Saturday, April 15, 2006

meme or 100 things about me

I see memes all over the place and don't participate because who cares? But after reading Chris' 100 things I really felt like I knew her better. So in my feeble attempt to distract you from the fact that I am still not finished with the stupid )(**&^% cotton sweater, today I present 100 things. (Again who cares?)
  1. My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet as a kid. I crocheted for years but couldn't remember how to knit. 3 years ago I took a knitting class at a yarn shop near my office and was completely hooked.
  2. I was born in a little town in South Dakota but my family moved to Minneapolis when I was 3.
  3. I spent part of each summer and every holiday in South Dakota with my granparents from ages 3 to 19.
  4. I love the city
  5. I'm a dog nut.
  6. I'm a cat nut.
  7. I have an irrational fear of flying animals after an encounter with a pigeon at age seven.
  8. NY pigeons and bats scare me the most. NY pigeons are the size of my cat and don't move when you walk towards them.
  9. I could never live in the South where the bugs don't die or go away in the winter.
  10. I really enjoy the hell out of kids. They crack me up.
  11. Ours is the house where the kids hang out because I feed them and never talk to them as if they are kids.
  12. I am a big time worrier.
  13. I love goofy candy. Chocolate is great but I love gummy worms, skittles, orange slices.
  14. I'll read anything I can get my hands on. I've always been this way.
  15. I was a skinny kid with glasses and braces. The longest awkward stage in the history of mankind. I think I'm still in it.
  16. Mean girls uses to follow me home from the bus taunting me by calling me Miss Vocabulary.
  17. The mean girl lives in a trailer park with 4 illegitimate children and has visited rehab more than once. Its not right but I get a certain sense of satisfaction from this.
  18. My sister is my best friend and some people seem to think this is odd.
  19. I have more men friends than women friends. This only seems to bother other women.
  20. I can fix a lawnmower engine.
  21. I love power tools and am given them regularly as gifts. My husband hates power tools and is sure he will be married to a woman with only one hand soon.
  22. I love a good sale
  23. Try as I might, I cannot make myself pay more than $75 for a handbag or purse.
  24. I have a lot of handbags, shoes, and watches. I don't know what this says about me, but I like them.
  25. I love sports. I miss Wide World of Sports and think they should bring it back. I watched it every Saturday as a kid. Even the Caber Toss.
  26. I love baseball the most of all sports because of the strategy involved.
  27. I'm not a camper. Most people here in Minnesota are but not me. Camping to me is staying in a hotel without room service. I can't spend nights laying on the ground in a place where I can't plug in a blow dryer.
  28. I'll fall for any skin product that tells me it's going to make me look younger. I'm a complete sucker.
  29. I hate my hair. It's never right.
  30. I've never had a tan that didn't come in a spray bottle in my life.
  31. I am a little mad at the spray tan folks for not coming up with the idea back in the 70's when everyone had a tan and I was the whitest kid on the block.
  32. People fascinate me but I'm not as empathetic as I should be.
  33. I'm not all that warm and fuzzy.
  34. My parents moved back to South Dakota last year and I miss them. I especially miss my dad and I playing around with power tools. Fixin things, makin things.
  35. I'm really close to my whole family and it seems strange to me when others tell me they aren't close to their families at all.
  36. My first job was as a motel maid in a crappy chain motel. I am always neat in hotel rooms because of this.
  37. I'm an over-tipper because I know how service people get paid.
  38. I am not afraid of verbal confrontations and that scares the crap out of all these Minnesotans (most of Scandanavian orgin) around me.
  39. I don't seek out confrontations.
  40. I've been to 34 of the 50 states but haven't left the country except for going to Canada. Which doesn't count here because it's attached.
  41. Traveling for work has just about ruined me for traveling on vacation.
  42. I have Graves disease but it's getting better. It will be gone someday.
  43. I'm inpatient. I shake my Christmas packages, I peek, I can't wait for anything. Knitting has helped because I can knit in lines and waiting rooms.
  44. I get really outraged when I see people treating others badly. For example, I hate it when others yell at gate agents about the plane being late.
  45. I love to laugh and I do it everyday.
  46. I really love making other people laugh.
  47. My sister is the beautiful and smart one, I'm the funny, clever one. Thats what I was told and what I still believe.
  48. Before Graves my eyes were my best feature. Now it's my legs.
  49. I always thought I would be a professional dancer. When my knees went bad at 20, I had absolutely no back up plan.
  50. I fell into the insurance business ass-backwards and have pretty much been there ever since.
  51. I like the insurance business. It's not as boring as everyone thinks.
  52. I am a germ-a-phobe and can't stand being around people who are sick.
  53. I'd make the world's worst nurse. See numbers 52, 33, and 32.
  54. I mostly studied theater and art in college before dropping out because I was going to starve to death.
