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My 101st post – 101 Things About Me

In honor of my 101th post (an auspicious occasion, to be sure), I wrote a “101 things about me” list. I can’t imagine that anyone really wants to know 100 things about me, but here they are nonetheless.

  1. Before Grace was born, I read a lot of books. It was not unusual for me to finish five or more books every month. In the year since Grace was born, I’ve read five whole books.
  2. I skipped eighth grade and graduated from high school at age 16.
  3. I won the school spelling bee when I was in sixth grade and came in runner-up in seventh grade.
  4. The girl who beat me in the above seventh grade spelling bee went on to become my lifelong best friend.
  5. I have had to had my tonsils, adenoids, appendix, gall bladder, and wisdom teeth removed surgically. Fortunately, not all at the same time.
  6. I bought a house all on my own and signed the closing papers twenty-four hours after above appendectomy.
  7. I failed the written test to get my driver’s permit the first time I attempted it.
  8. I type really fast.
  9. I’ve always wanted to learn to play the piano and speak Greek, but I’ve never taken the initiative to learn either one.
  10. I have naturally curly hair, and it’s gotten curlier as I’ve gotten older. I love it.
  11. When I was growing up, I often dreamed that I became magically skinny and how no one would recognize me at school. (Still waiting for that one.)
  12. As of this morning, I’ve lost 31 pounds in 14 weeks on Weight Watchers. No magic involved.
  13. One of my most favorite sounds is the laughter of my daughter or my husband.
  14. I love to laugh until there are tears running down my face and my cheeks ache and my lungs hurt.
  15. When I was growing up, I thought the adult version of myself would be a single, wealthy person who earned a PhD before turning 30.
  16. There is nothing I want more right now than to stay home with my daughter.
  17. I’m afraid it might be a mistake to quit my job. I’ve got seniority, job security, and a 5 mile commute.
  18. I’m the most indecisive person on the planet.
  19. My two favorite movies are Forrest Gump and Return to Me. And Secondhand Lions was pretty awesome, too. So was Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.
  20. I am an impulsive spender.
  21. I cut 5 inches off my hair last Friday night. At 11:30 pm. By myself. Fortunately, my mom evened it up for me this morning in a parking lot.
  22. Spending isn’t the only thing I’m impulsive about.
  23. I’m judgmental and ashamed of it.
  24. I can’t swim very well, just barely well enough to get from one side of the pool to the other.
  25. I’ve won a lot of writing contests.
  26. I adore good manners.
  27. I detest poor grammar. I abhor it, actually.
  28. I like to use big words.
  29. I thoroughly enjoy sleeping, especially in the middle of my bed on my favorite 400-thread count sheets, freshly washed.
  30. Those sheets have a large hole in them, on my husband’s side of the bed. We’re using them anyway because I love them so much.
  31. I have a mean sweet tooth, and it chases desserts. My favorites are flan and ice cream. And white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and peanut butter pie. Ugh, I’m going to dream about food all night.
  32. I don’t wear a watch (even though I own some gorgeous ones) because I don’t want my life to be ruled by a clock.
  33. I am paranoid about being late and try to arrive 15 minutes early where ever I go.
  34. I detest people who think the world is out to get them. I’m so over people with a victim mentality.
  35. My flower garden smells like chocolate mint because I planted a few sprigs of chocolate mint three years ago. Turns out, it’s highly invasive. On the bright side, my garden has a lovely aroma.
  36. I became a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association right out of college.
  37. I don’t like the messages projected by Disney movies.
  38. I eat a Skinny Cow giant fudge bar almost every night. (only 1 WW point!)
  39. I use a lap desk to write most of the time.
  40. I am a tv junkie. My favorite shows are CSI, CSI Miami, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order CI, Top Chef, Project Runway, and Oprah.
  41. I like to listen to heavy rain.
  42. I am a total homebody. I would rather spend the evening at home with my husband and our baby than go anywhere. Anywhere.
  43. I suffer from migraines, especially when I’m tired.
  44. I am very easily distracted, maybe to the point of having ADD.

    I have to know more than 43 things about myself. I guess the kicker is sharing said things with the world. This is so hard; it’s getting ridiculous.

