Friday, August 22, 2008

Celebration Time: 100th Post & Giveaway!

  1. I like traditions.

    So I figured I would celebrate my 100th post with the traditional list of 100 things about me and a giveaway! Since the first of my one hundred facts is covered above, I'll just keep going....

  2. We have a few family traditions. One of them is eating breakfast together with my side of the family on Christmas morning. Another is eating dinner with hubby's side on Christmas Eve.
  3. Speaking of family, we have four beautiful children.
  4. They are all girls (known here as Alpha, Beta, Charlie, and Delta).
  5. Growing up, I only had boy names picked out.
  6. I think our family is complete at six. But I'll never say never. :)
  7. Speaking of never, I never thought I would be able to be a full-time at-home mom after a decade in the corporate world.
  8. But I am, thanks to a supportive hubby and a lot of faith!
  9. I do work from home part-time as a resume writer/recruiter.
  10. I also like to write.
  11. I sold my first article as a freelance writer earlier this year. Oh, happy day!
  12. My children teach me that I do not know nearly as much as I would like about parenting.
  13. Sometimes I read self-help books about parenting.
  14. However, I do not read parenting books in front of my kids once they can spell/read. When my oldest was in about 3rd grade, she asked me if I was trying to use the stuff on her that I read in "that book."
  15. Actually, I love to read all kinds of books, especially historical fiction.
  16. I've never read a Jane Austen novel, though I started Pride and Prejudice this past week. So far, I'm loving it.
  17. I loved The Work and the Glory series so much I read all nine volumes in about six weeks; book in one hand and newborn in the other!
  18. As a child, I was fascinated with unicorns. I saw "The Living Unicorn" at the Barnum and Bailey Circus and, well, this article sums it up. So does this word: anti-climactic.
  19. I have naturally curly hair.
  20. Unlike Frieda, I was never too fond of it.
  21. I appreciate it more now than I once did.
  22. I may spend more on hair products than I do on make up.
  23. Speaking of spending, I would rather save than spend.
  24. I married a man who is just the opposite.This gives our marriage some spark! :)
  25. In the last 16 years, we've found a happy medium in our finances. (But I still like saving more than he does!)
  26. I find great pleasure in bargain-hunting. The day I discovered ECBs and RRs was simply glorious.
  27. I rarely pay full price for anything, especially movie rentals.
  28. I know how to clog dance.
  29. I once wrote a clogging routine to Who's Johnny? by El DeBarge.
  30. I don't remember it.
  31. I would have graduated from college with a 4.0 but I made a B in bowling my senior year.
  32. I'm not bitter about it...really...I'm not... :/
  33. I still like to bowl, occasionally.
  34. I am not very athletic, but...
  35. I lettered in Cross Country and Track in high school.
  36. I once held up a track meet because I was the last person to finish the two-mile run and they couldn't start the next event until I cleared the inside lane.
  37. In college I majored in Psychology.
  38. I minored in HR Management.
  39. For a senior project I conducted a study about the effects of dressing down (i.e., casual dress at work) on employee productivity. Obviously, nobody read it.
  40. I took Latin for my foreign language in high school. (Maybe there is some truth to that rumor about me wanting to be a doctor.) I remember one sentence from those days: Puella est in villa.
  41. I enjoy baking.
  42. I also enjoy tackling projects like this baby shower cake.
  43. I like taking photographs, but being in photographs...not as much.
  44. I have some gray hairs, but...
  45. I have no intentions of hiding them; I've earned every one.
  46. I would like to vacation at every state park in Florida that rents cabins. So far, I've been to two. My favorite was St. Joseph's Peninsula State Park. We're going back again next year!
  47. I also like to vacation in the mountains of North Carolina.
  48. I've never been out of the country.
  49. The term "sheeple" makes me giggle.
  50. Speaking of giggling, my husband makes me laugh a lot with his unusual sense of humor and perspective.
  51. I like playing Scrabble but I rarely win (unless I'm playing my 8 or 6 yr old).
  52. I never owned a dog as a kid.
  53. I had a cat named Smokey. He was a cast off of a neighbor who moved.
  54. Speaking of my childhood, my nickname as a kid was Tigger (I bounced a lot).
  55. My 8th grade English teacher taught me that "a lot" is two words.
  56. My favorite color was once purple; now I really don't have a favorite color.
  57. I memorized Jabberwocky in the 5th grade and I can still recite it.
  58. I memorized the Preamble to the Constitution in the 7th grade and, let's just say, I don't remember it nearly as well. :(
  59. I've had the same cell phone number and plan for over 12 years.
  60. All of my kids' (real) names begin and end with a vowel. On purpose.
  61. I own a vehicle that requires premium gasoline (and when I need to replace it, hubby will be invited to remain at home so as not to influence me to buy the supercharged V-6); at least it's paid for. :)
  62. I do not mind admitting when I am wrong.
  63. I love a good Orange Julius.
  64. I don't mind drinking reconstituted powdered milk and I sneak it into my family's diet whenever I can.
  65. I have been told I make a mean chocolate cupcake.
  66. My cookies, on the other hand, never seem to spread correctly.
  67. I refuse to use Silpat (or a similar accessory) to improve my cookie baking. I prefer parchment paper.
  68. I've never tried pinto bean fudge. But I might.
  69. I got my $1.50 piece of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory on National Cheesecake Day. I think we waited about two hours AFTER being seated to receive it. The wait, however, wasn't so bad. I was with friends. :)
  70. I have yet to receive my first spice blend. I don't think it's coming. Anyone else gotten one?
  71. I relish a good talk/sermon. I know it's an especially good one if it inspires me to read more on the topic.
  72. I have been called resourceful.
  73. I like pens, pencils, and other school and office supplies. When I was a kid my dad had a roll out fishing lure storage thing full of pens. I always wanted it for myself. I never got it. Hmph.
  74. I like to organize and label things. By looking at my closets, you wouldn't necessarily know this.
  75. I won the fifth grade spelling bee.
  76. I still call my mom and dad almost every day just to talk.
  77. I married my high school sweetheart. :)
  78. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hot chocolate, but I've never had a Starbucks hot chocolate. If only I could have won Scribbit's August Write Away Contest, I would be sipping one now. My entry didn't cut the mustard--or the whipped cream for that matter. :( There's always next month! :)
  79. I prefer chocolate and peanut butter candy combinations.
  80. Dark chocolate is my absolute favorite.
  81. I saw Batman Begins for the first time last month. Why? Because hubby and I had a date to see The Dark Knight at the IMAX and I MUST watch movies in sequential order. (BTW, it was awesome!)
  82. I rode my first roller coaster at Lagoon when I was a tween while visiting my oldest sister who (briefly) moved to Utah. Her friend called me a chicken (in so many words), so I felt compelled to prove him wrong. Glad I did. It was fun!
  83. My kids and I have had some of the same elementary school teachers! My oldest had my 2nd grade teacher, my second oldest had my kindergarten teacher (a year before she retired), and my first grader now has the teacher I had in fifth grade!
  84. My second oldest sister wanted to "send [me] back to Heavenly Father" when I was born. How do I know this? My father has proof on a cassette tape!
  85. I am one of four children: three girls and one boy.
  86. I am the youngest.
  87. My sense of smell isn't very good. However, it once was. My parents put a box of KFC in the trunk before they picked me up from day care one day. When I got in the car, I immediately detected the aroma in the air and exclaimed, "You can't hide chicken from me!"
  88. My first fender-bender involved my mom's Oldsmobile and a BMW in the parking lot of the high school during a Friday night football game. I found out Monday when I went to English class that the owner of the BMW was the cousin of the girl who sat in front of me. Ugh. How embarrassing.
  89. I recently saved 48% on my car insurance. And it wasn't by switching to Geico.
  90. One day I would like to learn to play the piano. I'd also like to be able to sing well, but the latter is less likely than the former.
  91. I saw Star Wars for the first time at a drive-in when I was about 3.
  92. My favorite ice cream is homemade, but Breyer's Natural Vanilla with the little vanilla bean specks is an excellent substitute.
  93. I use my crock pot at least once per week.
  94. Alton Brown is my favorite chef.
  95. Though I watch very little television and follow no prime time shows, I would have to say that Good Eats is my favorite program when I do have a few minutes to veg. (pun intended)
  96. I don't mind folding laundry, but I do NOT like putting it away.
  97. Like Eddie Rabbit, I love a rainy night. Though I can't say I'm a country music fan.
  98. Topping my list of beloved children's stories is The Giant Carrot. I think I'm the only one who feels this way.
  99. One day, I would like to have a house with a wrap-around porch.
  100. Finally, I am hosting my first ever blog giveaway today. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me something about yourself by midnight ET on August 31, 2008. I will use a random number generator thingie to pick a winner to receive a $10 Bath and Body Works gift card! Be sure to check back on September 1st to see if you won!


