100 Things About Me…

1. I am a mother to two beautiful children… Matthew and Samara…many will tell you they saved my life… (and I have two step-kids… who I absolutely adore!)

2. I am the daughter to two wonderful parents… John and Barbara…they’ve saved me many, many times…

3. I am the sister to a member of the United States Air Forcea detective in Florida

4. I’m a dog owner… I love Rhoda! She was thrown out of a car window on a busy street in Richmond…and we rescued her when she was just 12 weeks old….she’s a wonderful dog… :) (We’re also owners of 6 chickens, 3 fish, a hermit crab and two parakeets… we’re contemplating goats…)

5. I’m a very intelligent woman…just don’t have the best judgement at times…leads for a pretty interesting life…

6. I’m a procrastinator and it gets me in more trouble than I should let it…but I live by the motto “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done” — even though I know I should work ahead…

7. I’m a dreamer…I live in fantasy world…I have scenes from my life already scripted out…will it turn out that way? Probably not….but that’s okay… :)

8. I’m an accident waiting to happen…it’s just who I am and I’m used to the cuts scrapes and bruises… :)

9. If it can happen to me, it will — Murphy is a relative… :)

10. I’m a closet perfectionist…I don’t tell many people, and you wouldn’t know by looking at my surroundings, but I like things to be perfect to me…

11. I’m an Army Brat which means I’ve moved all over the place… :) I’ve lived in York, PA, Silver Spring, MD, Scoffield Barracks, HI, San Antonio, TX, Evans Mills, NY, Clayton, NY, Blue Ridge, VA, Philadelphia, PA, Boston, MA, Greensboro, NC, Roanoke, VA, Salem, VA, Richmond, VA…I had to move to and from this area 4 times to realize that this is home…

12. Growing up all I wanted to do was act….

13. Then I wanted to be the White House Correspondant for the NBC Nightly News….

14. I settled for the sales and marketing end of the television industry...and then God called me to ministry!

15. I’ve been married once… for 3 years….twice, now… my current hubs and I have been married since May 2010

16. I’ve written 3 e-Books…

17. …but I want to have a REAL book by the time that I’m 40! (I’ve kinda done this.. but not really)

18. I love to scrapbook (it’s my “mom” hobby) but it’s hard to find the time… you can add knitting and sewing to this list

19. I love computers and all things technical, but as I get older I’ve found that having the latest gadgets isn’t of the utmost importance

20. We have 7 computers in our house (6 PCs and 1 Mac) two one computer (just a macbook) which means that… 

21. …I’m I was a pack rat… I can’t stand to throw things away because I know that the minute I get rid of something, I’ll need it… see #9…

22. My kids are newly into sports which means that I am newly into sports… we’re learning football and basketball together… We’ve been around the block and then some… football, cheerleading, baseball, and softball… oh yeah.  I’m a soccer mom… of kids who don’t play soccer.

23. I cheer onthe Redskins in Pro football and Penn State in college football because that’s what my parents tell me I should do… I’m a Tennessee Vols fan when it comes to college basketball…and that’s because the first 2 college basketball games I watched the Vols were playing and it was nail biting — oh that and sometimes Kenny Chesney is in the stands… :)

24. I’ve made it a point to see Kenny Chesney at least once a year for the last 4 years… this ended shortly after I wrote it! But I have been to see NKOTB just as many times as an adult as I did as a teen! 

25. Troy Gentry (of Montgomery Gentry) took two pictures of my best friend and I durning a concert…took one, didn’t like it so he took another…

26. I am called the oldest 30  35 year old on the face of the planet…this started when I was 26… (but then I was the oldest 26 year old on the face of the planet)

27. I used to play the flute (and the piccalo) and was first chair…I’ve not picked up a flute in 12 years…but I can still rock out hot cross buns on the recorder all these years later…

28. I’ve been to a World Series game…

29. Diet Dr. Pepper is my soda of choice…however, I’ve stopped buying soda for the house… (we were just drinking WAY too much of it…)

30. I have to have coffee in the morning…and I like a little coffee with my creamer…

31. I love music…all kinds…my iTunes is a mix of anything from Christian to rap and everything in between…

32. I love TV dramas…but I’m not a big tv freak… right now I’m hooked on Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, Ugly Betty, Men In Trees, and American Idol Revenge, Law & Order: SVU 

