Wednesday, June 18, 2008

100 things and a GIVEAWAY!

Apparently it is blogging tradition to post 100 things about yourself when you reach 100 posts. Please don't fall asleep. There is a reward at the end! Here goes..

1. I won't eat olives.
2. I am an EMT.
3. I was the hula hoop champion of my elementary school.
4. When I was a little girl I was terrified of dogs and was scared to walk to my friend's houses for fear of seeing one.
5. I am a writer/reporter for a city newspaper and cover the government beat.
6. Cottage cheese disgusts me.
7. I crashed a driver's ed car in high school.
8. I burned up my parents brand new car when I was 17. A blog for another day. *Sigh*.
9. I think my husband is perfect for me.
10. I have the most hilarious brothers in the world.
11. Cherry flavoring is gross.
12. I absolutely adore my kids and think they are so fun to be around.
13. I'm not a fan of the colors blue or gray.
14. I am thinking of enshrining and displaying a bag of crazy bread in the foyer of my house.
15. I have had thyroid cancer.
16. I love my cats entirely too much.
17. I love strawberry chapstick and have placed one in my purse, my car, my nightstand, my bathroom, my school bag, the kitchen etc etc.
18. An old boyfriend of mine from high school was killed in the Iraq war.
19. Mean people really do suck.
20. I think my daughter Elora is one of the sweetest people on this earth.
21. I used to race home every day from elementary school to watch the Brady Bunch.
22. I am extremely claustrophobic.
23. I have always wanted to run a marathon.
24. I've never met someone who wasn't interesting to me in some way.
25. I have a son on a mission in Russia.
26. I want to do humanitarian work in another country.
27. My high school had a "nerd day" where we could all dress up as nerds. I proudly won my Sophomore class's "queen nerd". A title I hold dear to my heart.
28. A lot of what I say is sarcastic - but I worry that it comes across as rude. I am just trying to be playful and I would NEVER want to offend someone.
29. I once saw a woman hit her little child a few times and was being horribly mean to her. I burst into tears and told her she had no business being a mother.
30. I talk to my cats in a baby voice.
31. I wouldn't eat cole slaw if my life depended on it. (see #28)
32. My favorite movies are Castaway and Chocolate.
33. One of my favorite songs is "Edelweiss".
34. I have only given birth to one child - Connor. Darren, Elora, and Larissa are my step children (my children, nonetheless).
35. My cat, Creature, follows me wherever I go.
36. I would love to go back in time to see what it was really like for the pioneers.
37. I love history.
38. I have a horrible habit of procrastinating until the last possible minute.
39. I haven't eaten a hamburger or a hot dog in about 17 years.
40. I wish I could go back in time and redo some of my poor decisions in life.
41. I also realize that some of my poor decisions have made me a better person today.
42. My favorite colors are yellow and coral.
43. I like to be by myself to recharge.
44. I like to write poetry.
45. I have an amazing sister that has chosen to live in a cabin that has no running water or indoor plumbing. She grows a lot of her food. I'm planning a blog post about her and her fascinating life.
46. I don't personally know anyone that has a blog. I keep working on friends and family to try it out.
47. I once cried when I saw a dog in the middle of a busy street.
48. I am the third of four children.
49. There is a person in my life that I have difficulty forgiving. I think it's only hurting me but I don't know how to get past it.
50. I love the song "God be with you til we meet again" and could listen to it over and over.
51. I have no musical ability whatsoever - and this is not an exaggeration.
52. I LOVE Bryce Canyon (as if you haven't noticed).
53. My dad tells me that when I was a little girl, I didn't know how to be mad and would say "I'm mad now!"
54. I think my daughter Larissa is hilarious!
55. I love going to temple square and feel so fortunate to live so close to it.
56. My son Connor is going to Europe next month and will skydive in the Swiss Alps.
57. Autumn is my favorite season.
58. Writing this list feels awkward and self-centered to me.
59. Some words make me giggle, like - giggle, shenanigans, broo ha ha (sp?), rural, guru etc. I think I'll try to come up with a blog using all of my favorite words.
60. I love PEZ!
61. If I had a choice between chocolate or pizza - I would choose pizza.
62. I once packed up my little car and moved across country to Florida just for the adventure of it. My car broke down in Tallahassee and that's where I stayed. I lived there for a year.
63. I love learning about other people.
64. Todd loves to make me laugh. I love to laugh!
65. I feel joy, optimism and hope for my future.
66. I love to watch other people's successes.
67. I love the game "cake mania". (Drooping head in shame).
68. I haven't always felt the way I do in #65.
69. I miss working with my friends at VISTA.
70. I've joined weight watchers.
71. I think experiences and adventures are more important and rewarding than "things".
72. My favorite movies growing up were "Karate Kid" and "The Jazz Singer".
73. I won't eat raisins.
74. I have lived in Las Vegas, NV.
75. I want to move to Arizona.
76. I love talk radio.
77. I want to write a book some day.
78. As much as I love the red desert, I have never been to the Grand Canyon.
79. I can't tell jokes. No, seriously, I am horrible at telling jokes.
80. I love classic rock - Styx, Eagles, Journey, Bob Seger, Foreigner, Led Zeppelin
81. My favorite scripture is Mosiah 2:41.
82. I love my Savior.
83. I had three surgeries last year.
84. I have had kidney stones - worst pain I've ever felt.
85. I have never broken a bone.
86. I love ghost stories.
87. I love game night with the fam.
88. I can't wait until I reach #100 of this list! ;)
89. I miss my friend Geri who died a few years ago.
90. I have lived in Sacramento.
91. I want to go to nursing school.
92. I'm terrified of being in an earthquake.
93. I am proud of my son Connor and his excellent grades. He tries hard at everything he does.
94. Chocolate Peanut Butter is my favorite ice cream. Mmmm.
95. My fingers are double jointed.
96. I dream of a life without money worries.
97. My friend Chen and I stole her parents car when they were out of town. I was the designated driver and didn't have a license.
98. I am proud of my heritage.
99. My parents gave me a wonderful childhood.
100. I want to try yoga.

