Wednesday, April 11, 2007

100 Things about Me

1. My initials have always been MMM, before and after marriage.
2. I was sad to give up my maiden name, because it was unique and I was proud of it.
3. I was happy to give up my life for the Lord.
4. Jesus Christ became my Lord and Savior when I was 17.
5. I grew up in inner city Philadelphia with my mom, grandmom, brothers and cousins.
6. Summers were spent in Florida with my dad.
7. I'm Cuban and Irish.
8. Cubans are known for being hot headed and crazy. Did I mention I was Cuban?
9. Irish people get all worked up over petty arguments. Did I mention I was Irish?
10. Apparently an Irish queer is a man without a beer. I must be an Irish queer.
11. I didn't grow up speaking Spanish.
12. I majored in Spanish in college.
13. My college was in Nova Scotia, Canada.
14. Yes, I studied Spanish in Canada.
15. No, I don't have any family in Canada.
16. My husband asked me to marry him before we dated.
17. After 3 weeks of prayer I said yes.
18. My dad said I couldn't get married until I turned 24. Our wedding was less than 2 weeks later.
19. One month into the wedding I was pregnant. I've been pregnant and/or breastfeeding ever since.
20. I'm ready for a break.
21. I've struggled with fatigue for over 10 years.
22. That problem has been compounded since parenting began.
23. My favorite smell is butter melting on the stove clarify- in a pan on the stove top.
24. The name of my fourth grade teacher was Mrs. Schmidt. She was special to all of us students.
25. Tabitha's first name is Enoch's mother's name. Her middle name is my aunt's. Both of these women are dead.
26. Patricia's first name is my mother's name. Her middle name is Enoch's aunt's/stepmother's name. These women are both alive.
27. Seth is named after Adam's 3rd son.
28. Growing up I always said my favorite color was clear. I guess I couldn't decide!
29. My husband is 9 inches taller than me.
30. I grew up in the same house my mom grew up in. She still lives there.
31. We bought most of our food from the corner store. It took less than 2 minutes to walk there.
32. I'm very thankful, and a bit surprised, when I see positive qualities in my children that I know they learned from Enoch and I.
33. It grieves me to see that they're also picking up on our bad qualities.
34. I wear a head covering during church meetings.
35. I prefer the King James Version of the Bible, but automatically translate it to NKJV when reading it to the kiddos.
36. I don't answer all of Tabitha's "why" questions. Many times I make her figure the answer out herself.
37. I don't have any close friends that are moms.
38. I like to hike, but haven't been on one in ages.
39. I don't drink hot liquids that often. Maybe twice a month.
40. I grew up drinking milk and water. Those are still my main sources of fluid, though I do enjoy juice and sweetened iced tea.
41. My favorite tree is the weeping willow.
42. I've read through the Bible more than 4 times.
43. Whether it's how to put a bike together or brew a cup of tea, I have to read the instructions and follow them very carefully.
44. Disorganization stresses me.
45. My house is disorganized.
46. I love to start new projects or crafts. I work on them until they are almost finished and then it takes me forever to do the last little bit.
47. Repetitive tasks are enjoyable. i.e. folding towels or making birth announcements.
48. I love singing hymns.
49. My ears are sensitive. I'm constantly adjusting volume buttons, so they are just right. I know what the kids are doing downstairs, when I'm upstairs.
50. I'm halfway finished!
51. When I was first saved a couple in their 70's took me under their wing.
52. I love traveling.
53. I hate packing.
54. I've never had a passport.
55. When I look at the stars I see a dot, unlike my husband who actually has deep thoughts.
56. For years I was an ENFP. I think that's changing. What's your personality?
57. I like to think I have a high IQ.
58. I have a bad memory.
59. Before I became a Christian I smoked marijuana regularly.
60. I have NO desire for such things now.
61. Most days you'll find me wearing skirts, but I also wear pants.
62. All three of our kids sleep in our bedroom. Tabitha and Seth have their own toddler beds. Patricia gets to sleep in "the big bed" with us.
63. I feel secure and loved having them in our room.
64. I want my kids to obey me because they want to please me, not because they fear the consequences.
65. We love rice in this house. We recently finished a 40 pound bag.
66. When I was in college I made a choice to learn to eat spicy food. That came in handy when I married into an Indian family.
67. I used to want to be a missionary. Now I think I know too many of my imperfections to go. I'll be content being at my home mission field.
68. My dad and my husband are both computer programmers.
69. I like blogging. (Can you tell?!)
70. I don't like cleaning bathrooms.
71. I do like to talk on the phone, except when there are screaming kids in the background, which is always.
72. I LOVE getting mail.
73. Enoch can always make me laugh.
74. Unnecessary baby items for me: pacifiers, boppy pillow, bottles, baby bath tubs and burp cloths.
75. Essential baby items: Huggies diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes, car seat and mommy.
76. My eyes are brown with one spot of blue.
77. I straighten up like there's no tomorrow when I know people are coming to the house.
78. For the most part, we sit at the table to eat three times a day.
79. My favorite subject in school was math.
80. We don't have any pets and I don't want any. That's unbelievable considering how many cats and dogs I grew up with.
81. Favorite line from my favorite hymn:
"And when I think that God His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burdens gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin."
82. I practice comfort over beauty.
83. I get sad when I think of how godly others are in comparison to me.
84. I know I'm not supposed to compare myself with others.
85. The quality I dislike in others the most is Pride.
86. I think mental illness is a disease. I don't think it's all in the mind and I don't think it's always demon possession.
87. I prefer pen and paper over the computer.
88. I have no self control when it comes to chocolate and baked goods.
89. I can't look at a Monet or Picasso for more than five minutes, but I'll examine a cross-stitch for hours.
90. Olives are gross, but I'll eat them if they're in a dish I'm served.
91. Fruit is yummy, but I can't incorporate it into a main dish, because my husband won't eat it!
92. I'm afraid that if I start to homeschool, I'll fizzle out before too long.
93. I love my husband and he loves me.
94. I work well under pressure, yet I enjoy getting things done early.
95. I enjoy driving.
96. I can't believe my life has come down to this list.
97. When Patricia is 2, I want to adopt a 2-year-old boy from India.
98. People still make fun of the way I say water. I think that's the only remnant of my Philly accent.
99. I want my life to be lived for the glory of God.
100. I can't think of anything else.

