Tuesday, September 4, 2007

100 Things About Me

In the tradition of the 100th post (actually it's my 108th post, but who's counting?) I present The List. One Hundred Things About Me 1. I was born on April 24, 1958. 2. In Newark, New Jersey. 3. My parents names are Joe and Caroline. 4. I don't have a middle name. 5. I'm the second of four children and the only girl. 6. When my youngest brother was born, I cried because I wanted him to be a sister. He is now one of my very best friends. 7. I don't know what I'll do without him for a year when he starts his deployment to Iraq in October. I'll hound him with e-mails is my guess. I tear up just thinking about it. 8. I play the piano. 9. I met my best friend in 7th grade. 10. We are still best friends. 11. I am 6'1" tall. 12. In junior high and high school I sewed all my own clothes. 13. I also had a sewing school and taught sewing classes for children. 14. I've been to 8 different emergency rooms in 4 different states. 15. In college I had my own house painting business for a summer. 15. I have a degree in History. 17. As you can tell, it wasn't in math. I just skipped number 16. I don't like math. 18. I'm afraid of heights, including crossing bridges. 19. I like to drink my tea with milk and sugar. 20. I used to be a waitress, worked in a medical lab washing test tubes, and worked for a cleaning business. 21. I hate to clean. 22. My husband and I met when we were on the company bowling team. 23. I had the worst average in the entire league. 24. I like buying souvenior pencils wherever I go. 25. I've never watched "Lost", "American Idol", or "Dancing with the Stars." 26. This will change in a few weeks when Jane Seymour is on "Dancing with the Stars." 27. My favorite books as a child were Charlotte's Web and the original Bambi by Felix Salten. 28. My favorite dessert is vanilla ice cream with hot fudge. Whipped cream and nuts are good, but leave off the cherry. 29. I've been interviewed on a morning radio talk show. 30. I am not a morning person. 31. My favorite snack is peanut M&Ms. 32. My favorite flowers are Lily of the Valley and violets. 33. I've read everything I can find by and about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. 34. I play golf . . . poorly. 35. I can type over 100 words per minute. 36. I've never been on a jury, but I would like to be. 37. I became a mother for the first time at the age of 31, when we adopted our son. 38. We've adopted two more children after that, another son and then a daughter. 39. The age difference between our first and second, and second and third is exactly 3 years, 8 months. 40. I love to organize things, but I hate to clean. Right now, my house looks like I do neither. 41. I'm addicted to chocolate. 42. My dream job would be to own and run a stationery store. 43. I like to collect and use teapots and vintage linens. 44. One of my favorite books of all time is "Valley of Decision" by Marcia Davenport. I don't know of anyone else who has read it. (Have you?) 45. I used to have insomnia as a kid. Now, I can sleep anywhere, anytime, and love to nap. 46. I'm a big time procrastinator. 47. I used to play a lot of tennis. I haven't played in five years or more. 48. I was an all-conference basketball player in high school. 49. My favorite sport now is baseball, because I enjoy watching my son play and going to games with my husband. 50. I love having time alone, by myself, in my house. 51. When I was in college, I met the second best friend in my life. How blessed am I to have two best friends? 52. I loved college more than high school. 53. If it were practical, I would still be going to school. I love new pencils, notebooks and every September is a new beginning. 54. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. 55. I was a nursing student for two years, but quit the day I had to give someone a shot. I don't know why I didn't think that it would bother me before that. 56. I love to take pictures. 57. I love putting together photo albums and scrapbooks.
58. My checkbook rarely balances and it doesn't bother me. 59. One of my favorite classes in high school was an art class I took with my brother (#2). 60. Giraffes are my favorite animals. 61. I spent my 45th birthday in the hospital passing a kidney stone. 62. I've broken a wrist and cracked a rib (but not at the same time). 63. I've had surgery on both feet. 64. People's medical issues (including my own) bore me. Moving on . . . 65. My favorite perfume is Chanel 19. 66. My favorite foods are Mexican, my mom's Thanksgiving dinner and her Christmas cookies. 67. My mom died, unexpectedly, seven years ago. 68. It was the first, and so far the only time, I have experienced true grief in my life. 69. My dad remarried three years ago, and I love his new wife. 70. I love the ocean. I have been to a number of beaches, but my favorites are in Hawaii and the good ole Jersey shore. 71. I have a messy desk, because for me "out of sight is out of mind." This is a constant battle for me. 72. It takes me at least 20 minutes to fall asleep at night. The best method for going to sleep, for me, is saying the rosary. I don't think God minds that I fall to sleep, talking to him. 73. When I was in high school I was told I looked like Jennifer O'Neill. 74. I love to paint. Interiors, that is, especially when it's a bold, pretty color. 75. I have a hard time naming favorite movies, but one of my favorites is The Way We Were. I also like any movie with John Wayne. 76. I love pedicures and foot massages. 77. I don't like board games or card games. 78. I don't have a favorite TV show. I don't watch much TV. 79. I don't like to buy shoes, but I love to buy pocketbooks. 80. I don't sing very well -- at all -- but I sing anyway, in church, at home, in the car. 81. My husband and I took country swing dance lessons before our wedding. He's a great dancer. He's so good, he makes me look good. 82. I used to love cats, but now I don't. I'm not sure why. But I do love dogs. 83. People who can always make me laugh: Ellen Degeneres, Billy Crystal and my brother, Matt. 84. My favorite day of the year is Christmas Eve. 85. Grande percent mocha, extra hot, no whip. 86. My favorite scented candle is Yankee Candle lavendar -- and they discontinued it:( The lemon lavendar is just not the same. 87. I love used book stores. I love library book sales. I love new book stores. 88. I've been married to my husband for 23 years. 89. He is definitely the better half of us. Probably the better 60%. His is patient, generous, selfless and even-tempered. 90. He gets embarrassed when I write things like this in my blog. 91. If I could live in a different time period (and medical stuff wasn't an issue) I would choose to live in the latter half of the 1800s. Out west. 92. I love crossword puzzles, Scrabble and cryptoquips. 93. Favorite place to camp: Yellowstone National Park 94. Favorite room in my house: the screened-in back porch. 95. Favorite color: lavendar 96. Favorite sandwich: leftover Thanksgiving turkey on Jewish rye with cranberry sauce and mayo. 97. Favorite season: Fall 98. If I had another girl and boy I would (be a single parent, says my husband, and) name them: Caroline and Benjamin. 99. Favorite quote: That which hinders your task, is your task. (Good quote for us procrastinators). 100. (nudge, nudge -- still awake?) I never dreamed it would be so hard to come up with 100 things. But I did it:)