Okay - since you've endured this long and boring list - I am going to give away some of my favorite things!

Journey CD's, Phase 10, strawberry chapstick, weight watchers cookbook, Chocolat dvd, Time Out for Women devotionals, PEZ! These items are all new except for the chapstick (ew!).

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me something interesting about you! Anything at all. If you don't have a google id - just leave an anonymous comment but be sure to leave your name in your post. I will choose a random name on Monday at 5 pm (MST).

On your mark - get set - go!


Jan said...

You must be the skinniest person on the planet. No olive, cottage cheese, cherries, coleslaw, hamburgers and hotdogs and raisins.

You really wanted to be here with that much birth control action. Nerd, I am so not sure you were.

Love 24 and 80. Relate

Interesting tidbit. I was voted the camp nerd in the 70's. Does that make you feel like a soul mate of mine of what? Love this and awesome giveaway. I will tell everyone if you don't mind..

Anonymous said...

Something interesting...
I used to think that bunnies laid eggs! (Remember the Cadbury commercials?) LOL

Redhoodoos said...

Please do, Jan! The more the merrier. Yes - any nerd is a soul mate of mine.

Christina - you mean they don't? ;)

lelly said...

oh, my!! i was with you all the way.. soooo many things in common. and then...

the whole talking to cats in baby talk issue...

oh, well. i can get past that!! thanks for stopping by amuse-bouche! if i win the movie chocolate, i can take it off my blogger list for the 55th time...
(seriously, i really enjoyed your list. we may be long lost nerd relatives!)

lelly said...

of course, i meant to say my NETFLIX list up there...

Marilyn said...

