Although the title sounds slightly narcissistic, this little trendy blog idea has been a good exercise for the soul. Read it, if you care. Thanks Jen for the idea.
In no particular order:
100. I was born in Winnipeg on the Canadian prairies.
99. When I worked as a professional organizer I once handled over 20 mounted, taxidermied trophy heads of African animals, some of which were extinct. The experience was a mixture of repugnance and holiness.
98. I hate shopping for shoes.
97. Campfires are special to me because it gives me time to ponder.
96. The most claustrophobic moment in my life was climbing up inside the pyramid of Khufu at Giza, Egypt.
94. I worked beside Jimmy Carter on a Habitat for Humanity worksite.
93. I eat sweetbreads (organ meat, beef pancreas to be exact). (See #16).
92. I can play guitar and I can lead a really good campfire singalong.
91. I’ve read every Maeve Binchy novel but not every book of the Bible (even though that was one of our assignments at Bible College).
90. I like to knit.
89. My favourite thing to do is shore walking and beach combing.
88. I wore braces on my teeth for seven years.
87. I like entertaining.
86. I am a sonic mystic. I sing improvisationally. I like to call it sacred jazz.
85. I’m one of the few people in Canada who play church tower bells.
84. I build little natural artworks or ‘land art’ for people to find. I wish I knew Andy Goldsworthy.
83. As a teenager I collected leather Lee jean patches by ripping them off the backs of my friend’s pants.
82. I suffer from Raynauds syndrome which means one or more of my fingers can loose all its circulation for up to half hour.
81. I designed and helped install two 70 foot stone walking labyrinths at two retreat centres.
80. I worked at the famous Scott Mission in Toronto for three years.
79. I took New Testament Greek in university. It’s all Greek to me now.
78. In the village of Sipesipe in the Bolivian highlands I visited the home of a very poor woman who knitted alpaca sweaters.
76. I had a detached retina. It was very traumatic.
75. I’ve given birth twice. Both times were amazing and the results were too!
74. I hate Hallowe’en.
73. I was married to a Baptist minister for over 20 years. I’m still married to him but he’s not a pastor anymore.
72. I have had the same amaryllis bulb for over 25 years. And it still blooms (and it had a baby).
71. I have no body piercings or tattoos, not even pierced ears.
70. I absolutely loved my first car which I named “Molly”. She was a 5-speed standard Mazda Protege.
67. I have, as my grandmother Winifred would have said, widdled numerous times in Lake Winnipeg. It’s a big lake.
66. I worked the counter at a donut shop.
65. I am terrified of climbing mountains but I did climb a glacier in Norway.
64. I know how to pronounce Islendingadagurinn, the name of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba.
63. I wash out and re-use ziploc bags.
62. I’m addicted to potato chips, kettle-cooked please.
61. I have a passion and gift for facilitating creative events and creating nurturing space for people.
60. I witnessed my father’s death and it was one of the most sacred moments in my life.
59. I have trouble telling jokes and getting the punch lines correct.
58. I have lived in the same house for almost 28 years.
57. I attended Grade Two in Albany, CA while my Dad attended U of C (Berkeley).
56. My husband and I facilitate a self-help group for married couples because there is just not enough support out there for “the marrieds”.
55. I love winning Scrabble or UpWords against my husband.
54. I know now that I will never be famous. So I just try to ‘show up’ for my own life and bloom where I am planted (that was a poster in my childhood bedroom).
53. I have two older brothers who couldn’t be more different.
52. I don’t do well with practical jokes.
51. I collect books to read to my grandson.
50. When I was nine I voluntarily peed the bed at my BFF’s cottage because I too cozy in my sleeping bag to get up and go to the privy. The sleeping bag wasn’t cozy any more. Forgive me Helen.
49. I snorkelled on the Australian Great Barrier Reef, despite my paralyzing fear. I had to hire a private instructor/guide just to get me through it. That’s her hand on the lifesaving ring.
48. I’m compelling to pick up every heart shape stone I find.
47. When I played tooth fairy for my kids I kept all their teeth. (I still have them).
45. My first job was as a driver for a speedy messenger company, RoadRunner Courier in Winnipeg. I only got one speeding ticket.
