100 things

100 things

  1. I lost my Long Island accent in Africa,
  2. but time with my family—even just over the phone—brings it right back.
  3. So does talking about things I’m passionate about.
  4. And driving in traffic.
  1. I blame my Sicilian roots for my loud talking and laughing,
  2. and, of course, for my inability to speak without using my hands.
  1. The word moist makes me shudder
  2. almost as much as ointment. 
  3. And bars of soap just plain creep me out.
  1. I maintain a healthy fear of treadmills
  2. because of laughing-till-crying at countless YouTube videos of people completely wiping out on them. (Search it. You’ll thank me later.)
  1. I haven’t yet mastered the art of neatly applying nail polish or mascara. Both end up looking like a crime scene.
  2. And I’m the messiest teeth-brusher on the planet. Seriously.
  3. So I brush my teeth in the shower. It’s just better for everyone that way.
  1. I don’t really like water—either drinking it or being in it—
  2. but I absolutely love an ocean view
  3. and my perfect vacation includes a swim-up bar.
  1. I love not camping,
  2. hate wet grass,
  3. and generally have a “like to look, not touch” stance on all things outdoors.
  4. Although I’ve hiked Pike’s Peak,
  5. whitewater-rafted the Zambezi River,
  6. lived in a tent in the African bush for months at a time,
  7. and eaten Mopani (grub) worms.
  1. I don’t like bacon (I hope we can still be friends)
  2. or chocolate—
  3. except for dark chocolate with a glass of red wine (mmmm….) and the occasional M&Ms or Reese’s—
  4. but I can eat my weight in cheese
  5. and goldfish (the crackers, not the actual fish).
  1. I prefer to eat things from the inside out, not the outside in.
  2. So I cut things like burgers and sandwiches in half
  3. and rip apart cookies, so I can start on the inside.
  4. Yes. I fully own the fact that I’m weird.
  1. I am a walking musical,
  2. even though I can’t sing. At all. I’m not even kidding.
  3. But I love spontaneously interjecting off-key songs, usually remixed with whatever words come to mind.
  1. I don’t like talking on the phone
  2. and would choose text over talk any day.
  3. I have to constantly fight the urge to judge people who write in text-speak. (BTW, c u 2nite! LOL!)
  1. I’ve got a severe case of wanderlust.
  2. I’ve spent time in 29 countries,
  3. and I really want to add a 30th to that list. Soon.
  4. And I’d love to spend more time in Italy. How about a month? In a villa. In Tuscany. Yes please.
  1. As much as I enjoy traveling, I equally love coming home.
  2. I can be quite the homebody when I let myself.
  3. I think that sometimes doing nothing is far better than doing everything,
  4. and my favorite friends are those who comfortably enjoy doing both.
  1. The tests say I’m an introvert,
  2. but I beg to differ.
  3. The mere thought of eating alone at a restaurant, watching a movie solo, or going on vacation by myself makes me want to cry.
  4. 99% of my joy of experiencing something is having someone to experience it with.
  5. Otherwise, who would laugh with me? (Laughing’s my favorite.)
  6. So I’ve decided I’m a self-diagnosed extroverted introvert.
  1. I wish I had a poker face,
  2. but in a lot of ways, I’m glad I wear my heart on my sleeve.
  3. I’m working on growing thicker skin though.
  1. I never thought I would get a tattoo.
  2. Now I have three,
  3. and I don’t think I’m done yet.
  1. I’m ordained.
  1. I buy hats more often than I wear them,
  2. but I really want to be a hat girl. Someday.
  1. I frequently have to ask a friend if what I’m wearing “makes me look like a missionary”. 
  2. Quite a few articles of clothing have been vetoed, but I can’t always bring myself to get rid of them.
  3. My wardrobe needs an extreme makeover.
  1. I’ve never been able to do a cartwheel,
  2. or whistle,
  3. or make my bed every day.
  4. I can, however, sock-skate across wood floors like it’s an Olympic sport.
  1. Autumn is my absolute most favorite time of year.
  1. This white girl can’t dance, but still loves to. Isn’t that what kitchens were made for?
  2. I’ve been known to one-person Conga-line through the house
  3. and bust out in my own version of a Touchdown dance for no reason at all.
  1. I love the first 20 seconds in a hot car after I’ve been in air conditioning. It feels like a full-body hug.
  1. I always lean my airplane seat back ever so slightly as soon as I sit in it—
  2. that extra quarter-inch of room makes me feel like a rebel.
  3. Sometimes I have to force myself to break the rules, even a little bit.
  1. I don’t enjoy reading as much as I used to,
  2. But given the right circumstances, I still love a book worth losing myself in.
  1. I firmly believe that food tastes better when someone else cooks it.
  2. And if my budget (and waistline) would allow, I’d eat out almost every day.
  3. I can be a bit of a food snob,
  4. but I also love ramen noodles, Kraft Mac & Cheese, and baseball game hot dogs.
  5. I do a happy food dance when I like what I’m eating—which is pretty often.
  6. Sharing an amazing meal with my family is one of my all-time favorite things to do. Ever.
  1. I think the saying “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” is a lie.
  2. In other news, I’ve been trying to lose 10 pounds for over a decade.
  1. I am ridiculously sentimental.
  2. Songs, smells, and places always carry memories,
  3. and pretty much everything I own holds some sort of significance.
  4. (Which is why my vetoed clothes just get relocated to the back of my closet.)
  1. I live perpetually tired,
  2. but struggle to fall asleep most nights.
  3. Mornings and I don’t get along very well.
  1. I dreamed I’d live in Africa forever.
  2. Though cut short, my 13 years there were a lifetime. This I know.
  1. I never ever ever imagined I’d live in Nashville,
  2. although there was my pre-teen Amy Grant-loving stage when I desperately wanted to.
  3. But I find myself loving this little big town.
  4. And I’m only half-joking when I say that living in Africa prepared me to live in the South.

