100 Things

Wondering what I’ve been doing all my life? Here’s a brief history to get you all caught up.

  1. My name is Audrey.
  2. I was named after my godmother, a wonderful Hawaiian woman who is one of my favorite people in the world.
  3. I share a middle name (Marie) with roughly eleventy thousand other people, but I wouldn’t trade my middle name for anything.
  4. I was born April 18, 1983.
  5. I spent the first 21 years of my life in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  6. One of the best memories from my childhood is the annual Baking Day my mom and I have every Christmas.
  7. On Baking Day, my mom and I spend the day in the kitchen making a couple dozen coffee cakes. My dad (and my brother and Tim in later years) is in charge of pouring champagne for my mom (and for me in recent years).
  8. I’m sure my mom needed that champagne most in the early years when I was probably far more hindrance than help in the kitchen. I like to think I’m slightly more helpful now.
  9. I’ve assisted with Baking Day for as long as I can remember — from when I was so little that I had to stand on a dining room chair to reach the kitchen counter.
  10. These days, my mom and I have a well-refined system worked out, each of us doing different parts of the recipe.
  11. The first time I tried to make a coffee cake by myself, I had to call my mom to ask how to do those parts of the recipe that she is typically in charge of. That’s what makes us such a great baking team.
  12. Christmas Eve was always spent driving around town, visiting friends, and giving them the coffee cakes we made.
  13. Without us, half of Fort Collins surely would have gone hungry on Christmas Morning.
  14. To me, it wouldn’t be Christmas Morning if it didn’t start with a delicious coffee cake breakfast.
  15. My other favorite childhood memories revolve around Father-Daughter Weekends.
  16. Every summer my dad and I would spend a weekend together — just the two of us (and sometimes the dog, too).
  17. Most years, we went camping. My requirements were simple: In a tent. On the ground. With the dog.
  18. My dad taught me how to play poker when we were camping. In place of money or poker chips, we used match sticks. One year we tried using cookies, but the game got cut short when we ate all our “chips.”
  19. Our traditional camping breakfast was pancakes with peanut butter chips (my dad has a Coleman stove that we always took with us to make the pancakes on). To this day, I still crave peanut-butter-chip pancakes every time I go camping.
  20. The last few years, when I got tired of not showering for a whole weekend and my dad got tired of sleeping on the ground, we spent Father-Daughter Weekends in Denver, where we stayed downtown and went to movies and the theatre (if there were any good shows in town).
  21. Another thing my dad taught me was sarcasm. My brother and I started using it so much that my dad tried to limit us to 5 sarcastic remarks per week. It worked really well. I have never been sarcastic since then. Never.
  22. At age 11, my mom introduced me to Job’s Daughters, an organization in which I was a very active member for 9 years.
  23. It was an incredibly important and beneficial part of my adolescence, giving me poise, self-confidence, and leadership abilities that I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.
  24. I also met some of the most amazing people I have ever known through my involvement in Job’s.
  25. The highlight of my high school years was the day I earned the title of Miss Colorado Job’s Daughter 2000-2001.
  26. I look forward to someday introducing my daughter to Job’s, and I hope she can have the same kind of experience that I did with the organization (of course, if she’s not interested, I certainly won’t force her to participate).
  27. When I was 19, I happened to go to a party that I didn’t want to go to, but my roommate didn’t want to go alone because she had a crush on the host and couldn’t show up to his party alone, so she convinced me to go with her.
  28. The host of that party was John, and John’s best friend is a handsome guy named Tim.
  29. Tim has a beard and wears glasses; I love a guy in glasses — something about that intellectual look is really attractive to me. (Tim recently switched to contacts, but don’t worry — I still think he’s really cute.)
  30. Tim had come to Ft. Collins from Colorado Springs (a 2 hour drive) to go to the party because he hadn’t seen John in years.
  31. Tim almost stayed home that weekend.
  32. At that party, Tim and I – two people there who almost didn’t go to the party at all – met for the very first time.
  33. We stayed up all night talking and drinking vodka shots.
  34. In that one night, we talked so much that we pretty much bypassed all the awkward conversations that usually occur during the first 2 months of dating.
  35. Tim proceeded to come up to FoCo (that’s how the cool people say Fort Collins) for a few more parties, all of which I attended without having to be persuaded.
  36. The 4th or 5th time we met, we actually stayed sober and realized that this relationship could be much more than just random drunken meetings.
  37. Shortly after that, we began seeing each other every weekend — taking turns on who had to make the 2-hour drive to the other’s town.
  38. After he graduated, Tim moved to Fort Collins to live with me until I finished school.
  39. 9 months after we met, he proposed. (I said yes.)
  40. In late spring of ’04, I helped Tim shoot a feature-length film.
  41. It was called Bad O-menz and was about a boy band who got lost in the woods after their tour bus crashed.
  42. The movie is a teen-slasher flick, so just about every character in it died.
  43. It’s a hilarious movie; partly because of how obviously low-budget it is in places, but mostly because of my husband’s genius writing. Seriously — it’s really funny.
  44. Working with Tim on the movie was a very eye-opening experience for me.
  45. Some parts were tons of fun, and I can definitely see why Tim loves filmmaking so much.
  46. However, some parts were absolute hell to a quasi-control-freak like me, and I had a hard time maintaining my sanity when everything took 4 times longer than expected, as is typical on a low-budget movie set.
  47. I definitely have a great deal of respect for Tim (and other filmmakers) after seeing first-hand what filmmaking is like and how great he is at problem-solving.
  48. I spent the summer of 2004 studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain.
  49. It was an amazing experience, and I am dying to go back to Spain with Tim.
  50. In Barcelona, I stayed with a wonderful host family — a retired couple who were tons of fun and are among the kindest, most loving people I know.
