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(Almost) 100 Things

1. I am 51 years old.
2. I am about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weigh about 133 lbs.
3. I have so many highlights in my hair, I’m not sure what the real color is.
4. My eyes are greenish hazel.
5. I became a Christian when I was about 15 or 16.
6. My husband and I joined a Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in 2007.
7. I serve on the Stewardship board at my church.
8. I seek to follow Christ and know him better.
9. I believe I have the spiritual gifts of teaching and encouragement.
10. I’ve lived in the Detroit area since 1979.
11. I grew up in Independence, Missouri.
12. I was born on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
13. My father was a career Air Force guy.
14. I have a multi-colored tabby cat named Gidget.
15. She is my second cat. My first cat was a half-Siamese black kitty named China.
16. As a child, I had two dogs. They were brother and sister and their names were Punkin and Rebel.
17. I have been married twice, divorced once.
18. My husband Ken and I have been married for nearly 8 years.
19. My only daughter Amy is in her third year at Western Michigan University.
20. I do not much care for shopping.
21. Consequently, I have many clothes that are older than my daughter.
22. Thus, when she borrows clothes from me, she tells her friends they are “vintage”
23. I love Jane Austen’s novels and have read all of them at least once.
24. I am addicted to Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series and I mourn his passing in July.
25. I went to Catholic school through fifth grade.
26. Despite that experience, I do not have a phobia of nuns.
27. My maternal grandparents emigrated to the United States from Croatia in the early 1900s.
28. My grandmother was a tailor; my grandfather worked in a meat processing plant.
29. They lived in a Croatian neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas called Strawberry Hill.
30. I had an older brother who was killed in Vietnam.
31. My favorite TV shows of the moment are “House, M.D.” and “The Closer”
32. I am also addicted to “Law & Order” and “CSI” reruns
33. There is no “CSI” but the one set in Las Vegas. The others are poor imitations
34. Secretly I love to watch “The O.C.”
35. I had a kidney transplant in 1980 and after two and a half years on dialysis received a new kidney in January 2008.
36. My first car was a 1967 blue Mustang hardtop
37. My current car is a very cool black Saab 9-2x.
38. It is the seventh car I have owned in my lifetime.
39. It is also the nicest car I have owned in my lifetime.
40. It has a hot little turbocharged engine that sometimes makes me want to drive too fast.
41. I currently have over 400 songs on my iPod.
42. My music library is heavily weighted toward Linda Ronstadt and Don Henley.
43. I’ve been blogging for over five years.
44. I was something of a bookish nerd in high school.
45. My degree is in Mass Communication from the University of Central Missouri.
46. I minored in Spanish, but have forgotten most of it now.
47. I wrote for the campus newspaper, worked at the radio station and also for the campus cable TV station
48. I pioneered a Sunday morning Christian music show on the campus radio station, which grew in length from 15 minutes to an hour during my time there
49. That meant I had to sign on the station every Sunday morning
50. I lived and worked for a short time in El Dorado, Kansas, a few miles from Wichita.
51. For many years I held several different positions at The Oakland Press, a suburban Detroit newspaper.
52. I worked at The Detroit News as a features copy editor from 1992 until the strike in 1995.
53. I moved into the marketing business in 1996. Some would say I sold out. I just wanted a schedule that let me spend time with my daughter.
54. I wrote training and education materials for the folks who sell Ford vehicles.
55. I consequently know more about SUVs, cars and trucks than I ever thought I would care to.
56. If I could own any Ford vehicle, it would either be a Mustang GT or an Escape Hybrid.
57. Favorite vacation spots of the moment are Lost Lake Woods Club (near Lincoln, Michigan) and Key West, Florida.
58. I like to sing.
59. I enjoy cooking
60. I don’t cook at home nearly often enough.
61. My best dish right now is chicken breasts with sweet peppers, from the Craig Claiborne “Gourmet Diet” cookbook.
62. I like to garden.
63. Currently my garden is a weedy, overgrown mess.
64. Favorite snack: cheese and crackers
65. Favorite ice cream: Baskin-Robbins Baseball Nut or Haagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche
66. Not-so-guilty pleasure: popsicles
67. Favorite sleeping position: stomach
68. I do not snore.
69. Favorite season: summer. I love hot weather.
70. Favorite tea: Earl Grey
71. Favorite wine: usually anything red
72. Favorite beer: Oberon summer ale by Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
73. Favorite mixed drink: margarita
74. Favorite ethnic food: Indian or sushi
75. Favorite color: red
76. Favorite clothing store: Casual Corner. Online: L.L. Bean.
77. Favorite books/music store: Amazon
78. I used to collect Fiesta dinnerware from the 1930s and ‘40s, until it became too expensive.
79. I have a few pieces of Depression glass I inherited from my mom.
80. I’ve collected two pieces of Rosewood pottery, but they’re too pricey to collect more.
81. I keep most of my daughter’s childhood dolls and stuffed animals stored in boxes in the rafters of the garage.
82. My husband thinks I am an incurable pack rat.
83. I made my wedding gown for my first wedding.
84. I still have fabric I bought years ago and never made into the clothes I’d planned.
85. I get up at 6 a.m. every day, except when on vacation.
86. I’m in bed at 10 p.m. except on very rare occasions.
87. I enjoy solitude.
88. I had waist-length hair when I was younger.
89. I work the New York Times crossword every day.
90. This pastime completely mystifies my husband.
91. After college, I spent 2 months backpacking around Europe with my best friend.
92. We visited England, Wales, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.
93. I was so broke when we came home, they almost didn’t let me back into the country.

Interests

weblogs, cooking, gardening, reading, classic movies, Francis Schaeffer, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, The Brandenburg Concerti, Carmina Burana, Switchfoot, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles