101 Absolutely Random Facts About Me

  1. I grew up on an island, but I hate seafood.  The thought of eating an oyster or a clam is enough to send me running in the opposite direction.
  2. I played the saxophone in middle school.  I thought I was going to be Jenny T. (instead of Kenny G.!) :)  That didn’t happen, in case you were wondering.
  3. I kill plants.  Not on purpose, though.  I just forget to water them – or else I drown them.  I can’t seem to find the in between. I think that I need to start buying cactus.  Can you actually kill cactus?  I’ll have to research that one.
  4. I never sucked my thumb as a baby, but I had a blanket named “Dee” which I carried until it turned to shreds.  I still have it, but it’s under lock and key. Otherwise I’d probably still be carrying it around…
  5. When I was a Girl Scout, we actually had a summer fashion show. Yes, I know – we sound like we were great campers, huh? It was videotaped and is extremely embarrassing.  Good thing it’s on VHS in a back closet somewhere.  I may have to unearth it someday though.
  6. I am addicted to Polish Pottery.  It’s a good thing that we don’t live in Germany, because I’d probably be making regular trips to Poland and I would have nowhere to put it
  7. I love the rain.  I guess that it’s because I grew up in Washington and now I miss it.
  8. I could sit and watch BBC movies all day long.  Pride and Prejudice, Wives and Daughters, Lark Rise to Candleford, Sense and Sensibility, etc.  Thankfully for my husband, I usually reserve these movie marathons for when he’s away.
  9. My favorite TV show is Castle.  Actually, it’s the only TV show I watch – besides what we get on Netflix.
  10. I drive a monstrous 15-passenger van.  Watch out when you see me coming down the road!  I wanted some flames or something on the side – so it didn’t look so institutional, but my husband thinks I’m silly.
  11. I have never had a manicure or a pedicure.  Is that weird?
  12. I am make-up handicapped.  Seriously clueless.  Good thing I have an 11-year old daughter, because she’ll be able to give me lessons in a few years.
  13. I don’t like matching socks.  If you want a pair, you’d better find them in the basket yourself or go barefoot.
  14. I have a wonderful husband.   He cooks and cleans and helps out with the kids.  Lucky me, huh?
  15. I haven’t been on an airplane in 12 years.  Wow, that was a long time ago!  I believe firmly in what Meg Ryan says in the movie “French Kiss” “I get around as nature intended: in a car”  I will get on a plane if I really have to though.  I’m not going to hyperventilate or anything.  Just the thought of being on a plane with all of my kids is scary.  Very scary.
  16. I love being at the beach or near the water.  Maybe it’s the island girl in me.
  17. I am the oldest of 4 kids.  One sister, two brothers.  I’m the only one that has kids so far.
  18. I love Italian food: any kind of pasta, spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, fettucini.  Heaven.
  19. I would someday like to travel the world.  Can I do that without flying?:)
  20. I used to play volleyball in college (community college).  I don’t think that I could play anymore if I tried.  My mind and body are no longer in harmonious conjunction with one another.
  21. I had a pony named Molly when I was a little girl.  I distinctly remember her bucking me off and almost getting stepped on.
  22. I am not mechanically inclined.  That’s why I have a husband. I was forced to do home repairs while he was deployed and it wasn’t any fun.  Remind me to live on post next time he leaves!
  23. I own enough books to fill a small-town library. It’s an addiction.  The movers hate us.
  24. I once worked in a tennis pro shop. I don’t play tennis.
  25. I had my 20th birthday during Air Force Basic Training.  My family was sweet and sent me a birthday message from the family reunion. They each held up a separate piece of paper that all together read Happy Birthday Jennifer.  It was sweet.
  26. Someday, when my husband retires from the Army, we will build our humongous dream home.  Of course, by that time the kids will be all grown up and then we’ll only need a little cottage.:)
  27. Andy and I love to play Boggle.  We used to play the real board game when the kids were little, but all of that shaking is really loud and not especially great when you have sleeping kids.  We now play on the computer in the evenings.  We’re Boggle nerds.  Do you Boggle too?  Maybe we’ll meet in Boggleland some day.  We’re Jenandy in Savannah.:)
  28. I like walking through old cemeteries.  Call me strange.
  29. I think that Starbucks Mocha Frappucino Ice Cream should be outlawed.  It super fattening and absolutely delicious.
  30. I don’t enjoy cooking.  I really wish that I did.  I cook out of necessity, not joy.
  31. I  had 5 kids without any drugs whatsoever.
  32. I was able to do #31, because I have very quick labors.  Don’t hate me.  The longest I was ever in the hospital before the baby was born is 2 hours.
  33. My second daughter was born in the examining room before I had been admitted. I didn’t even push her out.  The doctor had me cough 3-4 times and there she was – a beautiful 9 lb baby.  I’m not exaggerating.:)
  34. That same daughter caused me to get some horrible varicose veins in one leg.  She was blocking off my circulation throughout the pregnancy somehow.  I finally got them fixed last year and am so thankful that I did – even if I still have some numb spots on my leg.
