It was one year ago today that I warned everyone to "clear the shallow end of the blog pool" - because I was plunging in...
It has been a great year - and not a day goes by that I don't feel that my life has become a better and richer place for the people that I've "met"; the things that I've learned; and the inspiration that I've been given.
A "100 Things" list seems a paltry way to begin to pay back all the generosity that has been showered upon me. However, it does seem that the list is overdue, and so may I present you with:
100 Things (Give or Take) About Me
- My first name is Laura Lancaster.
- And with a crazy double name like that, it's probably obvious that I am from the South.
- I'll answer to almost anything... People do actually call me "LLA" or "LL" or "Lala" - I answer to all of them. Usually though, I'm either "Laura Lancaster" or just plain "Laura".
- If I had been a boy, my name would have been "James Carrigan" (and called "Cary")
- I'm glad I am a girl.
38 3940 years old.
Not getting any younger - Yipes!
- I still take Flintstones vitamins.
The gummy kind are the best.
- I have one husband, Bubba, and one son, Schecky.
These are not their real names...
- Bubba and I have been married for
16 1718 years.
- I was on bed rest while pregnant with Schecky.
- For 5 months.
- Not to sound all dramatic about it, but it was a life changing experience. I was one person when I went on bed rest (hard charging professional, determined to climb that corporate ladder) and a completely different one when it was done (I was a mommy!).
- The post-bed rest LLA is much happier, more content.
- And I suspect that I'm easier to be around.
- I can be satanically lazy.
- I hate to change light bulbs.
- I often forget to close cabinet doors - if I open a cabinet to get something/put something away, it may be days before it gets closed again.
- I cannot snap my fingers.
- I grew up in Tennessee, in a town called Kingsport.
I still think it's fabulous, and I go back several times a year.
- My childhood home abutted a cemetery.
Although, we always called it a "graveyard."
- The graveyard was quite literally my backyard, and I thought it was the most excellent place to play.
- It wasn't until I got to college that I realized that most people find that really, really weird.
- It also wasn't until I got to college that I realized that professional wrestling is fake.
In my defense, it wasn't something I had given a lot of thought to...
- I still have a chunk of my wedding cake in the freezer.
Which is kind of gross, because as you read above, I've been married for 18 years... But I mean, what am I supposed to do, throw it out now????
- I rarely wear makeup - this is not because of some misguided sense of how hot I am, it's sheer laziness. (See #15 above).
I know I'm too old to go to bed without taking my makeup off, yet I know I'm going to be too tired to take it off at bedtime, so it's just easier to forgo it altogether.
- I am a moisturizer and lip balm junkie, however.
- I love to swim.
- I "came out" when I was 17.
Out to society, not of the closet. Yes, I am a small town debutante.
- I also went to charm school as a child.
- It was held at Montgomery Ward's.
And if that doesn't sound like the set up to a "You might be a redneck if..." joke, then I don't know what does...
- I love to read. I’ll read almost anything - fiction, non-fiction, you name it.
- If I don't get to read frequently, I get antsy and down-right cranky. So I carve out weird times to read - like while brushing my teeth, drying my hair, waiting at traffic lights...
And I absolutely cannot go to sleep without a book.
- I keep Excel spreadsheets to keep track of my reading; I average about 200 books a year.
- It's worth noting that I'm also addicted to Excel...
Even though it's a Microsoft (boo!) product. I've decided it's OK because it was released for the Macintosh first.
- Oh, did I forget to mention that I'm a totally Macintosh girl?
Since 1986, baby!
- I love to go to the dentist
- I was on Jeopardy! a few years back.
It was Valentine's Day of 2001.
- I came in second place.
The man who beat me was a phenomenal player, and as much as I wanted to win, I don't feel too bad about losing to him.
- Second place was a week in Barcelona. It was a wonderful trip, and in some ways, another life-changing event. It made me realize just how important traveling is to me, and that I need to make it a priority in my life.
- I once rode in an elevator with David Coverdale, of Whitesnake.
I had no idea who he was...
- I prefer email to the telephone.
- I am very gullible, and I suspect that I'm still pretty naive.
- I love a good margarita.
- Hell, I even love bad margaritas.
- I can curse like a sailor.
- I occasionally do.
- Which is kind of funny, since the rest of the time I use made-up epithets, like "Great Googly Moogly" or "Sweet Cracker Sandwich"!
I frequently sounds like a character out of Napoleon Dynamite.
- I think I turned to creative cursing because my mother taught me that using profanity shows a decided lack of imagination.
- Ironically, who do you think I learned all the good curse words from?
- I sing in the car when I'm alone.
