Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Has it been a year already? Can I really be 38? Man, time flies when you get old!

For my birthday, I decided to make another list of things you might not know about me. I hope I don't bore you too much.

Here goes:

1. It snowed on my 10th birthday.
2. School let out early that day.
3. I got a sewing box for my birthday (for cross stitching).
4. I am related to Amelia Earhart (father’s side).
5. I am related to Princess Diana (mother’s side). Seriously. Can’t you see the resemblance? Not serious.
6. If someone would have told me 25 years ago I was going to marry Joe, I would have laughed hysterically.
7. I don’t like it when things stick to my feet.
8. I love to glide across my clean kitchen floor.
9. People say I laugh like my mother.
10. When I was younger, I might have been insulted.
11. Now that I’m a mother, I think it is a compliment.
12. People have said the same thing about the way I talk.
13. The other night Joe said I looked like my mother.
14. I don’t see a resemblance.
15. My family sometimes calls me “Laurie.”
16. I don’t like to be called that.
17. If you call me by that name, I probably won’t respond.
18. I’m the only one in my family (Joe and the kids) born in an odd year.
19. I guess I’m an oddball.
20. I hate to inconvenience people.
21. If someone offers me help, I usually decline because of it.
22. Sometimes I wish I could change that about myself.
23. I weigh less than my driver’s license states.
24. And my military ID card.
25. I think I am about 5’ 9” tall.
26. I used to hate being tall.
27. I used to tell people I was 5’ 8 ¾”.
28. Now I tell people I am 5’ 9”.
29. I wear size 9 shoe.
30. My feet did not get any bigger with pregnancy.
31. Thank goodness.
32. I like to wear lip balm or something on my lips all the time.
33. Even if it’s clear.
34. Right now I love Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Radiance.
35. It’s clear and makes my lips tingle.
36. I like it a lot.
37. I don’t like dry skin on my hands.
38. I wash my hands a lot.
39. Please do not use my bath towels if you visit my house.
40. I’m very picky about them.
41. If you use my toothbrush, you will be asked to leave immediately.
42. Enough said.
43. Joe used one of my bath towels on Saturday.
44. I don’t think he will make that mistake again.
45. I hate to dust.
46. It’s a perpetual job with little benefits.
47. I love the smell of clean laundry.
48. I wish I could knit.
49. I tried the day before Sawyer was born.
50. I haven’t had much time since to really figure it out.
51. Joe told me I was old the other day.
52. He shouldn’t talk.
53. He is 364 days older than me.
54. I have long arms and legs.
55. My grandfather used to joke that I needed to carry a brick in my pocket so I wouldn’t blow away.
56. I’ve almost blown away.
57. I hate to speak in public.
58. I used to get red and blotchy on my neck.
59. I don’t know if that still happens.
60. I do know that I usually speak so fast no one can understand me.
61. I avoid it whenever I can.
62. I learned to sew a straight line at church.
63. My best friend, Kathie, also taught me to sew.
64. She taught me how to sew from patterns.
65. Our first project was a maternity outfit (1996).
66. I have known Kathie for about 33 years.
67. I’ve known her longer than I’ve known some of my younger siblings.
68. Many years ago, Kathie and I got into a fist fight in church (we were 11-ish).
69. Neither of us remember why.
70. Our friend’s grandmother broke it up.
71. We both remember that.
72. When I was a child, I tried to eat a cheese cracker with gum in my mouth.
73. The gum turned to mush.
74. The gum fell out of my mouth onto my chin and stuck.
75. I could not get the gum off my chin.
76. We were in the middle of a huge regional church meeting at the time.
77. I asked my mother for a tissue.
78. I tried to remove the gum with a tissue.
79. The tissue stuck to my face.
80. I looked like Santa Claus.
81. My mother made my older sister take me to the bathroom to clean up.
82. I was so embarrassed.
83. I will never, ever forget that.
84. My kids like that story.
85. When I was younger I was sitting on the kitchen trashcan rocking back and forth.
86. My mother told me to stop.
87. I didn’t.
88. The trashcan slid out from under me and I threw my hands up in the air to grab something.
89. I grabbed a pan of boiling water it poured all over me.
90. I was burned pretty badly.
91. I still have a scar.
92. My kids hate that story.
93. My knees get dislocated easily.
94. I don’t know why.
95. I’ve read three books for pleasure since my last birthday.
96. We have a sit-down dinner almost every night.
97. I hate humidity.
98. My bones creak and crack.
99. I’m getting old.
100. I am one lucky gal.

and 101. Any minute now I am expecting my friend, Kim, to call me laughing hysterically.

