It’s the square of ten.
It’s the number of years in a century.
It’s the number of yards on a football field.
It’s the number of tiles in a Scrabble set.
In Greece, India, and Israel, it’s the number to call the police.
It’s the U.S. currency with Benjamin Franklin’s picture on the front.
It’s the number of Fisher-Price Little People in my living room.
In television, it’s the number of episodes needed for a show to become syndicated.
It’s the number of posts I’ve written!
Today is my one hundredth post! Happy one hundred, sheep to the right! And to celebrate my one hundredth post, I’ve had a bloggy makeover. (If you’re reading this by email, click on over to check out the new look.) It helps to be married to a graphic designer.
I’ve heard of people celebrating their 100th post by listing 100 things about themselves, but y’all I don’t have time to type one hundred things, and I know y’all don’t have time to read them. But don’t fret; I’ve come up with a plan. I’ll give you a list of ten, and you can read them ten times. You see, ten times ten equals one hundred! I know, I know. I have incredible math skills.
So, here’s the list.
Ten Things You Might Not Know About Me, Unless, of course, You are Really Close Friends or Relation, in which case, You Can Skip the List Altogether Because We are Already Tight
1. I still sleep with the baby pillow I’ve had since I was a tiny girl. (Okay, it has been replaced a few times with newer baby pillows, but it even vacations with me.)
2. I color coordinate my closet in the order of the rainbow. ROY G BIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)
3. One of my all-time favorite movies is Beauty and the Beast.
4. I can make the best mooing sound. I went to college at the University of Tennessee. Once I was sitting in a line of traffic to get into Dollywood right next to a large pasture, and I had lots of time to perfect it.
5. I DO NOT LIKE PETS! Okay, fish are okay. We have two – Teddy and Spidey Fish.
6. I do not eat seafood. My mom claims I ate it until the first time I caught a fish and realized where they came from.
7. As a teenager, sometimes I just sat and read the thesaurus. I LOVE words!
8. When I can’t sleep, I pick a closet in my house and completely re-organize it in my mind. I love to organize so much I find it calming. Strange, I know.
9. I have worked at Chic-fil-A, a daycare center, at Campfire Boys and Girls (as a camp counselor), American Eagle Outfitters, and at the school system as a teacher.
10. This is the best. I worked at the University of Tennessee Alumni Association as a caller. We called the alumnus and asked for money. We sat at computers with headphones and when the person would answer the call, their info would pop up on the screen. Well, everybody knows you are calling to ask for something when you use their whole name (first, middle, last) to address them. So I would just skim the name and use the first and last name. One call, I skimmed the name and asked for Hon Hess. The lady on the other line questioned me and I repeated, “May I speak to Hon Hess?” She told me that no one by the name of Hon Hess lived there but she was Patricia Hess. I said, “Oh, that is you. It says right here, Hon Patricia L. Hess. I don’t know why they put that big ‘ole H-O-N in front of your name.” She was quiet on the other end for a split second, and then replied, “Well, I do. It means Honorable. I am a judge.” You could have rolled me up and tucked me under the rug. I was so embarrassed. It was bad enough that I didn’t know what the Hon. meant, but the southern way I drawled it out made me sound like a complete idiot! “I don’t know why they put that big ‘ole H-O-N in front of your name!” UGH!! After I got over the embarrassment, I had a good laugh at myself.
Now you know everything you’ve always wanted to know about me and then some. To help commemorate this special occasion, I am going to give away a signed copy of the book I edited Triumph Over Tragedy by Reggie A. Jones. If you leave me a comment, you will be registered in the book give away. I will hold the contest open until Thursday, because Thursday is my birthday! I’ll announce the winner then. It’ll be a great celebration!
Thanks to all of you who read my blog! Thanks to all of you who share with me how something I’ve written has spoken to you or how you’ve shared it with another friend or your family. You know how to make a girl feel good! Thanks for sharing my Happy 100th with me!
p.s. Today is my Dad’s birthday! Happy Birthday Dad!