Thursday, September 20, 2007

100 Things

Scary how long it took to write this. You should try it sometime. And then come back and tell me so I can go read about you!

In keeping with the 100th post tradition, here are:

100 random things you may not know about me:

1. I don't have a favorite dessert. How could I choose? My favorite thing is to try something new.

2. My celebrity BFF is Glenn Beck.

3. I hate it when people use the word hysterical when they mean hilarious. It's like fingernails on a blackboard to me.

4. I'm training for my 3rd (and possibly last) marathon. It's kind of like a 9 months-pregnant woman deciding if she's going to have another baby after this.

5. My favorite drink is a Sonic Route 44 Diet Coke with cranberry and vanilla.

6. I have a teaching degree, but no plans to go back into the classroom full-time.

7. I'd rather get up at 3am than stay up till 3 am.

8. I like to sit in the front of the chapel on Sundays.

9. I get migraines when I overexert myself or get too hot.

10. I used to sell Mary Kay.

11. I rarely turn down chocolate, but

12. If there's a choice, I'll usually take Twizzler's licorice. Ironically any flavor BUT chocolate. (Ick!)

13. I like to cook, but I don't like to make menus and grocery lists.

14. I'd rather read blogs than magazines.

15. I live for autumn.

16. I also like winter. And summer.

17. And I'm even learning to like spring - even though it's the muddy season!

18. I can't really relax unless my kitchen sink is clean.

19. My favorite TV show is The Amazing Race. We watch it as a family and we love it!

20. I like to clean my house, but I really hate that I have to put clutter away before I can start the actual cleaning.

21. So sometimes it gets put off a little bit.

22. I love listening to Dr Laura.

23. I've read the Book of Mormon more times than I can count.

24. I've also read the New Testament all the way through.

25. But not the Old Testament straight through.

26. I can't keep a houseplant to save my life. Or its life either.

27. My favorite books are biographies.

28. I also like Nicholas Sparks books.

29. Musical soundtracks are very calming to me. (don't ask - I don't know why)

30. I've never been big on cute country decorating.

31. I'm more minimalist. Like Pottery Barn style.

32. If you can't say something nice about someone else, don't sit by me. I don't understand the mentality of tearing people down.

33. Right now my favorite color is orange,but it seems to change regularly.

34. I don't really like to shop. A little is fun, more than about an hour is a chore.

35. I'm terrible at keeping up relationships. I don't communicate with anyone I went to hs or college with, except my husband's friends. I have fond memories of couples we have known over the years, but once one of us moves away, I just don't keep up with it.

36. I don't like s'mores, but I'll take the toasted marshmallow!

37. I can sit all morning and watch a bulldozer dig a foundation. It just fascinates me.

38. I can water ski and wakeboard (it's not pretty, but I can do it!) , but I'd rather just ride in the boat.

39. I was a pom (dance team) my senior year of hs. What a waste of time!

40. I was also the editor of the yearbook .

42. The non-blog websites I visit the most are: Infinite Campus (checking the kid's grades),,, and google.

43. One thing I never buy generic is orange juice. Another thing is laundry soap.

44. I understand a lot of Spanish, and speak a little.

45. I love to ride trains. Really l.o.v.e. it!

46. My least favorite color is blue.

47. MY most favorite calling was primary music chorister.

48. I'm really, really not an animal person.

49. I held out for 14 years before I gave in to getting the dog.

50. I seriously doubt there will be another one after she's gone.

51. I like taking my Christmas decorations down as much as I like putting them up!

52. I still have both my prom dresses. And I can still wear them. Not that I'd want to.

53. I can sew, but I don't do it often because it doesn't really seem cost efficient.

54. I played the flute for several years.

55. My grandfather was a BYU football player/head coach/athletic director.

56. So you can probably see why I'd much rather watch football than any other sport. It's bred into me. I root for the Rebels, the Cougars, and the Broncos.