Don't I look like a girl Sawyer?


beki said...

Happy Birthday Lera!! I hope you have a wonderful day ;-)

Thanks for sharing your list, so interesting!!

kirsten said...

ha! i'm picturing a skinny 11-yo you in a fist fight.

and you really did look like sawyer!

nikko said...

Fun facts!

Hope you have a great day!

Katie Jean said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Your list was great. I picturing you in a fist fight too! haha

randi---i have to say said...

Happy birthday! I love that first picture of you. I imagine that you are covered in birthday cake??? ;)

Jen said...

Happy Birthday!

Remind me never to be alone with you at church!

You are too funny!

Lela said...

Happy Birthday! I am motivated to sew by your blog. Have a great day!

nikki said...

Happy Birthday girl! You do look like Sawyer in a dress. lol I have a pic of me that looks like Erik in a dress at about 18 mths.

jessi said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!

And you made me realize I'm the only one in my little family that was born in odd year too!

christy said...

Happy Birthday! fun list!

laeroport said...

Happy Birthday, dear friend! Stay away from trashcans and boiling water!

And I can see where your children get their good looks. :)

amandajean said...

Happy Birthday Lera!

I loved reading 101 things about you. Hope you have a great day.

Alisa said...

Happy Birthdah Lera! Thanks for the hilarious list!

Diane said...

Happy Birthday Lera!! Hope you have a wonderful day. Stay off the trash can.

capello said...

happy birthday!

so sorry to hear about the burn. geesh. that was scary.

Karyn said...

Happy Birthday Lera!!!

What a great list!! Thanks for the laughs!!

And....38 is NOT old! Sheesh!

Sarah and Jack said...

Hapde Burfday. (That picture has a scary resemblance to Sawyer actually!)

kristin said...

oh, happy birthday. : )

Brandy said...

Happy Birthday Lera!!! You know what...I'm the only one born in an odd year in my family as well. Never even thought about it. I loved reading your list!

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Krissy born in '79? Silly!


Anonymous said...

I need to teach you how to knit. It really isn't that hard. Next time you come over to VT.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday.

I just learned to knit last week (reall, watching the baseball playoffs). I taught myself by watching

What a perfect gift. Another craft! More textiles! More supplies!

Chara Michele said...

Happy Birthday Lera!!!!

I hope it was a wonderful day:) Your list was hilarious, thanks for sharing!

Heidijayhawk said...

happy brithday dear friend! and i don't know about kim, but i am laughihg hysterically!

Alicia A. said...

Great list. Happy Birthday to you!

angela said...

Happy Birthday Lera!
Yep...I see Sawyer in that photo. :)
That was a fun list to read. HOpe your day was a good one.

SilverLining Designs said...

Happy Birthday Lera!!

Anonymous said...

i laughed the minute i started reading it and hav not stopped. and yes everyone, i did call her as soon as i read the last word! we laughed together for about 2 minutes. by the DO talk, laugh, and look like your mother...especially your HANDS!!
Happy Birthday, my dear friend and sister!!

jojo* said...

Happy birthday (one day late!) Loved reading your list and those pictures--too cute!! I'll be catching up to you in Feb.

madmommy said...

I still can't believe how similar we are; I felt like I could've been reading about myself! Happy Birthday!

The Fury said...

I love your blog you're so genuine :)


The Fury said...

oh yeah, our birthdays are one day apart, I think. I am on 10/9

yay for libras!

Mirre said...

Happy belated birthday, Lera!!

MANDEE said...

JUST RAN ACROSS UR BLOG....I am related to Amelia Earhart too!!! ( mothers side!)