to focus on me and Mike and OUR LOVE. Who cares? I feel super strange about having people buy dresses or suits or travel out here BECAUSE I SAID SO.

17. However - the wedding was amazing. And I'm glad I went through with the whole production of it. Everyone I love was there, and happy.

18. I'm adore I'm obsessed with handmade items and trinkets. I hope to someday go back to my crafty roots and start a shop of my own.

19. I wish my life was greener...though currently, it's not so bad. I plan to someday have a compost heap, and be totally rid of traditional cleaning products. It's not much, but a step...

20. I have a love/hate relationship with TV. I love it. But I hate how much I love it. Sometimes I feel akin to Homer Simpson.

21. I love scarves. I haven't decided if they are a fashion statement, or a type of security blanket.

22. I hope, deep down, that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is real. Even if that DOES mean that I'm a Muggle. I just want our world to have magic in it somewhere.

23. I would love to be Ana Pascal from Stranger Than Fiction. If you haven't seen it, DO. I want to make people happy in this world.

24. I want to go to Japan. Not yet, though. I want to prepare by learning a little Japanese, and making sure that we have enough money to go and make sure no expense is spared.

25. I don't want to be boring...but I think I am already there.

26. I would love to get a tattoo sleeve. But unfortunately, I don't think that's in the cards for me.

27. I wish I were more feminine. I think girls that are ladylike are neat. I feel like wearing dresses is a step in the right direction.

28. I desperately want to exercise. My body wants to be in shape, but my motivation by the time I get home (after my near 2hr commute) is nonexistent. I would really like to run a 5K in the next few years.

29. I think cemeteries are beautiful. Especially when they are old, and it's Spring.

30. I love to read. Anything. Right now I'm reading Geek Love by Katherine Dunn.

31. I want to be a well-known and respected member of my community.

32. I also want to be a Stay-at-Home-Mom, when the time comes. I hope that Michael and I have the means to make this happen. My mom did it, and his mom did it, and it was nice to know that there was someone waiting for you

33. Mike and I are actually really excited about hosting dinner parties, having people over, and cooking.

34. I hope someday my life pans out just as I imagine it will.

35. I am married to my best friend and High School sweetheart, which is pretty sweet.

36. I'm realizing more and more that I am a very private person. It really never dawned on me before.

37. I am an extreme homebody. To the maxxxxx.

38. I'm terrible at staying up late. I'm perfectly happy to be asleep by 10pm.

39. I have a pretty awesome family, and I prefer their company to anyone's.

40. My mom is my best friend and and most trusted confidante. She's a pretty awesome lady.

41. I have two younger sisters, one is 21, the other is 16. We all have different natural hair colors, and our names are alphabetical - A, B, and C.

42. My 21 year old sister is hilarious. And blonde, and B.

43. My 16 year old sister is the nicest person I have ever met. She'll do anything for you. She's a brunette, and C.

44. My dad and I are very much alike. We butt heads constantly because of this.

45. I was a nude model for a life drawing class for a semester of college. It was a strange and interesting experience.

46. I love to try different shampoos. If I am staying over at someone's house, I am so excited to try their hair products.

47. I've recently learned that I am like a FURNACE when I sleep. We figured this out when Mike and I were napping in the car on a cool, rainy day. When we woke up, my side of the car was all steamed up.

48. I love sugary kids cereal. Reeses Puffs. Cap'n Crunch. Cocoa Puffs. You name it, and I'm all over it.

49. I also love kids' cartoons. So does Mike, and nothing pleases us more then finding out that there are 6 episodes of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack on a Sunday morning.

50. I am clean, but not always neat. And I really like to have my living space in order before I get ready to relax for the night.

51. The smell of lilacs and clean laundry will forever remind me of being a kid and playing in the backyard.

52. I am very fortunate to have the in-laws that I have. They're really awesome people, who tend to forgive Mike and I despite our shortcomings.

53. I can't wait for Halloween, every year. But then it usually comes and goes without much acknowledgment from me.

54. I get the worst hangovers in the world. In college I managed to escape them, but since I don't drink regularly anymore, approximately Tthree beers can make me violently ill for an entire day. If I only have one drink, I need to chase it with glasses and glasses of water or I will have a headache for hours.

55. My friends were convinced I was allergic to alcohol the first time I drank. Sometimes they still think I am. I just think I'm unlucky.

56. I am an exceptionally fun drunk.

57. I am a terrible dancer. I won a "Worst Dancer" award in High School.

58. I enjoy Daiquiris with my mom and sister. Rum makes everyone loud and festive.

59. I am extraordinarily clumsy. I walk into doorways, kick chairs, and always wind up with mysterious bruises. Mike gets nervous if I get too rambunctious because I am apt to accidentally punch him in the mouth.