57. My favorite Ben and Jerry's is Karmel Sutra or Phish Food.

58. I can't stand banana flavored anything. I barely can choke down a banana.

59. I start Christmas shopping in July. Probably because of #34. I have to spread it out over months. You'd think I'd be done before December, but I never am.

60. My favorite bible story is the raising of Lazarus.

61. My favorite Book of Mormon story is Alma the Younger.

62. My all time favorite scripture: Mosiah 2:17

63. I can quote lots of scriptures, unless I'm under some heavy pressure. Then I can't even remember my own name.

64. I am both stronger and weaker than I think I am.

65. I've never had coffee to drink, but I think I would probably like it. I like the smell.

66. My computer skills are , let's just say "lacking" because I'm married to the best computer tech guy on the planet. He'd be willing to teach me anything I want to know, but it's so much faster to just ask him to fix it. ( I know, I know...)

67. I used to sing well enough to make it into audition choirs.

68. I don't like horror movies. Which works out fine, because I also don't watch R rated movies - unless they've been edited.

69. I've been happily married to the same person for 23 years. I sometimes can't believe this little fact, because well, wouldn't that make us old?

70. My family is incredibly funny when we're all together.

71. Making phone calls? Not a big fan. I would be a lousy telemarketer.

72. If it's chicken or fish, I'll usually take the fish, but throw beef in there, and it's all cow.

73. The times listed on most of my posts have no actual correlation with the times they were actually written.

74. I once won the title of Fastest Subway Sandwich maker in Colorado.

75. My favorite card game is Nertz. We call it Nertz till it Hurtz, because when you're done playing, you'll probably be bleeding.

76. My silverware drawer stays organized and clean. Which is more than I can say for any other drawer in my house.

77. Even after 5 years on a swim team, 1 year on a dance team, and (almost)3 marathons, I don't consider myself an athlete.

78. I've always had curly hair, but I fought it for 41 years and tried to keep it straight. And can I just say, wow! Not battling the hair really frees up a morning!

79. I usually check my email 2-3 times a day.

80. My comfort foods are mashed potatoes and tapioca pudding. and Postum.

81. My car is usually dirty.

82. Some people think I'm an overprotective parent because I have a policy of communicating with other parents, and wanting to make a plan.

83. I really do believe that when you lose yourself in service to others is when you find yourself.

84. I'm a big reader, but I don't read many bestsellers because I don't like reading about immoral crud, and I don't like lots of swearing.

85. I cook a turkey every Thanksgiving, even if we've been invited to dinner elsewhere.

86. I feel bad that I haven't developed strong relationships with the people I visit teach, but considering that I haven't had the same route for more than 3 months in a row since our ward was formed, I don't feel terribly guilty.

87. I love candy corn.

88. I might be the only person on the planet that really likes fruitcake.

89. I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day in the winter and shredded wheat every day in the summer.

90. I sometimes have a hard time regulating my body temperature and have to drink hot water to get warm.

91. I love where I live and I wish I got out to enjoy it more.

92. I love working with the teenage young women at youth group.

93. I go to bed pretty early. Usually before 10pm.

94. I also get up usually before 6am.

95. I like to scrapbook, but don't do it often because of the huge mess it creates.

96. I like to play Ghost Recon as part of a 4 man team with The Brain, my brother and my son. I'm even getting to the point where I can actually do some good as part of the team. (Maybe one day they'll plug in my controller!)

97. Other than that I'm not very good at video games.

98. But I am pretty good at

99. I like my crocs and I wear them everywhere. I know they're the ugliest shoes on the planet, but they're also the most comfortable.

100. Jesus Christ is my real BFF, with The Brain coming in a close second.

And what I would really love is for you to tell me one thing that surprised you, and one or two things we have in common!
Seriously, even if you're normally a lurker!

Come on - you know you want to!


Heather said...

So hysterical!! (ha ha)

Its fun to see how much we have in common. I was actually a little shocked that you don't keep in contact with old friends, I thought you'd be a shoe in for that. AND Amen to the candy corn!!

