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Thursday, February 5, 2009

25 Random Things...

Alright, so this is flying around Facebook like hot cakes, so I thought I'd participate and share with the blog world. Drum roll please.... 25 random things about me:

1. I like Ketchup. A lot. I put it on things that most normal people wouldn't put it on like carrots, or on steaks that cost over $50. This has gone on all my life. At one point when I was little my dad banned me from ketchup and told me McDonalds was out because I'd make such a mess. I remember going to McDonalds wondering if they would have ketchup or not that day.

2. I've just started wearing high heels in the last two years. Being a 6 foot tall girl, I never wanted to be taller, until I just said awe what the heck and embraced my height. So yes, I know I make you feel short.

3. I have a "craft closet" in our house filled with a whole bunch of crafting supplies. I love going to the craft store - it's aisles upon aisles of ideas and project just waiting to be created. oooo!

4. My favorite TV show is Ace of Cakes. I love how they take cake and turn it into master pieces.

5. I met my husband at UW in Economics 101. I know it doesn't sound very romantic, but I guess you could say I demanded his supply! Plus if it wasn't for his tutoring I don't think I would have passed.

6. When I shop I am a toucher. I have to walk up to everything and give it a good feel. This evokes lots of chuckles from Brian. When I'm in some place where touching is not a good idea (like an art gallery), I have to hold my hands together in front of me to refrain from touching things.

7. I grew up listening to public radio - "What'd Ya Know" "Garrison Keillor" and "Riders in the Sky" were our regular shows. I still love to listen to them, and read a lot of Garrison Keillor.

8. I like themes. If I can plan a party or coordinate something so that it all has a theme, I am very happy.

9. My second toe is longer than my big toe.

10. I have a Canon camera. I'm not really sure why I chose a Canon (I mean it was a good value at a good price), however when I see anyone with a "professional" camera that is not a Canon I act all snotty with my nose in the air like "Ooooo they have a Nikon"... although I have no actual reason why I like one brand over another.

11. Baring unseen circumstances, I will always drive a Honda Element. I love my little plastic panel, ugly box, toaster-esque of a vehicle.

10. One of my pet peeves is when you see someone walking on the side of road and they are putting themselves in danger, and there are perfectly good side walks either side of the road. Use the sidewalks people!

11. I changed my major 5 times in college. I blame this mostly on wanting to do something "harder" than art, but really that's where my passions and interests are.

12. Someday I would like to rekindle my relationship with my trumpet.

13. I have a deep love affair with Chicken Wings. I can't explain it. Something about the BBQness and the ability to dip them in sauce makes them one of the best things on earth. I have requested to go to BW3's for Valentine's Day.

14. My favorite holiday is the 4th of July. I think it's the red, white, and blue theme. Plus everyone gets together and celebrates the same thing, and who doesn't like cook out and fireworks!? I like sappy things like that. Which leads to.....

15. I am a sap. I like to watch sappy things, read sappy books, take pictures of sappy occasions, talk about things in sappy ways, etc, etc. Erin has nicknamed me the Vomit Queen because of this.

16. I want to become more of a card sender. I used to be really good at this, and then fell off the band wagon. I'm trying to make it a point to send more cards, even if it's just for silly things. In general I want to take better care of the relationships in my life.

17. I am fortunate to be married to my best friend, have my mom as my best "girl" friend, and have a loving a supportive family (and a great family in-law). Without this awesome support system I don't know where I'd be. They make me want to have a family of my own so that we can all spend time together. (See I told you I'm sappy!)

18. I hate Haunted Houses. Pretty much put me in a dark room and tell me someone is going to tickle me and I'm scared enough! I don't need all the blood and gore on top of it!

19. I have an "escape" plan made up just in case there was ever a robber in our house. I would hide in closet behind the ironing board until I could make a run for it. (I didn't say that I had a good plan...)

20. I believe that the spell checker on Microsoft Word has made me a horrible speller. More often then not, if you spell a word wrong it automatically corrects it, so you never know what words you are spelling wrong. That's why I'm grateful for our Mac... it has spell check across every application. (This makes me look more smart)

21. I really don't like calling people on the phone. Especially to strangers. More often then not if I have your email and your phone, I will send you an email. If I must call a stranger I usually have to write out what I'm going to say ahead of time because I get nervous.

22. I love the summer. Although I don't think I'd move to a year round warm place, all this cold weather makes me appreciate the warmer temps all that much more.

23. I've been accused that my future children will make my friends future children jealous because they will have perfectly scrapbooked lives and unique themed parties. Only time will tell!

24. I check out CD's from the library and burn them to my computer, and have no moral problem with this. They must know this is going to happen!

25. I once rode in the back of a police van, with a police officer driving, while not wearing a seat belt, on the way to detox. This was all apart of house fellow training at the number one party school!

thanks for reading! jvw

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