  35. I was in tap dance class when I was in elementary school.  I remember dancing to “The Codfish Ball” with a papier-mached fish on my head.  I wish I could find those pictures.
  36. The countries I have been to are: Mexico, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and Austria.
  37. I took 4 years of German and two years of French in high school.  I then went on to become a Russian linguist.  I am so annoyed at how much I’ve forgotten over the years.  Use it or lose it!
  38. I want to learn how to play the piano.
  39. I wish that I had a regular babysitter.  I don’t know anyone crazy enough to want to watch 5 kids. Date night would be great.
  40. My sister and I are only 2 years apart in age, but my husband is old enough to be her husband’s dad.  Andy is 12 years older than me and her husband is 8 years younger than her.  Isn’t that funny?
  41. I want to be an aunt.  Badly.  Since I’m not having any more kids, I need to live vicariously through others.
  42. I was the captain of the Girl’s Golf Team for a year in high school.  Scary since I didn’t know how to play very well and I was always put up against girls who grew up on the golf course.  I haven’t touched a club since then – unless you count putt-putt.
  43. I would love to take an RV trip across the country, but Andy wants nothing to do with driving one of those.  Wimp.  I’d drive, but I have to take pictures.:)
  44. I can’t draw.  My sisters paints murals, makes glass beads, and welds.  My mom can draw beautifully.  I apparently was passed over, because I draw stick people. Thankfully Andy is artistic too – maybe the kids will get his genes.
  45. When I was in college, I lived with an old man who had senile dementia.  He kept me on my toes.
  46. I don’t have any grandparents living anymore and I hate that.
  47. I have tons of aunts, uncles, and cousins.  My mom has 9 siblings (including step and half) and my dad has 5.  We have big family gatherings.  I just wish that I was around to attend them.
  48. I would never go bungee jumping or skydiving.  Never.  You’d have to push me.
  49. I like making lists.  Can you tell?
  50. I have a really hard time focusing when things aren’t organized.  So, yes, I’m usually scatterbrained.
  51. I think I might need glasses, but I haven’t had my eyes checked yet.
  52. I always multitask.  I feel like I’m wasting time if I’m only doing one thing at a time.  It drives my husband crazy.
  53. I have to be early to things.  Maybe it’s because I was in the military.  I always leave enough time to where if I’m late, then I’m still early.  I’m just glad that I married someone who is the same way, because I couldn’t stand being constantly late.  The only thing that slows me down is the kids.  I have one (whom I won’t mention by name, but it rhymes with Late) who is always the last person out of the house, no matter what.
  54. I am a night owl, but I really wish that I was an early bird.  I always seem to be more productive in the mornings.
  55. I am terrified of cutting my family’s hair.  If I would learn to do it, I would save so much money.
  56. I have a seriously humongous iTunes library.  If I pushed play and left it, it would play continuously for over a month without replaying a single song. That’s frightening.
  57. I hate calling people.  If you’re not my mom or sister, then you probably won’t be hearing from me.  It’s not that I don’t like people or don’t like talking to people, I just don’t like calling people.  So if you want to talk to me, you’d better call.:)
  58. I don’t like mushrooms.  I’m not going to turn down a piece of pizza because of them, but I wouldn’t put them there if it was up to me.  Things from the fungi kingdom should not be eaten.
  59. I get a sick sense of satisfaction out of sorting  and folding laundry and loading the dishwasher.  I hate putting away clothes and dishes though.  I wonder why.
  60. I guess I’m a starter and not a finisher.  That stinks.
  61. I love old photographs.  I want to buy them whenever I see them in antique stores – even if I don’t know who the people are.  It makes me so sad to think that the photos are no longer in the family.  I have so many ancestors that I don’t have a picture of. I hate to think that they might be languishing in an antique shop somewhere.
  62. I spend too much time on the computer. Ask my husband – he’ll attest to that.
  63. We don’t watch sports in our house.  Does this make us strange?  We might flip on the TV if the Super Bowl is on.  We have to be reminded of the date and told who is playing though.  We just pick a team to root for.:)
  64. My favorite color is green.  I have to watch myself or else I’ll end up buying everything the same color – clothes, towels, furniture.  What’s even worse is the fact that Andy’s favorite color is green too.  Everything is green.
  65. I think that “The Princess Bride” is one of the best movies ever.  “Have fun stormin’ the castle!”
  66. When I was a teenager and at home sick with something, I would plant myself on the couch and watch all of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea.
  67. I love quilts and I love the idea of quilting.  I don’t particularly like sewing though, so I’m not sure that I’ll ever actually make a quilt.
  68. I went three long years without shopping at Target.  It was rough.
  69. All of my kids have royal names – Elizabeth, Katherine, Alexandrea, Nicholas, and Victoria.
