Friday, March 7, 2008

My 100th post!!!!!

Yeah!!!  I made it!  THIS my friends, is my 100th post.  It is sort of a blogging tradition to do something special for your 100th post.  Some do giveaways, some share a special story about their lives, and many do lists of things about themselves.  Since I haven't done a list like this in quite some time, and many of you are new to reading my blog and don't know me very well, I thought I would share some facts about ME.

FYI...I am also planning a giveaway soon, so come back to visit!

1.  I broke my nose and my right leg on two separate occasions.
2.  I am a night owl and my husband is a morning bird....but neither of us are extreme about these preferences.
3.  I met my husband on a blind date (thank you Sarah and Jason).
4.  We have been married for 6 years.
5.  We went to St Lucia for our honeymoon and stayed in the most BEAUTIFUL room.  It literally only had 3 walls.  It was high in the mountains and looked over the rainforest and ocean.  To see the sun setting over the ocean was amazing.
6.  We endured a lot of mocking for choosing a room with only 3 walls for our honeymoon....we know 6 couples that have gone there since they saw our pictures.
7.  I lived with Mary (not before 7) for one semester and Sarah (short stop) for 2 years in college.
8.  I will accept bribes for secrets about either of these ladies (just kidding).
9.  I am an occupational therapist.
10.  My daughter has been "talking" for the last 45 min instead of taking a much needed nap.
11.  I have one older sister, Lisa.
12.  I love to scrapbook.  I do one large family album each year and then have other albums for major events like our wedding, honeymoon, cruise vacation, etc.  I also did a baby album for myself, one for Patrick with all his pictures prior to meeting me, albums for my mom, dad, and sister of their childhoods, and an album of all the paper stuff from my childhood (report cards, newspaper articles, awards, my college acceptance letter, notes I passed to my parents in church, etc.).
13.  My husband and I are addicted to Lost, but we are only on season 2, so we watch it whenever we want.
14.  I grew up in a small town, and I love small town life.
15.  I have also lived in a city, and there are aspects to this life that I like.  SO, the perfect situation for me is to live in a small town that is only a few hours from several large cities.
16.  We will probably move back to my hometown after Patrick's military career.
17.  Patrick loves my hometown.
18.  My entire family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, sister) all live in the same county with the exception of one cousin who lives a few hours away.
19.  My birthday is August 29.
20.  I like to do sudoku puzzles.
21.  I did an internship in Pakistan and lived there for a little over 2 months.
22.  After that internship, I lived with my cousin, Lee, and his wife, JJ, for a month in Hong Kong.
23.  I don't do well with caffeine (although I like coffee...I usually just pick decaf).
24.  I am the middle cousin on both sides of my family.  There are 4 older and 4 younger on my dad's side, and there are 7 older and 7 younger on my mom's side.
25.  If I was a boy, my parents were going to name me Kale.
26.  I eat ice cream almost every day.
27.  I am 5' 2" tall and I weigh...YEAH RIGHT ! (let's just say it is more than before my daughter came around)
28.  I play the flute, piano (although at this point, I play mostly chords.  I don't read music as well as I used to), and some guitar.
29.  I want to learn to play the guitar better while living in Korea.
30.  I am a good cook, and I like to cook and bake a variety of foods.
31.  I am blessed that my husband enjoys this variety (Indian, good-old American meat and potatoes, Italian, Mexican, seafood, and anything else I want to attempt).
32.  Growing up, we had dessert with every meal, and they were always homemade.
33.  My mom is an excellent cook and taught me a lot, but I call her "the stifled chef" because my father (and my sister and I growing up) is a picky eater and she is limited on what she can make or everyone complains.
34.  We went bike riding a lot as a family when I was a kid.  We would take our bikes to the beach, we went on trips to Washington DC a few times each year, and we would ride around at home.  These are some of my favorite memories.
35.  Nothing beats a full body massage, especially one with hot rocks.  I also will never pass up a pedicure.  One of my favorite finds in my hometown is the cosmetology school that gives 1 hours facials for $12 and 1 hour pedicures for $15.
36.  I love to shop.
