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Thursday, January 03, 2008

100 Things

This one's a work in progress. I want to add more links to photos as I find them. I hope this counts for the meme I was tagged for.

1) I was born in 1968.
2) I’m a monkey.
3) And, an Aries.
4) My name means: red, god-like king, or ewe, depending on who you ask.
5) Red is one of my favorite colors.
6) Not surprising for a red, god-like king, who is ruled by Mars.
7) My Spice Girl name is Grumpy Spice.
8) I've also been called Grumpelstilzkin.
9) I’m an at-home mother of two active boys.
10) H was born 2002, C was born 2006.
11) Their birth weights, added together, total 21 lbs 7 oz.
12) I figure that counts for at least three or four regular-sized babies.
13) I did not have gestational diabetes.
14) I just had huge babies with huge heads and shoulders,
15) The old fashioned-way, hence the vaginormous post.
16) I’m a wife to a sexy beast.
17) He’s a great friend and father; likes old people and small furry animals.
18) He works six days a week.
19) We don’t go on vacations.
20) I was a graphic designer in a former life.
21) I always felt like I was selling my soul,
22) Unless it was for a non-profit.
23) Then, I just felt like I wasn’t making any money.
24) I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
25) But, I do want to use my skills for good instead of evil.
26) I like to grow large quantities of vegetables.
27) One year I grew 256 tomato plants, because that’s how many grew from the seeds I planted.
28) Another year I canned over a gross of pints and quarts.
29) I used to want to be a farmer.
30) Then, one day, all my friends were farmers.
31) Now, I just want to support farmers, specifically my local, sustainable ones.
32) Before I had kids I was very Slow Food-ish.
33) I made elaborate Indian meals.
34) I made intricate Thai dishes.
35) I made expensive Italian dinners, with broth cooked for 24 hours.
36) I’ve grown my own jalapeños and turned them into chipotles.
37) I made tutti frutti that tasted like cough syrup.
38) I just recently made my first sushi.
39) I sometimes cook all frozen dinners, such as: veggie corn dogs, tater tots, and edamame.
40) My kids have never had fast food.
41) I tried to cut out kid video watching.
42) It lasted a week.
43) I learned how to put in a zipper in February 2007.
44) It changed my life.
45) I’m obsessed with sewing garments.
46) I *love* to choose fabrics and patterns to sew from.
47) And, have clothes that fit better.
48) I, also, like to sew for my sister.
49) And my kids.
50) My husband is still waiting for me to sew something for him, besides the gnome hat.
51) I gain the same satisfaction from sewing clothes as when I have a well-stocked pantry.
52) I like to hunt for mushrooms.
53) I stick to chanterelles, boletus, craterellus, oysters and candy caps.
54) If I squirrel away enough food I feel like we’ll "make it through the winter."
55) This reminds me that I need to do some earthquake preparedness.
56) I can do one rope trick — not as well as that guy, though.
57) Blaize would have me on her wagon train.
58) I’ve made two pair of moccasins, ‘cause you never know when you might need to know how to make some shoes.
59) I’ve picked maggots out of a live chicken’s back.
60) I can forage.
61) I can grow things.
62) I’m not sure if I can kill animals.
63) Actually, I did have to kill that chicken with the maggots.
64) I’d probably be vegetarian if I had to kill my own food.
65) This makes me feel like a hypocrite.
66) I have early New England ancestry, on both sides.
67) That means I’m related to several presidents, who all seem to be related.
68) Most of them are of the embarrassing sort.
69) It also means that I’m related to cowboys.
70) And indians.
71) One of my great-great grandfathers was born in California during a cattle drive from Arkansas to the gold country.
72) The family sailed around The Horn on their return to Arkansas.
73) My great-great-great grandmother said she’d never go around The Horn again.
74) So, the next time, they went home via the Isthmus of Panama.
75) I can’t imagine their challenges.
76) My husband and I are seventh cousins, or something.
77) I love to make connections with people; sort of my version the Kevin Bacon thing.
78) I have a goal of visiting as many homes in my town as possible.
79) I thought I was anti-social in high school, like Ally Sheedy in Breakfast Club.
80) Then, I went to my 20th reunion and was corrected.
81) I’ve lived in the same town my whole life.
82) Except the six weeks that I lived in Germany.
83) Where I lived in a castle with a designer.
84) It was a very Dieter-ish experience.
85) I have an art degree.
86) And, art guilt.
87) Especially when I run into a professor who asks if I’ve been doing *Art.*
88) The craft blog helps me some with this, sort of.
89) Because, at least *I know* that I’m being creative.
90) I know how to swing dance.
91) And, sort of play the ukulele.
92) My favorite song to play is Rio, by Duran Duran.
93) I always thought John was the cutest.
94) But, really, I was more of an Adam Ant admirer.
95) Or, Sting — but only when he was with the Police.
96) I walked out of a concert on his first solo tour.
97) I wanted to be “Free, free, set me free” from that awful concert.
98) I saw King Lear as a ballet when Stewart Copeland composed.
99) With a friend who later died in a famous plane crash.
100) I miss him.

