August 25, 2006

100 things about me

in honor of my 100th post
(yup, this is it!)
i am going with blog tradition
of telling 100 things about me
(try not to fall asleep, ok?)

First things first, I'm really stressing about this. Why? I don't know. Maybe afraid too much information will bring the "ring of thieves" or embarass my husband or maybe, gulp, you won't like me anymore. How silly! Get over it and get going!!

2. My name is Andrea but in preschool, everyone called me Andi.

3. I was born on March 19th.

4. I took 13 years of French in school. I gotta go to France soon or I'm not going to remember a thing!

5. Sometimes I think in French. Which is weird. Especially when I think out loud and it sounds so, well, foreign!

6. I attended a small, Christian college in Kentucky for a year. I didn't realize how lucky I was to be there.

7. I have my associate's degree in Communications from the local university that's named after the city I live in.

8. I don't like Communications - as far as the degree is concerned. I had to take two Comm classes and I didn't like either one.

9. I want to return to college once my son starts school. I want to get my bachelor's degree. Not sure what to major in yet.

10. I am an only child.

11. I was raised in a single parent family way before it was "normal". I turned out okay (in my opinion) thanks largely in part to my mother's determination.

12. I knew my dad and had a distant relationship with him. We got closer when he got sick. He died in 1998.

13. I've been married twice.

14. Just celebrated my fifth anniversary in my second marriage and it's going strong. Married my soulmate exactly one month prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

15. I have two children - girl, 10 and boy, 3.

16. I work part-time at a bank as an assistant manager of sorts. Actually I do whatever they tell me to do...teller, manager, new accounts....

17. I babysit my friend's son and have since he was 6 weeks old. He's like one of my own.

18. I've been a Pampered Chef Consultant for the past year and a half.

19. Hilarious, because I really don't like to cook.

20. I love to bake cakes and if I had more time, I would bake more complex stuff. Yum!

21. I really enjoy spending time with my family.

22. I am blessed with "good" in-laws.

23. I'll be getting a new sister-in-law next September, thanks to my brother-in-law who I affectionately call big little bro. (He calls me little big sis - he's way taller than me but I'm older).

24. I have two houses at the moment. Anyone wanna buy a house? Aw, come on, please?

25. I listen to Christian and country music.

26. Amy Grant is my favorite music artist.

27. I love, love, love to read.

28. Karen Kingsbury is my favorite author.

29. I have a slight addiction to I don't know why. The paparazzi should leave these poor people alone. I'm only feeding that frenzy. I know, I know. I deal with the guilt. I just love to see the families. It really is just about the people to me.

30. I love to eat.

31. Especially at restaurants. Something about the atmosphere and leaving the dirty dishes sit there instead of cleaning them up, I guess.

32. I'm trying to lose weight (but have very little discipline).

33. I have a condition of the bladder that makes me have to pee all.the.time. (too much info?)

34. I LOVE mail. Any kind really, but especially snail mail.

35. I collect stationery and note cards. I even use them pretty regularly.

36. I have a Hallmark problem. (see #35)

37. I collect Willow Tree Angels by Demdaco. They are so neat!

38. I've owned/driven many cars over the years. '87 Toyota Corolla Tercel, a couple Honda Civics, a Ford Focus ZX2, a Ford Explorer, a couple Toyota Camrys, a Ford truck, a Geo Prism.

39. Except for that year I was at the college in Kentucky, I've lived in the same city my whole life.

40. I won the contest for school motto in 8th grade. (pathetic but I'm running out of ideas here...)

41. My favorite color is purple.

42. My favorite vacation spot is Chicago in the spring or fall. Especially at the end of the Navy Pier, looking out over the blue water.

43. I went on a cruise to the Bahamas for my honeymoon and LOVED it. Blue water and all the food you can eat available 19 hours a day is the place for me!

44. I spent a lot of time with the lady that lived upstairs from us when I was a kid. My mom named her my godmother when I was baptized (the first time). She meant a lot to me.

45. My godmother died when I was 16.

46. (I know you are probably wondering so...) I've been baptized twice, confirmed once, and transferred my membership to my current church. I'd say I've got the bases covered, don't you?

47. I'm very active in my church.

48. I have a system I use to keep track of my girlfriends (although I've been really bad about it the past few months). I put two names on my calendar at the beginning of each week and make an effort to contact them some way during the week. Usually it's a card but sometimes it's a letter or *gasp* phone call. (I don't use the phone unless I have to, usually). Each month, the system repeats so I have monthly contact with "the girls".

49. I have struggled with depression. I have more good days than bad lately.

50. I kept a journal my senior year of high school. I started another one the day after I married my husband. Blogging has kind of taken it's place.

51. I would love to take an art class or two to see if I could develop the ability to draw and/or paint. I'd love to be able to do these things. But I'm scared to try.

52. I love to watch old reruns of "Little House on the Prarie", Diagnosis Murder, and Murder, She Wrote.

53. I wear contacts.

54. I love to shop at Crate & Barrel (even if I can only afford a napkin ring or coaster).

55. I also love to shop at Ikea. (There's one coming to town soon!! Woohoo!)

56. I grew up around a Greek family and found "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" hil-ar-ious!

57. I've always dreamed of teaching deaf kids. I think American Sign Language is awesome.

58. I find thinking up 100 things about me extremely hard.

59. My favorite Bible story is found in the first chapter of Ruth, about Ruth refusing to leave Naomi.

60. I don't like seafood of any kind.

61. I didn't like vegetables as a kid, but as I get older, I like broccoli, cauliflower, sweet peas and green beans.

62. I really like dried apricots.

63. My favorite lunch meat is oven roasted turkey. On a sandwich with swiss cheese and mayo. (Can you tell I took a break and ate lunch?)

