Monday, August 3, 2015

50 Shades of Breathing Life

Lily Pups Life posted her 50 Shades and it sounded like an interesting idea, so here are mine.


1) I love Mexican Coca Cola. It tastes more cinnamony to me than the regular stuff.

2) I had a border collie, Maggie, for sixteen years. She was the best dog ever.

3) I have three sisters and two brothers.

4) I have lived in the same house for thirty-two years.

5) I hate mangoes, papayas and any melon except watermelon.

6) I was an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and I practiced for ten years.

7) I was a computer programmer for ten years (not the same ten years as number 6).

8) I am five feet, five and one half inches tall.

9) I broke my back when I was twenty-three in a car accident and spent six weeks in hospital.

10) I love manx cats. I have owned two, and there is likely a third in my future.

11) I use to be a runner, and trained for a marathon, but every time I got over ten miles my knee would give out.

12) I walked twenty-five miles when I was thirteen in a fundraiser called 'Miles for Millions'. It took me eight hours and I could barely walk the next day.

13) I got married when I was twenty-one and have been married to the same guy for thirty-eight years (now you know how old I am).

14) My father died when I was seventeen.

15) I went to my first Pride Parade yesterday. (It was awesome.)

16) I will be teaching Grade Nine English this fall.

17) I have never read, or watched the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, and I likely never will.

18) I finished two triathlons in my late twenties.

19) I am gluten intolerant. (I know, too much information).

20) I had emergency abdominal surgery when I was twenty that saved my life.

21) The first time my now husband kissed me was in the elevator of the hospital where I was recovering from number 20.

22) I taught grade one in a small northern town for two years.

23) I had braces on my teeth for one year - my grade twelve year - and they came off one week before graduation.

24) I have hiked the Stawamus Chief twice and would like to do it one more time - at least.

25) I want to walk the Camino de Compostela by my 65th birthday.
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26) My husband and I took our almost two year old son to Greece and travelled around for a month.

27) I wish I was fluent in a second language.

28) I consider myself an esoteric Christian, but I do not believe in the Devil, or Satan.

29) I once considered myself to be a Hindu.

30) I once considered myself an Atheist.

31) I have loved doing yoga since high school.

32) I love doing dishes by hand.

33) I love horseback riding. Especially long day rides.

34) I nude sunbathe on my porch as often as possible in the summer.

35) I passed my Grade Eight exam in Piano when I was forty.

36) I think I have a pretty respectable singing voice.

37) I consider myself an Anthroposophist.

38) One day I would like to do the English Coast to Coast walk with my son.

39) I have a large stamp collection.

40) I have a new favourite summer coffee drink - iced lattes.

41) I hate shopping in large stores - I get so overwhelmed in big box stores that I usually have to leave.

42) I admit it - I like disco music.

43) I love the Romantic Poets - Keats, Byron, Coleridge, Yeats, Blake.

44) I haven't yet read every book in the Bible, but I am working on it.

45) I am looking forward to my 60s.

46) I get anxious in social situations that I won't be able to leave when I want.

47) I don't like tomatoes in salads unless it is a greek salad.

48) I knit for hours and hours a day.

49) Granny Smith apples are my favourite apple.

50) Scotch, neat, is my favourite bar drink.

Whew! That's 50! It took me all day.

If you want to play along, put a link in the comment section to your blog.

12 comments:

  1. It's great to get to know more about you Mary Anne. You have achieved so much, and your life sounds like on great adventure! Don't forget to let me know when you come over here to do the coast walk!!!

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  2. It's great to get to know more about you Mary Anne. You have achieved so much, and your life sounds like on great adventure! Don't forget to let me know when you come over here to do the coast walk!!!

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  3. These lists are always good ways of finding our more about new friends. Many of these could easily be on my list which I might try later. (Luckily there's no Hodgepodge today so I might find the time!) :)

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    1. I know, I am in hodgepodge withdrawl today - I will probably do a Work-in-progress Wednesday instead - next week though, I will be on it.

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  4. I'm stunned by 6. I didn't even know there was such a thing. I agree about 49. I wish I had 36, but sadly I just sound like an animal in pain. I have done 44, but I'm afraid I'm still at stage 30. I won't be doing 34 anytime soon. I live in an apartment building. I don't have a porch, only a balcony, and it's surrounded by other apartment buildings on every side.

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  5. I'm stunned by 6. I didn't even know there was such a thing. I agree about 49. I wish I had 36, but sadly I just sound like an animal in pain. I have done 44, but I'm afraid I'm still at stage 30. I won't be doing 34 anytime soon. I live in an apartment building. I don't have a porch, only a balcony, and it's surrounded by other apartment buildings on every side.

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    1. That was fun reading your response and getting to know you better too.

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  6. This is great, Mary-Anne! You have had a full 50+ years. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next 50!
    I'll aim to complete my own 50 Shades and post it on Friday. xo

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  7. You may not be fluent in another language, but you must be wicked good at your native language, since you will teach it to children. And fluency is overrated. What is important is the ability to convey what you mean and be understood by others. Plus, I don't think it's possible to be 100% fluent even in your native language. I engaged in a bout of googling psychoanalytic stuff the other day, it was french but it was beyond my comprehension even if I recognised most of the words.

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    1. Good point about fluency- I would just be happy if I could order a meal, find a place to sleep, and have a friendly exchange in French. I want to walk the Camino one day and I know being more confident in French would help me somewhat.

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