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Blogger Joanna said...

LOVE this meme!!! I can't imagine how long it took you to write, considering all the links you've included. This is the first I've heard of slow food. I need more of that in my life. And yes, John Taylor is the cutest.

Thu Jan 03, 10:39:00 PM PST  
Blogger Blaize said...

Not only can you be on my wagon train, the wagon train just really wouldn't work without you. I figure all it would take would be you and my mom and someone who can build stuff out of wood and metal, and we'd be All Set.

Thu Jan 03, 10:42:00 PM PST  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

There were many mysterious broken links when I uploaded this post. I tried to fix them all, but if you see one, please let me know. Thanks, M.

Fri Jan 04, 12:46:00 AM PST  
Blogger robiewankenobie said...

i've read a number of these, but this fills me with postylove. especially since i was (isish, i guess, since i still pick up a freelance now and then) a graphic designer. the selling the soul thing? feel you on that. john would have been mine, except emily already claimed him. i was stuck with roger.

Fri Jan 04, 04:01:00 AM PST  
Blogger OldRound said...

a tour de force!

Fri Jan 04, 04:53:00 AM PST  
Blogger Lori Pickert said...

what a great list -- loved reading it :^)

and i laughed out loud about the kid vids.

Fri Jan 04, 08:23:00 AM PST  
Blogger Wendy said...

Fantastic list! And my condolences on your presidential relations. :)

Fri Jan 04, 09:02:00 AM PST  
Blogger Tami said...

Wow, well a few things on your list are very like me ... also born in 1968, also Aries and Monkey. Actually because of the hour born I'm an Aries/Aries and according to the Chinese chart I'm a Monkey/Monkey. LOL And then while I'm not a graphic designer, I trained to be a swimwear designer and illustrate a lot for that trade. Very enjoyable to read your list. Happy New Years! :-)

Fri Jan 04, 11:42:00 AM PST  
Blogger nova said...

I love it when people do these lists. I especially like it when they are written in the flowing sort of fashion. Thank you for sharing 100 things about yourself (most of which you have already shared in one way or another). But with links, that is new (and uber impressive).

Fri Jan 04, 12:56:00 PM PST  
Blogger Becky said...

I enjoyed your list. Number 100 made me cry. I think he's the only dead person I cry for. Weird, huh?

Fri Jan 04, 02:15:00 PM PST  
Blogger stuffed said...

Good read, cousin (I'm related to every person who has New England ancestry). :0)

Fri Jan 04, 06:14:00 PM PST  
Blogger mimi k said...


Sat Jan 05, 06:56:00 AM PST  
Blogger Lisa S. Oceandreamer said...

