Monday, December 31, 2007

One Hundred

Welcome to my 100th post. In blogging tradition, I’ll now share 100 things about myself that you may not know or may not want to know. I’ll try to not repeat too much that I’ve revealed in the past, like in my 7 Random Things About Me post, or mention the obvious (like Dr. Pepper, my favorite color and roaches). For the record... it was incredibly difficult and tedious to try to come up with 100 things, but here goes...

  1. 1.My real name is Julia, though my parents have never once called me Julia.

  2. 2.I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida.

  3. 3.I’m the youngest of three children, with an older brother and an older sister.

  4. 4.I got spanked more than my brother or sister did.

  5. 5.My parents had to keep buying ping pong spanking paddles because I kept hiding them.

  6. 6. I got my first tooth when I was 18 months old.

  7. 7.As a child, my mother never let me grow my hair long because I wouldn’t brush it.

  8. 8.I still don’t brush my hair.

  9. 9.I do not own a hairdryer, curling iron or hair spray.

  10. 10.Though my ancestors emigrated from Germany (to Pennsylvania) in the 1700’s, I’m the first generation to not speak German in the home.

  11. 11. I have an ancestor who fought in the American Revolution.

  12. 12. My childhood nickname was “Silly Putty Face” because I would make a face every time someone tried to take a picture of me.

  13. 13. As a child I used to rummage through my brother’s and sister’s rooms (when they weren’t around), take what I wanted, hiding the stolen goods in my room.

  14. 14. Growing up, I pretty much got everything my little heart desired, except for a Snoopy Sno Cone Machine.

  15. 15. I took a course in Riflery at summer camp when I was 9.

  16. 16. I had posters of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lungren, Wham and Stryper on my bedroom walls in my youth.

  17. 17. Underneath those posters was my Holly Hobbie wallpaper.

  18. 18. I have always loved Arnold Schwarzenegger action movies. (Conan, Red Sonja, Commando, Predator, Terminator, etc.) And now he’s my Governor Governator.

  19. 19. Predator is my all time favorite movie ever. Followed by Young Guns.

  20. 20. I took piano, alto saxophone and flute lessons as a child.

  21. 21. I played everything by ear to avoid having to read music and I hardly ever practiced.

  22. 22. And still I was First Chair in my high school band for alto saxophone.

  23. 23. My parents sent me to a Child Psychiatrist when I was young because they thought I had a learning disability. The Psychologist concluded that I knew all the right answers, I just didn’t feel like telling my parents the right answers.

  24. 24. I failed 3rd grade on purpose because my teacher was really mean. I got to move on to 4th grade anyway. Take that Miss Nelson!!!

  25. 25. A couple of my favorite shows growing up were MacGyver and Tour of Duty.

  26. 26. I can recite the entire opening of He-man from heart: “Hi, I’m Adam, Prince of Eternia, defender of the secrets of Castle Grayskull. And this is Cringer, my fearless friend. Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me the day I held aloft my magic sword and said, “I have the power.” (need I really continue? Cause I can. No? Ok, I’ll move on.)

  27. 27. I also had the He-man action figure.

  28. 28. As a child I would search through all the closets in the house looking for unwrapped Christmas presents. By the time Christmas came, I often knew what I was getting.

  29. 29. For Halloween when I was eleven, I dressed as George Michael, who I had a crush on at the time.

  30. 30. When I was twelve, I got a rifle for Christmas. A Remington Nylon 66.

  31. 31. I have some resentment about all my childhood Barbies having blond hair.

  32. 32. I cut all their hair off and stuck football helmets on their heads.

  33. 33. In college I finally found (and purchased) a red haired Barbie.

  34. 34. I had (past tense) every episode of The Monkees on VHS and 16 of their albums. (even the 20th Anniversary Reunion album)

  35. 35. I have every album Sting has ever released. (including the Spanish/Portuguese album)

  36. 36. Having only lived in Florida and Southern California, I’ve never experienced living with four seasons worth of weather.

  37. 37. I saw snow for the first time in 3rd grade at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada.

  38. 38. During that trip, I broke Canadian law by knowingly carrying pussy willows across the border.

  39. 39. My parents got separated when I was twelve.

  40. 40. For father/daughter bonding, I went to the local shooting range every Wednesday with my dad.

  41. 41. I did toll-painting every week with my mom.

  42. 42. My parents divorced and my dad remarried when I was fourteen.

  43. 43. I officially became a red-headed stepchild.

  44. 44. After my mother had previously said “no”, I went ahead and got my ears double pierced during a church youth group trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

  45. 45. At age 15, I went to Mexico City by myself for the summer, to be a Nanny for a family I’d never met before.

  46. 46. When I was 16, myself and three other people flew into a cleared strip of jungle in Bolivia to spend the day with the Yucci Indians.

  47. 47. In college I visited the Medieval Dog Collar Museum at Leeds Castle in Kent, England.

