100 Things You Should Know

Top 100 Things That You Might Not Already Know About Me

1. Forty-one of the United States (and Washington, DC) have been checked off my “Things to See” list. (Still to go: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Michigan, Mississippi, Mew Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)

2. The weight listed on my driver’s license is not accurate.

3. I love long, solo roadtrips, with only the radio to keep me company.

4. I can juggle.

5. I believe in the romance of baseball. I’m not much on professional sports (because they tend to suck the life and the romance out of the game) … but it’s possible that there is no greater baseball experience than watching the Cubs play at Wrigley Field.

6. I love camping out, cooking over a campfire and sleeping beneath the stars.

7. My Celtic blood always seems to over-rule all my other ancestral influences.

8. I’ve shaken hands with a First Lady and with a Presidential candidate. (Can you guess?)

9. The tree in my front yard was planted by one of my brothers when he was in 4th grade. (That tree is now taller than my house!)

10. Most of my childhood was spent wanting to grow up and be Madeleine L’Engle. (Some days I still do!)

11. I was baptized at Bell Smith Springs.

12. I’ve been to Times Square for New Year’s Eve.

13. I have a tattoo.

14. I lived in a homeless shelter (as a staff member).

15. I knit. (But I only knit scarves, because I only know how to knit in a straight line.)

16. I’ve waded in the Mediterranean Sea (on the French Riviera).

17. I love thunderstorms.

18. I’m a quote-aholic. (I have a collection of quotes that is beyond measure!)

19. I’m the only person I know who has a whole room in her house dedicated to books. Yes, that’s right: I actually have my own library.

20. I’m a Virgo.

21. Each of us has a particular personal freedom for which to fight. My fight is the bohemian gypsy vs. the accommodating sycophant.

22. I have seen the Eiffel Tower,   23. the Washington Monument,   24. the Gateway Arch,   25. the Empire State Building,   26. the Space Needle,   27.  Big Ben, and   28. the Sears Tower.

(Psychology majors need not comment on the particular meaning or symbolism in numbers 22-28!)

29. I prefer platinum (not silver) to gold.

30. Not only did I take piano lessons as a child, I also played the clarinet. (Although, I didn’t play either of them well.)

31. I love stained glass windows.

32. Every season is my favorite at the beginning of it, and my least favorite at the end of it.

33. I have the most amazing garden.

34. Everything is better with whipped cream on it.

35. I’ve always wanted to learn to play the fiddle.

36. One of my hobbies is making all-natural skin-care products. (soap, lotion, bath salts, etc.)

37. I have a love-hate relationship with the color pink.

38. It sounds a little crazy, I know: I love flowers (whether growing, fresh-cut, or even dried) but I do not like floral-patterned fabric, silk arrangements, or any other substitute.

39. I think Martha Stewart might have the best job ever.

40. I adore children’s literature, including everything from Laura Ingalls Wilder to JK Rowling.

41. My two favorite food groups are: cheese and bread. (I fit in quite well in France!)

42. Some of my addresses have included: San Jose, Makanda, San Anselmo, Memphis, Carterville, Collierville, Dallas, Harrisburg, Whitney, Carbondale, Gilmer, Brownsville, Eldorado, and Bagnols-en-Foret.

43. I adore the sea, but I can’t quite escape the Mississippi River.

44. I wish I had horses.

45. I appreciate whimsy.

46. Dumplins are a family tradition, and as the eldest grand-daughter, I inherited my grandmother’s recipe, which she taught to me carefully (if somewhat impatiently) before she passed away.

47. I love Sharpies.  48. And oil pastels.  49. And calligraphy pens.

50. I have an extensive collection of magazine articles and/or recipes that I’ve saved because I think I might need them someday. (At present, I don’t think I have enough days left in my life to get around to all of them … and yet, I have not only kept them, I’m still adding to them!)

51. I own a guitar, but have not yet learned to play it. (I’ve only owned it for 10 years!)

52. “I certainly have not the talent which some people possess,” said Darcy, “of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done.”

53. My favorite teas are: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Rooibos (red tea), Sleepytime (chamomile and spearmint blend), Lady Grey and Prince of Wales.

54. My favorite way to travel is by train … although, I haven’t traveled by ship, yet.

55. Every August (when the school supplies go on sale), I stock up on colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, and notebooks. Since I was a kid, buying school supplies has always been a favorite time of year.

