Thursday, February 19, 2004

100 Things

1. My husband and I were born on the exact same day: July 30, 1981. He is older by 9.5 hours.

2. I have Celiac Disease.

3. Because of my disease, I can’t eat wheat. This means no bread, pasta, cookies, cereal, salad dressings, crackers, etc… and I’m sane.

4. I used to go to the movies once a week. Now I'd rather wait til they come to DVD.

5. I rent 3-6 movies a week.

6. I don’t like condiments.

7. My favorite thing to hear my mom say: “I’m proud of you!”

8. My favorite thing to hear my dad say: “I love you!”

9. My sister has twin girls (Alaura and Brenna). They were the eighth set born into our family.

10. I have one older brother, Dack, and one younger sister, Shaina.

11. For the first fifteen years of my life, I never once slept with a stuffed animal.

12. Since my fifteenth birthday (my aunt died), I have slept with a bear every single night.

13. My teddy bear is a 25” fluffy polar bear named Isabelle.

14. I love to clean and organize.

15. I’m a good bowler.

16. I sleep on a Tempur-Pedic pillow, and I love it.

17. I can’t sleep unless all sides of my sheets are tucked in.

18. I hate sleeping naked… so I don’t.

19. Victoria’s Secret is my only splurge.

20. I’m addicted to vanilla chapstick. Particularly, Vanilla Chap-et.

21. Two of my nieces are named after me. (Reysa and Brenna Rey)

22. When I was younger, my dad drowned one of my hamsters… on purpose.

23. I was attacked by a dog, leaving me with only small scars on both shoulders.

24. I broke both of my legs… at the same time.

25. Bad spelling and bad grammar are my two biggest pet peeves.

26. On January 27, 1995, I cried so hard that I threw up my hot chocolate. I can’t even smell it without feeling queasy.

27. Every year since 1995, at least one friend or family member of mine has died.

28. 28 is my favorite number.

29. I was the captain of my high school gymnastics team.

30. I’m a perfectionist… obsessively.

31. I have asthma.

32. I can trace my family back twelve generations, and I’m still searching for more.

33. I was my husband’s first kiss.

34. We were married on Christmas Day.

35. We were both virgins when we got married.

36. I didn’t have a wedding ring for the first seven months we were married.

37. I had my teacher, Mrs. Carol Hilton, for both 2nd grade and 6th grade.

38. I love to read.

39. I love math.

40. I know the US states and capitals in alphabetical order.

41. I know all the countries of the world, by continent.

42. I love to memorize.

43. My favorite author is Robert Munsch. He writes children’s books.

44. I bought my first car (with my own money) at age 18, and I paid it in full.

45. My most prized possession is a gold and jade ring from Korea. My grandpa brought it back for my aunt when she was 10, and she gave it to me the week before she died. I only take my jade ring off to take a shower.

46. My husband took my last name.

47. “The Ring” was the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.

48. I’m paranoid.

49. I’ve kept a journal since I was seven-years-old.

50. My favorite thing to do is stand on my hands.

51. I can hold a handstand for several minutes.

52. I have a baby name fetish.

53. My favorite name of all time (for a boy) is Giovanni, but I have a German last name so it would sound silly.

54. I can type 75 words per minute.

55. Between kindergarten and college, I got perfect attendance only one year: my senior year of high school.

56. I was Student Body Secretary during my senior year of high school.

57. Coaching gymnastics was my best job ever.

58. My favorite colors are yellow, green and gray.

59. I only wear one brand of shoes: Merrell. And they’re heavenly.

60. My favorite animal is a bonobo (aka pygmy chimpanzee).

61. At the zoo, I love the reptile house… and the primates, of course.

62. I have never had a male-celebrity’s picture hanging on my wall. (no females either)

63. I only drink orange juice, hot tea and water. Everything else is yucky.

64. I have over 70 pairs of underwear.

65. I hate carrying a purse.

66. I can’t fall asleep unless I’m in my pajamas and in a bed.

67. I love my pajamas. They’re what I always want to wear… until the end of time.

68. When I was nine-years-old, my best friend died of Cystic Fibrosis.

69. It is a pet peeve of mine when people pronounce Shih-Tzu like “Shit-zoo.” It’s pronounced “Sheed-zoo!” Okay!

70. My sister gave me my cat while I was watching the Sydney Olympics. I named him Sydney.

71. I love to water-ski.

72. I was a varsity swimmer and springboard diver in college.

73. I have never fallen asleep watching TV, reading or doing homework.

74. I don’t hate anybody.

75. I have never seen Titanic or any of the Star Wars movies. Seeing these movies now would be an end to a pretty impressive streak.

