“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” ~ Pericles

For my 49th birthday, here is a list of 49 random facts about me, in no particular order:

  1. In the morning, I take my coffee with milk and stevia.
  2. In the afternoon/evening, I take it black, with stevia.
  3. I once had dreams of being an international action star.
  4. I am scared of growing old.
  5. Singing is one ability that I really wish I had.
  6. I was nicknamed “Pickles” in junior high because of my unnatural obsession/liking for pickles. Now I rarely eat them.
  7. I was also nicknamed “Little Dragon” by my martial arts classmates.
  8. I have a tattoo of “Little Dragon” in Chinese characters on my right ankle.
  9. I have some severe OCD issues that would make even Adrian Monk proud.
  10. I think that the fictional character Fox Mulder on the X-Files is the sexiest type of guy, and I’ve been searching my whole life for a real life guy like him.
  11. Ice cream is my favorite comfort food.
  12. I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights.
  13. I lived with my parents until I was 32 and my only regret is that I didn’t live with them longer.
  14. I keep a secret journal that I write in most days.
  15. Eating is one of my favorite pastimes.
  16. I always have a feeling of dread in my heart, as though I am missing out on life.
  17. Kung Fu/martial arts is my favorite sport.
  18. Gymnastics is my second favorite.
  19. I am proud of my Japanese Katana sword collection.
  20. I believe more in old Eastern medicine than modern Western medicine.
  21. I am not a good cook, but I want to be. I’ve been learning to cook (follow recipes) because I don’t want my kid to grow up thinking that her mom can’t cook.
  22. Bruce Lee was my first childhood celebrity crush.
  23. I am obsessed with the Rocky movies.
  24. I brush my teeth obsessively.
  25. I believe that there are few things that chocolate cannot cure.
  26. Breakfast is my favorite meal.
  27. Bacon and eggs are my favorite breakfast.
  28. I’m deathly afraid of spiders and all little things that have multiple legs.
  29. I’m good at keeping secrets.
  30. I’m double jointed in both arms.
  31. I secretly wanted to have more children.
  32. Bad grammar is one of my pet peeves.
  33. I want to be cremated when I die and scattered out in the Pacific Ocean.
  34. I’m interested in finding the lost treasure of Montsegur.
  35. I want to live in Europe someday.
  36. I love the sound of rain and thunder.
  37. I dance in my living room when no one is watching.
  38. I cry myself to sleep sometimes.
  39. Laughter really is the best medicine.
  40. I want to believe again in the power of prayer.  I lost it somewhere along the way.
  41. I believe in soul mates.
  42. I believe in fate and serendipity.
  43. I love receiving hand-written letters.
  44. I love writing hand-written letters.
  45. I wish a guy would serenade me with his guitar.
  46. I want to slow dance with a man.
  47. I hate that I am just a shadow of my former, younger self.
  48. I want to be the love of someone’s life.
  49. I want to love one person for the rest of my life.


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