22 Things

I’m 33 years old. In those 33 years I have:

 

Been offered and turned down a partial scholarship to an art school.

Had my art displayed in a gallery.

Given birth 9 weeks early and had to leave my babies at the hospital.

Genuinely feared for my baby’s life.

Claire NICU preemie
Claire, only a few days old

Been involved in a robbery at gunpoint when I worked at a financial institution.

Pitched fast pitch softball.

Played coed softball up until my 12th week of twin pregnancy.

Threatened someone with legal action if he didn’t stop ignoring my calls and return my artwork. And I didn’t even have a lawyer. (It worked)

Attended the Austin City Limits Music Festival before it got monstrously huge and expensive.

Hugged Rhett Miller* of the Old 97s at one of those festivals.*

Rhett Miller Old 97s ACL Fest
Okay, so maybe it was more like "stood really close to," but don't we make a cute couple? And that necklace is SO 1999...even though it's 2004.

Sold Ross Perot an air mattress.

Nursed two babies at the same time.

Cried from exhaustion at the start of a many new day.

Held over $200,000 in cash at one time in my very own hands.

Been a bad friend to some, but a good friend to others.

Learned to play the piano and the viola.

Driven a tractor.

John Deere tractor
Bad picture quality. But it's me.

Drawn countless naked people. Not as sexy as it sounds.

Teared up standing face to face with a Van Gogh.

Vinvent van Gogh National Gallery

Gotten my twins mixed up. More than once.

Read 700+ pages of the 1,069 page Atlas Shrugged*, with no hope of finishing. Or desire for that matter.

Had 10 visits to the emergency room: 3 times on crutches, 1 sling, 3 stitches & 10 staples in my head (2 different instances), 6 stitches in my pinkie, and I seriously don’t even remember the rest.I used to be able to recall them all.

{Side note: When Christian saw that I dug up the photo of Rhett Miller and me, he was all, “You look so young! You’re like a child!” **insert blank stare** “…And now you’re a woman.” Excellent backpedalling, my friend.}

 

What cool things have YOU done?

 

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45 Comments

    1. YES! I distinctly remember a portly old man with curly hair and a beard that we had to draw. And a guy who just looked like your average middle aged Joe, and was the most BORING model ever.

  1. How scary for you, for the twins!

    I think it’s so cool that you got to go to SXSW before it got huge…..I’d still love to go someday, though. In fact, my “22 Things I’ve Done” is actually 22 bands or artists that I’ve seen live. I do love music!

    Just here via Mama Kat.

    1. It was actually the Austin City Limits Festival (he’s just wearing a SXSW shirt), but it was really cool. I still want to go back someday, but it was nice to go when it was cheap and not so crowded!

    1. Alison, you now have me thinking of making a post about it. I don’t do it too much anymore, but it would be fun to show.

  2. I love your list, it’s so honest. Like being ‘a bad friend to some, but a good friend to others’: I bet all of us could say this if we were honest.
    Visiting from Mama Kat’s!

  3. Your success is huge! Look at that tiny baby and now they are running around, playing in mud, and going to school!!
    Your art must be amazing! I need to see!
    Also? Van Gogh is my fav!

  4. Funny getting the twins mixed up! I wonder if they’ll ever do that classic trick of pretending to be the other. Also, I totally get the tearing up in front of Van Gogh, especially since you’re an artist!

  5. Your list is WAY cooler than mine (which will go up tomorrow). I love the Ross Perot air mattress one, am 100% impressed by nursing 2 kids at once, and holding all that cash had to be fun!

    My cousin was an art major who *also* modeled nude.

    1. i can’t say that the thought of making a run for it with all that cash never briefly crossed my mind… 🙂

    1. I was pregnant when I started it, and maybe could have finished if I hadn’t delivered 9 weeks early. After that my brain was just mush. Plus, I admit it may have been a leeeeeetle over my head.

  6. Quit an impressive list, just wait and see what the next 31+ years hold in store for you, mind boggling! They say it’s not the destination but the journey and your’s is pretty sweet so far.

  7. Here’s hoping you had enough ER visits to last your whole family and then some – I have never been except to drive my husband there for a sliced finger. Also am curious about how the Ross Perot air mattress deal went down..

    1. Geez I hope so! I used to work at a sporting goods store in Dallas and he came in. I rang him up and did NOT use the counterfeit detection pen on his crisp $100 bill. 🙂 And yes, he really IS that short. Maybe shorter.

  8. That sure is an impressive list!

    I’ve been held up at a bank too. It was the scariest day of my life, but at the time I was in a complete fog. We sure don’t make the position of bank teller look appealing, do we? 😉

    1. Hahaha I just wrote the exact same thing on your post. It was almost like watching a movie, like it wasn’t really happening…..I should write a post about it. 🙂

  9. Love all the art stuff in your list! I got teary too when I got to see Van Gogh’s art in the Netherlands – he’s one of my favourites. And the photo of your baby is beautiful 🙂

  10. I hope that some day I’ll hold that much money and it WILL be mine. And I think having a man that’s smart enough to backpedal like that is probably worth $200,001.

    1. It was pretty random. And it’s pretty much the beginning and the end of my celebrity encounters list.

  11. What a great post. We should all do this to see how our life looks in a list. And I love a good list! I’m sad to say I think mine would be pretty boring so far. I’m going to do it and see. You know how it goes once you start writing. Next thing you know you remember things that you haven’t thought about in years…some good, and some might best be forgotten…like that boy I met in Hawaii…or the time I put nair in my step-mother’s shampoo bottle. I would post about that on my blog, but the woman still scares me.

    1. That’s exactly how it was. I thought I was going to have the most boring list. I had to really think about it, but it was fun.

  12. What a great post. We should all do this to see how our life looks in a list. And I love a good list! I’m sad to say I think mine would be pretty boring so far. I’m going to do it and see. You know how it goes once you start writing. Next thing you know you remember things that you haven’t thought about in years…some good, and some might best be forgotten…like that boy I met in Hawaii…or the time I put nair in my step-mother’s shampoo bottle. I would post about that on my blog, but the woman still scares me.

  13. I’m glad you explained the Ross Perot air mattress thing, because I had this story in my head of how you were camping and he stumbled out of the woods like a little floppy-eared gnome and begged for your bedding.

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