37.  I love to find a great deal.
38.  I love to shop with other people and help them spend their money.
39.  I am a good ping-pong player.
40.  I love to take pictures.
41.  I have a pretty high tolerance for pain.
42.  I have been on two cruises, both in the Caribbean.
43.  We are going on a New Zealand/Australia cruise....we leave tomorrow!!!
44.  I talk to my mom almost every day.
45.  I talk a lot...sometimes too much.
46.  I hate cigarette smoke.
47.  I am great at multi-tasking.
48.  I have been a wedding coordinator for a few friends/family, and I LOVED it.  I am good with details and it takes a lot to get me stressed.
49.  I am good at card games.
50.  I decorate my house for every season.
51.  I've only been skiing once in my life.
52.  My husband skis and snowboards well.
53.  My middle name is Anne.
54.  I like to read.
55.  I am reading more this year than I have in the past.
56.  I love oatmeal in things (oatmeal raisin cookies, baked oatmeal, apple crisp), but I don't like oatmeal.
57.  I am not a cat person.
58.  My husband is a cat person.
59.  Before we married, he promised me he would be fine with not owning a cat as long as I live.  He enjoys playing with other people's cats.
60.  I am terrible at trivia games.
61.  My lack of knowledge about historical events is embarrassing.
62.  I was voted "most friendly" for my senior yearbook.
63.  I still keep in touch with a lot of my high school friends.
64.  My first job was in a daycare center.
65.  I love to go out for dinner.
66.  I dislike most fast food restaurants.
67.  I like snow.
68.  I can write in calligraphy.
69.  I am working on a needlepoint project to make chair covers for 6 antique chairs.  This will take me MANY years.
70.  I love going to the theatre, concerts, plays, or anything else cultural.
71.  Patrick and I took a Bradley birthing class when I was pregnant, and I had my daughter through natural childbirth after 24 hours of labor.
72.  I am not a picky eater, but mayonnaise is on my NO list.
73.  I eat a lot...this is a constant source of entertainment at family gatherings with my in-laws.
74.  My husband and I had a Christmas wedding (Dec 22).
75.  I took Spanish in high school and a semester in college.
76.  I used to be able to hold a conversation in Spanish, but now...not so good.
77.  I never had stitches (until the one stitch I needed after childbirth....does that count?).
78.  The card my husband gets me for my birthday, Christmas, our anniversary, etc is more important to me than a gift.
79.  There are records of Christians in my family that go back to the 1600's.
80.  My husband and I want to take ballroom dancing lessons someday.
81.  I don't like bowling.
82. I bought my first computer at the end of college.
83.  It is hard to think of 100 random facts about yourself!
84.  I have never been to Europe (but we have friends that just found out their next station is in England and another who is going to be stationed in Germany for the next three years!). 
85.  I didn't like seafood when I got married, but I taught myself to like it (my husband loves it and it is good for me).
86.  I love hosting and going to tea parties (if you have never been to one, you are going to have to trust me on this a tea party is FAR more work than making Thanksgiving dinner).
87.  Because they are so much work, I don't host them often.
88.  I love dishes, especially seasonal ones.
89.  When I was a kid, we had motorcycles that we would ride in the fields behind our house (see, not everything I do is "all girl").  It was SO fun!!!   
90.   I change my jewelry to match my outfit.  The only piece I don't change is my wedding/engagement ring.
91.  I especially like jewelry sets.
92.  My husband bought me an amethyst necklace and earrings when Adeline was born (her birthstone) to pass on to her someday.
93.  We are doing a year without TV while here in Korea.
94.  Sara Groves is one of my favorite music artists.
95.  I think the combo of mint and chocolate is always good.
96.  I think it is funny that the theme of food is continuously popping up through this list in different forms.
97.  One of my spiritual gifts is teaching.
98.  I am good at organization but if you looked at my house most days, you would never believe that.
99.  This year I am hoping to learn more about HTML so I can spruce up my blog.
100.  I have been blessed immensely by those who read my blog and those whose blogs I read on a regular basis.  Thank you for your love and support.  Here's to 100 more posts!


Mari said...

Congrats on 100 posts. You lived with Sarah? I'd love to hear a few secrets!

Mrs. Fix said...

