Posted on Jan 29th, 2009 by Allison (Whatever)

So, I’ve been tagged in Facebook by several friends for this 25 Random Things list…   but I really don’t like to encourage Facebook use, so I’m responding here 🙂   

If you read my blog, consider yourself tagged, and post your 25 Random things on your blog.  If you don’t have a blog, feel free to post them here!

  1. I have no middle name
  2. I love frogs and started collected them in grade-school – long before they became “in”
  3. My hair was platinum blonde as a child.  Dark brown now.  I dyed it dark purple once.
  4. I traveled to Acapulco, Mexico on a 6 man plane when I was 15.
  5. On that trip, I threw up over the Grand Canyon on the way down – and experienced “Montezuma’s Revenge” on the trip back.  (no bathroom on a 6 man plane…)
  6. I did voice over work, and also appeared as an extra in a horrible B-movie called “The Varrow Mission
  7. My favorite places are Princeville/Hanalei Kauai, and Seattle area.   And speaking of Seattle, I LOVE living in the northwest.  Love it, love it, love it.
  8. KittyI love cats.  But have unfortunately developed allergies to them the past few years.  Not so fond of dogs (Harley excepted).
  9. I have never laughed harder than with my friend Michelle.   And I’ve never done dumber things and found them as hysterical as with Michelle. As an example, see the “umbrella tree incident.”
  10. I will not drink milk.  Yuck.
  11. I have lost 49 lbs since August 15th. 
  12. I love being in recording studios.  I’ve often thought I’d like to be a backup singer.
  13. I love wandering around Home Depot (though rarely buy anything) – it’s such a creative energy place…. so many projects just waiting to be started!
  14. I’m so happy to have escaped Mormonism and organized religion.  (Wish I’d done so many years ago)
  15. Flowers make me happy.  Giddy.  I adore my little garden.
  16. I am not a fan of Facebook…. though I use it because it is the only way to connect with some friends.   …but I DO like the “growing things” application (see #16 above). So send me one.
  17. I know I can always count on my sister – any time I need her.  Whether it’s to laugh, cry, travel to Hawaii, or technical support.
  18. I’m very proud of my brilliant son, Brandon,  who left for Panama today for a 6 week vacation with his family.
  19. Hanale Bay and Bali HaiI’m spontaneous. I can be made aware of incredible airfare to Kauai in the early afternoon, make arrangements and buy the tickets before the day is over.
  20. In other words, I’m going to spend my birthday in Kauai this year – with my sister and our delightful daughters! 
  21. I have an unnatural attraction to all things sparkly, shimmery, metallic, opalescent or iridescent.
  22. I played synthesizer in a pit orchestra for several musicals… and got paid for it.
  23. I hate wearing a bra (though I need to – and do so in public).
  24. The first R-Rated movie I saw was “Life of Brian” in 1979.  Had to view it at the U of U campus, as none of the local theatres would show it.  (I’ve seen many R shows since then)
  25. I’m a geek (think accounting, computer nerd, x-files, star trek, Stargate SG1).  But only partially, because I’m also an artist
(23) Comments   


Deb Wells on January 29th, 2009 at 1:34 am

Hey Alli….congrats on #11! Do tell how you did it! I am soooo down with you on #23 too! Hate hate hate them! I am also with you on #14…although it wasn’t Mormonism I broke free of…..just organized religion. We love Jesus but not the programs of men! Have fun in Hawaii with your sis!! Too cool you get to go! Michelle sounds like my friend Karen….I laugh until I nearly wet my pants with her! So good to have folks like that in our lives yah!!??

Ok….now….call me and tell me about your aversion to facebook…I am just getting started in there and I am having a blast finding friends from my past! What do I need to know???

Allison on January 29th, 2009 at 1:50 am

Oh, there’s nothing innately wrong with Facebook – I just don’t care for it…. just another place to check… and too many applications that require access to my personal information, etc. And I don’t like the wall to wall discussion threads….

Now, I DO check facebook because thre are some people in my life who I don’t really have any other communication with them and it gives me a peek into their lives. And I’ve used it to find a few people that I had lost track of. But it’s addicting and just sucks time from my day.