56. My “half-birthday” is on St. Patrick’s Day, which makes it one of my favorite holidays. Also, my ancestry is Irish, which means it was going to be one of my favorite holidays anyway … but this means I have double the excuse to celebrate!   (For those of you that haven’t recently read Through the Looking Glass, a “half-birthday” is very different from an “un-birthday”!)

57. On any list of movies that you could come up with, I probably haven’t seen most of them. I am notorious for not seeing new stuff and watching the same old favorites again and again and again.

58. A few years ago, I went on a high-ropes course (including the zip-line) and re-discovered the millions of reasons why I will never skydive or bungee jump.

59. I’m not a huge fan of ice cream, however I do love Haagen Dazs‘ limited edition flavor “Bailey’s Irish Cream”. It’s SO yummy … but you can only get it every couple of  years or so.

60. My craziest quirk: My hair is black, but I have one small patch of gray. The weirdest part of the story is that since the day I was born, this same patch of hair has been noticeably darker than the rest of my hair … until I was in my early-twenties, when the patch turned suddenly and dramatically gray. It’s weird … but in a very cool way.

61. I’m a Mac!

62. If you’re just now noticing that I wear glasses … No, I did not just start wearing glasses. I’ve worn glasses since the second grade. I got contact lenses in 4th grade and I thought I’d never wear my glasses again. Suddenly, a couple of years ago I started wearing the glasses again … and I almost never wear my contacts anymore.

63. My standard pizza: sausage, mushroom, onion. Although my favorite is probably chicken with white garlic sauce, which I can’t get locally. (Not much chance to be adventurous with food around here.)

64. The thing I miss most about the Bay Area: the food. San Francisco is a very diverse city, so you can naturally find a lot of high-quality ethnic food choices.

65. I love the theatre! Stage productions just have a particular brand of magic that enthralls me.

66. I love listening to someone else read. I’ve always had a problem with migraines, and when I was younger my mom used to read to me while I laid in bed with a cold cloth on my head. Maybe that’s why listening to someone read to me is soothing. (Even if it’s only a book on CD!)

67. I admit it, I’m a little gadget-crazy! Or maybe I’m a little technology-crazy?

68. I love myths and fairy tales … just not the Disney versions of them.

69. I try too hard to be “all things to all people.” Not only is it exhausting … but it also doesn’t work.

70. Few things feel as festive to me as twinkle lights and beautifully wrapped gifts.

71. My three most memorable childhood Halloween costumes: Wonder Woman, Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz, and Carmen Miranda.

72. I’m pretty passionate about sustainable living and food justice issues.

73. The thing I miss most about Memphis: the people I love!

74. I’m a sucker for detective shows (although I go for “smart” over “graphic”).

75. I can’t watch the musical “RENT” without singing along (at the top of my voice).

76. I love British comedies (both movie and tv versions).

77. When I lived in Memphis, every time someone would come to visit, they would want to go to Graceland. I’ve been to Graceland four times! (FYI: that’s too many.)

78. If you Google my name, much of the information you find there is incorrect, out-of-date, or not me.

79. I love worship that is thoughtful, intentional and meaningful. But there’s nothing worse than worship that is ONLY habitual.

80. Writers that I love include: Aaron Sorkin (The West WingStudio 60, A Few Good Men, The American President, Schindler’s List),

81. Mark Schweizer (The Baritone Wore Chiffon, The Alto Wore Tweed),

82. Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time, A Swiftly Tilting Planet),

83. Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility),

84. Sue Monk Kidd (Dance of the Dissident Daughter, The Secret Life of Bees),

85. JK Rowling (the Harry Potter series),

86. Anne Morrow Lindberg (Gift from the Sea),

87. Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express, etc.)

88. Arthur Conan Doyle (creator and author of Sherlock Holmes mysteries)

89. J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings)

90. A.A. Milne (come on … you know this one, right?)

91. Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)

92. The thing I miss most about France: hmmm … I can’t decide if it’s the bread or the cheese. Probably the cheese. No, the bread. Well, maybe the cheese ….

93. I do not drink coffee. I drink tea.

94. I’m sort of addicted to three-ring binders.

95. I love the romance and nostalgia of snow days.

96. I don’t have a favorite color. Or maybe I should say that I’m fickle when it comes to color. But I always go for rich, intense colors. Right now, I’m loving the color orange.

97. I am bewitched by the moon.

98. I would rather own used books than new ones. (More character)

99. If I were brave enough, I would learn to belly-dance. (Someday I’ll be brave enough!)

100. I have two beautiful dogs: Darcy (short for Elizabeth Darcy) and Corry (short for Corrymeela).

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