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:)