Wednesday, March 4, 2009

100 Random Things About Me

Continuity, continuity, continuity; oh and by the way, did I mention continuity? So just as I like to celebrate my birthday all weekend; OK all week long; I also want to enjoy the fact that I have reached a real milestone on "The Bumpy Ride" by posting 100 blogs. Now, being the Queen of Fairness that I am, I had to work through a real dilemma last week, as last weeks post was Bumpy Ride #100; however, since I deleted a post (NEVER to be read again - God willing;) it actually appears as if up until today there were only 99 posts. So what does this mean, you ask... Right, that THIS is TECHNICALLY blog # 100 - WOOHOO!

Now, if you happen to have read my post entitled "You Asked For It;" (The one with all the photos of GC,) then THIS post would be the one, previously referred to as #2; but hopefully you won't think it's #2 - capiche? And so, for continuity's sake I decided to bite off of a recent forward (if you will,) that has been going around Facebook. During the past few weeks people have been sharing 25 random facts about themselves. When I first received someones, I was a little perplexed because it invites you to share your 25 random things and I'm such an open book, that I honestly didn't think that there were 25 things that people DIDN'T know about me. After thinking about it for quite a few days (surprise, surprise ) I posted my list but later realized that I had forgotten to use some of the "good ones" that I'd come up with; so I got to thinking - "In honor of my 100th blog, I'm going to challenge myself to post 100 Random things (including some of my original 25 - I mean give a girl a break.) Now these 100 random things will also include random thoughts as hey, thoughts are things; AND, say it with me "I'm all about the greater good."
I've really been looking forward to this post, and I've had my list comprised pretty much since I previously referred to it as #2. I decided that I was going to take a break from work in the morning, and get this weeks post out early. I found my little picture (above) and I started typing away. I was ON A ROLL; until, I couldn't find my handy, dandy notebook where I had written the 75 things. I won't say I searched frantically, but CLOSE TO IT. Finally I gave up and went back to work. I emailed Michelle K, and let her know about my road block and she kindly suggested that I pray to St. Anthony as her Grandmother swears by it. Since I was desperate, I thought it couldn't hurt. I told her that I would do it, but I drew the line at crossing myself. I went from room to room saying "St. Anthony St. Anthony look around; something's lost and must be found" but alas, no notebook. So when I picked Kelsie up from school I told her that I had a very important job for her, and I asked her to look for my notebook and bribed her with the $1.00 Jr. Candy Sundae that she has been after from Sonic. Well, this was a deal that Kels couldn't pass up, and after being in the house about a minute and a half, I hear "I GOT IT!" And sure enough SHE DID. It was in the playroom, don't ask me why. My little artists probably needed a piece of paper and helped themselves to Mama's special book; but I DON'T care. I got it back and now I can get started. I wrote to Michelle and let her know that Kelsie had found my book, to which she replied "Great, maybe now she can find me a job." LOL I assured her that for the price of a Sonic sundae anything might be possible. AND while I'm on the subject; I just came back from getting Kelsie that Sonic Jr. candy sundae and I have to say - it's PERFECT! If you are trying to watch your weight, but desire a little treat, for $1.00 you get a small portion of vanilla ice cream with your choice of M&M's, Oreos, Peanut Butter Cup or Butterfinger, whipped cream and a cherry. I didn't get one for me, but definitely made a note to self, for those low self-control days, I am heading to Sonic.

And, so without further ado; I present my VERY random list.1. Luis and I fell in love at first sight in Puerto Vallarta;. We were physically together a total of 4 weeks during the course of 6 months, (before he came to the U.S on a fiance visa;) and we'll be celebrating our 15th anniversary on July 2nd. (Full story still to follow at a later date.)
2. My kids are the best thing I've EVER done..
3. I ache to become a professional writer. (I actually feel it in my bones.)

