I (and Mr. G) went on a long-awaited, much-anticipated road trip with my dear friend Melissa today. (The road trip deserves its own post!) I spent almost 4 hours driving to/from Melissa's house: just me and Mr. G in a very quiet vehicle. See, when I drive by myself these days - which happens very rarely - I take that opportunity to just sit and soak in silence.
I used that 4 hours of quiet time oh-so-productively: This post popped into my head, almost fully formed.
In honor of me turning the big 4-0 yesterday, here are - in no particular order - 40 little-known facts about me. Some I'm proud of...some, not so much...
1. I'm named after my two grandmothers:
Joyce (maternal grandmother) - Jo
Lillian (paternal grandmother) - --li
"Joli" - the most creative/rebellious thing my raised-in-the-60s parents ever did. Seriously.
2. My dad's job moved us frequently and I lived in 6 different states growing up.
3. I have one sibling...my younger brother Jeff.
4. Growing up I always thought it would be so neat to be part of a big 'ol family.
5. I didn't deserve any more siblings. I was a terribly mean sister.
6. I'm not exaggerating. I've apologized to my brother in recent years, because I feel so bad about how mean I was to him as we were growing up.
7. Do you forgive me, Jeff?
8. I have always loved numbers...math was always my favorite subject.
9. I have previously taken guitar lessons, piano lessons and I played clarinet for 3.5 years in the school band.
10. I can't play guitar, piano or clarinet.
11. Yes, this is my real hair color. I have never dyed my hair.
12. I've come to terms with my hair color now...but growing up I hated it.
13. Now that I've finally come to terms with my red hair, it has started changing: I've begun spotting gray hairs.
14. I plucked out the first few gray hairs I spotted. But I soon realized I better stop that and embrace the gray...or I'll end up as bald-headed as Jas!
15. I saw Milli Vanilli in concert.
16. I went to middle school and the first 3 years of high school down in South Florida.
17. My dad's job moved my family to Colorado the summer before my senior year in high school.
18. I was very upset with my parents because of #17!
19. I scored a 4 on my AP Calculus exam.
20. A few weeks before starting college I totally changed my mind about where I wanted to go, and instead of going to Colorado College I ended up attending University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
21. I met Jas at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
22. I was engaged to another man when Jas and I first met.
23. I did not break off my engagement because of Jason...but we did start dating within just a few weeks.
24. I always had at least one job during college...and for a time, I had two jobs.
25. I function better/smarter/more efficiently when my plate is full.
26. When my plate crosses the line from "full" to "too full" I freak out. It is not pretty.
27. I lost all the hearing in my left ear when I was 20-years old.
28. I graduated magna cum laude from University of Colorado with a degree in Finance, and I was chosen by the Finance Department professors as the "Outstanding Undergraduate in Finance" in my graduating class.
29. I have to stop and think really hard when setting the table if I want to place the utensils correctly.
30. I have zero common sense. Not. even. kidding.
31. I am incapable of NOT making the bed in the morning...even if I'm staying in a hotel.
32. At different times growing up - and even after first getting married - I said I didn't intend to have any children.
33. 2 1/2 years after graduating from college, Jas and I went back to school together and each earned our MBAs. My MBA degree is in Services Management.
34. In my B.C. life ("before children") I was an analyst in the managed money division of a stock brokerage firm.
35. I earned my Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses.
36. I have so thoroughly blocked out my B.C. life that I can't even remember what "Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses" mean...or how they differ from one another.
37. Number 31 might make you think that I am a neat-freak. You'd be wrong. Just come see my house. (but call first...)
38. Steel Magnolias is my very favorite movie of all time. I can quote a disturbing amount of lines from this movie.
39. Prior to age 26, I would have told you I was a Christian because I believed there was a God, and I thought as long as I did more good than bad - or behaved better than the average Joe - I would surely earn a spot in heaven. When I was 26 I finally got it: I am a wretched sinner. But thankfully it's not about me and what I have or haven't done. It's about Him and what He did for me. I asked Him to be my personal savior. He's been writing my story ever since. He has written my story much differently than I ever thought it would go...
40. ...and I wouldn't change one. single. thing!