April 10, 2004

A Few Things...

O.K. so here is a tiny bit more information about moi-just for the curious...

1)My grandmother had only sisters.
2)She had only daughters.
3)Out of seven of her grandchildren, all but one are girls.
4)That one is my brother.
5)He was born when I was 11.
6)I call him my true first-born.
7)I have only daughters.
8)That means that in four generations, only one male has been born.
9)pretty unusual.
10)My brother is going to marry a girl who has only sisters.
11)Out of four generations, only two of us have remained married to the same man for more than two years.
12)I come from a long line of rebellious, divorced women.
13)I aim to break that record.
14)I am an EXTP on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Test. X means that I score evenly on Sensing/Intuiting.
15)I like so many things, that I hate having to make a "favorite" list.
16)A few foods that I really enjoy though: Avocadoes, tomatoes, Romaine Lettuce, Guacamole, cold cucumbers, homemade croutons, any kind of bread, Whole Wheat Bagels crisply toasted spread thick with cream cheese, BBQ Ribs, anything BBQ, Prime Rib, Rib-Eye (all medium rare), Pork Loin, seafood (except squid-too squeaky), Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Argentinian, Cajun, French, Black olives, Green marinated olives, artichokes, marinated artichoke hearts, green grapes, Pink Lady Apples, juicy Navel oranges, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, walnuts, pecans, and especially almonds, maraschino cherries, Milk Duds and Theater Popcorn and Junior Mints to cleanse the salty palate.
17)Drinks that quench my thirst: Water (I love water), Skim Milk, Starbuck's Breakfast Blend loaded with half-n-half, Iced-Tea grainy with sugar, orange juice, Draft Beer, Stephen's Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow cream on top (have to be in the mood for it though), hot tea, homemade lemonade, White Zin, Frozen Lime Margaritas, Coke & Diet Coke (Never Pepsi-ilk).
18)I love discussing and reading about politics, but hate writing about them.
19) I love cats, but only outside.
20)I will never own any other breed of dog than a Labrador Retriever.
21)I have a chocolate female now.
22)Her name is Tasha's Brown Sugar Cake, or Tasha for short.
23)I am a reformed Christian.
24)Definitely not a fundamentalist.
25)I enjoy all genres of music except country.
26)Well, the country of the last 20 years, that is.
27)I like Waylon Jennings, he is the only exception.
28)I was born in Oklahoma.
29)But moved to Missouri when I was 16.
30)I lived more years there than Oklahoma, so I consider it my home state.
31)Rae is my middle name.
32)To annoy my mother, I decided to go by it instead of my first name.
33)Which I shall not reveal.
34)I never met my real father, but have seen pictures.
35)I have his green eyes, broad shoulders, height, and feet.
36)I also have his introspective personality.
37)Everything else is just like my mother.
38)Which I used to loathe, but now accept, and rather like it.
39)I really enjoy foreign films.
40)but only with subtitles, never dubbed!
41)I hate living in Utah and will never look back once we leave.
42)I am trying to learn how to be positive about the whole experience.
43)But it is extremely challenging.
44)I met my beloved R on the first day of classes in the fall semester of 1988 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
45)We didn't date for a few months, though, because I was a bit afraid of the chemistry that I felt between us.
46)He is the funniest man I have ever known. Really! Jim Carrey beat him to Hollywood.
47)With him, I laugh more than I breathe.
48)This has been instrumental in the healing of my soul from my horrific childhood.
49)I taught all of my children how to read.
50)They all read waaaaay above their grade level, and I am extremely proud that I have been instrumental in this.
51)I buy at least one new book a month.
52)I love children's literature.
53) The 500+ childrens books on our shelf attest to that.
54)I also like history, biography, philosphy, theology, and sometimes swerve into the dysfunctional fiction area, but only once in awhile.
55)I studied Literature, Photo Journalism, and Human Environmental Sciences in college.
56)I like Georgia O'Keefe (no, I don't see *that* in her pictures), and most of R.C. Gorman's work.
57) I have a huge print of his hanging over our bed, Laila with Child.
58)I loved nursing more than being pregnant.
59)Being pregnant wasn't so bad, just hard on me physically as I grew them big.
60)I always gained 50 pounds with each pregnancy.
61)But always lost it.
62)I spent 8 years in my twenties being pregnant or nursing.
63)I was once asked "Who did your b_ _bs?" in a Las Vegas Airport elevator.
64)"God," I replied.
65)"I am gonna pray harder," she said.
66)Gift giving and words of encouragement are my primary love languages.
67)I sometimes write poetry.
68)But never share it with anyone.
69)I love to sing, but not really in public.
70)I used to have a secret dream of becoming a singer/songwriter.
71)I love to make people laugh.
72)I only had braces for 9 months.
73)I really enjoy starting projects and coming up with ideas, but hate having to impliment them.
74)I am terrible with follow through.
75)But am improving.
76)I have never been terribly organized, but being the home educating mother of four has placed me in the position to at least try to be.
77)I love to cook and bake.
78)But also love to eat out.
79)My two closest girl-friends also have ambiguous names (Kris, Eddie).
80)I love flowers, all kinds.
81)When I read a word that I don't know the meaning of, I must look it up (thanks to R).
82)Thus, I have a well-worn dictionary next to my bed.
83)I always read while tubbing.
84)Simply by Clinque is my all-time favorite perfume.
85)I have a fantasy of living by the Pacific, on an island close to the mainland.
86)I love night.
87)I used to be a night owl, but rearing children has altered that.
88)I love sardonic humor.
89)I hate bad driving.
90)and rudeness.
91)My first car was a blue VW Dasher.
92)I received more tickets in my 20's (4) than in my 30's (0).
93)none of the tickets were deserved, of course.
94)I was only in one traffic accident, and I wasn't the one ticketed.
95)I always wear my seat belt.
96)I have ridden on a motorcycle once, and it was exhilarating.
97)My favorite seasons are Spring, Summer, and Fall.
98)I like winter only in theory.
99)My third toe on my left foot is longer than the other toes (except the big one, of course). You know, instead of the second one being the longest?
100)I once read that people who have this physical anomalie are creative and artistic.
101)R says someone with the third toe longer than the others said that.
102)I really do believe in Heaven; believe I am going there; and cannot wait to see my Savior face-to-face.

