100 things about me…

(you can also learn more about me by reading the links on the “Classic Karla” page)

Following along in typical blogging fashion, may I present you with 100 things about me, in honor of my 100th post (I am shocked it took me so long to get that many posts!)

Please try to pretend you are interested. Or at least don’t snore too loudly…
(this is also counting as my Thursday 13, ’cause, though it is not on the list, I am LAZY)

  1. I was born in Decatur, Alabama
  2. The year was 1971
  3. I am the youngest of three
  4. I have two older brothers
  5. My dad was overseas, with the Army when I was born
  6. He didn’t see me until I was about 6 months old
  7. I have a letter that he wrote to my mom when he got the news that I was a girl
  8. It made me cry when I found it because it was so sweet to get a glimpse of how thrilled my dad was with that news
  9. and at the time I read it, I was in my crazy white lip-stick and plum-colored hair phase
  10. I don’t have many good photos/pictures from those days
  11. When I go to the church I grew up in, every one always goes on about how pretty and grown up I am
  12. I know it’s because they worried it wouldn’t turn out that way…
  13. My anniversary is July 12, 1997
  14. My husband and I got engaged 2 weeks after we met
  15. We were married 3 months later.
  16. Every year on our anniversary we wonder who lost a bet that year
  17. I left my whole bag of “beauty things” in my parents car and didn’t have a lick of makeup, hair dryer, comb – nothin’ of the sort – for my honeymoon
  18. And we were too broke to go out and buy more when I had a whole bag of it back home
  19. Obviously, not the look I was hoping for upon being hitched to my Prince Charming
  20. My husband and I moved around a lot when we were first married, with his job
  21. We were married in Frederick, Maryland; then moved to Huntingdon, PA; Springfield, OR; Las Vegas; Peterborough, NH, Myrtle Beach, SC; Plainsboro, NJ; Park Falls, WI, back to MD for a year, then to Nashville, TN
  22. It was awesome getting to see parts of the country that we probably never would have gotten to otherwise
  23. New Jersey – I could live the rest of my life NEVER going back and be oh, so content (sorry to anyone living in NJ; our experience there was less than desirable)
  24. I do not like the beach
  25. except in the fall
  26. and I don’t like swimming in the ocean
  27. I do like sailing though
  28. I was once pulled on stage at a Chris Issak concert.
  29. by the bass player, not Chris Issak
  30. Other concerts I’ve been to: Howard Jones, Paul Young, Nik Kershaw, Billy Idol, The Cult, U2, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, Bush, Better than Ezra, Bobby McFerrin, FFH
  31. I’m a girl with ecclectic tastes
  32. I gave away 2nd row Dave Matthews tickets to go skiing
  33. I love to ski
  34. I have not been skiing since 1996 (when I gave the tickets away)
  35. That needs to change, real soon
  36. I love the sound of trains going by
  37. Since college, I have almost always managed to live in a town with a train where I could hear it’s whistle blowing
  38. I’ve actually created a list of goals
  39. I intend to meet them all…
  40. wish me luck
  41. I’ve always wanted long hair but would get tired of it when it got to that in-between stage, and I’d cut it off
  42. Right now, my hair is the longest I’ve ever had it
  43. I hardly had any hair until I was 3
  44. I used to ask for “down-hair” when I was little
  45. I have a thick gray spot on the front left side of my hair.
  46. I’ve had it since my mid/late twenties (maybe earlier, but I continued coloring my hair even after my plum-colored days)
  47. Now, I have gray all over
  48. It is so resistant to color – stylists have tried everything
  49. So, I have been going lighter and lighter with my hair blending it in with light highlights
  50. After the birth of my second child, I started suffering from panic attacks
  51. My first big panic attack was when I was flying to MD, by myself, with two of my kids (Sweetums was 2 and Bug was 6 mos)
  52. An ambulance had to meet me at the gate (no one knew that it was a panic attack)
  53. I am embarassed that I have these attacks – but it is a reality for me, until the Lord chooses to remove that from me.
  54. Until then, I am aware of my “triggers” and have learned how to work through them
  55. They leave me exhausted
  56. I was in a Visual and Performing Arts program in high school (hence #9)
  57. The concept was like Fame, but without the breaking out in song in the hallways…
  58. I always had a drawing pad with me
  59. I was an art major when I started college
  60. But I had a professor that only gave you “A”s if your style was like his.
  61. Mine wasn’t
  62. It took the joy out of my art
  63. So I went into Art Education…
  64. …for a day, until realized how much more “marketable” I’d be with a general Elem Ed degree
  65. I’ve regretted getting out of the design field ever since…
  66. But I am doing something to change that here
  67. I love love love designing
  68. I used to teach first grade
  69. Which is so NOT designing
  70. I have no desire to teach school again.
  71. Unless I am doing it at my home with my kids
  72. I’ve had many fun and interesting jobs (I temped a lot while we travelled the country)
  73. I was a legal assistant at a huge firm in DC
  74. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was an attorney there.
  75. I was super excited when he was nominated for Supreme Court because it couldn’t have happened to a nicer, more sincere man.
  76. I don’t say that about many lawyers :)
  77. I would love to compete on the Amazing Race
  78. The house could fall down around me and the kids could color all over the wall while that show is on and I wouldn’t be the wiser (unless part of the house fell in front of the tv and blocked my view)
  79. I didn’t see a SINGLE epsiode this season because they moved it to sunday nights
  80. darn, those CBS program-time-slot people!
  81. I LOVE the sound of cars driving over gravel
  82. I have several weird sound quirks (here)
  83. I *heart* Mexican food
  84. Oh, do I ever…
  85. I have a tattoo
  86. It’s of a sun
  87. On my hip
  88. It was an eclipsed sun during my pregnancies
  89. I love being pregnant.
  90. I even love giving birth
  91. For me, giving birth is easier and less painful than parenting
  92. If we ever have another child, we will have to camp out at the hospital
  93. I had less warning with each one
  94. My youngest was born an hour after I started having contractions
  95. My husband delivered him
  96. We were at the hospital, but the doctor wasn’t there
  97. We TOLD them my labors were fast
  98. My other deliveries were equally exciting
  99. I love the Lord so much
  100. I can’t imagine my life without HIM