annie said...

My goodness we have a lot in common!
We are the same height.
Bailey is my second child and only son and he was so sad when Izzy was born a girl but has remained her buddy and always will.
#28 is my fav. sundae too...and many more!
Enjoyed your list!

Becky said...

And I read EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. How fun is that! Your list was wonderful!

OK, here they are ... the ones we have in common. I know you'd want to know this ...

I Loooooooove History!!!! (Sociology major, Psychology minor, very meanly talked out of an english degree which I regret terribly)

Scared to death of bridges. Always have been as long as I can remember. Out of my wits scared. Affects my travel. Will NEVER fly over the ocean. Can't do it.

25, 28 (NO CHERRY for me either),30, 31 (make mine plain), 41, 47

50, 50, 50, 50 (oh, that is my ultimate favorite thing in the whole wide world 50, 50, 50!!)

55, 57, 63, 78, 85 (oddly enough EXTRA HOT and NO WHIP; oddly enough)


Now, wasn't that interesting?

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I love those lists, but doubt I could do one, and I've lived a lot longer than you!

I hate board games and cards, and I'm fearful of heights! We have several other things in common too, but I'm 5'1" and you are almost as tall as my dear hubby!

Thanks for your comment on my blog!


Becky said...

Yes, I purposely did not mention the height thing. Wouldn't we be a site? Over a foot difference in our stature. I was a gymnast rather than a bball player :)

Xandra said...

I can't believe how much we have in common! Now I know why I enjoy reading your blog so much!!

You are one of the only people I have ever met who does not have a middle name....neither do I. I was so happy when I got married because I finally had a middle name.

Lynne said...

Great list, Karen. I love learning new things about people.

I don't have a middle name either. I love to sew, but don't do enough of it. I love lily of the valley's but can't find any here in Atlanta. I'm a nurse and LOVE to give shots. In nursing school, other students thought I would kick my patients to make them hurt and ask for a pain shot! I also like to organize but not clean. And I'm definitely with you on book stores - love, love, love them!

Robin said...