Posted by Rae at April 10, 2004 09:19 PM | TrackBack

87. You are still a night owl and shall always be a night owl. You have just altered your natural self a bit during this child raising time; (most of the time that is, and the times when you don't, you seriously regret.)

Posted by: kujo at May 10, 2004 10:15 PM

Excellent! I really enjoyed reading these. You know, we are only about one year apart and I feel so immature and unaccomplished now.

On that note, these were my favorites by far!
63)I was once asked "Who did your b_ _bs?" in a Las Vegas Airport elevator.
64)"God," I replied.
65)"I am gonna pray harder," she said.

Can you describe the lady who said this? I have an image of her in my mind and I need to know if it fits.

Posted by: Patrick at May 10, 2004 11:52 PM

She was forty-something, with a slight accent, visible make-up (as in not what I would consider complimentary)and dressed in clothes that seemed a bit too small for her and heels. She was friendly and seemed genuinely embarrassed when I told her they were my own.

Posted by: Rae at May 11, 2004 12:48 AM

Yes, kujo, you know me only too well (which, of course, you know I love) :)

Posted by: Rae at May 11, 2004 12:50 AM

Good to know so many things, easy for gifts!
Hey that means I'm not one of the closes? Y enjoyed reading all those things about you!

Posted by: virginia at May 11, 2004 11:06 AM

Well, Virginia, of course, you are. I should have said, "My two girlfriends who have known me the longest (17 years, and 13 years)..." That is probably more accurate.

Posted by: Rae at May 11, 2004 12:17 PM

Nice list. If I were to do a list like this, it would probably scare my few readers away for ever and ever...

PS--I know your first name. Heheh.
PPS--Re: #13 I think you have, I think you will, and it's one of the things that I admire about you.

Posted by: zombyboy at May 11, 2004 03:11 PM

Really now, Z. I doubt that.

Hey how do you know my first name? Oooooh, yes, I know how. It has been removed from this site, but was once present on my blog.

Thank you :)

Posted by: Rae at May 11, 2004 03:21 PM

Even though I have know you for 20 years or so everytime I read one of your blogs I feel like I have just met you. Not only that it makes me want to read more about you. I love getting to know YOU!

