100 Things About Me

100 things about me

I enjoyed reading Erin’s list so much that I thought I would create my own.

Here goes:

1. I’m the middle child in my family.

2. I helped raise my younger sister and we are really close.

3. My younger sister has always emulated me and went to University of Michigan like I did and followed me into the practice of law even though I tried to get her to become a doctor.

4. I went to law school because my dad (who was a lawyer) told me not to.

5. I went to law school because I wanted to impress my future in-laws.

6. I was raised Jewish but did not go to Hebrew school or have a Bat Mitzvah because my parents thought it was a waste of time.

7. I am raising my kids Christian.

8. I have been with my husband since I was 19 and had only one serious relationship prior to meeting him.

9. We got engaged at the base of Aspen Mountain when I was 22.

10. I have been married for almost 20 years.

11. The day we moved to Colorado was probably the happiest day of my life.

12. I used to have a prestigious legal career but now practice law from my dining room table which I have many conflicted feelings about.

13. I want to be a writer.

14. Sometimes I wish I was a doctor and I actually dole out quite a bit of medical advice to friends.

15. Twins don’t run in my family.

16. Motherhood does not always come easily to me.

17. If I do one thing right in my life, I hope to be a good mother.

18. I always think the grass is greener and I transferred high schools (just for one semester), colleges, and law schools.

19. I started college at DePauw University in Indiana.

20. I met my husband on a 40-foot racing sailboat in a resort town in Northern Michigan.

21. I wanted to be a WASP growing up.

22. My husband is from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, which is a WASP enclave.

23. I often feel out of place there.

24. I feel most “myself” in the Vail Valley.

25. Going to camp in the summers as a kid was the highlight of my childhood.

26. My first real job was working as a camp counselor.

25. I also worked as a waitress during college and law school.

27. I worked in retail between undergrad and law school at Ann Taylor.

28. My grandma passed away in 2009 at the age of 95 and I think about her almost every day.

29. My parents were both only children so I have no aunts, uncles or first cousins.

30. Neither of my sisters has ever been married.

31. We were one of the only families in my hometown that had an in-ground swimming pool.

32. Despite that, I am a terrible swimmer and don’t enjoy getting wet.

33. I dream about buying the house I grew up in.

34. When people ask me where I grew up, I tell them St. Charles (Illinois) which is a nice town that a lot of people have heard of, but we actually lived in Elgin until I was 15.

35. I went to a small, private high school from 6th through 12th grade.

36. My big sport in high school was tennis.

37. I was also a cheerleader despite not knowing how to do any gymnastics.

38. I briefly played the violin in elementary school, but wasn’t very good.

39. I have never eaten a banana.

40. Or cottage cheese.

41. I feel like I haven’t achieved my full potential athletically or professionally.

42. I am very hard on myself.

43. I hate cooking.

44. I’ve never watched a full episode of a soap opera.

45. “Venus & Serena” is my favorite documentary.

46. I am terrible with numbers and math and can’t remember how much I paid for something 10 minutes after leaving the store.

47. I attribute my inability to do math to a serious seizure I had in 4th grade, although I have no idea if there is any connection.

48. My greatest fear in life is that something will happen to one of my kids.

49. I dream of living in a warm climate.

50. I finally started to feel like an adult when my husband began to plan his retirement.

51. He will never retire because he likes working too much.

52. My husband is an emergency physician.

53. We can do a lot of things together because of his schedule, but I am frequently on my own on nights, weekends, and holidays.

54. I spend too much time on the Internet.

55. I worry I have undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.

56. I wasn’t the “smart one” in our family.

57. I was “social” and “athletic.”

58. I went to prom in Colorado my sophomore year with a kid I met on Spring Break in the Bahamas.

59. His last name was “Coors.”

60. It sounds scandalous, but he didn’t even try to kiss me.

61. I am both proud and humiliated by my splits at Kona last year.

62. I want to race Kona again.

63. I’m not sure I would keep doing Ironman if I didn’t have the carrot of trying to qualify for Kona.

64. I am very sensitive and get my feelings hurt easily.

65. Because of #64, litigation was probably a bad choice for me.

66. I pretend to like a lot of things to set a good example for my kids.

67. Examples of things I pretend to like include downhill skiing and camping.

68. My son can beat me at checkers.

69. He would also beat me at chess but I don’t know how to play.

70. I read the Wall Street Journal every day.

71. I don’t feel guilty when I don’t work out, but I feel guilty about not feeling guilty.

72. I’m a night owl.

73. I hate being a night owl because it seems like all of the go getters in society are morning people.

74. I am easily awed by other people’s accomplishments but tend to downplay my own accomplishments.

75. I pride myself on being upfront and honest with people.

76. I love playing Scrabble.

77. My mom was on Jeopardy when I was young, but it was before VHS, so we don’t have a copy of her shows.

78. She won several days in a row and came home with Turtle Wax and Rice a Roni.

79. I am the IT person in our household.

80. My husband just asked what I was working on and I wouldn’t tell him.

81. He has never read my blog.

82. My ideal day in Colorado would be to run around the neighborhood with my dog, take my kids for a hike, and spend the evening at Glenwood Springs in the hot springs.

83. My favorite season is summer.

84. I can barely make it through winter.

85. We live above 7000 feet.

86. I want to visit the Himalayas someday.

87. We rarely take a vacation that isn’t triathlon-related or to visit our families.

88. I always hated running trails until I got a dog.

89. Now I sometimes run trails so she can run off leash and engage in her favorite activity, which is chasing wildlife.

90. Popcorn is my favorite food.

91. I wish I spoke Spanish.

92. I do 90% of my training by myself, but I am trying to change that.

93. Because of my son, I am finally learning the rules of football.

94. I have asthma and didn’t run growing up because I would get asthma attacks.

95. I drink too much coffee.

96. I love shopping at consignment stores.

97. I almost never wear make-up.

98. I tried Botox a few years ago and hated it.

99. I never “reply all” unless it is absolutely necessary.

100. I typed this list in under one hour.


11 thoughts on “100 Things About Me

  1. SO MUCH FUN!! What a great way to get to know you better 😉 Thanks for sharing!! I LOVE running with Basil (our 2 year old black lab). I let her off leash and the pure joy she exudes causes nothing but joy in me as well 🙂 I can’t believe you’ve never eaten a banana…don’t you want to give it a try?!?!?! I too am very hard on myself…I think it is the “type A” personality 😉

  2. That was a really fun way to learn more about you. I am definitely picky about my bananas (they need to be nearly green) but I can’t imagine never haven eaten one. If you’re working from home, and can get away, come join us some Wednesday morning for a trail run at 8:30. A small group of Columbines typically meet at Green Mountain or Hildebrand or South Valley Park. Let me know if you’re interested. It would be great to catch up with you again.

  3. Great stuff, Jen. And fun to get to know you a bit better. But wait, you’ve never eaten a banana? How can you call yourself a triathlete? 😉 Ditto on #42, #46, HA on #73 (so true!), #81 what???, #90 OH MY GOSH LET’S BE FRIENDS.

  4. This is great, Jen! I feel like I could have written about a dozen of these. Long live the night owls! And legal work from home is what all the cool kids are doing:) Or something like that.

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