25 Things


I stumbled across this list of 25 things about me written several years ago. It’s generally still true, I still swear in front of my kids, refuse to hem pants and get tired of gardening by August.  Photo 2009, by Todd Rosenberg

1. I’m really tired most of the time. Ok, all of the time.
2. Both my kids came very early and were rushed off to the NICU. I feel random guilt about this and still get kind of weepy every time I see a “TV moment” where everyone’s happy and the baby is placed on the chest. I saw one of those tonight, so now its in the note.
3. If I wasn’t in arts education I’d probably be an interior designer. I really like to waste time rearranging furniture and thinking about that stuff. (Instead, four years later I’m starting a blog)
4. I am frequently amazed that a dance education that began in Arkansas led to such a fantastic career.
5. I met my husband when I was 19. Which seems kind of ridiculous now.
6. I don’t like to hem pants so I wear heels most of the time. But only comfortable heels, they have to pass the Roan test.
7. I’m huge advocate of breastfeeding and have nursed my preemies waaaay past most people’s comfort level.
8. I had no idea I was so granola about some things till I became a parent.
9. I swear in front of my kids. Roan used to say dammit a lot. It seems to have slowed down now.
10. I was a vegetarian for 10 years, but since it turned out not to be a life decision I feel weird saying it, like I’m trying to be cool but I’m faking it.
11. I was on the drill team in high school. Pretty much everyone who knows me now has to see photographic proof to believe it. I think that’s probably a good thing.
12. I like to start with things that are completely screwed up and fix them so everything is my way. At least with houses and jobs.
13. I really like to get my own way. But I like to think that I’m open-minded.
14. I’m not religious. At all.
15. I yell too much. See #1.
16. I like to garden. Or rather, I like to garden in the spring. I’m usually tired of it by August.
17. My mother is British. My father is from Michigan. They met in a bike club in Michigan. I was born and raised in Arkansas. Where I was once asked “so, what language does your mom speak?”.
18. I’m terrified of ending up like my mother, physically, but can only hope to be as good a mom as she is (I love you Mom).
19. I know some really interesting people these days that I don’t get to spend enough time with.
20. I find it very difficult to create and maintain real friendships as an adult.
21. I’m the person who always promises to write and never does. But I do think about it.
22. I spend too much time on the computer and too little time playing.
23. I wonder what it is I’ve searched on facebook that makes their targeted marketing think I would be interested in botox.
24. I don’t like clutter and mess. I’m trying to reconcile that with life with kids.
25. I moved once a year for 12 years, but have now been in the same house for 8 years.

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12 Responses to 25 Things

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  • Cheltz says:

    I always love reading these things! I don’t see anything here you should be scared of publicizing :). I have trouble gardening past July (ok, maybe June), and I had trouble making friends in the last place we lived, but feel like I’m doing ok here. I think it’s part me, and part the people.

    • Kathryn says:

      Friends are tricky. We’re all so busy now. At least that’s what I tell myself. I’m awkward and sarcastic, though, so there might be other things going on :)

      • Cheltz says:

        I’m awkward and sarcastic too, but the people here don’t seem to care as much. They also don’t seem to care that I don’t want to hang out every day (or even every week).

        I’m going to copy you and post my 25 things. Hope that’s ok (I’ll link to you :).

  • Kat, thanks for the honest interior snapshot. Some of them I didn’t know, some I did, but all of them form a sort of consistent progression with the woman I knew in college. I share some of your concerns and insecurities, so it’s nice to find some company — particularly with 19, 20, 21, and 22. Even though we don’t talk or see each other much these days, I’ll always have a special affinity and appreciation for you and Finn.

  • Jennifer says:

    Kathryn, I felt like I was reading a list about myself! Other than the drill team bit– I was always a nerd! ;-) But I do very much identify with 19 & 20, especially with the nomadic isolation of being a military wife, not to mention the isolation of the depression I went through in the last few years. I am working my way out, but it is difficult to find someone to go beyond acquaintance to the level of being able to call up any time, find time to hang out together and just have that daily support and connection. Not to mention the fun and laughs! The neat and frustrating thing about the social media these days, is that I am finding lovely people from the past who I definitely wish I had known better or could get to know better now. You are on my list, lady! Especially so we can commiserate over #24…

  • Finn says:

    Numbers 4, 12, and 13 are all basically saying the same thing, and that is the thing about you I find most inspirational.

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