Call me narcissist if you must but this blog is all about ME. I have another blog about my kids, whom I love and adore writing about. But I was Nicole a long time before I was mom and I don't intend to give up being Nicole overnight.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008


As promised-my 100th post. And 100 things about me. And no, I don't expect anybody to actually read all 100.

1. I’ve been working out a lot lately so when I see “100” I think of the Pilates 100.

2. I was always a good student, obsessed with getting an A

3.In high school I was a choir/drama geek

4.I graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting

5.I minored in History

6.I did an internship at a local news station with feature reporter Craig Wirth, who (at the time) was pretty much my idol.

7.I served a full-time mission for the LDS church in Spokane, Washington.

8. 9 of the 18 months I was on a mission were spent in a small town right next to the Canadian border called Oroville, Washington.

9.I worked for International Sports Broadcasting, the host broadcaster for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

10.During the Olympics I worked 10-12 hour days 7 days a week for 2 months.

11.The only famous person I met during the Olympics was Picabo Street (I wasn’t digital back then so I only have a 35 mm snapshot that maybe someday I’ll scan and post here.)

12.I’ve known my husband since we were in Jr. High, but never “dated” (we did go to Homecoming together Sr. year but only because a mutual friend coerced Mike into asking me.)

13.He proposed to me at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse on my dad's birthday.

14.He is only the second guy I’ve ever kissed.

15.We now have 3 kids

16.All 3 of my children were, shall we say, surprises

17.I used to LOVE Harrison Ford. I thought he was so dreamy. Even when people told me he was getting too old I remained a loyal, dedicated fan.

18.Then he really did get too old and hasn’t done any good movies lately.

19.My current Hollywood Heartthrob is Hugh Grant. Those dreamy blue eyes, British accent, subtle sense of humor….what’s not to love?

20.I love Cadbury mini eggs. I horde bags of them at Easter time to last me the rest of the year.

21.I detest spit up. It’s worse than poop. Because at least poop is contained in the diaper (most the time) while spit up can come unexpectedly and it goes EVERYWHERE. And even when you wipe it up the smell is permanently embedded into your clothes. I think I’ll bottle it and sell it as perfume so that at least everybody else smells as bad as I do.

22.I spent 5 minutes deliberating whether to use the word detest or despise in above item.

23.I am obsessed with buying Disney Pixar Cars toys for my kids. I mean it helps that they actually like them and play with them. But they would probably be just as happy with about half as many.

24.I’m a neat freak, although you would never know it by looking at my house. I LOVE things to be clean and picked up and put away. But try as I might the kids just unclean it as fast as I clean it. Although I think the “clean up song” is the one sung most often at our house.

25.I used to clean my bathrooms once a week, religiously. 3 kids and an extra bathroom later (we finished the basement, adding a bathroom) they now get cleaned every other week, most the time...

26.I fed the baby graham crackers for breakfast this morning. When I put him in his highchair for lunch I picked up the big pieces he had dropped on the floor from breakfast and gave them back to him for lunch.

27.I just put my ipod on random shuffle and here are the first 10 songs it played: (honest, I just let it play and typed as it did) Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts; Here at the Mayflower, Barry Manilow; Who Needs Love Like That, Erasure: Swords Crossed; Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack; Aluminum, BNL; Elephant Love Medley, Moulin Rouge Soundtrack; Love will Come to You, Indigo Girls; We didn’t start the fire, Billy Joel; Take a Chance on me, ABBA; Beat of my Heart, Hilary duff

28.Doing the ipod shuffle was really fun and I’ll probably do it again sometime in future posts.

29.Sometimes I listen to Radio Disney even when my kids aren’t in the car with me

30.And I sing along!

31.I’ve been struggling with Postpartum Depression since my 3rd baby was born.

32.Without my George Forman Grill and my crock pot my family would starve.

33.I think cheesecake is the greatest desert ever invented

34.My favorite fruit is strawberries

35.When I make my bed I have to make sure that the opening of the pillowcases all are towards the middle of the bed.

36.My youngest two kids are both behind on their immunizations

37.My favorite color is green

38.I have planters warts on both my feet that I cannot get rid of. I even went to the podiatrist and had one of them cut out which was very painful and it’s back anyway.

39.I haven’t yet decided who I’ll vote for in this election

40.But I WILL vote, because I always vote. ALWAYS.

41.I registered as a Republican this year so I could vote in the last Primary but I don’t consider myself a Republican OR a Democrat and have never voted straight party ticket.

42.I want to write a book but haven’t decided what to write about yet

43.I did 4H for 4 years as a kid and was always in the sewing fashion show at the county fair.

44.But then I realized I actually really hated sewing

45.I love dancing and at various times of my life I have done tap, ballet, ballroom and folk dancing.

46.Now I just do crazy mommy dancing.

47.My kids find it really funny right now but will probably find it terribly embarrassing when they are older.

48.I once tried out for Ballet West’s yearly production of The Nutcracker. I made it to the final cut.

49.I really REALLY wanted to try out for the ballroom team in college but chickened out the day of auditions, convincing myself I was too busy with my obligations to the campus newscast.

50.Whenever the Community Education brochures come in the mail I consider taking the Scottish Highland Dancing class.

51.Someday I will.

52.I started making a quilt of all my mission dresses shortly after coming home from my mission.

53.But then I gave up and sent all the pieces I had cut out to my friend who finished the quilt for me.

54.Now my aunt is really into quilting and is really good at it and it kind of makes me want to try it again.