Tell me something about you
that I probably don’t already know.

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65 Responses to “100 things”
  1. Brian

    Okay, this was beautiful.

  2. This is awesome. And even though I already knew we’d probably get along well when we finally meet in person, this post confirmed it.

    #7? Amen. Ew.
    Also 12,18, 30 (I do this with bread – all the time), 39.

    54-56, 66-68, are pretty much just me. 70,77 (I’m SUCH a rule follower), and 92-94? Get outta my head, girl :)

  3. I’m such a strong extrovert, there is likely no introversion in me. Every time I’ve taken the MBTI-inventory, I have scored a 20/0 on extraversion/introversion.

    I might steal this idea for my blog. I feel like people just need to know this information about me. :0)

  4. I love you, Alece! This was fun to read through.

    Ones on your list that apply to me:
    1 (but Michigan), 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 16, 22 (but a different river), 34, 37, 38, 39, 53, 69, 70, 83, 85, 90, and 92.

    I should do something like this sometime.

  5. Jana Lackey says:

    So so good Alece! I enjoyed it and identified with lots of it!!

    • The last time I wrote a post like this (the only other time actually) was almost 5 years ago. My life looked totally different, so quite a bit of it isn’t relevant anymore — but all the quirky/odd things and likes/dislikes? Still the same. Made me laugh!

  6. You forgot the word “poo”… You have to have the “p” on the end making it “poop”. ;)

  7. jessica says:

    I love it when my family is color-coordinated when we go to church on Sunday mornings (sometimes I secretly plan it and act surprised when someone notices, but deep down I’m high-fiving myself).

    When I’m nervous I say the wrong things and crack bad jokes, really bad jokes. I’m even worse when I visit sick people in the hospital. Oh, and I laugh when people fall down and get hurt. It’s not that i think that they got hurt is funny, it’s the whole nervous-wrong-thing-bad-joke-thing.

    Maybe I should have commented as “anonymous”.

  8. Danielle says:

    Love this! 75 is awesome.

    Me? I have to have a drink when I eat. If I’m at a restaurant and my cup is empty…I stop eating until its full. :)

  9. Chris Monahan

    Knowing you only through Twitter and blogs, I wondered about the Long Island dialect and your Italian heritage. Good to know.
    Your writing is inspirational (I’m sure I have a list like this, but never have put it together, even internally).

    Thank you for sharing. Makes me long for having a friend like you. Or who is you.

    A few from my list (if there was one):
    —I don’t really enjoy food, yet I have spent much of my life overweight
    —It’s easy to see when I am having a bad day (time) because I get very quiet. And it can happen in a hurry.
    —I love to sing along WITH the radio or a CD or in worship but likely would freeze up if it was me who was THE singer
    —I grew up a fan of many sports, but the longer I have worked in touch with them, the less a fan I have become. It’s sad because it made me a happy kid and I miss that boy … a lot.

    OK, so there is a little piece of me for the WWWorld to see.


  10. I love this list! I can relate to loving the outdoors from afar (and – for me, at least – under the air conditioning). And I’m a pretty textbook introvert, but I don’t like doing public things alone either. Solitude energizes me, but when I’m among people, I want to have someone to talk to.

