I Can Be Denied Nothing!!!!!

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Today is my 35th birthday, which is pretty exciting 🙂 I like getting older, I sort of feel like I’ve earned it and am becoming more of a real grownup. Since it’s my 35th, I decided that I would make a list of 35 facts about myself, that maybe everyone doesn’t know, so if you can make it all the way through them, you’ll have to let me know if any of them are news to you! (or just boring!)

  1. I am left handed, which means I have a hard time learning how to do some new crafts, I even knit right handed as a result of my inability to mentally transfer knitting to left handed instructions, (which is always a disappointment to frustrated left handed people who want to learn to knit, as I am no good at teaching them.)
  2. I am 5’9″ which makes me quite tall for a woman, but I am still shorter than 3 of my sisters who are all 6′ tall or over.
  3. I was married when I was 19, which explains why I have been married for 15 years already even though I am only 35. I sometimes wish I had waited 4 months so I could have AT LEAST been 20, but usually that impulse is always short lived because I wouldn’t trade the now. J
  4. Isaac was born the day after our 1st wedding anniversary, so we were married a year before having kids, but only just!
  5. I am terrified of grasshoppers, it is an entirely irrational fear and I know it, but not much will make me cry or run faster than a grasshopper (I will take snakes and spiders any day over a grasshopper.)
  6. I don’t speak any languages but English, and I don’t play any instruments. I have always wished I did one or the other (or both) but I am sort of an old dog, and lack the stick-to-it-iveness to actually learn either. (I have a ukulele I bought myself because I was DETERMINED I would learn something, and it was only briefly played with……)
  7. I know how to do 17th century stump work embroidery, with real gold and silk threads and everything, and participated in an embroidery project that has since been accessed into the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. http://blogs.plimoth.org/embroidery-blog/
  8. My bucket list primarily consists of seeing wonders of the world, (I have a pretty flexible list since no one list seems to agree on what IS a current wonder of the world) I have seen The Great Wall of China, The Coliseum, Hagia Sophia, and Machu Picchu.
  9. Glass cuts are some of the scariest forms of injury to me, (so I have a hard time watching the movie Ghost.) But in a perverse twist, I make cut glass/stained glass, and almost always cut myself a little bit!
  10. I am not a competitive person; I really don’t care if I win or lose at most anything, which really tends to irritate my friends and family who DO care, since they want me to WANT to win, so their victory is sweeter!
  11. Except with Tennis, I used to play tennis somewhat competitively, and even though I am no good at it anymore (from lack of playing and being terribly out of shape) I still start cussing (not real swear words, more rubbishing like Yosemite Sam) like I think I am Andre Agassi when I play tennis.
  12. I ran my very first mile in the history of ever only a few years ago, I used to walk my miles in middle school, and have never particularly enjoyed running, but I got it in to my head the summer of 2011 that I would run a mile without stopping to walk, by the end of summer. I ended up being able to run 2 miles by the end of summer, and then my first 10K race the next spring.
  13. I don’t drink milk. I am not lactose intolerant, I love yoghurt, cheese, and sour cream, etc. but the idea of drinking milk is really unappealing to me to the point I can’t eat vanilla ice cream if it melts too much and looks like milk.
  14. I rarely get sick, maybe once every 3-4 years, BUT when I do it’s like the valley of the lepers up in here, I just want to crawl into bed and die/sleep for days until I feel better. No eating, no talking, nothing, just sleep.
  15. I’ve seen the movie Coraline a couple hundred times; which is weird because it’s not by any stretch of the imagination the best movie I have ever seen, but I love to sew listening to it (I like the colors, the voices are calming, the music is interesting and changes a lot, and I like that it is a little dark.) I also can fall asleep easily at night listening to it.
  16. When I was a little girl I wanted to be a ballerina more than anything, as tween/teenager I wanted to be a marine biologist, (I loved whales) and even though I have sewn almost daily from the time I was 12 or 13, until now in my 30s, I never thought I would sew as my main work/creative outlet.
  17. I’m fairly good at car repair; I have changed brakes, speed sensors, window motors, tires, etc. You can really find instructions for doing almost anything on the internet, and it costs a lot less to do whatever you can at home.
  18. I love all things Disney. I really do think that the Disney parks are the happiest places on Earth, and I get giddy over imagery of Mickey, Goofy, Donald, etc. I just think it all represents a love of family and a celebration of childlike hearts.
  19. I was homeschooled for most of my childhood, my family moved and travelled a lot, and I was taught by my mom using Calvert School as our curriculum.
