So the "list things about yourself" got me thinking, and thinking...
and I realized that I've spent 10 years thinking intently about who I am not. Growing up in a violent, cruel household tends to turn your thinking upside down and backward. I've spent a lot of time undoing that. Don't worry, this isn't a post about abuse, I promise, for every 1 thing I'd tell you about myself, there are 5 you'll never know-it would ruin your sleep and we all know how important sleep is to the endurance athlete :) and it's my burden to carry, so...
Who am I?
I think I'll come along for this ride, I might even learn something.
2-Married 15+ years
3-I like being married
4-I have 4 kids known as "the tribe"
5- Hyphen Girl 12, Soapinator 9, Standing Long Jump 7 and Buck Naked Boy 5 (they named themselves for this blog)
6-When I was 18 I swore I would never have children.
7-I thought I had no chance of being more than the least common denominator of my family
8- I also promised myself I wouldn't get married until I had a career established.
9-I met trihubby when I was 20
10-he changed my mind
11-God changed my heart
12-I had Hyphen girl when I was 25
13-Amazing what a little unconditional love can do for the soul
14- I love my kids- a lot
15-I'm not the least common denominator
16-I was a multisport varsity athlete in high school
17-I love sports
18-I used to dream of being on the women's national soccer team
19-I love to coach
20-I can never remember if it's coach or couch
21-I live in Minnesota
22-I started life in southern California
23-I moved to Colorado when I was 6
24-I consider Colorado my home even though I've lived in Minnesota longer.
25-I'd move back in an instant
26-That's a much more difficult statement than it was when I was 20 because my family and friends are here.
26-I tried my first triathlon 6 years ago-I trained for a week, it was a reaction to a bad event, it sucked so it's been stricken from the record
27-I first heard about tris in college-1986-damn that was a long time ago
28-I put that on my lifelong to do list
29-it took me 20 years to fulfill
30-now I'm signed up to do an Ironman
31-I am a moron
32-I like training
33-maybe I'm not such a moron
34-I love country music (not top 40 pop country, but real blue grass, old timey, country music)
35-I also love alternative, classical, jazz,
36-my favorite group is U2
37-Tequilla and cheap champagne make me goofy
38-I drink only red wine and light beer when I'm in training.
39-I lost 35 pounds since last year
40-I'm proud of the inches of space in my skinny jeans
41-I've gained back a few pounds, but my skinny jeans still have room to spare-yea me.
42-I'm a Denver Bronco fan
43-I can be equally cynical and naive at the same time
44-I am far more content giving then receiving
45-I pretty much hate shopping
46-Bike stores, camping stores and office products are the exception
47-Don't ask about the office products one, I have no idea.
48-I love to find bargains but I don't like cheap.
49-I loved cheap when I was younger but now it's just not worth the time and landfill space
50-I'm a political anomaly-I tend to agree with both sides to some degree, have strong convictions about what I believe but won't die on many political hills if it means the cost of friendship. I'm not a politician or policy maker so I can afford that luxury.
51-If I had a million dollars I would buy a large house in the country and adopt 16 kids. I want 20 kids and even I can do that math.
52-I am not so good at math but I graduated with honors from high school and college and I'm a member of the National Honor Society-so what does that say about the state of education?
53-I have a bachelor's degree in nutrition and I'm a dietitian
54-I'm a personal trainer at the YMCA
55-I like people
56-I'm an intracortical thinker and tend to write a lot in my head. Someday I'll download my brain and perhaps have a book to publish.
57-I began life as a pagan but left the dark side and am now an firm believer in Christ and Christianity
58-I despise arrogant "Christians"
58-My pagan roots generally make me feel like a wort on the buttock of the body of Christ (that's christian-ese for church) then I remember that Jesus said he came as a doctor to the sick and I feel right at home again.
59-I think actions speak louder than words
60-I think it is better to "be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry"
61-my heros tend to be the little guys who do extraordinary things.
62-there are dozens of "one another" verses in the bible like "love one another, respect one another, be kind to one another" I want my life to be goverened by those
63-I've been a pagan, catholic, epicopalian, charismatic and a baptist. The baptist one is current and really makes me laugh because if you've read my blog long enough you know I pretty much break the baptist mould-shatter it actually. Maybe that's why I feel like a wort.64- I like to joke and laugh a lot
65-Laughter is a good antidote for serious
66-I like to read-current titles: "Going Long, Surprised by Joy, Healing the Hardware of the Soul and Tale of Two Cities" My favorite books are the classics.
67-I love the outdoors
68-Someday I will own a horse farm
69-I love the mountains and the ocean
70-If you dropped by my house I'd welcome you in for a snack, but you'd better be ready for chaos. I'm not a meticulous house cleaner by any stretch.
71-I love to cook-baking is another story
72-I have a Lauren Bacall gap in my front teeth. I could say I have a David Letter gap but I prefer to be compared to a sexy aging blonde than a bald middle age man.
73-I don't like having my picture taken and I really shirk having my picture on my blog or any other public venue.
74-I prefer the background but am not shy-rather the opposite
75-I have a tendency to think too much-and therefore could probably list another 75, but that might be presumptious and rude, so there you go
Have a Very Merry Christmas Blog Family!