Tuesday, April 15, 2008

First off today-

I went to the doctor's office today to weigh Andrew. I wanted to make sure that he is still gaining weight like he should be. Today he should be 7 pounds 11 ounces, if he were gaining one ounce a day like he should. And his current weight today is...


He has gained eleven ounces in the last six days! Hurray!

The next thing today is-

My sister, Jolene, put 100 things about herself on her blog about a month ago and wanted me to do the same. I told her it might be awhile before I got to it, since I was due to have Andrew anytime. Well, today is finally the day. I must say, trying to think of one hundred things about myself was challenging. It took me about two weeks.

Here are my 100 Things-

1. I like bananas but I hate anything that is banana flavored.

2. In high school I could type 60 words per minute and I could bench press 60 pounds.

3. My favorite colors are cobalt blue, chartreuse, and tangerine orange.

4. The only time I have ever fired a gun was a few days before my 14th birthday. It was a black powder rifle and the kick from it picked me up and threw me back about 10 feet.

5. I am an emotional eater that loves carbs.

6. Math was always one of my favorite classes/subjects in school.

7. I like long walks by myself in the cold.

8. I would rather not wear shoes.

9. Most of the time I don't enjoy the same music as my husband.

10. I avoid conflict as much as possible.

11. I am a creative wannabe.

12. My favorite time of day is between midnight and six a.m.

13.I love chocolate marshmallow milkshakes.

14. I don't mind changing messy diapers or cleaning up puke off the floor.

15. I have collected tens of thousands of recipes, but I never know what to make for dinner. I always end up making the same six or seven meals over and over.

16. I am afraid of bats.

17. I am generally not good with change or surprises.

18. In high school I collected super balls and green and yellow m&ms.

19. I think Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson are both creepy.

20. I would like to run a marathon (or at least a half marathon) before I'm 50.

21. I was hit by a car when I was 4 because I was trying to be cool and I only looked one way. As a result, I cracked my pelvis and my left ear is on crooked because it was torn off.

22. I really admire all my sisters. They all work full time and have families to take care of. I don't know how they do it.

23. I love my calling as Primary Secretary.

24. I wish I was a better mother.

25. If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live in Newport, Oregon.

26. I enjoy sewing, crosstitch, taking pictures, writing, scrapbooking, and cardmaking.

27. I hate wearing hats.

28. I love paper. At the moment I have four different notebooks in my bag.

29. I wish I was closer to my brothers and sisters and that I knew them better.

30. I am not very good at making friends and keeping them.

31. I wish I was like my brother Eric - no regrets, only learning experiences.

32. I am the oldest of 8 children, four boys and four girls.

33. The farthest I have been from home (Utah) is Washington DC, Edmonton Canada, or Miami Florida. (I couldn't find my atlas to figure out which is farthest.)

34. I learned to drive in the car I was brought home from the hospital in when I was born. A gold 1967 Chevy Impala.

35. I have never liked my body, although I think I have nice eyes.

36. I have been pregnant nine times and have -by choice- given birth naturally four times.

37. One day I will graduate from college.

38. I hate shopping, but I love to wander around looking at things.

39. I was one of only four women pregnant at my 20th high school reunion. The other three were spouses who were younger than their husbands.

40. I really enjoy a super cold cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper now and then.

41. This is how old I will be this year on my birthday - August 2.

42. I am pretty handy. I have fixed our dryer, the garbage disposal, changed the battery in our car, replaced a broken pipe under our house, and countless other things.

43. I have owned a guitar for 17 years and don't know how to play a single note on it.

44. I also own a flute that I played for three years in Junior High.

45. I would live in my pajamas if I could.

46. I am technologically illiterate. I don't have a cell phone and if you asked me to text someone or to meet you in a chat room I would have no idea how to do it.

47. I have never questioned that the LDS Church is true. I have just always known it.

48. I was a nanny in New Jersey for nine months. I turned 20 while I was there. (Before I went to New Jersey, the farthest East I had been was Evanston, Wyoming - See#33)

49. I was once a bodyguard for Wayne Newton and the Osmond's Second Generation.

50. I once took apart a piano, cleaned it, put it back together, and started to refinish it.

51. I made my own wedding dress. It cost $73.00.

52. I took classes at Princeton and I saw Brooke Shields once at the Library there.

53. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, lilac, and daffodils.