  20. The same Dr that delivered my mom’s twins and my baby sister, delivered Emmie. Paul and I were living in the same area my family had lived growing up when I went to have Emmie, so I thought it would be fun to have the same Dr my mom had. He was really old by then.
  21. I cry throughout medals ceremonies during the Olympics no matter who has won, and no matter the sport; I always think about how whoever it is has just achieved their dream that they have worked very hard for, and I think it must be the most amazing moment for them and their moms.
  22. I’ve won an international competition for sewing a jacket out of my hand woven fabric, and had my Jacket worn on a runway in a fashion show in Sweden, so that was pretty cool. My jacket was also featured in a magazine.
  23. I’ve hiked the Inca Trail, and lived to tell the tale – I cried several times, and it was the hardest thing I have ever done physically (including having 2 kids) but it still ranks as one of the best experiences of my life.
  24. As a military spouse I’ve been to the White House to have breakfast with the president (President Bush at the time) and I got to shake his hand.
  25. I’ve tried to quit drinking Diet Pepsi for exactly one month before, and cheated something like 26 out of 31 days, but this New Years I gave up soda, and have managed to stick to it 100% so far this year, I don’t know what changed that I have been able to do it.
  26. I rarely make it through a whole day with my hair flat. I have worn my hair up almost every single day since my teen years, so now my scalp feels all weird and crazy with my hair flat. Most days I wear some variety of bun since a ponytail is even too loose and free for me. I’m pretty sure I missed my calling as a spinster librarian.
  27. I have a brown thumb, I kill almost every poor plant left in my care, Paul has set up automatic watering systems for me in the past, and I was able to keep things alive then, but I think that had less to do with me keeping things alive so much as they lived in spite of my supervision.
  28. When I was younger my favorite color was purple, I owned a purple denim jacket, purple shoes, purple clothes, etc. By the time I was over purple, I was SO over purple (I didn’t grow from the time I was 8 to about 14, so I never outgrew my clothes) that I still can barely look at the color.
  29. Even though I am apparently over purple, Lilacs are my favorite plant in the history of ever, I think that they are like heavenly smelling lace puffs, and the fact that their season is so short makes them such a special gift when they bloom. I have planted lilacs in every house we have ever lived with a yard, so one day my path will be able to be traced by a line of lilac bushes. (I haven’t ever lived anywhere long enough to really see them bloom even, but I just like the IDEA that they are there.)
  30. I’ve never gotten any sort of traffic or parking ticket, and I am law abiding to a fault. I can’t decide if this makes me brilliant or boring.
  31. I had a story published and then dramatized by university students when I was 13. It was absolutely terrible now that I think about it, especially considering I used names off of the ingredients list of a shampoo bottle for some of the names in the story (Laureth and Isobutene anyone?) and it was called “True Love Cannot Be Conquered” for real.
  32. I always sing the words to the national anthem, (even if only quietly) and hate listening to solos of it; I feel like we are supposed to reflect on the words, not listen to someone singing at the wrong tempo, trying to see how many high notes they can hit, and for how long they can hold the notes, etc.
  33. Every time we move I cannot be in the house while the movers pack or unpack us, I have a panic attack if I have to watch people handling our things, and so Paul makes me leave. It’s entirely possible I was not built to be a military wife, especially since I have to have our stuff packed up and moved every 3 years at the very least. Maybe I should look into ways of calming myself down and stopping the panic attacks in their tracks, maybe do some yoga? Meditation? I’ve been told to check out a website like wonder buds before and others like it, but I’m not too sure yet!
  34. My secret super power is that I know the end of every movie just a couple of minutes into it, this is a really annoying super power because either you have to ruin the movie for others, by telling them the end, or you keep quiet until it’s over and then can’t prove that you knew it. I’ve resorted to writing what I think will happen on a piece of paper before so that I could prove to Paul that I had predicted the end.
  35. When I was a little girl my bike was stolen and when the police found it, it was part of a huge theft ring/chop shop of bikes, and they only found pieces; we had to go to the police station to identify the parts, and I have always had the memory of walking past one of the handcuffed thieves burned in my mind, and we ended up being in the newspaper since a reporter took our picture while we were identifying parts.

Did you make it through? Good job sticking with it, I didn’t realize it was going to be so long! (and 35 things about myself it HARD to come up with!)

My family has spoiled me rotten today, and I got to have Paul make me my Mom’s carrot cake, (which is my favorite) and Emmie decorated it again this year for me.

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