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Sounds Familiar: One Hundred Things About Me Sunday, January 20, 2008

Posted by Grace in graceisms.

I’ve read these lists on many other blogs, and I’ve always found them kind of interesting.

A hundred is a number that sometimes seems really large, but really isn’t. Maybe it has something to do with being little and spending so much time thinking it was this enormous, special, a feat to count to number. Now it doesn’t seem to be such a big number at all, but still at moments like this, that childlike awe hits, and I think, “Wow, a hundred is a big number. A hundred things about me is a lot…”

  1. 1. I write with my right hand, and am therefore considered right handed. I dribble a basketball with my left hand, play pool ‘lefty,’ and tend left in hockey as well. I don’t know why.
  2. My favorite author is Bryce Courtenay. I have read everything he’s had published that’s available here.
  3. Coffee makes me physically ill. Even the smell of it, if it’s really strong, can make me feel icky. My mom claims she couldn’t drink coffee the whole time she was pregnant with me, because it made her sick, and she loves coffee.
  4. My blood type is AB negative.
  5. I loved climbing trees when I was a kid, and am still known to do it when the muse descends.
  6. After hearing a song once, I tend to know the lyrics.
  7. I am mostly an auditory learner. Being a university student taught primarily by lecturing, it is something I appreciate.
  8. Tulips are my favorite flower. My grandma used to grow them along the side of her house, and I remember picking them when I was little.
  9. Maybe you can tell, I’m a bit of a romantic. I don’t think that romanticism is hopeless.
  10. Don’t agree? Let’s discuss. There’s nothing like good conversation.
  11. I think I would be able to eat just about anything if there was enough gravy on it.
  12. When anyone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was little(r), I would say, “An astronaut and a ballerina.” I’ve always been like that, artistic and scientific.
  13. I value friendships highly and will go out of my way to be there for the people I care about.
  14. I spent time in El Salvador building houses. That’s correct, I have dug a foundation with a shovel, and mixed a lot of cement with shovels as well.
  15. My dad was Irish, my mom is Ukrainian.
  16. I have a younger brother. Ever since I can remember, he has been my height or taller than me. I am almost three years older than him.
  17. The only nickname that I have ever had stick for any reasonable amount of time is Angel, and am called it by only a certain person. I’ve just always been called by my name.
  18. It is very tranquil to be awake in the morning before anyone else in the house. I tend to be awake before anyone else often.
  19. I have a rather high pitched voice. I’ve had many calls returned with people saying, “A child called from this number and left a message-”
  20. People tend to come to me for advice. It’s always been that way, even with people I scarcely know. I’m a good listener I guess.
  21. Like many who tend to help others, I am not very good at helping myself.
  22. I love swimming, and I have ever since I was little. I can spend hours and hours in the water.
  23. Ignorance really bothers me. I mean, I can understand that a person cannot know everything, but actively choosing not to know I cannot.
  24. I find driving very relaxing.
  25. I like lace panties. I probably own more than I should. The boys have jokingly called it an unholy obsession.
  26. I can barely remember my father, yet he is a part of some of my earliest memories.
  27. As a result of multiple knee injuries, I have spent a good deal of time in crutches. By the last time I was in them, they really didn’t limit me much.
  28. I have never been good at sleeping. It’s a weird thing to not be good at.
  29. A lot of women don’t want to be like their mothers. I would be so happy if I turned out to be such an amazing woman as mine is.
  30. I scare really easily. During movies, at haunted houses, all of those things.
  31. I have the most amazing friends. I may complain sometimes about being overprotected, but I have no idea what I would do without them.
  32. I love black and white photography. Oh wait, you couldn’t tell that already? Ha ha.
  33. I am known for getting the giggles and not being able to stop laughing.
  34. My family only moved once during my childhood, right before I started kindergarten. I still went to the same school I was originally registered to be in.
  35. I’m not mentioning things I’ve never done in this list, because I still might do them.
  36. I was definitely the kid scared of monsters in my closet. They don’t hide under the bed, they hide in your closet.
  37. When I was little and there were thunderstorms, I would get into my swimsuit and dance in the rain on the driveway. There are pictures.
  38. I like motorcycles because they go fast, and at the same time, I feel so safe behind the person who is driving.
  39. I can change the oil in my car, fix a flat tire, and dig myself out of a snow filled ditch.
  40. Thyme is my favorite savory seasoning. I grew some from seed two summers ago, and whittled down to one plant to allow it to regrow after winter (it’s a perennial you know), that one plant grew into a big thyme bush last summer.
  41. My sixth grade teacher, Mrs. B, inspired me to start writing. The class had notebooks we had to write in, whatever we wanted, every school day during English. She told me that I had a good voice, and the rest is history.
  42. Many people say they like all kinds of music, but quickly dwindle it down to particular kinds. Literally, I like all kinds of music. Not to say that I like all music, its just that I like songs on a song-to-song basis covering all genres I’ve encountered. I’m not one to decide not to like something because of a specific label it has.
  43. I have a food crush on Anthony Bourdain. I would love to meet him one day, or eat his food. But for now I’ll settle for his books.
