100 Things You Don’t Know About Me

I’m a big Copy Cat. My sister-in-law Holly has a cooler-than-a-Slurpee blog and her latest post talks about the 100 things you don’t know about her. Unfortunately for Holly, I knew some of those things already. So here it goes, 100 things you (might) not know about me…

1 – I spent a great deal of my childhood (especially in the summer time) watching Soap Operas. For a time I was addicted to “One Life to Live,” and then later it was “General Hospital.” I stopped watching GH when Johnathon Jackson left the show as Lucky. It just wasn’t worth it after that.

2 – Even though I was 5 when he was born, I resented my baby brother until I was in junior high. Now I love him to pieces!

3 – I honestly and truly don’t know how I lucked out into making someone as wonderful as Casey Stringham fall in love with me. I don’t deserve him in any way.

4 – Madonna’s song “Like a Virgin” started my sexual education after I asked my Mom what a virgin was.

5 – Because I was so teased and tormented from kindergarten to 9th grade, I have a hard time believing that anyone likes me or wants to be my friend.

6 – I have a steel-trap mind. You tell me something once and I will remember it for eternity.

7 – I will kick any one’s butt at Pop trivia. Except if it’s about sports.

8 – My favorite actress is Grace Kelly. Grace continues to be my favorite name ever.

9 – I love watching documentaries.

10 – I knew George W. Bush was a fraud/hack/demon seed before he won the Republican nomination in 2000. I knew he’d screw it up when the Supreme Court illegally gave him the presidency, and guess what, I was right.

11 – I had the names Reilley Beth and Pyper Grace picked out as my daughter’s names since high school. Luckily my husband likes those names as well.

12 – I always somehow knew my life’s work would be in adoption.

13 – Having a LDS mother who was inactive and a non-member father always made me feel like an outsider. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized the depth and empathy it gave me and how remarkable it was that my brother and sister and I went to church by ourselves when we were young.

14 – As politically liberal as I am, I don’t think that a death sentence is cruel and unusual punishment for child molesters.

15 – Speaking of politics, I don’t like to “discuss” (ne argue) politics because I think it’s a waste of time. You’re not going to change my opinion and I’m not going to change yours, so what’s the point? Besides I know I’m right.

16 – I don’t believe morality has anything to do with following a set of rules (e.g. premarital sex, etc.). I think it’s all about how you treat the “least of these.”

17 – Growing up I simultaneously worshipped my sister and hated her. I desperately wanted to be like her and hated her because I thought she didn’t love me. Now I know better and she’s my bestest friend.

18 – My mom was always trying to make me be best friends with the next door neighbor girl growing up. I thought she was vapid and stuck-up. It wasn’t until we attended her bridal shower 20 years later did my Mom agree with me and apologize for always pushing us together.

19 – As a child I wanted to be a fashion designer when I grew up. I spent many hours coloring drawings on my Fashion Plates (remember those?) and making handkerchiefs into spiffy outfits for my Barbies.

20 – I was a rather rebellious 13-year-old. I had a friend who was a “bad influence” and we used to sneak out and meet boys. By 14, I had out-grown this.

21 – In high school I had zero school pride and still don’t.

22 – Despite #21, I still know the words to the school hymn. I told you I never forget anything.

23 – My biggest fear in life, besides something bad happening to my children, is getting Alzheimer’s when I’m older because my memory is so good now. It would by life’s cruel irony.

24 – I think that in almost all cases, the book is better than the movie.

25 – My favorite time of day is when my children are asleep. I feel like a bad mom for admitting that.

26 – One of my most favorite parts of summer growing up was driving down to Sugar House to get a 3 gallon drum of Malted Milk ice cream from Snelgrove’s. Now they don’t make it anymore and I miss it so badly. I would sell at least one pair of my shoes for a taste of it again.

27 – Most of my happiest memories from childhood are wrapped up in my mother.

28 – I’m addicted to shoes. Although this is probably a known fact, what you might not know is that even though at one point I had over 100 pairs, I never think I have enough.

29 – I’m addicted to playing Bejeweled 2 on pogo.com.