If you made it this far, you've been tagged. Let me know if you write a list for yourself.


Fab said...

I smiled at some of your listings and felt sad at some others.

I noticed your fatigue the last time I saw you. I'm praying about that.

People still make fun of how I say water, also. And how I say coffee.

I remember clear being your favorite color. :)

You still like the weeping willow, huh?

Of course you LOVE getting mail! I remember the TONS of state information packets we got in the mail every day!! 1-800-I-Love-PA

Mrs. Schmidt put me and Eric Gruss in the hallway during her class. Then Ms. McCormick did the same thing on the same day. We spent the whole morning out in the hallway. We got so bored that we both managed to take out a not-so-loose tooth by banging our tooth against the wall.

Olives. yuk. Occassionally, I'll try one to see if I got over the taste. They still make me gag.

People more godly. Please. Everybody's messed up and hides weaknesses and fears. Jesus never pulls the ole, "Why aren't you more like...?" The time I spend wondering what's wrong with me is time wasted. I could be seeking Him in the moment.

Enoch said...

I decided to read it. It was awesome. I like the style and the randomness of the thoughts. I will have one soon.

Love Ya!

ericnally said...

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing. When I have some free time (in a dreamworld I'll do my 100 things. Off to NY in the morning...psyched to go hiking, take tests, and meet up with a friend for a celebration dinner. Btw, I haven't written much poety in several years. I did write 2 poems last spring...the first ones in a long time. If you scroll to the beginning of my blog, I think you'll find them. My writing always comes from something strongly convicting me...never just say "hmm, I'm gonna sit down and write something". Take care.

Eryn said...

wow! that is quite a list, and i feel i know you a bit better now. it was all very interesting.

April said...

Hi, I've been meaning to comment on your blog. I linked over to you from Brooke's blog. It was nice getting to know about you.

bandanachick said...

Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself!

Sr. Fab said...

"like to think" you have a high IQ? Remember when my cousin Elena was making everyone in the family take her IQ test? She said you scored the highest of anyone that took it. It was like 152 or something! Beware Enoch, your wife most likely has a higher IQ than you. I know both my kids are smarter than me!

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