100 things about me

March 8th, 2008

In honor of my 100th post, and in keeping with blog tradition, here are 100 things about me. These are in no particular order.

  1. I’m a Christian.
  2. I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.
  3. I have one brother, Ben, who‘s 17 months younger than I am.
  4. Once when I was about five years old, I asked my mom, referring to my brother, “Was he necessary?”
  5. I love my brother and am glad he was born. Seriously.
  6. When we were kids we had a dog, a female black-lab mix named Grover.
  7. Even though I love dogs, I am more of a cat person.
  8. I’ve had seven cats: Ernie, Dusty, Sunshine (AKA Monster Kitty), Casey, Koshka, Lily, and Katy. The last two are our current pets.
  9. My parents have been married for thirty-seven years.
  10. I have a large extended family on both sides, including many cousins.
  11. It makes me rather sad that Annalie (and any future children of ours) probably won’t have more than two cousins.
  12. Annalie knows many of her second cousins (my cousins’ kids) quite well. That makes me happy.
  13. My second-grade teacher annoyed me greatly, because she made each of her students choose one second-grade level book on library day, when the books I wanted to read were the chapter books on the sixth-grade shelves.
  14. I was extremely shy, to the point of rudeness, till I was 9 years old.
  15. When I switched schools in 4th grade, I became friends with a girl who was really extroverted and funny (Hi, Jenny Chvala!) and she helped me realize that, ya know, it’s okay if everyone’s looking at me and I do something stupid or silly. The world will not end, and it might even—gasp!—be fun!
  16. I love rain and thunderstorms.
  17. I hate being hot and sweaty.
  18. I took Suzuki-method piano lessons for ten years.
  19. I took Suzuki-method violin lessons for three and a half years.
  20. I played flute in my grade school band for five years, and in my church’s praise band for three years after that.
  21. I have been in one choir or another since first grade, and took voice lessons for a couple of years in high school.
  22. Thanks to all those years of music lessons, I am comfortable in front of large groups of people speaking, singing, or performing.
  23. Despite all those years of music lessons, I don’t have any great musical skills. I can play piano still, I can sight-read read music pretty well, and I have a nice, strong singing voice, but I’ve not touched a flute or violin for thirteen years or more. I am 100% okay with that, though. I love music, but I never wanted to make a living at it.
  24. I’ve wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember.
  25. At various points in my life I also wanted to be a nurse, a teacher, and a librarian.
  26. I have no desire now to be a nurse. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
  27. I have worked as a middle-school tutor, in several elementary-school extended-care programs, as a classroom aide, and as a special-needs tutor.
  28. I’ve observed many teachers in action, and all the red tape and bureaucracy they have to deal with, and have come to the conclusion that I prefer the paraprofessional positions in the education world.
  29. My first job was as a library page at the Florence Branch Library in Omaha. I worked there before card catalogs were computerized! Yes, that makes me pretty old.
  30. I still wouldn’t mind being a librarian someday.
  31. My favorite colors for about fifteen years now have been yellow and orange. Maybe longer.
  32. I can swim pretty well, but I can’t dive.
  33. I would even go so far as to say I have a mild phobia about diving.
  34. I cannot imagine the circumstances which would convince me that scuba diving would be fun.
  35. I like heights.
  36. I don’t like the taste of honey, except stirred into peppermint tea when I’m sick or on sopaipillas.
  37. Growing up, I went to summer camp at Camp Luther in Schuyler, Nebraska.
  38. I was a junior counselor and counselor-in-training as a teenager, and the summer after my freshman year of college I worked as a counselor. It was the best summer job I ever had.
  39. Camp Luther is still one of my favorite places on earth.
  40. I always thought it would be so cool and fun to work at the Omaha Children’s Museum. The summer after high school, I got a job there…and I hated it.
  41. I’ve never been in a school play or musical.
  42. I’ve seen Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on stage six or seven different times, including once at my own high school.
  43. I still regret not participating in that show.
  44. For years, whenever anyone asked what my favorite movie was, I said Robin Hood.
  45. More recently, I answer that question with The Princess Bride.
  46. Don’t even ask me what my favorite book is. We’ll be here for days.
  47. My Aunt Janet taught me how to crochet when I was five years old. I think I made one granny square, but all I really learned was how to make a chain.
  48. When I was 11, I asked Janet to give me a refresher course, and crocheted a baby blanket for my cousin Michael.
  49. I didn’t crochet again till I was a senior in high school, when my friend Erin was crocheting a hat on a road trip, and I borrowed a hook and some yarn and made a hat.
  50. A few months later, I was trying to figure out what to give my family and friends for Christmas, and for some reason, I decided to crochet my dad an afghan. I didn’t have a good grasp of gauge, and I ended up making a red, black and green monstrosity that was big enough to cover my parents’ full-size bed.