That was a great list Karen! I love these 100 post traditions - it helps us get to know each other so much better.
You sound like a very confident, accomplished woman who is comfortable being you. I like that!
We are the same age, I love to sew,I'm definitely afraid of heights, and you are going to LOVE Danicing With the Stars - it's one of my guilty pleasures! And yes, Hawaii rocks! I will deal with my fear of flying/heights anytime if I get to go to Hawaii! These similarities and others (like #'s 17,23,35,36,50,51,52,58,80,82,87, and 97)tell me that we would be very good friend

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

You did great, these were all awesome! I loved learning more about you, and seeing what we have in common and where we differ. A few in common (I love history and only lacked 3 hours for a double minor, love chocolate, love books) and a few different (I have a degree in math!, I love TV shows and am an addict, and I've never been camping or to Hawaii). And I've never heard of that book you mentioned, sorry :(

Great 100!

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

I'll be cheering for Marie Osmond on Dancing. Love that show!

Fall is the rockinest season all year (except for Christmas, which isn't a season, but we won't go into that.)

Great list, I read every single one too. History was my minor in college, English my first (which is a good thing since I write books for a living.)

I hope you don't mind, but I'd like to share what I posted about today.

Here are the deets: I posted this on my blog today:

"Okay, I'll admit it. Anne Bradshaw over at Not Entirely British did a really good thing and I am shamelessly borrowing from her idea of spotlighting the most amazing youth in the world. I think it is incredible what she has done and the youth that are the finalists in her contest are truly amazing. If you haven't gone to her blog yet, read about them and vote, you're going to want to do that as soon as you're done reading mine, submitting a nomination and generally recognizing that I'm the greatest blogger to ever walk the earth . . . all right, all right, you don't have to do that last part. As long as it exists in my mind I'm okay with that.

Announcing the Best Husband in the World Contest -- please check out my blog today."

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, right?

If you and your readers would be please read, nominate and spread the word I would appreciate it very much. I want to celebrate the good men of the world. They have not been celebrated enough.

daisy cottage said...

What a wonderful list and I really enjoyed reading it and visiting you... you are adorable!


faraja said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I loved getting to know you all in one go like that - I timed my arrival at your blog perfectly :) And we have quite a bit in common too...

Now I'll have to come back and read some more posts cos I'm sure there's even more I can find in common with you as I delve into your archives :)

Karen said...

Congratulations, Karen on your 108th! ;0)
We have a lot in common, too. I drink my hot tea with milk and sugar, and my all time favorite perfume is Chanel #19. I could go on, but I won't take up the space here. Lol! I love these 100 things, it helps us all know each other a little better.

Christie Belle said...

I read every one too! Great list, several things I would have never guessed. We have quite a few off of your list in common. Congrats on your 100th!

justabeachkat said...

Loved reading your list. It's always fun to learn more about each other.


Scratchin' the Surface said...

Hello sweet Karen, I wanted to hop over to thank you for your comment on my post, and let you know how much I appreciated it. Your 100th post intrigued me - you're 3 years younger than me, my kids are 24, 26 and 31, so we did things a bit differently there! I also type like the wind, and love love Anne Morrow Lindberg. Hugs to you and happy 100th!

gail@more than a song said...

I love reading these posts and yours is great Karen! We have some things in common but height is not one! I sewed my clothes in jr/sr high, drink tea with milk & sugar and people look at me funny....like history, hate to clean, LOVE chocolate, books,Scrabble, procrastinate, don't like heights, your fav sandwich sounds awesome! We've camped in Yellowstone and loved it except it was 28 at night in August. I did my kids different though, had all 4 by the time I was 31. You'll enjoy Dancing with the Stars, fun show.
Fun post! Somehow I missed it way back when I passed that point.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I love the name Benjamin! My baby's name (well, he's not really a baby any more, he's two, but he's still my baby) is Benjamin.

Congrats on 108 posts!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Karen, I have returned to grovel. I didn't have you on my links list! I'm so sorry!

See, I've got you bookmarked in favorites, and you're even on a more special list than all my regular blogs, and so I thought I had you on my site. And then I realized I didn't, and I fixed it.

Forgive me???

Jungle Mom said...

You are tall ! I am envious, I have always wanted to be tall, alas, I am 5'2". sigh

Jen said...

First time I have visited....and I enjoyed your 100 things. I too love lavender. My daughter and I love history...we watch the History channel all the time....Ellen D is great...I laugh at everything she says....

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing your 100 things about you. Like you I love to have time alone in the house (when I can!). My children are Joe and Emma (good names!) and I was only thinking the other day if I had another son I'd have named him Ben! (not that I plan too, just because my sister in law had a boy and they can't settle on a name for him). I adore History and one day hope to pursue my dream of taking a degree in said subject, although most of my History love is centred around the Tudor era of England!

Judy said...

Yum. Peanut M&M's.

Loved your list of 100.