My Completed "100 Things About Me" List

It's only taken me two months to complete, but inspired by Amy (whom I inspired, apparently!), I have rounded out my list with the final 29 "things." Here it is in all it's crowning glory. For the new additions only, start at #71.

1. My dream job is to become a travel writer.
2. Unfortunately, I have no experience in this area, other than my own travel journals.
3. I can, however, tell you in minute detail how to troubleshoot a lagging hard drive, and how to protect your PC from viruses and spyware!
4. I am the oldest sibling in my family, and the first grandchild as well. Yes, my family members spoiled me. All of them. My husband would say they still do.
5. My parents divorced when I was two. I lived with my mom, and saw my dad every other weekend.
6. I have a younger sister who is 27, and two much younger sisters from my dad's second marriage. They are 15 and 12.
7. My mother has been married four times.
8. I loathe her current husband with a fiery passion.
9. Luckily, they don't live near me.
10. I like my stepmom very much. This wasn't always the case though.
11. My extended family on my mom's side (grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins) is very close.
12. Of course, this also means that everyone knows everyone else's business...all the time.
13. We usually all get together once a week, with a few exceptions, for Sunday dinner at my great aunt's house.
14. My grandfather called me Dolce. This means "sweet" in Italian.
15. He gave all his grandchildren nicknames. Some of them had actual meanings, like mine. Others were names he created from a combination of Italian and English words.
16. He died 10 years ago. I miss him every day.
17. I went into a coma at age five when the strep throat virus I contracted at school traveled to my brain.
18. I was unconscious for over a week, during which time the doctors told my parents if I awoke, I would likely be severely brain damaged.
19. I did, and I wasn't.
20. Later that same year, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a chronic illness that affects the large intestine.
21. For five years, I was subjected to countless painful tests and procedures, while I was medicated to the max with prednisone, a steroid that made a skinny little girl blow up like a balloon.
22. My doctor told me I was the worst case of colitis he had ever seen in a child.
23. At age 10, a surgeon performed a series of four surgeries to remove my large intestine. Turns out you don't need that 10 foot organ after all!
24. I was healthy until age 16.
25. Then my doctor found and diagnosed Crohn's disease, chronic inflammation of the small intestine.
26. Most people who have colitis have Crohn's disease too.
27. There's no cure for Crohn's, but I've been in remission for many years now.
28. I have been a staunch supporter of animal rights since high school.
29. I was the editor of my school newspaper, and used my position as a platform to tell others about the horrors of animal testing.
30. I will never buy anything made by Proctor & Gamble, the worst offending company in testing their products on animals.
31. I just entered the 21st century last night when I got broadband internet service, and a wireless router for my laptop.
32. Prior to that point, I was using dial-up. I know.
33. However, I still do not own a cell phone, although my husband just got one.
34. I don't want one either.
35. If given the choice to go out on a Saturday night or stay home with my cats, the bathtub, and a good book, I'll take the latter.
36. I realize that's a little strange, given my age.
37. I've known my best friend for almost 25 years.
38. We met in the first grade, and went all the way through Catholic grammar school, Catholic high school, and our undergraduate years together.
39. We roomed together in college for one year.
40. That didn't work so well (I think it's difficult to live with anyone in what constitutes a 10x10 dorm room), so the next year we each got different roommates and lived in the same suite, and later, the same off-campus house.
41. She recently bought a house in my neighborhood. We're less than a five minute walk away from eachother.
42. I work from home on Fridays.
43. It's my favorite day of the week, because I have the house to myself, and it's quiet.
44. I would love to never again have to enter my office, and to be able to work 100% from home.
45. I have more books than I have bookshelves.
46. I have a stack of books 10 deep beside my bed.
47. According to my mom and my grandma, I started reading at age two and a half.
48. There exists an ancient reel-recording of me reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" at said age.
49. I love Christmas, but my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
50. This is due to the colors of the season, the non-commercial nature of the holiday, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
51. My mom used to make me and my sister Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls while we watched the parade.
52. Now I make them for husband and myself while we watch the parade.
53. He doesn't really "get" the parade.
54. I could eat an entire loaf of warm, freshly baked bread and butter in one sitting.
55. I'm teaching myself to bake my own on the weekends.
56. I watch too much reality tv.
57. The Amazing Race is my favorite of the bunch.
58. Although I'm very much enjoying the The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.
59. I love Martha.
60. I am a feminist.
61. I kept my maiden name upon marrying.
62. I am a liberal.
63. I took an online political quiz recently, and it turns out I'm actually a "socialist."
64. My loathing for W runs deep.
65. I seriously considered running away to Canada with Alec Baldwin following the 2000 election.
66. My family members are staunch Republicans.
67. However, my grandma saw the light a few years ago, and now loathes W as I do.
68. Political discussions are FUN at my family dinners.
69. I could max out my credit card at H&M, Williams-Sonoma, and Pottery Barn.
70. Although, I really don't enjoy shopping in "brick-and-mortar" stores. I prefer to do it all online.
71. I am almost always cold. Even when it's warm outside.
72. My office is the temperature of a meat locker, making this a real problem for me.
73. I don't like chocolate. Not even a little.
74. I would love to live in Europe.
75. When I finished my undergraduate degree, I moved to London for five months.
76. While there, I traveled to Ireland, Scotland, and all over the UK.
77. But there's no city quite like London for me.
78. New York is a close second, though.
79. My three cats are named after characters in Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire, one of my favorite books.
80. I have unexplained infertility, and I'm about to embark on an IVF cycle.
81. I am terrified that I'll never have my own children.
82. In part, it's very hard looking into the future and not seeing myself as a mother.
83. It's sometimes even more difficult looking into the future and not seeing my husband as a father, or my grandma as a great-grandmother.
84. I could probably exist entirely on pizza for the rest of my life.
85. However, the only toppings I'll eat are sauce and cheese.
86. And no chunks of tomato in my sauce, please.
87. I drive a 2000 silver VW Jetta.
88. I had to wait an extra three months to get my car because I wanted it to be silver.
89. It was worth it, though.
90. I am a very aggressive driver.
91. My husband is seriously scared to drive with me.
92. I stop at Starbucks every morning on the way to work.
93. I would love to work at Starbucks, so I could drink all the coffee I wanted for free!
94. Growing up, I wanted to be a novelist, a lawyer, and a librarian in that order.
95. Unfortunately, I found out that Calculus is required in order to get an MLS degree, so that derailed my librarian ambitions.
96. I have what equates to a fourth grader's knowledge of math.
97. I'm not kidding.
98. I'm also the one responsible for banking, bill-paying, and checkbook-balancing in my household.
99. The items I most desire right now are a Kitchenaid mixer and an iPod. Oh, and a baby.
100. I am hopeful I'll eventually get all three.

