Monday, February 16, 2009

40 Things Meme

This was a really fun and different kind of Meme to do. I really enjoyed the thinking/writing exercise . . . I wrote this on Saturday . . .

1. My uncle once: accidentally dropped chewed food from his mouth into my mouth when I looked up while he was talking with him mouth full. It was disgusting.

2. Never in my life: (until recently) did I think I'd be (and enjoy being) a business owner. We love it.

3. When I was five: my brother (my only sibling) started college.

4. High School was: good, a bit silly (I hate cliques and stupid head games), but overall fine. I'm not a fanatic about it nor do I care much about reunions. I keep in touch with good friends and teachers and that's good enough for me.

5. I will never forget: watching my Dad die.

6. I once met: Ben and Jerry at an ice cream festival in Boston called the Scooperbowl.

7. There’s this girl I know who: I used to think was really great (and who a lot of people think is really great) but who totally turned out to be someone I never would've imagined. I seriously thought there must have been a hidden camera on me when I was told that she had cheated on her husband with my friend's husband. I was shocked and thought it must've been a joke. Unfortunately, it wasn't a joke.

8. Once, at a bar: um, I've got nothing. I haven't ever been to a bar. I don't drink but even if I did, I don't think it would be my scene.

9. By noon, I’m usually: wrapping up school with the kids.

10. Last night: I cut my husband's hair, our son's hair, and I trimmed our daughter's bangs.

11. If only I had: a KitchenAid, perhaps I'd understand what all the fuss is about (seriously, it's a mixer and a bowl . . . why so expensive? And why do people love them so much?). This is a topic of current research, especially since our hand mixer broke and most people tell us to get a KitchenAid. You wouldn't believe how many batches of cookies we've made by hand in the meantime.

12. Next time I go to church: I might like it.

13. Terry Schiavo: was someone whose story I followed very closely. I cried the day she died.

14. What worries me most: is something I don't like to talk about.

15. When I turn my head left, I see: our pocket doors between our den and our living room.

16. When I turn my head right, I see: a big pile of papers to organize.

17. You know I’m lying when: I lie since I stink at it.

18. What I miss most about the eighties: is the music, laughing like I did as a teen, and the movies (but not the hairstyles). Oh and leg warmers! And my Johnny Depp poster from 21 Jump Street. Yum.

19. If I was a character in Shakespeare, I’d be: eloquent in speech. (And this sentence would say "were" instead of "was").

20. By this time next year: I'll be a few weeks from turning 36. Omigosh, I'm almost 40!

21. A better name for me would be: . . . I happen to like my name.

22. I have a hard time understanding: people who are elitist and intolerant. No, maybe I understand them because I think I used to be a bit elitist and intolerant myself. Now, I'm just bugged by people like that.

23. If I ever go back to school, I’ll: . . . I used to think I wanted a PhD, but I'm content to study what I want when I want without the hoops and fancy titles.

24. You know I like you if: I tell you as much. I tend to tell people I like that I genuinely enjoy them.

25. If I ever won an award, the first person I’d thank would be: my husband.

26. Darwin, Mozart, Slim Pickens & Geraldine Ferraro: are 2 people I'd be curious to meet, one person I don't know, and one person I think is a whiner.

27. Take my advice, never: let someone else write your story. Live authentically.

28. My ideal breakfast is: generally small and simple, but if I'm going all out, I'd say Dutch Babies and sausage.

29. A song I love, but do not own is: just about anything current really.

30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest: driving by my childhood home to see the workmanship of my Dad's hands. And I also suggest a visit to my Mom's house for a delicious home-cooked meal and some very entertaining company.

31. Tulips, character flaws, microchips, & track stars: are pretty, gifts to help us understand ourselves and learn, wonderful technology, and hard-working people at something in a way I can't imagine myself being.

32. Why won’t people: accept others for who they are and where they are and be respectful of such and maybe even be happy for them if they're happy.

