one hundy

Well, it is god’s own sweet mystery how I made it this far.  Yep, this is my 100th post.

So, I decided to put a little more effort into this one.  Usually, I sit down, I write something and I post it. There are no drafts.  I suppose I could have lots of things in progress, waiting to be edited, but I don’t think like that.  I wanted to do something different for the 100th, but was stumped.  Eventually a sort of plan came to me. And it looks like this.

100 BITS OF RANDOM (which is a shit ton of things to think of, let me tell you)

  1. I am about to turn 44. Which is how old my mom was when I got married.  I do not feel that old.
  2. The view outside my office of the Sound on a clear day is pretty spectacular. I am glad we live by water. I don’t know how people do it in places like Arizona. Or Iowa.
  3. I love chocolate. Though not a super huge fan of dark chocolate, even though it is healthier for you. Fruit has no place in chocolate.
  4. I am grateful for my girlfriends. You are fabulous and make me happy every single day.
  5. I am also grateful for some boys who are my friends. Not everyone gets the best of both worlds, but I do.
  6. I do not like to drive on the freeway. It is scary.
  7. Someday I would like an Airstream trailer, but a pop-up is more realistic.
  8. I often wonder how I got here.  If this is my path no matter what choices I made.
  9. I need to clean out the garage. Before the water heater bursts and floods the place.  Also so we can convert that space for actual living-in.
  10. I worry about my kids and husband every single day.
  11. I have not spoken to any of my siblings in probably 10 months.  I have not actually spoken to my parents in about 3 months, but I do email my mother.
  12. I wish I had saved more money when I was younger.
  13. I hope to be debt-free (mortage not included) in three years. Yes, we have some big debt.
  14. 100 things is a lot.
  15. I wish I could sing.
  16. Sometimes, I wish I had a real job.  But then I couldn’t write blog posts in the middle of the day.
  17. I need to clean off the dining room table. So we could eat there, like real families do.
  18. I like lots of kinds of music and books. Except metal and some rap. If you have not read “Rule of the Bone”, you should.  I am reading “Little Bee” right now, thanks to one of the aforementioned girlfriends.  The language is amazing.
  19. I may have a slight addiction to social media. Though, I am less on Facebook now due to Google +.  A smaller community without the commercial-ness of Facebook.  For now.  People like to nag me about Facebook. They can suck it. I am the only entertainment some of them have.
  20. I would like to exercise more. I doubt this will happen.
  21. I like booze.  Beer, wine, the hard stuff. I don’t drink a lot but I drink often. The sight of our little bar with its pretty bottles and wine in the cubbies seems so civilized. I can make a pretty mean cocktail.
  22. Church is not for me. I don’t get it. I go to the Church of Stitch and Gin.
  23. I would like to go back to NYC.
  24. My mother is getting a tattoo soon. I am not making her. No one else knows, including my dad. She’s kind of a bad-ass.
  25. I don’t know what to say when people ask where I am from.  I was born in Oregon, lived in Vegas for few years as a kid, and moved to Kent in 7th grade.
  26. I am a Leo. Which should explain a lot.
  27. I amazed by my son’s ability to play Xbox.  Apparently he has skills bordering on the freakish. I am waiting for this skill to manifest itself in a more useful, i.e. money-making way.
  28. I am also amazed by my daughter’s endless capacity to watch any show involving the Kardashians or The Hills. I do not see this as a potential moneymaker.
  29. I majored in Public Relations. I work as an office manager and do mostly accounting type stuff. Go figure.
  30. When I was in high school, I wanted to be either an interior designer or teacher.  I still would do either of those things. Go figure.
  31. Most of the time, life doesn’t work out like you expect it to. Year by year or even minute by minute.
  32. I don’t like soggy things. They are gross.
  33. I also don’t like runny eggs. See above.
  34. That is not a gray streak in my hair. It is platinum, thank you very much.
  35. I don’t know if I can make it to 100.
  36. My kids are the things I am most proud of. Everyone says that, I know, but it is true.
  37. I am scared of heights, spiders and tight spaces.  How cliche.
  38. I wish we had redone the kitchen when we moved in. Paint can only fix so much.
  39. This will probably be our first and last house.
  40. I have a thing for shoes and bags. Also cookbooks.  And fabric. And pretty glassware.
  41. If I had to describe my decorating style, it would be mid-century meets Goodwill.
  42. Tickling my kids is one of the funnest things on the planet.  Yes, I used funnest in a  sentence. Sue me.
  43. I have lived with The Geek longer than I lived with my parents.
  44. My camera is not fancy, but it has lots of little buttons and menus that I wish I could use better.
  45. I am bad about setting goals, but good about planning.
  46. I wonder what I should have already taught my kids, and if it is too late.
  47. Not everyone is happy all the time, no matter how it seems.
  48. When I am on the bus, I sometimes plan my escape route should it crash. Especially on the bridges. The key is getting a window open before it hits the water. I think I saw that on Discovery Channel. If you don’t, you will not be able to open it underwater due to the pressure.
  49. I like to eat deep-fried things; I do not like to do the deep-frying.
  50. Halfway!
  51. I have a thing for “reality” TV.  Survivor, Project Runway, Big Brother.  It is unhealthy, I am sure.
  52. I have five tattoos. And would like to add to one I already have.
  53. On our 25th anniversary, we are going to get re-married at the Elvis chapel in Vegas. You are invited.