30 – I always felt like the ugly duckling in my sorority.

31 – I watch way more TV than I should. During the writer’s strike, I was addicted to Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit. Now that I’ve seen all the episodes, I don’t watch it as much.

32 – In my Calculus class in high school I used to look around at people and used to be incredulous that they actually comprehended the material. It was like a foreign language to me.

33 – I take a sick pleasure out of doing Algebra problems. And when I got a problem right in my Statistics class, I felt like I had conquered the world.

34 – I think sports are dumb and don’t understand why people get so passionate about them.

35 – I think OJ Simpson killed his wife, the same with Robert Blake, and I’m 100% sure that Kobe Bryant raped that girl.

36 – I’m pro-choice and pro gay marriage and I don’t care what anyone else says.

37 – I have voted in every single election since I turned 18. And I’m not talking just about Presidential elections. I have voted every year except 2007, because my Mom passed away that day.

38 – I’m a homebody. I don’t like it when people drop by unannounced because 9 times out of 10 my house will be a mess and I will be in my pajamas.

39 – I hate housework more than anything in the world. And I don’t think that just because I have a vagina, I should be responsible for most of it.

40 – I WAS Angela Chase in high school.

41 – And I still have a crush on Jordan Catalano.

42 – I read Perez Hilton every day and feel soooo guilty about it.

43 – I’m seriously picky when it comes to food and hate trying new things.

44 – My junior year of high school, my friends and I would sit by our lockers and play Egyptian rat screw every lunch period.

45 – One of my roommates/bridesmaids threw me a bachelorette party that was so lame that people fell asleep. I cried about it the next day.

46 – And yet, my co-workers threw me a bachelorette party (co-ed) by going clubbing and it was a helluva lot of fun.

47 – I’m ignoring the fact that I’m turning 30 and will remain 29 in my denial stricken mind forever.

48 – I believe that Wal-Mart is evil. Any company that is that wealthy and then encourages its employees to go on public assistance so they can avoid giving them health benefits (along with a very long list of evil doings) doesn’t deserve my money or patronage.

49 – I hate waiting. I’m not patient and I grow bitchier with every minute I’m forced to wait at the doctor’s office/grocery store line/restaurant.

50 – I think hunting for sport is wrong.

51 – I had a class with a bunch of people who were studying to become Elementary school teachers and was constantly amazed at their stupidity. This didn’t give me much confidence in my children’s education down the road.

52 – I can speak in a chipmunk voice but the only time I really do is when I talk to my best friend Jessica.

53 – Speaking of Jessica, we once went toilet papering but instead of using toilet paper we littered a guy’s yard, that we didn’t like, with tampons and maxi pads.

54 – I had a crush on Brad Pitt before anyone else knew who he was. In 8th grade I saw a picture of him in US Weekly right after “Thelma & Louise” came out and thought he was so gorgeous I wrote “I love Brad Pitt” all over my trapper keeper. Some girl asked me if Brad Pitt was my boyfriend and then made fun of me for having a boyfriend with the last name of Pitt (like armpit). I wonder if she’s laughing now.

55 – I like watching “Drake & Josh.” I think Josh is funny and I don’t think Drake is cute.

56 – I’ve had a crush on Christian Bale since “Newsies.” Even watching “American Psycho” didn’t deter my crush. Which makes me wonder what kind of sick puppy I am.

57 – My freshman year in college I was seriously in denial about my bra size. My friends practically forced me to go to Victoria’s Secret and buy a D cup. I was convinced I was a C.

58 – I screen my phone calls.

59 – I stick my foot in my mouth on a semi-regular basis.

60 – I believe horoscopes are true. Not the day-to-day stuff, but most people I know are eerily similar to their sign.

61 – I don’t like lettuce and most people make fun of the fact that I refuse to eat salads or just have cheese and meat on my sandwiches. I don’t understand the point of eating a bowl of leaves that is so tasteless you have to dump dressing all over to make it edible.

62 – Clowns scare me.

63 – I hate the sensation of falling, but am not afraid of heights.

