100 Things About Me: 11-20

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.

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11. I love to watch TV

I know, I know, it’s trendy to turn the TV off. To get rid of it. Maybe turn it into a giant terrarium or aquarium or something. But I really like TV. I never watch it during the day. I’m too busy working or writing or studying. But at night? I love my shows. I think DVR is the best invention since sliced bread. Maybe even better than that, because how hard is it to slice bread, really?

12. I’m addicted to stories

This is a direct offshoot of number eleven, right? I love stories. I have for as long as I can remember. Even longer. Books, movies, television, campfire stories, whatever. A good story makes me happy.

13. I used to live in the Armpit of America.

I took a job (okay, I begged until they gave it to me. Not my finest hour) as a newspaper reporter in a little town in Northern Nevada that was later named by the Washington Post as the “Armpit of America.” I’m serious.

14. I once covered a murder trial . . .

in the Armpit of America. It involved two fifteen-year-old boys who killed the parents and younger sister of one of them. It was strange and it affected me deeply.

15. I was bullied in elementary school

I’ve never known exactly why, but it was bad. I cried every day. I used to day dream about becoming a movie star and winning an Oscar so that I could have a platform for calling my bullies out.

16. My first college major was theater

I got pregnant halfway through my first semester, and by the time I got back to school I didn’t care so much about winning an Oscar or calling out my bullies by name on national television.

17. I was baptized Mormon in my 20s

My ex-husband was interested. I thought it might save our marriage. A few months later he left me for another woman.

18. I consider myself an agnostic Unitarian

I never did identify as a Mormon.

19. People reading my writing gives me serious anxiety

I have a story being workshopped next week. People are reading it. Maybe right this minute. It makes me want to puke. I worry sometimes that a writer isn’t supposed to hate being read, but then I figure it’s something like a singer or actor with stage freight. It happens, and I love writing too much to let a little anxiety stop me.

20. I want to live on a mini-farm

I spend a lot of time reading and imagining my little acre, with goats and chickens and a big garden. And daydreaming about having the money to buy it and the time to operate it. My husband says, “I’m not Charles Ingalls”, but I remind him how cute he’d look in overalls. And that he owns Little House on the Prairie on DVD.




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.)