Hi-thanks for commenting on my blog-sure, come on back...hmm, something interesting about me. Well, you definitely don't want to move to AZ this time of year-yuk. I actually LOVE Utah. I have pioneer roots there and I'm probably related to half of Utah (from the 2nd wife----)My parents live in Provo-my sis lives in NSL.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

So glad you found my blog! I love your sunny blog with your sunflower. I can tell your a sunny-sunflower person too.

One of my favorite films is Chocolat too! So awesome!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Rosehaven Cottage said...

So glad you found my blog! I love your sunny blog with your sunflower. I can tell your a sunny-sunflower person too.

One of my favorite films is Chocolat too! So awesome!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

da Bergs said...

Ok, I have never seen "Chocolate"! I guess I better go rent it.... OR WIN it!!! °Ü° !!!

I can't believe you have NO family or friends that blog! OMG, I am so addicted! Maybe it is wise that they dont! LOL

Something interesting about me? Dang... I feel like I am so "normal" LOL!!! I am a mother of 5 sons! 0 daughters! Okay, that is prob. not interesting, but prob not many of US out there!

Interesting, huh? hummm... okay, when I was 16 I was twirling (baton) state champion of Texas! (gag, I know!) Okay, still prob not INTERESTING.

I was the 1st one to read your fun and INTERESTING 100 facts this morning and wanted to comment then (coz I would have been the FIRST!)but couldn't think of anything intersting then either! Dang, I give up! But, please enter me into the drawing! (I didnt mean to write a book! I talk too much ALWAYS!) ~Shaila
PS I am sooooooooooo #28 too!!!!

MCF said...

For the record - I don't believe you about your favorite colors. All I ever see you in is black. ;) And LAS and I miss you too. Something awful. When you coming home? Finally, I agree with you on the love of Journey. Have you heard their new lead singer? He is awesome. Possibly better than that other guy.

linda said...

Just stopped by your site from da bergs and so glad I did...just in time to read your 100 things post. I enjoyed it so much too!

Something you might find interesting is that I did become a nurse. It was the best decision I ever made and it's the perfect job for me...I love it.

Take care and hope to talk to you soon.

Anonymous said...

1. I like your 100 facts!
2. They're really great!
3. I wish my life was that interesting!
4. Ummm..... I'm fresh out! :p

That was fun to read. Love you mom!


Anonymous said...

As your husband I have discovered that I can't create a list of 100 things about me. It's sad. I just know that we are opposite in so many areas. I "am" going to get you a hoola-hoop. I think that's something I need to see. You really are awesome! Love You


Anonymous said...

Also, I'm relieved that I'm NOT on your give-away list. Thanks Babe, your the best!

Your Husband


Mechelle said...

My son Corbin and your son Connor sound like kindred spirits. My son is only 11 but he is already planning on sky diving ~ EVERYWHERE.

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Fun to have you stop by. Enjoyed this post. But is was so long, I am now starving and must go eat some cottage cheese topped with cherries and olives and raisins.

99 is a wonderful gift to be given and earthquakes are not so bad. m

Frumpy Luv said...

How in the world did this post NOT get on my reader - who knows??!! But glad I got onto it anyway. Me and joke telling does not work either - seriously. It's kind of like poor Nemo's dad in finding nemo. It's bad.

Fun fun giveaway!!!

The Motherboard said...

How fun! I didn't do this 100 things about me when I hit 100 posts-- I wasn't even reading other peoples blogs then... now I would have to do 900+ things about me... Eeee gads! No thanks!
I love the word bru ha ha too! And shenanignas, and Plethora. You will have a plethora of people commenting... I predict!

I DO NOT like cats. They try to kill me. Really. They do. Blech.

I DO love burgers and will eat them daily if possible.

Too fun! Lets be imaginary friends now!

rip said...

I just stopped by from Jan's blog. I loved your list.

I used to race home after school to watch re-runs of Battlestar Galactica. I know, pretty nerdy.

julie said...

I loved getting to know you better! I love love love to laugh myself and am not the best joke teller either. Funny people are some of my favorite people. A person who can make me laugh, I will love forever!

