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100 things March 11, 2008

Filed under: a month of lists,secrets — airingdirtylaundry @ 1:13 pm

Rumor has it (actually I just read it somewhere) that some bloggers do a “100 things about” me list on their 100th post.  I hit 100 posts last week, so even though I’m a little late, I thought I use this as my list of the day for NaBloPoMo.  Perfect timing! 

  1. I grew up in a little town in south-central PA.
  2. I spent my teen years dreaming of getting OUT of that town.
  3. I worked at a Roy Rogers throughout high school.
  4. I only applied to one college–the University of Pittsburgh.
  5. I love to read.
  6. Pink Floyd has been my all-time favorite band since I was a teenager.
  7. I’m Roman Catholic.
  8. I was very involved with my church’s youth group in high school.
  9. I still talk to the couple that was my youth group leaders at that time.
  10. My youth group went on amazing trips to Hoonah, Alaska and Alderson, West Virginia.  They were work camp trips, and incredible experiences.
  11. We also went to various right-to-life marches in DC.  I got in a violent argument on the bus there with a priest on pro-life vs. pro-choice.
  12. I was only playing devil’s advocate at the time and being argumentative brat, but to this day I feel differently about abortion at different times.
  13. I’ve worked for the same company for the last 11 1/2 years.
  14. My title is still the same as it was when I was hired, but my responsibilities have increased dramatically over the years.
  15. My pay has increased dramatically too, and that’s what makes me not care what my job title is.
  16. I’ve driven a Saturn for the past 12 years.  Just not the same one.
  17. My current one is 6 years old and only has 45,000 miles on it.
  18. I don’t get out much.
  19. I should have leased it instead of buying it.
  20. My first Saturn was a 5-speed. 
  21. The one I have now isn’t.
  22. I would never have the patience to teach Mike to drive a manual-shift car.
  23. I have a tendency to jump into things hastily.
  24. Like buying a stick-shift car when I could barely drive one just because it was $2500 cheaper.
  25. I grew up in a household that never watched sporting events–live or on TV.
  26. Since marrying Mike I joke that the only TV I’ve seen in the past decade are “shows” that have a football, a basketball, or a baseball in them.
  27. I love to sit down with the Sunday paper and cut out the coupons.
  28. I get dirty looks from the people behind me in line in the grocery store when I hand over my coupons to the cashier.
  29. I still keep in touch with my college roomates.
  30. None of them live less than a 4-hour drive from me, but all live within 3 hours of each other.
  31. I only have a 20-minute commute to work each morning.
  32. On back roads with little traffic and only 4 stop lights.
  33. I would be a prime candidate for road rage if I had a long commute in the morning.
  34. We moved into our current home almost 2 years ago.
  35. We lived in an apartment for 6 moths while our house was being built.  It was advertised as being 600 square feet.  It felt even smaller.
  36. There was an offer on our first house within 9 days of it going up for sale, and we were too afraid to wait.
  37. So living in an apartment and putting most of our stuff in storage was the logical decision to make.
  38. But I hope I never have to live in a tiny little apartment again after that.
  39. On Saturday, we signed a contract with a contruction company to have a deck put on the back of the house.
  40. They start next month and should be done in a little over a week.
  41. I’m already planning a birthday party on the deck for my sister-in-law at the end of May.
  42. After nagging Mike for years, we finally bought an elliptical.
  43. It gets delivered on Wednesday.
  44. I can’t wait to use it.  Seriously.  I’m excited to use exercise equipment. 
  45. I have one brother.  He’s 5 years younger than me.
  46. He’s been through some rough times, but I think he’s finally straightened out and going in the right direction.
  47. Mike and I got married on the day of the last football game at Pitt Stadium, on the Pitt campus.  It was crazy.  And amazing.
  48. A lot of people still tell us that our wedding was the most fun they’ve ever been to.  Including their own.  That cracks me up.
  49. I could spend hours (and possibly days) in a book store or a library.
