I am brain dead. I am tired. But I love Caffeinated Randomness so I must participate.
In honor of the fact that Andrea from Under Grace Over Coffee likes to keep things random, I have decided to post “25 Random Things About Natalie” that no one actually may really care about but that’s OK. Did I mention that I’m tired tonight? Here it goes, friends:
1. I have the song “Take Over Me” by Aaron Shust stuck in my head at the moment. Click on the video above and listen while you read – consider it my gift to you today.
2. My two boys have the same initials but I didn’t realize it until my younger was two months old and someone asked if I had done that on purpose. Umm…No.
3. When we found out we would be having a baby girl with our first child, we decided on the name “Amelia Susannah.” After two days, we realized we would need to switch that around a bit because think of the initials of a little girl named Amelia Susannah Snapp…Poor thing.
4. Sometimes I don’t notice things. Clearly.
5. I’m a whole to part kind of person. I must see the “big picture” before I formulate my game plan.
6. I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2002. Before I had children.
7. I threw myself into running when I went through my divorce back in 2001. I channeled Forrest Gump.
8. My husband is the man I admire most in this world. I love that man with an intensity I’ve never known until now. I know…Gag.
9. I am an obsessive reader of People magazine. If I don’t get it on Thursday, my husband will roll his eyes as I contemplate out-loud if the mail carrier could have possibly taken my copy to read over the weekend.
10. Sometimes I can be illogical. Clearly.
11. My Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group is fantastically wonderful. I love the women I have met there who have become my sisters.
12. I went to the National Conference this past fall and was led in worship by Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Matthew West, and Plumb. Now if that doesn’t move you, nothing will.
13. I love a good glass of Chardonnay. Particularly La Crema and Sonoma Cutrer. Yum…
14. My fingernails WILL NOT grow and if they do, they break immediately. So annoying.
15. I’m trying to be a runner again.
16. I have to make my bed before I get into it at night. This means that if I didn’t make my bed that day, I would have to make it before I get into at night.
17. Sometimes I make no logical sense to my husband.
18. I’m an obsessive reader. It’s really pretty out of control.
19. I caved and bought a Nook, which is Barnes and Noble’s equivalent to the Kindle. This old-school book girl LOVES it…
20. I dream of getting a freelance writing career up and going NOW.
21. But I have a lot to learn and am discovering it’s a slow process of figuring out how it all works.
22. I’m trusting God’s plan for me though sometimes admittedly I struggle with surrendering this to Him.
23. I used to teach elementary students – second and third grade multiage and Title One Reading. I loved it.
24. I also did professional development for educators for four years. I had the opportunity to travel the state and work with educators in the area of literacy. I loved that, too.
25. But the best job I’ve done so far is being home with my babies. I don’t get these years back. Yes, I have days when I think I might just be losing it (which is probably pretty accurate) but it’s worth it. So worth it…I plan to reinvent myself for when they are all in school – see number 20.
I hope you enjoyed some “random stuff” about me! Click here for more “Caffeinated Randomness”. Have a spectacular weekend, friends!
Your list had a lot in common with me; it was fun to read it! Let’s see, I love La Crema – check. Love my MOPS group – check. Love my kids and plan a reinvention as well – check. And yes, I have to make my bed before I get into it at night. Feel comforted that you are not the only one. :) I found you on SITS and love your blog!
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I think we just might need to arrange a “make your bed before getting into it at night” convention. It will include La Crema, People magazine, and Kindles. (or in the case of me, the Nook)
Thanks for reading and commenting, Julie!
Your list is great! The name thing is too funny. I can related to many things…I have a dream to run a marathon someday, I’m working at it; I must have a fresh made bed to climb into (my hubby thinks I’m nuts, love him so much!), I helped start our local MOPS group 10 years ago, what a blessing it is to connect with other moms, and my favorite job is being with my kiddo’s… I love lists, might do one like this next week :)
Why yes, yes we do, Annika! List away – can’t wait to read it!
Good thing you caught what might have been an interesting set of initials.
Run Forrest… run!! ;) That is a great thing to throw yourself into.
Admiring and loving your husband so deeply is not ‘gag’ worthy… it’s wonderful!
Sometimes I wonder if our mailman ‘borrows’ magazines for the weekends?? HMM??
Write Forrest… write! ;) That is a fantastic dream to have!
I enjoyed your ‘random’ list very much! :)
.-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Caffeinated Randomness =-.
