101 Things About Becky

August 16, 2006

Okay, even though I’m past my 101st post, I was jealous. So I did it anyway.

  1. My birthday is May 17.
  2. I was 28 on my last birthday.
  3. But I’m sometimes in denial because I often reply 27 when people ask me how old I am.
  4. Actually, I do this because I forget I’ve turned 28.
  5. I remember one time when I was 8 or 9, my mom couldn’t remember how old she was and I thought that was hilarious!
  6. I grew up in a house with my parents, my younger brother, Jeff and my younger sister, Carly.
  7. My sister and I shared a pink bedroom until I was 16 years old and we moved to another house.
  8. I went to Fieler Elementary School in Merrillville, IN.
  9. My favorite teacher there was Mr. Stone (5th grade, first man teacher).
  10. I remember reading “Where the Red Fern Grows” in fourth grade. We all had our own copy of the book and at the end, most of us were crying.
  11. I worked in the Library in 5th and 6th grade.
  12. I would go once or twice a week at recess or after lunch and help shelve books.
  13. I loved music class most of all. We learned all kinds of songs.
  14. I was in a “Kid’s Group” in elementary school. It was a singing group. We traveled to nursing homes and hospitals bringing joy to the residents and patients.
  15. I went to junior high at Harrison Junior High School.
  16. HJHS was right across the street from my house, so most days I would walk.
  17. On the days I wouldn’t walk, my dad would take me. He thought it was funny to not stop the car when it was time for me to get out. At least he slowed down.
  18. Often, I would find his coffee mug on top of the car when I got out, so it’s a good thing he slowed down.
  19. I got my first babysitting job in junior high.
  20. We also got our first dog, Bojo, when I was in junior high.
  21. In Junior High, I took metal shop.
  22. Our metal shop teacher, Mr. Macke, taught us it was okay to swear only if we hit our thumb with a hammer. Lots of boys were injured that year.
  23. Also, one time in junior high, I was called to the guidance office. I was in the middle of a crisis in my personal life (junior high crisis=something about a boy) and I started crying hysterically when the guidance counselor started to talk to me. All she wanted was to verify my address and phone number.
  24. Junior high was also the location of my one and only after school detention. I was chewing gum. I got two days of detention and the principal called me “Sunshine” and told me not to do it again.
  25. I went to high school at Merrillville High School.
  26. My class (class of ’96) was the very first class to be freshmen at the high school.
  27. I was in honor society.
  28. I was in Key Club.
  29. I was on the Spell Bowl Team and the Academic Team.
  30. I liked a guy named Jim my freshman year.
  31. One time, in math class, he passed gas and was horribly embarrassed. I remember how embarrassed I was for him.
  32. My Algebra 2 class was taught by a man whose name I cannot remember. But I do remember that he always said, “As sure as God made little apples green!” If someone remembers his name, please tell me.
  33. When I was in high school, I never thought I’d forget the names of all my teachers one day.
  34. I loved all of my English classes—especially American Literature.
  35. One teacher I do remember was Lyle Stolting. He taught sociology and psychology—my two favorite subjects.
  36. I signed up to take a year of AP Psychology with Mr. Stolting my senior year.
  37. Right before school started, Mr. Stolting was killed in an ATV accident.
  38. I missed Mr. S. and didn’t like the way the new guy taught AP Psych—but it’s not really fair because I wouldn’t have liked anyone else teaching it, either.
  39. My senior year, I took an advanced English class. We had write a term paper.
  40. I wrote mine on Euthanasia.
  41. I told my friend Kelly that I was writing a paper on Euthanasia and she said, “Yeah…I hear it’s really bad over there.”
  42. She thought I said “Youth In Asia.” That still makes me laugh.
  43. I also took a keyboarding (the musical kind) class. It was super high tech.
  44. But I didn’t get along with the teacher so much. I disagreed with some of his methods and told him so in class.
  45. He was patient with me, although angry that I had been so vocal about him in front of the whole class.
  46. My anger burned off and I wrote him a letter of apology.
  47. He did not hold my outburst against me and appreciated my apology.
  48. I went to prom with a guy named Mike.
  49. My prom dress was black and long and it was beautiful!
  50. I took a few AP classes senior year, but did not do well enough on the AP tests.
  51. I graduated #9 in my class of 496 and I worked hard to get there.
  52. In the past few years, they have started a weighted grade system, I believe.
  53. I got to go to the Roots and Wings banquet, a dinner for the top 10 graduates, and honor my parents and my favorite teacher.
  54. For some reason that I cannot remember, my dentist, Dr. Deeb, and his wife were at our table. I also invited my friend Adam to be my date.
