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Monday, July 25, 2005

100 things

  1. I have six cats that are like children to me.
  2. My husband is my seventh child.
  3. We enjoy being children together.
  4. I am typing this on a ten-year-old computer that I am too stubborn to give up.
  5. I snarled at my husband when he replaced the 15" monitor with a 17" monitor.
  6. I have been playing a DOS game called Empire for about 14-15 years now.
  7. I'm just a trifle reluctant to try new things.
  8. Ten years ago I would have been happy just to have a 40-hour M-F desk job by now.
  9. Five years ago I thought I'd be a professional Web designer by now.
  10. Three years ago I thought I'd be in the loony bin by now.
  11. Two years ago I would have been happy to have a 40-hour M-F desk job AND co-workers who didn’t give me migraines by now.
  12. One year ago I realized that I’d made it and things were gonna be okay.
  13. I got my B.A. in drama 22 years ago.
  14. I have seen one play since, only because a friend’s husband was in it, and it wasn’t very good.
  15. I am a graduate student in a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.
  16. Money is not important to me.
  17. Saving the environment is important to me.
  18. I'm an artist but since I began blogging I've thrown all my creativity into that.
  19. I am a lapsed tapestry weaver.
  20. I am a maker of jewelry, but I wear very little jewelry.
  21. I don't wear make-up.
  22. I'm twenty pounds overweight.
  23. I used to care, but I'm okay with it now.
  24. I would wear T-shirts, jeans, and flip-flops everywhere if given the option.
  25. I was a boy until I turned eleven.
  26. I am a recovering agoraphobic.
  27. I used to smoke a pack and a half of cigarettes a day.
  28. I quit smoking ten years ago.
  29. I am a farmer's daughter.
  30. My garden is my refuge.
  31. I hate to sweat.
  32. I can’t believe that I tested as an INTJ. Twice.
  33. Yet I am a proud liberal who thinks that tax-supported government programs made this country great.
  34. I am a 5 with a strong 4-wing on the Enneagram, meaning that I’m 60% hermit computer geek and 40% neurotic drama queen.
  35. Governor’s School East, 1978, English.
  36. I didn’t really believe in my heart that being smart was a good thing until I was around 35.
  37. I’ll kick your butt in Scrabble. Come on, it’s go time.
  38. I have a thick Southern drawl. It makes some people think I’m stupid.
  39. I just learned to like olives this year.
  40. If it wasn’t for seafood, I easily could go vegetarian.
  41. I don’t eat veal or lamb.
  42. I don’t eat factory-farmed meat and poultry.
  43. I eat Peter Pan peanut butter straight out of the jar.
  44. I am addicted to Pepsi One.
  45. I once watched “American Idol” for ten minutes.
  46. Except for those ten minutes, to my knowledge I have never watched any reality shows.
  47. A new Star Wars movie. Ho-hum.
  48. A new season of “The Sopranos.” When? When does it start? Huh? Huh? Is it time yet?
  49. I’m beginning to look like my mother.
  50. I would like to get rid of half of my possessions.
  51. I would like to get rid of my husband’s jet ski and buy two canoes.
  52. I love Lyle Lovett and Bela Fleck.
  53. I might not look you in the eye when I talk to you. Please don’t hold it against me; I probably don’t realize what I’m doing, and I’ve been working on it for years.
  54. My husband calls me Lori. My name is Laurie.
  55. Even though we’ve been together 20 years now.
  56. I’m fascinated with the idea of doing more with less.
  57. Yet we have four computers in this room right now.
  58. I like to drink beer.
  59. I am very allergic to perfume.
  60. Once I had my photo, large and in color, on the front of the Life section of the News and Record. The caption was “The Agony of Defeat.” No, I didn’t save any copies.
  61. It was taken at a pinball tournament, a game at which I used to excel.
  62. I also used to excel at tennis.
  63. Now I excel at Microsoft Excel.
  64. The caption under my baby picture at my mother’s obstetrician’s office: “Liz Taylor’s got nothing on me!”
  65. I daydream about living in, outside of, near, or closer to Asheville.
  66. As a child, I read “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” to the end and turned back to the first page dozens of times.
  67. I am a lapsed 18th century re-enactor.
  68. I’m afraid of flying, but I’m going to Tuscany next year anyway.
  69. If you don’t understand what I mean, I’m probably trying to be funny. It’s okay, just laugh.
  70. I’m trying to learn patience, but it's taking so freakin’ long!
  71. I have bad skin. See #59.
  72. Women have broken my heart more often and more deeply than men.
  73. I have never ever said the words, “I am a people person,” in a job interview.
  74. I am honest to a fault.
  75. Next to my DH, Squirt the Buddha Kitty claims my heart.
  76. I have missed out on some really great events because I don’t like crowds.
  77. I don’t know what people are talking about half the time because I watch so little TV and listen to NPR. Is this good or bad?
  78. I daydream about living off the grid, growing my own food and living off my creative talents.
  79. I’m not tough enough.
  80. But I do like tofu.
  81. I’m not afraid of spiders when I’m awake. Usually.
  82. I am lightly medicated.
  83. I hate shopping for shoes.
  84. I think that people who don’t support full civil rights for gays and lesbians need to get to know more openly gay people.
  85. I can pick up a soccer ball with my toes.
  86. I played bells and baritone saxophone in high school.
  87. I am childless by choice.
  88. I am one of the whitest white people I know.
  89. I love rocks.
  90. Smart, pleasant Republicans totally freak me out.
  91. I daydream about owning a used bookstore.
  92. I never know who’s in the Super Bowl or the World Series. Is that bad?
  93. I was a spelling bee contender, but nerves got the best of me at the state level three years in a row.
  94. I have an easel and oil paints set up in the next room, gathering dust.
  95. My favorite D&D character’s name was Argentina Brunetti.
  96. I want to eat dinner at Sushi 101 tonight.
  97. Seriously, please take the money you were going to spend on me for Christmas and give it to charity.
  98. But I’ll take a back rub. Or a plate of chocolate chip cookies.
  99. A “B” is a “D.” A “C” is an “F.”
  100. For my superhuman ability, I pick talking to animals.


