25 Years..Thus, 25 Things

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Since I didn't jump on the facebook bandwagon of "25 things" a few months ago (see New York Times article about it here), I thought since I'm turning 25 today, there is a bona fide reason/excuse to do the following. Just for kicks?

1. I love Memphis: the city, the atmosphere, the region, the history, the connotation, the struggle, the identity, the heritage, the tradition, and the legacy entailed.

2. I didn't have a real pet until I was 20 years old; now the cats that are the bane of my dad's existence are still at their house.

3. Our cat's name is Red. He's black and he thinks he's a dog/person.

4. I am a longtime Memphis Tigers basketball fan.

5. I am also a University of Texas alum. Thus I love Longhorn sports as well, particularly Longhorn football. Living in Memphis precipitates more opportunity to flex my fan muscle toward Tiger basketball, however. It also doesn't help that my husband is a lifelong Tigers fan too.

6. I attended the 2003 Final Four in New Orleans and watched the Longhorns lose in the semi-final with my good pal Haley. It wasn't heartbreaking because we lost to Syracuse, the eventual champion, courtesy of Carmelo Anthony. Syracuse fans are pretty nice.

7. Jonathan and I went to the 2008 Final Four in San Antonio with friends and his siblings. Aside from the heartbreaking loss, it was one of the most fun times ever.

8. If you want to have one of the best times of your life, go to a Final Four and watch your team play. You really won't care about if they win as much as you think. The experience is worth the effort/money/hassle/possible heartbreak.

9. I have an English degree.

10. I like correct grammar and vocabulary words. My fellow English scholar and friend at work, Leanne, and I correspond frequently over the office messaging system regarding correct spellings or word anomalies. Is there a comma after Leanne's name in the previous sentence?

11. (Only at 11?) I am not ashamed of the fact that I know all the songs on the Fleetwood Mac greatest hits album. It's definitely come in handy singing in Rock Band.

12. I am a very good typist. I have no idea how fast I type, or what even a good words/minute rating is, but sometime I would like to be tested. In middle/high school, I toyed with the idea of being a courtroom stenographer.

13. I like pretty paper, stationery, and nice pens.

14. I am very possessive of my pens. If I loan you one, you better believe I am watching you until I get it back.

15. Favorite movies: Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. Also can say that for several years, my third favorite was When Harry Met Sally. I watched it with Jonathan and he didn't laugh very much so it kind of made me question how truly funny it is.

16. Recently developed a weird/passive-aggressive habit of ending typed sentences with ?s to somehow soften whatever it is I'm trying to say. I think it subliminally works?

17. I love Saved by the Bell. For the 7th grade talent show, me and 5 friends did a SBTB skit, where I played Jessie Spano. You better believe I rocked that "I'm so excited...I'm so excited...I'm so scared" portion of the skit. We took home first place.

18. On our first date, Jonathan told me to be plotting for good jokes and fun, so I brought along my trusty Saved by the Bell board game. Some may say this was a risky first-date move; but I knew if Jonathan was going to be any kind of long-term more-than-friend, he would appreciate this move. And he did. We used the question cards from this game to generate some great conversation.

19. Also on our first date, we played the original Super Mario Bros. Our goal was to be the first people we knew to beat the game with Luigi. This happened several dates later. We haven't really played video games since.

20. My dad and I ran a marathon together in 2004: one of my favorite accomplishments.

21. I am the oldest of 3 chillen: Leslie, Martha, and Scott. which we figured out could also stand for Large, Medium, and Small. Large... heh.

22. I've always been bigger than Martha. Always. The only thing smaller I have is earlobes. My ears and earlobes are strangely small and hers are strangely round and large. She won't mind my saying so.

23. Besides Jonathan, Martha is my best friend. We got our Mini-Coopers on the same day 5 years ago. We named them Betty and Judy, after the sisters in White Christmas. That movie is so great.

24. I love musicals. quiz me

25. I also love succulent plants. If you ever want to really give me a smashing gift, consider an unusual potted succulent or sedum OR tickets to the So You Think You Can Dance tour, which is a dream of mine to attend.

There you have it.


  1. Yes. We are best friends, and I feel like sometimes Jonathan is jealous. Watch out Jonny, Betty and Judy will always be inseparable. We will eventually live next door to each other like Lori Humber and Amy Turman (life long friends to us and sisters, too).

    Happy 25th Birthday sis (hehe)! You are a quarter of a century old now. How does it feel?

  2. Happy Birthday, friend!
    Your gift: http://www.typingtest.com/

  3. A fellow SYTYCD fan!!! I'm so ready for American Idol to end to get to the premier or SYTYCD!

  4. Oh, and happy birthday.

  5. I posted this very same post on my birthday a month ago...execpt it was 35 things (when did I get so old???). Loved reading this and identifying with so many items (Tiger fan, musicals, English major). We should probably hang out more. :)

  6. I can sing all the songs on the Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits Album as well. It stems from good parenting. I also like musicals, especially White Chirstmas!

  7. I use #16 for tricky work situations. It works.

  8. I love The Sound of Music! It is one of my favorite movies ever. So is Mary Poppins (gotta love Julie Andrews).

    Anyway, happy one-day-late birthday!


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