33. I watch series finales only of many tv shows…I’m not sure why, but I’ve watched the season finales of American Idol every single season (this is the first year we’ve watched the whole thing), Dancing with the Stars, the Bachelor…and most recently, the OC. I haven’t watched the OC since season one… it’s amazing how if you only watch the last one, you’re not upset because the person you wanted to win didn’t… (which is the whole problem I have with reality shows…)

34. I’m a Republican and I vote…if you don’t, that’s fine…just don’t complain to me about the state of our country or our president…i won’t listen…

35. I am against abortion and same sex marriages…but guess what? I have friends that have had abortions and are in long term homosexual relationships…it’s just what I believe…

36. If I could go anywhere on vacation it would be back to Disney World…. We were there in 2003 but I know that we’ll never find that great of a deal again…

37. I applied to Syracuse Univeristy, Boston University, Penn State, and University of MD…I got accepted to Syracuse and BU (both places I bought a t-shirt at….)

38. I went to Boston University for a semester…

39. I’m not proud of the life that I led when I was younger, but I’m trying to make up for it now…I can’t go back and do it all over again..but man did I learn some stuff!!!

40. I learned that my father was ALWAYS right because he had been there, done that… unfortunately, I spent 29 years trying to prove him wrong…i’m so glad that I did..I love the relationship we are developing now.

41. I am a celiac, but it’s not that bad… like others have it.. now I just need to learn to accept it and stop eating what I’m not supposed to have… I was misdiagnosed.  But in my heart of hearts I know I should eat better.

42. I bit my nails for 26 years….and haven’t since… I love getting complimented on my nails now… :)

43. If I decide to splurge and get a manicure, I will break a nail before I get to the nail salon..

44. I’m anal about all of my nails being the same length

45. I would be completely content if I could go barefoot or wear flip flops all year long…

46. I love to dance.. :) and I mean LOVE to dance… :) The kids and I will often just dance in the living room…. :)

47. I collect keychains and have since I was 15 years old and we drove from Philadelphia, PA to the Grand Canyon. I have a HUGE box of them on my dresser and one day I hope to have a display for them…my brother even brought me one from Afghanistan…

48. I used to collect Winnie the Pooh stuff and was pretty obsessed with it and am not anymore…but I still have lots of Pooh stuff around the house..

49. Go back a whole bunch of Greats on my grandmother’s side and you’ll find William Drawbaugh…he was the REAL inventor of the telephone and a relative of mine. They talk about him in college classes now… :)

50. I quit smoking on December 16, 2006…coincidentally that was also my 5 year divorcery (the 5 year anniversary of my divorce)… I started again, but I quit again September 28, 2010

51. The most I ever spent on a purse was $50…but it helped my kids believe there was a Santa for one more year….

52. Christmas is my most favorite holiday of them all followed by Thanksgiving… Valentine’s Day is at the bottom of the list (and that’s whether I have one or not….)

53. I decided to give up dating for Lent but my best friend said it had to be something that I enjoy… ha ha i guess this is no longer an option ;)

54. As I’ve gotten older, I don’t enjoy the spotlight as much as I used to. I’m perfectly content to be by myself…

55. I also don’t like drama that involves me any more either…

56. I was in the break room at Newschannel 10 when they first broke in with reports that something had hit the 1st tower..I was in the newsroom when the second plane hit…

57. I scored 9th in the state of Virginia in the National Spanish Exam when I was in high school (spanish 1)….I took 3 years of French before switching to spanish…

58. My favorite sweatshirt is a Nike golf sweatshirt that I bought with my first paycheck from Walnut Hills Golf Course when I was 15 years old…yes, I still own it…

59. I’m not afraid to die…I know that when I go, I’ve done what I was put on this earth to do, and that I’ll be with Jesus…

60. I love to make people laugh….if I thought I could make it as a commedianne, I would try…

61. I’m not real girly…i do wear make up (but not alot) and i do get manicures (when I’m not planning on working outside in the yard alot)…

62. If I had to pick between skirt and heels and jeans and a sweatshirt, it would be the jeans and sweatshirt hands down…

63. I think my eyes are my best feature (followed closely by my smile…)

64. I’m challenge oriented…

65. If the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach, then I’m going to be an old maid… ha ha… no, I can cook, when I have the proper tools… or counter space to prepare… and when i stay in the kitchen and not try to do more than a gazillion things at once… I have come so far!  I cook all the time and 95% of the time it’s well!