Overall I simply prefer blogs, and want to encourage blog posting over Facebook nonsense. I don’t have time to be checking all my favorite blogs AND keep track of everything on Facebook.

Michelle on January 29th, 2009 at 6:18 am

I love your list, however, I didn’t LOVE experienceing #5 with you. WOW you have lost 49 lbs! Post a picture of yourself! I am just like you on #21…I zero in on anything sparkly. I love froggies because of you. You shall have to buy yourself a new bikini for Hawaii…you guys will have a BLAST.

Chris on January 29th, 2009 at 8:04 am

Congrats on the weight loss Allison, that is incredible! You and Kristin are doing great with that. And you girls have a blast in Hawaii, that will be so fun for you all.

I guess I like Facebook because it’s everyone’s blogs all in one place, kinda. But it is a time waster, for sure.

Ashley Rae on January 29th, 2009 at 8:12 am

I love your list. And I never knew about #s 4 & 5, oddly enough. Congrats on the 49 lbs!! That is quite incredible. And I have inherited your love of flowers. Giddiness. 🙂

Kristin on January 29th, 2009 at 11:01 am

WooHoo! I’m looking forward to your birthday! I loved reading your list. Made me smile throughout.

Kristin on January 29th, 2009 at 11:02 am

Oh, you didn’t mention the names of any of your frogs…. She named her frogs. Including necklaces and such. And always came up with great names.

Allison on January 29th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Ah yes, frog names… I don’t recall most of them, but these were my two favorite:

A necklace named Kermit Renaldo Floyd. He was so cute, but was destroyed by a vaccuum.

A darling little gold pin frog (which I still have, even though his jeweled eyes are missing and his sheen is wearing off) named Hypotenuse

Michelle, I’m afraid I’m still far too many lbs away from bikini-land to attempt that one 🙂 But a new suit is definitely in order!

Jean on January 29th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Hey post a picture of your new body and HOW are you doing it????

Brandon on January 30th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Great list, Mom! Tell us more about 4&5. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that story.

Jennifer Pearce on January 30th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

My Mom also thought milk was very yucky. I also love things that sparkle. We found quite a few at the airport gift shop actually, rings, bracelets, and some little figurines. When we saw the sparkley frog ones we thought of you. 🙂

Allison on January 31st, 2009 at 3:22 pm

OK… the 6 man plane thing…

One of my dad’s friends (Chuck Coonradt) had won some big award and was going to a convention in Aculpulco with his wife. Another of their friends (Coy Wood) had a 6 man plane, and I guess the 3 of them thought it would be fun to all go as couples.

However, Coy’s wife was 6+ months pregnant and couldn’t travel for 12 hours in a 6 man plane, and my mom’s health was such that they didn’t think it a good idea. So they went commercial air. That left 2 seats open, and I got invited – and was able to take a friend. Michelle, I still can’t believe your dad actually let you go 🙂

Anyway, we had breakfast at Coy’s restaurant before leaving – and I made the mistake of having eggs. I get motion sick pretty easy, and lost my lunch over the grand canyon.

Our first night, half way down, was spent in Mazatlan. We arrived after the airport had closed. You can see how joyful we are…

Anyway… we had a wonderful time, though I got heatstroke after spending an entire day at the pool, on a catamaran, etc. – so Michelle spent the next day indoors with me while I recovered. We amused ourselves by poking holes in a newspaper and following guests around the hotel like we were spies.

We shopped in the mercado, where people would want to touch our blond hair (kind of creepy). We went parasailing, which was a blast. We met a Spanish family there (attending Chuck’s convention) from Guadalajara, who had a daughter our age (blonde hair, blue eyes) – name Deli Palomar. They invited us to stop there on our way back for dinner on night. All in all a great adventure.

And even though we did all we could to avoid drinking the water – I did get a case of montezuma’s revenge – and it hit while we were in the air on a 6 man plane with no bathroom. So glad we had a plastic bag, and man was it embarrassing and unpleasant for all….

Good times.