  • I adore cats, big and small, hairy and hairless.
  • I have 4 cats – Gracie, Zeus, Molly, and Sammy.
  • I don’t love dogs. I don’t even like them really.
  • I want to be less materialistic, but then I see something that I really want and being less materialistic goes right out the window.
  • I can’t keep a secret.
  • I’ve never been to “the beach.” Joe and I swam at a private beach in Mexico once, but that was the extent of my contact with the ocean.
  • I have 4 tattoos. I’ve been thinking about getting another one to commemorate Gracie Anna, but I don’t know what I want to get or where on my body.
  • I used to visit my Grandma once a month, but I don’t now that I’m so far away and have a family.
  • I am so allergic to poison ivy that I have a rash for most of the spring, summer, and fall. Every. Single. Year.
  • I don’t have a “home town” because we moved all the time when I was little.
  • I hate politics.
  • I have no time for people who are phony or who lie. I guess it’s the judgmental thing, but I can’t be bothered.
  • I detested being pregnant. It was the most miserable I’ve ever been.
  • The midwife who delivered Grace told me that my body was made for having babies.
  • “It was worth it,” sounds completely lame and cliché but I’d go through all that misery again to end up with my Gracie Anna.
  • I don’t like the smell of perfume.
  • I lack patience.
  • I have never even sampled an illegal or illicit drug.
  • I love spicy foods, though I was unable to eat them when I was pregnant.
  • I have more online friends than IRL friends. I think that says something bad about me, but I’m not sure what it is.
  • I have a difficult time associating with people who are pretentious, obnoxious, and/or know-it-alls.
  • My favorite foods are Pizza Hut pizza and ice cream.
  • And Mountain Dew.
  • I love to fly in airplanes.
  • I’m afraid of heights. I hate tall buildings, like the Sears Tower (in which I threw up).
  • I don’t love to drive. It’s not that I’d rather ride along than drive, I just don’t like spending a lot of time in a car.
  • IRL, I am very shy. My shyness is sometimes mistaken for my being aloof or snobby.
  • I am snobby, too.
  • I screen my phone calls and don’t answer unless it’s someone I know.
  • I trust people, and it often leaves me disappointed or hurt.
  • I get especially disappointed when someone is undependable or doesn’t follow through.
  • I’m an internet addict. Just ask my husband, he’ll tell you.
  • I hope I’ll lose enough weight to ride my bike. When I get on it now, the tires go flat. That’s a serious bummer to me.
  • I need 8 hours of sleep to function properly.
  • I think my life now would be very different if I had followed my dad’s advice and gone to a small, community college instead of a very large research university.
  • I have earned two degrees – a bachelor of science and a master of education.
  • The most important dates in my life are all twos – born on 7/2, married on 7/22, daughter born on 6/2.
  • I love bright colors – reds, blues, purples, and greens.
  • I suffer from clinical depression. A lot.
  • I wanted to serve pork and sauerkraut at my wedding reception, but my caterer didn’t do it very well. I had to settle for stuffed chicken, which was not memorable.
  • My wedding was memorable, though, so the food is unimportant.
  • I used to be a consultant for The Pampered Chef, and I did very well at it.
  • I have so much kitchen stuff that it is overflowing from my kitchen.
  • I’m very self-conscious.
  • I’m also very assertive.
  • I don’t like shoes. If I could survive without wearing them, I would. All summer long, I wear only flip flops. They’re the bare minimum required to go out in public.
  • Grace and I failed at breastfeeding.
  • I don’t have a nickname (except for the one my husband gave me, and I’m not going to tell you that).
  • I’m very crafty.
  • I can sew proficiently.
  • I love to scrapbook.
  • I am a good enough casual photographer.
  • I don’t like to sit on the floor.
  • I AM SO ITCHY. I could seriously rip my own skin right off. That was gross, so I’m sorry.
  • I think most people apologize too much.
  • I talk on my cell phone while driving. It’s the only peace and quiet that I have some days.
  • I love to learn.

 

This took me about four days to write, and it was way harder than I expected. If you made it the whole way to the end, leave me a comment and say so.

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28 thoughts on “My 101st post – 101 Things About Me”

  1. I made it to the end! I’m also very shy, and my shyness is sometimes mistaken for my being aloof or snobby, too.

    Great list. I don’t know if I could come up with that many things… might have to try.

  2. I made it to the end! I’m also very shy, and my shyness is sometimes mistaken for my being aloof or snobby, too. Great list. I don’t know if I could come up with that many things… might have to try.

  3. I made it to the end too! Girl, you are funny!

    Laying in the middle of a bed – what does that feel like? I can’t remember!

    I love the idea of a chocolate mint garden!