  48. 48. When I was 20, I swam with and fed sting rays at Sting Ray City off the coast of the Cayman Islands.

  49. 49. One of my favorite things to do growing up was to attend Gun and Knife shows.

  50. 50. I own the Official Rambo II Bowie knife, with the compass and waterproof survival kit hidden in the handle.

  51. 51. I can recite the alphabet backwards in under 5 seconds.

  52. 52. My first car was a lemon Cadillac Cimarron.

  53. 53. After I totaled that car, I inherited the family car, a 1984 Maxima wagon, which I drove for 5 humiliating years until I got married.

  54. 54. In high school my brother graduated 1st in his class and my sister was 2nd in her class. I however, was something like #200 out of 478 in my class. Proudly.

  55. 55. My dad says I’m “street smart”.

  56. 56. I went to college at Florida State University. Go Seminoles!!!

  57. 57. I studied Bellydancing in college and for a few years after college.

  58. 58. I have my minor in Spanish. Pero hace mucho tiempo si no me hablado espanol, y por eso se me olvidaron muchas de las palabras. I don’t know what I just said.

  59. 59. In college, I was a member of the Caribbean Students Association. (long story, but I could dance with the best of them.)

  60. 60. I started out in the School of Nursing but realized I didn’t like bodily fluids and changed my major.

  61. 61. I graduated with a bachelors degree in “Leisure Services and Studies” with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.

  62. 62. But it is indeed accurate to say I have a ‘Degree in Leisure’.

  63. 63. With my bachelors degree, I’m the least educated of my family. (mom & sis have Masters, brother has PhD, and dad has M.D.)

  64. 64. For my profession, I was a Recreational Therapist and a Rec. Therapy Consultant until I became a mother.

  65. 65. As a Rec. Therapist, I worked in Psychiatry, in both locked units and day programs. I worked with all age groups, ranging from children to adults to geriatrics.

  66. 66. I was a virgin when I got married. (by CHOICE people... not that I didn’t have offers)

  67. 67. I got married at the age of 21, three weeks after I graduated from college.

  68. 68. If you ask me to pick a number from 1 to 10, I always pick the number 3.

  69. 69. Because 3 has been my favorite number since I was in Kindergarden.

  70. 70. And my oldest son was actually born at 3:33pm.

  71. 71. I’ve never watched Gone With The Wind.

  72. 72. But I’ve seen Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi over 100 times each.

  73. 73. My favorite books of all times are the Harry Potter series, followed by Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

  74. 74. My all time favorite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I won’t mention the DVD sets, action figures, books, magazines, clock, calendars, pencils, comic books, posters, lunch box or the names of my pets because otherwise I might really embarrass myself.

  75. 75. I don’t like pies or cooked fruit.

  76. 76. I don’t like the combination of meat and fruit.

  77. 77. I don’t like Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse or puppies. (yes I have a heart of stone)

  78. 78. I’m not crazy about ice cream, unless it has oreos, bubble gum, cookie dough or marshmallows mixed in.

  79. 79. I don’t like cheesecake.

  80. 80. I’m not big on cake in general.

  81. 81. I do enjoy myself a nice warm, chocolate chip cookie (or ten).

  82. 82. My favorite food is pizza.

  83. 83. My favorite junk food is Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls.

  84. 84. I haven’t bought them in years because I can eat an entire box in one sitting.

  85. 85. I lost 70 pounds in 7 months in 2005.

  86. 86. I’ve kept off about 55 of those 70 pounds.

  87. 87. I’m a perfectionist, but I don’t like competition.

  88. 88. I took voice lessons with no intention of singing a recital. I only wanted to improve my singing in the shower.

  89. 89. I’m not attracted to hairy men.

  90. 90. Long fingernails and toenails on men gross me out.

  91. 91. I have a very sensitive gag reflex, which I inherited from my dad and passed on to my oldest son.

  92. 92. It is often triggered by biting into a piece of gristle or fat in my food or when I’m changing messy diapers.

  93. 93. I love cats but have an aversion to cat hair, which is why my one shedding cat lives outside.

  94. 94. I collect fairies.

  95. 95. My eyesight is so poor, I need my glasses to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

  96. 96. I’m proficient in the art of ceramics.

  97. 97. I used to be known as “Jawbreaker Julie” for my love of eating jawbreakers. (don’t tell my dentist)

  98. 98. None of the walls or ceilings in my house are painted white. Colors include green, mauve, purple, cranberry, blue, yellow and mocha.

  99. 99. Our walls are decorated with Thomas Kinkade paintings, Waterhouse prints and Marshall’s photography.

  100. 100. The boy who took me out on my first date is now gay. Draw your own conclusions.


And those are 100 things about myself. If you made it to the end, you deserve some sort of award. Now you all know everything there is to know about me. Aren’t you lucky.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, the Gatlinburg youth group trip. Bet you got an airbrushed t-shirt too. Or perhaps just the Aunt Mahalia's candy that no one really likes to eat.