  51. I’ve crocheted somewhere between 60 and 80 blankets since then, along with miscellaneous hats, scarves, bags, potholders, etc.
  52. My mom always asked me for a photo of each blanket I crocheted, so I have a little photo album of my projects. Wasn‘t that brilliant of her?
  53. I wish I’d been smart enough to take pictures of all the miscellaneous hats, scarves, bags, potholder, etc.
  54. I loved the show Moonlighting. To me, Bruce Willis will forever be David Addison.
  55. I’m not a sports fan at all. I have a mild interest in the outcome of Nebraska football games because I‘m from Nebraska, and NASCAR Nextel Cup races because Troy‘s a fan, but it doesn’t affect my mood in the least.
  56. Autumn is my favorite season.
  57. I loved the smell of coffee long before I liked the taste.
  58. I used to be a super picky eater. My mom says for a period of time when I was two years old, I only wanted to eat Cheerios with milk.
  59. I’m not a picky eater anymore, but I still don’t like seafood.
  60. I love Barenaked Ladies. (For those of you who are mildly shocked, that’s a Canadian music group with a funny name.)
  61. I LOVE Steven Curtis Chapman.
  62. The first summer I had a job, I saved up enough money to buy a stereo that had a radio, record player, double tape deck, AND a CD player. The first CD I bought was the soundtrack to When Harry Met Sally… featuring a not-yet-famous Harry Connick, Jr.
  63. I thought I would be able to knock this list out in an hour, but I’ve been writing for almost three hours and I’m not even two-thirds finished. Whew.
  64. But I’m gonna keep going. Maybe I’ll ask Troy for help. I have a very helpful husband.
  65. I used to write lots and lots of letters, mainly to my best friend, but also to relatives and assorted other friends.*
  66. Since I started emailing I don’t write letters much anymore. But I do still collect stationery.
  67. I went to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln for three football seasons and never went to a single home game.
  68. I’ve been to three away games since then, and the first one I ever went to was the first game Nebraska lost in two years. Not only that, it was the first shutout game (Arizona State won, 19-0) in two decades.
  69. I love to cook.*
  70. I love to bake.*
  71. I don’t like doing dishes.*
  72. I have a wonderful husband who cleans up after me when I cook or bake.*
  73. I don’t like using overhead lights. I prefer lamps.*
  74. I’m a night owl.
  75. I wish I were a morning person, but I’m not.
  76. I ran across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge once.
  77. I carry my point-and-shoot camera with me almost everywhere I go. I wish I’d had it with me the day I ran across the Coronado Bridge.
  78. I type really fast, but I don’t do it “correctly”. I don’t use my pinkies at all, and I don’t really stay in the home row.*
  79. I love going to movies by myself.*
  80. The first R-rated movie I ever saw was The Fisher King, when I was 16 ½.* I didn’t realize it was R-rated till after we came out of the theater and I saw the rating on the marquee. I was really bothered by the fact that I’d broken the rules, even unknowingly.
  81. I hate reality TV shows.
  82. I love the TV show Firefly, even though I never saw it till years after it was cancelled, when my brother told me to rent the DVDs. Watching the 14 episodes that were filmed was like reading the first hundred pages of a really engrossing book and then discovering that the remaining 400 pages are blank. I am still sulking about that.
  83. I love pineapple pizza.
  84. I don’t really like sleeping in, but I hate getting up early. I am an enigma.
  85. I’m not a big drinker. Occasionally I’ll have a glass of wine or share a beer with Troy, but that’s about it. If someone told me I had to give up alcohol forever, I’d shrug and say, “Okay.”
  86. If someone told me I had to give up sugar forever, I’d curl into a little ball and cry my eyes out.
  87. I’ve never used any tobacco products or illegal drugs.
  88. My jewelry box, along with our brand-new DVD player, was stolen when our house was burglarized in Ottawa, Ontario, in 2000.
  89. I lived in Nebraska, within an hour of my birthplace, until I was 21 years old. Since then I’ve lived in San Diego, CA; Ottawa, ON, Canada; Virginia Beach, VA; Tempe, AZ; Great Mills, MD; San Diego again; and Washington, D.C.
  90. I studied Spanish and Russian in high school and college. I’m not fluent in either language, but I could probably muddle along all right if I traveled to Russia or a Spanish-speaking country.
  91. I have long been intrigued by the idea of home-schooling. The more I learn, the more intrigued I am.
  92. I love pickles, especially kosher dill.
  93. I graduated from high school in 1993.
  94. I attended two different universities but never graduated.
  95. I have no desire to write a children’s book. I only mention this because it seems like every other person out there does. And I do not. (Artist friends, relax! I will not tell you that I have a great idea for a children’s book that you could illustrate!)
  96. That sweet fizzy drink? It’s pop. Sometimes I call it soda because I get tired of blank looks from people who do not know its true name.
  97. I don’t like to dance, but I love watching other people dance.
  98. The only art class I’ve ever taken was one semester of pottery in high school. All my completed projects exploded in the kiln.
  99. I’ve always wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest.
  100. I didn’t learn to ride a bike till I was 11 years old,* when I took my brother’s dirt bike out one afternoon and taught myself to ride in half an hour.

