Thursday, January 29, 2009

Post Number 100!!!

Well, here we are at my hundredth post! What a fun ride it has been! In keeping with the tradition that I’ve seen on other blogs, here is a list of 25 things about little ol’ me. It was supposed to be a list of, ahem, 100 things, but, well, I fear I’d loose you around number 25 anyway, so for both our sakes, here’s the abbreviated version of me.Before we get started, here’s a photo of where it all happens in my house: the kitchen. (Uh, the counters are actually a dull, and I mean dull, mauve. They always end up looking bright pink in the photos. I'd love to replace them with industrial kitchen stainless. Dream on!) Like many Italian households, the kitchen is the heart and soul of our home. The island is where I bandaged many a knee, where my kids hang out to chat with me, where homework gets done, where guests like to hang out, and where I prepare all our meals. As you look around, you’ll note the Medusa drawing taped to the cupboard, a memento from when my youngest was studying mythology. While all the art work and photos are kid related, the color swatches on the wall near the sink are mine. I’m toying with the idea of painting my kitchen a warm, Mediterranean yellow. Last, but not least, is my brand spanking new dishwasher delivered this past Monday. In the short time that I’ve had it, I’ve come to care for it very much.

I’ve also come to care very much for my blogging friends. I’m daily humbled that you folks visit my blog, and absolutely delighted when you leave comments. Don’t you love it when someone takes the time to leave a comment? It’s the equivalent of an in-person wave hello, how’s your day going? It’s been a joy getting to know your personalities, likes, dislikes, children, pets, trips, hopes, flops, and just overall who you are via the blogsphere. When I started this, I never thought that I’d enjoy cyber friendships with so many wonderful folks both here and abroad. I thank you sincerely for the kindnesses you’ve bestowed upon me.

1. I am the youngest of 3 girls. My oldest sister lives in Illinois, and my “middle” sister died 2 years ago at the young age of 46. I miss my late mom and late sister on a daily basis. They’re in Heaven hopefully saving me a seat, or at least on stand-by to sneak me in the gate!

2. I miss my dad on a daily basis. He lives 2000 miles away. That’s just wrong.

3. My oldest sister is a better sister than I am. She checks in frequently and adores my children. She’s a keeper.

4. Twins run in my family way back, on my mother’s side. My grandpa was a twin and had multiple twin siblings. Now I have twins; I like how that connects me with my ancestors.

5. I’m kind of an info nut. I was the kid that liked encyclopedia’s (Do students today even know what an encyclopedia is?), and even today I love all sorts of information sharing type books.

6. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries. Quick and easy, yet engaging and entertaining, they help me detox from daily life.

7. Like my mother before me, at one point, I was actually a great sketch artist. My son loves drawing, and has his own amazing style. My littlest girl likes to draw clothing designs, and just this week, I encouraged my middle girl to try her hand at drawing. She likes to draw little fantasy creatures. I love that because she’s otherwise such a serious kid.

8. I love being a mother, and would have loved to have more children. The three we’ve got are pretty darn special.

9. Until very recently, I never liked staying home alone. Now, I relish every moment I have to myself ... they are few and far between.

10. My friends would consider me to be very quiet and reserved. I’m much more exuberant in print than I am in person. Still waters run deep and all that!

11. I can count on one hand the number of good friends that I have. While their numbers are few, they are pure gold to me. It’s funny that I’ve always had friends who possess strong personalities, are socially secure, possess great senses of humor, and are not afraid to voice their opinions. I’m blessed to have them, and blessed that they'll have reserved me.

12. I was a very good girl growing up. It never occurred to me to disobey my parents or sneak out at night. Can you see my halo glowing? 

13. I don’t like arguing, but I’ve gotten good at it! If only my hubbyman wasn’t so darn stubborn!

14. I enjoy visiting National Parks more than, let’s say, a casino. I don’t like crowds ... too much static! All those emotions in one space coming at me. Ugh!

15. More often than not, I will think of somebody and then all of a sudden they’ll call or leave me an email.

16. One day a few years ago, I was in the kitchen and clearly heard my daughter call out “mom” in distress. I swung around only to realize that she was at school. Just a minute later, the phone rang and it was the school calling me to tell me that my daughter had an accident on the playground, was scared, calling out for me, and could I come to the school. I have stuff like that happen a lot.

17. I love homeschooling my son. Everyday, a thousand times a day, I think about homeschooling all three of my kids again. What a grand adventure we would have! Well ... I would have, anyway!

18. I’m a math lover. Algebra floats my boat. Plus ... don’t tell my son ... I like to diagram sentences! He’d let out a mammoth moan if he heard that!

19. I’m not a great singer, but when I sang to my babies, I rocked. Anything from lullabies to country music to rock from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Nowadays, my girls like to dance with me in the kitchen. My son just gives us "the look".

