Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck 101

1. I was born at the stroke of midnight in beautiful Calgary, Canada.

Neighboring Moraine Lake

2. I was a fussy baby; my mother says the only reason I’m still alive is because my grandma saved me.

3. I still remember the marathon tantrums I threw as a child.

4. I loved to camp with my family. I have fond memories of panic attacks as we listened to the bears rummage through the garbage bins outside our camper.

5. I had a happy childhood but remember my parents fighting a lot.

6. I had many great friends in my neighborhood growing up, all of whom I remain in contact.

7. Most of their parents are divorced.

8. My parents are still together and live in the house I grew up in.

9. I have never broken a bone in my body. I received stitches in my ear when I was 6 after Peter Jamison ripped my butterfly earring out. I didn’t tell my parents about it for a while because I liked grossing all my friends out.

10. I am sandwiched between two brothers; we are four and five years apart. We were never overly close growing up.

11. All three of us were educated in the U.S. and married Americans.

12. I was raised LDS (Mormon) but never really gained a personal testimony of the faith until college.

13. I only have two cousins, one on each side. I haven’t seen either of them in years.

14. My dad’s parents were poor immigrant farmers from the Ukraine. They lived in Manitoba so I rarely saw them.

15. My mother comes from a line of wealthy farmers/land owners. For years, there have been ridiculous disputes over the family money.

16. I spent many wonderful weekends and holidays on my grandparent’s farm (mom’s side) in Raymond, Alberta.

17. To this day, I still hate the smell of farms.

18. One of my favorite memories is sneaking quarters out of my dad’s change drawer and buying chocolate bars from the nearby golf course.

19. I started my awkward stage as a tween. I hope to grow out of it next year.

20. I was a regional champ in long jump and placed second at city’s. I also raced in the 400 meters but hated it and hid in the stands when my race was called.

21. I worked as a waitress from the time I was 13 at my mom’s English tea room and gift shop. I blew ludicrous amounts of money on clothes.

22. I won best all-around athlete and scholar in sixth grade. I was madly in love with my teacher, Mr. Monroe. To this day, Lionel Ritchie’s song, “Hello” reminds me of him.

23. I had a crush on my community basketball coach, Steve Christmas. He once drove me home from a game and joked I was fogging up the windows. I didn’t breathe the rest of the way home.

24. In junior high, I won Athlete of the Year. I was madly in love with my gym teacher, Mr. Banks.

25. I went to volleyball camp every summer for four years. I always had crushes on my coaches (sensing a pattern here?)

26. In high school, I was recognized in the Calgary Herald’s Sports Hall of Fame. I looked stoned in my picture that appeared in the paper.

27. My dad and I were outdoor buddies growing up. Some of my best memories are when we went roller-blading, ice skating, biking, hiking, and cross-country and alpine skiing together.

28. I first learned to swear as a child when he’d ditch me on the ski slopes. This created a resolve and determination to always keep up.

29. I played the piano in Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music for eight years. I quit right before I would have been able to teach or actually do something with it.

30. I dreamed of playing college soccer but had to quit when I blew out my ankle at tryouts for Alberta’s Provincial Team when I was 15.

31. I spent the next few years biking hundreds of miles on Calgary’s extensive network of bike paths.

32. I slacked off all through high school. My parents never asked to see one report card because I had previously excelled academically.

33. Two of my favorite high school memories are when the Olympics came to Calgary and when the Calgary Flames won the Stanley Cup.

34. Despite being outgoing and social, I was shy around guys in high school.

35. As a teen-ager, I was obsessed with buying a Cabriolet Convertible.

36. My car in high school was a Mercury Lynx named Burt, whose theme song was “Doing the Locomotion.”

37. Burt died the week before my sophomore year of college. My parents bought me a Honda Civic and I had two days to learn how to drive a stick. It is the only time I have ever seen my dad lose his patience.

38. My parents gave me an enormous amount of freedom and always trusted me. I never had a curfew.

39. I once hit a car in the school’s parking lot and bolted. I was busted at dinner later that day by my brother, who said his friend witnessed the whole thing.

40. I worked as a movie extra the summer of my junior year and had my first real kiss from a fellow extra. He turned out to be a creep.

41. I got kicked out of math my senior year for cutting too many classes and had to go to summer school before I started college.

42. I never drank, smoked or did drugs in high school and was always the designated driver for all my friends. Sick of it, I quit going to parties my senior year.

43. My first semester of college, I backpacked across the western United States on a life-changing course called The Natural Field Expedition.

44. Some of the friends I made then still remain my closest today.

Cruising Jackson Hole with Expedition Friend Jason

45. I love entertaining and throwing parties but am uncomfortable when people throw parties for me.

46. I almost married my college freshman boyfriend. We were together a total of five years.

47. I served an 18-month LDS mission to Switzerland and France in 1993-4. I still love the people and culture to this day.