  55. Mike did not go with me because we were fighting and he was all like, “Go ahead. Ask Adam. See if I care.” And I did.
  56. Mike and I fought a lot.
  57. Adam and I were just friends.
  58. I decided to follow Jesus during my senior year of high school.
  59. I went to the University of Evansville on a partial scholarship.
  60. My first major was education.
  61. My roomie at UE was Rebecca Tufts from Michigan.
  62. My next door neighbor was Jenny Hayes.
  63. Jenny cornered me in the bathroom on the first day of class and “suggested” we have lunch together. We did and the rest is history.
  64. We became close friends on a Friday night when she was hanging out in her room and I bombarded her with Revelation.
  65. Jenny and I were in the same 8:00 a.m. Education class both semesters.
  66. One morning, class was cancelled and we ate breakfast together at Upper Harper’s.
  67. They had the BEST French toast either of us have ever tasted.
  68. Neither of us ever had it again, but I remember how we would read the menu and try to figure out if they were going to serve it.
  69. My second major was Psychology.
  70. I liked psychology until I took the psychobiology class.
  71. More power to you, Katie. I couldn’t hang. Oh, and I didn’t really care about it.
  72. My third (and final) major was Religion with an emphasis in Biblical Studies.
  73. At UE, I worked in the Career Services office.
  74. I remember Aces Wild, a place where we hung out many Friday nights.
  75. Once, I won 2nd place in an 80’s costume contest. Jody-Dale won first place.
  76. It’s not fair—she was channeling New Kids on the Block. How could I compete with that?
  77. My junior year, I roomed with my new friend and Chris’ girlfriend, Stephanie Mullins.
  78. During junior year, I got involved in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. It was super cool and I got to pray and worship regularly with lots of cool people!
  79. I also began regularly attending Word of His Grace—a church that will always have a fond place in my heart.
  80. I lived with five of my dearest friends in the Hazeart Apartments during our senior year.
  81. That place rocked! Where else was there disco dancing in the kitchen at regular intervals?
  82. Where else could you get a picture with everyone who lived there plus all of the neighbors in the same Papa John’s uniform?
  83. Where else could you taste Jenny’s peanut butter/hot dog bun French toast?
  84. Where else could you make a video with Jody for MTV’s Fanatic? I mean, I learned some cool NSync dance moves for that one!
  85. It was hard to leave the place come May.
  86. But I had to leave because I finally found a church that was willing to take a chance on me, despite my lack of experience.
  87. I moved into a much smaller, much more lonely apartment in Elm Street in Henderson.
  88. It had green carpet and lots of closet space.
  89. I loved my new job, but I worked non-stop.
  90. One day, I decided I had to take a break. So I went to Audubon Park.
  91. I was reading my Bible (Isaiah 40) when I met Jason who was at the park with his toddler son, Jonas.
  92. Jason tricked me into giving him my phone number. He thought our youth groups should get together.
  93. Turns out he really thought we should get together. He called me later that day and asked me out for dinner Monday night.
  94. Then his church extended their revival services. So we went for a quick dinner and then to church together.
  95. We dated for a year before he asked me to marry him in front of my whole family on December 23, 2001.
  96. We were married on August 10, 2002.
  97. We bought our first home together right before we got married and have lived there ever since. Actually, he lived there ever since. I lived there starting August 10, 2002.
  98. The house was kind of outdated when we bought it, but we’ve enjoyed (I use that word loosely!) fixing it up together over the years.
  99. My mom moved to Henderson last year and it’s been nice having her in town.
  100. Jason started his own business 1.5 years ago and so far so good! It’s been a bit of a sacrifice for us, but he’s making it work because he’s a genius…and because he has me for his wife.
  101. I do not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future!

4 responses to 101 Things About Becky

  1. I just have to say that I’m at school on my prep and was laughing hysterically as I did. Mostly ove the mentions of me that seem to coincide with frech toast both times! LOL LOL LOL Boy, that french toast was really good! REALLY GOOD! (The Upper Harper’s kind, not my P.B. hot dog bun kind).

    Although, I must say I was pretty impressed that I did know pretty much all your stuff! Yay!

  2. Yeah, I have to say that the PB hot dog bun french toast was kinda gross. But whatever–we were fasting or something…and out of regular bread I suppose.

  3. How lovely!

    These lists are just great!

    I noticed that a lot of your list has to do with your time in schools of different kinds…you have a GREAT memory!

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