I've been so remiss in my postings as of late! One of my resolutions (more on those later) is to write more, so thus begins the writing. It seems an unwritten requirement of blog ownership that one must have a "100 things" list, so here goes...
1. I was born in Northern Wisconsin.
2. My father was Air Force, so we moved. A lot.
3. As a result of #2, I was in 6 different schools between kindergarten and 6th grade.
4. We were always stationed in the U.S.
5. I have one brother, three years younger.
6. Even though he is only three years younger and at least three inches taller, he will always be my "baby brother".
7. I attended Catholic schools from 6th-12th grade.
8. I marched in the Orange Bowl Parade with my high school marching band when I was a freshman, and was on national television because of my "end of row" position.
9. I nearly tripped over the cameraman, which I'm sure would've made for more entertaining television.
10. I only joined the high school marching band because they were going to Florida to march in the parade. I played the cymbals my freshman year because you couldn't carry a piano in the band.
11. I ended up studying music in college. My major instrument was percussion.
12. I am a very proud Miami University graduate.
13. That is in Ohio. As we like to say, Miami was a University before Florida was a state.
14. I am, and always will be a Miami Redskin. None of this Redhawk business for me.
15. I graduated from college in the same major I began college.
16. I taught high school band and choir for five years.
17. I attended graduate school at two different Catholic Universities.
18. I currently work at one of them.
19. I met my husband online.
20. "You've Got Mail" is one of my favorite movies.
21. We've been together for nearly 10 years and married for nearly 8.
22. We have two sons.
23. I was bulimic for over 10 years.
24. I've been recovered for almost 3 years.
25. I no longer and never will own a scale.
26. I love to cook and recently became the proud owner of a pasta attachment for my Kitchen-Aid mixer. Stay tuned for my maiden voyage into the world of homemade pasta.
27. Unfortunately for me, my husband isn't a "foodie". Left to his own devices, he would eat the same darn thing every single night.
28. My goodness, 100 is a larger number than I thought....
29. I love sushi, but only if my brother is there to order. I never know what to pick.
30. My favorite types of food are Thai and Ethiopian.
31. I've heard all of the jokes about Ethiopian food.
32. I love to travel.
33. My husband does not.
34. My best friend lives in Georgia.
35. Thanks to the miracle of instant messaging, we "talk" nearly every day.
36. I love to sing and often do.
37. I would love to be able to sing like Frederica von Stade.
38. Or Kristen Chenoweth.
39. Or Barbara Streisand.
40. I've been reading since I was four, and at any given moment have about three books going.
41. One of my current picks is a reference book called "Food Lover's Companion". A must for the library of any foodie.
42. My Georgia friend introduced me to the world of blogs. She told me about the QC Report and it was all downhill from there! ;)
43. Two other blogs I read daily are May December and Monogram Momma.
44. I am a very crafty person and could go broke in Michael's.
45. My dream job is to be a stay-at-home mom.
46. It's still a long way to 100...
47. I didn't get my driver's license until I was 17 and a senior in high school.
48. I passed my test on the first try.
49. My first car (in 1986) was a 1970 Ford Station Wagon. It was HUGE (and brown). I drove it until one day my father was driving behind me and noticed that the back end of the car shimmied. It was discovered that the chassis had a horizontal crack and the back of the car was physically separated from the front.
50. I once learned how to drive a manual transmission. When my mother took me out to practice, we were at a stop light in the middle of town, on a slight incline. When the light turned green, all I could do was cry, because I was sure if I took my foot off the break to shift and go, I would roll into the car behind me.
51. I haven't driven a stick shift since.
52. I love my TiVo. I very rarely watch a show at the time it actually airs.
53. I adore the show "What Not to Wear". I want to go shopping with Stacy and Clinton.
54. My parents have been married for 38 years.
55. The women in my family tend to live into their nineties. Both of my grandmothers are still alive at 92 and 86. My 92 year old (almost 93) grandmother lived by herself until three months ago and my 86 year old grandmother still lives by herself, as do her older and younger sister (88 and 84, respectively). Their mother (my great-grandmother) lived alone until age 92 and died at 94.
56. My grandfathers died at 61 and 75.
57. I have few regrets. One I do have is that I never tried Greek Life in college.
58. I love M&M candies. My nephews call them "chocolate beans".
59. I am a diet coke-aholic.
60. I'm very proud of the fact that we never let my 6 year old son have soda and now he chooses not to have it on his own.
61. I wish I had his discipline. ;)
62. I'm very proud of my ethnic background and wish that we had been raised with more elements and traditions.
63. I am the only one in the family who still makes my Grandma's Finnish Pulla (Coffee Bread).
64. I do it the way she did, mixing and kneading by hand, and grinding the whole cardamom with mortar and pestle.
65. My favorite Christmas gift was my Grandma's ceramic cardamom jar.
66. My mother has always given me good advice.
67. I wanted to take French in high school and she told me that Spanish would be more useful.
68. She was right. I worked for 6 summers as a counselor at Culver Summer Camps and it really came in handy.
69. Not to mention I married a Mexican.
70. She "forced" me to take typing in high school.
71. I can type 80-100 wpm.
72. My father also gives good advice.
73. He always told me to keep my resume updated and read the job listings every Sunday.
74. Which is how I got my current job.
75. I've been here for nearly 8 years and am very happy.
76. I am a registered Republican, but vote the issues.
77. I didn't cast a vote for governor this year because I didn't feel either candidate was qualified.
78. As a general rule, I don't discuss politics.
79. Washington DC is one of my favorite cities, but more for the historical aspects.
80. I did, however, thoroughly enjoy "The West Wing" on television.
81. I taught at the high school that Martin Sheen attended.
82. I once spoke to his answering machine when I was doing a phone-a-thon fundraiser for the school.
83. He didn't call back.
84. I love doing crossword puzzles.
85. I really love to play Scrabble and Boggle.
86. I remember things. Consequently, I am a font of useless knowledge.
87. I am very good at Trivial Pursuit.
88. I am a terrible housekeeper.
89. I have a large house.
90. One of my resolutions is to focus on one room at a time.
91. I love Martha Stewart and will eventually purchase her "Homekeeping Handbook".
92. I hope it will help.
93. I love playing the "Harry Potter" video games with my son.
94. In fact, I'm kind of a Harry Potter freak.
95. If I won the lottery, I would donate money to my high school and college.
96. My husband thinks I'm crazy because he doesn't feel loyalties like I do.
97. I wear my heart on my sleeve and tend towards emotion.
98. I collect inspirational/motivational quotes. My students used to call me the "Quote Queen".
99. My favorite time in life so far (other than the present) was the time I spent at Culver. I lived vicariously through my campers.
100. My faith and family are the most important things in my life.
My goodness. That's quite an undertaking! Hope you enjoy.