  70. I love sitting in front of a fire.  I really wish that we had a fireplace at our house.
  71. I broke my leg at the end of my 8th grade year.  I had a cast on all summer long.  Casts in the summer aren’t any fun.
  72. And what’s even more fun?  When you go on a class field trip to a waterpark and you’re wearing a cast up to your thigh. They actually forgot me and I had to ride with a parents to catch up to the bus.
  73. I broke my finger once, playing volleyball.  I think it hurt worse than my leg.  I had to learn to spike with my left hand.
  74. My wedding ring has diamonds from my mom’s and my grandma’s wedding rings.  They are small, but I think that it makes my ring more special.
  75. I never open my eyes underwater.  I swim blind.  If you’re in a pool with me then you’d better watch out, because I have absolutely no idea where I’m going.  I opened them once underwater this summer (it was on my list of things that I have to do), but I don’t know that I will do it again.  I suppose I should buy some goggles.
  76. I have big feet.  It’s not fun going shopping for shoes.  The cute ones never fit.  It doesn’t matter though, because cute shoes don’t really look cute on size 11 feet anyway.:(
  77. I have big feet because I’m tall. (5’11″).  I suppose if they were much smaller, than I would tip over.  I’m thankful for my big feet.
  78. We had tons of animals when I was growing up.  When I was really little, we had a pony, goats, rabbits, chickens, a pig, and geese.  We always had at least 4 dogs and a zillion cats.  You can do that when you don’t have neighbors.
  79. I must have been a mean big sister.  I remember convincing my younger brother that I could turn him off with our remote control. Cruel, huh?
  80. I collect Christmas ornaments from different places we live and visit. I figure it’s a nicer souvenir than magnets or snow globes.  I like to see the memories hanging on the tree.
  81. The amount of laundry I do should be criminal.
  82. I played basketball in high school.  I was talked into it because I was tall.
  83. I love scrapbook paper, but not scrapbooking.  I have piles of the stuff, which I simply look at.  It’s pretty.
  84. I like happy endings.  I hate watching movies or reading books that end badly.  I don’t care if happy endings are predictable.:)
  85. At one point in time, I had 80′s hair.  I had a waterfall plastered to the front of my head.  And I mean plastered! I don’t feel too bad about it though.  If I look at a class picture from 1988, I’m definitely not the only one!
  86. I really don’t like speaking in front of crowds and I avoid it at all costs.
  87. I had to give the speech at my graduation from Russian class at the Defense Language Institute.  The speech was of course, in Russian.   I was of course really nervous.  I tried to remind myself that at least half the people in the room couldn’t understand a word I was saying.
  88. I have lived in the middle of the three biggest states(amongst others): Alaska, Texas, and California. Whenever we made a road trip, we had to drive for hours upon hours just to get out of the state.  Living on the East Coast is so strange to me, because you can move from state to state so easily.
  89. I have Swedish, Norwegian, German, Spanish, Irish, French, English, and Scottish heritage.
  90. I have at least 5 ancestors that fought in the Revolutionary War.
  91. I once worked as a teacher’s aide at an “alternative” school, tutoring middle school boys who had been kicked out of regular school. I was 19 and the only female there.  That was interesting.
  92. I have spent almost 4 years of my life pregnant and 6 and a half years nursing babies. Wow.
  93. I only have my associate’s degree.  I really wish that I had gotten my bachelor’s while I was younger.  If I had to go to work now, I would probably be working the drive-thru.
  94. I haven’t had a paying job in 12 years.
  95. I used to have a cat named Zipper (I named him that because I got him at the fair after having ridden the Zipper ride about a zillion times).  He was so smart that he used to open my bedroom door.
  96. I hate having long fingernails.  I feel handicapped with them – like I can’t do anything or touch anything.  Weird, I know.  I used to wear them long (back in middle school) until I was playing basketball and broke one of them off – really low.  I’ve never kept them long since.
  97. I crocheted a baby blanket for each of my kids.  They were very basic – no lacy frilly things, because I couldn’t figure that out.  They’re made by me though and that makes them special, right?  I haven’t really don’t any other crocheting besides the blankets – and I can’t knit at all.
  98. I could do genealogy all day long if I had the time.
  99. I dread bedtime.  Not mine – the kids’.  It seems like such a huge ordeal every night.  The baths, tidying up their rooms, PJs, brushing teeth, reading stories, and getting them to actually sleep.  I wish they had off buttons.
  100. I can’t remember the last time I rode a bike.  It has to be a very long time ago though – probably when I was a kid.  I miss it.  I see my kids riding up and down the street and I’m jealous.  Maybe I’ll have to get one for myself.
  101. I have never been on a cruise.  I would love to take one someday – maybe a European one.  I’m more interested in history and sights than laying around in a swimsuit. I would definitely like to do it without kids!:)