44. I was on the basketball team in Junior High school.
43. Once I smuggled a goldfish over an international border. My kids named it Clifton from Cleveland.
42. I value deep conversations.
41. It was only three years ago that I learned to play tennis. My brother says I’m pretty good at it. Coming from him, that’s a real compliment.
40. I adore making soup from scratch.
39. I try to keep informed about social action and justice issues, except I feel I’m never well-read enough. I do what I can locally to help in small ways.
38. I bought fair-trade coffee years before it was trendy.
37. Finding unexpected treasures at thrift shops nearly takes my breath away.
36. I like photography, but dislike cameras (SLRs).
35. I prefer Taize chants to unsingable, theologically shallow, me-focused ‘praise and worship’ music. I tolerate Country and Western but, I’m sorry, rap music just makes me puke.
34. I feel way too lucky to have been born in Canada, almost guilty.
33. I buy myself an inexpensive little potted hyacinth every winter because it cheers me up and the fragrance transports me. Then I let the bulb dry out and plant it in my garden.
32. When I sing to people and they say it’s like tripping out on drugs (I would’t know).
31. Ice cream at Gimli Pier. The best.
30. I here confess that I intensely disliked my High School French teacher, Miss Merlevede, but felt deep compassion for her. Everyday she wore the same white Peter Pan collar on her dress.
29. I am allergic to most perfume.
28. Sometimes I feel like a fraud.
27. Badly placed furniture makes me want to scream. I can barely hold myself back from rearranging rooms in some of my friend’s houses.
26. My spirituality infuses everything.
25. I dig out dandelions by hand.
24. My father taught me composting and recycling since way back in the 1960’s.
23. I am proud that in 1942 my father started the first public health laboratory in Winnipeg and in the 1980s was the Director of the Department of the Environment for the Province of Manitoba.
22. Being a prairie girl, I know nothing about tides.
20. I am extremely proud of my children, both of whom earned Iron Rings in Engineering. But especially because they developed into independent, beautiful, caring individuals who are productive members of society and live soulfully. I would love them anyhow.
19. I listen to the Queen’s Message every Christmas Day. Even though she was born into it, I think Elizabeth is an amazing woman with pluck and wisdom.
18. At our wedding reception I sang a song as a surprise to my groom, Bert, from Mary Poppins, Oh, It’s a Jolly Holliday with you Bert. Unfortunately he had never seen the movie so the significance of the song went right over his head. Who hasn’t seen Mary Poppins!?!
17. I was once kicked out of a MacDonalds for being too rowdy (a long time ago).
16. My favourite breakfast is hand-picked saskatoon berry pancakes with real maple syrup, bacon and fresh coffee on my cottage deck. My favourite special breakfast is mixed grill Butcher’s Breakfast. (See #93). Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day.
15. I am attracted to the spirituality of the Enneagram and I wish I could figure out what number I was but I’m sure I’ll get it wrong so I’ve never studied it (that should be a clue).
14. My favourite card game is Racko or perhaps Countdown but always at holiday time with family.
13. I like lots of choice for my carrying and organizing tasks so I have a huge collection of baskets some of which I make myself.
12. I’m afraid that if I say something I’m fearful will happen it may come true just because I said it.
11. I hated taking piano exams.
10. My husband reads Bill Byrson to me in bed at night and sometimes we laugh so hard we can’t breathe.
9. When I find a typo on someone’s website I actually write and tell them.
8. I have been a guerrilla pruner.
7. My college roommates hung my shoes out the window because I had such bad foot odour.
6. My favourite movie is a tie between Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. Both affected my outlook on life and theology, both positively and negatively.
5. My oldest brother is a clergyman. Ours was the first wedding at which he ever officiated. He had to get a special dispensation from the Province of Manitoba in order to do it.
4. I suffered from benign positional vertigo for 16 months. It was one of the biggest challenges of my life.
3. Breaking through the burnt sugar topping on creme brûlée. Ah!
2. I wore my mother’s wedding dress more than once. At numerous fashion shows, as the bride in my high school Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, Trial by Jury, and at my own wedding!