Thursday, October 25, 2007

100 Countdown

**UPDATED**

This seems to be a popular post on blogs, so I thought it would be fun to join in. Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to talk about themselves?

Please notice, dear reader, that these are in random order. I’ll just set them down as they come to me. And, knowing that even I tire of myself from time to time, it may take a while to complete this list, so check back to view the updates.

100. I love God and am sincerely trying to please Him with my actions. After all that’s what we are created for. Hey, gotta love having a purpose in life!

99. Just say the word, “chocolate” and I melt. Love it. Addicted to it even.

98. I’d say it is my one downfall, but we all know that I’d be lyin’. No one has just one, right?

97. On our first date I confessed to my husband that Harrison Ford was my one weakness. And he (my husband, not Harrison) has never let me live that comment down.

96. Now, I’d have to say that my one weakness would be . . . C’mon! Don’t think I’d fall for that twice in a lifetime, do ya?

95. They say that you are only six people from knowing the whole world. I knew a girl in college who went to church with Brad Pitt’s parents. That’s only three degrees of separation, do I get bonus points? How about brownie points? I’d settle for just brownies . . .

94. I could quite happily live eating nothing but chocolate and any type of bread and/or potato for the rest of my life. Carbs and highly refined sugar anyone?

93. And drinking Chai Tea or Caramel Creme Latte from Tastefully Simple. Near to heaven, my friends, Near -- To -- Heaven.

92. My hobbies include, but are not limited to reading, blogging, scrap booking, making cards and dreaming of making a little extra cash for indulging in those hobbies.

91. I played tennis in high school. Wasn’t very good, though according to my (unmarried) coach, I had “good form.” Hmmmm . . .

90. Oh, to be 18 again. Nah, never mind.

89. All growing up I wanted four kids. Until I become a mother of three.

88. Youngest son was a surprise, especially to me, though not to my father-in-law. I’ll have to blog about that one day . . .

87. And baby #3 (aka Little Man) is the one who shattered my comfortable state of smugness by dispelling everything I thought I learned about motherhood with the first two kiddos. And that was only two days after his birth! It’s been a roller coaster ride ever since.

86. It’s a good thing I like amusement parks, eh? Anyone up for Cedar Point?

85. I followed in my parents’ footsteps and attended Evangel College in Springfield Mo and loved every minute of it (It takes real, honest to goodness talent to cram a four year degree into five. You read that right, I said, five.) . Shortly after I graduated, they changed the name to Evangel University. Just a coincidence, I am sure.

84. I was never farther west than Ohio until I went to college. Thanks to my college roommate (Hi Annie!) I had the opportunity to spend the summer in Oregon.

83. That summer I had a job as a quality control grunt for a company that printed manuals for computers. Loads of fun, I tell ya, loads o' fun.

82. Our daughter’s middle name is the same as aforementioned college roommate’s middle name. Not a coincidence.

81. I minored in Drama. Comes in handy nowadays, just ask my husband (affectionately known as The Calm One.)

80. All growing up the family joke was“She/He was in DRAMA you know!”

79. Self-fulfilled prophecy at work right here, folks.

78. I was an English major with no intention of becoming a teacher. Much to my parents’ chagrin and general bewilderment. “What exactly can you do with an English degree if you don’t teach?!”

76. Hey, I was more concerned with my MRS than my BA. Oops! Did I type that out loud?!

75. Briefly thought about teaching English as a second language in Cambodia. Very briefly.

74. My husband, whom I love dearly, is the exact opposite of what I always “thought” I wanted in a spouse. God knew so much better than I did. And thank goodness for THAT!

73. I have two sets of amazing In-Laws. No joke. They make it easy to be a thankful, joyful daughter-in-law.

72. I Tivo Survivor, Grey’s Anatomy and new fav: Side Order of Life. Okay, I don’t have Tivo, but I do have a DVR. It so much more fun to say Tivo, isn’t it? Tivo, Tivo, Tivo. Yeah, way more fun.

71. I miss the series Mad About You. Because A. it was so true to life and 2. it was so funny.

70. I am constantly struggling between wanting long flowing locks and a short, sassy haircut.

69. Husband says he doesn’t care, but I know better than that. He couldn’t care less about cute and sassy.

68. Some evenings I look back on the day and cringe with how I’ve handled the happenings of the day. That’s when God sends in one of my children with a sweet gesture or cuddle to let me know I’m forgiven and can try again tomorrow.

67. That tomorrow usually is better.

66. I have learned so much about myself as I watch my children.

65. I appreciate my parents more now than ever. Though they never said, “I hope you have children just like you one day!” I am sure there were days that it wasn’t far from their minds!

64. I use exclamation points and italicize, way too often!

63. We named one of our sons after my amazing younger brother. Wow. It was hard not to type “little brother.” At 33, he’s not so little anymore!

62. I am in awe of my brother. He’s a great minister, husband, father and friend. And he has more energy than any other person I know.

61. Except maybe our youngest son, which could quite possibly be the reason why we ended up naming him after my brother. Intuition or something like that.

60. We should have named him “Whirling Dervish” but then he’d always have to sit too close to the front of the class when the teacher made the seating charts alphabetically.

