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More than you ever wanted to know

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there is a growing phenomenon circulating around Facebook. On the Notes page of your profile, you are supposed to write a list of 25 random facts about yourself. It’s harder than it sounds. Or at least I thought it would be.

I must think about myself way too much. Either that, or I am extraordinarily quirky. You be the judge. What started as a list of 25 has now grown to 59…and growing daily. I’m walking through my day and noticing all of a sudden, “hey! that’s interesting!” so I have to go back and edit my list.

Like I said, I think about myself way too much. Jennifer the Narcissist. But at least I know I’m not the only one. We are a Facebook Nation of Narcissists.

But let’s think about this for a minute. Wouldn’t you love to know what your great-grandmother thought about life when she was 35? Wouldn’t you give anything to know what weird and random things she did when she was younger?

So there you go. I’m not egocentric and self-absorbed. I’m simply thinking about the legacy I’m leaving for my great-grandchildren. I’m planning to take this list and create a page in our family photo album to leave for posterity.

Ugh. No, I’m really just self-absorbed. But I sure am having fun thinking about myself.

I do have one more purpose for this list. I’m supposed to be writing for 3 hours a week. That was one of my New Year’s resolutions. It hasn’t exactly happened yet. But it will. I’m thinking that this list would be a great jumping-off point for writing some longer stories. I gotta start somewhere. So let me know if there’s something on this list that you’re just dying to hear more about…

