It’s been 3+ years since I wrote this post, so I’m updating… in January 2014… in RED.
So I’m being lazy. I wrote this “101 Things…” as a post… my second “new” post after starting this blog (I imported lots of “old” posts from my other now dead blog). Anyway, at this time (as I still work on this new blog), I don’t have the time (ie., I’m too lazy to…) write a really smokin’ “About” page, so for now, I’m just cutting and pasting the post. Is that okay with everybody? Good!
A long time ago I saw something like this on another blog and it intrigued me. I made myself a note to one day have my very own “101 Things” page. You might think it’s dumb (I hope not) or way too long (it is!), but if you’re curious about me, here’s your chance to learn some totally cool, interesting (maybe boring) and totally useless!
Well, these are mostly about me, but not totally. They are not in any particular order of importance… just how they rolled out of my brain. Oh, and I squeezed extra sentences in everywhere, so there’s really way more than 101. Anyway, here’s my list…
- I’ve been married to Richy, my college sweetheart, since 1996. I was 20 when we got married… he was 24. We’re still madly in love!
- He makes me laugh, is a great snuggle-er, a fantastic Daddy, my best friend, and I love him more now than ever.
- We have 6 kids… they’re all mine and his… biologically. You wouldn’t believe how many people ask that… or assume that we’re a blended family … we’re not. Have you seen them? They all look just.like.him. Just sayin’.
- Five of my kids are boys. The other is a girl. She’s in the middle, sort of. But not exactly. This picture below is now seriously outdated!!
- My favorite “fancy” dessert is Tiramisu (I found an easy way to make it!). It’s an Italian dessert. On very special and rare occasions, my husband makes it for me and I want to marry him all over again.
- My best friend in the whole wide world is Kathy (other than Richy, that is). She and her husband are missionaries and they live in Italy. Her husband is an Italian – his name is Ciro (pronounced like Cheer-o… or Cheerios if you’re my kids!) . She made me Tiramisu once but forgot to drop it by my house (oops!)… one day she’s gonna bring me some more. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping for. Are you reading this, Kathy? Hello?
- My favorite non-fancy dessert is Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies. My son Joshua makes them for me often. He rocks!
- I sold my first cake on December 31, 2009. It was this one. Before that, I only baked for my own kids and occasionally a close family member.
- I’d have never dreamed I’d write a blog (or two blogs)– especially about cakes. I started with a blog about saving money a couple of years ago… and now I have a blog about non-cake things… nothing specific, just things I like to talk about. Oh, and I’ve taught coupon classes. Fun stuff!
- I’ve dreamed of doing cakes since I was 13 when I asked for a cheap-o Wilton decorating set (like this) for Christmas. My Mama got it for me and it’s finally paid off… 20+ years later.
- My favorite cake flavor (at least this week) is Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Chips. I dream of filling it with Whipped Ganache and piling on some Cream Cheese Frosting. I’ve never made this combination – I just imagine it and that it would be my favorite. That flavor combination is, in fact, amazing!
Maybe I’ll try it one day and post about it.In the meantime, these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes are pretty fantastic too!
- Yes, I’m crazy.
- I collect cute socks. Lots and lots of cute socks. So many that I have to trade them out of my sock drawer based on the season because there’s not enough room for them all.
- I’ve never owned a pair of Thanksgiving socks. (sad face)
- I like to watch NFL football. I like to watch it with my sweetheart. I like to watch HIM watch it – he gets excited and animated and that makes me smile!
- I like Sushi. Next to Italian, it’s my favorite thing to eat.
I’m experimenting with making it at home… no success yet.I quit trying – the stuff I buy is just so much better and access to good ingredients is not easy here in the sticks!
- I live in the country. Seven (7) miles from the nearest town. A tiny town. A town with only 2 stoplights, 2 dollar stores, and no chain stores or branded stores. No Walmart, Kroger, McDonalds, Wendy’s, 7 Eleven. You get the idea. I’m at least 35 miles from any of those places.
- We own chickens and we eat fresh eggs. We’ve eaten one fresh chicken – killed by accident. Maybe one day I’ll tell you that story. Probably never gonna happen.
- We have
2 cats – Cowboy and Sapphire. Sapphire is not a blue cat. She does not have blue eyes. I have no idea why my kids picked that name.Sadly Cowboy disappeared after many years with our family and Sapphire was run over by a car. We now have SIX cats… three we willingly picked out and three that showed up out of the blue. I’m not happy about this. We also have a dog… you can see Dash here.