66. I was raised Episcopalian, spent a few years at Catholic school, but didn’t really get in to this religion stuff until just recently…sorry I waited so long… attended a Weslyean church, worked at a Baptist church and as of October 1, 2012, will be at a Methodist Church… I get around.

67. For someone who loves to talk, I’m finding it hard to tell you 100 things about myself…maybe I’m losing my touch…

68. Mexican food is my favorite…and I love margaritas… :) so much that my mom gave me margarita shampoo for Christmas and said “I thought this might be a little safer…”

69. Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons…the smell in the air, Thanksgiving right around the corner, football…and I don’t think I have ever witnessed a more beautiful place during the fall than right here in Southwest Virginia…

70. My daughter is the spitting image of me in not only looks, but attitude…

71. …I’m not looking forward to her teenage years…we’re here… I was right

72. My dream job is to be a morning drive DJ or a college professor…but I’m not sure what I would teach… (and getting up at 4am isn’t real exciting either…)

73. I share my birthday with Richard Nixon and Crystal Gayle… (January 9)

74. My favorite authors are James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Harlen Coben and Nicholas Sparks…I love to read…always have…I was the type of kid that would go to bed and then read with a flashlight…

75. I love to camp…with a tent…and yes, I can put the tent up by myself (it’s a debacle, but I can do it)…I always forget something…but we always have a good time…

76. I try to see the positive in things (for example, when I opened the cabinet where we keep the glasses they were just thrown in there…I was happy that my daughter actually volunteered to help me dry the dishes…)

77. Philadephia is my favorite city…San Francisco has now topped my list!

78. I have the coolest grandma in the whole wide world… she’s 87  93 and still golfs and she’ll tell you exactly what she thinks…

79. My Cousin Vinny is one of my all time favorite movies…along with Blast from the Past (write that down..lol)

80. I love the theater…not the movie theater…but the STAGE… :) I’ve been to see Damn Yankees, My Fair Lady, Death of a Salesman, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, among others… I just LOVE the theater… :)

81. I can’t live without my DVR…well, I bet I could, but it would be hard…but how else could I put the kids to bed at 8:30 on Thursday night and then watch 3 hours of TV in just 2.5 hours…AND…the kids and I can bond over American Idol the next day because we tape it… yes, I know…let’s spend time not in front of the TV and we do that too… but it’s cold outside! Ha!  I don’t even have cable anymore!

82. Friday nights at our house are game night…we don’t watch TV…we jsut listen to Radio Disney and play games…all kinds of games… :) This happens about once a month… but Friday nights are family nights… every other weekend.

83. Saturday nights are movie nights when I have the kids…and I’m loving the fact that the kids are getting a little older and we don’t have to just watch cartoons anymore…

84. When I don’t have the kids, Friday is “Chinese Chick Flick” night…I ship them out the door, order Chinese (sweet and sour chicken combo with extra sauce and an order of fried wonton)…then I pop in a movie that either isn’t appropriate for the kids or one that no one but me wants to see… Now, the hubs and I do this… and we still call it “Chinese Chick Flick Night” except we don’t watch Chick Flicks…lol

85. I LOVE Chinese buffets… and I’m pretty lucky that I have a buddy that loves them just as much as me… :) Except he moved away, got married and just had a baby.  But the hubs loves them… so he will take me!

86. I have 8 1 blogs..not all of them active and not all of them personal or business…but they are all one or the other…I don’t mix them…and this one is hard enough to keep up!

87. I am a MySpace Facebook addict…

88. My two best friends are both older than me…one 12 years and one 22 years…infact, Jan is two weeks younger than my mother…

89. I’m frugal…I refuse to pay full price if I don’t have to…

90. I love to read…and I’ve been a book worm all my life…James Patterson and Janet Evanovich are two of my favorite authors…

91. I almost drowned when I was little and living in Hawaii…

92. I have gotten speeding tickets and I have been in an accident… (that was my fault)…I have even more now :(

93. My favorite book as a child was Happy Birthday Oliver…

94. My kids’ favorite book is John Pig’s Halloween…

95. When I was a kid I was told that when I was 30 people would be living on the moon…I’m 30 35 …there aren’t….

96. I’m a dreamer…and sometimes I find it hard to face reality…

97. I always have the best of intentions…

98. The happiest I am is when my children look at me and tell me that they love me…

99. My junk food of choice are potato chips…

100. I have NEVER been so happy to complete a task in my whole entire life.. :) AMEN!

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