100 Things

Since it’s my 100th post, there’s an unwritten bloggers’ rule that says I’m supposed to tell 100 things about myself.  It’s taken me quite a while to compile this list. Not sure they’re unique or even interesting, but here goes!

1. Born October 8, 1960 — am 51 years young

2. Born in Metropolis, Illinois, home of Superman!

3. Was almost named “Stephanie”

4. The middle of 3 girls born to my parents, Wayne and Bettie Rixie

5. Was the ultra-shy, compliant kid — not so sure I’m that way anymore

6. Have lived in the South all my life except for 5 years when we lived in Miami, Florida (and no, you cannot consider this the South!)

7. Can remember/speak a little French, can remember my Latin pretty well

8. Favorite color: Blue

9. Favorite season: Autumn

10. Love white shirts! I counted this morning and I have at least 15 in my closet

11. Wear a size 9 shoe

12. Despise high heels but know there are (sigh) times I must wear them

13. Favorite candy (when I indulge): Reese’s Pieces

14. Favorite Bible verse: Romans 1:16. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”

15. Favorite Christian song: “Blessed Assurance”

16. Favorite time of the day: Early morning, when I can sit down with my Bible and talk to God

17. Came to know Jesus as Savior when I was 12 years old

18. Prayed to accept Christ in my bedroom, without anyone else around

19. Was baptized on Easter Sunday morning at East Ridge Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee, by Pastor Henry Preston

20. Am the product of a great youth ministry — was always smack-dab in the middle of mission trips, concerts, outreaches, retreats, camp counseling — whatever our youth group did

21. Was an active Southern Baptist Acteen and achieved the next-to-highest level possible, Queen-Regent-in-Service

22. First solo at age 15 was “The King is Coming” by Bill Gaither

23. Am a reluctant soloist nowadays

24. Am a eager duet or trio singer, though! Especially with Al and daughter Audra, when they let me sing with them –

25. I was a girl scout and earned 25 merit badges when I was a Junior Girl Scout. Still have my badge sash and pen knife!

26. My first car was an orange  ’77 Rabbit that I shared with my older sister, Valarie

27.  I wrecked it 3 weeks after I got my driver’s license

28. The next car I drove until I got married was a coppery-brown ’73 AMC Gremlin

29.  I went to my senior prom with a girlfriend, Patricia McCormick, because Al was in college in Chicago at the time.

30. I was treasurer and class historian for the ERHS senior class of 1978

31. First wanted to be a veteranian when I grew up

32. And adopt lots and lots and lots of stray animals and live on my very own farm –

33. Which explains my passion for horses. Loved to horseback ride and always wanted one of my own.

34. Then I wanted to be a professional artist

35. Then I aspired to be a writer — guess that one stuck!

36. Ended up getting my college degree in teaching

37. Have a B.S. , double majoring in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee

38. Love being around children and know that my ability to teach them is one of my spiritual gifts.

39. Love helping children learn Who Jesus is and how much He loves them! I teach a Discovery Class at our church twice a year for children who are somewhere in the process of salvation.

40. Played all kinds of sports growing up, but liked basketball the best

41. Played half-court basketball in my day as a defensive guard.

42. Was named to All-District basketball team for SE Tennessee my ninth-grade year

43. Then started nurturing my artsy side in high school and performed major roles in 5 separate high school plays and musicals.

44. Played flute in band for 4 years

45.  Worst trouble I’ve ever been in–got taken to the East Ridge (Tennessee) Police Station for stealing political campaign signs and posting them in the front of East Ridge High School

46. The worst part of which was apologizing in person to Mr. Starnes,  husband of one of my high school English teachers

47.  The next worst part was calling my daddy to come get me at the station at 12:00 that night

48. I won’t venture into salt water anymore because I saw Jaws on a Florida vacation when I was 12 years old

49. Don’t like extreme heights. They make me dizzy.

50. Can’t ride roller coasters that go topsy-turvy anymore, for the same reason

51. Don’t remember the exact first time I met my husband Al

52. We grew up in the same youth ministry at East Ridge Baptist Church

53. Found out later we had the same piano teacher who gave us each lessons on Saturday mornings, Mrs. Lea

54. I asked my future husband Al out for our first date

55. Which was to the Homecoming football game, October 1, 1976

56. I cheered for the football team; he cheered for the marching band!

57. Al is the only man I’ve ever dated. Period. I found a keeper –

58. Al’s sense of humor drew me to him. It sure makes life more fun!

59. That, and he also loved the Lord. This makes life the sweetest!

60. I was 4 days shy of turning 20 when I married Al: October 4, 1980.

61. We’ve been with each other altogether 36 years and been married almost 32 years.

62. We’ve been in the ministry together, in 3 churches and 3 states, as long as we’ve been married. We will have been at Ridgecrest Baptist Church for 25 years, come January.