19 Responses to “My Completed "100 Things About Me" List”

  1. # Blogger Alisha

    I just love these lists! I am working on my own, and it's tougher than I thought. You guys are inspiring me, however.

    Continuing to wish you good luck on all your aspirations!  

  2. # Blogger Dawn

    I also love these lists! I definitely have to start one. I just read the one at BFJ and enjoyed both immensely. Again, I am amazed at how much you can learn about a person in 100 items. My thing for this year is definitely my blog. I continue to do other things, but sharing those crafty/foodie things with other people (who are interested) is the best thing of all!  

  3. # Anonymous crystal

    That was a fun and enlightening list! Now that I think of it, I think I only have 50 on my list, somewhere in my archives. Maybe I'll update that soon...  

  4. # Anonymous Anonymous

    See what you started, Kristi? :) I can't wait to read everyone's lists. And although you told me about it month or so ago, I still can't get over your not liking chocolate. That's just so....wrong. (I guess most people would say that about my dislike of cheese, though!) Until 2 weeks ago, this was my wish list: an iPod and a Kitchenaid, LOL. I'm still holding out for an iPod for Christmas. I hope you get all 3, but especially that last one.

    Amy  

  5. # Blogger Kross-Eyed Kitty

    Kristi! I am so glad that you have finished your list! I read your list, and I found myself smiling whenever we have something in common. (And, sometimes those smiles are not the happy kind of face-stretching smiles.) I've been out of the blog-loop for the past week, but I'm really going to sit down this weekend, and catch up with friends.  

  6. # Blogger Geekwif

    Yay you finished! Great list! I love the fact that you don't like chocolate either. It's nice to know I'm not the only one in the world who doesn't.

    As for your wish list, I hope you get all three very soon. My husband bought me a KitchenAid Mixer for my birthday a few years ago and I can personally testify that it is all I ever dreamed it was and more. :)  

  7. # Blogger Kristi

    Alisha-It was definitely hard to finish. I know I have *some* interesting aspects of my life to share, but 100 seems like...a lot! But I feel like I've accomplished something now, weird as that sounds!

    SoCalFoodie-Thanks for stopping by. I agree with you-I love learning things about people through their lists. And now I'm off to visit your blog!

    Crystal-it took me weeks to complete mine!

    Amy-Yes, I cannot get over the fact that you don't like cheese. But I don't have a leg to stand on here because of my chocolate phobia. And I hope I get the "last one" too.

    Kross-Eyed-do you have a 100 Things About Me List? I'd love to read it if you do. I haven't seen one on your blog. I hope your weekend is a restful one.

    Geekwif-Us chocolate-loathers are few and far between. We're a rare breed! I'm glad you love your mixer. What attachments are your favorites?  

  8. # Blogger Geekwif

    Actually, I don't have any attachments yet. I just love it for mixing whether it's bread, cookies, cake, etc. It comes with a dough hook for mixing breads, but I never use it. The paddle works better. I also make fresh whipped cream using the wire whip. It makes it so easy that I never use Cool Whip anymore.

    I would like to get the pasta attachments and maybe the juicer. I tried making pasta by hand years ago and it turned out horribly. I comfort myself by believing that if I had the right tools (being the pasta KA mixer attachments) it would turn out much better. :)  

  9. # Blogger farmgirl

    Great list, Kristi! : )  

  10. # Blogger cara

    kristi,
    I finished mine a couple of days ago, but I am not going to post untill Wednesday. We have a lot of the same things on our list. My favorite thing we have in common is the loathing of W!!!  

  11. # Blogger Kristi

    Geekwif-That pasta attachment sounds great. I've always wanted to make macaroni from scratch.

    FarmGirl-Thanks!

    Cara-I'm looking forward to reading your list and checking our our similarities.  

  12. # Blogger Dawn

    Kristi, I've tagged you for a kitchen meme (I would have posted this comment on your newest post, but it just felt all wrong)...  

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  15. # Blogger Mom24

    Your 100 things list is wonderful. Very interesting. Look how many you have accomplished...well at least the biggie--a baby.

    I'm curious if you still do not have a cell phone? I can't imagine one b/c of my kids--it makes me shake if I'm out without them, and I realize I don't have it for some reason.

    I'm also curious if you still work in your office, or if you're home free-lancing now?

    You're a great writer.  

  16. # Anonymous jennifer

    Great list! I think you need to update. You wrote you're terrified you might never have kids. Now you've been blessed with three! Awesome. ; )  

  17. # Anonymous Ness

    Just read your 100things list. Particularly "I'm terrified I'll never be a mom". Well, looks like downright terror works! Also, "three things I really desire are a kitchenaid mixer (me too btw) an ipod (me too btw) and a baby." Again - now you have three!! How about the mixer, or the ipod?  

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