Montag, Januar 21, 2008

100 things about me

I am so excited that the amazing, beautiful and very talented Amanda of Photography by Amanda and I paired up in a "photographer mentoring program". Although the program is all about photography, I guess I will be very eager to find out "how she does it all": having four little kids (she just had her baby), having a photography business, being the owner of a jewelry business and a part-time manager for her husband's clinic. She's Wonder Woman! I am in total awe!

In order to get to know each other better, I picked up on her idea and wrote down 100 things about me. Wow, I had no idea I have that many quirks, hehe. This is going to be a looong post ...

1. I love peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.
2. I need at least three cappuccini to survive the day.
3. I can’t pass a Starbucks store without having a New York cheesecake treat.
4. I enjoy living in the city, because I need the diversity.
5. I love fast lenses.
6. I thank God every night that he has blessed me with the two most wonderful kids
7. I also thank him for the best husband – my best friend.
8. I studied Business Administration and majored in Marketing.
9. Portland/Oregon is my most favorite place to live.
10. I love getting up early on a Saturday morning and enjoy my walk to the coffee shop when the city is still asleep and everything is peaceful and quiet and the air is still fresh and clean.
11. I stop and smell the roses.
12. I love spring when everything is “new”.
13. I loved watching SATC – since they are my generation.
14. And I love hanging out with my girlfriends and have Cosmopolitan.
15. I loved 24 – but I am glad it’s over, since I was glued in front of the TV.
16. I love the rich fruit & vegetable section in a Fred Meyer store.
17. I always believe in the good of people.
18. I could eat Penne All’Arrabiata every day.
19. I would give everything to gain 10 pounds.
20. I am not a shoe addict at all – but my little princess is.
21. I do collect Chucks though – lov’em!
22. My advice for photographers: Love what you shoot and shoot what you love!
23. My favourite country is Italy – I love its food and its people.
24. I have the coolest and talented brother in the world!
25. I love Thai Food.
26. If I wouldn’t have studied BA, I would have become a psychologist.
27. I love foot massages (my hubby gives the best!)
28. I am a huge procrastinator
29. I laugh a lot.
30. I am a prime lens junkie.
31. I did bungee-jumping once.
32. I spent one day in China and had a German Black Forest Tart.
33. I hardly ever go to sleep before midnight – that’s why I look like 60, hehe.
34. I love books and buy a lot, but don’t find the time to read them all.
35. I have natural curls, but I straighten them out every day.

(Am I totally insane to post this ol' pic? Please don't hold it against me! :-)
36. When I got promoted to Human Resources Manager, I was so excited that I spent two weeks laying on the beach in Italy studying tax and law – my husband thought I’m nuts.
37. I love children – because they can still see with their hearts.
38. I am a very enthusiastic person.
39. I always tell people when kind words were spoken about them.
40. I believe in miracles.
41. I don’t like ironing.
42. I do love vacuum-cleaning though.
43. I highlight important parts of a book in different colors – drives some people nuts.
44. I fight against prejudice and discrimination wherever I can.
45. I suck in remembering people’s names.
46. I am pretty good in numbers though.
47. When I lived in Japan, I ate Sushi every single day.
48. When I worked in Japan, I wore the same gray uniform as my coworkers did (I should post a picture of that – quite hilarious!)
49. I am not an expert in time management.
50. I hate call-waiting
51. I have my maple-syrup with pancakes, not my pancakes with maple-syrup.
52. Every now and then I need to do something crazy
53. I sing worse than Cameron Diaz, but I sing a lot and enjoy it.
54. Dale Carnegie changed my life.
55. Once in a while I crave for a good steak.
56. I am très petite - 5’3, but still taller than Madonna and Kylie Minogue!
57. I miss the old days when my girlfriends and I every year took the night train to Paris, had French breakfast (the best in the world!) and then did some insane shopping, and headed back home the same day.
58. I miss my carefreeness when I was younger and without kids
59. I believe in the little moments that make life big.
60. I used to play the piano.
61. I love Limoncello
62. I am a dog person.
63. I suck in making decisions.
64. As a baby I was very chubby.

(Doesn't Juliana look a lot like me??)
65. I listen more to my gut than my head.
66. I love trying out new recipes.
67. I used to drive a Suzuki Samurai Convertible and had a blast.
68. I love hanging out in coffee shops and have endless conversations with my girlfriends.
69. I am allergic to walnuts, cats and soy milk
70. I love Caesar Salad.
71. I can’t have enough frames and canvas.
72. I could spend hours in bookstores (Powell’s my favourite!)
73. I have been maid of honor four times.
74. I totally suck in multi-tasking although I’m a Mom.
75. Putting on some perfume helps me uplifting my mood.
76. I did Judo but stopped after the yellow belt.
77. I used to be an Au-Pair in London and loved it.
78. I am a stationary junkie
79. I love my Pizza with lots of anchovies (luckily, so does my hubby)
80. I always have the feeling that everybody else’s day has 48 hours
81. I love Pottery Barn
82. I enjoy my Prosecco with Apérol
83. I am really bad in saying no
84. I love sunflowers
85. I hate the 80’s – was a fashion victim at that time.
86. I love the 70’s
87. I try to live up to my credo “You gotta give what you wanna receive”
88. I am the worst co-pilot
89. I love Ginger from Origins
90. I love lots of ginger grated into a freshly squeezed orange juice
91. I haven’t been to the movies in years
92. I started ballet with five and still regret that I stopped it in my teens.
93. There’s so much magic with sleeping kids
94. I enjoy Robbie Williams in concert
95. Too much garlic makes me really really sick
96. I watched Flashdance at least 20 times.
97. I am a couch potato – with a good movie and crisps.
98. When I need a little pick-me-up, I read my “feedback-folder” and am grateful.
99. Once in a while I need a day without my laptop and phone.
100. I love the sound of wind chimes a lot.

But the best of all: I'll meet Amanda soon in San Francisco - soooo excited!