Monday, June 20, 2011

37 Things on My 37th Birthday

1.  When I was 9 I loved the movie Annie so much, I memorized every word of "Tomorrow" and "It's a Hard Knock's Life" and would sing them at moments when I thought I might be discovered.

2.  I learned how to play the flute on magic markers that were stuck together end-to-end, because my mom really wanted me to take piano instead of band. In 5th grade, she finally let me switch to flute.  I guess that was a good decision.

3.  I remember when I turned 3 my mom got this coconut cake that was only half a cake.  I loved it, and ate it wearing a blue dress with white smocking on it.

4.  One time when I was in high school, I was walking into the grocery store, and I tripped and fell in front of the girl scouts selling cookies at the door.  They all ran to my aid, and I was horribly embarrassed.  Someone gave my mom a dirty look because she was in the car laughing.

5.  I survived 8 years of marching band in high school and college.  Those were some good times.

6.  My best friend and I met at a summer camp (GHP anyone?) exactly 20 years ago this summer.  We were roommates, and I knew we would be friends forever as soon as she walked in the door.  This is my love at first sight story.

7.  I only made one B in high school.  It was in typing class.  For real.  I am actually a very good typist.

8.  One time while I was helping at a concert, a group of important looking men came over to a group of us and starting talking to us about how much we liked University of Georgia, etc.  They came to me, and I introduced myself and then said, "And you are???"  It was the governor of Georgia.

9.  I worked at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan one summer as a driver.  I just drove people to and from the airport.  That summer I got to drive the Indigo Girls and the Beach Boys.  I also fell in love with Michigan cherries.

10.  When I was in middle school I took ballet.  During the recital that year, I fell right as I left the stage.  No one saw me, but everyone heard it.

11.  When I was in college I played competitive racquetball.  Not that I was that good or anything, but I did win every now and then!

12.  One of the first places Kel and I ever went together was Lake Placid.  That was before I knew anything about triathlon, which makes Lake Placid even more special in my mind.  It's just that kind of place.

13.  I have locked my keys in my car more times than I can count.

14.  Every now and then, when I'm walking over a bridge, I have this insane urge to just jump.

15.  I remember riding bikes around my street with my friend Allison when I was 6.  We were allowed to go from my house all the way to her house, which was like 3 streets over.  When I was 6!!

16.  I have always felt like I should be in the Olympics for something.  I think this goes right along with my Annie fantasy because I remember watching the 1984 olympics with complete fascination while listening to my Annie record (yes, record).

17.  Some of the moments I remember most fondly of the time when my boys were babies were middle of the nights.

18.  When I was in middle school I wanted to be a cheerleader more than anything.  Of course, I was in marching band, and not gifted at all in the art of jumping high or looking cute, so I became very good at making fun of cheerleaders.

19.  I have read every single one of the Shoes books by Noel Streatfeild at least 3 times.

20.  I really love Poptarts, although the last time I ate one was when I was pregnant with Ryan.  They are best toasted with a little bit of butter on top.

21.  The most vivid memory I have of kindergarten is the day we had to practice a tornado drill.  I'm pretty sure this has something to do with the fact that I would lay under the coffee table any time a storm warning went across the bottom of the t.v. when I was little.

22.  When I was 5 I took swim lessons and they made us jump off the high dive and swim to the side.  Again, with the scary stuff at 5!!

23.  I used to wish my name was Stephanie when I was in 2nd grade.  I also wanted hair long enough to be put in pigtails.  That was very important in 2nd grade.

24.  When I was in 6th grade I got my first 10-speed bike for Christmas.  It was blue, and I would do laps around our neighborhood on that baby!

25.  The summer I was 9 I lived in Colorado with my dad.  That was one of the best summers ever.  He let me drive a jeep, shoot a gun, pan for gold, hike and fish and explore.  It was fantastic!

26.  I got left at my high school graduation.  Every one thought someone else was bringing me home to my graduation party!!

27.  I went to private school for 1st through 6th grade.  Which means I wore navy blue and white for 6 years.  Take a wild guess at what happened when I went to public school in 7th grade!  Remember guess jeans and forenza???

28.  I used to love the the group The Jets, and I would play their song, "I've Gotta Crush on You" over and over on my little purple boombox.

29.  I also owned a Caboodles for all of my makeup and hair accessories.  There's no fooling around when you have tall bangs and a spiral perm.

30.  My grandmother gave me a piano when I was 10 that I still have in my music studio.  She bought it for me because I was taking piano lessons and would walk across the street to my church to practice every day.  I have a picture of her with my grandfather, my dad and my twin uncles on top of it, and Noah always asks me if he can play "plano."

31.  I still have dreams that I am in school and have no idea what is going on.  The weird thing is that really never happened when I was in school.  Although I did skip Geography 101 more than I went to it in college and still managed to get an A.  This is actually something I'm quite proud of!

32.  I was an orientation leader in college.  You know the people who are insanely peppy and funny and love their school more than anything...yep, that was me, and it was all true, except I'm not really that funny.  But pep I have.  As I look back, this was kind of a realization of my cheerleader fantasy, only better, because I didn't have to jump high.

33.  I do not remember not knowing how to swim.  I also learned to waterski when I was 8.

34.  One of my favorite meals growing up was fried pork chops with the bone in.  Man, that was good stuff.  I have never actually made that meal myself.  I also remember having some sort of bread (muffins, corn bread, bread w/ butter) with almost every dinner.  Can you tell I'm from the South? I'm lucky I don't weigh 300 pounds.

35.  I always thought I would have a daughter.  Sometimes I'm still surprised that God didn't give me one, but I'm sure He has good reasons.

36.  I met Kel at the gym.  We were both on the stairmasters.  When he told me his name I laughed, and he got a little offended until I told him mine.  We were married 10 months later.

37.  One of my favorite things is seeing people do things they are proud of.


  1. Fun stuff! You and my sister are the same age and she sang that damn Annie song constantly too! :D
    Love how you met your hubby!
    Happy birthday!

  2. Oh pop tarts! Never had butter on them :) And pregnancy also last time I partaked!

    Have a great birthday :)

  3. Happy Birthday!! I went to IAC one summer. They had great concerts all summer.

  4. OMG Guess what movie my girls are watching RIGHT THIS SECOND AS I OPENED THIS PAGE??? ANNIE!

  5. Kelly, being 37 myself....I laughed through this WHOLE thing! You made MY day....on YOUR birthday! I hope your day is doubly blessed.


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