Robert on February 1st, 2009 at 7:37 am

OMG… what a horror story. Was there any privacy on that six man plane?

They should make a movie about it..

Robert on February 1st, 2009 at 9:45 am

As I re-read you list (I have a bit more time today)…. I learned a few things about you I didn’t know before.

I knew you didn’t like milk, but I didn’t know you never consumed it. I love milk, and luckily there is a product ‘Calorie countdown,’ that used to be ‘Carb countdown’ that is less than 1/3 the carbs and fat. But tastes like regular milk. It’s been a godsend for milk lovers like me.

That is so cool you were in a movie, even if it was a bad B movie. You are actually listed in IMDh movie database… as an actress..

I don’t know anything about wearing a bra, but I always joke that if I don’t start losing weight I may need one.

I’m glad you escaped Mormonism too… So I’m not the only happy apostate in the family… : )

I really feel bad for you on the 6 hour plane ride experience. That is the kind of thing that would happen to me.. LOL.. I sneezed once in Sunday School class (where the class was seated in a circle), and a big wad of you know what flew from the back of my throat and landed in the middle of the floor. And there was silence as everyone stared at it… and then looked up at me.. THAT was terrible, but not as bad as you experienced…

Allison on February 1st, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Absolutely no privacy, Rob. If I remember correctly, I had to turn around and kneel on my seat, poor Michelle held a plastic bag for me, and my dad held up a blanket to block the view. But no one could block the smell.

High price for Michelle to pay to go on that trip with me….. she’s such a good friend 🙂

Allison on February 1st, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Rob, I’ll cook with milk, use it in recipes, and will drink hot chocolate made with milk – but my stomach churns and my mouth gets all mucusy at just the thought of drinking a glass of milk.

Speaking of mucus…. your sunday school class experience sounds rather traumatic…

Robert on February 1st, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Yes, it was embarrassing, but not nearly as bad as having to have a friend hold a bag for me.. No wonder you and Michelle are so close. From the umbrella tree incident to this… that is a true friend… : )

I wonder why they don’t think of things like that when designing a plane. I mean humans have these things come up…

Anyway, it’s an amazing story.

jesse on February 3rd, 2009 at 10:22 pm

While in Acapulco we stayed at the Hyatt Hotel. The second day I went out in the morning to the swimming pool and spotted Allison at the pool’s edge with a older Gigalo trying to impress her. A drunkin woman seated near by was loadly trying to warn her about this bad man. Allison was just annoyed by it all. The drunk woman tried to get out of her chair to go over to Allison but fell to the ground so everyone at the crowded pool area was watching. My very cool and sophisticated 15 year old daughter looked up and saw me approaching. She looked over at the annoying man, turned back to face me and waving her arm in a high arch yelled at the top of her voice: Hi Dad!. End of problem!

Allison on February 4th, 2009 at 12:55 am

LOL… I’d forgotten that episode. He WAS annoying.

Taylee on February 6th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Congrats on your weight loss! I love to hear about health success! Keep it up. As for the bra hate…I hear ya!

Sandy Crain Anderson on February 6th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Allison, I love your list! The trip to Mexico story is very funny, although I’m sure it was traumatic at the time. I’d love to hear more about your weight loss!!

irene on February 10th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Oh I have loved reading your list. It brought back so many happy memories for me. You and Michelle really kept life fun and silly and exciting for our family. Congrats on your weight loss, I know it hasn’t been easy. I’m very happy for you :o).
I’m so grateful to have you for my daughter. I love you .
I won’t be making a list. I just can’t think of enough interesting things that you might not know, and I don’t have the talent of writing interestingly as my children and grandchildren do. I’ll just enjoy your lists.

Pam on February 20th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

It’s been enlightening reading this fun list. I, too, am impressed with your weight loss. I need to get back on the band wagon as I’ve started losing ground on the weight I lost. You and Janice are inspirations to me.

“I’m glad you escaped Mormonism too… So I’m not the only happy apostate in the family… : ) ” I’m echoing Rob with this statement. It’s such an unexpected development for me to discover this on my dad’s side of the family.

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