If you missed my introduction yesterday to our 3-week “random” series, you can catch that HERE.
So, in an effort to bare a little of my crazy soul…here are 10 Random things about me:
1. My first car was a ’72 Buick Skylark.
It was given to me as a gift from my (at the time) 85-year-old Nana. She had wisely decided it was time to give up driving! What a boat it was! Two bench seats, an AM-only radio, and a trunk big enough to provide seating for a couple extra friends. 🙂
2. I was born in the wrong century.
It’s a fact. The early 1900s would have been a much better fit for me. My all-time favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and I’m a big Downton Abbey girl! (Side note: If you haven’t fallen in love with the Crawley family of the PBS Masterpiece Classic show, you really should! You’ve got to give yourself about 3 or 4 episodes to get used to the British accents and figure out the massive cast of characters, but then you’ll be hooked! And then you can come back and thank me.) As I was saying…Both Downton Abbey and Anne of Green Gables are set in the early 1900’s, which used to be called “The Turn of the Century”, but now that I’m getting so old, I can’t call it that anymore. For my kids, the “turn of the century” goes waaaaay back to 2000!
3. I abhor glitter.
Yes, I know abhor is a very strong word. But it’s true! I don’t do glitter. Ask my daughter. She’ll tell you we have had to THROW AWAY perfectly good princess costumes, Barbies, and even craft projects lovingly made at preschool. I mean really, it gets stuck to my fingers and ends up in such awkward places. The worst is when you look in the mirror at the end of the day and discover you’ve had a nice piece of glitter on the end of your nose for…who knows how long? Rest assured, there is no glitter on a Throne of Grace journal. NONE. Our products are made in a glitter-free environment.
4. I am desperate to go to Disneyland!
I know, funny, because I live in Southern California – just 30 minutes from the Happiest Place on Earth! I haven’t been in 3 years, which I realize isn’t that long, but I’ve got small children and they don’t even remember the place!
I’ve got Italian roots and would LOOOOVE an opportunity to visit Italy some day but I have to admit that if I were given the choice today, right this minute…I’d choose Disneyland! And you know what, the cost to take my whole family to Disneyland would just about buy me a ticket to Italy! It’s outrageous…
5. My absolute favorite city is San Luis Obispo, California.
Now, I should qualify this statement by saying I have not had the opportunity to do a ton of traveling , so maybe my point of reference is a little narrow…but I can’t imagine any better place to be! A little taste of heaven on earth, in my opinion! I had the blessing of living the SLO-life (as the locals call it!) for 4 years while attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. It was there that I met some of my dearest friends and met my husband, which makes the town all the sweeter! I spent an additional 4 years traveling back and forth between Orange County and San Luis Obispo while we endured the years of long-distance dating. Kevin and I then chose to bridge the gap between our Northern California and Southern California families by getting married there. If we could have found two teaching jobs in SLO we would have settled there, but jobs were hard to come by (even before the economy tanked!) because so many college students come to the area and then want to stay. It will do that to you! Here are some of the highlights:
6. My favorite way to study the Bible is through Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).
I just completed my 12th year in BSF and I can’t wait for year 13! BSF classes meet all over the world and cover, usually, one book of the Bible for the whole year (September through May). I think there are 8 different studies and they are adding a 9th year in the book of Revelation in 2014. That will be exciting! I need the discipline of daily time in the Bible and the benefits of meeting with other women to discuss and hear teaching on what we have studied. They also have an amazing children’s program. I’m very thankful for the way God has used BSF in my life, and the lives of my children to build up our Bible knowledge and give us a passion for following Jesus!
7. My favorite flavor in the world is chocolate chip cookie dough.
Is there anything better?? I don’t care what form or fashion – freshly baked cookies, little balls of dough in my frozen yogurt, blended into a milkshake, or, the best of all – straight up cookie dough batter! I’ve been known to make a double batch – one to bake and one to eat! Don’t worry, I did abstain during my pregnancies, but if I die from salmonella poisoning, at least I’ll die happy!
8. I will not go barefoot in a hotel room.
Have you ever worn white socks and walked around a hotel room floor for 5 minutes? Disgusting! Totally disgusting! If you don’t believe me, do the sock test for yourself. Even my best stain remover secret, Zout, can’t get it all out! I think it just might be more sanitary to walk barefoot on the pavement than the floor of a hotel room. I mean, the heat of the sun sanitizes the pavement, right? The Garibaldi family has been trained. Flip-flops or slippers (that are only used for hotels and get a ride in the washing machine when we get home) always travel with us when we have a hotel stay.
9. I had my tonsils taken out 2 years ago.
The surgery came after a long season of illness and battles with allergies. Recovery was a horrific experience I would never want to repeat… The promise that you can eat all the ice cream and popsicles you want is a terrible lie! Sugary treats actually intensified the pain! BUT, I can (thankfully!) say that it has helped and, in the long run, I’m glad I did it.
Last, but definitely not least…
10. I had my first date ever at the age of 22 – with my (now) husband!
Here we are at Guiseppi’s Italian Restaurant in Pismo Beach, California:
Ahh…16 years ago…Man, we look so young!
It’s been fun digging into the depths of my randomness with you! I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey. Tami will be here next week with her random list. I’m looking forward to that! In the meantime, we’d love to know some more about YOU!
What on my list strikes a chord with you?