- My kids names are Joshua, Caleb, Sarah, Noah, Christian, and Asher. They were born in years ranging from 1997 – 2011.
- My kids were born in 3 different states: Idaho, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
- Richy and I (and our kids) have lived in 3 different states: Idaho, Florida, and Mississippi.
- We’ve had 9 addresses in 15 years of marriage. Moving is not fun.
- I hate any form of cardio exercise. I hate to sweat.
- I like to lift weights, but I never do it.
- I want to lose weight and get healthy. And be a cake decorator. This is not a good combination of wants. I still fight this battle and haven’t made any progress!!
- I like to use ellipses….
- I like to read. I like to take bubble baths. I like to read while taking bubble baths.
- My favorite fiction book is “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks. “The Mountain Between Us” by Charles Martin is a close second. I’ve added Running for My Life to my list of my favorite books ever.
- My favorite flower is a tulip. Pink or purple or yellow or white… pretty much any color. I love tulips.
- We homeschool our kids. Not one of them has ever stepped foot into a public school. Except to visit their MawMaw (my Mama) – a public school teacher.
- I was not homeschooled. I was valedictorian of my class in 1993. I skipped the 11th grade and graduated one week after my 17th birthday. When you get to be an adult, no one cares about that sort of thing.
- I attended 4 colleges as we moved around and finally did get a college degree!
- I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Mississippi University for Women. Yep… still proud of that math degree!
- At MUW, my GPA was 4.0. Another thing that doesn’t matter when you get to be a grown-up.
- There were men in my classes.
- I love math and sometimes do algebra for fun, but other than my own children, have ZERO desire to teach it. I also get to do math when doing cakes… and that’s fun to me!
- I wish I had gotten a degree in baking. Is there such a thing? MUW offered a degree in culinary arts… they made great Cream Puffs at that school… from scratch. I have the recipe.
- I have never taking a baking or cake decorating class. Anywhere. At All. Ever. I’m completely “self-taught”.
- I am not athletic at all.
- I don’t like to play sports.
- I don’t like to be hot. EVER. I wish it was spring and fall and winter year round. Any season except summer. I don’t like to sweat, remember?
- I love the mountains and snow. And cabins in the mountains and snow.
- I don’t love the beach and summer time.
- I live in southern Mississippi. Go figure.
- I like to burn candles.
- I like to burn candles while taking bubble baths and reading.
- I like to play with fire. So does my son Noah. He’s my wild child and that worries me.
- We own two houses – not as a luxury, but because the economy tanked and we can’t sell one of them. It sucks. I don’t like it when my kids say “sucks”. We still own two houses for all the same reasons, but we do have renters now and that helps a lot!
- The house we live in has 3 bedrooms.
- Did I mention we have 6 kids? Do the math on that one.
- All of my children except Caleb (my second boy) have blue eyes. Caleb’s are brown. Like mine.
- I like to alternately nibble on some form of chocolate and some form of cheese. Such as M&M’s and Cheetos. Are Cheetos considered a form of cheese? I think so.
- I love Diet Dr. Pepper. And Diet Coke with Splenda. And I’ll drink Diet Pepsi if the other two aren’t available. It’s my morning “coffee”.
- I do not like coffee.
- I love coffee ice cream.
- I love the smell of coffee. Tiramisu is a coffee flavored dessert.
- I have big, cushy, red couches. They’re stained and worn, but hubby says we can’t replace them until the children are grown, so I’m sort of stuck with them… forever.
- Pink is my favorite color. But I also like red and purple a lot. We might actually replace the red couch in the next few months… crossing my fingers!!
- I’ve visited/driven through 40 states (I think). I should recount one day.
I’ve never been outside the United States.We went to Mexico on a cruise in January 2013! Yippee!!! One day I will go to Italy (God-willing).
- I love things that smell good. Sweet Pea is my favorite scent (especially from Bath & Body Works). I also like the smell of vanilla a lot.
- I have had chronic headaches since Junior High School.
- I have had chronic neck & shoulder pain since I was in a wreck in 2002 (I think that was the year). Chronic pain
- I minored in Art in college and used to love to draw with pencils, chalks and charcoal. I think I still would love it if I ever made the time to do it.
