Will over at First Quarter Finance had a fun post this week called 25 Random Things About Me, and since I’m freaking out about our May budget (I went way over on groceries and transferred our medical bills from Maddie’s surgery onto one of our credit cards, so although in theory we don’t have more debt, it feels like we do, and I’m losing it a bit over this) I thought I’d
traumatize entertain you all with a similar post until I get my head out of the sand long enough to report our May numbers. 🙂
Here are 20 random things about me.
1. My parents divorced when I was 11. This was life-changing for me, as I saw how 1 mistake could mess up a whole lot of stuff. Although this didn’t teach me any financial lessons (even though it should have) I learned quickly that it’s best to gain wisdom and avoid serious mistakes if it all possible. I got all crazy-perfectionist for a couple of decades, but I’m over that now. 🙂
2. I grew up in the inner city – the really inner city – and hung out with the tough crowd. I was a badass and a partier, (until I softened a bit in my later twenties) and would
welcome eagerly look for an opportunity to kick your tail if you messed with me. Bring it. I wasn’t a big girl (tall, yes, muscular, no), but I was pissed off at the world, (see above) and that anger trumped my scrawny arms. One look from me, and I could have you running like a scared toddler to your mommy. 🙂
3. The girl you see now came on the scene when I learned that Jesus loved me and thought I was awesome, no matter how many other people didn’t. Now I’m a mushy, soft-hearted home schooling mommy whose greatest joy is to show love to others, although my kids will testify that if they’re getting out of line too much, the old Laurie comes back in fine form, which works very nicely for getting the kids to shape up quickly. 🙂
4. I haven’t eaten Spaghettios for three decades, and never will again, thanks to an “incident” with Spaghettios and Bacardi 151 when I was 17. My kids will never know this story. 🙂
5. I once owned a 1977 silver Trans Am. It may have had t-tops, but I can’t remember if it really did, or if I’m just glorifying my memory of it. That car rocked. 🙂
6. I was engaged to a guy before I met Rick and called the wedding off 29 days before “D-day”. A long story for another time, but it was definitely the right decision, although it was a bit awkward to have to call several hundred people to notify them, since the invitations had already gone out.
7. One time, my high school BFF and I ticked some gangstas off on the road (to this day we still don’t know what we did wrong), and they seriously tried to take us down. It was like something out of the movies. What ensued was a high-speed chase through the inner city of speeds up to 60 miles an hour. Not a cop anywhere to be found, of course, at the time when you really need them. With my NASCAR-like driving skills, I lost them after what seemed like an hour (but was probably only about 15-20 minutes), and we pulled into a cop shop, ran inside and begged them to save us.
8. This same BFF and I went through a stage where we were bodybuilders, I kid you not. We were total gym rats, hung out with all of the body building guys and spent countless hours at the gym. We were always the girls that hung out with groups of guys but never dated any of them. It was awesome, being in that good of shape. I finally had the muscles to go with my tough-girl attitude. 🙂
9. When I was a kid, before the divorce, I was the shyest kid ever. I never made a peep, and obeyed my parents faithfully, largely out of fear of my dad, who’s 6’3 and over 200 pounds. My mom never understood this, as my dad really is a softy, but when you’re 5 and looking up at a guy who’s like, three times your height, common sense dictates you best stay in line. 🙂
10. My favorite color is red.
11. I am passionate to a fault about the things I love.
12. I am as loyal as a black lab. If I count you as a friend, I will never, ever betray you in any way, shape or form. I may get ticked off at you, but I will never betray you. It’s a code of honor thing for me.
13. Nothing ticks me off like lying, dishonesty, and laziness.
14. I am a perpetual student. You’ll likely never find me reading fiction, but instead, always non-fiction of some sort, most often the Bible and some type of finance book.
15. I am a skeptic at heart. I don’t believe what I’m presented with until I’ve researched it thoroughly for myself. This includes my choice to have a relationship with Christ. I’ve spent countless hours studying, reading and dissecting the Bible to make sure it makes sense to me. I did this before I accepted Christ, and continue to do it to this day.
16. I am both amazingly wise and yet, sometimes, incredibly ditzy at the same time. How this happens, I don’t know, but I always get this bewildered look from Rick when ditzy Laurie makes an appearance, as if he’s thinking “How can you be so smart and so stupid at the same time?’.
17. Humor and laughter take up a majority of my time. Rick and I both are incredibly silly and love to make jokes. We used to be embarrassed by this, but now we’re old enough that we don’t care what other people think. And, it’s great for embarrassing teenage children. 🙂
18. My mom is a lot like Edith Bunker. She’s sweet as pie, silly and can tell a good off-color joke better than anyone I know. One time she had the whole family laughing so hard – in the middle of a restaurant – that we couldn’t even speak. I’m certain to this day that the waiter we had still wonders what on earth was going on, but I’d be too ashamed to repeat my innocent mom’s naughty joke to him.
19. One time some girlfriends and I were flying home from a vacation in AZ and came “this close” to crashing with another plane as we landed, due to a mess-up in the control tower about who was supposed to have access to the runway at the moment. Yeah, that was freaky.
20. In my dream world, I wouldn’t change much about my life, except for that we’d be debt free, and have a much bigger farm. It’s not for everyone, but for us, farm life rocks.
I hope this post helps to explain some of my oddities. 🙂 Now it’s your turn. Tell me some random facts about you. What’s your fave color? What were you like as a teen? What would your dream life look like?