    When you want to plan a vacation to the beach, you just let me know. We’ll have ice cream (you can keep the Mt Dew, sorry!).

    I love wearing my flip flops too. I’m always barefoot in the house, unless I’m cold or sick.

    Great list! I loved learning more about you!

  4. I made it to the end too! Girl, you are funny! Laying in the middle of a bed – what does that feel like? I can’t remember! I love the idea of a chocolate mint garden!When you want to plan a vacation to the beach, you just let me know. We’ll have ice cream (you can keep the Mt Dew, sorry!).I love wearing my flip flops too. I’m always barefoot in the house, unless I’m cold or sick.Great list! I loved learning more about you!

  5. I DID IT! I made it to the end.

    Hey – where the heck do you get chocolate mint? I adore mint chocolate chip ice cream & can only imagine the heavenly smell coming from an herb garden.

  6. I DID IT! I made it to the end. Hey – where the heck do you get chocolate mint? I adore mint chocolate chip ice cream & can only imagine the heavenly smell coming from an herb garden.

  7. Hi

    I love your list . I found mine easy to make lol … My husband says he could not even come up with 10 things about himself . I bet you just cry when you read my blog with all my mistakes … :o( … but then again you know I am a forigner lol .
    I will come back and read your blog as it is very very good ..
    Hugs
    K-A

  8. Hi I love your list . I found mine easy to make lol … My husband says he could not even come up with 10 things about himself . I bet you just cry when you read my blog with all my mistakes … :o( … but then again you know I am a forigner lol . I will come back and read your blog as it is very very good ..HugsK-A

  9. Oh, you and I are sooooo kindred spirits. I made it all the way to the end, and probably 98 of them were like reading about myself!

    By the way, I wrote the motherhood post you suggested, I hope you enjoy! I just loved yours. How moving. 🙂

    Kira

  10. Oh, you and I are sooooo kindred spirits. I made it all the way to the end, and probably 98 of them were like reading about myself!By the way, I wrote the motherhood post you suggested, I hope you enjoy! I just loved yours. How moving. :)Kira

  11. I finished it. I love lists like these. I too am shy and have been mistaken for snobby.

    My Grammy and Grampy had mint lining their walkway. After Grampy got sick, Grammy stopped gardening and they had this big mint forest that I thoroughly enjoyed. Whenever I left I’d rub some in my fingers and smell it on the way home.

    I didn’t know you could grow chocolate mint!

  12. I finished it. I love lists like these. I too am shy and have been mistaken for snobby. My Grammy and Grampy had mint lining their walkway. After Grampy got sick, Grammy stopped gardening and they had this big mint forest that I thoroughly enjoyed. Whenever I left I’d rub some in my fingers and smell it on the way home. I didn’t know you could grow chocolate mint!

  13. It took you 4 days to write it, and it took me 3 visits to your blog to read it… You are exactly how I was picturing you…

  14. It took you 4 days to write it, and it took me 3 visits to your blog to read it… You are exactly how I was picturing you…

  15. I made it to the end! wow, I am almost tempted to try and make a 101 list about myself now… ALMOST. lol. I think the one thing we have MOST in common is #90. Even in winter, my flip flops stay right beside the door, because if I can get away with wearing them instead of “real” shoes, I will. I love reading list posts, they’re so much fun. I just really stink at writing them.

  16. I was able to make it to the end of this post~ I want to share that my special needs son was born on 7/22 mighty special day~ I know that had to be tough as I was reading I was wondering if I could even do that about myself~

  17. I found at least three grammatical and spelling errors in this post.  Might wanna work on that before you brag about your proficiency in those areas…

  18. Made it to the end. Interesting list – you sound like an interesting person. If we talked you’d learn that we have a lot in common (winning a spelling bee, cats, nice clean sheets, skipping a year in school, fondness for good grammar and big words, a sweet tooth, loving family and home life, spicy food, no illegal drugs and several more things); but that we disagree about Oprah, rain, Mountain Dew, airplanes and a few other things (but not many).

    Came here through annkroeker, because your General Tso’s recipe reeled me in.

    Nice blog.

  19. Oh my gosh… I looooove you!! I’ve been receiving emails from you for quite some time but, honestly, rarely read them. Today the teaser about your reasons for bariatric surgery caught my attention. Tara, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Having read a little about you… there is NO DOUBT… you got this. What I read about you this morning has intrigued me, inspired me, taunted me and encouraged me, From now on I will be reading your emails and will be witnessing your progress.

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