Monday, February 11, 2008

The 100

I've seen the "100 List" at other sites since I began this blog in 2005 so thought it was time to put mine up...for whatever it's worth!

1. When I was a little girl I wanted to be a ballerina.
2. Though many find them creepy or annoying, I love hearing cicadas singing in the summer trees.
3. My eyes are hazel.
4. I had an appendectomy when I was 16.
5. I don't like being cold. OK...I hate being cold! And it seems like I am all the time.
6. I lived on a farm when I was a child where we raised hogs and grew milo, corn and wheat.
7. Someday I want to ride in a gondola.
8. I make great cut-out sugar cookies, courtesy of my Grandma Slater.
9. I played drums in my school band.
10. Daisies, pansies and iris are my favorite flowers.
11. I love the rain in the city. In the country, not so much!
12. I'm pretty good at tongue twisters.
13. I cry at the same scenes in "Anne of Green Gables" every time I watch it, even though I've seen it countless times.
14. I have yet to see an ocean. (Does the Gulf of Mexico count?)
15. I still love dressing up for Halloween.
16. I have a small scar under my left eyebrow from hitting my head after fainting when I was 17.
17. I really like clocks.
18. When I was in the 8th grade, I won a creative writing award.
19. I've never been east of Chicago.
20. I don't like being the center of attention.
21. When my daughter was 18 months old, I started sewing on a second-hand sewing machine I bought for $50. It's the same one I use today.
22. I've always loved to climb trees, though it's a lot harder now...and I can't remember the last time I did.
23. I have three brothers, two sisters and ten nieces and nephews.
24. For my parents' 50th wedding anniversary we all spent a week in Colorado. It was one of the best weeks of my life.
25. The people who have understood me the most in my life have been male.
26. I miss living where there is some concrete.
27. The person who first inspired me to write was Sibyl Carey, an older neighbor woman on the farm. I was about 8 years old.
28. I prefer doing laundry over doing dishes.
29. I have a dream to write and take photographs for a magazine one day.
30. I have a tremendous sweet tooth.
31. I prefer dogs over cats....but it depends on which dog and which cat!
32. My BA from college is in English.
33. Fruit pies are my favorite food in the world (see #30!)
34. My sister and I wrote stories when we were small based on our cats, Calico and Numpy. (I still have one of them)
35. I can remember birthdays of some of my kindergarten classmates, though I have no idea where they are today.
36. My favorite pop is Vanilla Diet Coke.
37. I have lived in Kansas all my life.
38. I can't imagine living anywhere else.
39. I still get excited when I see deer in the roads or pastures, even though I've seen them all my life.
40. Despite life's circumstances, I am a hopeful romantic.
41. I'd rather receive a card with hand-written, personal sentiments than a gift.
42. I procrastinate far too much, but seem to do better under pressure.
43. I am rarely early to anything (see the previous statement!)
44. Though both are spectacular, I prefer the twilight over the dawn. I'm more of an evening person.
45. I don't understand people who don't like their families.
46. I love flying.
47. I have only flown seven times, including a helicopter ride, a trip in a pontoon plane and a stunt ride in a Red Baron Squadron Bi-plane. (I lost my eqilibrium for a week after that last one!)
48. My first ride in an airplane was when I was 26.
49. I have a pretty high level of patience.
50. I've been wearing contacts since I was 17.
51. I get motion sickness easily.
52. I rarely get really angry but when I do, I get quiet.
53. I could donate blood everyday if need be, but I'm terrified of the dentist.
54. My middle name is Lynn.
55. I like a made bed.
56. I got pecked on the face by a chicken when I was a child and I've hated them ever since.
57. Chicken is now my favorite meat.
58. My children grew up way too quickly.
59. Autumn is my favorite time of year.
60. I'm not career-driven.
61. I'm very family-oriented.
62. No wonder I have no money. But.....great kids!
63. I miss the music from my old home town.
64. I love the peacefulness of the country.
65. I'd rather have a few close friends than a plethora of acquaintances.
66. I love birds flying around outside....but they're creepy as inside pets.
67. I have a freckle on my nose that people are always mistaking for dirt.
68. I can't drink a bottle of pop in one sitting.
69. Thomas Kinkade paintings do something to me.
70. So does Josh Groban's voice.
71. I think you can find God anywhere. It has less to do with the building than it does the soul.
72. I'm terrified of losing people I love.
73. I'm uncomfortable in formal settings.
74. I'd be a terrible socialite.
75. I wish I had more time at home.
76. I've become more interested in football this year.
77. It was boring before.
78. And I rarely get bored.
79. I wish I could take my kids on a vacation.
80. I wish I could have more fun time with my husband. Too many grown-up worries...
81. I love to laugh out loud till it hurts.
82. I think we should do away with Democrats and Republicans and just have an American party. How are we supposed to get along with the world when we can't get along with each other?
83. In some ways I really miss the 1970's...
84. I love the smell of puppies.
85. I'm probably a better mother than I am a wife...and I need to work on that.
86. I really want Big Foot to be real!
87. I think that ordinary people are far more interesting than celebrities.
88. My favorite class in college was Anatomy and Physiology.
89. I think shopping at Goodwill is fun.
90. One of my favorite old movies is "Friendly Persuasions" with Gary Cooper.
91. I dream of traveling: New York City, France, Italy.
92. I was 35 when I got my first new, "all my own" bicycle.
93. I'm not big on crowds.
94. I'd rather spend time with my family than anyone else.
95. I love warm tomatoes right off the vine.
96. I have been a Methodist all my life, but I think something good can be learned from almost every religion
97. I feel closest to God when I'm completely alone.
98. The first time I got in trouble was in third grade when I had to stand out in the hall with Carol Peavey.
99. Eight years ago the doctor found a bleeding lesion in my brain. After lots of worry, prayers, tests, hospital visits and the Grace of God, I'm fine today.
100. In everything that's truly important, I think I'm one of the richest people I know!


McSwain said...

I loved this list and will probably come back with more to say, but I just had to tell you... I laughed out loud when I read #98!

Mike said...

Interesting list lorster. I kind of knew some of it ( josh groban, Italy etc), but some interesting new tidbits! Liked your comments about birds, Love em outside...not inside! :-)

martie said...

#34....."I still have one of them" of the stories or one of the cats? LOL

And I am richer since I've come to know you! I find it amazing how God uses different mediums to introduce people to one another.

Hugs and this is a wonderful list!

Salty said...

I had to smile when I read #19 for I have never been west of Kansas, maybe we should house swap for a while :)

You should join Dot's Skywatch Friday at and share your beautiful Kansas skies each Friday.

John said...

This is a great list! No. 56 is sad...until you read No. 57! Hilarious.

I don't know if I even KNOW one hundred things about me, but I may give this a try one of these days.

The way you wrapped this in a bow with number 100 was excellent.