Kimberly said...

Okay, it would take me forever to list the things we have in common. I was surprised though that we both eat oatmeal in the cool months, and shredded wheat in the warm. Mmmm....fibre...

So neat to get to know more about you! I think you're fab-ewe-luss!

East of Eden said...

Ok, I love Amazing Race too....what do they have on instead this fall? Viva Laughling? Like we need another TV show set in a casino.

I need more PHIL!

I give it 3 weeks and then we will have our AR back! YAYAYAYAYAAA!

Oh, and Glenn Beck is my BFF too! Love him.

miggy said...

Ok so I was a pom in high school too! I went to Littleton high--I'm assuming you grew up on CO. I can't believe you don't like banana flavored things--I LOVE banana flavored stuff more than real banana's. Oh and I totally get the whole can't-relax-til-the-sink-is-clean thing. Drives my husband up the wall.

Matt said...

I definitely connected on a number of your 100 things, but others were polar opposites. Some of my thoughts:

1) Can't see how you love desserts, but your favorite drink is DIET Coke based? (Gag!)

2) But LOVE Sonic Rt 44s. Just had one Saturday. Strawberry Slush. Yummm!

2) Common misuses (or mis-spellings) of words stick in my craw too!

3) Good luck on the marathon! I've done 8. May or may not do another as I've sucked, errr rather stunk at all of the them.

4) I have similar feelings on foul language, but the occasional 'sucks' slips out.

5) "I have a teaching degree, but no plans to go back into the classroom full-time." Ditto here. Taught 3 yrs. That was enough.

6) Dehydration from heat/running gives me migraines too, but don't have much trouble with body temp.

7) Fall is my favorite too. Spring least.

8) I'm a terrible communicator with college/HS friends, but ironically built a website for our 20 yr hs reunion that IMHO is pretty cool and was a lot of fun.

9)Despise s'mores, but will take the marshmallow.

10) Infinite Campus. Hmmm. Almost ended up working for them. Now they are a competitor. I guess so,... with all your teenagers.

11) Orange juice is on the top of my list of generics not to buy. I think they must include the peel and all.

12) I always eat oatmeal, and just rediscovered how much I like shredded wheat in the last two weeks. I have now bought two boxes. Love the big bicuits.

13) Fruitcake is good stuff.

14) I enjoy Glenn Beck, but don't catch him much as most of my media time comes via radio or internet.

15) I've never been able to drink a cup of coffee or a glass of muddy water. I don't think would be more inclined to drink one than the other. But love a good cup of tea!

Stephanette said...

Oh my word, Randi....hmmm I think that Heather and you and I have the same two things in common as well as many others. I'm trying to nail Cajun Man down for another Temple Trip. We'll try to give you more notice next time.

JustRandi said...

Heather - I may go hysterical if you do that again!

Kimberly- THANKS!!

EOE- Can you believe they only renewed it for the 2dn half of the season? Stupid Kid Nation.

Miggy- how funny! I went to Evergreen.

Matt- wow! (and welcome to the blog, btw!) See, the reason I can try the different desserts is BECAUSE of the diet coke. I haven't just had 44 oz of sugar...
and I say "sucks" all the time.(not that I should) It's the hard core stuff that bothers me.

JustRandi said...

And Steph- Yay for candy corn! Yes lmk when you'll be in town!

the wiz said...

As soon as you said you couldn't relax until your sink was clean, I knew you were a flylady disciple. I tried it, but it didn't work for me, because I'm lazy.

OK, here goes - longest comment ever.

I played the flute for several years, too. Still do.

I dislike country decorating, too, love Pottery Barn.

I, too, live for autumn.

I like cleaning but not the clutter.

I've read the BoM all the way through several times. I'm currently working on the NT, and am close. I actually DID do the OT last year.

I can't keep plants alive, either.

I hate Nicholas Sparks books...but I LOVE musical soundtracks. 99% of the CD's I buy are soundtracks (which means I have one that isn't).