I wish TV was still as innocent as the brady bunch!

miss-mattie said...

I was on my mom's blog {Jan} and she said that you were having a giveaway. I love giveaways. So count me in. I hope I win.
Bye bye.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love your facts! mmm..well, we are sisters, two oldest of five, and all of us were born in a different state (including our parents!!)

great post!

kari & kijsa

kamewh said...

What a fun list :) Some facts about myself: allergic to cats and I can't stand mac and cheese

Tammy said...

I lvoe your sense of humor!!! I am indeed a sarcastic person and never mean to hurt feelings. It's too late, I am too old to stop it now. i will be the cranky lady on the corner that the kids are scared of and every year around Halloween I will known as the witch of the neighborhood. Hee hee! Cackle cackle! Wooops!!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your list!

#29--good for you for speaking up!

#30--who doesn't?? ha ha! :)

So many things on your list are awesome!! i'm supposed to say something about me?? Well....I love Classic Rock Too!!! :)



Jessica G. said...

You and I should totally be friends, we love/hate so many of the same things. Except for're just weird for that one. :)

Something interesting about me? I set off metal detectors at the airport. It was funniest when I was eight months pregnant, traveling with only a toddler and still had to be searched.

Sarah said...

I found you blog through Lelly's. I loved your list. I find reading them so much fun. I almost always have so many things in common with all of these people I have never met. My something interesting is: I once ate Kraft Macaroni & Cheese everyday for 6 months. Very weird.

Sandra said...

I, too, found your blog by blog surfing through other people's sidebar lists or posts. It is so fun to get to "know" new people. We have a full 1/4 of things on your list in common. And I was in Draper this morning!

Something interesting about me? Hmmm, I am allergic to most scented products, but I am a fragrance designer.

Anonymous said...

i still wanna win..... :)

Tasha said...

A friend and I "stole" her parent's broken down Pinto and drove it 15 miles into town to get a movie when we were 15. Too bad the car totally broke down on us and we got caught.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I do not have a google id and unfortunately have no idea what you are talking about, which probably explains why I don’t have a blog. At least I think it does. My one interesting fact, I love the red desert also. My favorite place is Moab and I have been to the Grand Canyon multiple times, it is wonderful, but just a little scary. Have a great day and thank you for sharing.

Terri Farnsworth

Anonymous said...

Hmm. What's interesting about me? Does getting paid to spend other people's money doing what I love count? Yep. I get paid to drive a cute little golf cart around the wholesale nurseries and pick out gorgeous trees, shrubs and flowers for clients whose yards I haved designed. It's a good gig.

Your blog is hysterical Jodester but I'd expect nothing less. Oh- and YYYYYYYY-ELL-OO.

Pssst- Have you figured out who I am yet? I thought I had a blogger account but I don't so now I get to be Anonymous. I love being mysterious!

Tasha said...

By the way....I want to win! You know I deserve it for putting up with your "i didn't mean to hurt your feelings" sarcastic comments! Just kidding! I love you Bodi!

Anonymous said...

An interesting fact about me is that my first husband and I hitch hiked from Johannesburg to Durban in South Africa when I was 4 months pregnant with our first child! That was about 400 miles if I remember correctly! That was back in 1977!

Talk about doing dumb things!

Love and miss you gal!


Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Once my friend stole my parents' car while they were not home. Note: I *may* have played a minor role in this event.

I was instrumental in comforting my friend during a time of great need. Some mean-spirited soul told The Jodster that Duran Duran was coming to Utah in concert, but it was all sold out. There was great weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. The many Duran Duran posters on the wall seemed to mock the Jodster. And then we learned it was all a hoax. They weren't coming. Jodster wouldn't meet them. There would be no marriage to a rock star. Sigh.


Redhoodoos said...

Chen - you crack me up. Oh - there was definitely some gnashing going on! I can't believe I didn't mention my Duran Duran obsession in the list. Glad you brought it up.