54. I love newborn baby toes.

55. I like doing puzzles. Word puzzles, number puzzles, tabletop puzzles, all kinds.

56. I would rather be too cold than too hot.

57. My room-mates at BYU were convinced that I had a tattoo. I do not.

58. I would love to take classes in photography and design.

59. I am in awe of Mike's sister-in-law Kati. She has so many great ideas, she runs her own businesses, takes awesome photos, is always happy, and her kids are always clean. And, she's really cute.

60. I had braces for about 3 years then wore a retainer for almost 5 years after that.

61. I don't like emptying the dishwasher.

62. I hate the feel of sand under my fingernails.

63. I love Mexican food. I would be happy to eat it everyday.

64. My favorite authors are Mary Higgins Clark, Anita Stansfield, and John Grisham.

65. I will see the Northern Lights one day.

66. I don't like playing sports, but I enjoy watching them.

67. My favorite kinds of pizza are pepperoni with pineapple and supreme.

68. I can't use most kinds of soaps or lotions. I am allergic to something in them.

69. Some of the movies I can watch over and over are: "Sweet Home Alabama", "The Italian Job", and "Just Like Heaven".

70. I like most vegetables I've tried, but I HATE lima beans.

71. I don't like to dance.

72. I try hard.

73. I'm really good at making desserts, but I cannot make a good apple pie to save my life.

74. My favorite computer game right now is Bejeweled 2.

75. I think it is ridiculous when people put clothes on their pets.

76. My ideal temperature is between 60 and 65 degrees.

77. I like black licorice.

78. I have been to both Canada and Mexico and I have stepped in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.

79. Mike and My song is "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel.

80. The only pregnancy that I had cravings with was my first. I craved lemons and sour cream, not necessarily together.

81. I have eaten a snail.

82. I have seen "Better Off Dead" at least 50 times.

83. All the boyfriends I ever had were younger than me except one.

84. Mike and I used to work in the baptistry in the Provo Temple every week.

85. Before I was a teenager, almost every one of my birthdays was spent at either Bear Lake or in Oregon at Grandma and Grandpa Ballard's house.

86. I am a horrible salesperson.

87. I am a big fan of chocolate - the darker the better.

88. I always feel like I talk about myself too much in conversations with others.

89. I love my in-laws. We get along great.

90. I think the pacifier is one of man's greatest inventions.

91. I wish I was more organized.

92. I dye my hair. Not because it's gray, but because I like it when it's red.

93. My favorite trip I've ever been on was to Washington D.C. to visit my in-laws for four days.

94. I would love to learn to blow glass and make stained glass. I don't know what I would do with that knowledge, but it would be a cool thing to know.

95. I was assistant director for "Our Town" when I was in high school and I've been in "Our Town", "The Wizard of Oz", and "My Fair Lady" among other things.

96. I do not speak any other languages beside English, even though I took two years of French and a year and a half of American Sign Language.

97. I am really bad at staring contests.

98. I like ironing but rarely do it.

99. I have never taken an art class but I would love to sometime.

100. My family is one of the most important things to me and I always want to be with them. I hope they know that.

I would love to know more about anyone who reads this blog, but I know making a list like this will take some time so I am not going to formally tag anyone. However, if you want me to get to know you better, feel free to consider this a tag.


sara said...

I loved the list, and especially #49. A body guard for Wayne Newton?? So funny!!

Kati said...

Michelle! I learned SO much about you with this list! You did such a great job with it! I read every single one and loved all of them!
You are so amazing! You have done some really amazing things that you don't share enough with people! I am so glad you are back to blogging. I have missed you. I really need to see some new pictures of baby Andrew. I need to hold him.

oh...and as for #59...don't be in awe. I am really not what some people see me as. I am not nice or happy all the time. I can assure you my kids were not clean today! And....I was definitely NOT cute today either!
Love you though for the nice words!

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Kenn and Jolene Johnson said...

I'm glad you finally were able to write your 100 things, I guess having a baby is a good enough excuse to take a month to complete your list. I learned a lot about you (and it brought back some great memories i.e. all the birthdays at Oregon or Bear Lake, and the Gold Car). I love this blogging thing because I can actually keep up on what's going on in your life. Now if I could ever find the time to actually visit you and your new baby, that would be great.
Love ya, and hope everything is going okay.