Friday, December 30, 2005

I posted this on my other blog a LONG time ago, but thought I would share with my Blends here...

100 Things
1. I was born in Germany
2. My parents are Americans
3. I have a German birth certificate
4. I have naturalization papers
5. Because of the afore mentioned points, and the fact that my maiden name is German, people often assume that I am a first generation American
6. I often don't debase them of this notion
7. I set foot on American soil for the first time when I was 18 months old
8. I don't speak German
9. My parents divorced when I was six
10. I have four brothers
11. I have two sisters
12. I'm an only child
13. Two of my brothers are younger then my children
14. I grew up living with my mom and her husband
15. When I was growing up we moved 13 times in 10 years
16. Since I left home, my mom has only moved twice
17. I left home when I was 16
18. I went to five high schools
19. One of my high schools had 25 students total
20. One of my high schools had 3500 students total
21. I play trombone
22. I missed going with my school to a national band competition because I had "Unsatisfactory Citizenship" in two classes
23. I was getting straight A's at the time
24. My dad has the word DAM tattooed on his forearm - it's his initials
25. My dad has been married three times and is now living with a different woman
26. My initials spell something too
27. I graduated high school on a Thursday and got married on Saturday
28. I was married 13 years
29. I was 19 when I had my first child
30. I have three children
31. I have a nice singing voice
32. I often enunciate while talking as if I'm singing
33. This makes people think I have a foreign accent
34. My hair is (in real life) light brown
35. My eyes are blue
36. I've been overweight since my Jr year in High school
37. I thought I was overweight long before then
38. I've often been told I have nice bone structure
39. I am a project manager
40. I'm not afraid of public speaking
41. I'm not afraid of dying
42. I believe in God
43. I was so shy in school that the other kids thought I was stuck up
44. I went to a counselor in Jr High
45. I was accepted to be a foreign exchange student but we moved
46. I skipped kindergarten because I could already read
47. I don't remember `learning' to read, I just remember doing it
48. By my second year of school I was already reading at a sixth grade level
49. I never fit in at school `socially'
50. We moved after 5th grade so my mother let me repeat the grade even though I had passed so I could be the same age as everyone else
51. It didn't really help `socially'
52. I usually smile while walking down the street and while shopping
53. Perfect strangers often greet me or talk to me for no reason
54. Especially the homeless
55. Two children that I played with in the fifth grade were abducted and never found
56. I babysat for my mother for one whole summer and earned $222.20 - I bought a horse
57. She was six months old and had never been touched by a human before
58. I did all her training
59. I cried when I had to sell her
60. I have a sleep disorder that makes it hard for me to fall asleep at night, or wake up feeling refreshed in the morning
61. I have an extreme form PMS called PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder)
62. My PMDD is mild
63. it's actually worse AFTER my period then before
64. My children were born in 3:15, 3, and 2:45 hours respectively
65. I was present at the birth of all three of my mother's other children
66. They were born at home
67. My oldest was present when her sister was born
68. I've never went to college
69. My bowling average is 89
70. I think buying gifts is a perfectly acceptable way to show your love to someone
71. My birthday is nine days after Christmas and growing up it would often get forgotten in the post holiday let down and back to school rush
72. I still resent that
73. I had spinal meningitis when I was 9 months old and almost died
74. I'm still waiting for the day when this effects my life somehow
75. I learned to swim when I was 18 months old
76. I almost drown when I was four while swimming in a canal
77. My dad rescued me
78. He was my hero long before then
79. I once belonged to a synchronized swimming team
80. We moved right before our first competition.
81. I'm addicted to diet Pepsi
82. I can drink diet Pepsi or diet coke interchangeably
83. I'm really good at a lot of things, but not GREAT at any one thing
84. This is because I don't `apply' myself
85. I actually LIKE being intiment with my fiance
86. My fiance calls me punkin - he's the only person who ever has
87. My 18 year old will sometimes still calls me Mommy
88. I sometimes still call MY mom Mommy
89. I don't laugh out loud often but when I do it's REALLY loud
90. This used to irritate my ex who seemed to think I was laughing JUST to piss him off
91. I love planning things, trips, big dinners, work projects
92. I love it so much I've been known to actually put the preparations for Thanksgiving dinner into MS Project
93. I love to dance
94. I took ballet for years as a kid
95. I quit when I saw of picture of myself in my tutu and realized I looked NOTHING like a ballerina
96. I can still memorize and execute steps easily
97. While in a dance club I was told by a guy that I danced like a `Solid Gold Dancer'
98. I took this as a compliment!
99. My fiance and I fell in love at first site and moved in together after month
100. We have been together five years and engaged for three years

