- I was born in the tiniest state in the Union.
- My mom's pregnancy (the one that resulted in me) was both unplanned and (at least initially by one of my parents) unwanted. These things happen when you're young-ish and on vacation and drunk off your patooties.
- Now I've probably made my folks sound like irresponsible, reluctant parents. But in fact they were incredible and I find myself holding myself up to the standard they set in my own parenting. And I've never in my life seen them so much as tipsy. Perhaps ending up with a baby took the thrill off of that particular activity.
- Given that (a) my mom didn't realize she was pregnant at first and (b) it was the 1970s, it wasn't the most pristine prenatal experience. So it was interesting to be faced with those godawful preference forms during the adoption process and realize that checking off "no alcohol during the entire pregnancy not even a drop no way" would mean refusing to adopt me. And I'm one amazing cookie.
- I've worn glasses since I was four years old. Walking out of the
opthamologist'sophthalmologist's office that first day, I said, "Oh, Mommy! The trees have leaves!" I'm a little perturbed that "opthamologist" isn't recognized by spell-check. ETA: Or, spell check just shrugged at my completely incorrect spelling.
- One thing I like about being terribly nearsighted is that I can sort of turn off the visual world at night. When I take off my glasses everything around me disappears into a softly multicolored blur.
- Left to my druthers, I think reading would have been my only after-school activity in elementary school. "Bookworm" is putting is mildly.
- For pets I had a series of hamsters, one mouse, and a fish won at the state fair that lived for way more years than any penny goldfish should.
- As a teenager I donned sequin-spangled spandex and performed with a dance troupe in a Japanese shopping mall. Oh yes, I did. Our opening act was a country singer.
- One of our routines was to Neil Diamond's "America". Oh, good heavens, the two-decades-post shame.
- Beginning in junior high and running throughout high school, I kept a list of every outfit I wore. So that I wouldn't wear the same thing twice in x number of weeks. (The number of weeks got longer as time went on.)
- Last week I wore the exact same outfit two days in a row. Teenage me would have been horrified.
- I'm a little afraid of dogs. Even the tiny yappy ones.
- I cannot stand the sound of other people chewing.
- I almost always choose fruity desserts, like pie, over chocolate.
- My favorite cake is lemon coconut. My grandfather died when I was three and a few years ago I found out that lemon coconut was his favorite, too.
- Black licorice is vile and you will never convince me otherwise.
- I wear Danskos. I love my Danskos.
- My graduate degree was in Biblical studies and theology, if anyone ever wants to throw down some theology geek talk.
- No, I have no idea what I'm going to do with my degree. I think I mostly missed being in an academic environment.
- Also it's pretty much expected in my family of origin that you'll get at least one graduate degree. So I did. Family dynamics are interesting.
- I bought a ticket to go to the BlogHer conference in August.
- I am beyond excited to meet some of my online friends in person.
- I am already wanting to hide at the thought of my introverted self being surrounded by all those people and the weird fixation on shoes that pops up in every communication from the conference organizers.
- I started blogging not to better myself or chronicle my life or contribute something good to the world, but out of spite. Worst. Reason. Ever. Thankfully I got over that pretty quickly.
- My favorite color is yellow.
- I love tulips and daffodils.
- I'm calmed by clean spaces, but am hopeless at actually keeping a space clean.
- I am a night owl.
- Right about here, I'm wishing I were only turning 30. Thirty-six turns out to be an awfully long list.
- I still spend more time than I'd like to admit wondering whether our official family is finished at four.
- Mari is almost three and getting more independent every day. We went out to eat on Saturday and both kids kept themselves occupied and happy through what turned out to be a longish meal. It was so nice. "But, but, but," says my brain, spinning in a hundred directions.
- My ratio of posts-written-in-my head to posts-published is about 4:1.
- I am munching on salt and vinegar kettle chips as a birthday treat.
- For my birthday, I want mhowardkarp to deem me a righteous smartypants. Could there be a higher honor?
January 31, 2011
Today is my birthday! I am 36 years old today, so here are 36 things you never needed to know about me: