2. I'm very sensitive to what people say and often wear my emotions on my sleeve and I believe this causes others to underestimate my strength.
3. I'm a strong person and am not afraid of tackling any task (except Latin, it totally stumped me).
4. I am always putting my kids' shoes on the wrong feet, I've gotten comments from people at the grocery store about this, but mostly it's my husband that makes fun of me.
5. I recently lost my fashion sense.
6. I am nearly always convinced by television ads.
7. I admire unassuming people, I want to be an unassuming person, but I assume a lot.
8. I cry when my children get hurt.
9. If there is any leftover, I pour out the milk the day the gallon expires, even if it doesn't smell.
10. Every day I think about how glad I am to have found the husband I did.
11. My son Seth has made me reconsider everything.
12. Lucy cannot be brought down--she is THE ray of sunshine under our roof.
13. I secretly believe Hazel to be our middle child--if I can just muster the strength and convince Craig to make it happen--you know what I mean.
14. I love ice in beverages.
15. I refuse to hassle with ice trays in my freezer.
16. I dream of owning a fridge with an in-door ice machine.
17. I often have to be honked at to go on green lights.
18. If my husband had known this before he married me, he would not have married me.
19. I always told myself I would marry a poor schoolteacher or writer or an artist, someone who would be home with me a lot--certainly not a doctor!
20. I would not marry myself, I am stubborn and could argue a point to my grave--I'm learning how to value relationships more than driving a point home.
21. When I was sixteen I was driving on the freeway with my family in the car and rolled it in the median.
22. This was a highly traumatic event for me and I still have difficulty discussing it today.
24. I played hacky sack in high school.
25. I also cut my hair one inch long all over during my sophomore year.
26. I was also voted "Most Preferred", which begs three questions: why?, for what? and who cares?
27. I traveled alone to Ireland when I was 20 and sold vegetables at an outdoor market in Cork, the owner of the stand told everyone I was President Clinton's daughter--they all thought it was really funny.
28. I kissed the Blarney Stone and have had great luck ever since!
29. I bathed ostriches, shoveled the poop of 300 rabbits, and made paella in Malaga, Spain.
30. I don't speak Spanish.
31. I speak Russian.
32. I always think I'm really normal and everyone else is weird--is this possible?
33. I hitch-hiked from the coast of Wales to London with a girl from CA that I met in Ireland.
34. I spent a night in Jersey on my way home from Dublin with a girl I met in Paris in a hostel I stayed in--the same night Princess Diana was killed.
35. My favorite movie is Amelie--speaking of Lady Di.
36. I would only eat Gelato and yummy beverages if it would sustain me nutritionally.
37. I majored in Comparative Literature in college.
38. Books are a magical part of my life.
39. I cry when people give thoughtful gifts...meaning, a lot of thought went into the giving of it.
40. I hate any type of bone cracking.
41. I hate to be tickled, it makes me mad.
42. I love to tickle my kids.
43. I am embarrassed that I love clothes so much, I can't help it, I blame it on my mother and her mother!
44. I have been known to put my kids down for the night at 5pm--quite often.
45. Their bedtime is 6pm.
46. They sleep until 7am.
47. 44-46 is the one of my greatest triumphs as a mother.
48. I am really good at arcade games, I mean really good.
49. I hate video games now and have a hard time letting them into my home.
50. I feel like a little girl trying to raise children.
51. I am a food snob.
52. I love to cook.
53. I hate paying money for yucky food.
54. My parents are artists so we didn't have coloring books growing up and I knew who Georgia O'Keefe was at a very young age. Some of Mom and Dad's work, respectively:
Finally, Anenome I Can Love
55. Besides my parents, one of my favorite artists is Brian Kershisnik:
56. I stared at the number 56 on my screen for 15 minutes, time to move on.
57. I used to take pride in how patient of a person I was, then I had children.
58. All of a sudden this blog is forcing me to double space.
59. I worry that I am ruining my children, they come so perfect.
60. I don't scrapbook...I only secure the pictures with old-fashioned photo corners into the album, somehow this feels like a confession.
61. I have a beautiful black guitar that my husband gave me as a wedding gift. It is waiting for me in the closet. Someday I hope to be able to serenade him on the beach.
62. I have a lovely easle with a blank canvas. It is also in the closet waiting...I hope to someday transform some sketches I have in my head into an oil painting.
63. I have never started so many sentences with the word "I".
64. I love that the man I chose to marry is MINE forever!
65. When we are in the car together, Craig drives--it is an agreement we have made to save our marriage.
66. It is not because he is a better driver.
67. Growing up, I wanted to be an actress. Good thing we come to our senses more as we age. But, I stills secretly want to be the star of a Broadway show.
68. I want to be a forest ranger with Craig once our kids are grown and gone.
69. I think way to often about what I will do once our kids are grown and gone.
70. I sometimes feel I am not selfless enough to be a good mother.
71. But, I also feel mothers should automatically be pardoned of at least half their sins due to the sacrifice they make.
72. I think women are amazing.
73. I'm listening to Hazel breathe as she sleeps right now.
74. I catch myself sometimes tearing up when I look at my college diploma. It means a lot to me than I finished my degree.
75. My first neighbor as a married woman was Rebecca S., this was not an accident, it was surely by divine design.
76. I have never felt that being a mother in the home has failed to challenge my intellect.
77. I was born in Pasadena, CA where my Dad was attending the Art Institute.
78. I spent the next 12 years of my life living in Albuquerque on a Cul-de-sac. I learned how to spell Albuquerque and Cul-de-sac there.
79. In a spelling bee I misspelled the word "question".
80. In elementary school I sang in the Tiger Tuner's choir. In high school I sang in both Acapella and Show Choir. I also sang in my parents' ward choir.
81. I can't sing.
82. My heart still pounds when I hear Craig's keys in the door.
83. I have nothing to complain about, yet I always seem to find something.
84. I wash, exfoliate, and moisterize my face every morning and night.
85. I don't floss my teeth.
86. I dump out the milk left in my bowl after the cereal is gone, can't stand it. Yet, I will cut off the mold of a block of cheese and continue to use it for quite awhile.
87. I love to hide, then jump out and scare Craig.
88. I see floating things, usually people, at night when I sleep--this freaks me out, but I am getting more and more used to it--so is Craig.
89. I sleep on the side of the bed closest to the door and didn't realize this until I read Rebecca's 100 things--what does this all mean?
90. I sing "Here Comes the Sandman" to my kids at night. I love that they request it often. It was sung to my grandmother by her mother and to me by my mother who had it sung to her by my grandmother--are you confused yet?
91. I had a seizure on Lake Powell when I was 4 years old.
92. I fed my kids hot dogs, strawberris and pretzels for dinner tonight--as long as I'm confessing!
93. The song "Lady in Red" by Chris DeBurgh creeps me out.
94. I knew I wanted to marry Craig after our first date.
95. Not too long ago I learned that the lyrics to a popular song were not "I know my knees are grey", but "I know my needs are great".
96. My knees are kind of grey.
97. I love soup!
98. I am baffled by how difficult it is to be a wife and mother.
99. I am baffled by how easy it is to be both those things.
101. The best birthday gift I recieved today was being home together and healthy with this little family I've started.