48. I was elected Executive Director of Public Relations for BYU’s student government my junior year. It was my favorite year of college.

49. My car was hit and run over by a semi on the interstate in March 2006. We should have been killed but it became one my most powerful witnesses of God’s protective power.

50. My worst date ever was when my almost-boyfriend took me to see a film for his biology class–Conception and Fetal Development: A Nine-Month Journey. On Valentine’s Day.

51. I did a study abroad to Jerusalem my final semester. We lived in Israel, Egypt and Jordan.
I remain fascinated with Ancient Scripture and the Middle East.

52. I dreamed of becoming a war correspondent and applied as an intern for CNN’s Jerusalem bureau. They didn’t accept interns in war-torn countries Go figure.

53. I was offered an internship in broadcast journalism for CNN’s Crossfire in D.C. and as a publicist for SkiUtah. I chose to pursue PR.

54. I changed jobs every year during my career. Most of my positions were in Utah’s outdoor/adventure-travel industry.

55. I worked in every forum of communication: TV, radio and print journalism.

56. I was career-obsessed during my 20s because I was afraid of settling down and having kids.
57. I dated a lot and dragged out many relationships, using them as a security blanket.

58. I hiked or ran every trail along Utah’s Wasatch Front. I usually did it solo before or after work.

59. I love popping zits.

60. I traveled extensively during my career; Waterton, Alberta (a gorgeous mountain resort) is still my favorite destination.


61. My list of future travels includes Alaska, Nepal, Patagonia and I would love to backpack The West Coast Trail in British Columbia. I have always loathed Las Vegas.

62. I am a perfect mix of my parents. I have my mom’s outgoing personality but also enjoy spending time by myself in the outdoors like my dad.

63. I got married when I was 30, considered old-maid status in the LDS church.

64. My mom lamented for years that I would never get married.

65. I met my husband, Jamie, on the Internet and knew from the start he was The One.

66. He proposed to me before we even met. The same week my ex-boyfriend also proposed to me.

67. Jamie and I were married in Denver’s LDS temple six months from the time we first started writing.

68. My wedding day was the best day of my life.

69. We both remained abstinent until our wedding night.

70. We went on our honeymoon to Costa Rica.

71. Jamie hit a bus with our rental car, his first accident ever.

72. Jamie is the sweetest, funniest, most wise and worthy man I have ever known.

73. Despite many good friends and acquaintances, I am remiss I don’t have any super close female confidents since I moved to Colorado.

74. We lived with Jamie’s parents for six months while I was pregnant with Hadley, waiting for our house to be built.

75. I am very close to my in-laws and am grateful they live only a few minutes away.

76. Being a mom has been a roller-coaster of the best and worst days I’ve ever had.

77. I wouldn’t trade my new role for the world.

78. The main thing that has kept me sane as a mom has been my mom’s hiking group. I have regularly hit the trail with Haddie and Bode since they were six weeks old.

79. Sometimes, I still find it hard to believe I’m a mom.

80. The toughest thing about motherhood for me is ensuring I stay busy. I am not a homebody and despise being stuck in the house.

81. My favorite treat is cookie dough. I’d much rather eat the dough than the cooked product.

82. I have a Kleenex box in every room and blow my nose an average of 50 times a day.

83. My water broke with Hadley while blowing my nose at Einsteins’ Bagels.

84. I am still utterly grossed out with every poopy diaper I change.

85. Despite having a crafty, domestic goddess mother, I cannot even thread a sewing machine.

86. The only thing I would change about Jamie is his crappy health. In the past 10 years, he has had cancer, heart problems, knee surgery and a hernia (to name a few). His latest ailment is palydromic rheumatism.

87. I have always been healthy. Except for my overactive snot reserves.

88. My favorite television programs are Lost, The Office, and The Amazing Race. I have never watched a full episode of American Idol.

89. I would like to only have two children but know we’re supposed to have three.

90. My biggest pet peeves: snooty, flakey and critical people.

91. I hate talking on the phone. I always have. So if you do call, don’t be offended when I don’t call back. Use email.

92. My biggest turn-on is watching how great Jamie is with Hadley and Bode. Oh, and having my hair massaged.

93. The only thing I truly miss about my career is writing. Blogging has helped fill that void.

94. If I had loads of money, I would still stay home with my children but would hire a nanny to help me.

95. I have a secret dream of coming into a lot of money so Jamie and I could start up our own foundations and travel the world with our family.

96. I would like to become more involved in community programs that help homeless families with new babies. It is heartbreaking for me to think about so many children being born into the world without their basic needs being met.

97. My favorite way to spend the day is hiking in the mountains with my family.

98. My favorite way to spend the night is during Family Snuggles when we read, laugh, say prayers and put Haddie and Bode to bed. Jamie and I then stay up talking about our day or watching TV.

99. I love my family and consider myself blessed to have them.

100. I never thought I’d come up with 100 items about my life!

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