In the blogosphere it's customary to write a "100 Things About Me" list to acknowledge one's 100th post. I'm past due (it's now post 155). It's hard to think of 100 things, so I'm going to start with these 50 and will add to them later.
You may already know some of these things about me - the first 25 things are from Facebook's "25 Random Things About Me." Sheesh, after reading this you'll know me better than I know myself.
1. I used to live with Sheryl Crow when she moved to Hermosa Beach from Missouri to start her music career. When she lived with us she was doing commercial jingles, and when she moved out of our apartment she got a job as Michael Jackson's backup singer. In 1997 she did an interview with the Post Dispatch and talked about how she moved in with some "wild girls" when she first moved to L.A. I'm sure she wasn't talking about me - as evidenced by the bright halo hovering over my head - but perhaps my roommates.
2. I love being a mom. When I was pregnant, I prayed for a boy. I think I'm a better "boy mom" than I would have been a "girl mom."
3. I love all animals, especially my two dogs, Stella and K.C. I think I love animals so much because they are totally at the mercy of humans.
4. I love the sunshine and could never live somewhere dreary.
5. I can still walk on my hands at 44 years old.
6. I don't ever want to go back to work, but I love volunteer work if it has to do with helping animals.
7. I write a blog so my family can keep up with what's going on in my son's life.
8. I love St. Louis and have no desire to move back to California. I lived in the South Bay for 25 years and moved to St. Louis when my stepdad got a coaching job with the St. Louis Blues hockey team. He and my mom lived in St. Louis for 10 years before moving to San Jose for his job with the Sharks. They now live in the South Bay. And I'm still in St. Louis.
9. It was fun growing up with a dad who played in the major leagues. I liked having such an unusual upbringing. (My dad was a pitcher for the L.A. Dodgers and stopped playing when I was 10.
10. I once swam with dolphins at Marineland with O.J. Simpson. He was afraid to put even his toes in the water. Not afraid to kill his wife though...(sorry, the devil made me do it.)
11. I love to read all kinds of books, fiction, non-fiction, true crime, biographies, anything.
12. I have to be in the mood to cook, otherwise I hate cooking. I could eat cereal for dinner every night. I definitely eat to live and not live to eat.
13. I never graduated from college but am proud of the fact that I got a B in college algebra despite getting a "D" in pre-algebra in high school and testing into basic math in college. Fortunately my son did not get my math brain (or non-math brain, I should say).
14. I have no sense of direction.
15. My most favorite vacation was when I was 16 and our family went to Lake Powell for a week on a houseboat. I would love to take my son some day. I don't know how anyone can see that kind of nature and beauty and not believe in God.
16. I wish my mom had not put me in kindergarten when I was 4. I feel I would have done better academically had I been a year older. (I can't believe they used to do that back then.)
17. I was 17 when I graduated from high school and moved into an apartment soon after. I never moved back home.
18. I hope my son gets to go to Europe in high school like I did. There is no better education than seeing the world. It makes me sad when I meet people who have never been out of the country or even out of state. There is so much to see. On our high school trip we went to 8 countries in 30 days.
19. The nicest thing anyone ever did for me was when I was a single mom of a 2-year-old, working 50 hours a week, and on Mother's Day my mom cleaned my entire house, scrubbed the kitchen floor on her hands and knees, made dinner and put it in the oven, turned soft music on, dimmed the lights, lit candles (she knew exactly when I'd be home), and picked my son up from daycare. When I walked in the door, I cried. It was the most heartfelt act of love during an overwhelming time in my life, and I'll never forget it. Hence my favorite saying, "No one is more cherished in this world than he who lightens the burden of another."
20. I am envious of people who find their passion or God-given talent at a young age and have a career doing what they love.
21. I still remember the whole Preamble to the Constitution (from 7th grade), Shakespeare's "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" (...creeps in this petty pace from day to day til the last syllable of recorded time... [from 9th grade English with Miss Edsell]), and much of the first chapter of Ephesians. I know...so random, huh?
22. I am so lucky to have a sister who would be my best friend even if she were not my sister.
23. The only time I wanted to get away from my sister was when I turned 13 and was tired of sharing a room with her for all those years so I moved into our walk-in closet...my bed, stereo, everything. I came home one day to find her on my bed in my "room-closet." Now I know she just looked up to me and wanted to be with me, but back then I was pissed.
24. My husband and I met on a blind date set up by friends and it was love at first sight, although we dated off and on for 10 years before we finally got married almost two years ago. I'm glad we waited because I think we both needed to grow up. Now we couldn't be happier!