  1. Karla, I loved reading your list and getting to know you better. We have alot of things in common, but I think we already knew that!

  2. I really enjoyed your 100 thirteen. ;-)

    I can so relate to a lot of things on your list.

    Thank you so much for stopping by She Lives. I hope you’ll drop by often.

  3. Great list! It was nice to get to know you a little better. :)

    Happy Holidays! :)

  4. ...my 2 cents says

    A great list! I love to read these!!

  5. Karla, I enjoyed getting to know more about you! You sound like a kindred spirit. Thanks for often commenting on my blog. I can never get enough comments!

    May you have a very blessed Christmas and New Year!

  6. Adventures In Babywearing says

    This was a great list!! I was a theatre major and went through the plum hair colored days, too…

  7. Wonderful list! I don’t blame you for counting it as your TT list – why do two :)

    Merry Christmas!


  8. Karla,
    You are so awesome, but then I’ve always known that.(even in the plum hair.) I enjoyed learning a few things about you and love you more for them.

  9. You love giving birth, eh? Not me so much.
    And I laughed out loud when I read about people who knew you as a teenager always going on about your loveliness now. I relate, my friend. I relate.

  10. You sound like a very interesting and beautiful person. Thanks for sharing! Happy TT & Merry Christmas!

  11. Karla, that was a great list! I’ve decided to pass on the 100 things, cause I couldn’t get past like, 12. Even the TT is a challenge for me every week! Just wanted to say Merry Christmas, and I hope it’s a very happy one for you and your sweet family.

  12. The Flip Flop Mamma! says

    Great list! We however do not have much in common! Except loving the Lord. I have a list up too. There’s a link on my sidebar to it. Check it out sometime!

  13. That’s so sweet about that letter from your dad! I agree about teaching…and Mexican food!

    Wow — fast deliveries!

    I was having trouble with panic attacks for a while. A really great resource is http://www.quietinganoisysoul.com.

    Amen to #100!!

  14. Oh my word, Karla, I can’t believe your husband delivered your baby. For pete’s sake, girl, next baby, you need to make an appointment and be there BEFORE it all starts. I did the same thing – first baby in three hours from start to finish so for the second baby, I scheduled an induction and an hour and thirty-six minutes later, Mandy was born.