Chen - get back to work running a congressional campaign!!!!! And tell the Cindstress to spend other people's money on shrubbage for MY yard.

You're awesome.

Anonymous said...

Wow, i have always known you were hilarious but now i know so much more. I apparently did not know as much about you as i thought. I am envious of connor - skydiving in the swiss alps- after our bungee jumping adventure how fun would skydiving be. wow i guess i cant even use bungee jumping as my interesting fact as you were the one that guided me in that adventure.
Let me see- interesting facts that you may not know- this is hard:

I have 2 tattoos- yes i know many people do not agwith them but i love art and what better way to admire art and the things i love than to have them permanently imbedded in my skin forever even when i am old and wrinkly. Love it.

I collect dragon figurines, pictures etc... There is something so mystical about dragons.

I am in love with Johnny Depp- the man is beautiful- i have been trying to catch the movie chocolate but keep missing it on tv.

Maybe more later , i am off now to take children swimming. Love your blogs cant wait to read more.

Fe2O3 said...


Well, Jode, now you have to scratch #46 off of your list. It isn't much of one but it does count. Now you can add the Duran-Duran item to the list without messing up your perfect symmetrical 100 item list.

Best to Todd and the fam.


Redhoodoos said...

Amanda Cutekins! You pretty much had to push me off the bungee tower so you could have your fearless turn! Unbelievable. Darren, Elora, and Larissa LOVE dragons and you can have a million tatoos because you're the cutekins and can do whatever you want! Hey - you need a blog! Love ya.

Jennifer South said...

Love learning more about my cuz! Thanks for sharing!

About me: I do a energy/conscious healing technique, and want to earn my second bachelors in Nutrition, then go for an MSW. Oh, I am a little bit crazy too. -)

Jen South

Nicki Crockett said...

Hey Jodi,

Good to catch up on your happenings. I haven't seen you for forever. It is good to hear that you are happy and doing well. I like #64 because that is what I remember most about you- your laugh.

Anonymous said...

That was a fun read while I was stuck in bed!! I'll have to try and figure out how to link your blog to mine so I can read up on it more often.

Something interesting about me, I guess, is when I was in highschool on the track team. At the end of the year they gave out funny awards. Mine was that I would be most likely to be on a Cheerio commercial. Every track meet before running I passed out a Cheerio to each member of the team, guys and girls, for good luck.


Lonna said...

OMG! I honestly don't think I've ever sat down to think about 100 things about myself! Now you've given me something else to put on my TODO list! I love it!! Sure do miss your smiling face and adorable personality! XOXOXO Lonna

quitecontrary1977 said...

my tidbit: i used to ask for olives and paremsan cheese in my stocking at christmas every year as a kid. (and got them!)

Chelle said...

pick me! pick me!

What a great list. I've never done a "100" list. How do I even consider myself a blogger?! ha.

Something interesting about me? Like one of your other commenters, I have a tattoo. I have a bitsy little flower on my ankle and oh, how I love it still. (I was wise and picked a place that has very little chance of getting saggy and wrinkly!) : )

kitchenditcher said...

LOVE, LOVE your list! Here's my top ten that I related to:
#15, #25, #26, #37, #40, #43, #57, #71, #82 and #86!! What an amazing lady you are!

Something interesting about me? Hmmm...I HATE WATERMELON!! Have you ever known anyone who hated watermelon? Most people think I'm nuts but I have found a few fellow supporters out there. But, alas, not liking a certain food isn't all that interesting.

Hmmm.....( my finger is pressed to my temple and I am looking upward) hmmm....I have three kids and we adopted all of them at birth. Way cool, but lots of others have adopted.

Okay, so I guess this is my best shot at winning: In high school some guy offered me $50 to streak a party. In 1977, $50 was a TON of money and streaking was extremely popular but in case anyone is wondering, I politely declined!

Nowadays, people would line up to pay me NOT to streak!!

Am I a winner? Wait..don't answer that.....!

Anonymous said...

