Friday, January 23, 2009

25 Things

Earlier today I was "tagged" in facebook to create a list of 25 random things about myself. I love lists! So I'm putting it here too! I'd love to hear random things about you too, so feel free to write them in the comments section.
1. I am trying to make a full deck of "found" playing cards (have 21 so far).

2. I do not eat vegetables (I'm 43 and still alive, so let's stop lying to kids!)

3. I am the oldest grandchild on BOTH sides of my family.

4. I am a sucker for anything related to Princess Diana.

5. The one place in the world I would most like to visit (that I have not yet visited) is Angkor Wat.

6. It is a pet peeve of mine when people don't use turn signals. UGH!!

7. My two favorites among my many names are "Mom" and my husband's nickname for me which is very sweet and will remain private :-)

8. My favorite scent is wet cement after rain.

9. I dream of going back to England someday (my profile photo was taken in London).

10. The first record album I bought was John Denver's Greatest Hits.

11. When I was in high school my favorite singer was Pat Benatar (a long way from John Denver!).

12. I decided to read Wuthering Heights because of a Pat Benatar song (wouldn't allow myself to listen to side 2 of "Hit me with Your Best Shot" until I read it); the novel remains my favorite book even though I don't listen to Pat Benatar anymore.

13.Wilma Rudolph has always been my hero.

14.I have been a contestant on Jeopardy!

15. I DO regret having stopped taking piano lessons as a child - just like all the adults told me I would.

16. We have an antenna - no cable - no dish.

17. I love being a total geek - a woman mathematician who is also a gamer and can quote from Monty Python's "Quest for the Holy Grail."

18. I am a cat person not a dog person, but I don't own a cat.

19. I think math is poetry, and I love poetry!

20. I would love to have a finite Erdos number someday, but I don't think it's going to happen, so I'll just have to be happy with an infinite Erdos number.

21. I am raising my sons to be geeks.

22. I find it very calming to watch water flow down a river.

23. If there is a spider or insect in my house, I catch it and release it outside.

24. I make exceptions for mosquitos and black widow spiders; those I kill.

25. I wish I could write a list like this that would make people laugh as hard as others have made me laugh; I got one earlier today that used the phrases "butt puckering suspense" and "puntable," and I am STILL laughing!


Anonymous said...

Oh what are a few items from my random list. (Give me a break if they are not earth shattering, I'm thinking of them as I type).

1. I hate to fly, it's a control issue, but love to travel.

2. I love fresh bed sheets, I've said before if I was very rich I'd have someone change my sheets daily. (I'm settling for doing it twice a week myself).

3. I love to garden, but hate dirt under my nails.

4. I've hitch hiked once in my life.

5. I was able to earn a Master's degree without ever taking a standarized test (GRE, SAT etc.)


Heidi said...

Thanks for your response! How fun!

We're pretty close here!

I am totally with you on 1&2. I know the statistics about driving and flying, but . . .
Also, although I'm not much of a gardner I need to pull weeds every so often to get close to the earth - to "ground" myself :-)
It sounds like there's a story behind number four that I need to find out about!

How did you pull off number 5?!

Anonymous said...

#4 was in Hawaii when I was 17 (with a fake I.D. that said I was 18 the legal drinking age in Hawaii). I was there with Paul and 8 other friends two weeks after we graduated high school.

My friend Kristi and I went out one night, hitting night clubs, walking. When we heading back to the hotel we ended up going the wrong direction and by time we realized it we were about 5 miles or more away from the hotel. On a dare we just decided to "hitch" a ride. A guy in a yellow bug that had no back seat, in it's place was a stereo speaker box, offered us a ride. So I sat on my friends lap in the front seat for the ride back to our hotel at around 3 am. (The guy was rather small and my friend and I quickly decided we could take him down if necessary before accepting the first you know!)

#5 was just luck. I went from high school to MJC. I knew I would go to a jr. college first, so no need for the PSAT, SAT, ACT. Then after earning my BA, and deciding to get my MA I actually purchased the GRE prep book, however before getting through more than a few pages CSU, Stanislaus stated my GPA was high enough that I'd be admitted without a test score. So I guess I "scored". I do have to say though I did take the CBEST. The passing of the CBEST was required before I could earn my counseling credential.

Heidi said...

I had no idea you were such a wild woman!! ;-)

Anonymous said...

How funny, that others may view me as "wild", for I feel like the most boring, conservative, rule following person on the planet... P-

Heidi said...

I don't view you as "wild!" (Note the wink at the back of my comment.) But I do not think of you as boring either! :-)