63. God has blessed me with 3 amazing children: Melanie, 27; Audra 25; and Casey, 21. Each very different in their own way. Not a day goes by that am I not amazed by my kids!

64. I love to learn! If you had to ask me to name my favorite school subject, I would honestly have to say “all of them.” Never met a subject I didn’t like!

65. Can type about 90 words a minute–comes in handy with my present job as medical transcriptionist for a Duke ENT practice

66. Besides elementary school teacher and medical transcriptionist, I have had several other jobs in my life: french fry cook, ice cream scooper, daycare worker, church office secretary, house cleaner, optician’s assistant.

67.  White chocolate vs. brown chocolate? White chocolate, hands down.

68. ALL RIGHT, I ORIGINALLY LISTED THIS ONE TWICE (#38 above) so here’s another one: Profanity makes me cringe and unkindness of any kind makes me mad!

69. Morning person vs. night owl? Morning person! I go to bed at 10:00 p.m.

70. All-time favorite food: cinnamon rolls

71. Oh, and my Mama’s carrot cake

72. Favorite comfort food: Grilled cheese sandwich

73. Ideal vacation: anywhere I can curl up with a tall stack of books by my side, undisturbed. With my laptop nearby, should I get new ideas for a book!

74. Newest passion: Feeding and watching the hummingbirds outside my office window

75. Al would say I’m hard to buy gifts for because I am so practical. I received a brand-new stove one year for Christmas and was ecstatic!

76. My favorite Christmas present of all time: an aqua-blue Royal typewriter

77. Favorite all-time book: the Bible!

78. Next-to-favorite all-time book: Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

79. Favorite Christian fiction book series: Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson

80. Favorite secular mystery writer: Margaret Maron

81. Dearly. Love. Books. I’ve been known to spend money on books rather than buy food for myself.

82. Loved mysteries as a kid and still do–Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden–I cut my eye teeth on those series

83. Love to travel; I’ve been out of the US six separate times and hope to go to many more places

84. Most challenging place I’ve traveled: Hiked 4 hours to the top of Mount Sinai

85. Most beautiful place I’ve traveled: Alaska

85. Places I definitely want to visit before I die: Scotland and Australia

87. Don’t watch a lot of television but I have 2 guilty-pleasure shows that I religiously watch: Castle and Celebrity Apprentice

88. First thing I remember writing that got anyone’s attention: A poem called “Clowns” in second grade

89. Get some of my very best writing ideas while driving a car. No joke. I have a pen and pad in the console to capture those snatches of inspiration at a stop light!

90. Have seriously studied the craft of writing for at least 20 years and tried my hand writing in many genres

91. My short story, “Fishy Business,” has been accepted into a mystery anthology and should be published in hard copy sometime in the next year

91. Have one completed mystery manuscript I hope to be sending out to agents in the next months, with the same main characters as my short story.

92. Have paused writing my Christian fiction women’s manuscript I’m halfway through but will come back to sometime–

93. Love writing those big emotional scenes with movie soundtracks blaring through my earbuds.

94. Also love to writing calmer scenes to piano instrumental music. Again, there are no words to distract!

95. Belong to 4 different writing loops. These are my writer sisters and brothers!

96. Random stuff now: Andy, my dog, is a bichon frise (Al calls him a “poodle on steroids”)

97. I inherited him from Al’s mom who couldn’t take care of him. He’s my little white shadow!

98. Only nickname I’ve ever been called: Jeannie Bean

99.  I have a “dumb phone” and I don’t text

100. I do have an iPad, though, and thoroughly enjoy it! (Pinterest is way too much fun. . . . )


That’s me, in a nutshell.  May you have a wonderful, blessed day!

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