Hello Michelle,I am coming out of the lurking shadows....taking a chance on revealing myself to you.(I don't exactly know what I mean by "chance" - that sounds like something will happen - ha!) I enjoy your blog, your sense of humor and your art/craft. We've met in person twice...both times at weddings. We did not converse long. I did feel lucky to see H on one of those occasions. Your husband is someone who I considered my nephew when he was growing up and who I still think is a fabulous man. I am Thomas's sister(though I haven't seen or spoken to him for a year). I am an artist/sewer too. I wish we'd had a chance to converse more on those occasions to find we have that in common.
Anyway, I figured it was about time I "outed" myself here as I do read your blog. The boys are beautiful btw.
You have obviously been blessed with MANY talents!
I have an art blog besides me regular one.
well that's it.....I'm out...oh and I'm Lisa.

Sat Jan 05, 04:29:00 PM PST  
Blogger capello said...

wow. i just learned so much!

(no mention of the cute little house though.)

and your husband -- WOW. sexy beast indeed.

and i forgive you being related to dubya. i mean, it's not your fault, right? right.

Sat Jan 05, 05:10:00 PM PST  
Blogger Natasha said...

That was the greatest list...I had no intention of reading it all but each one leading me to the next was so addictive I couldn't stop!! Gosh that was fun.

Sat Jan 05, 08:52:00 PM PST  
Blogger Angelina said...

That is my favorite Greenkitchen post ever. I love the "100 Things" lists.

I'm really freaked about the maggots in the chicken's back though and I'm afraid to look at the link. Why did the chicken have maggots in it's back and should I be examining my hens?

I'm not sure which bits of information I enjoyed the most but you could do "The next 100 things" and I would remain riveted.

Sun Jan 06, 12:14:00 PM PST  
Blogger muffinandbear said...

Not only do we have the tomato thing in common - but we have the not sure what we want to be when we grow up - but want to help others in common.

I like you :)

Sun Jan 06, 06:54:00 PM PST  
Blogger Heather said...

I am really loving your blog lately, especially your photo essay about your kids. Odd question: were you one of Katie's art students who dressed up as a part of the herpes virus or something equally obtuse one year?

Mon Jan 07, 10:47:00 PM PST  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

This is when I wish I was using Wordpress or Typepad, and could reply to each comment individually. Since I'm still over here at Blogger, here it goes:

robiewan: postylove = :)

old round: wish it was a tour de france. just kidding.

lori: yeah, the vids. so sad.

wendy: har, har. ;)

tami: are people afraid when you tell them you're an aries? one guy gasped and took a step back from me.

nova: i'll try to dig deeper next time. ;)

beck: yeah.

stuffed: hi, cuz.

mimi: :)

lisa: d said nice things about you. :)

capello: guess i should have mentioned the cabin. sometimes i forget we have it.

natasha: glad you enjoyed it. :)

angelina: the chicken had been attacked and had a huge gash in its back. i didn't notice it for a few days, hence the maggots. she had severe neurological damage and died an ugly death. after several more chicken deaths I realized that chickens are pretty much for dinner.

muffin: show us your tomatoes. :)

heather: why, yes. now that's one for the next hundred list. ;) who are you? no link.

Mon Jan 07, 11:16:00 PM PST  
Anonymous lorimarsha said...

I kind of wish I had read this before we met on Saturday. But that's okay. You are a gifted writer.

Mon Jan 14, 09:38:00 AM PST  
Blogger Lazylol said...

I am Aries and born in 1968 too, I am curious to know the date you were born, I was born on April 18. I can't believe I am 40 this year. I still feel 25!

Sat Jan 26, 05:40:00 AM PST  
Blogger little red hen said...

I had a quiet chuckle as I read this. I have two babies both naturally (One now 18 the other 16) at birth my eldest was 10lb5oz with a very large head and huge shoulders! and my second was prem. by about 3 weeks and she was 7lb8oz.
And I was also an adam ant admirer (although I don't confess to that often!)

Wed Nov 04, 08:09:00 PM PST  

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