January 9, 2007

50 Facts - tagged once again

I've considered refusing to accept tags, but until I decide for sure, I've been tagged again by my friend Poker Spice. I'm supposed to list 50 facts about myself. Sheesh. I can think of 50, but 50 INTERESTING things?? Doubt it. Good luck reading all the way to the bottom. I'll try to make it short.

1. I was born during a bomb threat at the hospital. I was actually delivered in the doctor's office across the street.
2. I was 5'9" at age 13 when I FINALLY stopped growing.
3. I despise pickled beets.
4. I visited a beach on the ocean for the first time last year in January.
5. My first flight in an airplane was when I was 18 and headed for Austria.
6. I'm drawn to and fascinated by the patterns that trees make against the skyline.
7. I always put my jeans or pants on first before my shirts.
8. I chain-eat Lifesavers Wintergreen flavor sometimes. The soft ones that dissolve instantly are the best.
9. Ich liebe Oesterreich.
10. I'd fly to Umea, Sweden right this minute if I could.
11. I find Grissom from CSI Las Vegas oddly attractive.
12. I'm fascinated by Asian women.
13. I'd like to paint people as well as Burton Silverman does.
14. My hands are often cold.
15. I love the poppies that bloom in my yard in spring.
16. I saw a glass octopus sculpture in an art gallery in Hawaii and have wished ever since that I had bought it.
17. I used to tease my mom about how big her nose was, and was devastated the day I realized mine is bigger than hers.
18. I won a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar scholarship to study at Colorado College for over a week the summer before my senior year.
19. Barbies weren't allowed in our house when I was young because they weren't modest.
20. I think Cary Grant is sexy as hell.
21. I dread public speaking.
22. I once dreamed that three garden gnomes came into my room at my grandma's house and tried to get me. I would have sworn I was wide awake and it really happened.
23. I went to my senior prom with my friend Jill and a guy and girl from the special education class she was aide to.
24. Every time I would go camping as a kid, I'd envy guys and their ability to pee while standing.
25. Watching ballet always makes me wish I could dance like that.
26. I'm a sucker for old black and white classic movies.
27. I don't like Elvis. At all. Even a little.
28. I'd love to design my own house and art studio someday.
29. I love people watching. I love to wonder and imagine what their lives are like.
30. I've only been stung by a bee once (on my finger as I was taking the tin foil off of a cake pan they had taken to a picnic).
31. I never knew I enjoyed writing until I started this blog.
32. I wish I were multi-lingual.
33. I'd love to travel the world and visit cultural places far off the beaten path.
34. I don't like peanut butter. It's probably due to eating it every day for lunch while growing up. I will eat it under extreme duress, or when I just don't feel like cooking.
35. I was a majorette my sophomore year. I found out really quickly that I actually hated it (not as glamorous as I thought) due to weeks of practice, all for a measly 2-minute performance. I stayed in it one more year, because I had paid for all my gear myself, and thought maybe it'd get better. It didn't.
36. I'm not comfortable skiing. On snow or in water. Something about going faster than I can control.
37. I wish I felt comfortable posting nude photos of myself, you know, the really artsy black and white kind. I don't know why I wish this.
38. I wish I had my house to myself once in a while. I've enjoyed this a total of 8 hours in the last 14 years or so.
39. I felt so ashamed of not admitting to my LDS host family that I was 5 months pregnant when they came to visit me, that I dropped all communication with them and only resumed contact a year and a half ago. What a bloody waste.
40. I used to be an avid reader of smut novels. I gave up reading books altogether to focus on doing art and getting better at it.
41. Sometimes I give in to temptation and buy a full bag of Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum. I chew a new piece about every minute, to the point that my jaw and the muscles in my temples are sore for two days.
42. I've never skinny-dipped, but would do it now if given the chance.
43. And only if it's really dark outside. :)
44. I detest swimsuit shopping.
45. I heard the words "Cut the folderol!" too many times while growing up. I think it's fair to say that even hearing this asinine phrase ONCE is too many times.
46. Procrastination is one of my weaknesses.
47. I feel a real need to get better at "listening to understand, not to respond."
48. I've never tried eating alone at a nice restaurant, but every single time I see someone do so, I wonder what it'd be like to try it.
49. Blogging has given me a sense of self that I've been missing.
50. I'm compelled to think up a perfect finale fact for #50, but just can't think of one more thing.


Anonymous said...

Oh, that's a perfect finale fact, alright!!!

montchan said...

you are the only person in the whole wide world who wishes to fly to Umea, Sweden right this minute, and you know it! And I love you for it!