59. I have no sisters, but I don’t mind that so much.

58. It’s probably the reason why I spent most of my girlhood being somewhat of a tomboy.

57. I am slowly reorganizing my life to be a little more green. It’s tough though, you know?

56. It was very difficult for me to spend $10.00 on three light bulbs in my efforts to be more energy conscious.

55. I can often be seen re-entering the grocery store shortly after loading groceries into the mommymobile when I realize that I forgot to bring in my used grocery bags to recycle the first time around.

54. I bought a bunch of nylon reusable bags as to avoid all the plastic angst only to find cuter, less expensive ones elsewhere. Sigh . . .

53. I do a lot of sighing nowadays . . .

52. I am a Bible-totin’

51. Pro-life

50. Pro-breast feeding (yeah, even in public)

49. Non-rod-sparing mama

48. Who refuses to raise children who act like brats.

47. Those last few sound much more aggressive and High-and-Mighty than I intended. But, there you have it.

46. I always thought I’d home school, though I have yet to make that a reality in the Jubilant household.

45. God will have to give me a whole lot more strength and energy than I currently posses to make that happen.

44. I am a night owl and tend to be grumpy in the morning. Which also may be a slight understatement.

43. My children are morning people.

42. Let’s do the math, shall we? 1 sleepy mommy + 3 enthusiastically exuberant children = morning frustration all around.

41. To say that I am woefully outnumbered would be the real understatement.

40. I need at least eight hours of sleep to be fully functional; seven and I am minimally functional. I usually get about six.

39. When I was pregnant with our first child I kept track of how many weeks pregnant I was by how many Saturdays we had left to sleep as late as we wanted.

38. My husband found the Saturday Countdown to be hilarious. For me it was the only caveat to being pregnant.

37. Jubilee was my character's name in our high school production of "The Picture That Was Turned to the Wall. Or She May have Seen Better Days." Funny, melodramatic play for the high school crowd.

36. I once drew a picture and sent it to then President Clinton pleading with him to look to Christ for answers.

35. In response I received an “autographed” picture of Al Gore from an underling.

34. I regret not keeping that picture and praying for him as much as I prayed for Clinton.

33. Though I do not agree with everything President Bush does, I am glad he is a man of faith and prayer.

32. I am forgiven!

31. Set free!

30. And Going to heaven! Wanna go too?!

29. I was "lucky" enough to have a poem put in my college's poetry publication(And by "luck," I mean I think they published something of everyone who submitted anything). Of all the stuff I submitted, I thought that particular poem was the least worthy of publication. Shows how much I know.

28. I love writing poetry, but the creative urge doesn't hit often enough. I usually have to be overcome with some kind of strong emotion to feel that creative.

27. My tenth grade English teacher once asked me if I had a book inside me. It was one of the best compliments I've ever gotten from a teacher.

26. Some day I'll write that book, but I'm not holding my breath for The Next Great American Novel Award.

25. In college after getting a D+ on a History of Theatre paper, I told my teacher,"I am a senior English major, I don't get Ds!"

24. It probably sounded that egotistical to him too.

23. What I meant was, that I'd never gotten a D before and if my writing was that atrocious surely someone would have recognized that before I became a senior. Like, my previous 87 English teachers, maybe?

22. My BFF is studying Interior Design at a very prestigious school. If it weren't a sin, I'd be jealous of her.

21. I love the beach, but thinkin' about all the stuff in that big ol' ocean is terrifying.

20. I'll probably never see the movie "Jaws."

19. I wish I hadn't seen "Silence of the Lambs."

18. When I was in high school, I wondered why so many people had so much trouble with their weight. Now I know.

17. I'm an avid Coke drinker.

16. But I'll drink Diet Pepsi before I'll drink Diet Coke.

15. I had to buy cigarettes for a play I was directing. I was so embarrassed that I tried to convince a friend to do it for me. She chickened out at the last minute.

14. I was ticked when the guy didn't ask to see my ID.

13. I love words. Well, most words.

12. I detest, nay loathe, the word "p*n*trat*". See, I cannot even bring myself to type it. Loathe it, my friends.

11. The first time I heard the word I was in 5th grade s*x ed. class.

10. I have to leave the room when John Madden is the football game's commentator because he uses the word so much.

09. I think Febreeze and Purell are some of the greatest inventions ever.

08. Currently on rotation in my cd player you'll find "Wow! Hymns," Casting Crowns' "The Altar and the Door," Celine Dion's self titled cd, 4Him's "Best Ones," Natalie Grant's "Awaken" and Veggie Tales' "Bob and Larry's More Sunday Morning Songs."

07. I've officially become my parents. I've said everything that I swore I'd never say to my kids.

06. I can hardly stand the sound of lots of loud instruments and weird digitized music.

05. I wish I wore a size seven shoe. You can always locate a size seven, and never, ever a size 6 1/2.

04. When I publish a post, I always find mistakes or things I should have done differently.

03. And then I republish them. Please tell me that for those of you who RSS you don't get multiple posts from me with slight variations of the same post. Ugh!

02. Whenever I lose five pounds or more, it seems to find me three months later.

01. I've never been so glad to finish a post as I am right at this very moment.

Whew!

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