Thursday, February 14, 2008

100 random things

1. I was born in New Orleans.
2. I lived there until I was 7.
3. I went to Alice M. Harte Elementary School.
4. I have no idea who Alice M. Harte is/was.
5. I visited a Catholic church next door to the school when I was 6.
6. I went alone.
7. My best friend went to that church so I just followed her.
8. She didn't know.
9. My second grade teacher's name was Mrs. Catonese.
10. We called her Mrs. Cabbage Cheese.
11. Her twin sister taught at the same school.
12. I don't remember her name.
13. I moved to Pearl River, La the summer I turned 8.
14. I went to Pearl River Junior High for grades 3-5.
15. Pearl River didn't have an elementary school.
16. My best friend's name was Bonnie Owen.
17. My last name was Owen, too.
18. Her mom's name was Linda.
19. My mom was Linda, too.
20. We pretended like we were sisters all the time.
21. In choir we sang This Land is Your Land everyday.
22. My kids have never heard that song.
23. There was a boy in my class named Dolan Crawford, and he liked me.
24. I liked Randy Butcher.
25. I joined the swim team because Randy was on it.
26. You only had to be able to swim across the entire pool to be on the swim team.
27. I hated swim meets.
28. Competitions where people have to watch me perform make me nervous.
29. I once had to swim the entire length of the pool and back all by myself, because the other teams were all done and I was the anchor on our team.
30. I almost refused to swim, because everyone would be watching me.
31. I also took baton lessons.
32. I was on a baton team called the High Steppers.
33. I marched in many Mardi Gras parades in my little outfit. I froze!
34. We moved to Houston the summer before 6th grade.
35. I started a real junior high and experienced culture shock.
36. Everyone wore Gloria Vanderbilt jeans.
37. I had no idea who Gloria Vanderbilt was.
38. My mom wouldn't buy me any Gloria Vanderbilt jeans.
39. My dad did.
40. I wore my Gloria Vanderbilt jeans when I went back to Pearl River to visit.
41. Everyone there was wearing them, too.
42. I got glasses in 7th grade.
43. I sang The Rose as a duet with some girl in 7th grade choir. I don't remember her name. Neither of us could sing well.
44. I was a library aide in 8th grade and got to keep any books they were getting rid of.
45. I collected a lot of books that way.
46. I played paper dolls with the girl who lived across the street from me in junior high. A lot!
47. After 8th grade we moved to Tomball.
48. I went to 9th grade at a 9th grade only campus.
48. I took agriculture for 3 days in 9th grade.
49. When I heard I had to raise an animal and show it in a livestock show I changed my schedule.
50. I took a dance class instead, and I loved it.
51. I passed out in the cafeteria lunch line and had to be taken out in a wheelchair.
52. I spent the night in the hospital, and they decided I was iron deficient.
53. I tried out for drill team at the end of my 9th grade year, but didn't make it.
54. I was sick and throwing up during tryouts.
55. When try out time came around my 10th grade year the drill team director came and asked me to try out.
56. I made it.
57. I had a friend named Shannon who ate out every night for dinner.
58. I loved spending the night at her house, because we got to eat out.
59. Her parents were antique/art dealers so their house was the most eclectic place I had ever seen. I loved it.
60. I got a hickey at church camp the summer after 10th grade.
61. The associate pastor's son gave it to me.
62. I was highly embarrassed about the whole thing and wanted to wear a turtle neck in the summer.
63. I took driver's ed with 3 other girls that same summer.
64. We were involved in an accident that totaled our car.
65. It was not our fault.
66. They made us drive again 2 days later. We were all scared.
67. My parents bought me a used white Toyota Corolla Tercel for my 16th birthday. It didn't have power steering.
68. I drove it from Tomball to Amarillo when we moved that same summer.
69. Amarillo High School didn't have a drill team which made me sad.
70. I dated a cowboy in 11th grade.
71. He's now a chiropractor.
72. I took a home and family living class and was given the assignment to go on a creative cheap date.
73. My friend's dad had an airplane so he took 4 of us up for a ride for our date.
74. I don't remember what else we did, but I'm pretty sure the gas for the plane wasn't cheap.
75. I don't remember what grade we got on the assignment.
76. I sang a duet with a friend in front of our church youth group my senior year of high school. I still couldn't sing. My friend could.
77. I skipped school, got caught, and was put in after school suspension for 3 days.
78. My boyfriend did something stupid so he could get put in after school suspension with me. He had longer to serve.
79. My best friend from high school often snuck over to my house after her mom was in bed.
80. I never snuck out because I was too scared I would get caught.
81. I met my husband my freshman year of college, but we didn't start dating until our junior year.
82. By that point I was already in love with him.
83. My roommate my last two years in college was the same best friend who snuck in my window in high school.
84. She threw a brush across the room once because she was mad at me. I deserved it!
85. I dated a cowboy wanna be in college.
86. He's now a pastor.
87. My husband and I went on a date to Dallas once and came home wearing different clothes than we left in.
88. After getting married I taught fourth grade and hated it.
89. I quit and worked at Goldstein Miguel in Waco for a semester. Goldstein Miguel is no longer in business.
90. I got another teaching job teaching kindergarten in Coolidge, Texas.
91. I was the only kindergarten teacher.
92. Brian taught at the same school and was the science department.
93. We stopped for a coke at a little country gas station everyday on the way home from work, and the owner asked us one of two questions.
94. Did you learn anything today or do you have to go back tomorrow?
95. Working hard or hardly working?
96. All of my kids were born in Texas, but none were born in the same city.
97. I stopped teaching when my second child was born and have no desire to do it again.
98. Someone else picked out our apartment in Turkey, and we loved it so much we've never moved. It's been 6 years.
99. I hate bananas and maple syrup with a passion.
100. I am 38 years old and a friend just gave me my first thong for Valentine's Day. It's red.