    What a wonderful Thursday One Hundred! You’ve already led such an interesting life.

    Merry Christmas to you and that sweet family of yours. It’s been so nice, meeting you this year. I look forward to 2007!

  15. Congratulations on your first 100 posts! I would love to be on the Amazing Race, too.

  16. Fun list Karla. It’s great getting to know you better. I love Amazing Race too! Wanna go together?! ;vD

  17. Hello Karla! I am a new blogger and stumbled upon your blog. I had to comment. I live in Franklin. Like you, I am a former first grade teacher, and I also deliever quickly. I actually delivered my second in the garage because it happened so quickly. So much for making it to Baptist! I saw your Bible study planned for Monday. Can I jump in even if I don’t have the book yet? I don’t want to intrude since I am a newcomer, so please feel free to let me know!



  18. I guess I should have read my comment before posting. I can spell deliver! Sorry!

  19. Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) says

    that was so fun to get to know you better.

    i get panic attacks too. it is such a terrible thing and a nuisance too! and yes – I am kind of embarrassed about it too.

    Howard Jones was my first concert when I was 11. I LOVE U2 – I have been to tons of their concerts – the first was The Joshua Tree – still is the best concert I have ever been too. Before I had my son we went to a lot of rock concerts. It is one of my favorite things to do. But now I feel guilty spending so much money. I love the Gin Blossoms and Better than Ezra too. And I loved Nik Kershaw way back then too. (You can tell we are almost the same age. I was born in 73) I have been to see REM three times I think – and the last two times I was front and second row. I LOVE REM. I let myself spend the money on them. But the last time they came, Susan and I decided we shouldn’t spend the money. So I didn’t go… wish i had had the extra money though…

  20. Heh, your #91 is like my #17. And I tended to have my babies a bit fast, too. #2 was born at home and the last 2 came out in only 1 push.

    I’m here for the blog party!

  21. Hi Karla;

    Enjoyed reading through some of your blog…I love the Lord too! Enjoyed your list of 100 and your goals list too, thanks so much for sharing.

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted
    come meet us ;-) we’re on the road to another adoption!

  22. Wonderful to read…I just know I’ll like visiting here. :-)

  23. The Correspondent says

    I enjoyed reading your list.

    My husband and I met and married in 4 months and 4 days (and we weren’t pregnant … I always feel the need to throw that in there). After 16 years, 5 children, and 2 miscarriages, we’re still going strong.

  24. Straight Shooter says


  25. Cindi - Moomettesgram says

    Oooh what a list! I have a ways to go to post to 100! And I’ve lived in the same town all my life…I so live vicariously & wish I could travel more…but DH doesn’t. Great blog, thanks for sharing..found you on Blog Banner Exchange! I’ll be back!

    Cindi ~ Moomettesgram

  26. Hello Karla
    I am new to blogging and have to say you have a lovely blog and your list made for interesting reading. I wondered if I would be able to come up with 100 things to say about myself. Have challenged myself to come up with such a list. Will drop by again.

  27. Robin (the PENSIEVE one) says

    Well, this has been up a while, but….I’m just now “meeting” you. Thing is, we’re very different, but there’s something about you that draws me in. Good writing? lol, a BIG part. Mom articulate? Another biggie :).

    I LOVE the beach but not so much the ocean. And you’re engagement story? Oh…my! We dated five years but had a 3-month engagement…no real surprises for us :).

    I’m headed to SheSpeaks, that’s how I found you. Looks like you already “know” many, but I’m hoping our paths will cross while there :).

    Until then, I’m bloglining you and at least I’ll get to know YOU bettah!

    Blessings in the meantime :).

  28. Charming Lamb says

    I’ve never met you, but we have oh so many things in common!

    One of the best: I met my husband and married him 5 weeks later. It’s been almost 8 years and I still think HE got the short straw. God bless him for tolerating me! ;)

  29. I loved reading the 100 things about you! How fun! Blessings!

  30. Stretch Mark Mama says

    We got married on the very same day! Same year! Which means…no, I don’t want to think about THAT. (*snicker snicker*)


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