10 Random Things About Molly

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. 🙂

Buick Skylark_9.27.12

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!

Anne of Green Gables

Downton Abbey

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!


Last Disneyland trip in 2010.

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:

1700 Osos Street

Old Victorian Homes – this is the one I lived in!

Farmers Market

Thursday Nights at Farmer’s Market Downtown

Bubble Gum Alley 2

Bubble Gum Alley – yes, a whole alley covered with used chewing gum! Disgustingly awesome!

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?




  1. Ye gads! It had not occurred to me that the “turn of the century” now has a new meaning!!! Loved reading every bit of this – even though I already knew it all! Loved your description of Nana’s car!! You forget to mention the hanging lining from the car ceiling and the flapping vinyl roof! 🙂

  2. This is SO cute! First off I am now grossed out about hotel room carpet. Ew!! And Molly, you look the same as 16 years ago! Also, I can totally attest to the pain of tonsillectomies.I had it when I was 12 and can still remember it very well, specifically a few weeks later, swallowing cooked spaghetti and wincing because it hurt!

    • Hi Lisa,
      I didn’t know we were tonsillectomy sisters! I don’t know about you, but I’d choose childbirth any day! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
      Molly 🙂

  3. Bonnie Jean says

    Dear Molly,

    I too wish I had been born in an earlier time… my time would be in the late 1700’s or early 1800’s… I would have liked to have been alive during the American Revolution or the Civil War… I like times when great ideas were born and tyrants were vanquished ! I would have liked to live in the south during both wars just because it would be warmer… but if I were in the south I would be an abolishionist. Many people do not know that even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had slaves and struggled with what to do about it. They supposedly treated theirs well and felt that first we get free from England and then we figure out the slave problem. And the Civil War was more about states rights vs. federal rights… something very much a problem now. Both Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were Christians and had both freed their own slaves but they still lived with them because there was no where for them to go. In Robert E. Lee’s case they still helped with the care of the house and farm for many years… but he let whoever wanted to go leave him. In Stonewall Jackson’s case the slaves (3) belonged to his wife. They worked along together before and during the war… he taught many slaves and their children to write and had a Sunday School for them to teach them about God. He had a very close relationship with his cook, who was given a place of honor in his funeral. Most people do not know the full truth about history… there were good and bad people on both sides of the lines. When Sherman burned Atlanta, there were many slaves burned alive. Also, just exactly what do you do with the hundreds of slaves when they were freed and many could not read, write or speak english ??? I think freeing them enmasse created problems for both the north and the south. Also, the irish and other immigrant workers of the north may not have been called slaves but they worked like them for little money and lived in sometimes worse conditions. Also, in the US today there are places of poverty where little has changed. Until man loves his neighbor as himself, nothing will be as it should be.

    My first car was a 72 Delta 88 Oldsmobile … i called it “the boat” it was so big !!! I got it from my 85 year old grandfather when he stopped driving and it was in mint condition. I loved it.

    One place where we differ is that I love a little bling… a little glitter… I do not like it to be overdone or trashy looking… just a little… on my sons’ projects they did not use too much glitter being very boyish boys. Sand… paint… macaroni… but not glitter. I make jewelry and it is swarovski crystals with sterling silver clasps if needed depending on the style. There are various levels of glitteryness (probably not a real word) depending on the color and if it has a coating of ab (aurora borealis) giving a prismatic look. I was never into glam rock or glitter rock… whatever they called it in the 80’s. I like to enhance things… not overwhelm them. So I might put a dash of glitter on it to personalize my prayer journal that I just got but it will not be overwhelming. And I use the “diamond dust” type that makes it look more like a shimmer if you get some on you than a “piece of glitter” here or there… kind of like fairy dust you might suppose. I have never been to Disney Land or Disney World and would love to go because I love the story of Cinderella. I have a Crystal Pumpkin Coach in my china closet and a pair of slightly glittery glass slippers. I may be 55, but I still have a few special things that I collected and kept over the years such as that.

    • I love it Bonnie Jean! What a great history lesson you just gave us! History is one of those subjects that I am very excited to re-learn right along with my kids as they go through school. I have such a better appreciation for it than I did when I was learning it the first time! I hope I can get my kids excited about it and that together we can look at it through a Christian worldview as you have done. It definitely changes our perspective when we understand it that way!

      I better clarify my glitter rule by saying that I’m all about bling! I DEFINITELY love sparkle and shimmer! I just don’t like the loose glitter that comes off. If it is sparkly with crystals and shine that is self-contained…bring it on! 🙂

      Thanks for giving me a better glimpse into your life. I’ll start saving my dollars so when you make it out here to Orange County someday we can do Disneyland together!

      Love, Your West Coast Sister in Christ,

      • Bonnie Jean says

        I will start saving too !!! And if you ever come to the Jersey Shore I have all kinds of places to take you and your family to see !

        Love from Your East Coast Sister in Christ,

        Bonnie Jean

  4. Tiffany Hayes says

    Precious pic of you two on your first date. I can see the love in your eyes already. 😉 Jason and I have that same look in our early photos, it’s the glossy-eyed, heavenly, happiness look. ha!!

    Downton Abbey, my favorite show! I would have loved to live back then too! Jason asks me which side would I want to be on if I lived back then…the wealthy aristocrat side or the working class servant side. It’s hard to choose! It would be neat to live so wealthy but I would hate to be so separate from most the people in the world, separated by class. I guess both sides of the class system feel trapped in one way or another.

    • Thanks Tiffany! I could see the stars in your eyes in that photo Tami shared of you and Jason a few weeks ago! As for Downton Abbey, you bring up a very good point! I know there are up-sides and down-sides to both classes, so I think I’d have to take the middle ground and choose to live like the Crawleys – educated but middle-class. I couldn’t stand feeling useless and waking up to no agenda other than sitting on my chaise while my husband goes hunting for sport! I need to be needed!

  5. I love this list Molly! I totally second you on wearing shoes in a hotel room! Kyle and I even wipe everything down with wet ones – light switches, lamps, curtain rods, etc. and that remote control goes right into the plastic bag they give you for the ice bucket! lol!

  6. Btw, I also think it would have been neat to have lived in the 1800’s, but then I remember we have central heat, a/c, indoor plumbing, cars, and grocery stores, and then I feel blessed to live now! 🙂

    • I know, be careful what I wish for, huh? I have to hope that if I didn’t know any different I it wouldn’t bother me so much! Like before we could walk around the house and talk on the phone and had to actually sit at the kitchen counter with the phone attached to the wall! Now I get upset if I need to make a phone call in the car and I left it at home! I’m so entitled!


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