quitecontrary1977 said...

something about me.. i like to put cheerios in my cottage cheese.. very yum yum..

Red said...

Were we separated at birth? Other than a few technicalities, I could have written these 100 facts.

Wow, mine is a bit aways, but now I have to dig up 100 facts about myself.

Great 100 post!

Janelle Heath said...

something about me...I survived Fay without power for 26 hours! Woo Hoo!

micaela6955 said...

congrats on 100 posts! It was interesting reading 100 things all about you! I look forward to doing this when I have my 100th post giveaway too. (but have quite a few more posts to go!) Something about me? Well, to look at me you wouldn't know it, but I am fluent in Spanish and we have a bilingual household here!

Scribbit said...

Oh I loved Batman Begins too--great great movie.

Christian & Jennifer said...

I am LOVING your blog and HATING myself for not knowing that you clog dance! Oh, how I wish I could have some sort of blackmail material to force you to post a video of yourself clogging on this site . . . Okay, about me. I, too, held up a track meet in high school as I came in last for the mile. Humiliating? Yes. Did I live? Yes. What do they say about things like that? Builds character? Yeah. Thank goodness high school is over in 3 years and you never have to go back. LOVE YOU! And yes, you can hold my baby. YES!!!

robin_titan said...

congrats!! hmm...something about me is that my favorite book is the cider house rules by john irving if you haven't read it well get to it!! hehe it's amazing i trust that you will love it as much as it did or maybe more : )

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Red said...

Geez, I can't even read correctly. Something about myself. I got my first (And thus far only) tatoo at the age of 42.

one day in the life of me said...

I wish I had thought to do the 100 things for my 100th post. Great Idea!

IF you like historical fictions and haven't read anything by Lynn Austin yet they are great. Civial war, stuff. I can't put them down.

Hmmm, something about me. I like to mix a spoonful of peanutbutter with semi sweet chocoloate chips and lick it off the spoon.

Wild Squirrel said...

Congratulations, Christian and Jennifer! You are the winner of the Bath and Body Works gift card. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a note. I enjoyed learning more about you! :)