This post is based on the writing prompt from
I am 36 years old and I have:
1. I’ve had the same best friend since elementary school.
2. I’ve kissed my best friend’s husband. (Okay, this deserves some clarification; we were 3 or 4 at the time and we grew up next door to each other.)
3. I’ve played the violin. (I was in the orchestra from grades 4-12) I also taught myself to play a little guitar, recorder, and keyboard.
4. I’ve competed in gymnastics at the high school level.
5. I performed a song that I wrote the lyrics and music to at a high school talent show, something completely out of character since I rarely spoke in class.
6. I wrote the rough draft of my senior year term paper in my math class the day it was due, and got an A. (Nothing like procrastinating to get your adrenalin going!)
7. As a senior in high school I created a fictional person and put on a mini-campaign for said fictional person to run in the student government elections. I even had stickers made up that people wore. (No body ever suspects the quiet kid…)
8. Over the summer when I was in college I got drunk enough at a “ladies night” pool party that I had no idea how my friend and I got back to my parents’ house, or where my shoes were. Thankfully, however we got home, we somehow didn’t wake my parents up stumbling through the door and down the steps.
9. I was in Girl Scouts through my senior year in high school; I earned the Silver Award (the second highest award in Girl Scouts).
10. I’ve built two dollhouses. One was from a kit and one I designed myself, complete with 2 secret passage ways and a rope ladder.
11. I’ve had a few poems published.
12. I dated and fell in love with my tae kwon do instructor in college (and still had to work my butt off to earn each belt); 8 years later we married.
13. I worked my butt off and saved to be able to pay cash for my first car – a used Mercury Topaz.
14. I’ve donated my hair to Locks of Love 3 times: over 19 inches before I married, and then 2 more times before each of my kids were born.
15. I’ve been a substitute teacher, and I’ve taught high school special ed. without being certified to teach it (the school really wanted me, I guess), 8th grade language arts (love working with this grade), and high school summer school English. My favorite teaching position to date? Being a SAHM.
16. I’ve earned a Master’s degree in Education.
17. I took German in high school and college and a couple sign language classes for fun.
18. Before kids I regularly competed in two different types of pistol shooting competitions. I actually won 2 guns in the Glock shoot, too.
19. I’ve brought two beautiful children into this world, both, thankfully, healthy, despite all the concern doctors put us through before their births.
20. I’ve breastfed two children past the age of one.
21. I’ve built an entire play area out of cardboard boxes for said children. (Yet, we’ve also given them our living room…)
22. I’ve gone from not knowing much about the Internet to writing a blog (not that I know a whole lot more about the Internet, but I’m learning!)
We have something in common, kinda …I played viola from 7th thru 12 in school!
Always love to meet a fellow orchestra member!
Such a great list. You’ve accomplished so much!
Nicole DeZarn says
Well written! These have been so fun:)
I’ve enjoyed reading a bunch of them, and it was fun to write, too!
Wow, that is some interesting and impressive stuff you have done! Good for you for sticking with the Girl Scouts till high school that is great, I also love that you created a fictional character to run in a student election. I had a friend in high school that always seemed so quiet and everyone who just knew her on the surface always spoke about how sweet and quiet she was, but when you really knew her she was one of the wildest funniest people I ever met! Your post reminded me of her!! I also love that you kissed your best friend’s husband, you hussy!! Lol!!! I think it is so cool that you are all friends since childhood! Thanks for such a fun post! It’s nice to get to know you a bit better!!
It’s always the quiet one – glad I was able to remind you of your high school friend.
My best friend and I tease each other all the time, and we love to joke about elementary school and how she wound up with the boy I first kissed. lol. It was a fun post to write!
You are a AWESOME! This list is amazing. Mine seems extremely lame compared to this. I’ve got to get out and live a bit. Maybe even shoot a gun…I’ve always wanted to do that!
I love that you have donated your hair to locks of love 3 times! I have too! And a 4th time to Pantene Beautiful Lengths since the last time I only had 8″ to donate instead of the 10″ required by LOL. 🙂 Love it!
Part of me keeps thinking of growing it out again so I can donate it. It grows so quickly, and since the kids are getting older there is less hair pulling… I hadn’t heard of Pantene Beautiful Lengths before, but love that it can be a little shorter to donate.
Making It Work Mom says
Wow! I can’t believe you have had the same friends for so long.
Congratulations on Locks of Love – that is huge!
Yep, let’s see, I would have to do the math, but it’s been almost 30 years.
JDaniel4's Mom says
I am so impressed your paper got an A.
Yeah, I don’t think I’ll share that story with my kids as they get older; sends the wrong message altogether!
Lou | Parenting Space says
Wonderful list, very intriguing! I have numnbers 1, 3, 16 and 22 in common with you! 🙂 Wanna build a cardboard city for my little girl now!
I love this list! You have done a lot of pretty amazing things. We have a few things in common. I played the accordion growing up and graduated to the organ. I wrote a paper in university the night before it was due and got a pretty decent mark (B). I was an A student in school (elementary and high school). I have done number 8 as well (I am not much of a drinker). I also shaved my head to raise money for Cancer research. And finally, I was in school to become a teacher but life got in the way and I happened into a different path (librarian) which is where I truly belong.