  55. I know a ton of completely useless stuff.
  56. No one wants to play trivia games with me.
  57. The useless stuff uses up brain space that could be occupied by remembering things like math.
  58. Not making the bed every day makes me crazy.
  59. I'm addicted to home improvement shows and think that if I see it on t.v., I can probably do it too.
  60. I avoid all the cable health channels for the same reason. (Home brain surgery anyone?)
  61. I'm a size 6 or 8. I don't exercise as much as I should and sometimes I eat total crap. I'm sorry if this offends others.
  62. Since Graves disease hit I'm sometimes a size 4 and lose weight for no apparent reason other than Graves is basically your metabolism on overdrive constantly. This seems to outrage other women.
  63. I seem to outrage other women a lot. See 61, 62, 38 and 19.
  64. I love making things.
  65. The best thing I've ever made is my son and I can't wait to see how he turns out. So far, so good.
  66. I'll listen to any kind of music except country.
  67. I hate cleaning bathrooms but don't think anyone cleans them as well as I do so I end up cleaning all 4 bathrooms in our house.
  68. I live in the unfashionable part of town and like it.
  69. I'm tired of seeing other peoples tummies. Especially the chubby ones hanging out of a cropped top.
  70. I'm on a big stop the puberty campaign with my son. It's failing miserably.
  71. I grew up being told nice girls don't call boys and I still believe it.
  72. I wish girls would stop calling my son.
  73. I am not a good cook. I wish I were, but I just don't enjoy it all that much.
  74. I pursue things I'm interested in whole heartedly, not so much things that don't interest me.
  75. Sometimes I am a procrastinator.
  76. I sometimes don't finish what I start. (as if that comes as a big surprise to any of you!)
  77. I love all four seasons and couldn't live someplace without them.
  78. California creeps me out.
  79. I'm afraid of heights and bridges.
  80. I read about English history all the time. I probably know more about their history than American history. I don't know why.
  81. I love old houses but I hate old plumbing and electricity. Plus the bats.
  82. Minneapolis is my favorite city no matter where else I go. Chicago and Savannah are close seconds though.
  83. I'm a coffee addict. Just about every morning I have a cappacino with an extra shot of espresso and 4 sugars. It's like a lethal dose of coffee.
  84. I can drink coffee at night and still sleep.
  85. I'm pretty sure all the caffiene is going to someday ruin my digestive system. But I'm a worrier like that.
  86. In my 30's I could live on coffee, cigarettes and breath mints. Yes, I'm a sales person.
  87. It makes me cringe that I came of age in the video age. All the bad hair, too much eye makeup and shoulder pads can be re-visited on MTV and I cringe. What were we thinking?
  88. As a teenager in the 80's my mother always told me I "looked like a French whore" when I wore all the eye makeup. My response was always, "Mom you grew up in Huron SD, what the hell do you know about French whores".
  89. There is a certain type of woman that wears "holiday sweaters". I am not that woman. I scare that woman.
  90. I can't wear sequins or beads or anything sparkly either. I don't know why. I just can't.
  91. I wish I had bigger breasts but I would never get implants because the thought of putting something foreign in my chest freaks me right out.
  92. I have no issue with women that do get implants. I wish they wouldn't show them to everyone when they get them. And no, I don't want to "feel how real" they seem.
  93. I secretly admire women who have the courage to be over the top. Get implants, show the girls, have lots of blonde hair, etc.
  94. I secretly admire those earth mother athletic types who have super short nails, curly hair, tans and look like they run 10Ks before breakfast.
  95. I will never be either type and I'm very okay with that.
  96. I think I'm completely unique and that gives me a lot of personal satisfaction.
  97. I think it's okay to drink beer from the bottle. Not so much with wine though.
  98. Red wine gives me a headache and I don't care how fashionable it is, I can't drink it.
  99. Vodka never gives me a headache but it sometimes results in incidents involving falling over.
  100. I'm a pretty private person and although I talk to EVERYONE (cab drivers, random people in line or on elevators) I rarely give anything away about myself. So, I can't believe I just told you all this stuff!


Anne said...

You know, yours is the first 100 things I've actually read all the way through - I usually get as far as about 10 and think yeah, yeah, and go and find something else to do. Yours was fun. Thank you. (And maybe I'll read someone else's some time.)

Sydney said...

One of these days I should do a 100 things. I really enjoy reading them and getting to know people. Thanks!

Chris said...

#15-17 - Me, too!!
#21 - I'm with your husband on this one. :)
#27 - I hear ya.
#32-33 - Oh yeah.
#69 - Ditto.
#84 - Wow. I would twitch all night. :)
#89 - This is SUCH a good thing. I'm pleased that I'm that woman, too!
#98 - Have you tried pinot noir? It's less tannic. It's the only red wine that doesn't give me a migraine.
#100 - :)

This was a great list! Thanks for sharing.

renee said...

We're a lot a like, but so not alike in others - like I never make my bed - sorry! Are you from Huron? I'm from Sioux Falls.

Peevish said...

heehee. Number 99 is all too familiar...