Thursday, July 24, 2008

48 Things About Me

1. I am not the least bit athletic, I have absolutely zero interest in sports.
2. That being said, I do, however, love the great outdoors. I just want to relax and enjoy it, and not have to do anything structured. I have enough structure in my home life.
3. I love dogs and wolves. (sort of obvious, huh?) I currently have five dogs, and I would probably have more, if I lived in the country and didn't have to deal with neighbors and city codes.
4. I love to create with my hands, drawing and painting mostly, but I do other things like origami and various crafts.
5. I am a horror junkie. I love scary books and movies. Right now, I'm very into the Twilight book series by Stephenie Meyer. Sort of a teen-vampire-romance thing.
6. I had a stroke when I was 36 years old that affected the entire right side of my body. I have regained use of everything, except for minor nerve damage in three of my fingertips.
7. During the past 19 years of marriage, we have moved over 25 times.
8. I'm sort of an organization freak. (probably the result of so many moves.)
9. At 46 years old, I am just now learning how to relax and love people for who they are - warts and all - myself included.
10. I have three brothers, who I don't feel especially close to, and I don't really have a problem with that.
11. My idea of success, is for all of my four children to be happy with themselves and their lives.
12. I don't like to take naps - waking up is such a pain in the ass, that I don't think anyone should have to do it more than once a day.
13. I prefer small groups to large crowds.
14. I love the smell of coffee, but I refuse to drink it.
15. My favorite colors are earth tones - shades of green, brown, and blue.
16. I have never owned a house, or a new car.
17. I'm a spender, not a saver
18. When I was young, it was my dream to be a fashion designer, but at some point along the way, I decided that fashion wasn't so important. In fact, sometimes it's down right ridiculous.
19. I have a weakness for homemade cookies and cakes.
20. My favorite perfume is Opium by YSL, but rubbing a bit of sandalwood oil on my skin after a shower makes me feel very exotic and sexy.
21. I love to grow things. At any given time, I have over 50 potted plants that I care for year round.
22. I love antiques and anything made of real wood.
23. I was never afraid of heights until I lived in the Colorado mountains, and had to drive on mountain roads.
24. I love music, but I have no rhythm and I am completely tone deaf.
25. I never learned to swim. In fact, it disturbs me to have water splashed on my face. Even in the shower, I keep a hand towel nearby for drying off my face.
26. None of my children are "normal", or typical, and I sometimes question their sanity, but I truly adore them all; and I'd rather be with my husband and kids than anyone else on earth.
27. My favorite holiday is Halloween. I tend to go a little overboard decorating and making it a magical and special night for my kids and the whole neighborhood. (which the neighborhood doesn't always appreciate)
28. I am completely lost without my wrist watch.
29. Whenever I'm out in public, and I get bored, I start looking at people and try to imagine what they looked like as children.
30. Some of the best conversations I have ever had were with my dogs.
31. The longer that I am married to my husband, the more I suspect that he might be a cartoon. (He can put an entire chicken leg in his mouth and pull out nothing but bone. When he rolls over in bed, he literally bounces his body off the mattress, flips in mid-air, and lands on the other side, without waking up.)
32. I love to wander through and explore really old cemeteries. I like to imagine what kind of lives that the people under the tombstones lived. I feel very comforted and at peace there.
33. When I feel hurt and angry, I can be very cruel and cutting with my words; later, I feel horrible, so I do my best to not let anger get a grip on me.
34. I've never met Kate's Ex, but I don't like him either.
35. Some day, I'd like to visit the castles and cathedrals of Europe.
36. I desperately want to buy new living room furniture for my house.
37. My house has caught fire not once, but twice.
38. When I was a child, I used to go to bed at night and pray that I wouldn't wake up.
39. I like to make up silly songs about my dogs. For example:
"I'm a little Princess, short and stout.
Here are my paws, and here is my snout.
When I get excited hear me yip,
Peter, go away or you'll get bit."
* My dogs don't seem especially impressed by my cleverness.
40. I am not very good at being pregnant, ( I always have complications) But damn, I make some beautiful babies!
41. I don't like to drive, and I have a fear of being in a car wreck. Anytime that I have to drive more than 10 or 15 miles, I say a prayer for God's protection.
42. Before I was married, I mostly dated older, married men - I'm not especially proud of that.
43. Before I got married, I worked as an optician for 12 years.
44. I believe that snakes are vile, evil creatures.
45. If I knew then, what I know now, about genetics, I would have been A LOT more selective about the men I slept with when I was younger.
46. I think that being a grown up is highly over rated.
47. If I could change anything about my past, I would never have started smoking.
48. When they did aptitude testing in school, I ranked in the 98th percentile in vocabulary and space relations; my lowest score was math.

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SPARSELY KATE said...

This is why we are such good friends, I loved this so much!

The part about your kids not being normal but you'd rather be with them than anybody else, I feel that way too. Sometimes it is us against the world eh?

I am very impressed that you can grow stuff. I've only just started planting a few seeds and am taking huge delight in watching some tiny green leaves sprout up. I think I'm hooked for life now too.

I laughed about your husband being a cartoon figure. Haha.

Oh I liked this. You funny.

Cat said...

Oh nice work on this one!!! Good for you - I love reading more about you!! and You are right being a grown up is highly over-rated - the problem of course is that we do not discover that until its too late! Ha!