I recently mentioned that I was coming up on my 100th post. Well, here it is.
In the blogging world (which, by the way, I'm finding out is a big place!!!), the 100th post is kind of a big deal, yada, yada, yada, whatever. And while part of me is like, "A post is a post is a post," I too could see the logic of putting a little more effort and thought into an entry, beyond, you know, "Seth pooped."
Most of the 100th posts I've read have been "100 things about me." Eh. I wasn't so keen on that, until I really started to think about the "why" of this blog.
Originally, as most of you know, Writer Chic 'N Lawn Boy was started with the sole purpose of keeping everyone up to date on my pregnancy with Seth. But he's here and healthy, so what was the point in continuing? Again, I guess I mostly kept up so that friends and family not here in Toledo could keep tabs on us. But I've also begun to realize that this is a "doable" scrapbook -- I'm so bad at that whole thing (which is why I didn't even purchase a baby book for Seth -- I knew it wouldn't get done!) -- and all of a sudden, WCNLB became our family journal. Now I know that Seth, and any siblings to follow, will be able to look back on this site in years to come (I hope...Blogger, behave!) and see what our life was like -- and see a little bit of who his mom was at 27 (and 30, and 34, etc.)
So in keeping with the spirit of "100 things about me," but with my own twist, to someday let Seth know what "makes me tick," right now, here is my variation, to commemorate my 100th blog post:
THINGS I LOVE TO DO
- Cook. Not doing too hot in that area – working full time and then tending to my boys often results in pasta, or Little Caesars.
- Read. Right now I’m enjoying Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
- Sleep. If I time it right, in the morning, after I get up to pump, I can crawl back into bed while Jim is in the shower, and lay there, half-in/half-out of sleep for about 10 minutes….it is HEAVEN on earth.
- Riding around in the Mustang. Apparently, I’ve become spoiled with having a convertible. I could ride around all day with the wind whipping my hair, the sun beating down, Jim be-bopping away to his 80s tunes, and Seth chattering in the backseat.
- Blog. Whether it's writing or reading, it's gotta be the simplest, cheapest way to work my brain a bit.
- Rearrange furniture. Even when it will get me in trouble. ;)
THINGS I LOVE TO EAT:
- Italian sausage and roasted peppers over pasta with red sauce. Dismayed is an understatement for how I felt when Olive Garden discontinued this dish. Thank goodness I’ve found an even better version a Granite City.
- Chocolate Raspberry Truffle in a waffle cone from Handel’s. No explanation needed.
- Raisinets and popcorn. The ultimate movie-goer’s snack duo. Oh. With a Pepsi. But I love Pepsi enough that it’s getting its own number.
- Pepsi. Amen, and amen.
- Dark chocolate. I’m not picky, though I do recognize and appreciate the quality stuff.
- Panera Bread’s Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
PEOPLE WHO MATTER SO VERY MUCH:
- Seth. He is the joy of my life, even now, as he begins to really forge some independence and display his free will. Diaper changing has become the number one challenge of my day, every day. As soon as he’s on his back, he digs that left shoulder in, and flip! Off he goes. Thank goodness his little tush is cute, ‘cause it’s all I see anymore.
- Jim. This man is my rock. Um, number one quality of his that comes to mind right this moment (though as a whole, he has too many to list)…patience, hands down.
- Sara. She probably gets the award for contributing the most to my sanity. There is NO way I could go to work each day and leave Seth if I didn’t know that he was in the best. hands. ever. She loves Seth like he is her own. I don’t know what I’d do without her. Well, actually, I do. I’d be home with Seth, and probably calling her every 10 minutes for advice. But thankfully, I don’t have to face that dilemma. She is, literally, a Godsend.
- Kim. Work right now would be unbearable if it were not for her. She helps me keep my attitude in check and my perspective where it needs to be. Most of the time. ;)
- My dad. He’s my best bud. It’s just that simple and true.