4. I've always wanted to live in Chickapin Parish ala "Steel Magnolias".

5. I don't think that I'm a very good driver; EXCEPT for on the highway in Mexico.
6. I am not very religious; but I love being Jewish.
7. I totally miss New York Diners. Seriously, if there is anyone with some restaurant savvy, and you're looking to strike it rich ~ move to Arizona and open a Good, Old Fashioned, everything from Omelets to Crab stuffed flounder diner, and you will make a Gold Mine.
8. ABBA music makes me happy!!
9. I'm a very good organizer( but you would never be able to tell that by looking at my house.)
10. I love going to the movies; but I rarely go.
11. I could eat Sushi every day.
12. Michelle Kalka (still getting used to that and I know SHE is too;) IS the best speller I know.
13. I have never been to Oregon, but I just have a feeling that I would love to live there.
14. My parents and paternal Grandfather all died at the age of 43 and that WON'T be me.
15. I love Broadway Musicals.
16. I do a pretty good Cher impression.
17. My favorite physical feature is my eyes (Yes, boys; my eyes.)
18. I excel at Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. (Feel free to email to challenge me.)
19. I don't like scary movies because I have a VERY vivid imagination.
20. "Silence of the Lambs" was the scariest movie that I've ever seen and I still check the backseat of my car before I get in; so I can make sure that no one is hiding in there to abduct me (proving #19 right there.)
21. I am terrified of dying and leaving my children.
22. I don't speak fluent Spanish; but I have a very good accent.
23. I'm not always the person that I want to be.
24. My friends are my family.
25. I have severe wanderlust.
26. I ALWAYS wake up in a good mood and raring to go - NO matter how tired I am.
27. I gave birth to all 3 of my children without any drugs or and epidural and I'd gladly do it that way all over again.
28. I'm a pretty good public speaker.
29. The 3 best meals of my life were all eaten with my husband, "My Sister" Michele and her husband, Tony.
30. I've never smoked pot or taken any other illegal drugs.
31. I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.

32. I used to smoke cigarettes; and I loved it.
33. I don't like heavy metal - never have.
34. I LOVE iced coffee and even drink it when it's cold. (It TOTALLY reminds me of my mom, and she would just be tickled at how many places serve iced coffee now; let alone all of the varieties.)
35. I wish that we spent more time with my brother.
36. I believe intelligent conversation can be a thrill.
37. I've always loved award shows. (But now, I keep it down to the Oscars, the Tonys, The Emmys and The Golden Globes; oops, And SAG and Critics Choice.)
38. I believe that Jackie Teale would give you the shirt off of her back.
39. I am grateful for my husband and I LOVE him beyond words.
40. I'm great at returning things - even things that shouldn't be returned. (Yes, I'm THAT woman.)

41. I LOVE Frozen margaritas, without salt and only if you can't really taste the Tequila. (Yes, I know that's called a lime slushie - but humor me.)
42. I want to learn to make Matzoh Balls.
43. People tell me that I'm a good cook but I have a limited repertoire.
44. I love to make plans.
45. I'm very good at arguing (even when I don't want to.)
46. I wish I had a singing voice like Judy Leff, Michele Quigley or Stefanie Schanzer Melillo.
47. I don't think that people should wear slippers to the store.
48. I prefer fountain sodas to bottles or cans and the bigger THE BETTER!
49. I wish Bath & Body Works would sell Holly Jolly Mistletoe Antibacterial hand soap (or any evergreen scetnted soap) ALL YEAR LONG
50. I still LOVE to dance.
51. I can't resist movie theater popcorn. (With butter)