76. I want to be a registered dietician so I can help others with their gluten-free diets.

77. I used to hate guinea pigs. Now I love guinea pigs, but I am terribly allergic.

78. My favorite foods are french fries, peanut butter and ice cream.

79. I firmly believe that if you want to live in the US, you should learn our language, that being English!

80. When I was younger, I wanted eight children. Now… I’m not even sure I want one.

81. I love just about every animal.

82. I don’t like bats or rats.

83. I’m not afraid of spiders or bees.

84. The only thing I’m afraid of is being afraid. I hate being afraid.

85. I carry a water bottle with me wherever I go.

86. I saved my sister from drowning when she was two-years-old.

87. When I was 12, I only weighed 63 pounds.

88. When I was 13, I cracked my sternum.

89. This one time…I kicked my sister and broke all my toes.

90. I love to cook.

91. Before I go on vacation, my house has to be immaculately spotless.

92. I love the smell of skunks.

93. I worked for the Disneyland Resort, and I could go any time I liked… which I loved and fully took advantage of.

94. I collect pins and buttons.

95. I love dolls… so I collect them. My husband thinks they look like dead babies.

96. The beach is my favorite place in the world.

97. I’m an optimist, and pessimistic people bother me.

98. I had to wear uniforms in junior high, and I loved it.

99. I like to have at least one clock in each room of my house.

100. I really enjoy life!

*emmett* ~ who really enjoyed making this list. :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

The Travelers and The Muppets.

Well, since I'm no longer busy, I thought I'd write an entry. And why am I no longer busy, you ask? Because the economy is rather poopy right now. Plus, I'm far too sickly these days to have a job... which is just not fair to employers. That said, I have a cool story.

My mom called me on Sunday to say that a pregnant woman, her husband and their teen-aged daughter came into church announcing that their car had broken down, they didn't have any money, and the nice policeman had put them up at a hotel in town. "But it didn't have heat! And we're in Colorado, and we froze!" And my mom piped up saying, "Oh! You poor things! We have a bed & breakfast! Come stay at our inn!" And the pastor said, "And we'll give you some money! Not much because we don't have much ourselves, but nonetheless, we'll give you some!"

So... the dude walks to the B&B, while the prego-wife and daughter are driven to their hotel to pack the things. My mom goes to check on them, and the prego-wife tells my mom she needs her husband's help. So... my mom drives back to the B&B to get the husband.

As they pull up to the hotel, the prego-wife is yelling at the daugther to "Go away! Get out of here! Go back home! You can't stay with us anymore, blah, blah, blah..." So my mom tells the girl to the get in her car. They drive off, leaving the prego-wife and husband.

THEN the girl tells my mom, it's all a scam! They're con-artists who travel from church to church begging for money! They picked up this poor girl in Nevada and conned her too! And the wife isn't even pregnant!

So yeah... my mom put the young girl on a bus back to Nevada, and the police were called.

People are sick! There are some real sickos out there! Grrr... makes me want to lock myself in my house, but I won't because I really like the outdoors. Anyway, an interesting story of con-artists that went to a town of only 750 people... I thought you all would like to hear. I laughed. Tee hee...

In other news, Craig had THIS (link used to be something about Muppets?!) in his diary this morning, and I laughed so hard I cried. Yes, I know I need a life. But listen to it, it's awesome!

*emmett* ~ who is more easily amused when she's sitting in her house all day. :)

p.s. Just in case you didn't notice... I got a new template! Green is my favorite color so I thought I'd get this one. I still have to figure out the whole 'picture' thing. But it's coming, and it's sweet! Carry on.

Friday, February 6, 2004

Cold Beer and Toddler Retaliation

Gosh... I've been super busy! I'm coaching gymnastics again though, which is awesome.

Every day I pass this little general store, and painted on the outside of the building is: "Coldest Beer in Town... Consistently!" ... like their refrigerators are colder than ours? And last time I checked... if you keep *any* drink in the fridge all the time, it's consistently cold. Or did they mean they are consistently named the "Coldest Beer in Town"? Is there an award given for this? Who gives it? Hmmm... that was pretty interesting.

Also, "More cute things" brought to you by my twin nieces...

Brenna had scratched Alaura's face so she was in timeout for a few minutes. When Brenna got out of timeout, I guess Alaura was still upset because she started kicking Brenna. My sister butted in and said, "Alaura stop kicking your sister!"

Alaura stops and mumbles... "okay..." And then she pipes up, "Can I hit her?!"

I was laughing so hard! These kids are two, and already they're witty. Gotta love 'em.

Take care, Kiddies!

*emmett* ~ who misses her so-cute-twin-nieces... *sigh*