55.I am a chronic “over-packer” when I go somewhere

56.I have a special place in my heart (and my stomach) for specialty limeades at Sonic and Red Robin

57.I also hold a special place in my heart for Pina Colada Slurpees at 7-11

58. Scotland is my dream vacation.

59.But I really want to go to Egypt someday, too.

60.The ringer on my cell phone right now is Say by John Mayer Partially because I like the song, but mostly because I think it’s funny that my cell phone rings “say what you need to say, say what you need to say….”

61.I once took a blue water goblet from the buffet at the Paris in Las Vegas. Which was really difficult because every time I thought about slipping it into my bag the waitress would re-fill it with water.

62.But what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas so pretend you don’t know.

63.I hate being hot and I believe ceiling fans should be in every room and always be on high.

64.I didn’t go to my Sr. Prom

65.Half the furniture in my house is from Ikea.

66.I hate HATE scary movies!

67.I once stayed mad at my brother-in-law for several months because he dragged us to see Darkness Falls

68.My current camera is the Canon Powershot A80 that I bought almost 5 years ago. It's been a really great camera.

69.My next camera will be a Canon Rebel

70.I've seen The Princess Bride so many times I've lost count. And I don't think I will ever get tired of watching it. I guess you could call it my favorite movie.

71.The book is really good, too.

72.One of my "new favorite" movies is Dan in Real Life.

73.I really like the soundtrack, too.

74.My favorite Christmas song is "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman"

75.Especially the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan version.

76.Always the first thing I do when I walk in the door is take off my shoes.

77.I sometimes secretly let my kids play in the playland at McDonald's without telling my germ-a-phobe husband.

78.I am horrible at remembering people's birthdays. I never send cards or gifts. Just ask Jen (now am I forgiven for not participating in your birthday surprise?)

79.I make up songs. Sometimes it gets me in trouble.

80.My fingers are double-jointed.

81.I'm dying to take my kids to Disneyland, mostly because it's been so long since I've been. I love Disneyland!

82.I was 20 years old the first time I flew on an airplane.

83.I'm forcing myself to finally finish this post today so that I can still do Name that Movie Monday tomorrow.

84.I broke my right arm when I was in the 4th grade while playing on the tumbling mat after dance class one night.

85.I'm not planning on proofreading this before I hit the "publish post" button so if you find typos please just ignore them.

86.I have the uncanny ability when hanging up clean clothes to pull from the closet the exact number of hangers I need without counting clothing items or hangers.

87.I still believe in Santa Clause.

88.I play the piano, sort of.

89.Although I can watch a good movie over and over again I rarely re-read books.

90.Vacuuming is my favorite household chore.

91.I think the Dyson vacuum is the most amazing vacuum ever and now that I have one will probably never own anything else.

92.I refuse to scrapbook.

93.My first live concert was the Indigo Girls when I was in college.

94.I've only gone to the movie by myself once. It was Runaway Bride.

95.I've established a strict "no pets" rule at our house.

96.I started wearing glasses when I was in the 6th grade.

97.My first car was a '94 Mazda 626 with a sunroof.

98.I don't use an alarm clock. I've always had the ability to just tell myself what time I want to wake up in the morning, and I do.

99.Despite years of dance and gymnastics I can no longer do a cart wheel. But I can still stand on my head.

100. And I'm done!!!!


Jen said...

Wow, I am so impressed with this list. I could so not do this. Of course, I would have to come up with like 300 things b.c that is the number I am coming up on. Crazy!

orangemily said...

Wow, I read all 100!
#99 - I never could do a cartwheel.
98 - No alarm clock, wow that's talent!
50 - I have done the Scottish Highland Dancing. Everytime the Comm Ed brochure comes I circle ballroom dance and other classes I want to take, but never get around to it.
26 - I could never do that, but only because the dog would get to the leftover graham crackers before lunch.
18 - C'mon, I liked the new Indiana Jones!
16 - So if all 3 were surprises, how can you be so sure there's not another surprise in the future? (I'm not trying to jinx you, just chuckling at the irony).
12 - So sweet!

Bonnie said...

Cool. I learned a couple new things about you. You will not learn anything new about me, because it would take me a month to come up with 100 things.

Ryan said...

It was a 94? So my first car, like 6 years later, is a year older than your first car? Hmm...

Nicole said...

@Ryan-when I was typing this up I thought it was a '94, but the more I've thought about it since publishing I'm starting to think it was actually an '89. I mostly just don't know what I'm talking about and nothing I say can be trusted. :)

Nicole said...

Dang! All week I've been meaning to add "I love to watch old Cosby Show re-runs" to my list, and then forgot. So there, now you get 101 things. :)

anndrea said...

I really enjoyed reading that. I didn't realize how much you had done in broadcasting, you should be very proud of yourself. I used to have a secret crush on John Travolta now I look back and think What was I thinking?!? Looking forward to your 200 list :)

HeidiPie said...

You are so cool! I loved reading it too! I miss hanging out.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

I can relate to #24, 46 and 70! Well, and more, too... But congrats on reaching 100! That's fab.

Andria said...

So, I would read along and think, "Wow! We have so much in common. That's why we must be cousins." And then you'd say something about being a neat freak and loving to vacuum and refusing to scrapbook, and I'd think, "And that's why we're not sisters." Love ya, my sweet!

Em said...

my 2nd car was a mazda mx- 6 witha sr, love it!
i loved harrisson till he got old and did a few skanky movies, LOVE fugitive!
i had no idea you graduated from USU! me too! you prolly know that though!
what else, there was a bunch wanted to comment on...
oh, i gave away my g foreman grill because i NEVER use it!
oh, dan in real life was great!
ok, i cant remember what else...anyway, cute idea for a post!