25. I love watching any and every sport and will probably end up like my 95-year-old grandmother, who, when I called and asked what she was doing one day, said, "I'm filling out my brackets" (for college basketball). She was a hoot and I miss her.
26. I love any food, drink or candy with peanut butter in it.
27. I love reality TV shows.
28. I cry easily, especially when other people are sad. I feel their sadness along with them. Even if I don't know them or they are on TV.
29. Even music can make me cry, which my son inherited from me. I guess it's something about the melody, but there are two songs that have made him cry since he was a baby: You Are My Sunshine and Rock-a-bye Baby.
30. Songs that really move me are Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art , Bika Mono Ve (It is Well With My Soul) and Great is Thy Faithfulness Go ahead. Click one one or all three. Beautiful! :)
31. Sometimes I like animals more than people. I heard a lady at the vet's office say this to someone and it made me less ashamed to admit it. So at least I'm not the only one.
32. Another thing I used to be afraid to admit but a psychologist friend told me she felt the same way, is that I am not a kid-person. I absolutely LOVE my own as well as my niece and nephew, but in general I would not say I'm a kid person.
33. I was a single mom for 13 years. When Eric was about two, I started a local chapter of the National Organization for Single Mothers. I collected dues, wrote a newsletter, held meetings, and through this group met some of my closest friends. No one knows like one who's been there.
34. I weighed 11 pounds, 3 ounces when I was born and was 23 inches long. Check out this picture of me. I'm told had I not been so big at birth, I probably wouldn't have lived because I got the whooping cough when I was 6 weeks old and lost a lot of weight. Thank you God for making me so large. :)
35. I once stayed overnight with a passenger on a flight from L.A. to Dallas on my way to St. Louis. I was going to have to sleep in the airport and she invited me to stay with her in Dallas. She was my seatmate and we had talked the whole way there. Since my luggage was already on its way to St. Louis, she gave me a nightgown to borrow and even took me to the airport the next day. Above and beyond, I'll say! I wrote to Ann Landers about the incident and my letter
was published during an "acts of kindness" kick she was on.
36. I once read an article about a young woman - a single mom of an 8-year-old son - who was killed in a car accident. The article really touched me because I was also a single mom. Eric was almost 2 at the time and I could not imagine leaving him behind. I felt I had to do something. The paper mentioned that her little boy was a big hockey fan. My stepdad was a coach for the Blues at the time and I arranged for the little boy to get tickets to a game and to meet some of the players. Here is the letter the woman's best friend wrote to me. I wish I could do small things like this all the time.
37. I have generalized anxiety and have since I was in 3rd grade (now that I look back). My biggest regret in life is not getting help for this sooner! To all those people out there who don't think medicine is the answer to many illnesses? Maybe not some, but for anxiety it is. Anxiety is a neurotransmitter thing. There is nothing you can do to talk yourself out of it. I would have been SUCH a better mom to Eric had I taken medicine sooner. Let me tell you people, it is NOT normal to have your stomach in knots and to be worrying and ruminating (thinking and analyzing) constantly. I did not know what "normal" was until I took medicine to put my brain on an even keel. Awwww...peace. Gotta love it.
38. I love reading! Oh, did I already say that?
39. I am the only person in my immediate family with blue eyes, the only one with fair skin and the only one who writes left handed. (Uh, mom? Can we have a word?)
40. I write left handed but do everything else right handed/footed (eat, throw, kick a ball, put make up on, etc.)
41. I like to write poems. I wouldn't call it poetry because poetry sounds professional, artsy and beautiful. My poems are just fun.
42. I wish I had inherited the musical talent on my mom's side like my brother did. He is an amazing piano player but doesn't read music. It's all by ear. The only thing I inherited is my dad's love for napping.
43. I love taking naps. They rejuvinate me and give me a second wind for the end of the day.
44. I am definitely a morning person.
45. I love all bodies of water...pools, oceans, lakes, rivers. Something about water is so peaceful.
46. I am a Scorpio.
47. I don't believe in astrology per se, but I do think characteristics for the different signs are fairly accurate. I am definitely stubborn, independent, sensitive, loyal, and all-or-nothing.
48. Until starting medicine three years ago for my anxiety, I had never driven farther than 1/2 hour from my house. A.M. (After meds) I drove to Lake of the Ozarks three hours away and just recently drove six hours to Memphis by myself. Can you say "whole new world"?
49. I'm not afraid to die.
50. I'm a Christian. Guess that's why I'm not afraid to die. I look forward to it when it's "my time."