- I think I’ve only drawn one picture since college. It was for Kathy.
- I am a Christian. A Bible-believing, born again, Jesus died for my sins, Christian.
- I don’t really like to claim a religion, but we are currently members of a Baptist Church and we love it. We’ve also been members of non-denominational churches, a Church of God Church and an Assemblies of God church…. and loved them all.
- I am a night owl… not a morning person. I like to stay up late and sleep late. Those are bad habits. But not my only bad habits.
- I am not a good housekeeper.
- I don’t have a (house) decorating bone in my body. Cakes on the other hand….
- I dream of being a minimalist.
- Mostly I’m a clutter-bug.
- I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. They and my parents all live within 7 miles of my home. We’re a really close-knit family.
- I have purple running shoes. I’m trying to learn to like to run. For now, I mostly walk. Running = sweating. I don’t like sweating. Oh, I already said that. Update… I’ve sort of quit on the running thing. I never managed to get that “runner’s high” or develop any kind of love for it!
- I am not fashionable at all. My sister is very fashionable.
- I love to hear my husband play trumpet. He plays at church on Sundays and it’s awesome!
- I like most kinds of music – pretty much everything except rap and metal.
- We have a 1967 Convertible Mustang and it is purple. It hasn’t run since we were dating, but one day…
- I waited tables at Pizza Hut when I was in college and loved it! I’ve also worked in a Justice Court Clerk’s office, a library, a tire shop, and as a private math tutor… just to name a few.
- I love to ride motorcycles. I used to have one when I was a teenager.
- I want to sky-dive and/or parachute one day. My husband says “not!”. I did get to go zip-lining in Mexico!
- I hate going to the dentist, or any doctor really, and I often deliberately miss appointments.
- I have to sit down if anybody’s bleeding so I don’t faint.
- My next-to-youngest son Christian got the end of his finger off when he was about 20 months old and had to be taken by ambulance to the children’s hospital in New Orleans to have it sewn back on. If we hadn’t been at a friend’s house who also happened to be a nurse, I’m quite sure I’d still be passed out on the floor.
- I can’t play any instruments but I dream of playing piano. Update: we got a piano here at home but I still can’t play!! I took lessons briefly in college, but didn’t get very far.
- I have a semi-fancy camera and mostly don’t know how to use it. I’d love to take a photography class.
- I’m not allergic to anything.
- I like bananas but hate banana-flavored anything. Asher (my baby) loves bananas!
- I love strawberries and I love chocolate milk. But not together! That would be gross. However, chocolate dipped strawberries… that’s another story!
- My favorite pie is Key Lime Pie with fresh whipped cream on top.
- I was born in 1976. 40 is sneaking up on me way too fast!
- I read frugal blogs (I mentioned I have one!), money/finance blogs, baking/cooking blogs, diet/weight loss/health blogs (
I have one of these too… sort of), and a few other inspirational, funny and just plain entertaining blogs!
- When I was a young girl, I always wished my name was Marissa and I had curly hair – my daughter does. Have curly hair that is… her name is not Marissa, it’s Sarah.
- I hide M&M’s from my children so I don’t have to share. I don’t like hard candy but I love chocolate candy and candy bars. Baci is from Italy and it’s a favorite (Kathy brings/mails it to me when she can)… along with more common things like Andes Mints, Mr. Goodbars, Dark Chocolate Reeses, Symphony Bars, Twix… you get the idea. Oh, and I love Oreos. But that’s not candy or a candy bar.
- I watch too much TV. I am a news junkie and I like crime/mystery shows and some dramas. I’m not much into all the latest reality TV shows, but I do love American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance? I also love to watch cooking, baking and cake shows… bet you’d have never guessed that, huh?
- I love the Anne of Green Gables movies. My Mama got me the DVD set for Christmas this year and I’m working my way through watching them again right now. I’ve watched them all the way through at least twice… maybe 3 times?! I never get tired of Anne!!
- I love breakfast foods… eggs, grits, bacon, sausage, biscuits, pancakes, cereal (hello? Lucky Charms!!), Pop-tarts, hash browns… everything except oatmeal. Unless it’s an oatmeal cookie. But then that’s not really breakfast, huh? Waffle House is one of my favorite places to eat.
- I don’t consider myself a writer, and yet I choose to blog and love it!
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