  44. I tend to leave for appointments and rendezvous a couple of minutes early, because you never know what might happen on the way and I feel bad if I’m late.
  45. All of the titles to my posts are names of songs because I have always had issues with titling things. Sometimes if the muse descends, I do add my own extra part to them though.
  46. My all time favorite movies are Gladiator, the Family Stone, and Pete’s Dragon.
  47. “Those who don’t look for magic will never find it.” I read that in Roald Dahl when I was small. It’s stuck with me in profound ways since.
  48. With the little sleep I get, when I have the chance to dream I tend to remember vividly.
  49. I learned from my grandparents all too well that ‘Food is love.’ I think that is why I am such an avid cook.
  50. I am very flexible.
  51. I generally try to give people the benefit of the doubt.
  52. My first love was Big Bird from Sesame Street.
  53. I have never had a cavity, and therefore a filling either, in my life. The thought of it kind of scares me now.
  54. I sleep with two blankets year round. It makes a lot of sense in winter, but not so much in the summer. I just need both of them to sleep.
  55. I am very protective of the people I love.
  56. Incredibly ticklish. Incredibly.
  57. I am too competitive for my own good.
  58. I like blue ink more than black ink, but have a huge preference for writing in pencil.
  59. I love days that are cool and breezy. That just below warm temperature where the breeze makes your skin prickle, but you don’t get cold if you stay outside.
  60. I try to do little everyday things for people I don’t know, like holding doors open or offering to help them carry something when their arms are full, because sometimes little things can mean a lot.
  61. I believe in equality. And not in the sense the world seems to have skewed it. Equality doesn’t work if some people get to be more equal than others.
  62. I am known for giving good massages. I’ve had people in large amounts of pain fall asleep by the time I was finished.
  63. My hair has a mind of its own.
  64. I have a very good memory. Specific things that were said in certain conversations years ago? Yeah, still got them.
  65. The more I learn the more I come to see how little I know.
  66. If there isn’t music playing, I bet you there is a song in my head.
  67. I love meeting new people.
  68. Its rare for me to go somewhere and not come across someone I know.
  69. Age seems to be such a flux. Sometimes you feel so old you know it in your bones, and sometimes it still surprises me to be considered adult at this precarious number.
  70. I like to paint. Mostly acrylic because oils is such a slow process, though I love the way oils look finished.
  71. I find most television very disappointing.
  72. I’m that girl who is friends with all the boys, and people just don’t seem to understand that.
  73. I have a thing with dip and food. Salsa, ranch, gravy, ketchup, food is just better if you get to dip it.
  74. A friend taught me how to make soap. So now I can, which is nice, because I have sensitive skin and its nice to be able to have perfumed soap that doesn’t turn you red and itchy.
  75. I study with other students in my classes to help them with exams. My teaching them helps me learn material way better than studying conventionally.
  76. When I sneeze it’s always really little, and people make comments about it being cute. That used to bother me, but it really doesn’t anymore.
  77. My Grandma taught me to do crosswords when I was little, my Baba taught me to knit. I still do both.
  78. I read almost compulsively.
  79. I am a terrible liar. I learned very quickly to just fess up because no one was going to believe the lie anyway.
  80. Being on stage, for whatever reason, voice or instrument, gives me a huge rush that I can’t come down from for a couple of hours.
  81. Driving an hour to spend time with a friend doesn’t bother me.
  82. I really love a bargain.
  83. I don’t follow many superstitions, but I do follow knock on wood and throwing spilt salt over your left shoulder. I don’t know why these two in particular.
  84. I still make wishes when I blow out the candles.
  85. And sometimes after it rains I still can’t help but jump into a puddle or two.
  86. I love spicy food.
  87. It is surprising what you can see in clouds if you lie down on the grass and look.
  88. I like tattoos on other people, but can’t imagine ever getting one myself.
  89. I am rubbish at reading maps, hence I often find myself lost.
  90. I usually read many books simultaneously. It was weird when I was younger, but its useful now with University.
  91. I like men who are masculine in the traditional sense. Someone strong who can protect you.
  92. The more clutter surrounds me, the more disjointed I get.
  93. I tend to have really high expectations.
  94. Nothing sucks the joy out of art for me like dissecting it. Nothing intrigues in science like taking a problem and dissecting it.
  95. I was scared of the dark for in inordinately long time.
  96. I have really small, albeit neat, handwriting. I just can’t get it to look right big.
  97. Either I have sensitive ears or really good hearing, but my headphones are always turned really low because otherwise it’s just too loud. But loud music is a good thing sometimes, just not being shot directly into your ears.
  98. I tend to be very inquisitive.
  99. I really don’t mind folding laundry, its so warm and soft and comforting.
  100. I sometimes think that a hundred is a really big number.

Song of the Day: Sounds Familiar – The Weakerthans



1. Ruth Ellenor Whitty - Sunday, October 19, 2008

I was doing Internet research on Rh-Neg blood, and “somehow” found your blog here. I am O-Neg and thought you’d like to see what is going on at MySpace. You are soooooo RARE! Less than 1/2 of 1% of the global population has your blood type! My best friend from high school is AB-Neg, and I never even knew this until recently!!

Anyway, I hope you stop by!

Houston, TX

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