Thursday, August 05, 2010

43 things (part one)

Yesterday was my birthday. I decided that it would be fun to write a post with 43 things that I had never written about on the blog. This proved to be quite a challenge, especially since I don't seem to have a lot of writing time these days (and it was my birthday, after all).

I've decided to post the list in stages, since I stil only have less than 20 and a post with 43 things would be way too long to be interesting (and I'm hoping this is interesting).

So here goes:

1. I am 43 years old (hence the 43 things).

2. I've decided that I want to lose 44lbs before my 44th birthday.

3. My most memorable birthday presents were my little black dog (who was a Mother's Day, birthday and Christmas present all rolled into one), my trip to BlogHer in '07 and the red bike with the banana seat that I got for my seventh birthday.

4. I wear much less make-up now than I did when I was fifteen.

5. One year, in university, I spent several November days dressed up as an elf and handed out candy canes along with leaflets asking people not to buy “war toys.”

6. I'm married but I have never celebrated my wedding anniversary. I have celebrated the anniversary of the beginning of our relationship. In March, it will be 20 years (we've been married for 14).

7. We were married by a secular Jewish Humanist officiant. She stipulated that there would be no mention of God and no sexism in the ceremony, which suited us perfectly.

8. I am in awe of every single one of my brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law on both sides of my family. I have eight in total and I really like hanging out with each one (and my sister is pretty great, too).

9. I got my first dog when I was 25 years old. I planned and researched for a year before settling on a golden retriever. The other breeds on my short list were pug and Shetland sheep dog.

10. I named her Emma after Emma Goldman, although her papers said Golden Breeze Lady Emma Delight. She was neither an anarchist nor an aristocrat by nature.

11. I lost Emma to old age and Jasper to cancer. Losing Jasper was harder, as it felt so unexpected and brutal. My grief for him is still very raw and I miss him more than I can say (I know that I've written about this but I need to include it here).

12. I have absolutely no sense of direction, a trait I have passed on to my firstborn.

13. I can't curl my tongue, although both kids and my spouse can. This makes me feel oddly left out.

14. I can still remember the first phone number I ever learned but I sometimes forget my cell phone number.


Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie,

Wow! You really are a great writer. I got to #14 and was looking for the next page...tears are still running down my cheeks:) Only 29 to go and I'm looking forward to them all.

Had to look at the link to adorable is she, and the kid sitting with her is even cuter.

B in T

Lene Andersen said...

It was interesting - I look forward to the rest of the list.

#2 impressed me
#5 made me laugh
#7 fascinated me
#11 made me nod in recognition. And want to hug you.
#13 can be learned, I think. Once, when I was about 16, I spent 3 days trying to learn to flip my tongue. I succeeded, but spent a few more days with a sore tongue (should I even say that on the internet?)

Nat said...

I can't for the life of me remember what I've written about or haven't, which I think adds to the challenge of this exercise.

I too wear less make-up, though as I get older my mother tells me to wear more. Sigh.

laurie said...

I love each of these comments. Thanks so much. I think the tongue is hopeless and the Nat? Mine too.

Velda said...

Happy birthday!

Steve said...

632-82X3.....four some people....certain numbers are hard to forget.