60. Driving terrifies me. I am not a very confident driver and have been in too many accidents. I've been rear ended 3 times in the last year, and none of the other drivers were very nice about it.

61. I've just recently developed a taste for coffee. But I still put loads of sugar (or Splenda) and creamer in it. Though drinking it black isn't the worst thing in the world.

62. I have 4 tattoos. I got my first when I was 18 (4 stars on my hip), my 2nd when I was 20 (a cricket on my right foot), my third when I was 23 (a swallow the right side of my lower back) and my fourth when I was 24 (a band around my left forearm and the word "always"). I am enamored with tattoos - my own and those belonging to others.

63. Legally changing my name caused me to have a mini identity crisis. Just a little one. I'm still working on my signature

64. I enjoy doing bills. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and control.

65. I have a strange relationship with the blog-world. I want to be part of it, and I follow bunches of blogs for periods of time, but once a blogger starts constantly linking to their blog friends' blogs, then I feel alienated - I feel outside of a clique.

66. I love celebrity gossip. I shouldn't, but I do.

67. I also love terrible, terrible reality TV shows. Again, I shouldn't but I do.

68. On the flip side, I read classic literature, and watch intelligent movies and brilliant (but cancelled) TV shows. I just needed to clear the air...

69. On that topic, the saga revolving around Jon and Kate Plus 8 makes me so sad for those kids. Seriously. Stop exploiting your children.

70. My favorite bloggers are The Pioneer Woman and Dooce. They sort of embody what I want to be.

71. I'm still unsure about Twitter. I'm trying to use it, but really, who care that I went for a run? Or that my dog's breath smells? Or that I'm baking cookies? I'm going to keep at it.

72. I. Love. Harry. Potter. I am a devoted fan, and have been for about 10 years. It's the longest love affair I've ever had.

73. I DON'T LIKE TO EXERCISE. I just don't. I will, because I know it is good for me and it makes my legs look awesome. But I'm going to complain about it the WHOLE TIME.

74. Now that we've moved, I don't think I want to go without cable/internet. While I acknowledge that TV isn't the best thing for me, it's REALLY nice to shut down and zone out at the end of the day.

75. I'm going to live in Illinois for almost my entire life. My family moved here when I was two, and I lived in Iowa for about a year total. My family is here, my friends are here, and I know this place. When I have kids I want to make sure they know their grandparents and relatives (I never really did).

76. Singing Happy Birthday makes me feel so incredibly awkward

77. I am not good at long-distance relationships.

78. I used to play World of Warcraft. I loved it, a lot. I never got very far, but I had to stop playing because it became a time-suck.

79. I've been using the alias SilentA for nearly 10 years. It started after a weekend of watching Kevin Smith movies, and decided to create a persona after Silent Bob.

80. I've been blogging for nearly the same amount of time (10 years). I started out on, moved over to Livejournal, and here I find myself on Blogger. Hopefully the next step is my own site.

81. I have a really soft spot for Iowa. Particularly Des Moines. Mike went to school there, I temporarily went to school in Iowa City, and that's where Mike and I had our first apartment together.

82. I played the flute for 8 years. I never really liked it much, but I wasn't half bad. My teachers were always encouraging, but I was lazy and never practiced.

83. During my 4 years of High School, I was an active member of the marching band. It was totally nerdy, but the kids I hung around with (who weren't hardcore into it) dubbed ourselves the "Anti-Band".

84. That said, I have a soft spot for every member of that marching band.

85. I like making lists like these. They make me feel like I am learning things about myself.

86. I never in a million years thought I would be a girl who loved shoes...yet here I am.

87. Conversely, I still occasionally wear slippers out in public, and I don't care how sloppy I look.

88. I wrote a speech about my moccasin slippers my sophomore year of college. I didn't graded as well as I hoped I would.

89. I sometimes wish I had tried harder and focused more while I was in college. I think part of the reason I didn't stemmed from the fact that I went to 3 different colleges.

90. Attending community college was the best thing I could have done for my education. I saved myself a bunch of money while finishing general education classes. I wish community college didn't have such a bad stigma attached to it.

91. I love dreary weather. I could gladly live in a place like Seattle with limited sunshine. I avoid hot temperatures and sun because I am very fair and prone to sunburn.

92. I actually react very badly to sunburns...I get insatiably itchy, and freak out. I can't describe the feeling and how awful it is. My dad has the same thing, and when he was in Vietnam he had to be hospitalized because the itching was so terrible.

93. I have had the same group of friends since I was 12 years old. It's very bizarre to realize that I've known them half my life. But I love them.

94. Physical contact with people (other than Mike) weirds me out. But with Mike, I like to be discreetly touching him as often as possible.