Yes, I’m pretty sure my daughter will be grateful someday when she is old enough to hear the story. I’m running and writing, girl! Loved your Forrest comments…
LOL! I love that there are so many other nuts out there who also make their beds at 11pm before climbing in! Cheers!
.-= firstname.lastname@example.org´s last blog ..Disaster Averted =-.
Me, too! Glad to know you are one of them! :)
Okay the name thing made me laugh :)
I am a book lover too. I must get a kindle this year. The ability to carry that many books with me where ever I go? A little piece of heaven on earth!!
I am a People magazine lover too!
I enjoyed you list a lot :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
.-= Christy´s last blog ..Caffeinated Randomness :: Ramblings from the Squeaker. =-.
Thanks, Christy. You are an avid reader (like me!) and you would LOVE LOVE LOVE the Kindle (I have a Nook but they are the same). You can’t read People on it (it won’t be in color so then what is the point?) but you can read books like crazy and not have to carry ten of them around with you. It eventually pays for itself, too, because the books are much cheaper…That’s my rationale…:)
haha – this IS random! Great list – I think it’s so funny that you almost gave your daughter A** for initials!! haha :) Happy Friday and I hope you get to rest a bit!
.-= Lauren´s last blog ..Caffeinated Randomness: Things that make us happy : ) =-.
You are very wise for rethinking some things, you know what I am saying. You have so much going on right now. How wonderful that you are re-running, which can be the most painful kind of runner there is. Also, more writing. That sounds so exciting. I can’t wait to hear more.
Thanks, Tracy. Yes, re-running is a bit of challenge since this body doesn’t work like it used to…I’ll get there but for now, it is frustrating to know where I was THEN and where I am NOW. However, wouldn’t trade those little faces for even a three minute mile!
Your MOPS group loves you too girlie!
I love to read and write too!
I think it is awesomethat you love your hubby so fiercely!
PS-I might copy your idea here! :) I did one a while ago, but feel the need to update!
.-= Theresa´s last blog ..Best Friends Forever-(Book Worm Wednesday) =-.
Thanks, Theresa! I do love my husband something fierce. That man…(head shakes)
Copy away, sister!
Number three and number sixteen crack me up!! Sixteen, is that really true….you have to make your bed before you get in it! Hysterical, although sadly I totally get it!!
Sadie at heyMamas
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Yes. Sadly enough, it is true. I am so thrilled to know there are others like me out there…:)
I can so relate to #20!
.-= jubilee´s last blog ..Flip Flopping over the Issue =-.
Go for it, girl!
What do you like to read? I’m a sap and I love the romance authors Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs. Christmas romance stories are my downfall.
Hmm… This is a hard question for me to answer. I tend to like realistic fiction and almost always go for the stories of survivors (I wonder why…Hmm….) I do not care for science fiction or mysteries though I know I am in the minority on this. I have not ever read Christian literature though I have had friends tell me that I must. If you like Amish stories, you would love “Plain Truth” by Jodi Picoult. She used to be my favorite writer (I much prefer her early stuff) and this one is from a while ago. It’s amazing.
Thanks for reading and commenting, Gail!
I forgot to mention that I love ALL Christian Amish stories and read every author that I can find.
Seriously, THREE CR posts today referencing the Kindle?!I can’t stand it – God is obviously trying to tell me I need one in my life! ;)
I’ve missed you – I am glad my life is back to normal again!
.-= Andrea´s last blog ..Caffeinated Randomness: Hello! (and a very random post) =-.
Thanks, Andrea. I’m glad your life is back to normal again, too! :) And yes…You MUST get a Kindle, girl. I absolutely think this is what God is telling you to do…;)
just catching up on your posts. man I do suck at this sometimes!! lol
Love all the randomness.. that is totally how I roll.
I feel amazingly blessed for the man I have, the authentic group of women in my MOPS group, the Chardonnay, the illogical-ness, the whole /part kinda person, and the bed.. oh. yes the bed.
as far as reading.. not so much unless it has pictures/price tags or scrappy designs! =)
thanks for sharing your self!!
Too funny – you do not suck at this, Elizabeth. You do what you can when you can do it just like all of us moms.
I am SO glad I am not the only freak with the making the bed thing – I am thrilled with the amount of people who have written in to say they do the same thing! My husband is just shaking his head even more now but at least he knows I have some good company… I love to know about everyone’s quirks!
Thanks for reading, Elizabeth!