I was tagged by Heather at FourSweetPeas to write "Twenty Random Things About Me." This was very hard, especially after reading how interesting others were. So far I’ve read one from heather and andrea. They were both fantastic. I wanted them to write a blog entry about each one.
Many of mine are random stories, but still tell you a little bit about me–Although I feel like I’ve changed so much in the last three years. Anyway, here goes:
1. I was the queen of the county fair my sophomore year of high school. I thought I was very cool.
2. When I was in preschool I got a black eye on the monkey bars. They called my mom to come and pick me up to take me home and on the way out of the school room, she slammed my fingers in the door.
3. I am going to homeschool my children.
4. I love dressing in layers. I feel skinnier in layers (go figure) and my black fleece vest is part of my daily uniform.
5. This one’s for Andrea: When I was in elementary school I was a cheerleader for soccer(??). There was a cheer that said, "molly’s my name, soccer’s my game, boy’s are on my mind, ______’s my sign." My mom didn’t want me to say my horoscope sign, so she had me say, "Jesus is my sign." I was embarrassed at first, but my cheerleading coach was also my sunday school teacher, so she was very proud of me. My sister and brother-in-law still make me do this cheer sometimes when they see me.
6. I am addicted to diet coke and air popped popcorn. I used to be addicted to diet coke and einstein bagels, but now the closest einstein’s is an hour away.
7. I can play the clarinet really, really well. But it is sitting in my closet. I have played it twice since emma was born and totally "wowed" her. She tells me she wants to play the clarinet someday too. I’m secretly hoping she’ll play the mandolin so that I can have an excuse to learn it too.
8. I love bluegrass. This comes from my father. I think I feel close to him when I listen to it and it reminds me of driving in the car with him when I was younger, having it playing softly on the radio.
9. I hate being the last one to fall asleep at night. When I was little, I shared a room with my sister and I would say, "don’t go to sleep yet, I’m still awake. Wait for me to fall asleep." Now I do that with Dan. If I hear him mark the place in his book and reach for the light, I scramble to put my book away too and get to sleep before him. But, I’m getting better at this as I get older.
10. My appendix ruptured when I was in high school. My mom thought the pains were the stomach flu. I knew something serious was wrong with me but I was too scared to know what it was so I didn’t want to go to the doctor–until the pain was so bad I didn’t care what happened to me.
11. If I had a quarter for every time I think about my weight/weight loss/body each day, I wouldn’t be in debt.
12. I cheated on my boyfriend in college. When I told my mom that I felt
like a slut for kissing another boy, she said, "it’s no big deal. When
I was your age, I went on a hayride and held hands under the blanket
with the boy on my right and the boy on my left."
13. Three years ago my husband’s father and brother died in a car accident. It was the most traumatic, horrible, sad, helpless thing I’ve ever been through. Life got very very hard for awhile. And I admit that I showed a lot more weakness and selfishness than I care to think about. But I do believe ( I know) that Dan and I are closer, stronger and more in love with each other for going through such a difficult time together. And, I praise God that I know– beyond the shadow of a doubt –that I will see his father and brother again before our heavenly Father.
14. When I was little I played on a TBall team. On opening day, we had to
walk out on the field when they called our name over the loud speaker.
I was afraid to walk out by myself. My mom said either walk out there,
or quit. I quit.
(believe it or not, I grew up to be a very confident person who
isn’t shy at all when it comes to being in front of large crowds.)
15. I am obsessed with pens. I am very picky about which pens I will use. I hate ball point pens or any pen that writes with a thin, scratchy line. I like them to flow smoothly across the page and write with a strong, thick line. When I was an elementary school teacher, I would write my name on all my pens because Ididn’t want anyone to take or borrow one of them. They were carefully selected and not for the general population. Now for my daily bill-mailing, check-signing, list-making needs, I prefer the Pentel EnerGel Liquid Gel Ink Pen with .7mm tip. It is superb.
16. I strongly believe that my husband is a yet-to-be-discovered talent. (he will hate that I’m writing this.) He is an amazing thinker with amazing ideas. He is one of the best writers I have ever read. He is one of the best teachers I have ever listened to. He is full of simple, practical, logical wisdom that provides clarity to life. Sometimes when he tells me something he has been thinking about, or I read something he has written, I can’ t believe the profound ideas that he has expressed. I pray (I really do) that one day God will give him some type of outlet to share all these wonderful, enlightening, wise, ideas with other people besides his little old wife.
17. When I was little I used to do forward flips on the playground with all the other girls. One day I hit my head against the concrete sidewalk when I was flipping. I got tunnel vision and had a horrible headache. When we came inside from recess I put my head down on my desk and cried quietly into my arms. It was the first time I had ever cried at school. My teacher finallys aw me and sent me home. From that day on, I have feared all forms of tumbling and gymnastics. It was always the most traumatic part of gym class for me. I didn’t even learn to do a cartwheel until I was forced to do them for highschool volleyball practices.
18. I miss my family in Maryland tremendously. Living here in Wisconsin with my husband’s family has not been as hard as I thought, but I still miss "home". I know moving here was the right decision, but I hope we’ll be able to move east very soon.
19. Last week at Emma’s last day of toddler art class they did face painting. Then Emma decided to paint my face too. When I looked in the mirror she told me she had decided to paint a bright red, letter "A" on my cheek. I had to wash it off before I went to the grocery store. What would people think?
20. I think I’m a good singer in a folk-y voice kind of way–not in a professionally trained sort of way.
For the record:
21. I hate saying things about myself that seem like bragging. (ie. #19, #7…oops I mean #20 thanks, Laura)