1. I hate being tagged.
2. I looooove my bed. I would rather sleep than do anything else. You know the worship song “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”? (heh-heh-hem…) “I Could Stay In My Bed Foreverrrrrr”
3. Really nice sheets are my weakness.
4. I love to write. I love editing even more. Give me a red pen and an unedited manuscript, and I am one happy girl.
5. I have had one c-section and 2 VBACs – the first because it was the “in” thing to do in OB at the time, and the 2nd because my doctor was the only one in Fort Worth who would still allow them.
6. I highly value authenticity and sincerity.
7. I can’t stand platitudes, Sunday school answers, and fluffy faith. Get real or get out.
8. When I am stressed or tired, I lose my appetite. The last time we moved, I lost 10 lbs. without even realizing it until none of my clothes fit.
9. I have skinny genes. (Thanks Mom!)
10. I hate to work out, but I do because it’s good for me, and my mom (and her mom) has/had osteoporosis. (Thanks Mom)
10. My pet peeve is incorrect use of the apostrophe. It happens everywhere, and it makes me nuts.
11. My pinky toes are freakishly weird. (Thanks Mom)
12. I can’t stand Christian fiction and a good chunk of contemporary Christian music. (See #6 & 7) …though I did really enjoy Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Her other novels were junk.
13. I am an Anne of Green Gables freak. I’ve read all the books multiple times, seen all the movies, read books about the books…I love it.
14. One of my favorite things to do is to curl up in bed with Michael after the kids are asleep and watch an episode of Friends on our portable DVD player. We’re up to Season 8.
15. I have a recurring nightmare that I am in my last semester of college, about to graduate, and find out that I don’t have enough math credits.
16. I used to be very extroverted, but the older I get, the more introverted I become.
17. I played the violin for two years in jr. high. In the middle of my 2nd year, my grandmother gave me a very nice violin for Christmas in hopes that I would become a concert violinist. I was so mad because my brother got a jam box. I still have the violin, though.
18. My back and neck have hurt since I was 11 years old. Went to a chiropractor last year. Didn’t help.
19. I’ve done all but one of Beth Moore’s studies. Believing God was my favorite and most transformational.
20. I’ve had gray hair since I was 16. I started coloring my roots about 10 years ago – otherwise I would be completely white-headed.
21. I’m a closeted rocker chick. Seriously. Even though I drive a minivan. I love it loud. I was really pulling for Gina and Carly on American Idol.
22. I love organization. Especially with a label maker. Loooove the label maker.
23. I have no patience for clutter. I throw a lot of things away.
24. As much as I love my bed, I have a really hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. Tylenol PM is my new best friend.
25. I’m not a cryer. It takes a lot for me to even tear up.
26. I have a secret crush on Joe from Blue’s Clues.
27. I sleep with an eye mask, ear plugs, and a body pillow. (I know – nice mental picture, huh?)
28. I promised my husband I would get rid of the body pillow after our first child was born. She just turned 10.
29. Since being pregnant, I still sleep on my left side.
30. I have very low blood pressure and hence, no physical endurance. Or very little.
31. I’m a serious germaphobe. My kids wash their hands 15,000 times a day.
32. I have a highly sensitive gag reflex. I can simply think about something gross and start gagging.
32.5. I saw a girl picking her nose (and snacking) in church and almost had to leave.
33. I don’t do vomit.
34. I threw up after Michael proposed.
35. I threw up 10 minutes before walking down the aisle. Thank God my mother saw me start coughing and knew exactly what was happening and grabbed a trash can.
36. I had no problem changing my own kids’ dirty diapers, but I can’t change another child’s or I’ll puke.
37. I’ve had my minivan for over 4 years, and I still can’t park it to save my life.
38. I used to sell Pampered Chef. I have almost everything in their catalog, and I rarely use it.
39. I prepare a Dream Dinner almost every night. On off-nights, it’s spaghetti or cereal/pancakes. I go to Dream Dinners once a month and prepare enough meals to get us through the entire month.
40. I have absolutely no desire to ever be pregnant again.
41. I didn’t date much in high school. I met the love of my life during my freshman year of college.
42. It took him a full year and lots and lots of flirting to realize that I was the love of his life.
43. I want to drive a lime green convertible VW bug.
44. I hate to squeegee my shower. The house we are building will have zero glass in the showers. Walk-in, all stone bricks.
45. My husband shows me a picture of the pursuing, unconditional, passionate love that God has for me on a daily basis.
46. But nothing has taught me more about the character of God than being a mother.
47. I don’t like bags of food in my pantry. I like everything in neat, organized boxes or containers.
48. I was raised loading the dishwasher prongs-down. My husband was raised prongs-up. We battled for a while after we were married, but he won.
49. I won the how-to-fold-towels battle…until I saw Martha Stewart fold towels his way, so I guess ultimately he won that one, too.
50. I hum or sigh loudly when I start thinking about an unpleasant or embarrassing memory.
51. Fast food grosses me out. Except for Chik-Fil-A.
52. God has specifically called me NOT to do children’s ministry.
53. I have 19 pillows on my bed. I counted them this morning.
54. For 35 years, I have never consistently made my bed. This was my New Year’s resolution in 2009, and I haven’t missed a day!
55. I’m addicted to Bath & Body Works. I have 10 bottles of shower gel in my shower, 2 bottles of bubble bath, and I can’t tell you how many bottles of lotion and body spray in my cabinet. I love to layer the scents. Wild Honeysuckle is my favorite.
56. I have a fabulous camera, but very little clue how to use it to its full potential. My long-term goal is to take a photography class.
57. I have gotten really good at emotional boundaries…which is mostly a good thing.
58. I have kissed my husband on the top of the Eiffel Tower. It was just as romantic as it sounds. And windy. Very windy.
59. Sometimes I listen to conservative talk radio just to argue with them in my head.
60. One of the most formational periods of my life was my junior year of college when God was completely silent. I learned later that while He never left me, He removed my awareness of His presence. It was excrutiatingly painful, but absolutely forced me into maturity. It directly led to #6 & #7.


5 thoughts on “More than you ever wanted to know

  1. I absolutely love reading your blog – I look forward to checking it each week! I’d like to think I have grown as a Christian, wife and (I hope) mother since I started reading your blog. It either picks me up or really makes me think about my attitude and things going on in my life. Thanks for letting me have a peak into your life!

  2. I also LOVE Anne of Green Gables. I’ve read all the books and watched all the movies several times (except the last one that has noting to do with the books). Kyra just got the entire set for her birthday and we started reading the first one together. I love being able to share that with her.

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