One Hundred Things

  • I don't eat (much) meat.
  • I got an orange belt in karate when I was a kid.
  • I have three kidneys.
  • I'm terrible at managing money.
  • I played the trombone for eight years when I was in school.
  • I have five seven eleven tattoos.
  • I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis three days before my twenty-fifth birthday.
  • I met my husband online and didn't meet him in person until the day I arrived in Sweden to live with him.
  • We paid the same price for our house as for our car.
  • I love shoes.
  • I drink too much coffee.
  • I haven't been back to the States since I came to Sweden in January 2001.
  • Fresh produce gives me the creeps.
  • I am afraid of heights.
  • My favorite band of all time is Counting Crows (Adam Duritz is a genius).
  • I taught myself to read Braille when I was nine or ten, but I've long since forgotten how.
  • I was bitten by a brown recluse spider when I was three years old.
  • For years I wished I had been named Rebecca.
  • I thought Forrest Gump was a stupid movie.
  • When I was 17, I filed a lawsuit against my high school to stop prayers at graduation.
  • I am not a morning person.
  • I had my tonsils taken out when I was six.
  • I have a master's degree in early modern European history and hope to get a Ph.D. one day.
  • I have two younger brothers.
  • I have prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
  • I'm a great baker but only an average cook.
  • I'm very competitive.
  • Patience is not one of my virtues.
  • I'm a great gift-wrapper.
  • I recycle a lot.
  • I wouldn't mind being a professional student.
  • Before I moved to Sweden, Olof and I used to talk on the phone for four or five hours a day, every day.
  • I have been an Atlanta Braves fan for more than thirty years (yes, since way, way before they were any good).
  • I like to take pictures but hate to have my picture taken.
  • I like soap operas.
  • I don't take criticism well.
  • I'm pretty sure I'm done having babies.
  • I don't like carnival rides.
  • Bread is my favorite food.
  • My worst character flaw is laziness.
  • I enjoy being a housewife.
  • I have never lived alone.
  • I sing a lot ... to myself, to my kids, to my dogs and cats.
  • One of the things I miss most from home is swimming in the south fork of the Clearwater River on hot summer days.
  • I like country music.
  • I usually feel very awkward in social situations.
  • I grew up in Idaho but never saw a potato field until I was in college.
  • I have to be covered up in order to sleep well.
  • I like to mow the lawn.
  • I have a bad temper.
  • I have been married three times.
  • I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano.
  • I can listen to the same song over and over and over without getting tired of it.
  • I hold grudges.
  • I love school supplies.
  • I bruise very easily.
  • I am deeply religious.
  • I can crochet well but can barely knit.
  • I am a dog person.
  • I don't like slapstick.
  • I am a very light sleeper.
  • I love grocery shopping.
  • I hate repetitive noises.
  • My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
  • I'm a good speller (in both English and Swedish).
  • I am very clumsy.
  • I'm a good driver.
  • I don't like zoos.
  • In college I minored in religion.
  • I talk to my mom on the phone every week.
  • My house has more than thirty clocks on the walls.
  • My favorite pizza is Domino's Thin 'n' Crispy with onions, green peppers, and black olives.
  • I like snakes.
  • I have an excellent memory.
  • I almost never get sick.
  • I am a "hobby-sleeper."
  • I don't feel safe in a house without a cat.
  • I tweeze my eyebrows almost obsessively.
  • I swear a lot.
  • I'm Chapstick-dependent.
  • I quit smoking in April 2001.
  • I started again in May 2013.
  • I'm not afraid to cut my own hair.
  • I never kill spiders.
  • I love miniature things.
  • Scary movies give me nightmares.
  • When I was 18 months old, I had my four top front teeth pulled due to "baby bottle tooth decay."
  • I hate snow.
  • I wish I were more like my mother.
  • I prefer showers to baths.
  • Black licorice is my favorite candy.
  • I am very shy, and I worry that it makes me appear stand-offish.
  • I collect teapots and cream pitchers.
  • I am superstitious.
  • I love thrift stores.
  • Greg Camp, guitarist/songwriter for Smash Mouth, once licked my hand.
  • Public speaking doesn't bother me.
  • I have the world's best in-laws.
  • I like red houses.

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