64. I love surprises (most of the time).

65. For a while, I was hooked on Nancy Drew computer games (and my husband kidded me about it forever!).

66. I haven't had any carbonated, caffinated drink in almost four years (except for the occassional drink of cherry Pepsi). This was done for medical reasons and not by choice, but ya know, it isn't so bad.

67. I drink a lot of Propel water (flavored water made by Gatorade). Lately (pat on back), I've been drinking lots and lots of tap water (ice cold).

68. As a kid, I played soccer for six years.

69. I was in gymnastics for a couple years when I was little. I don't remember how many years, I just know I loved it.

70. In high school, I was on the JV volleyball team for three years.

71. I played basketball in middle school.

72. Oh, softball in middle school too.

73. I have always liked sports - now I get to hear about them alot. :)

74. I think I like baseball the most. The "local team" is doing really well right now.

75. Since I'm on a sports kick here, I'll tell you my philosophy on football. I think it's a bunch of grown men playing "Ring Around the Rosie..." (is that even the name of the song?) They run around and then "all fall down!". I watch it more now than I ever have - mostly by default because my lovely husband is watching it.

76. I wrote most of our wedding ceremony. It was a mix between the United Methodist service and a really cool ceremony in the book "From Beginning to End: The Rituals of Our Lives" by Robert Fulghum.

77. I love to play video games. Especially the old ones, like Super Mario Brothers. I used to be really good at them but the older I get, the worse I get. The brain must be slowing down...either that or each kid took more brain cells when they were delivered.

78. I love a sale. I don't care how useful something is, I got a bargain! (I can see my husband nodding his head and rolling his eyes right now!)

79. I have a special liking of (trying to find a better way to say I love... and make this more interesting...) Eeyore. His philosophy on life matches mine on most days (even though it shouldn't!).

80. I had to take a test to attend the high school that I graduated from. I still don't understand what made that school such a big deal. Probably because I never attended any of the other schools.

81. I was awful in math until I had to take a remedial course at the university when getting my associate's degree. Then it clicked and I LOVE it.

82. My dad was a scientist. My father-in-law is a scientist.

83. I love genetics. It's really interesting. If it weren't for chemistry, I would probably try to major in that.

84. My father was half Chinese. Which makes me, what?, 1/8 Chinese? You'd never know it by looking at me.

85. I don't speak a lick of Chinese.

86. I really like to sing, especially praise songs and old hymns.

87. I am able to sleep anywhere, anytime. Except that one night a couple of weeks ago when I had my first insomnia attack ever.

88. I like the look of a freshly made bed and I like to sleep on clean, fresh sheets.

89. I have a new addiction: blogging. Lots of really nice Christian women out there!

90. I like white cake with white icing.

91. When I was in college (Kentucky), my roommate and I used to sleep until the last minute and throw a hat on some greasy hair and run to class. What? Doesn't everybody do that?

92. I'm afraid I'm going to get to the end of this (since I'm getting so close) and post it, only to come up with something really good.

93. I've been told I'm a loyal friend.

94. I like the comic strip "Baby Blues". "Zits" is good too.

95. I collect fancy pens. But they can't be too heavy because my hands are little and it's hard to write with a top heavy pen.

96. For the past 13 summers (minus the summer I had my daughter, the summer I had my son, and the summer my dad died), I have been a counselor at a Christian camp for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. (Shameless plug: please pray for this camp as the funding is gone and they are struggling to continue).

97. I love to have my back rubbed.

98. I met my husband in 6th grade.

99. I am getting excited because there is only one left and I feel like I've been working on this for hours!

100. I have my own personal tool box that my husband bought me for Mother's Day.

I know...I should have ended with a bang, but goodness gracious, I can't think anymore, let alone think of things that are relevant to this post!! Hope you are still awake and that you learned something interesting...Thanks for stopping by!

3 rays through the fog:

Barb said...

Well Done! You did a great job. When I read #1, about revealing too much, my first thought was Anell telling Weeza in Steel Magnolias, I cain't talk about it and all those women coming back with Of Course You Can! I swear, it was.

I've been married twice too. I did a big post, a Tuesday Treasure, a couple of weeks ago about my Willow Tree nativity. I collect the figurines too but oh my WT nativity is one of my most cherished things.

My favorite sandwich is oven roasted peppered turkey with Swiss. And my favorite cake in the whole world is white cake with white icing. So you see? We were separated at birth!

I was so relieved (and proud) when I did my 100 things about me post, I linked it in my sidebar. It's a great great way for people to get to know you. You can also go to Overwhelmed With Joy (her link is in my sidebar) and link this post there. She has it set up in her sidebar for people who do this post to put it there.

This was great Andrea. You did a really good job and I know for sure I know you better now.

Anonymous said...

Nicely done. I bet you could have gone on for at least another 20 or so. I learned a few things myself.

Your dad and Peggy would be as proud as I am of you. Your a wonderful christian with a very compassionate heart for people. Your Dad would be proud for the Math and Science. He always wanted you to like Science. Even teased and pushed it on you at times.

Peggy would be proud for the wonderful mother and wife you are. I know I am. The depression, truth be known, we all struggle with that at times. Isn't that normal? What's normal? I chalk it up as a bad day. Tomorrow being a new day.

We are so blessed, compared to many. Mom

Annabelle said...

Wow, I learned a lot about you! I can so relate to a lot of those items on your list! I too like to get mail, collect note cards and paper and pens!! LOL I have 4 boys...ages 10, 6, and twin 2 year olds! I'm hoping to get to know you through your blog! I have this suspicion we live near each other ;) Anyway, if you live near Cincinnati, let me know! I'm just North of Cincinnati! Oh and there is an Ikea store coming into my town soon too (that's why I'm thinking we live near each other).

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