100 Things About Me: 1-10

Seems like every blogger has some variation of the “100 things about me” list. The idea of sitting here and coming up with 100 things about me all at once is daunting. Plus, 100 things all at the same time doesn’t really leave room for reflection.

So, I’m breaking it down. Ten things at a time, when the mood hits.

1. My first novel will be published on July 2, 2013.

This is the biggest, most amazing, creative/professional thing to ever happen to me. Be sure you’ll be hearing more about this as the date gets closer!

2. I have three kids.

This is the only thing that keeps me from saying that my book is the most amazing thing, period, to ever happen to me. My kids are pretty spectacular. Adrienne is 20, Nick is 19, and Ruby is 8.

3. I live in Reno.

tr_reno_skylineI love my city. We came here in July 2011, and moving to these mountains felt like coming home.

4. I have been a college student for 20 years.

I have always wanted to be a writer. For as long as I can remember. I’ve also always been unsure that writing would earn me enough money to live on. So, I almost became a teacher. Then, I panicked and backtracked and almost became a social worker. And then, finally, I had one last panic attack and finally realized that I should just study the thing I really want to do. I graduate in December. Just nine more classes!

5. My favorite colors are green and yellow.

Actually, green is my fave. It always has been. Grass green. Lime green. Kelly green. I love them all. Yellow was my mom’s favorite color, and now it makes me happy, too, because it reminds me of her.

6. I’m a little freaked out by my forties, but not the way you might think.

I have never thought “the 40s” equaled “old.” My mom died when she was 48. I was 24, exactly half her age. Her death reset my idea of old and gave me a sense of my own mortality that 24-year-olds don’t normally have. I have always known that every year after 48 will feel like a bonus. It is very, very strange to me to think about being older than my mom ever got to be.

7. I once had a telephone pen pal.

7613010-red-60s-rotary-dial-phoneWhen I was 16, I called a wrong number during a time of personal crisis. The man on the other end kept talking to me. For three years, I called him when I needed someone to talk to. He never knew my phone number or my last name. He never asked to meet me. Charlie’s “friend” in The Perks of Being a Wallflower reminded me strongly of my “friend.”

8. I traveled to Costa Rica with my best friend when I was fourteen.

That trip was my first life-changing experience. I fell in love for the first time there. I learned to speak Spanish there. I swam in the clearest water and lived without a telephone or hot running water and ate things I’d never eaten before. It was my first bite of independence and I loved every minute of it.

9. I have eight siblings.

I loved growing up in a large family, even when it was hard. I wouldn’t change it for anything. I’m the oldest. I have two sisters and six brothers. Most of them live in Las Vegas, and while I’m super happy I don’t live there anymore, I get very homesick for my family. Especially my brothers and sisters.

10.  My favorite movie is The Postman.

the-postman-500x322I think this may be the one thing that makes me truly unique. That’s okay. The story resonates with me and it has ever sense I sat all alone in a theater, on the edge of my seat, and watched it for the first time. (I love the book, too, for the record. It’s very different from the movie, but also blew me away.)

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