1. I lived in a trailer park until I was 11.
2. I had nightmares of dogs running into our backyard while I was playing there. They never caught me or anything, but I just remember the terror of them running at me.
3. I used to love mayonnaise sandwiches (bread, mayonnaise)
4. I was surprised and thought my mom was so generous the day she told us to please stop asking every time we wanted a piece of bread and to just go ahead and get one whenever we wanted.
5 I had my first "boyfriend" when I was in 5th grade. He was my paperboy and he brought me candybars when he delivered our paper. We passed notes during recess and then one day I called him "Natey-poo" and after that we weren't an item anymore. Oops.
6. We moved to California when I was 11.
7. I'd been feeling like an outsider in Utah before we moved, but I felt even more out of place in California.
8. The one thing that helped me transition, besides my good friend and next door neighbor Sarah, was my jumproping. I didn't exactly need to be with anyone if I was jumping during recess. Also, it sort of made people respect me. (I'd been on a team in Utah)
9. My last two years of high school were the best ever as I found a great crowd to be with. We had a blast.
10. I left home at 17 to start school (Ricks College) and only ever lived at home again for one summer (I think).
11. I loved my years at Ricks like crazy and learned tons about early childhood education, but even more about life, the gospel and myself.
12. Besides my first real boyfriend at Ricks (lasted 3 months and ended with the school year, and much like in number 5 I said something totally completely and unintentionally dumb in response to his confession of love and it marked the downfall of our relationship--and in case you're wondering, it wasn't anything sarcastic) I didn't really do much dating until I moved to BYU to live and work there after graduating from Ricks.
13. I didn't really do all that much dating at BYU either, but I did TONS of hanging out (which I prefer anyway).
14. I left Provo to escape the rollercoaster of my relationship with Greg (and to live near my sister, and because I really wanted to be a nanny).
15. The father in the family that I nannied for called me Cinderella because I slept in the dungeon (basement) and did all the work and was still always happy (or so he said).
16. The girl I nannied was a perfect angel. She was barely two and any time she started in on a tantrum out of frustration I taught her to say, "Help me, please!" instead, and she always did. I often heard her dad talking about the amazing things she would say or how mature she was. His wife would tell him, "I think Lisa taught her that." My vanity made me a little glad of that. (heaven forbid her dad just think that she was naturally so bright!)
17. I was only back in Provo for a week before the wedding. We had a rule that we could not be alone in an apartment (room yes, apartment, no) until we were married. Fortunately we were both staying in apartments full of roommates, but it meant that often one of us would be standing out in a blizzard while the other ran into our apartment (that we started renting before we moved into it) to grab something. I still think it was a smart idea.
18. Shortly after we were married I took Accutane. It broke my back and I couldn't keep up with dishwashing and other home and work (mother's helper) responsibilities. My back problems are recurring, since then, and the medication only cleared up my skin for a year or two.
19. I don't like meat very much and sort of want to be a vegetarian. But I'm too lazy. And I do like some meat. And I'm not as good with vegetables as I'd probably need to be.
20. I sort of fear being judgemental or self-righteous, but I think I'm a little of each, or at least come off that way.
21. I've liked my hands for a while (since my best friend in high school used to say how nice they were, which is maybe weird, but whatever) and I think that's why my fingers are not straight anymore and I might be getting arthritis. Same goes for my legs which I've always been happy with from the side view (not from the front or back) but now I can never wear shorts- or skirts without tights- ever again because of vericose veins. I think this might be to check my vanity. And I think this (number 21) might be a little too weird, but I'm not taking it off my list.
22. I really love my life.
23. I think I could be a much better mother if I tried. Which is why I'm slowly cutting down on blog reading.
24. I really love the church leadership in Poland.
25. I'm hoping I can respond to Erin's post sooooooon.
I realize this isn't the most upbeat of posts, but I think it's just kind of how I'm feeling right now. . .