In an attempt to do something clever, but not presumptuous, for my 100th blog post, I’m going to explain the meaning of some numbers in my life from 1 to 100. I won’t do all the numbers (as in I won’t presume that you care enough to read 100 things about me, nor that I could think of 100 things to write) but I hope that tying in the numbers will be clever somehow. We shall see…
1 is the number of partners I’ve had in my life. You read that correctly. Mi.Vida is pretty much the first and only person I’ve ever been with. There was my high school boyfriend (of two weeks) and a few people in college that I wished were boyfriends, but I’ve never really had another significant other. Pretty crazy, right?
2 times I’ve been pregnant. The first was ectopic and such a devastating experience. The second has been a blessing that I will never take for granted.
3 children is what I hope to have some day. I’m still working on convincing Mi.Vida that we can have more than two and not lose our minds (and all our money).
4 little ones lost to my mother. My younger sister Stephanie died when she was two months old, after being born with severe health complications. My mom also lost three boys, some as late as 5 months, before she had my younger sister. My mother’s reproductive story very much colored my own expectations and experiences towards TTC, pregnancy and childbirth.
5 years I’ve taught Spanish full time. I kind of fell into this position but I love it and I hope to be a Spanish teacher for a long time to come.
6 years I’ve lived in my current apartment. We’re in the middle of overhauling it in preparation for the baby. It’s small and kind of falling apart in some ways, but it’s also in a great neighborhood and rent controlled, which means I only pay $100 more a month now than I did when I signed the lease six years ago.
7 is my favorite number, mostly because I was born on 7.17 but also because I just love it. I write my seven’s like a European, with a line through the stem.
8 is the number of the proposition that keeps Mi.Vida and I from getting married. When Prop 8 is overturned, and everyone can get married, then we will too.
9 seasons worth of X-Files were watched by me, and many season have been watched by me, in their entirety, again. That is 201 episodes. I really, really, really loved that show… and I still do.
10 months old is my meow meow. She has gotten us through some pretty rough times and continues to be an incredible addition to our family.
13 countries I’ve visited or lived in. They are, in no particular order: The United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, Spain, France, England, Scotland, Italy, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
14 quarters gets you a load of laundry on the machines in our building. Sometimes you have to add an extra two quarters to the dryer really get the load done though. We change quarters by the hundreds of dollars. Oh, to have an in unit washer a dryer… a girl can dream.
16 years I’ve been a student of Spanish. Sure I’ve also been a teacher, but I always be a student. I’m sure my love affair with the Spanish language will never end.
20 x $1,000 is the amount of money, about, I’ll spend on graduate school. It’s totally going to be worth it though… right?!
22 weeks pregnant am I. Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m that lucky.
23 hours is the duration of the longest plane ride I’ve ever taken, from California to Hong Kong (back in the 90’s when planes didn’t fly as fast). My dad used to take our watches and we weren’t allowed to ask how long we’d been on the plane or how long until we got off. We were told we’d live the entirety of our lives in the sky so there was no point in contemplating life after landing.
29 birthdays I’ve seen come and go. I can’t believe I’m coming up on the big 3-0. Man does time fly.
33 minutes to walk to my in-laws house (give or take a few minutes). That is going to be SO nice when the baby comes.
40 minutes to drive to my parents house (sans traffic). We are so lucky to be so close to both sides of our family.
42 is the “the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.”
44 first cousins to call my own. 39 of them are on my mother’s side; she has 11 brothers and sisters and they all have at least two children. On my dad’s side I have 5, which brings the grand total number of cousins to 44. Most of them live in St. Louis, MO and we visit there about once every year or two. I love my large extended family, though when my mom’s side gets together, with spouses and their kids (and their kids’ kids) there are almost 200 of us! We need to start wearing name tags.
48 blog subscriptions in my google reader. I love reading other people’s blogs, it makes me feel a part of a community of people that I feel I understand and that understand me. I really hope that I can continue to read blogs and write my own for a long time to come.
50 months Mi.Vida and I have been together. Best 50 months of my life, by far.
53 times, give or take, I went to acupuncture appointments since I started TTC. If I multiply that number by the cost of a visit I might just cry my eyes out.
60+ minutes it takes me to get home most afternoons. The sad thing is I’m usually sitting in traffic for a bridge I’m not even trying to cross.
78 contacts in my gmail account. I probably don’t know who 1/3 of them are, and 1/10 are probably repeat addresses.
84 years old and still happy as can be is my grandmother. My Nai-Nai (as we call her) has taught me a lot about seeing the good in life and living it with gratitude and joy. I hope I’m as strong, independent and fulfilled at 84 as my grandmother is.
96 Nissan 200SX is what I drive. We’re going to get rid of it and get a Honda Accord before the baby is born. Nothing new or fancy but it will have four doors and side airbags, and hopefully less than 10 years on the road.
100 blog posts have been written on this blog since it’s inception six months ago. I hope to write 100 more!
I hope you enjoyed my 100th blog post. If you leave a comment, tell me a significant number in your life and what it means!
BUENAS NOTICIAS – I’m going to see the nutritionist tomorrow. I hope she has some good advice for me.