In honor of this, my 500th post. (Not all 500 are up for your viewing pleasure; I took several down a few months ago for personal reasons. Just trust me when I say there are 500 of them.)
1. My parents couldn't decide on a name; my dad liked conservative stuff and my mom liked less common, hippy stuff. They settled on naming me Elizabeth but calling me Buffy.
2. I have never been called anything but Buffy.
3. This has caused a lot of problems at doctor's offices and pharmacies.
4. I never met my maternal grandfather, since he died before I was born.
5. When I was very little, I told my mom and my aunt that I missed my grandfather whom I'd never met.
6. When I was little I stayed with my maternal grandma whenever my mom had to run errands.
7. My grandma and I would play board games, like Parcheesi and Sorry, and watch soap operas.
8. My mom was a stay-at-home mom until I was a teenager.
9. I have always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom.
10. My dad and I can't seem to understand each other.
11. My sister and I were very close when we were growing up.
12. We aren't so close now.
13. My sister is 5'9 and weighs 108 pounds.
14. I have a half-sister and a half-brother who live in Tennessee.
15. The person I refer to as "my sister", India, is really a half-sister as well, but we grew up together so we've never really recognized the "half".
16. I have always said I wanted to have three children, all boys.
17. I have two step-sons, Kane and Jude, and one son, Reed. GO AHEAD AND LAUGH GOD SINCE YOU GAVE ME WHAT I WANTED.
18. I sometimes worry about what kind of person I must be considering what kind of person Jason's last wife is.
19. My earliest memories are of sitting in my window in our house in Centerville, and my mom telling me that if I listened hard enough, I could hear God talking to me.
20. It is a happy memory for me.
21. I also remember sitting in our dirt driveway with my mom, digging doodlebug holes and singing for the doodlebugs to come out.
22. I thought going to college would guarantee a decent job and few money problems.
23. I was wrong.
24. I am wrong a lot.
25. I am surrounded by people who aren't afraid to stick by me even though I am wrong so much.
26. I am right a lot more often than I let myself admit.
27. I worry all the time about us having let Kane and Jude move back in with their mother.
28. I have some very deep and intense feelings of resentment and pain that I can't seem to let go of.
29. Jason astounds me all the time with his wit, intelligence, compassion, and humility.
30. I hope one day I can have all those traits.
31. I have a degree in Philosophy. I really like to talk shit.
32. My favorite animal is a possum.
33. When I was little my mom called me Possum Pie.
34. I have been to New Orleans seven times, and every single time I have felt like I was finally home.
35. I wish that I had the balls to move away, but I would be so sad because I really don't think I want to move.
36. I like my job.
37. This is the first job I've ever had in which I've felt respected and appreciated.
38. I love Coca Cola.
39. I love cheap beer.
40. One of my favorite things to do is sit on my front porch and drink a beer with Jason and my friends.
41. Jason and I have worked very hard to make our marriage work.
42. Jason is my best friend.
43. I also have girlfriends including my mom who are my best friends too.
44. I believe in Jesus. I think he loves us.
45. I try very hard to be the sort of person Jesus would want me to be.
46. I do not always succeed.
47. I try very hard not to pass judgement on other people.
48. Unless they're wearing something really stupid.
49. I get my feelings hurt pretty easily.
50. That is something I am striving to change.
51. My friends/family/whomever can make mistakes and know that I will not judge and my love for them won't change.
52. I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
53. I know that two spaces are supposed to go after a period when you're typing.
54. I make really good brownies.
55. I can't think about, talk about, or watch gross stuff while I eat, because then I can't stop thinking that whatever is in my mouth is whatever gross thing I've just thought about, talked about, or watched (bugs, snakes, surgery grossness on tv, etc.). The only other person I know who has this problem is Lindsey. We weird.
56. Some trends that I initially disdained but now like include skinny jeans, slouchy boots, and pointy-toed shoes.
57. I have never liked Burger King.
58. I am bad with money.
59. I am a youngest sibling.
60. I am currently reading Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Heather Armstrong's most recent book, and a parenting book.
61. I got in trouble when I was a kid for stealing an arrowhead from my 4th grade teacher.
62. I totally freeze up in the presence of famous people. I just can't act like a normal human.
63. That probably applies to life in general, not just being around famous people.
64. I had a pretty easy pregnancy.
65. During my pregnancy those Mastercard commercials with the lost dog would come on and I would cry my eyeballs out.
66. I also frequently literally laughed until I cried; I mean I would laugh and then immediately start crying. Pregnancy hormones: scary as fuck.
67. I loved being pregnant, and if Jason and I could afford another baby I would totally want one.
68. I would have to trick Jason into it, as he's already said, "FUCK, BUFFY, I have three kids. That's enough."
69. My cousin is Caitlin Kiernan.
70. If I didn't have to worry about working, I would stay up late and sleep late every day.
71. I can eat box after box of wintergreen Tic Tacs.
72. I once ate an entire box of wintergreen Tic Tacs at one time.
73. I can also tell you that that means I ate exactly 40 wintergreen Tic Tacs at once.
74. I think maybe I know too much about Tic Tacs.
75. Reed is named after my great grandfather, Reed Roe Ramey. Here is more info about that.
76. I would really, really like to have a little girl in our family. (Lindsey, I really love Ava, but I wish I had one that I made.)
77. I am scared that talking on my cell phone too much is going to give me brain tumors.
78. I am sad that Reed will never again be a tiny baby who drools on my shoulder.
79. I am still glad that we are on our way to being potty trained and not throwing writhing, bucking fits on the floor.
80. I took piano lessons for 13 years.
81. I cannot write fiction for SHIT. Seriously painful.
82. When I was a kid I liked to eat the powdered cheese that comes with macaroni right out of the packet. With a spoon.
83. I was also known to eat the powdered hot chocolate mix right out of the packet.
84. I am sometimes proud of myself.
85. I am sometimes ashamed of myself.
86. My paternal grandparents are both pretty sick, and I can't bring myself to visit them.
87. Mortality, my own and that of others, scares the shit out of me.
88. This swine flu thing scared me at first. Now it seems to have dropped off the planet.
89. I voted for Barack Obama.
90. I support freeing Leonard Peltier.
91. I drink a lot of water.
92. When I was 11, my mom and I drove from Leeds, Alabama to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It took 2 1/2 days.
93. On that trip we had a flat tire. A really nice young man stopped and changed it for us and told us he had just come home from Desert Storm because his wife and baby died in a car wreck due to some problem with driving on a spare. He asked us to be careful.
94. I like the Beatles, They Might Be Giants, Ben Folds, and Deee Lite.
95. I am obsessive about washing my hands after doing things like taking out the trash, scooping out the cat litter, sweeping the house, and other general cleaning activities.
96. When I was in high school, I either wanted to grow up to be an actress, a lawyer, or a pilot for the air force.
97. I feel devastatingly uncool when I'm around hipsters.
98. I generally trust people too quickly and easily.
99. I can't stand to step on bugs.
100. I really like the book Confederacy of Dunces.