I have 1,410 clocks. I am the clock lady.

Aunt Connie

kitchenditcher said...

Not thyroid cancer. Breast cancer. Cancer is cancer though...I can relate!!!

Redhoodoos said...

Sorry Kitchen Ditcher - I hope my question wasn't too personal! Thanks for sharing. Glad you're doing well now. =)

kitchenditcher said...

No worries! Let's BOTH stay cancer free!

Brenda said...

I really am not very interesting, but I do have a "heart shaped" mole on my left shoulder! My kids think it is too cool!

Scripture Power said...

Come see this blog!

Megan Rees said...

Ah! So THIS is how you get people to comment on your blog! Thought I'd return the favor and comment on YOURS this you know someone else who has a blog!

Frumpy Luv said...

can't wait to hear the results of this =) So, did you do you work or what?? by the way - email me your phone number or I'll send you mine - I was thinking of calling you this weekend, but didn't find redhoodoos in the phone book =)

Mother Goose said...

I found Jan's blog about 3 days ago and from her blog I found yours. I am so glad I did and you did the 100 tidbits. I have related with you on all of them except for 10 or so. I am so excited because none of my family or friends blog. I have 4 inlaws and a cousin who blog. (irregularly) I love that you have older children and they are the world to you. Mine are too! Please share cake mania with me! Something interesting. I am Tongan Hawaiian, I live in NC and my I am very competitive. We can make a contest or game out of ANYTHING! PICK ME, your new bestest friend. (I am a confessed blog stalker but I don't stalk in real life and I too have a sarcastic humor).

Bren's Life said...

I'm so excited!! I saw your blog from Jan's.. I love to see & meet new friends through blogs...
Something about me. I know I've been to Draper & I believe if my memory serves me right, my grandparents lived in Draper. (that's why I've been there :))
Graduated from H.S in 1986 & to me that was only 10 yrs ago & I will be 30 this year... So I don't know why everyone is talking about 40! Hello- in my counting it stops at 39.....

Bren's Life said...

I'm sorry, I have to admit. I really hadn't read your list before commenting. But now I just read through it all & can't believe how much we have in common.. Numbers 1,6,9,22,26,28,31,38,40,41,49,51,61,63 & 91. I'm with ya on all these... It's so nice to meet you. I also took EMT courses at Ricks but never pursued it once I got home...

Anonymous said...

Hi this is Jamen your sons friend. i herd that you had a web site so i checked it out. ohh something interesting about me is i have 28 cousins on one side of my family and 2 on the other.

Leanne said...

I like to find things I have in common with others: for instance, with your list, I have in common the following (sorry if this turns out too long)#s: 2 (I married a paramedic), 12 (more than 1/2 the time at least), 25(my son just got back from Boston), 26, 28 (I guess that's why I apologize alot - lol), 36 (let's go), 37, 38 (I just hope I don't procrastinate the 'eternal' prep), 40, 41, 48, 49 (still tough for me to do), 61 (w/everything packed on it), 62 (went to FL for a month and stopped in Tallahasse --does that count?), 63, 66, 70 (I need to), 76, 78 (how can that be??), 82, 85, 89 (Gaelle was my tennis doubles partner & good friend who passed away 6 yrs ago from cancer), 96, 98, 99 (except I didn't make it easy for my parents as a teenager, oops!) Fun to learn about you!!! I grew up with that Crazy Lady on Road 80 - life was never a dull moment for sure....

Leanne said...

Oh, and last but not least - an old saying I used to use ALL the time, "You crack me up." I saw you use that line which brought back some memories - LOL. I hope that even though I may lose my mind, I don't lose my memories...

Holly said...

Hi Jodi, this is one of your long lost friends that does not blog or read emails daily. Today I finally read the email you sent me telling me about the contest you had. Oh well. It was fun to read. Something about me that you don't already know is that I had nine stitches removed from my back today. (I had a cancerous mole cut out.) **Warning to all: Use sun block EVERY DAY!!!**