Friday, February 6, 2009

25 Random Things About Me (Don't worry, I'm not tagging.)

According to the New York Times article, the "25 Random Things" phenomenon is one of the biggest viral writing exercises ever (really). (I'll post the rules below, so you'll get the idea, even if you have no idea what I'm talking about.)

I was not going to get sucked in, even after the first 10-15 of my friends on Facebook tagged me. But then I started reading them. And they were interesting. And I enjoyed getting to know people or getting to know fun things about people I already knew (or used to know). And they made think of things that I could post that might interest people. So I caved (and, as you will find out later as I post them, caved more than once).

So, since I have a slightly different "readership" here on my blog, I thought I'd share the "25 Random Things" love (hey, it's a free blog post; that's too hard to pass up, okay?)

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

Naturally, feel free to ignore this and only participate if you want to. It's only for fun and for us to get to know each other a bit better!

1. Growing up, I always liked to have what everyone else had…but different. In Jr. High, I had both the Swatch watch that no one else had and the Coca-Cola shirt that was different. I’m still kind of like this, but more on the different end of the spectrum.
2. The first house I lived in was next door to Colonel Sanders’ farm (as in KFC), and I have a picture of me sitting in his lap at his piano. (Yes, I was actually born in KY. Shh. Don’t tell anyone. I got to TX as quickly as I could.)
3. I don’t know if I owned anything the color pink until I had a daughter, and now I love the color (in moderation and preferably paired with chocolate brown or turquoise).
4. I was on one of the sets of the movie A Perfect World as it was being filmed and have pictures of Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner to prove it.
5. I have a playlist for everything. If you don’t believe me, just read my blog. See, you guys are already one step ahead!
6. I have yet to find a form of alcohol that I actually like, which is very disappointing for a Baptist preacher’s daughter who no longer lives by those strictures.
7. I was a 3rd generation Baylor student…and I actually had a choice as to where I would attend.
8. I chose to major in education in case I “had to” homeschool. I got the homeschool bug while researching the concept in college.
9. My first car had an 8-track tape player.
10. I have a high tolerance for pain…medication. It takes at least three times the normal amount to deaden for a local anesthetic, and then sometimes I still feel it.
11. I once went skinny dipping with another pastor’s daughter and a couple of other friends.
12. I had my first four children in less than four years (only by a day, but still…)
13. I seriously considered waiting until 25 people tagged me to write this note, so all I would have to do is tag them back.
14. I prefer written communication, if given an option (as is evidenced by my mad texting skills), and proof-read everything obsessively before I send.
15. If I ever teach public school again, I would like for it to be in the inner city or the prison system.
16. I have hiked to the highest point in Texas.
17. I lived in Abigndon, England for a semester in 3rd grade.
18. I was in Jerusalem on the 1st day of the Palestinian Intefada acting as tour guide for some visiting friends.
19. I have never had in mind the number of children I want to have. Still don’t know.
20. I am actually actively using my university degree.
21. I love hymns. I have a playlist entitled “Worship Hyms,” which are traditional hymns played in a contemporary worship style.
22. I have seriously considered getting both a tattoo and a nose stud.
23. I am not a good housekeeper (those of you who live here are not allowed to comment as to this not being a “random” thing, rather a fact of the universe), but I am getting better.
24. In spite of the above, I really like for things to be neat and in order.
25. I am almost exactly 50% extrovert/50% introvert, both of which would surprise some people.

There, now wasn't that fascinating? :-P

Feel free to participate, if you'd like, and please do let me know, if you do. I've really enjoyed reading these as they make the rounds. More random Facebook lists about me soon.


Anne said...

That was fun to read. Just curious, what is the highest point in Texas? I wonder if it's close to me.

TexasHeather said...

Okay, I am: shocked you are not REALLY Texan, suggesting kaluah in milk for your alcoholic beverage to try, encouraging the tattoo, and LOL'ing about both the swatch and the coke shirt, which I also had (though others did have one like mine, even though I would absolutely have strived to be unique.)

LOVE how much we have in common & hope we meet IRL one day.

Tressa said...

I think you encouraged me to finally write out my 25 Random Things. I have been tagged like crazy, but been putting it off. Its VERY insteresting to read about for sure!

mideastmom said...

Anne, the highest point in Texas is Guadalupe Peak in Guadalupe Mountain National Park. It's almost to Carlsbad Caverns. It's probably the only spontaneous road trip I've ever taken. Went with some friends and one of the friend's family after Baylor went to the Alamo Bowl my junior year.

Heather, the shame, I know. I will definitely try that. Maybe at the BFM. In your honor. Somehow I managed to pull of the uniqueness. It probably helped that there was really only one store in our little town that sold either of those items. We'd better meet someday! Any finalized spring/summer travel plans yet?

Tressa, if you read all the way to the end of the NYT article, they kind of mock the whole thing, but since I know and actually interact with these people, I think it just enhances the relationship, rather than being a "quick fix" or "cheap shortcut." What do they know, anyway? :-P

Tara B. said...

That was fun! Looks like we have a few things in common!

Tattoos, nose piercings, skinny dippings, my, my, those pastors kids!

mideastmom said...

Tara, the irony is that, other than the skinny dipping incident, I was a pretty compliant PK. It's just as an adult...

Jamie Jo said...

That was fun. I'm so glad you finally succumbed. I enjoyed getting to know you a bit better.

Grateful for Grace said...

Very interesting...!! Great stuff.
Thanks for posting it!