Thursday, January 19, 2012


28 things about me

1. A mug of tea almost always cheers me up.

2. I'm related to Abraham Lincoln and Jim Beam.

3. Right now I'm very excited about a knit along that's starting at work in February. We're going to knit the Baby Surprise Jacket.

4. I am messy. I like messy activities like baking, ceramics, and playing with all of my yarn at once.

5. I've am trying to be a tidier person. My two goals are to leave the bathroom counter clean every morning and make my bed before I go to work. Right now? The counter is clean, but the bed is unmade.

6. I studied in Amsterdam for a semester. One of my favorite things to do was bike along the Amstel River. I'd stop for lunch among the windmills and sit on the bank to watch the boats go by.

7. My favorite flower is lilac. Peony is a close second. I need to find the perfect spot for both in my yard.

8. I recently (as in this morning) received some very good professional news out of the blue.

9. I love trying new restaurants. My current favorites are Eiderdown, Simply Thai, and Roots.

10. Sometimes I wear headphones on the bus but don't turn on any music. Nobody bothers me, and I get to eavesdrop.

11. If I could only watch one movie for the rest of my life, it'd be The Royal Tenebaums.

12. I also want to steal Margot Tenebaum's style. And the whole Tenebaum house. I want it.

13. In a typical week I talk to my parents and sister every other day.

14. Growing up, I wanted to be a writer or the lead singer of an all-girl rock band.

15. I'm currently undecided about what I want to be when I grow up. I'm taking suggestions.

16. I used to be a night owl, but now I'm a morning person all the way. Give me a cup of tea (or coffee) and a whole day ahead of me and I'm a happy camper.

17. Most of my closest friends live far away. Shout outs to those in Minneapolis and Berlin!

18. I love my blog friends, too. It's weird to feel like I know people I've never met, but I do.

19. I taught high school in Japan for two years. I also led a conversation group and tutored a 3-year-old Japanese girl.  She was so tiny and cute! Somehow I kind of taught her the word mustache, which she loved. She'd hook her finger over her upper lip and shout, "Mustar!"

20. You can usually find me listening to the radio and knitting on Sunday nights. Sunday nights are hands down the best nights for radio around here. From 8 until 11 the Country Gentleman plays bluegrass, traditional country, and old-time country. He's 81 and such a hoot. You can stream it if you aren't lucky enough to live in Louisville.

21. My favorite ice cream is salted caramel from The Comfy Cow. Butter pecan is a close second.

22. I try not to watch much TV. However, I can't stop myself from watching Modern Family, Downton  Abbey, and Parenthood.

23. I put off doing dishes as long as I can.

24. In high school I wore a pair of tight sparkly jeans in public. More than once.

25. Also in high school, I voluntarily attended a personal finance class that started at 6:30 AM because my friends were doing it. Peer pressure for nerds.

26. The college I attended has a crypt in the administration building. Every Halloween they'd draw names of students for the privilege of staying overnight in the crypt. I never put my name in that creepy raffle.

27. I'm happy.

28. Today is my birthday. I'm entering my twenty-ninth year. Let the adventures continue...


  1. 1. We have very similar TV interests...
    2. This is a very sweet list, I feel the same about #27
    3. I love your blog, I should comment more often... :)

  2. Happy Birthday! 28 was a good year for me and I hope it will be for you too. Nothing beats the smell of lilacs does it?

  3. You forget to add that you are simply adorable! Happy Birthday love. I hope it was the best day.
    I am with you on the messy part. I am clean, just messy. Something I too am making a point to try and make my bed every morning.
    #27-you couldn't ask for more could you?

  4. Happiest of birthdays to you Allison. Lilac is my favourite too, reminds me of growing up at my Grandma's cottage:) I loved learning these things about you and have vowed to stop being a lurker (I really dislike that word!). I hope you have a wonderful day ~ x

  5. Congratulations!!!!! Have a nice day :)

  6. Happy Birthday!
    I'm 37 and still don't know what to do when I grow up..and I have dishes in the sink!!

  7. Happy Birthday! Have fun knitting the BSJ. I just finished my fourth and I'm on a search for the perfect button closure.

  8. Wishes for a lovely 28th birthday...I'm how is the yarn along at work going to go? Is everyone going to make the baby sweater?
    I love tea, too. Especially on these cold days...22'F right now in Cincinnati! Brrrr. Might get a bit of snow tomorrow!!!
    Do you speak Japanese?
    The salted caramel ice cream sounds delish. Have you been to Trader Joe's? There is one just 2 miles from my house (if you go, send me an email...and I'd LOVE to have you and hubby come over for cup of tea) and they sell salted caramels AND salted caramel sauce, which I love over their French vanilla ice cream.

  9. Happy Birthday! I'm at the age where I forget my age (ummm...32, I think?). This list is a terrific idea that might just get borrowed come April :) I found a new love of salted caramel gelato when I was in Tucson, for which I now long. I'm very curious about your professional good news--please share! I hope you had the most wonderful of birthdays :)

  10. A belated Happy Birthday to you!
    Love points 10 and 27!

  11. I just discovered the Downtown Abbey section at the bookstore and decided I would love it. Still have yet to watch it tho...

    Salted Caramel is my favorite flavor of anything.

    Some of the most interesting people I know don't know what they want to be when they grow up. It will change, you will change....

    Happy Birthday!

  12. Happy Birthday! (sorry it is late) I absolutely love this list and couldn't agree more with #11 & #18 :) And I just started watching Downtown Abbey on Netflix. You give me hope that I should love it, too. Congrats on the professional good news! I hope we hear what it is soon :)

  13. A little belated....but Happy Birthday! I loved learning 28 things about you! We have an exchange student from the Netherlands with us right now. And, my husband was born in Amsterdam -- lots of Dutch influence in this house (especially in the kitchen!).

  14. A shout right back at you! Happy (belated) Birthday! (I always remember it is in January, but the specific date usually escapes me...) I really enjoyed reading your "28" countdown - it was touchingly honest and very sweet. Miss you!

    Also, THANK YOU(!) for the beautiful shawl and that oh-so fun card game!!! I have a long-sleeved gray t-shirt that is begging to be worn with the new shawl, and I can't wait to introduce Rob to "No, Thanks!" Again, miss you guys. Hope you are enjoying a warm and cozy winter in your new place!

  15. Happy belated birthday lady! This post is great. I learned so much about you! Let's set a lunch date soon and discuss...

    #8 - I wanna know what the good professional news is! And I have some to tell you! :)

    #10 - The sneaky headphone trick is hilarious and something I should do on the bus! I once did this while jogging at a small park and these middle school kids made fun of me for sweating so much! I wanted to shock them by revealing I had heard them but I was panting and well, running.

    #26 - I soooo would have signed up for a night in a crypt! I take it you're not interested in spending the night at Waverly, then?


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