First of all, I realize it’s supposed to be #TBT, but I’m behind. So it’s #ThrowBackFriday here at Peekawhoo.
Remember about 4 years ago when that bit was circulating on Facebook, 25 Things? Yes? No? Well I’m recycling it. Partly because I’m lazy, and partly because we’re up to our (monogrammed) ears in Jellycat bunnies over here, which is awesome and fluffy and still 10% off with code BUNNYLOVE through today.
This little piece popped into my head the other day, and as it goes with most of the stuff I write, rereading it sometimes embarrasses me, sometimes makes me glad I wrote it down, sometimes makes me wish I’d never written it in the first place. 25 Things evoked a mix of all three.
Some of you may remember this list. Some of you are mentioned on it. Some of you may want to write your own, and I’d love that. I love those emails that people send that are all
Color of Socks You’re Wearing Now:
and so on.
They’re such an intriguing time-suck. I haven’t gotten one in a while, so I’m basically forcing a form of an old one on you. Enjoy!
I’ve been hesitant to do this for fear that my deep, deep reservoirs of interesting material will actually come up empty. A nod to Rich, Sally, and Abby for actually thinking I might have 25 interesting things to note.
1. I rode my bike across Iowa in RAGBRAI (Registrar’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) in 1997 with my cousins Jeanne and Tommy with mom and my Aunt Lynne as our sag wagon. I was 25 pounds overweight from being overserved gelato, bread, and wine while studying abroad in Italy, as was Jeanne…none of us trained a lick and we still made it all the way. Ahhh, youth.
2. When I got deferred from UNC I wrote them a letter all about how I wanted to be a teacher, how UNC was the place for me to hone my teaching skills, to become an educator. When I went to UNC, I majored in English and minored in Art History–didn’t even go near the School of Ed. It wasn’t until after college when I was working as a temp at SeaLand in what I affectionately deem the wasteland of my existence that I realized I really DID want to become a teacher. That’s when I went back to ASU and got my teaching license and Masters.
3. I love teaching. I miss it though right now I’m not sure I could do it and do it well. I would, however, still like to go back to school for my Phd, though I don’t know if academia is the world for me.
4. Yes, I want another child. Yes, I’d love to have a girl. Give me two years and we’ll see.
5. I voted for Bush in 2000. There. I said it. So all you folks out there who think I’m some crazy tree-hugging liberal feminist freak should know that I don’t just vote party. I vote person. Usually. Or you could say another one bites the dust. Or goes to the dark side.
6. I realized I was going to marry Jay after going to Suzy Gill’s rehearsal dinner and wedding with him before our senior year in college. I came home that night and was ticked off because I knew that was it, no NYC, no travel, just marrying young and having a mess of kids.
7. Speaking of that, I used to think I had to have everything on my short list done before I turned 30. Like 30 was going to see me as some decrepit old hag. Thankfully I now know better. And thankfully I got married and had that mess of kids.
8. A marathon is on my short list, but after seeing what Jay had to do to successfully run one and run it well, I think I may be a bit crazy. Joy and Kelley in 2010!
9. There’s a guy at my gym who looks like Rick Flair. I wish Chris lived here so we could talk about it, but mainly I just wish he still lived here.
10. My parents moved to Greenville from Charlotte in November 2006. It was a bold move, to be sure, and I know they miss their friends, but I can’t imagine them not living here, can’t imagine my kids not getting to see them daily, to spend time with them. Dad says they like to come to Mimi and Bobo’s because there are fewer rules and more candy, but my parents are both such charismatic, funny, generous, interesting people, how could you not want to spend time with them?
11. As a 3rd child who’s just had my 3rd child, I’m beginning to understand why I was never all that interested in showering as a kid. Patrick, in his 4.5 months, has had maybe 8 baths? 9? Ironically, one of my roomates from college once told me I had a nice smell(we lived together for 3 years, our senior year in a house with 5 girls and one bathroom. We’re close) that was a good mix of detergent, shampoo, etc. What I didn’t tell her that the secret ingredient is a healthy dose of body odor. Birth order could also possibly explain my brother’s tendency to take up to 4 showers a day, depending on how much he sweats. He’s such a prima donna. Of course he would call me a dirty hippie…
12. Speaking of brothers, I want my kids to be best friends. It’s something I think about a lot. I never fought with my brother and consider him such a close friend; sibling rivalry is all new to me. I credit a lot of my self-confidence to the fact that Cameron let this buck-toothed crazy-haired awkward sister hang around him all the time and at least acted like he didn’t mind. Hat’s off to Joy, too, as she was there from when I was 10 on and also acted like she didn’t mind. I thought I was so cool. Then I became cool. Now I’m super cool.
13. Confidence has obviously never been a problem.
14. Though there are times when I’m with Missy or Katie Darby or other girls who have sisters that I think “ooohhh!!! I wish I could do makeup like that!” or “I wish I were that fabulous!” I think that about a lot of you girls! I get to feeling all frumpy and pasty. But I get over it pretty quickly.
15. I am a total snob about UNC. I like to think I’m not a snob about many things, but I know I am about UNC and I’m afraid it shows sometimes. I try to hide it. But I do think everyone should be a snob about their school.
16. I used to write poetry. Now I think most of it sucks. I do think I’m a decent writer, I’m just not sure what my genre is. Every now and then I’ll go back and read my Phillip Roth essay from comps just to remind myself that I can write more complex sentences than the ones I hear every day on Sesame Street.
17. Though I’m pretty good with words, I’m not all that great at Scrabble, word jumbles, etc. I can hold my own, I’m just not the Jedi that everyone thinks I should be. Jay and Joy, who can’t spell worth crap, are better. My mom is the best.
18. I once drove my blazer into the side of a QuickMart. For a split-second I contemplated driving away, and then my conscience got the best of me. When I went inside to tell them, they laughed and said “Well hell! We wondered what that big noise was back in the stock room!”
19. Julia Wood’s class, Comm 24, Gender and Communications, changed my life and the way that I view the world, as did meeting my mentor from ASU, Elaine O’Quinn. Womens’ Studies 54 was important too, as that’s where I met Matt.
20. I am a good knitter, a sub-par domestic, and a pretty good mom. Though I can’t lie–I wasn’t winning any awards at bedtime tonight. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t. I just try to have it more often than I don’t.
21. My extended family has a tradition called the Naked Nine. I miss it.
22. I used to think I was a nerd. Then I read Mandy’s list.
23. I’ve considered many careers…paralegal, librarian, editor, local politician, lactation consultant(Katie G would be the best!) just to name a few. There are mornings when, to quote Caroline C, I think I “deserve a medal” for getting my kids dressed, fed, and out the door on time. And we’re talking 9 o’clock here. Other mornings I think, hey, I got this. What next?
24. I did NOLS and Outward Bound. I hope my kids will want to too.
25. I think my 2-year-old is smarter than me, a fact I find both terribly exciting and terribly frightening. He keeps me on my toes. They all do! They’ve redefined me in ways I never thought possible, made me realize that my mom was right in saying that i’d never understand the way she loves me until I have my own, made me realize what it’s all about.
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