20. I used to be a gung-ho corporate manager. Wore fancy clothes, gave speeches to hundreds, managed multi million dollar budgets, won awards, traveled for work, etc. Then I had my babies and to everyone’s utter shock and surprise, walked away from the corporate life and never once looked back. ‘Nuf said.

21. The older I get, the more simplicity I crave. I grew up in a smaller town, moved to the bright lights, and now desire a slower, more relaxed lifestyle. I’m totally fascinated with homesteading, and while true homesteading is beyond my reach, I hope to embrace it as much as a city dweller can.

22. I’m a night owl, staying up until after 1:00 am most nights. I get up early by default, not by choice.

23. I look forward to reading all of your posts, and really try to leave a comment that lets you know how much I value you!

24. My good friend, Marjie, whom I’ve never met in person, is the one who provided the encouragement for me to start blogging. We are both homeschooling mom’s and she’s one of the first mom’s that I “met” via homeschooling through Calvert.

25. I would love to be a great gardener, successful writer, and Olympic Skater. Oh well, two out of three are possible!

Thanks, again, to all of you who’ve made the world a little closer, a little brighter these past 100 posts!


Jan said...

Congrats on your 100th post Paula!!
I loved reading that and your kitchen is lovely. Here's to the next 100 posts!!

Tatersmama said...

Congratulations on making it to 100 posts! I'ts kind of a nice feeling, isn't it!

(btw... I would KILL for your kitchen!)

Cathy said...

Congrratulations and a big hug to you, Paula. One hundred excellent posts is quite an accomplishment. Love all the counter space you have in your kitchen.

And thanks for sharing with us. I feel like I know you a little better now. I'm looking forward to meeting you at the market this spring.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i liked the way you linked your past with 4, 5 means you'll read just about anything (just to while away the time - like me), i've always craved a bit of number 9 but can never get enough of it, 14 suits me to a tee (i hate crowds), i wish 16 happened to me more often than it does(n't) because that is really special, i love what you did in number 20, i crave the same thing as in 21, and there is simply not enough time in the day to sleep before 1am even though i have that default-not-choice reason to get up at 7am every morning

i'm onto post 350-or-so (on both blogs!)- i hate admitting it because it shows how much i work on my blogs (people will wonder when i get the time to do everything i seem to be doing in the posts...)

Bellini Valli said...

100 posts..good for you Paula!!!It was also fun learning a lottle more about you:D

Marjie said...

Me too, on most counts. I like your kitchen, and I'm glad mine isn't the only one covered by "kid stuff". One of my daughters got a 100 on a physics quiz in high school, 2 years ago, and it's still on the fridge! I'm so glad you've made it to post 100 - keep it up. (And are you sure you can't bring the girls home next year? ;-))

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on you 100th post. I loved the q&a as well, those are a great way to find out a bit more about you!

OhioMom said...

Kudos on 100! Believe it or not some of your "about me" remind me of myself. Maybe all us introverts find solace in cyberspace ? I know that it has afforded me the opportunity to meet so many people that I would otherwise never had the opportunity to know .. I have cyber friends dating back over 10 years.

Love your kitchen, is it always so neat ?

Manggy said...

Happy blog milestone! A bit psychic aren't you?! (Clairvoyant to be exact) I really enjoyed reading all these facts about you-- and you can still be an Olympic quality skater! :)

Esi said...

Congratulations on 100!! Cheers to many more.

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy 100 posts! I would love pink counters! All I have is a pink frying pan!

Great to learn more about you!

Lisa said...

Congratulations Paula! Funny how many things we have in common, more or less. Thanks for sharing.

noble pig said...

Happy 100 to you! I like the dull pink.

Grace said...

you've had 100 amazing posts, chock-full of goodness--thank you!
i loved reading your list and learning a bit more about the gal i know only as "paula of the gouda pun"... :)
(and that playground story is a good way!)

Lynda said...

Your post is great.Happy 100th post! Love your kitchen, too.

Pam said...

Congratus on your 100th post!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

thanks awfully for the link to the kohlrabi - will be useful in the future

Dawn said...

I do NOT like casino's either. Waaaaaaay too scary place filled with way too much energy.
I used to be in corporate too and so glad I'm out. No more pantyhose! Yeah!
Congrats on 100 posts.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Paula, I loved this post and learning more about you! Hey, I'm a night owl too! You're such an upbeat person Paula I really enjoy coming here and I always appreciate your comments. Congrats on your 100th post!! Looking forward to the next 100!!

Jan said...

Great post Paula. I can see why everyone likes to hang out in the kitchen at your place. I think Mediterranean Yellow would work beautifully with your cabinets.

Thanks for all the info about you, it's nice to know you better.

Here's to the next 100! :-)

Gloria said...

Paula congrats by your 100 post, love your blog! xxGloria

Kevin said...

Congrats on 100 tasty posts! I look forward to more.

Jason said...

Yeah, congratulations on your 100th post! I love the picture of your kitchen too, so fun to take a peak into others' homes!