Generic OJ is evil, as is generic laundry soap.

I love banana flavored things. Especially mixed with chocolate. mmmmm.....

I am married to the best computer guy ever. Hence I stopped learning computer things 11 years ago.

I love Postum, and have just bought the coffee flavored kind, because I love the smell of coffee, too. Haven't actually tried it, yet, though, it's still too hot here.

So there you go. Tai Pan has wonderful fake plants that look real. I've actually had people water them when they were watching my dog while I was out of town because they were worried.

Melissa said...

So, do you eat your potatoes and tapioca together?? My Hubby wants to start a chain "Postum" shops. He thinks it would sell big in Utah and Southern Idaho ;)

Yvonne said...

Love the list--I've visited before but never commented. I could say a lot of those same things. Wish I could say #67--I could never sing that well.
Being an early morning seminary teacher definitely #93, and 94.

JustRandi said...

WIZ- Oh, for a Tai Pan! I LOVE that place!

Melissa- I agree with your husband! I'd stop in all the time. Well, not if they were only in UT and ID. But bring one to Denver, and I'm there!
And on you're other question- um, NO.

Thanks for stopping by!! And as for #67, well, I wish I still did!

Becky said...

Loved the post!! I have to say that I was shocked about the chocolate vs licorice thing. I definitely prefer chocolate. Unless it's wax/chocolate. Then I'll go for the licorice....but I like the chocolate kind. I know, I know.....I ramble. :)

Two Princess Girls said...

Hi Randi! Congratulations on your 100th post! I enjoyed reading your "100 things" list.
I'm surprised you don't consider yourself an athlete, after finishing 3 marathons you should!
I love all things Diet Coke (but I've never been to a Sonic), hate horror movies, and like to get up early.

"Vern" said...

Just because of this list I went out to Sonic yesterday and ordered your favorite drink because it sounded so good. In the words of Rachel Ray, "Yum-O!" So good. Do I get some kind of "Most Dedicated Reader" award or something?

Anonymous said...

hi randi:
totally loved reading this post and finding out even more about you. we have a lot in common.

you most surprised me that you think you don't keep in touch with people very well.

ok, some of the things in common include ... hate the bananas, i manipulate the post time sometimes/often don't know why i do, love mashed potatoes, we are overprotective parents to a point too, i also believe that when you lose yourself in the service of others ... , and my BFF is really God too.

i love hearing from you -- your notes and emails make me smile :)

so enjoyed your 100 things randi, thanks, kathleen :)

Anonymous said...

one more thing randi:
i am so with you on the not wanting to be around people who are slamming others. i don't get that. it's just mean and i don't want a part of it and i don't want to hear it either. glad to hear we agree on that core principle.

you are awesome girl,
so admire you,

"Q" said...

#35 I finally decided to give my self a break on this one. Ahh, guilt be gone. #90 To warm up I sometimes have to take an "emergency bath" ....and turn on the heater, and drink a warm beverage, and use the heating pad, and put my cold toes on my toasty man. Heat can be bad too, but not as bad as cold. Glenn Beck, Amazing Race, candy corn & Postum "Can I have some more please?"

Hope4Hannah said...

So.... You really dont like blue huh? is that some kind of casual way of saying that you dont really like me? because... WE painted my ENTIRE room blue!! YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING!! honestly.... You are one CRAZY Mommy. But thats why i LOVE you

Sheyenne said...

Karmel Sutra is THE best ice cream in the world. I ran 3 triathlons this summer, but don't consider myself "an athlete" either. I'm also terrible at keeping up relationships. A friend of mine was moving to another city 10 minutes away and couldn't understand why I was even upset about it. She said, "It's just 10 minutes away!" and I said, "We'll never see eachother again!" (only 1/2 kidding because that is what happens with me.)

Nothing really surprised me because I don't actually know you! But it IS surprising when anyone says they like fruitcake. Or candy corn for that matter. And I have no idea what Postum is, but I feel like it's probably something Mormonish, and I should know it....

