September 15, 2003

What Do You Know?

About Me...

This is a personal list of stuff that seems a little too focused on the single childless female aspect of my self. But I spent a lot of time with Mom yesterday, so it's what happens.

It's 50 items. I'll do more items of a more interesting nature at a later time. Could be tomorrow. Could be a month from now. I make no promises.

1. I always wished I had a more unique name. Both my first and last names are so common that I went to school with several other Jennifer Larsons or Larsens.

2. I spent more time than is probably healthy thinking up stage names for myself in case I ever became a famous actress/singer/whatever.

3. Despite my name-hate, I am not sure I want to change it if I ever get married. I'm proud of my name and the family that comes with it.

4. I may never get married. This doesn't bother me until it bothers my mother. And it bothers her a lot.

5. I think I would be a great mother.

6. I'm not sure I would be a great wife.

7. I'm one of the most patient people I know.

8. My patience level depends on whether I think you should know better. For example, kids get a lot of patience. Adults not as much.

9. I was an average student.

10. I tested better than most.

11. I was lazy. "They" said I wasn't reaching my potential...I was an underachiever.

12. I still am.

13. I figure I have a year to make something of myself.

14. I have eczema.

15. I have bad eyesight.

16. I have allergies.

17. I got them all from my mother.

18. I like Tigger.

19. Now my niece likes him, too. We sing the Tigger song all the time. It was the only thing that would quiet her down sometimes when she was a baby. She'd laugh when I'd sing it to her.

20. Her mother is Satan.

21. I hope she doesn't get hit by a truck. She lives in the St Louis area, so please drive carefully down there.

22. My niece spent the night at my house for the first time when she was 6 days old. Her parents "needed a break."

23. That pretty much sums up their child-rearing strategy.

24. I also have a nephew. He kinda looks like me.

25. I have one living grandparent. She is my maternal grandmother.

26. Both of my grandfathers died too young.

27. My paternal grandmother died in March.

28. She was the one grandparent I really felt like I knew.

29. My other grandmother lived far away from us and we didn't see her very often.

30. My dad is the middle of 9 kids. He has 6 brothers and 2 sisters. His parents also adopted a nephew who was orphaned.

31. My mom is one of four kids. She is a twin. Her twin brother hasn't been heard from in years.

32. I taught my cousin's step-daughter how to swim. She remembers it whenever I see her.

33. I don't remember learning how to swim. I just always have known.

34. I do remember being indignant that I had to wear water-wings. I didn't need them.

35. I really didn't.

36. I have brown hair and brown eyes. I have always had dark hair, but my brother and sister were blond when they were little.

37. I assured them this meant they were adopted.

38. I still pick on them. I probably always will. My dad and his brothers tease each other and they are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.

39. I haven't seen most of my maternal cousins since I was very young.

40. My mom's sister's kids are the only ones I really know. And I don't know them that well.

41. I took one of them trick-or-treating the Halloween our grandpa died. She didn't leave my side the rest of the week.

42. That was probably the most time I've spent alone with any of them.

43. I hate skiing.

44. When I was little, one of my (paternal) cousins crashed into a tree and broke his leg...which probably has a lot to do with #43.

45. Until recently, all three of my mom's siblings had been divorced and only 2 of the 8 siblings on Dad's side had been divorced.

46. Now only 3 of the 9 kids have never been divorced. My dad, the oldest kid, and the youngest kid.

47. This worries me. If I get married, I want it to be forever. Not until the kids grow up.

48. My heart has been broken.

49. Recently.

50. But he didn't want to kill spiders for me, so it's not so bad. I'm definitely looking for a spider-killer in the long term.

Posted by Jennifer at September 15, 2003 05:09 AM

Tigger bounces too god damned much. He annoys rabbit. Remember when they tried to get him lost in the woods? I like Eeyore much better. All that damed bouncing.

Posted by: Paul at September 15, 2003 07:13 AM

I can kill spiders.

You have wussy spiders in America, anyway.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 15, 2003 08:47 AM

awesome..pls add another 50 tonight!!

Posted by: jim at September 15, 2003 09:52 AM

Stick with #50 Jen--it's one of the most important qualities in a man (the others being a sense of humor and a large video collection).

Posted by: Susie at September 15, 2003 11:35 AM

Us spider-killers can be easily be caught if you or your family own a liquor store or pub. Ask my wife.

Nice list, Jen.

Posted by: Blackfive at September 15, 2003 01:04 PM

I have to make myself remember: when most people talk about Tigger, they AREN'T referring to my cat. :)

Posted by: Jason at September 15, 2003 01:49 PM

Nice. I'd love to see another fifty.

And, by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I saw that Susie wished you a happy birthday, so here I am. You were born one day after me. Of course, it's probably one day and several years after me (I'm getting old). But still.

Posted by: Howard at September 15, 2003 04:27 PM

Hmmm... I have a sense of humor and a large video collection. Does this mean I am in danger of being swept off my feet and not being single forever?

I also killed a spider just last week. He wanted to live in my tub. My zoning regulations considered that an unapproved usage, and no variance was available.

Posted by: Jay Solo at September 15, 2003 07:05 PM

The under-achiever part sounds very familiar

Posted by: Pete at September 15, 2003 07:14 PM

Apply within, guys. :-)

Posted by: Jennifer at September 15, 2003 08:05 PM

I love ya even if you don't know how to spell my name correctly.

Posted by: Tiger at September 15, 2003 09:12 PM