  50. I’ve been told that I am tone deaf.  This pronouncement came after I spent money on an instrument and lessons.
  51. My father can play the guitar beautifully, even though he can’t read music at all.
  52. I did not inherit this ability, obviously.
  53. I am definitely tone deaf when it comes to singing.  Ask Mike.  I couldn’t care a tune in a wheelbarrow.
  54. I was in choir both in school and at church for years.  Apparently they took anybody.  I think because there were so few alto girls that they were just filling spaces.
  55. Although I kind of had my suspicions at the time that I couldn’t sing.  I just mouthed the words and made googly eyes at my soprano friends across the way.
  56. I told my kindergarten class that God was coming down to Earth to look for his son one day when the sun was filtering through the clouds.  I got sent home.
  57. I also got sent home once for kissing a boy on a dare.
  58. The next week in kindergarten I was running with a pencil in my hand after being told not to and I tripped, shoving the pencil waaaayyy up into the roof of my mouth.
  59. I can still feel the scar with my tongue.
  60. Then I missed weeks of school because of the chicken pox.
  61. My poor mother had to deal with a newborn and a bratty trouble-making kindergartener.
  62. My parents enrolled me at a Catholic school the next year.
  63. I wet my pants in the first grade because my teacher wouldn’t let me go to the restroom after lunch and instead told me I’d have to wait until after prayer.
  64. I couldn’t wait.  I sure showed her.
  65. I met my friend Amy in the third grade, when her family moved from Germany to PA.  We’re still good friends.  Although we did have a falling out in 5th grade that lasted for awhile.
  66. I hit a bunny with my car on the way home from work last night.  At least I think it was a bunny.
  67. I cried immediately.
  68. I love animals.
  69. I refer to the Animal Planet station on TV as the Animal Chanimal.
  70. The Animal Chanimal hosts the Puppy Bowl on the day of the Super Bowl each year.  It’s hilarious.
  71. We have 2 cats.
  72. Their names are Gizzy and Guinness.
  73. Guinness goes by “little kitty”.
  74. Mike wasn’t much of a cat person until he met me.
  75. I attend Boot Camp classes twice a week.
  76. They’re taught by my friend Andi, who conveniently lives in our neighborhood.
  77. They’re great, but my arms certainly are sore today!
  78. Andi is a fitness competitor, although she’s retiring after this year.
  79. She’s a great teacher.
  80. One of my favorite days of the year is the day of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Pittsburgh.
  81. The parade is this coming Saturday.
  82. I’ve never actually seen the parade since I spent that day (in my younger years) drinking in Market Square.
  83. Now that I’m more mature (*ahem*), it’s just a great excuse to meet up with friends that we don’t see very often.
  84. The last 2 years, we’ve missed parade day because we were in Las Vegas.
  85. I’ll take Las Vegas over the St. Patrick’s Day parade anytime!
  86. Three of my friends and I are currently planning a “girls only” trip to Las Vegas in August.
  87. Mike and the guys are planning a “guys only” trip in September or October.
  88. This will be my first time to Las Vegas without Mike.
  89. I may go the whole time without setting foot in a sports book.
  90. And I’ll probably see more clubs than casinos this time.
  91. I love going to Las Vegas and always have a good time.
  92. Although this will be the first time I’ve been there in the summer, so I’m sure I will be astounded by how hot it is there during the summer.
  93. I was going to surprise Mike with tickets to the Pirates-Cubs game in Chicago in August.
  94. After sitting in the virtual waiting room for 6 hours, I STILL couldn’t get tickets.
  95. So I told Mike about it, and we may plan a trip there anyhow.
  96. We’d probably have to scalp tickets, which makes me nervous.
  97. Sometimes I’m really naive and easily taken advantage of.
  98. I have no problem with taking the back seat on ticket-scalping and let Mike take the lead.
  99. Although, when we were in New York City in January, he bought a horrible demo CD off of a scary band on the street in the middle of the night.  And haggled over the price with them.  I thought we were going to be murdered.
  100. I still love him, though!

The end.  Whew.  If you made it this far, congrats.


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