Posted by: Sally at June 1, 2004 03:04 PM

stumbled across your page, haven't looked through everything yet. However, the fact you hate living in Utah is a great thing, ha ha. I moved here six years ago from Kansas and I would LOVE to leave this state as well. Best of everything to you =o)

Posted by: Elizabeth at June 7, 2004 01:41 AM

Looks like we have more in common that I originally thought.

Posted by: Genia at June 7, 2004 10:55 AM

Genia, I think if more people focused on what they ahve in common with others, rather than the differences, there would be a lot more mercy and grace extended around the world :)

Posted by: Rae at June 14, 2004 12:12 PM

hi rae, it's me, the girl your brother is going to marry (someday, hopefully by the time i'm 30!). you can call me Ann (my middle name) on the web. it makes it so much more secretive!
i finally got a chance to read some of your blog today. it's hard not having the internet at home and not much free time at work. the "a few things" insert helped me know more about you. i can't wait till we can acctually get to spend some real time together, as women and as sisters-in-law. wow, i've never said that before!
Anyways, i hope that you get this comment, i'm not sure where it's going! not to knowledgable about the blog world.
hope that we can converse over the web more! you can use my email too.

Posted by: Ann at June 30, 2004 11:09 AM

Hey "Ann" (incognito is fun!)!

Everyone, the lovely young woman who is to be my fusture sister-in-law. My little brother wisely chose well.

Anytime you comment, it is posted here and then an e-mail of it is sent to me, as well.

Yes, come back often and get in my head-this really is the best way :)

Posted by: Rae at June 30, 2004 04:36 PM

hi i found you blog throu trufflehuntes's blog i like your list of things about you. mine would be just as long and complicated i'm sure!
and i'm only 16 lol! maby i will do a list, someday Hmmmmmmm...

Posted by: thea at August 31, 2004 10:55 PM


Stopped in here after the heated discussion at Rosemary's place, partially to see who it was that wasn't taking the bait and entering the fray, but primarily because I have only met two other women named Rae. I married one, and the other is her mother.

You have a lovely site. Might you one day reconsider sharing your poetry? Anonymity makes it somewhat easier, from my own experience. If it's of any encouragement, I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

Posted by: Mr. E. at September 6, 2004 09:22 PM


This is Cindy from Everyday Thoughts Collected. I popped over to get acquainted and am utterly delighted with this list! The items themselves would be interesting enough to warrant attention, but the WAY you write them is just wonderful. What fun!

:::fully intending to look around lots more:::

Posted by: Cindy at September 8, 2004 10:07 AM

For the first time, I am genuinely pleased with a blog from BE. I am sure there are others, but this is the first. Thanks for what you're doing.

Posted by: Greg at November 11, 2004 10:22 AM

Greg- BE? I am a little confused?

Posted by: Rae at November 11, 2004 01:51 PM


Found your blog through a link from the Commissar. I've been in Utah for 5 years now. What's not to like?

Posted by: JimT at November 17, 2004 10:21 PM

Oh, Jim, too much to list here. The scenery is beautiful, but man cannot live by site alone....

Posted by: Rae at November 20, 2004 11:52 PM

I followed a link here from I-don't-know-where, and after perusing, have added it to my "list". Will visit often, you're a smart cookie! And I'm with you, sister, we'll be seeing Him soon...

Posted by: Catshavestaff at December 10, 2004 07:19 PM

C- thanks for your kind comments :) and come again often.

Posted by: Rae at December 12, 2004 01:50 AM

Rae, I stumbled on this list while looking for your email addy (which I didn't find, so you must not want it out there). This is a great list!

Anyway, I was going to email you to say we have yet another thing in common...I noticed a post by you on Pro-Life Blogs right under a post from me....and we are both anti-abortion and against the death penalty. I don't run into many of those!

I have just thoroughly enjoyed your blog since discovering it. Keep up the great work!

Posted by: texasbug at January 20, 2005 08:08 PM

Texasbug- I don't run into many of those either. Nice to know there is another person out there who favors consistency :D

Thanks so much! I really like your blog, too. :D

Posted by: Rae at January 20, 2005 08:41 PM

Very cute list. You have me blogrolled under my old site name 'Spot On', now 'Alarming News', and you've got me in the male section, though I am female. :-)

Posted by: Karol at March 12, 2005 03:19 PM

Karol, fixed :"D And thanks for coming by and commenting :D

Posted by: Rae at March 12, 2005 03:41 PM
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