I read each and every one of your 100 random facts about yourself. Have fun on your cruise!

jen said...

Wow, you're already at 100 posts - congratulations! I even learned a thing or two about you... you're right, it must be hard to come up with 100 things. You did a great job!

Short Stop said...

Laughing about the bribes for secrets (and Mari's comment)! If you take bribes on me, you better get some good stuff and share it with me! ;)

My favorite thing on your list: that we got to introduce you to Patrick. We knew you two would be a perfect match!! :)

You know what? There are only a very few things on here that I didn't know! That made me smile...but miss you terribly!

Congratulations on your 100th post. You know I will be here reading the next 100+.

LOVE you!

Ruthie said...

I'm impressed that you knew when the 100th post was coming up. How did you keep count?

I'm also thinking that a cruise to New Zealand/Australia sounds WONDERFUL!

I enjoyed reading through your list and getting to know a bit more about you. (Tea parties, huh?)

Tropical Mexican said...

congrats on 100. I had no idea about a lot of that stuff. I guess that could be because I graduated 16 years ago from MCHS.

Kristen said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. That was so fun to read. Now I know your connection to Sarah :o)

I also have a Christmas anniversary 12/21 :o)

Have fun on your trip - it sounds wonderful!

When you learn some tricks on HTML, share with us, I want to spruce up my blog too!

John and Amanda said...

What a great idea! I didn't know you were supposed to do something fun for your 100th post! hmmm... need to go see how many posts i have! :)

I learned a lot about you! It was fun to read!!

I love to cook and I taught myself to play the guitar in college... since then I have decided I like having fingernails more than playing the guitar so I haven't played in probably 4 or 5 years other than when I randomly pick up John's guitar. And I still don't have finger nails...

jj said...

Lynn, Loved reading it. As someone else who eats ice cream every day, I can understand your food obsession. JJ

keenbliss said...

I'm so sad you won't be here to help my step-mom and I spend our money on purses! Have a great time. I'll miss you (and the boys will really miss Adeline!)

Dave and Jenni said...

Thanks for sharing your list. I really enjoyed learning more about you. Here's to 100 more (and then some) - just imagine me toasting you with my oj. :)

krista said...

I did not know about the mayo thing...and a few others. How fun! I agree with "short stop"--reading this list made me smile, but miss ya too! :-)

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Great job! Congrats on 100. I learned quite a bit - that was fun.

Eric bought me a ring when each child was born. The first one wa sa complete shock - hidden in the chicfila bag....loved it! Great idea to pass on a necklace too!

Have fun on your trip girl.

Anonymous said...

Who knew that you were friends with Sarah and Mary? We are going out to dinner with Sarah and J. tonight...woohoo!

I never liked cats either. We ended up with one when my girls begged and begged. I hated it at first and now I'm so in love with her. Never say never!

Loved your list and learning more about you! Have a great vacation!

Carrie (and Lisa) said...


Just wanted you to know that even though Lisa hasn't seemed as interested in reading the blog lately I have been keeping up and using your posts in conversation with her. I often ask her questions about her family and things she did as a child! I think she enjoys remembering even if she doesn't chose to share her memories!

This has probably been several weeks ago by now, but you posted a photo of Adeline crying and Lisa asked about it, wondering why she was crying. It seemed like she just wanted to comfort her!

I sometimes bring in CDs to share with her, the next time I have Sara Groves I will remind her that she's your favorite. ;-)

She looks at the photos in her room of your family every day (I'm sure even more often than I notice her doing it).

I hope you enjoy your cruise! We look forward to "oohing" over pictures of Adeline with kangaroos!

Janelle said...

Great list! We have a lot in common! How are you managing to live without LOST for an entire year with no TV??

Kara said...

Loved the 100 things. I get a total kick out of reading these facts about people. Always fun. Always interesting.

Here are my comments on

#61 - I couldn't agree more. I have embarrassed myself on more occasions than I can count about basic, basic historical facts. I was passing notes when this info was being passed out!
#93 - My hubby and I gave up T.V. for a year when we were first married too. It was so hard at first, but then we actually did something with ourselves. Really good discipline. Way to go guys!!