Frequently. And loudly.
- I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I love my car.
- I'm embarrassed about that, because I've never much cared about the cars that I drive. I've never wanted to place too much value on cars. But I love my car.
- It's a station wagon.
I'm such a station wagon kind of girl...
- Ironically (since I love my car and all), I don't drive a lot.
I only put about 50 miles on my car in a week.
- The older I get, the smaller my world gets.
- I believe in the power of a liberal arts education.
- Which are pretty big words from a girl with 3 undergraduate degrees, and yet no "real" job.
- Yes, I still refer to myself as a girl.
- I still call my Daddy, "Daddy", too.
- The longer I live in the "big city", the more the "small town hillbilly girl" comes out.
- I will choose a beer over wine every time.
- And it's a hefweissen - so much the better!
Could I get a slice of orange with that?
- I love the comic strip page in the daily newspaper.
I suspect that I take the comics far more seriously than the average bear.
- My current favorite is a little known strip called Pooch Cafe.
Go check it out online, it's HI-larious!
- Of course, I must also confess that I have become wholly addicted to Mary Worth.
How sad is that???
- I work the crossword puzzle everyday.
Two on Sundays.
- I heart the 80's. I loved 'em then; I still love 'em now.
- Thanks to "rat lab" in college - one of the aforementioned undergrad degrees - I can say that I am, indeed, a brain surgeon.
- I will always stop to pick a penny up from the sidewalk.
- I clip coupons.
- And actually redeem them.
- I frequently refer to myself as "the cheapest woman on the planet."
- There is a kernel of truth in this.
- I want to be "The Millionaire Next Door" - I'd love to have the security that comes with savings in the bank, but you'd never suspect from my manner, dress, or possessions that I had any money at all.
- I drink Diet Coke first thing in the morning.
- I am never sure when to use a colon vs. a semicolon.
- I am also the Queen of "Can't Spell."
- I have what is perhaps the worst taste in television of anyone on the planet.
- My wallet is made of plastic. And prominently features "Hello Kitty".
- I still haven't had it explained to my satisfaction exactly how gay marriage threatens my own.
- I am far more threatened by extreme conservative Christians who seem determined to judge other people for whatever reason.
Whatever happened to "Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged?"
- It is my deeply held belief that I cannot possibly understand what I would do in your situation, unless I am, indeed, in your situation. None of us can know exactly how we would react in any given situation until we are there ourselves. Therefore, I try really, really hard not to judge people. I might not agree with your choices, but since I can never truly know what drove you to make those choices, it's not my place to be judgmental.
It's taken me 38 years to get to this point - I used to be the queen of snap judgments...
- As long as I'm sharing things in which I believe: It is a choice. It's my choice to make, so keep your laws off my body, thankyouvery much.
- I like the idea of there being a "higher power", but if I am being brutally honest, I don't really believe there is.
- I do, however, believe in the "Golden Rule".
It's interesting, pretty much every organized religion out there has a variation on this theme. That's a good thing.
- And I most certainly believe in living my life in an ethical manner.
- One final belief I'll share: Van Halen, yes. Van Hagar, no.
- I can parallel park like nobody's business.
- I adore breakfast foods.
- Sometimes I think I would have made an excellent Hobbit - I can totally get into the concept of "Second Breakfast".
- I also would make a great Hobbit because I have incredibly ugly feet.
- I have broken the four small toes on my left foot so many times that they now will break if I so much as look at them wrong.
- I learned to knit when I was 7 or 8 - but have gone for years and years at a time without knitting anything at all.
- I have been a victim of the "Boyfriend Curse."
-thanks, Bain! :)
- I love office supplies.
- I have a deep and intense respect for Dolly Parton. She may be the living American I admire most. She's phenomenal.
- Mountains or beach? Mountains, every time.
Although, it's even better when you can have both - like in Seattle or Barcelona!
- I have this deep and inexplicable desire to be an expatriate - to live somewhere else (anywhere else) outside of North America.
- Of course, I only want to do this for 6 - 12 months, and then get to come "home" again.
- I pick up accents very easily, and very unintentionally.
When I'm in Atlanta, I don't really think I have one. But once I spend more than 12 hours in Tennessee, Bubba says I sound like Suzanne Sugarbaker.
Oh - and as an added, extra bonus?
- I like to rhyme.
- I like my beats funky.
- I'm spunky.
- I like my oatmeal lumpy.
Thank you all for a wonderful year!*
*And many thanks to the Caretaker, 3 to get Ready, and She Knits Shizknits for all the words of wisdom about how to change the header banner in Blogger! I was tired of fighting with it!