*Troy suggested these.

28 Responses to “100 things about me”

  1. That was fun to read,. But I’m betting it wasn’t as fun to write.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Cool. I learned a lot about you. I’m really stoked that you ran over the bridge. That’s cool.

  3. karen says:

    If we get to sit down and gab one day, we will have a lot of interesting things to chat about! I’ve loved BNL (#60) since college, when we used to go hear them play in Canadian border bars for $5 CDN. *sigh* Those were the days!

  4. bethany v says:

    great post! love the details. BNL … oooh yes, and many other shared enjoyments. and the name of course :) .

  5. jastereo says:

    The Disney Robin Hood IS the definitive version… Ooh da Lolly!

    Aaaaand that is why I’ve been friends with you for lo these many years. :-)

  6. Great list Bethany! Yep, we could be friends.

    I’ve been to 6 BNL concerts – SO awesome. They are SO much fun to see live! I live in the Pacific NW, so if you ever find yourself coming this way, let me know!

  7. ~moe~ says:

    Too funny. I started my 100 list a long time ago and never published it because it grew into 135 things and none of them were interesting. I may have to dig it out now though. We have a lot of the same ones – scary…maybe it’s a midwest thing.

    Thank you for clarifying to the rest of the world that it is “pop” and not soda. God bless you. :)

  8. BeachMama says:

    I love your 100 things. We could accompany each other in music. I play the piano (we just got one), the flute and the cello! And the BNL!! How great that you love them. I think they are awesome :). I saw a study about the pop vs soda thing. And the truth is that it is both! Shocked, I know. The first name of the fizzy stuff was…. ‘Sodapop’! There is actually a map of the US and Canada that show which area uses what. I use soda because my family refers to ‘pop’ as a beer. It’s a Montreal thing :). And so sorry you were burglarized when you lived here. I so wish we had met way back then, I am sure it would have been fun!