- My PL/SAL girls. Even as we drift and “need” each other less and less (and that’s a good thing – it means we’re all having babies!), they’re still front and center. Daina, Jill, Gabriella, Tamara, Val, Mandie – love you guys!
PLACES I WANT TO VISIT: (top three picks get pictures)
- Venice. Always have. Will I ever? I dunno. But it’s nice to dream.
- Ireland. It’s just so pretty. And I’m a ridiculously small fraction Irish, so it’s kind of my homeland. Right?
- Big Sur. A little more doable. Maybe as a family vacation soon? California was so much prettier and vast and spectacular than I expected it to be…I can’t wait to go back!
- Hawaii -- this mostly made the list because everyone I've ever know who has gone there says "You HAVE to go!!!"
- Boston, MA -- been there, loved it, want to go back with my boys!
- Bar Harbor, ME -- been there, loved it, want to go back with my boys!
- Savannah, GA -- been there, loved it, want to go back with my boys!
- Gulf Coast of Florida. I want to take Jim and our kids back to the place that was so influential in shaping my life. Not just PCC, specifically, but the whole 5 years that I was in Pensacola.
PLACES I'M OPEN TO MOVING TO:
- Louisville, KY
- Austin, TX
- Dallas, TX
- Cincinnati/Dayton, OH
- Asheville, NC
- Nashville, TN
PEOPLE THAT ONCE WERE MY "BEST FRIEND"
I’m sure there is a wealth of things to be said from that list, considering I only have contact with 3 of those 10 people. But that is another post for another day.
FRIENDSHIPS THAT REPLACED THOSE LOST
- Melissa and Mike
- Nikki and Jerry
- Steph and Craig
- Kristen and Joel
- Sara and Doug
- Matt and Jenny
- Andrea and Jay
BRAND ITEMS I WON'T COMPROMISE ON:
- Country Crock margarine
- Crest toothpaste
- Kraft Mac ‘N Cheese (cause it’s the “cheesiest”!)
FAVORITE PLACES TO BLOW $25....or $250...whatever
- Biggby Coffeehouse
- Hobby Lobby
- Pier One
- The Body Shop
- Borders/Barnes & Noble
- Pottery Barn
- Williams Sonoma – we’re trying to build our “really good” cookware collection. So far, we have 2 pots.
MAGAZINES I ENJOY READING:
- Midwest Living
- Martha Stewart Living
- Real Simple
- People (I know, I know. It’s hardly journalistic.)
- Rachael Ray Everyday
BEST MOMENTS OF MY TWENTIES (so far)
- College graduation
- Getting published
- Moving back home
- First date with Jim
- Working at Koinonia
- Walking away from grad school at BGSU
- Getting married
- Buying our first home
- Discovering The Nest and all the friendships it brought
- Getting pregnant
- Meeting Seth
HEIRLOOMS I HOPE MY CHILDREN WILL CHERISH
- Our china
- Grandma Samas' pearls
- Grandma Krueger's pearls
- The "four" wedding gowns in our family
- My Soldano wedding quilt
- Our family nativity
- My dad's Bible(s)
- The Soldano cradle
- Jim's wodden toys
THE TOP TEN THINGS I HOPE TO POST OVER THE NEXT 100 entries:
- Baby Olive (Sara and Dan's) is here safe and sound!
- Baby B (Craig and Steph's) is here safe and sound! (no post, but Aaron arrived 12/6/08!)
- Daina and Jeff's twins are here safe and sound! (shame on me! Also, no post, but Gregory and Ari arrived 2/24/09!)
- Our deck is done!
- Seth said his first word! It was "bath," at about 8 months.
- Seth is walking! On his first birthday, and no turning back.
- I'm pregnant again! Found out 1/6/09.
- We're moving! (I dunno....no plans to, I just have an itch.)
- SONIC IS OPEN!!!! =)
- Time for my 200th post....
Thanks for your company on the journey so far. And if you read and don't normally comment, take a second just today to say hi to commemorate by "big day."