64 – My college friends and I once snuck into Layton Surf n Swim after hours and went swimming, which was pretty dumb since it’s next door to a police station. My jeans got stuck on the fence and I had to spend the rest of my evening with a big rip in my butt.

65 – I will only eat plain cheese pizza.

66 – I fell asleep on the Staten Island ferry.

67 – I’ve seen “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Color Purple” on Broadway in NYC. I was the only one in the audience who gave Beauty a standing ovation. I learned what a jaded New York audience was that day. I was practically the only white person in the audience for Purple. And it rocked!

68 – I honestly don’t care what other people think of me.

69 – A missionary once called me a skank. And this was in front of my husband. Amazingly, we let this missionary live.

70 – My best friend and I made up a song called “Camp Gottagopee” about my family’s property in Blacksmith Fork Canyon.

71 – Speaking of Blacksmith Fork Canyon, I made out with my cousin’s friend there when I was 18.

72 – And another Blacksmith Fork Canyon item, I spent many a happy summer day tubing down the BlackSmith Fork River with my cousins. Once we went so far down the river, I stuck out my thumb and hitched us a ride back to camp. We got a big lecture about it later from our parents.

73 – Every time I see the Utah mountains in the distance when I’m heading west on I-80, I cry tears of joy.

74 – The happy place I go to in my mind is sitting on a lounge chair at my grandma’s condo in Florida facing the Atlantic Ocean.

75 – My maternal Grandpa is my hero. I was a grandpa’s girl the same way some girls are Daddy’s girls.

76 – In elementary school I had to spend recess inside during the winter time because of my asthma stricken lungs.

77 – I taught my brother how to play poker.

78 – I hate talk radio because my Dad used to listen to so much of it while I was growing up. Because of him, “This Old House,” “The Joy of Painting,” and “The Frugal Gourmet” will always be linked to Saturday morning in my mind.

79 – I miss coming home after church on Sundays to one of my Dad’s homemade meals.

80 – Christmas isn’t Christmas to me until I taste kleiner dough.

81 – I secretly believe that I am my in-laws’ favorite child-in-law.

82 – I’ve seen every episode of “The Real World” and long for the days when the roommates had intelligent discussions instead of getting drunk and having sex with each other.

83 – I bite my tongue a lot, but Casey always knows what I’m thinking.

84 – I’ve walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.

85 – I think Oprah has lost touch with real people and is incredibly self-important.

86 – I must sleep on a cold pillow.

87 – I’m the only woman at work who doesn’t mind having to wear a skirt or dress everyday. I used to work at a place where I was forced to wear a uniform and apron and went home smelling like chicken grease. It really doesn’t bother me to dress up now.

88 – My sister, brother, and I all learned how to drive on our parent’s minivan that we affectionately named Bessie. I cried the day my dad donated Bessie to charity. So many good times were had in the old girl.

89 – I once got in trouble in 7th grade for being a part of a food fight in the cafeteria.

90 – My friends and I dressed up in 70s gear when we went and saw the Brady Bunch Movie in the theater. We then proceeded to do the dance they do on the escalator in the middle of the Ogden Mall.

91 – When I was 4, my parents lost me at Lagoon.

92 – My brother and I rented “Tommy Boy” so many times, that my Mom finally went out and bought it for us.

93 – A baby doll tee that I bought at a Weezer concert scored me many a boyfriend in college.

94 – I hate hearing the sound of my voice on a recording.

95 – My roommate in college once asked me why I only date “ugly guys” (nice, huh) and I told her that I never thought I was cute enough to get a cute guy to like me. She looked at me and said “what are you talking about, you’re gorgeous.” After that I started dating my husband. Who is cute, btw.

96 – My sister-in-law Holly taught me how to text.

97 – In high school, I only wore clothes that were bought in a thrift store or I dug of my Mom’s closet from the 70s.

98 – No matter how many times I’ve seen “Steel Magnolias,” I always cry.

99 – I’m afraid of my children becoming teenagers.

100 – Despite all outward appearances to the contrary, or how stoic I seem, losing my Mom is the worst emotional tragedy I have ever suffered and every day I wake up praying that it’s not true. I miss her every hour of every minute of every day.


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