I have failed miserably as a blogger! It is an ancient blogging tradition that for your 100th post you are supposed to list 100 Things About Yourself. I have known in the back of my mind that I was getting close to my 100th post, but this morning as I looked at my sidebar, I realized that this post would be my 104th!
I am overdue in keeping you good folks from knowing 100 mundane things about myself. And since I'm all about tradition, I decided that better late than never. So, here goes...
1. I am 38 years old. I look 38 but I still feel 21. There are many days that I feel like I'm still in college. There are also many days when I wish I was still in college!
2. I have been happily married to the man of my dreams for 7 1/2 years. I didn't meet my husband until I was almost 26 and we didn't get married until I was 1 week shy of turning 31. I prayed hard for Dan and God did not disappoint me! He tested my patience but he did not disappoint!
3. I always assumed I would work once I had kids. When I had Peter, I had been with the same company for almost 10 years. I took a 3 month maternity leave and after it was over Peter went to daycare while I went back to work. I began praying and 5 months later I got laid off with 10 weeks severance pay. We were so worried about not having enough money that I was too afraid to quit on my own. The lay off was literally an answer to my prayers. Once again, God did not disappoint me!
4. My parents are strong and faithful Christians. I was raised Moravian. My husband is Catholic. Last Easter, I converted to Catholicism. It was only after lots of prayer, soul searching and studying that I made the decision to convert.
5. I was born and raised in North Carolina and have lived here all my life. I moved from my little town to the big city of Charlotte to attend college. I stayed there for 19 years before I moved back to my little town to raise my kids.
6. I live right next door to my parents. Many people have asked if it is hard living next door to my parents. I laugh at that question because it is the easiest thing ever! I have help (free and dependable babysitting) whenever I need it. Plus, mom insists that we eat lunch at her house every Sunday.
7. I was worried that I would be lonely moving back to the boondocks but I have way more stay-at-home Mom friends out here in the middle of nowhere than I did in the big city.
8. The only thing I miss about my old house is the fact that I was literally a two minute drive from Target, Harris Teeter, Kohl's, Old Navy, Gap, a McDonald's with a really big play land...you get the picture. Now I have to drive about 15 minutes to get to all of the good stuff.
9. Before kids, I used to get a pedicure/manicure every other week. I also had acrylic nails. I loved my fake nails and my pretty toes! Maybe once the kids are out of college I can go back to splurging. In the meantime, I have to do it myself.
10. Every once in a while we buy a lottery ticket. It usually happens because we have had to stop at a gas station so one of the kids (or me!) can go to the bathroom. Dan always feels guilty if we don't buy something and a $1 lottery ticket is pretty cheap plus there is always the chance that we could hit the Powerball! Whenever we do buy a ticket I like to dream about what we would do with the money. Other than weekly pedi/mani's, I would hire a maid to clean my house. And I would hire Stacey and Clinton to become my personal shoppers!
11. I graduated from college with a business major and a concentration in marketing and a minor in psychology. So, if you need anyone to work up an ad campaign for your company while telling you how to fix your personal problems, I'm your girl!
12. I never really used my concentration or my minor although I came close. I was offered a job with a tiny little ad agency right out of college but the company that I chose to work for offered me $2000 more than the ad agency. Plus it was closer to my apartment and it is where I eventually met my husband! I think I made the right decision!
13. I have always thought I was going to be a famous. Not exactly sure what I thought I was going to be famous doing...acting maybe. I was in my high school play one year and I wasn't very good. I still to this day think I'm going to be famous.
14. I used to practice my signature in high school and give it to my friends. Tanya - do you still have my autograph? (Geez, was I a total geek or what? I'm lucky I had any friends!)
15. I love reality shows. My favorites are The Amazing Race, The Apprentice, Top Chef and Survivor. I also love, love, love, love American Idol...but does that count as a reality show?
16. My other favorite TV shows are The Office (I love me some Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael and Dunder Mifflin), The New Adventures of Old Christine and My Name is Earl. I used to also love CSI, Cold Case and Without a Trace but I would get depressed after watching them so I had to stop.
17. I'm not as one dimensional as all this TV watching makes me sound. I also like to read. Before I had kids, I used to be quite the avid reader. Now I only manage one book a month and that is only because I belong to a book club. Thank goodness for the book club or I wouldn't read at all.
18. I am very loyal. If you are my friend, I will stick up for you in any situation. I think this is a trait I developed in college because I am sure I have a couple of high school friends who would feel differently. But that's another post for another day.
19. In college, my friends used to call me "The Voice of Reason". They always asked my opinion and I was never afraid to give it!
20. I hate cloudy, rainy days but I love to sleep during a thunderstorm.
21. I go to bed before 11:00 PM and I'm up by 5:45 AM during the week.
22. My favorite food is the Chicken Bryan at Carrabba's. Love it! I also love their bread, their house salad and their sausage and lentil soup.
23. I have only been drinking coffee for a year and a half and now I need it to start the day! I like Dunkin Donuts and McDonald's coffee better than Starbucks and have never ordered a fancy coffee drink.
24. I have always wanted kids but I had no idea how hard being a parent would be.
25. I used to want 5 boys. What was I thinking??
All right folks....is anyone still out there? If so, check back later for another installment of 100 Things About Me. This is harder than I thought it was going to be. Not sure who came up with this tradition but if I ever find 'em, I may have to slap 'em!