100 Random Things About Me (A Work in Progress)

(I’m reworking this page a little bit, making it more a series of quick hits than a long, drawn-out autobiography.)

Right now there are not nearly 100 things about me, so this page will be a work in progress. For now, I give you Less Than 100 Random Things About Lisa.

1. I am an only child. I once thought this was pretty rare, but at least three of my co-workers (that I know of) are only children too.

2. My first major surgery (other than wisdom teeth) was when I had my gallbladder out in 1999. Considering my mother died of gallbladder cancer almost eight years later to the day, she (and I) was relieved that I no longer have that particular organ.

3. When I am content, I twiddle my thumbs. I usually don’t even realize I’m doing it.

4. I had Lasik eye surgery in 2002, and it was the best decision I ever made. My vision is almost 20/20, after having worn (very thick) glasses since the sixth grade!

5. I was a cheerleader from sixth through ninth grade. People who know me now and didn’t know me then usually don’t believe me. (It’s true, I have pictures — and video! — to prove it.)

6. For a short time when I was a baby, I wore casts on both my legs because they weren’t growing correctly. After awhile, I was just down to one. (I believe they came off long before I turned one.)

7. I’ve had a trunk lid shut on my neck and a car door slammed on my head, both (not intentionally) at the hands of my parents.

8. I’m oddly ambidextrous. I write with my right hand, eat with my left hand, bat left, throw right…you get the picture.

9. I was going to spend my last semester of college studying in England, but chickened out at the last minute because I was concerned about how much more it would add to my student loans. This still stands as one of the big regrets of my life.

10. The first (and only) time I’ve left the country is to take a trip to Ireland in 2002.

11. I have mild clinical depression, diagnosed in about 2000. I keep it under control with medication, and see a therapist on a monthly basis.

12. I was born on October 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. The irony of this is that I’m uneasy around most animals.

13. As of the last six months, I’m beginning to embrace the fact that I’m a big nerd, and have stopped believing that I’m cooler than I actually am.

14. The one time I went to camp, I got pink eye and had to be sequestered from the rest of the group.

15. I have four godchildren. Considering I have no siblings, that’s a lot.

16. I played piano for a brief time in elementary school. I got bored with lessons, and stopped. I wish I would have kept them up.

17. After my mom was diagnosed with cancer in Jan. 2007, I started going to church again, at a United Church of Christ congregation. I love it.

18. Being brought up Catholic, I was never confirmed. I went to classes my freshman year, but asked my parents if I could stop, and they said yes. We never went to church, and I just didn’t think it was right to go through with it.

19. I’m alone a lot, but I’m rarely lonely.

20. I’m currently trying to lose weight through Weight Watchers for a third time. My New Year’s resolution is to take advantage of every opportunity, and this was the first to present itself. I know I won’t completely feel good about myself until I’ve lost a significant amount of weight.

21. I’m not very well-traveled. In May, I’m going to New York City for the first time.

22. I have an intense fear of death. I know many people do, but I’m terrified of it.

23. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about a year ago. I have a C-PAP machine, but it doesn’t work very well for me.

24. I developed allergies to most antibiotics after I had mono at age 27.

25. I was a bridesmaid in a commitment ceremony for two of my friends a few years back. It was a great experience (if only they could really be married!).

26. I give off a ridiculous amount of electricity. All winter long (and even sometimes in the summer) I zap myself on my car door handle, the freezer case handles at the store, street lights often go out when I drive under them…it’s both weird and irritating. And yes, I do pick up my feet when I walk!

27. My mother died of gall bladder cancer in 2007, when I was 34.

28. I had my gall bladder removed in 1999.

29. I had mono when I was 27. My doctor thinks I had it for about three months before it was finally diagnosed.

30. My undergraduate degree is in English, but for a short time a couple of years ago I was going to school to be a paralegal.

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