I started reading blogs around April or May of 2007, when my friend and neighbor send me a link. By June, I was hooked. By July, HRH fell and split his head open - and my first post was born. I started my blog right around the time of BlogHer 07. It seemed fitting.
This week, I am again home while bloggers from across the nation converge to discuss, learn, and drink. But it was different. This year, I would have had friends to hang out with. I may have even had a roommate. And each day, each month, I find more friends and more in common with women I may never meet but whom I feel I know well only through their words and my own.
In honor of my first Blogoversary, I give to you, My 100 Things:
1. I had my tonsils out when I was 4. When I was in my late 20s, I went to an ENT specialist following a series of strep throat infections and learned that they had grown back.
2. This same thing happened to my mother-in-law
3. I can touch my nose with my tongue
4. When I was eight years old, I knocked boiling water onto my left ankle while we were camping. I can still remember my mother and uncle grabbing me and peeling off my sneaker and sock, and watching my skin peel off with it.
5. When I was 20 and all my friends had already turned 21, I had a fake ID that I used.
6. My name was Maria Siasios and the license listed me as 5’ 2”. I’m 5’7”
7. One night at The Boston Beach Club, a guy I was
flirting with talking to saw it and told me he was with the ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Commission). My friend, Jen grabbed me and we hauled ass out of the club.
8. Years later, I was telling this story and my brother-in-law told me this was a ploy he used to use.
9. I’m going to be co-maid of honor in my younger sister’s wedding next spring.
10. My older sister is the other maid.
11. We are both married but refuse to use the term “matron”
12. I have been in eight weddings.
13. We were also co-maids-of-honor at my cousin’s wedding, nearly 9 years ago.
14. This same cousin and I were engaged at the same time, got married within six months of each other and have been pregnant with each of our respective two children at the same time.
15. She’s pregnant again and due in January.
16. She’s flying solo this time.
17. Despite my earlier yearnings, I think we’re gonna sit tight with the two we’ve already got.
18. My driver’s license expires on 09/09/09.
19. The same thing happened a few (uh, like 10) years ago, when it expired on 9/9/99.
20. On a work
boondoggle trip to Vegas, I learned how to play craps and kept winning on number 9.
21. That was my third trip to Vegas for work and the first time I actually enjoyed being there.
22. Andy and I went to Vegas three months after 9/11 and stayed two nights at the New York New York, with non-stop round trip tickets from Boston for $550.00 total for the both of us.
23. I have a restraining order against an old boyfriend whom I found in my bedroom closet five years after we broke up.
24. Andy and I were introduced by JD Power’s daughter.
25. She’s married to Andy’s cousin and I used to work with her.
26. Two years ago, we had JD and his wife over for Thanksgiving dinner.
27. I pushed Andy away for more than a year, insisting we were “just friends” because of my
steamer trunk baggage.
28. He didn’t give up on me, thank God.
29. Both of my boys were born with their umbilical cord wrapped around their neck.
30. HRH was born a month to the day early at 5 lbs 9 oz.
31. RC was born via emergency c-section at 6 lbs 14 oz.
32. I much preferred the Cesarean to pushing a baby out of my vagina.
33. I love Mexican food.
34. I could eat nothing but guacamole and chips quite happily for the rest of my life.
35. I was eating and later threw up guacamole the night I went into labor with HRH.
36. I like California Mexican better than Tex-Mex.
37. I visited San Antonio on business quite a few times a few years ago.
38. People in San Antonio really do wear cowboy boots and cowboy hats – and drive pickups.
39. The Alamo is really, really boring. And small. The Riverwalk is quite cool.
40. I have a theme song. It’s Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison.
41. Jimmy Buffett does a nice cover of it and when we’re at the concert, I pretend he’s singing it just to me.
42. This will be my 11th year seeing Jimmy Buffett in concert.
43. I’m claustrophobic but not debilitatingly so. More like, if given a choice, I’ll take the stairs.
44. I’m not ticklish.
45. Change is really hard for me. Even if I’m going out to do something I really want to do, part of me is thinking “maybe we can just stay home and watch TV.”
46. I have a head for trivia and useless knowledge.
47. My sister recently called me for that word that describes words that are spelled the same backwards and forwards, like racecar.
48. That word is palindrome.
49. I love board games. Trivial Pursuit in particular. Go figure.
50. The problem is that I judge people’s intelligence based on their game-playing prowess.
51. I also do this with misspelled/mispronounced/misused words.
52. This is why I find texting language so difficult.
53. Kevin Bacon is A Number 1 on my List.
54. You know, the free pass your spouse gives you to sleep with one (usually famous) person should you ever find yourself presented with the opportunity.
55. KB has been on the top of my list since I saw him in Footloose when I was 15.
56. George Clooney currently resides in second place.
57. Ocean’s 11 is on right now and I hate Julia Robert’s gold lame dress.
58. I also think she walks with the grace of an elephant, although she’s supposed to play elegant.
59. I think Michelle Pfeiffer is luminous. George described her as such in One Fine Day.
60. Andy and I both love The Mummy with Brenden Fraser and Rachel Weisz.
61. Rachel Weisz is probably currently Andy’s A Number 1.
62. I was baptized Catholic and spent 12 years in Catholic school.
63. We baptized both our boys Catholic.
64. I went to church religiously weekly until after we were married.
65. Clearly Andy’s converted me to The Dark Side
66. I used to be a lector at my church.
67. These days, I am an ala carte Catholic
68. There’s too much I don’t agree with.
69. I wanted to convert to Episcopal but Andy believes “you gotta dance with the one that brung ya.”
70. I absolutely believe in God.
71. There’s too much out there that had to be created by a higher power.
72. I also believe that there is a universality that exists, linking all of us together and affecting the outcome.
73. I think that people who say they are spiritual but not religious haven’t figured out what they’re looking for.
74. We’re sending HRH to Catholic school in the fall.
75. We’ll have to start attending church again.
76. You know, so we’re not hypocritical.
77. I’ve been cramming with him to learn The Sign of the Cross, Hail Mary and Our Father.
78. We have been doing ‘God Blesses’ with the boys since they were infants.
79. We talk about God and Heaven and they know who The Big Man is.
80. We’re sending him to Catholic school less because we want him to receive a Catholic-centric education as because we don’t like the alternatives available to us in our current public school system.
81. Generally, I feel that good public schools offer more alternatives than parochial schools.
82. Education is a top priority in Andy’s family.
83. He and his four siblings all went to top private schools.
84. I’ve completed four years of college but don’t have a degree.
85. That is really, really hard for me to admit.
86. I had this stupid idea you were supposed to know what you wanted to be when you grew up in order to complete college.
87. My dad was a blue collar hero whose favorite expression was ‘fucking yuppies.’
88. As a result, I didn’t get a lot of support from him on the college front.
89. Especially when I was initially an undeclared major.
90. Working without a degree and doing pretty well taught me that you don’t have to love what you do to be good at it.
91. One of my biggest regrets is not going away to college. I partially blame a tiny Catholic school and a really shitty guidance counselor for that.
92. Not having a degree is my biggest insecurity.
93. I’m very smart but don’t have the piece of paper to back it up.
94. I have finally figured out what I want to do when I grow up; interior design.
95. I get to go to school when RC starts full-time kindergarten. Two years and counting.
96. I think if I were to pursue a career without first finishing my degree, it would be Real Estate.
97. Part of the reason I will get my degree is so I can never be an excuse for my kids.
98. I used to think I was a very good writer before I started reading blogs.
99. I still think I’m a good writer.
100. I know I am a survivor.