95. I used to REALLY want to be interested in professional sports. I wanted to be cool like that. But I tried...I really did...and it holds no appeal for me, and I've accepted that.

96. I wish I was more interested in music. I have a couple bands/CDs that I listen to, but otherwise I'm sort of eh about it.

97. I'm not really sure what I want to be when I grow up. Some days it's a personal trainer, baker or teacher. Other days it's a stay at home mom, independent crafter, or entrepreneur.

98. I have no tolerance for radio commercials that use the sound of an alarm clock, squealing breaks, or emergency vehicle sirens of ANY kind.

99. Someday I want to be the type of cook that people are clamoring to get recipes from.

100. I'm extremely well-intentioned, but I severely lack on follow-through. Hobbies I pick up, ideas for gifts and costumes. Most of these things never come to fruition.

101. I also lack will power. I don't deny myself much. But I'm working on it. I'm working on a lot of things.


  1. We have about a lot of these in common. Especially numbers 5, 8, 13, 18, 20, 22, 25, 26, 33, 37, 40, 44, 47, 76, 77, 81, 82, and 91. :)

  2. Oh, except on number 33, obviously without your husband, and my future husband instead ;)

  3. I like your 101! I want to do one someday when I open my blog back up (taking it down temporarily so when the admissions committee googles me they won't have a reason to trash my application). And FYI: I think you can totally still be a feminist AND enjoy traditional gender roles. As long as you believe that men and women have equal rights and opportunities, you're basically a feminist (IMO). I think it's great you want to be a stay at home mom. I think it would be awesome if Andrew could be a stay-at-home-dad. The stay at home thing would suit him far more than it would suit me. I think.

  4. I love Harry Potter too. I used to sleep with the window open so the owl with the hogwarts letter would get in. Now I'm thinking it just got lost in the mail:)
    I am nameing my future kids afther some of the characters:)
    Oh, and 94 so used to be me. I was cured though, my friends are very touchy.

  5. I would also love to get a full sleeve, but fear it may never happen. When you become a stay-at-home mom, I definitely think you should go for it!

    Cemeteries are amazing!! I'm so happy I'm not alone in thinking this.

    I'm a huge fan of Fruit Loops and Cap'n Crunch. Yummy!!

  6. Haha, I wondered if #23 was partially due to the badass tattoo and then #26 came along. XD

    Thanks for posting this! It's always fun to read other people's random bits of miscellany, especially when a lot of them make you go "oh, me too!"

  7. I really enjoyed reading this!!

    #25 is most definitely not true :)

  8. So I'm not entirely sure how I stumbled on your blog (I'm pretty sure I was blog surfing on an incredibly boring work day!), reading this there were many I thought, "OH MY GOSH ME TOO!"

    Not that you should care since I'm a perfect stranger but...

    16 & 17 - I so wanted to elope because the whole being the center of attention for that entire day made me want to scream, I'm glad we did because that day was a ton of fun. That's probably why I've never been a bridesmaid (jr bridesmaid in my uncle's wedding but that doesn't count) many women get bridezilla about their day and I really don't ever want to be a slave to anyone.

    38.story of my life every night

    40. Love my mom too - they make the best friends

    45. Wow! That sounds like a good story!

    63. ME TOO! My MiL thought it would be too confusing if I kept my name. Pshaw. I changed it because in the end I wanted to be this new family with my husband and I love it now.

    89. & 90. Yup - went to 3 colleges too. Community college was wonderful and so much more challenging than the other universities I attended.

  9. 21. loooove scarves. scarves and wraps. they're so... classy.

    65. i link to my friends blogs a lot, but just go read them! you'll love them too, i promise! :)

    70. my roommate looooves the pioneer woman. i love a lot of her recipes!

    71. twitter is amazing. it's become so much more than "i had a turkey sandwich for lunch." when i was in dallas with the bff we used it as kind of a mini-blog for our adventures.

    82. i was also a lazy flute player! : )

    83. loved marching band -- especially my junior and senior years when i was in the color guard (and freshman and sophomore years of college when i coached guard)we were band jocks. : )

    87. sigh. i'm going to try to still love you anyway. i went to look at my list again and was so surprised to not see "I CAN'T STAND IT WHEN PEOPLE WEAR PAJAMA-TYPE ATTIRE OUT OF THEIR HOMES. PUT ON SOME PANTS." or in your case, shoes. ;)

    94. i'm a hugger. : )

    95. i started watching dallas cowboys football just to have some mindless entertainment on sundays and because the bff loved them, and now i'm probably a bigger fan than he is.

  10. 6. I missed my professional calling. I'm hoping to remedy that. Someday.

    This got me so curious! What did you miss out on?

    & I went to a community college, too, and I'll FOREVER say it was the best decision I ever made. :)



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