  11. I loved this so much that I wrote my own. 50, that is.

    I tend to take on the accent of whomever I’m spending a lot of time with. My husband doesn’t think so, & often points out my Michigan accent, even though I haven’t lived there in over 7 years. Hmmm….

  12. I’m going to restrain myself and just share two things. Otherwise, we might be here all day! :) One serious, one not-so-much.

    1. I’m 23 weeks pregnant but am so scared of something going wrong that I haven’t bought a single baby “thing” yet.

    2. My mom sometimes made banana and mayo sandwiches for us when I was a kid. As an adult, I know that should gross me out. BUT IT DOESN’T.

    What a fun post!! (Also? Yes. Talking in text speak is dumb.)

  13. This is awesome, Alece!

    We have a few things in common (I randomly break out in dance numbers…usually for my kids…and I may or may not utilize a fist pumping move at face level that I’ve recently called “shake that salt”, lol. I’m weird…and I can’t dance either) and a few we don’t (I would eat chocolate for every meal if it was healthy and not weight gaining).

    So something about me you don’t already know…well…ok…this is kinda gross I guess…but I lick all the cheese off my Doritos before I eat them…it’s a sickness I know, but I’ve always done it. Something else…ok…when I put deodorant on in the mornings I count how many times I swipe it across my pits…out loud….I usually stop at 6 swipes but if I’m feeling froggy I’ll go 8. Hmmm…one more maybe…lets see…ok…and this is one that most guys won’t admit to, but we all do it…I flex my arms in the mirror pretty much every morning…I don’t really know why…it’s just a goofy thing I do, lol.

    This was fun!

  14. Let’s plan that trip to Italy! I’m in.

    Also, I’m going to diagnose you as an INFJ- my type- which is the most extroverted of the introverts. I would never do any of those things you mentioned by myself because I love experiencing those things with others. Although, to get technical, introversion and extroversion is merely the way you recharge, not a statement of whether you like spending time with people or not. So let’s go out for dinner and catch up but then I’m probably going to need some downtime to recharge.

    • The thing is, spending time with people does recharge me — it energizes me and strengthens my sense of belonging/value. Afterwards, I’m not looking to be alone so much as to be “still” — couch time after a night out is mandatory, but ideally someone else is on the couch with me too. Just as long as it’s someone comfortable enough that neither of us have to fill all the silences…. ;)

  15. I call #74 a heat hug: that wonderful feeling when you get into a warm car after spending the morning in a freezing cold office building. Loved your list!

  16. Well, I read from back to front, bottom to top. 100, 99, 98….but, because I was so curious as to what number the brushing the teeth was, I had to start at #1…but, it was making me so ancy. So, as soon as I found it, I scooted down to the bottom – 100, 99, 98. Aaahhhh…much better!

    And I love all that you are!

  17. The word “panties” makes me cringe.

    I’m the same with 66-68
    69, well if falling and hurting yourself while wearing socks was an Olympic sport……..

  18. Nashville. Never thought I’d live there… Now I miss it often! And am excited to visit next week!

    Hmmm. Random about me: you’re the first “on line only” friend I met in real life. Now I have bunches. And we rocked out a rain delay at the Nats game last weekend… Pics coming.

    I love wacky socks. And hate pantyhose.

    Thin mints are the only kind of Girl Scout cookie I like. And I can eat a whole box in one sitting.

    Hugs, sweet friend!

  19. Jen

    Disregard second post. I kept getting an error. But then finally they all posted at once.

    iPad fail… Lol

  20. Mark Allman

    I line up with you on 19, 30, 31, 51, 53, 74 and 89. Although I am an engineer working in industry I teach from time to time a time management course. I enjoy writing poems that capture a person’s history.

  21. Bernadine says:

    I love this Alece!
    We do have a lot in common–85, 80, 79, 78, 74, 59, 57, 51, 47, 46, 45, 44, 39, 25, 18!!

    I could live without tv!!
    I’m going to start working on my list!!

  22. Mike says:

    And I think you have a pretty nifty big brother if I might say so myself. Haha. Trish sent it to me cuz she liked it. Good job beast.

  23. @ngie

    I apply the “save the best for last” principle to my chip eating practices. I eat all the crumbly broken chips first and keep the whole ones for last. Then the whole ones I eat smallest to largest.

  24. This is fun! Hmmm…

    I used to play basketball and tennis in high school.
    I play guitar and bongos or a djembe in church every week.
    I really wish I could play piano better.
    I only make my bed when I change the sheets.
    I’m not a good housekeeper.
    But I’m trying to get better!

  25. faith says:

    Forgot to say how much I loved this one!!! So great!!


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