100.1. We love each other as much today as then.


  1. Shawn, I love this list. I've been toying with the idea of an autobiograpical post. Yours is awesome. As you know, I could copy the first 4 without thought. But I did take 2 years of German in high school. I'm not in a technical field like you but I do plan all of our vacations using Excel.

    Thanks for this view of yourself.

  2. Shawn that was an incredible thing to write, and yes, you have had a very unusual history, but I won't dwell on that, but I will say YOU ARE great at one thing.

    Being you Shawn.

    You are

    1. A great motivator.

    2. A great inspiration.

    3. A great writer linguistically.

    4. A great Entertainer (see no 3).

    5. A loving Mother.

    6. A person of great honesty.

    7. A big hearted person.

    8. A caring Woman.

    9. A vivacious woman.

    10. A devoted lover to Peter.

    11. A devoted supporter of others.

    12. A great thinker.

    13. A great planner.

    14. A great doer of deeds.

    15. A Woman true to her word.

    16. A great Acquaintance of many.

    17. A great believer in ones self

    18. A great forward thinker.

    19. A great visionary, (see no 18)

    20. A decisive figure.

    21. A Woman of courage.

    22. A Woman of bravery.

    23. A Woman of great character.

    24. A Woman of true thought.

    25. A Woman who speaks her mind.

    26. A Woman who confronts mistakes.

    27. A Woman who builds on success.

    28. A Woman of great confidence.

    29. A Woman of youthful exuberance.

    30. A great communicator.

    31. A passionate lifestyle devotee.

    32. A dedicated person.

    33. A committed person.

    34. A bringer of hope.

    35. A spreader of good.

    36. A person who is good fun.

    37. A person who gives sunshine.

    38. A grounded person.

    39. A no nonsense person.

    40. A gritty realist.

    41. A part- time optimist.

    42. A tower of strength.

    43. A woman of great pride.

    44. A great tryer.

    45. A Woman of substance.

    46. Someone who promotes good life.

    47. Someone who disproves doubters.

    48. Someone who takes life head on.

    49. A solid dependable all rounder.

    50. An emotionally gifted Woman.

    That's just 50, not 100, but 50 things that I think make you, you.

    That's what makes you such a great person. I am certain that's why Peter loves you, why your childen adore you, why you have some many people coming here to read your take on life, and to be in your corner, giving back a bit of what you give to us all.

    You will always be great at one thing, and that's being you.

    To be you, is already half the battle won, to become who you are trying to be is the other half, but you can do it, because you have that first 50% you need to make the last 50% happen.

    You don't need to be great at lots of things, you're great at being human, and that's a gift millions don't, (and never will), possess.

    :-) :-) :-)


    P.S. please feel free to debate or deny any of those 50 things. I am human too, so mistakes may have been made ;-).

  3. Matt - what an awsome thing to do/say. That list HAD to have take a while - I truely appreciate the time and effort you put into it. And I'm grateful for the words themselves - I'll have to print this and read it to myself now and then ;)

  4. Please do print it out by all means

    If the words help, then all the better :-).

    Have a great day.


  5. OMG!!!
    Brit-man, that was amazing!!

    And Shawn, I agree with every single one!!

    Happy New Year!!

    Love P
    aka you-know-who

  6. Thank you for sharing that list Shawn. I have seen your name on other blogs I read, but this is the first time I have actually checked out your blog and what a perfect entry to learn more about you!

    Happy New Year and all the best in 2006!

  7. Wow that's a great post. Of course I'm totally stealing it.

  8. Love the list Shawn, thanks for sharing!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!!