Liz’s List…

1. I am a compulsive list maker. It keeps me sane. But my lists are usually more of the grocery/task variety.

2. To occupy myself on long car rides as a kid, I used to make words out of all the license plate and billboard letters. Now that translates into a pretty good Scrabble game.

3. I played trumpet and piano as a kid, but begged my parents to let me quit piano lessons as an 11th birthday present; they obliged. I kept playing trumpet until I turned 20, and I think the instrument captures my personality rather well in some ways.

4. I lived on 80 acres in rural Wisconsin for most of my childhood, and I have an accent.

5. Much of my childhood was spent either reading or in our barn taking care of sheep, goats, cows, a horse, chickens, ducks, cats, dogs, and a lot of rabbits.

6. I love to run these days, but my parents used to have to threaten to take away my books to get me to exercise. It worked.  I’ve run one marathon, and several half-marathons, including Beijing and the Great Wall Half.  Truth be told, I still like my books better!

7. My family is unusually large. I am the youngest, and I have an excellent crew of siblings with numerous nieces, nephews, and now many many great nieces and nephews too.

8. East Los Angeles was my home for a year while I volunteered at a homeless shelter on Skid Row. My whole life changed that year for the better.

9. I like moving to new places I’ve never been to before, so China is no surprise.

10. My favorite journey to a new place so far was a camping trip to the Boundary Waters. It’s about as ‘middle of nowhere’ as I’ve ever been, and as close to silence as I’ve ever been.

11. A little dark chocolate and a good beer go a long way in my world.

12. I like people who are funnier than I am, as many of my friends can attest.

13. So far, I’ve traveled to Mexico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and South Korea. I’ve lived in Wisconsin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Ohio, and Connecticut.

14. I knew I wanted to marry JM after dating for less than a month. I waited over a year to share that bit of news until I was sure he wanted to marry me too. He is more deliberative than I am.

15. I want to be involved in local politics someday, but that will wait until we settle down.

16. I have two sweet kiddos, and so this list would be incomplete without saying I am very much About Leo and Rosie.

17. I think lists are better left for tasks/groceries, but this has been fun.  I do feel a bit more sane.

18. If I were stranded on a desert island, I’d be pretty concerned.  If I had a cell phone with a strong signal and a set of flares, I’d be set.

6 Responses to “About Liz”


  1. 1 Becca February 15, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Yeah…the accent. My parents loved when the roommate from WI & the roommate from Canada came home from break…For two weeks I’d talk with a “nasal” and end every sentence in “eh”. :o) (Man I miss you like you’re gonna miss bacon and pancakes!)

  2. 2 Laura Mroczkowski March 13, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Lizzie,
    It looks like things are going well for you and your new family! I am so sorry that I did not get the chance to visit you and meet Leo before you left. I hope that some day our paths will cross again. I love you and think of you everyday (even if I do not write or call!)
    I am in LA right now working on some upcoming projects. I love the blog!!
    Sending tons of love and kisses from across the globe,
    Laura

  3. 3 Margaret March 31, 2008 at 3:08 am

    liz,
    You are adorable.
    I love and miss you!

  4. 4 Julie Muller April 2, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Liz!

    I was wondering what marathon you are planning to run, and I see that it’s the Great Wall Marathon! WOW! That will be amazing.

    I like the contrast of your desert island response and JM’s.

    Love you and miss you heaps!!

    ~Julie

  5. 5 Jennifer Ryan April 7, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Liz – These reflections are wonderful – you both are wonderful writers… I was memorized into your lives and stories and loved the pictures! What an advventure! We love you and will miss you at the wedding in July 08 – pray for Shane & I too!
    Love,
    Jennifer

  6. 6 Claire Falk Wells and Sarah Wells April 7, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Liz and John,
    Thank you for all the information about your adventure in China. I hope you are feeling good and we love the pictures of Leo. Sarah hopes you like your apartment. If you need more baby leggings for Leo we are one mile away from Planet wise internet store. We bought some for Grace’s new baby. Striped are the best. I will run the Great Wall of China Marathon with you.
    We love you!
    Claire and Sarah


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