1.I was once an extra in the Howard Stern movie “Private Parts.” Incidentally, I never saw the movie.
2.Two things I always wished I could do: sing and dance. I still do a mean lip sync with my hairbrush… somehow, it’s not the same.
3.I love music that is marketed towards much, much younger people. Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne (only the ‘clean’ versions), Miley Cyrus… only the upbeat songs that make me want to dance around the house with my kids.
4.I regularly dance around the house with my kids. Especially to the song “Let My Love Open the Door” by Pete Townshend. In fact, I can’t hear that song without dancing. Ask Adam. (Please also refer to #2 for a clear picture of how good of a dancer I am. Not. Very.)
5.I was bit by the theatre bug around age 8-9 when I saw the musical “Grease” at Dixon High School. I thought the golf cart as “Greased Lightning” was the stinking coolest thing ever.
6.My first production on stage (outside of school) was “OIiver”. I played one of Fagin’s boys.
7.One of the most life-changing experiences of my life was when I spent a summer in New York at Circle in the Square Theatre School. I reeeaaaalllly discovered a lot about myself out there. And I fell in love with that city.
8.I took theatre classes from the daughter of the old lady who sat on the bus stop bench with Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump.”
9.My first alcoholic drink was a few sips of a wine cooler in college. It was like the week before I turned 21 and I really didn’t like it. Never was much of a drinker, but I made one heck of a designated driver!
10.I always thought I would be an actress. Never a writer. Never a pastor. And certainly not a wife and mom at age 24.
11.I’ve been a Christian all my life. I “asked Jesus into my heart at age 5” and have asked every year since just to make sure He knows I was serious the first time.
12.I hate going to the post office. I absolutely dread it with every fiber of my being. Most. Annoying. Place. Ever.
13.I can’t touch butter. If, when I’m baking, I accidentally touch butter, I nearly gag and have to immediately wash my hands. I have hated the way butter smells since I was a kid—a condition worsened when my dog ate an entire stick off the kitchen table. I’m going to be sick just thinking about it. Where’s the bucket?
14.I get VERY anxious in social situations. I much prefer one on one conversations than large parties or gatherings. I would never describe myself as “outgoing.”
15.I have always read magazines, but only in the past 3-4 years have I rediscovered my love for books. Now I try to be reading one all the time.
16.Probably my all-time favorite story of all-time is “Anne of Green Gables.”
17.I still listen to the soundtrack from “The Piano” when I’m writing or working. (Thanks to Jessica who introduced me to it in college. Remember that laptop you had, Jess? You named him Delbert. Hahaha.)
18.I met my husband my sophomore year of college when he dated many of the girls on my floor. I was the ARA so I was especially un-impressed with this guy… until…
19.I re-met him in my sorority house the following year, after his meeting with God the summer before. He was playing the piano and I was shocked to discover that guy from the year before actually had talent.
20.My first “date” with Adam wasn’t really a “date.” We went to Perkins at around 9 p.m. and stayed till 7:30 the next morning. At the end of that night, I think I knew everything there was to know about him. We’ve been inseparable ever since.
21.When we went to the hospital to have our third baby, we had decided on the name “Gray.” During labor, Adam changed his mind back to one of my earlier picks and we ended up with a “Sam.” It suits him.
22.I was the prom queen in high school. Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I just admitted that. Hahaha
23.In second grade, as a desperate plea for attention I faked my eye exam and ended up with glasses. Bad move, Courtney… as the many disturbing bad-glasses photos show.
24.I’ve never been overseas. The farthest away I’ve been is Alaska and I think everyone should go. Incidentally, I don’t know if I’ll ever make it overseas… I’ve developed a fear of flying in my old age.
25.My dream is to live on a couple acres surrounded by trees and a lake and all kinds of big, fat beautiful flowers where I can hide away and write all day.
26.I met Al Pacino in New York. He was doing a two-man show at Circle in the Square. He’s really short. My favorite thing was watching the people who hung around trying to get an autograph from him. He never gave them. One time during movement class, I turned around and he was standing there watching our class. Talk about unnerving.
27.I saw Danny Devito in line at “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk.” Struck me as odd he had to give his name at will call. Like they don’t know who he is. (Oh, and he is very, very short.)