  54.  I like to play word games, but usually lose. I am bad at playing board games.  The rules are boring and confusing. I especially do not like to play with competitive people who get cranky when I don’t remember a rule or I beat them.
  55. I would like to take the train to Chicago. Or California.
  56. None of our apartments/house have had a dishwasher. See #38.
  57. It’s not summer if I don’t make a peach pie.
  58. I do not drink diet stuff. It tastes gross and all those  chemicals cannot be good for you.
  59. I enjoy cooking things that take a long time. There is something very cozy about a pot or pan of something cooking away on a cold day.  Even better if there is some red wine to go along with the waiting. And a fire.
  60. When The Girl Child turns 16, the girls and I are taking her to Paris. I will probably cry when I see la Tour Eiffel.
  61. I am constantly wondering if I am doing this right.
  62. Top 5 things I make: chocolate cake, pot roast with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts, pie, chili, lasagna. Cinnamon rolls. Chocolate chip cookies. OK, that’s 7. And odds are those 7 will change 5 minutes from now when I remember something else.
  63. Commercials sometimes make me cry. And those dang soldiers-coming-home shows.
  64. I sometimes wish I had straight hair. But then I suppose I would wish I had curly hair.
  65. I am lucky enough to know some very creative people.  They inspire me.
  66. Sometime this summer I am going to go to the U-District Farmers Market and get every single thing to make dinner that night.
  67. I am worried I will run out of time.
  68. I am happy every day to see our dog, Jack. Though I wish he would stay the hell off the couch.
  69. Owning your own business is hard, gratifying, stressful work.
  70. Not everyone is  a good person. But I give them the benefit of the doubt.
  71. I do not cheat at online Scrabble. But I am sorely tempted sometimes.
  72. The proper pant/shoe combination is critical. And socks with sandals are NEVER, EVER OK.
  73. I will never jump out of a perfectly good plane or off a perfectly good bridge.  If I need an adrenaline rush, I will buy a pair of shoes or a purse that costs more than $100.
  74. I am an optimist. But I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop.
  75. August 1 marks 24 years of being with The Geek.  Next month marks 20 years of marriage.  That seems like something old people say.
  76. 3/4 done.  I have a feeling the last 25 will be the hardest.
  77. Things I am currently looking forward to: a lovely wedding in Portland next weekend, 4 days in the San Juans, seeing Adele and the Birthday Weekend, and Labor Day in San Fran with drinks on the stoop.
  78. I have an ass-kicking sewing machine. I need to use its power for good. First up, a 20’s style cloche hat.
  79. If you like fantasy novels, may I suggest the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Not my usual thing, but I am enjoying these.
  80. I know the difference between there, they’re, their and it’s, its, and you’re, your.  I try to be patient with people who don’t.
  81. I get tired of making The Boy Child practice guitar. I hope he will thank me one day.  As he accepts his Grammy award.
  82. Some days it’s fun to be out and about all day. Other days it’s all about fat pants on the couch and a big pot of something on the stove.
  83. I can trace my family tree back to a line of lords in Scotland.
  84. Jack knows the difference between “walk” and “park”.  If you say “park”, he will wait by the car to jump in. I think this is impressive.
  85. I can yell at my kids. Most of the rest of you cannot.
  86. Having dinner al fresco in Provence is on my bucket list.
  87. If I had the money, I would consider Botox. Apparently I frown a lot.
  88. Things I look for in thrift stores: dishes, art, textiles.  Sometimes clothes.
  89. Sometimes less is more. But not in my house, currently.  I am working on that.
  90. I have made many quilts. I have kept two.
  91. I do not understand my son and husband’s current obsession with guns. It scares me.
  92. I keep pinning things on Pinterest as a means of remembering them, but I forget to look at them again.
  93. I did not know garlic was something you grew until I was out of college. I thought it was something you shook out of a jar.
  94. Ditto spaghetti spices. I also thought Kool-Aid was good for you.
  95. Holy crap. 5 more to go.
  96. I wonder if my kids are making the memories I think they are when we go camping, or downtown, or to SF or the beach.
  97.  Sometimes I think it would be interesting to see myself as others do. Then I come to my senses.
  98. Voyeurs on social media sites aggravate me. Interact in some way. It’s not that hard.
  99. Both of my kids are named for fictional characters from the 60’s.
  100. “I love you” and “I’m sorry” should be in every parent’s vocabulary. And used.

If you read this entire thing, kudos to you.  Thanks for making it to 100 with me and putting up with the good, the bad and the ugly along the way.


7 responses to “one hundy”

  1. Dear Chris,

    re:#91. My current “obsession” with firearms is not new. It started 40 years ago when my father gave me a bb gun and a .22 rifle and taught me how to use them. Firearms are a thing of wonder to me and I totally respect what they are capable of. My farther imprinted on me the dangers and the respect one has to give them if they are to own them. Your son is a boy, and most boys think guns are cool. I am trying to instill in him the same respect and understanding for firearms. I don’t think you need to be scared of us.

  2. 100 posts is a true achievement (and about 95 more than I ever managed), and a list of 100 thoughtful (well, mostly) items is also laudable.

    Yes, I have no idea when I turned into an old person…I don’t feel that way, but it really is undeniable at this point. Sigh.

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