52. I will miss James Spader and "Boston Legal" terribly.
53. I have NEVER watched an episode of Star Trek.
54. I think Rachel Kaufman is a marvel. Her entrepenaurial spirit is contagious.
55. If my handwriting doesn't look neat enough to me (even if it's just a list;) I'll rip it up and re-write it. (I know what they call that; you don't have to tell me...)
56. I know nothing about wine, but I admire people who do.
57. Lori Butler is the MOST exceptionally, organized person I know.
58. I HATE being late; though all too often I am.
59. I hate calling in the order for take out; and I don't really like picking it up either. ( I think it has to do with being fat.)
60. I love Olives - ALL kinds.
61. I find slot machines tedious.
62. Sour Patch Kids / Sour gummy worms are my new faves.
63. I prefer chocolate if it has something in it - like peanut butter or nuts; hell, even a raisin.
64. I love the way Bobbi Hahn accessorizes.
65. Every day I try to be a better person.
66. I can't resist a "Real World Road / Rules Challenge"
67. I have learned that when someone shows you who they are - BELIEVE THEM.
68. I can't wait to go camping again. (I KNOW; can you belive it?)
69. I love to sleep in the car (when someone else is driving - of course.)
70. I love to look at the ocean but I've always hated sand.
71. I think Disneyland pales in comparison to Disneyworld.
72. I love mushrooms with EVERYTHING. Eggs, pasta sauce, steak - YUM!
73. I think crab legs are a waste of time. Not enough meat for the work; BUT, I really like crab.
74. I'm a big Johnny Depp fan.
75. I probably take too much Ibuprofen.
76. I have pee anxiety. If we're going somewhere I HAVE to go to the bathroom EVERY chance I get, for fear that I will have to go and then there won't be a bathroom available.
77. I love Victorian homes.
78. I've always wanted a porch swing (which I guess would mean I've also always wanted a porch.)
79. I am thankful that I come from New York.
80. I should have changed my major from Pre-Law to English and NOT Sociology / Criminal Justice.
81. Since I try not to eat carbs at dinner, Chinese food has lost it's appeal.
82. Hollie Castro is the most ambitious person I know; and I think she is truly awe inspiring.
83. My feet are way TOO BIG.
84. I wish that Nick Mitchell / Norman Gentle, would have made it into the wild card round of American Idol. ( I mean wouldn't you rather watch a few weeks of him, then say someone like Sanjaya?)
85. Serendipity is one of my very favorite words, (but I rarely get to use it.)
86. I believe that money can't buy happiness but it can buy peace of mind.
87. I am committed to building my home in Puerto Vallarta (for someday.)
88. I love to stay in nice hotels. (Which is to say - I love to stay in hotels; as long as they are NICE!)
89. I don't like to spend time alone.
90. It's very unusual for us not to have plans on a Saturday night.
91. I am not fond of cilantro.
92. I can defnitely fly by the seat of my pants.
93. I once went to the airport with a friend, and just got on a plane and went to Orlando. We had nothing with us, and just bought a few things when we got there.
94. I have recently learned to believe that just becasue someone thinks something about you; it DOESN'T mean it's true. (YES, I only JUST learned this.)

95. I believe that Robert Downey Jr. and John Travolta will both win Oscars one day.
96. I know Most KISS songs by heart; thanks to my brother. I hated them growing up, but over the years they've grown on me; and yah I REALLY LIKE THEM.
97. I think forgiveness is the best gift that you could give or receive.
98. Lesa Guth's lemon bars are good for what ails ya. (You'll just have to take my word for this one.)
99. I believe that I'll be paid to write one day. (hopefully sooner than later.)
100. I try to give more than I take.

So there you have it. What more can I say ~ REALLY? I know that these tidbits may seem rather self-indulgent, but I guess that's why it's MY blog. Although as I've said a million times before, I am EVER so grateful to those of you who chose to read it. And EVEN more grateful to those of you who tell your friends about it. LOL

I am optimistic that my next 100 posts are going to be even better than the first; and I am actually going to attempt to do 2 posts a week in order to get in a more regular writing groove. Maybe a pro wouldn't say writing groove; but hey, I just gotta be me.
Till next time...


Michelle said...

Go Queen, Go!!! Happy "official" 100th!!! Yay!!! (insert New year's blower sounds)(cue the confetti) Loved this post and learned some stuff about you (ok I already knew about the feet thing...)!! I love that you have these diverse friends who you have somehow all incorporated into the list who have different and beautiful facets to them - you found a way to broadcast your appreciation for their unique gifts; and you were right on all counts! (especially that "good speller" girl, LOL) This was worth the wait and I cant wait to see the 2x a week posts!! I love my Bumpy Ride! (sounds dirty doesnt it??)

PC said...

I totally agree with number 70. I love sitting and looking at the ocean, but hate sand.

Totally loved the post. I look forward to reading the next 100. They are just awesome!!!


Anonymous said...

What a lovey I deserve it.. Hmmmm. You made me teary eyed. I am honored to be friends with you. You would do the same, which leaves us both topless, which in its own way is funny. I love you for it. Your the best. Hopefully, I'll see you soon. xox

Ruth said...

Hurray!! Congrats my wonderful friend! Now..some additions:
#101 - Paige misses Guissini Shoes
#102 - Paige has never picked out that thermos
#103 - Press-on Nails only looked good on Sherry
#104 - Paige would never wear knee-highs or sombreros with her summer dress
#105 - Never let a shikza order a cheeseburger at the's a clear giveaway

I could go on and on....Love you!

LORI said...