Anonymous said...

You and I have quite a few things in common. Except that I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER.

Anonymous said...

#10: I love that you put this in! I would meet you at the airport - in Stockholm already, to make sure that you would really arrive!!
#11: Me too!
#12: Really?! Me too!! I kept commenting on this fact every time I saw Asian women on TV, until my husband began to think I had someone waiting on the side and that I was trying to cushion the blow!
#20: Oh god, yes! I thought so from when I was like 12.
#24: it's so unfair, I know!! Me and some other girls got so annoyed that we actually tried on one school outing. Didn't work too well.
#26: totally me.
#38: YES, oh please can I too?! But they seem to be glued to the sofa, those other people that live here..
#49: totally me, again.
#50: exactly what would've happened to me.

I got 9 out of 50. What's the level to get called "kindered spirits"? Over 25? But these nines were really strong ones!!

Sister Mary Lisa said...

It's feedback like I get here that makes it so worth it to accept the tag and think up 50 things about myself.

aerin said...

Ok - I'll admit it.

What does cut the folderol mean???!?

Anonymous said...

Ditto Aerin's question. I've never heard that one.

Interesting facts about you, SML.... I learned some stuff today. And remember, if I win the lottery, I'm giving you money to build that house with the art studio.

Sister Mary Lisa said...

Folderol means "nonsense" and my dad was who was so fond of saying it. "CUT the FOL...De....Rollll."

God, he'd sometimes even roll the R. What a dork. With a huge vocabulary. And nerd glasses.

Anonymous said...

#4 - boggled! 1st time to see the beach??

#5 - I like to spice things up and put underwear on first.

#12 - Asian women AND men. hawt Hawt HAWT!

#13 - you're an incredible artist, Lisa.

#22 - scary dream!

#24 - I can't imagine camping and NOT being able to stand. Ack!

#25 - watching ballet always hurts my groin muscles.

#37 - I wish I was uncomfortable posting nude pictures of myself. (semi-joking!)

#42 - skinny-dipping DEFINES the feeling of freedom.

#48 - eating alone at a restaurant is a liberating experience. I highly suggest it to everyone. Take yourself on a date and enjoy every moment.

I'm so glad you're blogging and writing. You've enriched my world tenfold.

Bishop Rick said...

I have to admit that your dislike for Elvis and Peanut Butter stings me.

Bishop Rick said...

Oh, and we all wish you were brave enough to post nude black and white artsy pictures of yourself.

Cele said...

4. I'm with Sid, it's hard to imagine a world where the ocean isn't minutes aways from me. Oh, yeah it was called Germany.

19. Wow, you mean every American girl isn't allowed to have a Barbie?

20. Hell yeah!

25. Me too

29. Vegas is a great place to people watch

31. Honey you're a natural

33. I just love to travel, throw me on a plane.

37. The world is thankful I won't

38. When you get this chance you will totally relish it.

40. Don't give up books, but your art is incredibly worth it.

42. It's delicious, you've gotta do it. Really before you get as old as me.

44. I thought I was the only one.

46. Me too

I'm glad that you're blogging, you are very talented

poker said...

I was going to write some great well thought out comment. Too many margaritas. loved your 50 facts! i put my pants on first too. i hate peanut butter. i think asian women are fascinating too...

Bull said...

Unfortunately, I've often had the opportunity to eat alone in nice restaurants while on business travel. The conversations aren't that interesting so I bring a book. That's actually kind of nice. My favorite was an early dinner at a nice Italian restaurant on Catalina Island sitting at a table looking out over the harbor while waiting for the ferry after a day of scuba diving in the kelp forests. Wonderful way to end a great day.

Anonymous said...

I was 5'9" at age 13 and am way hot for Grissom too!!

Anonymous said...

#2 -- oolala, a tall chick -- I've always wondered what that would be like. ;)
#4 -- damn!
#19 -- wow. My wife allows our daughters to have them, but only if they're wearing "modest" clothing. This still boggles my mind every time I hear about it or experience it firsthand.
#24 -- what about writing name in snow? :)
#37 -- I add my name to the petition circulating for this to happen. I love artsy black and white photos, especially nudes.

The list of facts we share: 7, 12, 14, 20 (yeah, I'm comfortable enough in my heterosexuality to admit that), 21, 25, 26, 28 (not necessarily the art studio, though, unless I find some undiscovered talent or something), 29, 32, 33, 37, 38 (though it happens for me a bit more often than you), 42, 43 (maybe), 46, 49. 17 out of 50. Not surprising, I guess. :)