fringes said...

Wow. I never get past 33 on these lists. Congratulations. I enjoyed reading it and am feeling kind of weepy. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing that, that was very nice! You should put a link to that on the sidebar.

Natalie said...

fringes - thanks! it makes me feel weepy that i made you feel weepy. it's a weepfest!

1smileygirl - thanks! i will add it to the sidebar. great idea!

Amy said...

Ewwwww! Gross! Yuck! Ewww!

Crystal DeLong said...

i love all the things i'm getting to learn about you natalie!

Gina said...

I was just fine until I got to #100...a THONG??? Seriously though...will you ever WEAR it?? (makes me want to pick my seat just thinking about it....)

Natalie said...

amy - i assume it was the thong that made you react the way you did. hopefully it wasn't my 2nd grade teacher's name or the fact that i dated a cowboy. just stated the facts!

crystal - i'm glad you are getting to know a little more about me. you can thank lauren for the thong! after my reaction to her red panties comment the night we went out dancing...she just had to share the love.

gina - well...i did try it on. it didn't feel as bad as i thought it would...

Gina said...

But a THONG??? Seriously, that just chaps my...well...YOU know!! =)

Kerri said...

i liked you until #99. no maple syrup? like, you've never had pancakes with bananas and maple syrup on top? ..... can we be friends? :)

the thong worth looking into is the one promoted by oprah. i heard it's so cumfy you don't even know it's there. (i wouldn't know. i don't think i can afford it.)

Natalie said...

kerri - i'm sorry to disappoint. i will pretty much try anything...eat anything. just not those two things! and especially not together! ewwww!!!!

and well the thong. i probably couldn't afford a nicer one either. i'm still not sure what i think about actually wearing this one. the girl who gave it to me wore her red panties the night we went dancing so maybe i'll wear it on our next dancing night. they can be my dancing panties! i should probably pack a normal pair in my purse thought just in case they affect my moves! we wouldn't want that!

The Over-Thinker said...

I HATE maple syrup. I think that means we're bloggy-friends. I'm pretty sure it's a rule.

I love "100 Things" lists--and this is one of the best :)

I need to do more searching in your archives and figure out what brought you to Turkey...I'm off!

Natalie said...

over-thinker - i agree we must be bloggy-friends if for no other reason than we both hate maple syrup. and i love my bloggy-friends! thanks for reading and trying to figure it all out. i guess i should add something to the side-bar about how we got to turkey because people seem to be curious...i never even thought about it!

Heather B. said...

I am just finding your blog and have found it fascinating! I was born in Amarillo and if we hadn't moved I would have also gone to Amarillo High. My cousins went there and most of my family still live there or in Pampa! Small world!

Heather B. said...

Oh and I also remember Goldstein Miguel's. We only live about 30mins from Waco now! My Mom used to shop there when I was in middle school or high school!

Natalie said...

heather - wow! how funny is that! i have only been back to amarillo a few times. i would love to go for a visit though. and goldstein miguel's was probably great in it's heyday. when i worked there only old people shopped there. it was slowly dying. the people i worked with were great though!