Friday, August 5, 2011

Things You Should Know About Me -- If we are going to be friends

Hello! When I look at the stats for my blog, I realize that I don't actually know most of you. I'm not sure who lives in Belize, or the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Poland...and the other places my readers come from. So, I figure that we should know each other better. Here are some things you might want to know about me. Enjoy!

1. One thing you should know is that I may not look the same when you see me next.  Long, short, bangs, no-bangs, blonde, red, brown ... and everywhere in between. I get bored with my hair very easily. OR maybe I am a spy. You pick.

Short blonde

Medium length brown
And the current red


2. I really love Subway sandwiches. They are truly a delight to me.

3. In my mind there is something fundamentally wrong with buying groceries from non-grocery stores. Walmart & Target will never convince me to buy food from them. Purchasing oranges at the same place I can buy tires is just unnatural.

4. I am a type A/ Bohemian hybrid. Very driven and constantly thinking, but with a whimsical spontaneity to it. You will find me trying to figure out a plan for how to run an AIDS clinic while swaying to Frank Sinatra with my hair up in an Italian scarf. It can really throw people off...

5. I am NOT laid back. People think I am because I am low-maintenance and pretty even keeled. I don't like 'chillin'. I like going. I always want to go somewhere new and do something new. No thank you to summer break.

6. It took me 2 years to learn how to cook a baked potato. Simple, you may think, but it wasn't!!! Literally 2 years. I will save you all the time and toil that I spent. Put the potato in a 350 degree oven for 2 hours. Now you can use your two years to do something else.

7. When I was little I created a plan to convince my parents that we could, in fact, have monkeys as pets. I figured out how much they needed to eat, what it would cost, sketched a diagram of the monkey house I would build in the back yard, planned out their vaccinations...They didn't go for it though. My parents are not quite as visionary as I am.

8. When I type, I hear my voice saying the words out loud. Just like you could hear Meg Ryan's voice in You've Got Mail when she typed her emails. I'd like to think that I don't smirk and smile thoughtfully into the distance like she did while typing, but it is very possible that I do.

9. I am very old fashioned. Surprise! I use a pen and paper. Not my iPhone or iPad to take notes. I have a paper daily planner. I think handwriting is an important art. I will also physically dial the phone numbers of people instead of just clicking on them in my contacts. It bothers me that people don't actually know each other's phone numbers anymore.

10. I think I would really enjoy gardening if it didn't involve dirt and bending over so much. But, I do love gardens. Particularly wild English gardens. Could sit in them for days. But, if left up to me I would never do any work in them.

See, wasn't that nice. NOW we are friends. Honestly though, I wish I could sit and chat with each one of you. Hear your stories and learn about where you are from. AND if you are one of those people from Finland, Kenya , Chile or wherever, please let me know who you are. I'd love to hear about you! Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. ok 1. im jealous of your international readership. how do you know where everyone is from?! so far i think i have had one person read my blog who i dont know... 2. if you put the potato in at 400 it only takes 45 mins. 3. i have a crazy wild english garden. please come sit in it.

  2. Liz! I am glad that I do know you and I hope we can talk soon. You are such a joy and I'm so glad that lots of people are reading your blog, because you have really important things to say!

  3. Hi Liz, I'm most likely the Germany contingency and at least one reader in the Netherlands is a friend of and Jeff Sarah B.'s who went to A. Wheaton. Hope that solves the mystery a little.: )

  4. One more thing: here is the blog of A Cheerful Squire, who reads your blog in the Netherlands:

  5. I'm tracking with ya on the old-fashioned thing. Glad I'm not the only one trying to keep penmanship alive!

    And your habit of dialing people's phone numbers is inspiring! I think I might pick that up...seeing as I pretty much only know my mom's number :)

  6. Good morning! I'm Su. from Alabama and I so enjoy reading your blog.

  7. I think you're a spy.

  8. Susan - So nice to meet you! How is Alabama?
    Claire- viva la pen & paper
    Sarah- I read your blog. That's international readership.
    Julia- please lets talk soon
    Sheila - thanks for solving some mysteries
    Critz- Yes! One vote for spy!

  9. Liz so #9, do you write handwritten notes? Love the way you think and love the creativity I see in you.

  10. Reading this made me feel so warm and fuzzy thanks!-vern

  11. love that i've had the privilege to experience most of the "things you should know" firsthand. lovely life.

  12. OK, though years... decades, separate us as far as chronological age is concerned, I now KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are kindred spirits Elizabeth. I too hear my voice while I type and I pretty much can quote line for line "You've Got Mail". Not to mention so many other similarities. However, I will have to admit the enjoyment I have found in simply pressing a contact's name on my trusty iPhone and seeing their number pop up without having to do any memorization at all. :) You make me smile continually. Lv, MamaJeannie