33. If you spend the night at my house: we'll feed you good food, show you around, and enjoy visiting with you.

34. I’d stop my wedding for: . . . nothing comes to mind.

35. The world could do without: hate and intolerance and elitism.

36. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: jump in a pool of icy cold water. And I'm germaphobic, so that's saying something.

37. My favorite blonde is: Phoebe on Friends.

38: Paper clips are more useful than: mac and cheese.

39. If I do anything well, it’s: loving my family and thinking and feeling deeply.

40. And by the way: I'm not pregnant (but I think this meme would be an awesome way to announce it if I were).


Dr. Mark said...

I'll let this list sit for a while before I do mine. I don't want to bump yours down before people get a chance to comment. We know how you LOVE comments!

April (Thorup) Oaks said...

#40 Haha!

emily said...

7. sad
18. legwarmers are coming back. people here are wearing them all the time.

this is fun, i'm pretty sure i'll do it (i'm in a rut these days).

Swawaeve said...

Wow, that's sooo funny. #40 is so funny I can just imagine how (and how many comments you'de get) it would be if at the end of reading this you were actually pregnant (pretty shocking).

J Fo said...

I, too am a HORRIBLE liar. Seriously. Sometimes I really try just to see if I can do it, and it never works.

I cannot believe that you would lick a cockroach over jumping in cold water. I'm not a germaphobe, but I am a bug-o-phobe!

Jagged Rocks said...

This was fun to read. I may be like Emily and borrow this too.

D'Arcy said...

I think I could have made pretty good guesses at most of these. I haven't been in a bar until recently, and trust me, it's not for people like us!

Jimmy said...

I can't imagine you being an elitist.

bythelbs said...

You had a poster of Johnny Depp from 21 Jump Street?! I'm so jealous.

This was very fun to read!

Shawn said...

Okay, I have to take issue with your denial of having ever been in a bar. I happened by Duke's Bar and Grille one evening (why is not the point) and noticed you and a friend and you appeared to be having quite the time. In fact, rumor is, you spent several HOURS there eating and drinking and really partying up the place. You appeared comfortable enought that I'd call you a regular.

Just something I observed.

Jill Oaks said...

I totally stole this idea for my blog. Super fun!
And, you really do need a Kitchen Aide. Words alone won't do their greatness justice. Once you go Kitchen Aide, you won't ever go back.

Jimmy said...

Hey--thanks for the kind words in Emily's blog! It's been fun getting to know you and Mark and your children. Hope my comments reflect how much admiration I have for you, Mark, your family.

Boquinha said...

Doctormark, you're about due to post yours--let's have it!

April, wouldn't that be a cool way to announce? I was hoping Lindsay would do that.

Emily, seriously? Legwarmers? Ooh la la. I'm so glad you're doing it, too. I'll have to see if you did when I get to your now 31 posts. :P

Sierra, that'd be quite the way to tell and yes, that'd generate A LOT of comments!

Jessica, that's not a bad thing. You and I share that, too. The cockroach thing is so gross, but I do NOT like being cold so I came up with that. You should see Thing 1's answer for that--hiLARious (posted on her blog today).

Kim, I'm so glad you did it! I enjoyed reading it.

Yeah, D'Arce, I'm not big into smokey scenes. Blech. Too stinky.

Jimmy, you're very kind. I think I may have been (in a way). I've changed over the years. I'm so glad you're commenting!!

Lbs, he's so cute! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Maybe it can help inspire yours . . . oh wait, it's not yes/no format. I like this format a lot, though. I may write my own sometime. Who the heck came up with the tulips/microchips one?

Shawn, you would know! ;) We've all become regulars there. But the bar isn't the appeal. The crab pretzels are. Mmmmmm.

Jill, I love your post! My mom is getting me a Kitchen Aide for my birthday!! I'm excited. :)

Jimmy, a second comment! I'm so excited! You're very kind and I'm very touched and flattered to hear you say that. Thank you for being one of our "regulars." We're so glad you're here. I'd love to learn more about you, too. I love blogland.