Whew!  That was hard!!

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  • Jennifer Fulton Carpenter - March 20, 2014 - 7:17 am

    These were great! I am so glad I know someone else who dislikes mushrooms… I swear they aren’t a real food. More like… someone took a miniature, tree-shaped hole puncher and went happy on all their old flip flops… I do liked stuffed ones though. Less “flip-floppy” taste to them. ;-)

  • Vickie Eyford-Thornton - October 1, 2012 - 6:54 pm

    That was wonderful jenn….I loved it..made me start thinking…thanks.

  • Melinda - January 27, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    LOL! We have much in common! Laundry, Anne of Green Gables, happy endings and Italian food for starters! :) And that button to turn kids off – I’m still working on it. I plan to make my first million off it! :)

  • Jen - January 22, 2011 - 11:28 pm

    Glad to know that I’m not the only one!!

  • Rita - January 22, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    Hi there! I, too, am makeup handicapped. I thought I was the only female to be that way.

    Yes, you can kill a cactus. I had the same thought: I’ll just grow a plant that’s hard to kill. There’s no such thing! I’ve even bought plants that were guaranteed to never die from neglect. Well… that was a waste of money!

    Even with a bachelor’s degree, I don’t feel qualified for anything other than entry level work.

    I’ve been on one cruise. I was disappointed that we didn’t have more than half a day at each stop to get out and explore the country. I’d rather skip the cruise and just fly there.

  • Jasia - January 16, 2011 - 8:05 pm

    I hope you’re going to post some pictures of your Polish pottery. I will if you will… I collect too. :-)

    We have something else in common too, I’m tall (5’10″) with big feet as well, lol!

  • Christina Wood - January 15, 2011 - 6:21 pm

    So many great things to comment on…but that would take forever. The few that are still sticking in my mind… I understand the big feet, though I never grew to a matching height; #2 kills me with the molasses pace; I would pay you to do our genealogy research so you won’t need to work the drive-thru- genealogy pays well and you’d travel to France, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Mexico for us. Also, I love that about your kids names. They look more regal already!

  • Tina (Best) Livingston - January 15, 2011 - 11:43 am

    Great list, Jennifer. I remember some of that stuff about you from HS. :-) Isn’t it strange to look at our grown up selves. I didn’t know you had a big family growing up, so I wouldn’t have guessed you would have had 5 kids that you homeschool. You are amazinging talented! It’s funny to me that I grew up the same as you and I don’t like seafood either, but I DO NOT MISS the rain!!! Once I moved to Eastern Washington for college, I never went back!

  • Cheryl Cayemberg - January 15, 2011 - 11:22 am

    That was awesome! You made me laugh and I was able to agree with several of the things you posted! Oh well…back to Bugs Bunny! ;)

  • Sarah at SmallWorld - January 15, 2011 - 10:51 am

    That was great! I love those kinds of lists–they are always so revealing!

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