Today I’m celebrating my 27th birthday, and to do so I’ve decided to share 27 thoughts with you.
1. I really don’t like bell peppers, even though I’ve tried really hard to like them. I just can’t do it. I don’t, however, mind them minced and cooked into things. Also, canned vegetables (except tomatoes) make me gag.
2. When I was a junior/senior in high school, I decided I was going to celebrate graduating from high school with a road trip. Not just any road trip, however. I was going to drive to every LDS temple in the United States, except Hawaii. I’m thinking I also decided against Alaska. Epic road trip, going through every state in the United States, except the 2 I just mentioned. There were about 45 temples to visit, at that time. I called every state’s travel department and they all sent me free maps and travel brochures. I hung them all up on my bedroom walls, attempting to recreate a giant map of the United States (difficult to do, since the maps were all in different scales). I had all of my routes planned, had even decided what I was going to pack and whom I was taking with me.
My sweet Grandmother knew about my plans (through my Mom) and decided to take me on a much more realistic, but still epic, road trip, instead. We loaded ourselves into her RV, along with my best friend Leslie, and my Uncle Dave (who has Down’s Syndrome and lives with my Grandma) and we drove from Anaheim, California to Palmyra, New York. We had many adventures, including performing proxy baptisms in the newly dedicated Nauvoo, Illinois temple, watching the Hill Cumorah Pageant, seeing Niagra Falls, witnessing the world’s creepiest organ recital in Chicago, and running over a newborn kitten in Indiana.
3. Last month when Evelyn wasn’t sleeping very well I decided that I was going to start eating dairy again. I’ve pretty much stopped all my diet restrictions, although I still use rice milk instead of dairy on my cereal and in dishes where it doesn’t make a difference. Last night I had ice cream with bacon in it. I decided it wasn’t really the best way to celebrate my first ice cream in 8 months…
4. I decided last week that I wasn’t going to get online at all this week, except via my iPod. I spend way too much time blog-hopping, and since I have a really busy week this week, I figured this would be a good one to try. That lasted until 8:00 this morning when I decided I wanted to put something on Netflix while I folded the laundry. Ah, well.
5. I spent my entire childhood not liking chocolate in (almost) any form. I would peel it off my candy bars, lick out the insides of my Cadbury eggs, only eat the cream filling in my Oreos, slice off the edges of my Neapolitan ice cream, and pick out the chocolate chips in my cookies. I did, however, like my cousin Heidi’s chocolate cake, and some brownies. Fudgey things were always pretty good, I suppose. It wasn’t until I was pregnant that I ever really craved chocolate in any form, and to this day, chocolate really isn’t my thing. I don’t think I will ever be tempted by chocolate ice cream, but you can load up my vanilla with some hot fudge sauce! (I’m eating a Symphony bar with toffee and almonds as I write this, I guess all I mean is that I’m picky when it comes to chocolate.)
6. Today I’m hoping to spend my birthday building a container garden. Even though our last several years of container gardening have brought expensive heartbreak, I’m determined to try again. I’m hoping that our landlords will let me hang a topsy turvy planter in front of our apartment. I’ll let you know how it goes.
7. I want a farm. A real, honest-to-goodness farm. I want acres of land with a milk cow, several chickens (for their eggs), a pig (because they are smart and friendly, not to eat), and some buffalo (to breed and eat). I want a barn and a tractor and muddy boots. I want to be able to grow most of our food in our massive garden and to spend my days outside in a wide-brimmed hat with my children pruning fruit trees and pulling weeds. I’m not quite sure how this dream of mine fits in with Steve’s future career in the State Department, traveling the world, but we are fairly determined to make both of them work.
8. My siblings are some of my favorite people to spend my time with. I so wish we all lived close enough together to have regular game nights and dinners and parties. I want my kids to grow up loving their aunts and uncles and cousins. My greatest wish is to be able to spend the eternities with them, and I pray for them every single day.
9. I prefer Google Chrome as a browser and get upset when I have to use something else. My second preference is Internet Explorer. Anything else and I’ll ask someone else to look it up for me.
10. I have 826 4×6 photos and 296 3×5 photos I’m hoping to digitize in the near future. How long do you think it will take me to sort them?
11. I will only remember your name if I know both your first and last names. This makes getting to know people at church difficult, since we usually introduced as Sister or Brother so-and-so. Also, I’m much more likely to remember your name if I also learn your spouse’s name. Apparently I pair things together fairly well.
12. The Flynn family has developed an addiction to Sing-a-ma-jigs. We have 4 of the harmonious fellows in our house, and are often singing along with them, one syllable at a time.
13. I have 29 finished products that are ready to be listed on Etsy, and I just haven’t done it. Some of them have even had their pictures taken for over a month. I did recently celebrate my 5th sale, and I’m very happy about that.
14. This morning when given a choice of what to have for breakfast I picked a cantaloupe/strawberry smoothie and eggs with spinach, onions, and mushrooms.
15. Steve and I feel that adopting is in our future, most likely from Russian or Ukraine.
16. When it comes to remembering names, I also do better if I know how to spell your name, because I picture it spelled out in my mind when I remember it. For example, it took me a good 6 months or more to realize my friends Carrie and Kari had the same name, and that only occurred to me because they were talking about it to each other.
17. In junior high I watched a video in science class of an eye surgery. It was the most painfully disturbing thing I’ve ever watched.
18. In college I was asked to help dissect the cadavers. It was much less disturbing than the video in junior high, but I had to shove a lot of menthol up my nose.
19. I really like upside-down cakes- pineapple, German chocolate, caramel… I really like cake in general.
20. As a kid my favorite doll was Blue Bonnett Sue- a doll that you got by mailing in margarine labels. I remember vividly when she got destroyed enough that my mom threw her away. I was devastated.
21. Nothing makes Evelyn laugh as much as fart noises. It must be genetic. And I don’t mean from me.
22. Steve and I have a nearly complete collection of Dr. Seuss and Boxcar Children books, and we keep a list of the ones we need with us at all times in case we find them.
23. The main reason I want to sew clothes for Evelyn is because I want to save them for my grandkids. I really wish I had an outfit or 2 saved from when I was a little that I could dress her in. I’m fairly nostalgic.
24. My wedding ring has 21 diamonds. Steve and I joke that it represents one diamond for each of our children.
25. As of 1:50 pm today, I’ve had 25 people wish me a happy birthday on Facebook.
26. Yes, I know my facts are getting shorter and shorter, but that is because I’m ready to walk out the door and I want to post this and get it over with.
27. I have spent 27 wonderful years growing older, smarter, and bigger. I’m happier than I’ve ever been and I’m so excited to see what the next 27 will bring. Especially if it is 20 more kids. Just kidding. Sorta.