Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Okay, so starting on Day 1.  I'm supposed to upload a recent picture of myself.  After taking about 30 pictures that were AWFUL, I decided to go with my work picture.  It's only about 2 years old, and I look pretty much the same.  The funny thing?  I even have on the same shirt today!  So here's my picture:
Not sure there ARE 15 interesting facts, but here goes: 

I lived out of the country for one year with my husband and 3 children.  We were transferred to Shanghai, China for his job.  The boys went to an International School.  We saw many things we'd never have had the opportunity to see or explore if we hadn't moved there for a year.  That's actually the reason I started this blog.  To keep everyone here at home up to date with our lives in China.

My grandma has always been one of my favorite people.  Even though she's been in Heaven for 12+ years, she CONTINUES to be one of my favorite people.  My oldest, Jason THOMAS is named after her.  Thomas was her maiden name.

My family and I have always been very close.  I still talk to my parents pretty much every day, and even did while we were living in China.  They "inherit" my children if anything happens to us.  I would like to think they did a pretty good raising my brother and I, so I know my kids will be in good hands.  I have 1 brother that is a year younger than me.  He is Godfather to all 3 of my children, and he "inherits" them if anything happens to us and my parents.  Hear that Scott?  NOT that I WANT anything to happen, but if it does, I know they will be in good hands with him also.  He loves them dearly, and they adore them.  They are so lucky to have such a wonderful uncle that makes them feel so special.

I've known my best friend since we were freshmen in high school.  I HATED high school.  I tell her all of the time that she's the best thing that came out of high school for me.  She is also Sarah Beth's Godmother.

My other closest friend I've been friends with since my sophomore year of college.  She lives 1 1/2 hours away, but we still text and talk often, and we see each other at least 3 or 4 times a year.  She was my saving grace while I was in China.  Whenever I would get really homesick, she seemed to "sense" it, and she would send me a message or we would chat on Facebook, even though it was really late for her and she just wanted to be in bed!  She talked me through many tough times.  I'm not sure I even told her how much it meant to me.  In case I didn't, Thanks Sandy.  YOU ROCK!

I've had the same favorite actor since I was about 10 or 11.  Anyone that knows me well knows that my favorite actor is, was, and always will be Harrison Ford.

I've had the same favorite movie since I was about 5 or 6.  The Sound Of Music.  LOVE that movie.  Watch it every time it comes on TV, even though I've seen it a GAZILLION times!

I "collect" butterflies.  At my Grandma's funeral the priest talked about how much she liked butterflies.  From that point on, it sort of became my "thing".  I have butterfly rings, earrings, hair barrettes, my bedroom and 2 of our bathrooms are butterflies.  You get the picture.  It reminds me of her and makes me feel closer to her.  So if you're ever in doubt about what to get me, you can never go wrong with something with butterflies on it.  Oh, and of course a brand new Honda Odyssey.  In case you should happen to win the lottery and just feel like spreading the wealth!

Not sure that it's interesting, but I am probably the most unorganized person you will ever meet in your life.  I TRY to be organized, but at this point I feel like, if it hasn't happened by now, it's probably not ever going to happen!

I have a degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.  I say all of the time that it's the most useless degree imaginable, but I think I use it everyday, with my family and friends as well as with my jobs, so I guess it's not THAT useless.

One place I've ALWAYS wanted to go is Australia.  Since I was about 8 or 9.  I doubt I'll ever get there, but then I never thought I'd live in China either, so I guess it's still possible!

I'm a TV ADDICT!  I can't stand silence so I always have something on in the background.  My favorite shows are Criminal Minds, NCIS, CSI and Law And Order.  And of course, GLEE!  I even watch all the reruns.  I'll watch a rerun of Criminal Minds or Law and Order before I'll have the TV off and not have any noise in the background. 

I'm a GLEEK!  For those of you that don't know what that is, it means that I love the show Glee.  I watch it every week.  I started watching it in China.  I love all of the songs.  That's pretty much the only thing I ever listen to in the car, besides talk radio.  I also let my kids watch it., but only with ME.  We've watched every single episode together, except for the Christmas episode.  That's a whole other story!  We've had some AMAZING conversations after some of the episodes.  For those of you that watch it, think Madonna, Blame It On The Alcohol, and Grilled Cheesus, just to name a few!  ;)

I'm ADDICTED to diet Coke.  Just ask anyone that knows me.  I always have a diet Coke in my hand or somewhere close by.  I probably drink a 2 liter a day of diet Coke.  And fountain diet Coke is MUCH better than out of a can or a bottle.  I drink WAY too many of them, but I can't help it.  It's my drug of choice, and I think I could do much worse.

I've discovered a lot about myself since I started keeping this blog.  What first started as a description of our journey out of the country, has turned into a journey of me discovering the things I like and dislike the most, both about myself and of society in general. 


          Amy said...

          We have a lot in common I see.

          Addiction to NCIS and the tv in general. Diet coke is king. And my boys both watch Glee with me. We DVR it every week and it's one of the things we always watch together.

          Loved your post!

          Anonymous said...

          Great Details! I am sure you got all 15 facts! I love law types of shows too but not too much of a glee fan. I am addicted to pepsi even though my resolution was not to have any for a year... I've been keeping that promise. I wonder what are you going to post next!

          Stacy Lynn said...

          My grandmother has only been gone 5 years,but she was one of and still is one of my favorite people. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't wish I could talk to her about something or share something I know she'd like.

          yulz said...

          My addiction will be watching NCIS ..

          For you, its everything on Butterflies =) as for me...Dolphins everywhere :D

          I should find 13 interesting fact about me and post it later.. this seems to be fun