Anonymous said...

Oh, baby. You so challenged the wrong Scrabble Queen. :-)
You are on. Name the day.

We have lots in common, it seems.

Anonymous said...

By the way. Number 90? That would be me. Although I was born a liberal, and still have a liberal heart.

Don't let it freak you out. Republicans are people, too. :-)

Laurie said...

That would be what freaks me out. I know that. I know that there are smart, pleasant Republicans (my brother, several friends, and a much loved former boss among them)! But I had to open my mind to get there...it's an admission of a prejudice that I'm trying very hard to overcome. I think that we absolutely have to overcome our preconceptions of people, on both sides.

Now you can be my Republican friend too!

Is there such a thing as virtual Scrabble?

Laurie said...

Wow, I think that just freaked me out!

Mel said...

"Women have broken my heart more often and more deeply than men."

Wow. I never thought about it that way, but that is so true.

Farmgirl Susan said...

Great list! : )

Anonymous said...

"Is there such a thing as virtual Scrabble?"

I Googled "Scrabble online" and found lots of hits. Most require registration, but this one doesn't: www.thepixiepit.co.uk/scrabble. Yahoo Games also has Literati, which is like Scrabble. I'm also a Scrabble freak. And I vote for Republicans sometimes. But we have enough else in common that I think you'd probably wind up forgiving me for that! ;)

Laurie said...

Thanks, Cara Michelle!

A really wonderful 100 Things list is at Pratie Place, where she visited 100 "100 Things" lists and picked out one from each.

I recently found out that one of the candidates for our non-partisan City Council that I've been endorsing is a registered Republican, although thankfully not a party-line gal. What can I say, good ideas are good ideas. But, I'm still a liberal, I swear!

Casey said...

Wow, I just read your list while waiting for students to show to a final, and I think I want one of you to live near me. Introvert or not, I want someone like you in person to talk to. Seeing as most of my friends are introverts, I don't see a problem there. Among other things we share in common, I have the same problem with 'Publicans, and my whole family consists of them. Ah! And the quote about women breaking your heart--oh, I may have to ask you if I can use that in my personal writings. It struck quite a chord.

michael said...

DATELINE - ROME, ITALY - 20 DECEMBER 2005: ARGENTINA BRUNETTI passed away in her sleep last night at the age of 98. She left us with the knowledge that she had fulfilled her dream of recounting the story of her theatrical family to the world and that her novel on this subject, “In Sicilian Company”, had finally been published. Among her last wishes were that proceeds of her book and any future related movie or TV mini series would go to the Argentina Brunetti Foundation, to help needy children throughout the world. She also did not want to have her ‘Argentina Brunetti‘s Hollywood Stories’ weekly weblog stopped. Her son, Mario Brunetti, has promised his mother that all these programs will continue. Argentina’s entertainment legacy began in 1907 when she was born and baptized on the stage of the Arbeo Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her dream of following in her mother’s footsteps as an actress would not be daunted and through tenacity and determination, she overcame many adversities in her long life, following that dream, first expressing her artistic attributes as a painter and pianist in school, then appearing in stage plays all over the world, voice synchronizing motion pictures in Hollywood, followed by her acting in movies, beginning with “It’s a Wonderful Life” and television, totaling one hundred and thirty five films. She was also a song writer, radio script writer and talk show host, Voice of America narrator, Hollywood Foreign Press journalist, author and even weblogger. She has been honoured for her artistic and journalistic achievements throughout her career and was awarded the title of "Cavalier of the Republic" by the government of Italy, for her efforts in enhancing Italian – U.S. relations through her many positive film portrayals of Italians and Italian Americans. She has also been nominated for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout her life, Argentina always had a positive attitude and considered life a series of challenges where anything and everything was possible if one made the required efforts. She not only hoped for a better world, but did many things to make it happen and for this she will be truly missed by family and friends around the world. Argentina will rest in peace along side her husband Miro at Holy Cross Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

Laurie said...

Oh. My. God! I named Argentina Brunetti after an actress I saw on the credits of "It's a Wonderful Life." I never knew anything else about her. I am blown away. I always thought of her as my secret alter ego. I have to post this. Thank you so much.