Thursday, October 30, 2008

50 Things About Me

My childhood friend, Rachel (not to be confused with Rachel), tagged me to do a list of fifty things about me. You probably know some, most or all of these, but here goes:

1. I am Christian and attend church every Sunday.
2. I am from rural, southern Pennsylvania.
3. I love sweet bologna.
4. Growing up, I wouldn't eat potatoes, pasta, rice or cheese.
5. I still don't eat rice. Gag, vomit, gag. Can't do it.
6. I don't color my hair.
7. I am scared of jellyfish.
8. I love chicken Caesar salad.
9. I lived in a Chicago suburb for 11 months.
10. In sixth grade, a boy in my class, who was always drawing pictures of naked women, offered to draw a picture of me. I told him to go ahead and draw it--from the shoulders up. I still crack myself up with that one!
11. I threw up in etiquette class in sixth grade.
12. I fainted in health class in eleventh grade--during the birthing film.
13. I am freakishly strong.
14. I am teaching Maia how to sew; our current project is pajama pants.
15. In high school, my best friend and I drew funny sketches of our teachers.
16. I was too shy to try out for Vocal Ensemble until my senior year of high school.
17. In college, I hated to go to bed before any of my roommates.
18. I only applied to one college (good thing I got in)!
19. I have rafted down the Snake River (remember that Youth Conference, Rachel?)
20. I really loved my folklore classes in college.
21. I have ridden a barge across the Danube.
22. I love to bake.
23. There may have been a time when M-80's purchased in Tiajuana were hidden in my underwear drawer in college. But you can't prove anything.
24. I used to speak Romanian quite well. (Sadly, that time has passed and I now struggle to make choppy conversation, if given the chance.)
25. I am the only one of my parents' children who needed both braces and glasses.
26. I also needed professional intervention with terrible acne. But let's not dwell on unpleasantness.
27. I had a farm in Africa. Just kidding. Just making sure you're still with me. Seriously, I had a Christmas tree in Romania; it was quite a beauty.
28. I see my best friend from college every year even though she lives in CA. She's one fun girl, let me tell you.
29. I gave birth to my first child when I had been married for nine months and one day.
30. My favorite lipstick is MAC Sheer Plum. And I'm out right now.
31. Fall is my favorite season. I adore the beautiful trees and the cool, crisp air.
32. I miss my friend, Stacey, who was a great friend to work with--painting, cleaning, or whatever; we could chat and work together all day or night.
33. In third grade, I was cast as Paul Bunyan's mom in our class play.
34. In twelfth grade, I was cast as a murderer in our school play.
35. I love going on field trips with my kids.
36. I have recently discovered the joys of books on tape. It's great to listen to a good book while I take a walk or clean.
37. I love to read to my kids and do it everyday.
38. I truly don't mind cleaning bathrooms.
39. I have 3 sisters, 4 brothers, 9 sisters-in-law, and 9 brothers-in-law.
40. I have 9 nieces and 15 nephews...and counting.
41. The last movie I saw in the theater was High School Musical 3. (very enjoyable)
42. The last movie I saw at home was Run, Fat Boy, Run. (very funny)
43. I dream of being Mary Poppins for Halloween.
44. I enjoy doing my girls' hair.
45. I change and wash all the sheets in my house every Monday.
46. I like to tell stories--maybe that's why I like to blog.
47. I cry really easily.
48. I laugh easily, too.
49. I am living my dream of being a full-time homemaker and stay-at-home mother.
50. I have a great life!


Joni said...

Have you ever done Mary Poppins for Halloween? Michael could be the chimney sweep, Mason and Maia could be Mr. and Mrs. Banks, and then the younger two could be the kids. (Hmm, would Teensy consent to playing a boy?!) I think it's time you were the star of your Halloween parade!

Jenni said...

That was very fun Mendy!! I love your stories and am so glad I still get to hear them through your posts!!:)

whitney allison said...

Sadly you weren't the only one who needed professional help with the acne. AND, just the Sunday before last my good husband watched Mary Poppins with me and I started to think about how I could put together costumes for us (he doesn't know that) but it just seemed a little difficult in such short time. Good list, good list indeed.

Cyndi said...

I'm glad you're back posting. I went through serious blog withdrawals while you were away sewing. Don't do that again! Plan better so you can post during the week before the church party, got it?!

Mary said...

Number 45 is seriously impressive.

Anonymous said...

How fun reading these!! Learned more about you that I didn't know...and no...I don't remember tubing the Snake River at Youth Conference? Huh??? More details please...

Christie said...

I loved this... what a great way to document you! I caught your farm in Africa, so you know I read the whole thing. You're kids & grandkids will love reading this.

carilarkins said...

I loved reading your list. I also love you a little bit more because of the mission pictures of you on facebook and because we both needed "professional intervention" in the same way. We would have been best friends back then. And just look at how cute we are now.

Tracy said...

You were a nude model? I had no idea. Well, that's how I read it. I thought I knew everything about you. I guess not.

Meg said...

Fun stuff! I love your halloween costumes too. I would like to learn someday how to sew, but for now, I like doing costumes with stuff I can buy or find or stick on with tape.

Sommer said...

That was so fun to read!

Cami said...

Wow. Some of these are very surprising. Stop telling us about your compulsive sheet-cleaning and other chores we should all do but don't! Nice job on keeping us interested. :)

Anonymous said...

wow just reading that made me happy!

archaeoamy said...

Hi Mendy, I was so surprised to get a Christmas card from you a few years ago, but lost it before I could email you! Next thing I know, I get an email from an old high school friend who is linked to Angela Flake's blog, who is linked to your blog -- what a small world! Anyway, just wanted to say hi and thank you for thinking of me. It's wonderful to see where you are in life and that you are enjoying it to the fullest!

Amy (old roommate at Roman Gardens) :)

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