Friday, September 09, 2005

100 Things


1. I am the oldest of three children
2. Born to hippies in the Midwest.
3. I am now the black sheep of the brood
4. Meaning I have full time employment and insurance
5. And that I bathe regularly.
6. I do have some hippiness in me as I live with my boyfriend of nine years.
7. No, we don’t plan on getting married.
8. It works for us.
9. We have five cats. Yes, five cats.
10. No, it’s not weird, we just blended our pet families and this is what we got.
11. I am obsessive compulsive.
12. I'd tell you about it, but I would only get frustrated because I couldn't do it succinctly and that would send me into OCD overload.
13. I live in my hometown.
14. I love strawberries.
15. I ate my weight in them earlier this summer.
16. I was once in a Hershey’s television commercial.
17. I am 36 and feeling more like 25.
18. I was once the youngest news editor in the state of Kentucky.
19. I sometimes wear my hair in pigtails, and I do get strange looks, but I do it anway.
20. I have kept a journal since I was 12.
21. I still have most of them, but tossed a few after my brothers stole them.
22. I haven't forgiven them yet.
23. My parents are both teachers and therefore our vacations were mostly educational, but long because they had summers off.
24. I went to college intending to learn Spanish and teach in the Peace Corps.
25. I came out with a pr and government degree after I realized I couldn't trill my "Rs".
26. I can't cook at all, seriously.
27. I have a sweet tooth and am proud of it. Bring on the sugar!
28. I had a slumber party in seventh grade.
29. The theme was Grease and one girl had to go home because she called my mother a b***h.
30. I love Lenny Kravitz.
31. So much that I have photos of him pinned to our basement wall.
32. I have only owned two cars in my lifetime.
33. Not counting the 1974 Plymouth Duster I shared with my brother.
34. If I could have one talent, it would be to be able to sing well.
35. My grandfather was a Baptist minister.
36. For years we weren't able to conduct commerce on Sundays, wear pants to church, swim in co-ed situations or listen to the "devil's music."
37. I have broken all of those rules.
38. My favorite show as a kid was "Little House on the Prairie."
39. I even had a gingham dress and bonnet.
40. I tried to get my dad to call me "Half Pint", but I think he thought was a booze reference.
41. I have never broken a bone.
42. But I did have my gall bladder removed.
43. I am always unhappy with my weight.
44. But I can't seem to shake it.
45. I have kinda given up for now after my dad made a hateful comment.
46. I don't eat meat.
47. I am not really sure why.
48. I suspect it's about having control over something.
49. I have purchased and sent enough greeting cards that I should have my name inscribed on a plaque at Hallmark.
50. I love sending them because I know how much I love receiving them.
51. I would love to take a pottery class.
52. But I am intimidated by the instructor.
53. My brothers are both artists, so I don't stand a chance.
54. I often recite lines from "Raising Arizona", but few get the reference.
55. I love to camp.
56. I even own my own tent.
57. I am actually kinda handy.
58. I have to be because Cynical doesn't know a wrench from a crow bar.
59. My dream job would be owning a bookstore.
60. But someone else would have to handle the business end.
61. I just want to arrange books and drink coffee at the cash register.
62. Maybe I should be a librarian instead.
63. We live in an older house.
64. I refinished the floors myself.
65. I tend to maintain long-term friendships.
66. I think it's because I am either gullible or nice.
67. I miss going to church.
68. But can't seem to get back into the habit of it.
69. I only wear solid colors.
70. I think it's because I don't want to draw attention to myself.
71. I look exactly like my grandmother.
72. I like that because she aged very well.
73. I don't intend on ever having children.
74. I love them, but I wouldn't make a good mother.
75. I have never minded spending time alone.
76. I bite my fingernails.
77. I was an extra in "A League of Their Own." There is no crying in baseball!
78. I once went to a Barry Manilow concert.
79. But redeemed myself by going to see the Wallflowers the very next night.
80. We own over 1,500 CDs.
81. I organize the clothes in my closet by color.
82. I push snooze on my alarm clock on the average of 4 times each morning.
83. I love my birthday and love getting presents.
84. I used to not admit that, but I had to come clean.
85. I am afraid of snakes, car wrecks, storms and falling on concrete.
86. I went to see "Tuff Turf" starring Anthony Edwards (with hair, pre-ER) on my first date.
87. I sometimes browse through almanacs just to learn little factoids to impress family and friends.
88. I had braces as a teenager and followed every rule just to get them off early.
89. My boyfriend, Cynical, is way cuter than I will ever be.
90. I get my feelings hurt easily.
91. I don't really like myself, but I gotta put up with me, so I am cordial.
92. I am short, so I always have to get my pants hemmed.
93. I watch "Home for the Holidays" with Holly Hunter every Thanksgiving.
94. Autumn is my favorite season.
95. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
96. I drug Cynical to Lillith Fair just to see Sarah McLachlan and Natalie Merchant.
97. I had my first kiss in sixth grade. He had a fuzzy almost mustache.
98. I love to watch television in bed.
99. I went to four proms.
100. I am so boring, it took me days to reach 100.

11 comments:

Nicole said...

You're not boring, but rather fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing. Now I want to do one...actually I was thinking of making a 100 Things list an assignment in my Personal Writing classes. I think that your post is an omen that I should do just that. Maybe I'll write a PG-13 version of my own to share with the kids to get them going. Of course I'll make my own R-rated version first for my own enjoyment...

Nicole said...

PS - Isn't it weird that you, Emily, and I all have these teacher-connections?

emily said...

You must have gone to the prom in 1986 &87...Any rockin 80's dresses you'd like to post? You can blur your face so Cynical won't worry about your abduction.

Ragged Around the Edges said...

I love the idea of using the 100 as an assignment. It's not an easy task and could be enlightening for your students. I had to edit mine a bit, but maybe one day I will run the unedited version.

Trust me, I have some really sad dresses to show. Hopefully you wouldn't be able to track me by my thin waist and 80s Aquanet hair. Sad, sad taste in hair, dresses and prom dates.

Let me hunt around for some of the photos. They may no longer exist, in order to protect the now innocent.

PS: I created the graphic for 100 Things myself, so don't go bashing it. Remember #90.

emily said...

I loved the graphic. I was wondering where you found it. But you didn't find it, you MADE it.

Ragged Around the Edges said...

I am definitely not a pro, but I am learning in teeny, tiny babysteps as I go. I used to be a Photoshop novice, but I wasted what little I can recall.

Anonymous said...

You are infinitely more interesting than I ever would have known! Thank you for sharing 100 things about yourself.

Ragged Around the Edges said...

Why thank you, Joie. Thank you very much. Blush, blush.

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Anonymous said...

I love your list. I'm inspired to make one of my own. It can be the sequel to 100 Things I Like and 100 Things I Dislike (actually I've only gotten to #64). My husband thinks I'm crazy.

Anonymous said...

Ragged -
I hardly think you're boring; perhaps just looking in some old mirrors huh?
Anyway, you've inspired me too - I'll keep you posted