  51. After I finished my class in Barcelona, I picked up Amy (my best friend since preschool) from the Barcelona airport and we traveled around Europe together for 18 days.
  52. While I was waiting for Amy at the airport, I saw the Barca soccer team come through the arrivals gate. Even though I’m not into sports, that was still really cool.
  53. Amy and I went to Paris, Nice, Florence, and Rome.
  54. I didn’t particularly like Paris, but I fell in love with Florence. Nice and Rome were pretty great, too.
  55. Being away from Tim that summer was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
  56. When I came home, the minute I saw him waiting for me at baggage claim I broke into a run and then sobbed in his arms while he hugged and kissed me and told me how happy he was to see me.
  57. It took me a good 5 minutes to even notice that he had brought me flowers. Even now, I don’t really remember what the flowers looked like — I was too focused on Tim to notice much of anything else.
  58. The first meal I ate when I got home was burritos.
  59. I never realized just how addicted I am to Mexican food until I spent 2 months without it in Europe.
  60. Although Spain was majorly lacking in the burrito area, they almost made up for that with the abundance of Bikini sandwiches (known here as Grilled Ham and Cheese), which my SeƱora made at least once a week.
  61. In November of 2004, Tim gave me the best graduation present ever, our dog Ben.
  62. Ben is an American Eskimo who is afraid of anything and everything he has never seen before (and some things he sees every day), and this is part of what makes him the most adorable dog in the entire world.
  63. We are the type of “crazy dog people” who talk to and for our dog all the time.
  64. For example, on any given day after Ben has made a mad, terrified dash from the kitchen to where we are on the couch (this happens most days), you might hear us say, “Hey, Ben! What’s up?” And then, in the voice used specifically for Ben: “Guys, I don’t know if you know this, but that refrigerator is making scary noises.”
  65. If you ever find yourself at our house, you don’t have to participate in this, but you’ll probably have more fun if you do.
  66. Ben’s really not as big a wuss as he used to be; he’s shy around new people, but once he gets to know you, you’re his best friend in the whole world.
  67. I graduated from Colorado State University in December of 2004 with a degree in English and a minor in Spanish.
  68. I maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA for the 3 1/2 years I attended CSU so I could keep the scholarship that paid half my tuition every semester.
  69. I earned that scholarship by scoring a 34 on my ACT, something that I am very proud of, but don’t talk about much because I don’t want to seem arrogant.
  70. Tim and I moved from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs the day after I graduated from CSU.
  71. That night, we stayed with Tim’s parents, and the next day we closed on our house. 3 days later we came back to FoCo to celebrate Christmas with my family. It was a busy week.
  72. 6 months later, on June 26, 2005, we got married.
  73. It was the wedding of my dreams, and you can read all about it here.
  74. We went to the Bahamas on our honeymoon and spent the week drinking wine and umbrella drinks and taking long walks on the beach.
  75. We also rented a jet-ski, which was tons of fun, even when I took a turn too fast and flipped us both into the water.
  76. When we first moved here, I got a job selling bridesmaids’ dresses at David’s Bridal.
  77. It was the most awful job I have ever had in my life.
  78. Luckily, just a couple months later I was offered (and eagerly accepted) a job as Editorial Assistant at a local publishing company.
  79. That job turned out to be miserable, too, and I eventually landed a job editing legal documents which, it turns out, I really love.
  80. I am a self-proclaimed grammar geek.
  81. Despite my love of grammar, I’m surprisingly not picky about my own grammar on my blog.
  82. Though I do find it interesting that I tend to adapt even my casual writing to fit my current job’s rather strict style guide.
  83. I usually refrain from correcting other people’s grammar (outside of work, of course; if I refrained from that at work I’d likely be unemployed) because that is just annoying, and the last thing I want to be is annoying.
  84. I will, however, sometimes complain on my blog about common grammatical errors that really, really annoy me.
  85. Another thing I love is Tap dancing.
  86. I have been dancing since 1991, and have done jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and tap.
  87. I have never, ever enjoyed ballet. I don’t like watching it, and I don’t like doing it; I find it incredibly boring.
  88. Which is not to say that I don’t appreciate it. I have a ton of respect for the discipline and talent of ballet dancers. It’s just not for me.
  89. I didn’t take my first tap class until I was in high school. Tap quickly became my favorite type of dance. I’ve recently gotten back into jazz, but if money and time are tight, there is no question that the one class I’d keep taking would be tap.
  90. Passionate as I am about tap (you know you’re serious about a hobby when you buy expensive, custom-build tap shoes because they just sound that good when you dance in them [and then talk about your awesome tap shoes way too much because you’re ridiculously proud of them]), I don’t really have much desire to tap on even a semi-professional level.
  91. I dance because I love it — it’s tons of fun and great exercise — simple as that.
  92. In January of 2007, Tim decided to change his career focus from film making to teaching.
  93. In August of 2008, he completed his Master’s Degree in Curriculum Education and began teaching in his own elementary school classroom.
  94. Tim is an amazing teacher, and I couldn’t be more proud.
  95. In February of 2008, we got a puppy and named her Smalls.
  96. She is the polar opposite of Ben — fearless, loves meeting new people, and a bit of a troublemaker — but they are the best of friends.
  97. Tim and I don’t have kids yet, although we definitely want kids eventually.
  98. Tim is such a kid at heart that I know he is going to be a spectacular daddy, and I am so excited to see him with our kids.
  99. In the meantime, we’re pretty content being dog parents. Ben is especially terrified of small children, so we don’t want to freak him out by bringing a child home just yet.
  100. Because, really, our family planning revolves around our dog.