Becky said...

I love the toasted marshmallow so much more than a s'more, myself. Do you happen to like to burn your marshmallows, sometimes, and just pull of the burnt part and eat it?

I also love my crocs to death. I wish they were a bit more attractive, because I can hardly live without them now!!

You're in Colorado? I lived in the Boulder area for almost 4 years with my husband, and my in-laws still live there. We desperately want to move back to Colorado - it's so wonderful there! We're all the way over in Maryland, and have been for almost 5 years.

stephi k said...

I'm not much of a blog lurker so I try to avoid reading blogs of people I don't know, but I totally enjoyed reading your 100 things. Contrary to your bio, I think you are a writer. I grew up in CO, did you go to Arapahoe? You don't have to say if you don't want to.
One of many things I agree with--misuse of words, like: "We literally laughed our heads off!"
or the tragic ways "ironic" is used.

Amanda said...

I love fruitcake and autumn too!

Coulnd't stand getting up at 3, but can stay up to 3 regularly. Love the list!

Jeri10 said...

This is the first time I've visited your blog. I LOVE it. I wish you were older and lived in San Diego. We'd be outrageous friends. Like some of the others, we have lots in common and are polar opposites on others. I Christmas shop early too but I pretend like Thanksgiving is Christmas and I have all my gifts purchased and wrapped by Thanksgiving. Then I can enjoy December and am able to participate in any charitabale projects that arise. Unlike you, I LOVE to shop for anybody, anytime. And, I'd rather stay up until 3:00 a.m. than get up at that hour. Read my blogs at:

Laura said...

You said you live for comments- so I am posting.
I love this idea 100 things...
I too understand more spanish than I can speak-- I've been trying to learn it for years but still can only speak in present tense!

I'm a flybaby.

I use to sell Mary Kay- what was I thinking? I was horrible at it.

I grew up back east- and LOVE fall. That is what I miss the most about living in Hawaii.

and I don't like chocolate.

Jen said...

I like fruit cake, too. My Granny makes the best.

taturner said...

I'd much rather stay up till 3am than get up at 3am.

I've read the New Testament, too. It's my favorite of the Standard Works (call me a heathen- I like it more than the Book of Mormon).

I can't sit by you. I never have anything nice to say about anyone.

I also hate banana flavored anything. But I do like bananas.

I love the smell of coffee, but hate the taste. It's very bitter. You might think you'd like it, but it's kind of like an orange- it may smell good, but the peel tastes awful!

Nertz is awesome!

I love video games!

It was fun to get to know you!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

I'm sorry hysterical bothers you because sometimes I'm hysterical. Really. But candy corn was ALWAYS my favorite until I found that candy pumpkins tasted better and then they made my joints hurt and so now I just look at all of them with longing but leave them in the store. I obviously don't use comma's in the right places or sometimes at all.

Autumn Zobrist said...

I had to snicker at item #90 as I sit in my bed with my laptop, with a heating pad, wearing a beanie. I'm cold, cold, cold. And it's probably at least 70 degrees inside my house. I'm enjoying my first visit to your blog!

Melissa said...

Hey, I came over to your blog from Lisa's in Poland. Your list is really funny, and we have quite a bit in common. Where do you live in Denver? I'm in Centennial/Aurora/Unincorporated Arapahoe County.

Chef Penny said...

I laughed out loud at the computer geek husband part because I am the exact same way. It is way faster to ask him to fix it than to try and learn how to do it myself. Thanks for the laughs!

Carol Brown said...

Fun post! I start my Christmas shopping at post Christmas sales. I hate fighting crowds during December to shop.

rocslinger said...

You and I really are friends,
We could get together with our spouses there, eat fruitcake and watch Glenn beck; Love fruitcake and GB.

Norma said...

I've been reading for so long I can't remember how I found you but you are lots of fun! I did 100 things too.....not an easy task especially since I didn't realize it "should" be tied to a 100th I am feeling the need to edit! come visit.....