Thursday, August 5, 2010

25 Things You Never Knew You Never Knew

My friend Lara challenged me to do this post. I don't usually do these, but I was in a mood today. So here it is: 25 Things You Didn't Know About Me... 1. When I was way too young, my Dad let me watch Nightmares On Elm Street. For several years I would get sick to my stomach as soon as it started to get dark each night. At one point, my family moved to a street called Elmore. I was convinced it would be even worse than the movies because it's "more" than "Elm" street. 2. I lie about how many boys I've kissed in my life, even to myself. I think it ended up somewhere between 15 and 20, but I like to tell myself it was closer to 10. 3. I secretly hoped Jackson would be a girl until the exact moment when I saw the ultrasound and found out he was a boy. Then I remember thinking, "Why did I want a girl? Boys are so much cooler!" 4. I don't like running, but I pretend like I do and I go running all the time. 5. I'm a math geek. My favorite computer game is called Microsoft Office Excel. My dad taught me the game when I was 10, and I've loved it ever since. 6. Even though I've never made it past chapter 2 on a book I've tried to write, I still like to think that someday I'll finish one and get it published. 7. I had a pet iguana named Calvin (after Calvin and Hobbes). 8. I think the proudest moment of my Dad's life was the end of my 9th grade year, when I was awarded "Captain of the Cheerleading Squad" and "Math Student of the Year" on the same day. 9. I'm 100% Team Jacob. If I wasn't happily married to the love of my life, I'd have Taylor Lautner posters all over my house. Edward's a pansy. 10. My first dirtbike was a TTR 125. I started riding because I thought it would impress boys (and it did, I'm pretty sure that's why my husband married me) but I found out that I actually really enjoy riding, especially if I sing sappy love songs as loud as I can while I ride a gorgeous Idaho mountain trail. 11. I love proofreading things. Love it! Sometimes I proofread the labels on my shampoo bottles just for fun. 12. As an adult, I'm terrified of making new friends. When I moved to Seattle, I invited my neighbor over to decorate cookies because I didn't know how adults were supposed to make friends. I've gotten a little better at it since then, although the cookie-decorating neighbor and I are still very close :) 13. I consider cooking to be my current favorite hobby. My dream is to have a beautiful kitchen, a ridiculously large grocery budget, and host big dinner parties at least once a week. 14. I rarely go more than 2 hours without eating something, unless I'm asleep. 15. The thing I miss most about my childhood and teen years is dancing. Sometimes during Jackson's nap I dance in my living room and pretend like there's an audience. 16. I'm guilty of spider cruelty. They can die slow painful deaths and I hardly even care. 17. I'm career-obsessed. Although I love it, being a stay-at-home mom is really hard on me. I dream about a fancy office in downtown Seattle, and I get sad when we drive through downtown in the evening and I see some of the office lights still on. 18. I never like my hair. It doesn't matter what I do with it or how it's cut, I don't like it. 19. I'm fascinated by adoption. I love reading stories and blogs. I think adoptive parents are amazing and inspiring. 20. I don't like fish. I try, but I just don't. 21. I had a secret crush on my husband in highschool. I didn't have the guts to make a move. I also accidentally saw him buck naked at Lake Powell when I was 16 :) 22. When I grow up, I want to be like my sister. She's only 16 right now, but she's more mature than me in a lot of ways. (*This one needs to be amended. Apparently my sister is 17. This is what happens when you live 700 miles away from your family!) 23. I screen phone calls... a lot. 24. My favorite movie is The Italian Job. Although I've looked it up on Amazon at least twenty times and it only costs about $5 these days, I still don't own a copy. Which leads to my final one... 25. I'm a cheapskate. I'm completely, over-the-top, obnoxiously frugal in a bad way.


Lara said...

to #10 - I sing "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" at the top of my lungs when I waterski/kneeboard/tube etc.

to #11 and #17 - pretty sure you need to come back to Melaleuca. If you're nerdy enough to proof shampoo bottles for fun, you definitely belong here.

to # 12 - It's been a LONG time since I've been in this situation. I bet I'd be really awkward at it too.

to #18 - it's a shame because you have such beautiful hair. Remember when you said Seattle was the perfect climate for your hair? Must've changed, huh?

to #24 - you only like that movie because your doppleganger Charlize Theron is in it. :)

Lara said...

And I already knew about half of these!

Kirsty said...

I am so glad you did this! When i'm sitting in that interview on Tuesday i'm just going to remember some of these things and then maybe i won't feel quite so vulnerable! You crack me up, this has got to be the best thing i've read in a while :) And for the record, i loved the cookie making! I'm glad i was the victim of your not-so-awkward (how do you spell that word?!) friend making attempt :)

two forks said...

i had a pet iguana too! mine was named pele.

Kent said...

Jamie, this is your father, the guy featured in too many of your secrets.

You think I "let" you watch Nightmare on Elm Street? I "made" you; had to toughen you up some how. It obviously worked . . . you survived all that motorcycling.

I still love spreadsheets, too. Sick.

I thought I knew you well, but a few surprises here: only 20 boys kissed? I thought a lot more.
you don't like fish?
you don't like your hair? (check out my hair . . . yours is the best, you were a bald baby, but when your hair finally grew it was awesome)
You like Cooking? (I had no idea; lucky Tyler)
I wondered why you never answer the phone when I call...

Wait, what was that in #15? Tyler, naked, at Lake Powell?

And you're right, the "math wiz cheerleader day" was most excellent; I've probably told the story to a hundred people.