    Yes, soda pop it is…but to ME the true name will always be pop. ;-)

  9. Carrie says:

    I really enjoyed reading this! I need to update my 100 things list. I wrote it five or six years ago so I don’t think it is very accurate anymore *lol*.

    And yes, pop is pop! I don’t drink it, but the few times I’ve mentioned pop here people look at me like I’m crazy.

  10. Sonja says:

    Well, thanks a lot. Now I’ll be humming or singing or thinking “POP goes my heart” for the rest of the day. Grrrreat. (she is gold and sil-ve-her)

  11. Jummy says:

    You lived in Ottawa, Ontario? That’s where I live and have lived for the past 17 years! Cool…whereabouts were you guys?

  12. citystreams says:

    I got as far as number 61 before I had to chime in “Have you heard the new ‘Cinderella’ song? You’ll love it!’”

  13. citystreams says:

    Right there with you on 85 and 86!

  14. Michelle says:

    Wow! Cool. I don’t know if I’ll do that or not, but I’ve got awhile to go yet until my 100th post, so I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get there! :)

  15. citystreams says:

    And 87! I didn’t read far enough before I posted.

  16. lorimo says:

    I enjoyed reading your list. I kept saying me too, me too! It was actually quite strange… down to our graduation year and many, many other things. Are you sure we aren’t separated at birth or something. :)

  17. Dana says:

    #11 – Annalie is not getting anymore cousins from me, Sorry! But on the good side, aren’t the cousins she has pretty cool?


  18. Erin says:

    You played in the band at Mt Olive? I had no idea!

    “My mom says for a period of time when I was two years old, I only wanted to eat Cheerios with milk.”

    When did you start drinkign coffee? I vaguely remember freshman year at UNL starting off with that Cafe Vienna nastiness and eventually moving on to the good stuff. Did we drink that together?

  19. Sarah says:

    This was great, I learned so much I didn’t know about you. Though I was rubbing my eye while reading #85 and wondered for a moment why you’d been drinking with a guy called Tony!

    As for #16, you should have been over here today – lots of rain, wind and general storminess!

  20. falwyn says:

    Dude! (Why do I say that?? Freak, that’s why…) Robin Hood is the best. My childhood favorite for sure! And you know about me and Firefly. :) Ottawa! I used to live there! You should come back to AZ though. :) Just kidding, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

  21. Stephanie says:

    I love that I’ve known you long enough to recognize some of the things on this list that aren’t recent, like the Camp Luther stuff (gee, since we met there?) and the letter writing. In fact, the first letter you wrote to me was while we were in the same cabin at camp and you folded it in the shape of a pinwheel and left it on my bunk. Funny how I remember things like that but not someone’s name.

  22. Great, great list. One of my favorite songs of all time is “Break Your Heart” by Barenaked Ladies. And what you said about your brother made me laugh out loud.

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  24. Rachel Z says:

    Phew, that was a lot of work. For you to write, I mean. It was easy to read. I hope you get your wish to move the the Pacific Northwest, maybe then I could meet your cool, feels-like-I-know-you, self. I loved your list!

  25. Rena says:

    Fun-to-read list, Bethany. Neat to see some of your recollections from growing up in Omaha. You know something…I never went to Camp Luther, but I know exactly where Schuyler, NE is…drove past it a zillion times on the way to Grandma’s in Columbus. I just think its funny that “Schuyler, NE” would be mentioned in a blog. :-)

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  27. Corynne says:

    hello fellow christian… i wandered over here to your blog from snip and snail. welcome to so cal. i hope you like it! we just moved away up to nor cal a year and a half ago. but orange county will always hold a special place in my heart.
    i just wanted to let you know that i understand the ‘pop’ thing. i was born in KS and all my cousins call it pop. i moved away when i was seven, so i just call is soda now, but i am proud to know it also as pop. ;-) thanks for this fun list…

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