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  • 100 Things About Me


    It seems this is a ‘must-have’ for blogs anymore, so here’s mine:

    100. I was born in 1971

    99. In Lake Forest, Illinois

    98. I have 1 brother and 2 sisters.

    97. I have 1 mom and 2 dads.

    96. My real father gave me (and my bro) up for adoption when I was 5’ish.

    95. My stepdad adopted us both.

    94. He really wasn’t around much, either.

    93. I only remember a few things about my childhood.

    92. I remember even less about my real dad.

    91. I remember living in Utah and Florida as a kid, but I don’t know how long we were there, and I don’t remember school at either place.

    90. I really don’t remember much at all.

    89. I would like to see a doctor about my lack of memory, but I keep forgetting to make an appointment.

    88. My mom had an orange mustang, and on a road trip I left crayons in the rear window area that all melted into one big colorful puddle.

    87. My stepdad had a 66 Mustang GT that I always wanted to drive, just once, and he sold it just before I got my license. I’ve wanted one of my own ever since he rebuilt that one. I prayed he would give me that one for my birthday. heh.

    86. I like cars, I like seeing the new models and challenge my photographic memory when I’m on the road by “naming that model”.

    85. I love animals, but am allergic to just about all of ’em.

    84. I wasn’t allergic to anything until the early 90’s.

    83. I have a mild escalator phobia, and board them with caution.

    82. I have grown to dislike being in public places with large numbers of people very, very much.

    81. I used to have a fear of driving over bridges. I’m all better now in my Camry. :P (update 11/8/13 – I am not all better. I lied.)

    80. I am most definitely afraid of heights. I can get up there without a problem, but I cannot look down without either wanting to throw up, wanting to jump, and wanting to pass out all at once.

    79. I’ve been in love with my husband since 1989. (Written in 2005 — now 2013, we are now divorced.)

    78. I have 2 daughters.

    77. I’m an/was Army National Guard wife, and don’t know any of the other wives my husband was overseas with.

    76. My husband was gone for 18 months – beginning in October, 2003, deployed to Iraq in March 2004, returned home in March 2005.

    75. I thought about politics, war and God every moment of every day for 18 months straight.

    74. I upgraded, demolished, rebuilt, re-organized and redecorated all but one room in our home while he was gone.

    73. I painted commissions for other kids in high school, mostly album covers.

    72. My art teacher thought I was a big doofus and I never got good grades in his class.

    71. I was accepted to Columbia College in downtown Chicago in their Graphic Arts program but never went.

    70. I lived in Oceanside, California for a little over 2 years.

    69. I giggle every time I see this number.

    68. I’ve been through this whole deployment thing before, Mark was in Desert Storm & Shield while I waited for him for over a year out in California.

    67. I used to be an Executive Administrative Assistant (whoohoo) for a General Manager of a casino property. I thought that was a really cool job title to have.

    66. I’m really happy not to have that title anymore.

    65. I lost over 50 pounds while my husband was away.

    64. I’ve gained back 10 since he’s been home.

    63. I quit smoking in June 2005 cold turkey.

    62. I was afraid to paint in oils. My husband bought me some for Christmas, and I tried them and hated them.

    61. I tried again after he deployed, determined to learn it because he believed in me, as did two of my very dear artsy friends. I love painting in oils now.

    60. I have carpel tunnel in my painting hand.

    59. That scares the hell out of me.

    58. I love being able to stay at home and be here for our kids.

    57. Although only part Irish, I think I act like a flaming red head sometimes.

    56. I love to laugh, and love to make other people laugh, even if it involves me making an ass of myself.

    55. I have never broken a bone (not counting jamming a couple of toes).

    54. I had my tonsils out when I was 25.

    53. That’s the same age I had to stop wearing a bikini, because I got pregnant with our first daughter and my body has never been the same since.

    52. I had a breast reduction when my husband was overseas. I went down 3 cup sizes and my back and shoulders thank me for it every day!

    51. I love pens, markers and paintbrushes.

    50. It’s cheaper for me to order art supplies online and pay for shipping than it is for me to go to the store and overspend on pens, markers and paintbrushes.

    49. I love becoming friends with my clients.

    48. I feel sad when my paintings go away and I never hear from them again.

    47. I have had 4 tattoos. Only 3 of them are visible, one is a cover up for another.

    46. The tattoo I covered up could have very well been left alone. I’d be okay with it now.

    45. No I’m not going to say what it was. :P

    44. My first car blew up when I was driving home from work one day, and I opened the door and jumped out of it because I couldn’t get it to stop rolling. Black smoke filled the air. No flames though, phew.

    43. My second car was a stick shift, and I had to teach myself how to drive it.

    42. I believe in God and the power of prayer.

    41. I live 2 1/2 hours away from my family.

    40. I’ve been married to and divorced from the same man, twice.

    39. He’s better at remembering our current anniversary, I am better at remembering our first anniversary.

    38. I like going to zoos, pet shops and shelters to visit critters.

    37. If we didn’t have allergies, we would buy more property and probably have our own zoo.

    36. I can’t do math without a calculator.

    35. But I can paint really good!

    34. I believe we all have a special talent/gift that each of us need to identify and use to the best of our abilities.

    33. I believe that if you’re going to make a friend, it should be a lifelong friend.

    32. I get more upset at myself for being thoughtless than my friends get at me for being thoughtless.

    31. I can’t paint without music playing, but can’t hear the music when I’m in my zone.

    30. I wrote a list of 100 Things I Love About My Husband for him, and I’m finding this list much more difficult to compile than that one.

    29. I use a wireless trackball mouse that everyone else in my house thinks is really weird.

    28. I do not like to shop for clothing for myself.

    27. I am insanely critical over my own appearance and wish desperately that someone would invent a “flesh and fat eraser” to go with one of my cool pens.

    26. I’ve worn a cross and chain almost every single day since I was a teenager. I feel awkward without it.

    25. I have 5 holes in my ears for earrings and never wear them.

    24. I was baptized (dunked) just 4 years ago.

    23. My ultimate artistic dream is to sit with my best friend Paige in an Art Museum across from a collection of my works when we’re old ladies, and point and smile at the “remember when’s” of our youth.

    22. I’ve never read a “Classic” cover to cover. I hated reading books people told me to read, I hated doing what I was told, period.

    21. I just purchased 3 Classics and have been trying to read them, I swear! I intend to!

    20. I’ve read the Left Behind series a couple of times.

    19. I’m really not that interesting!

    18. I use International Delight Fat Free French Vanilla creamer in my coffee.

    17. I never add salt to anything.

    16. I rarely cook anything from scratch anymore.

    15. I’m a worry wort if I don’t hear from my good friends every week or so.

    14. I get giddy when I see the first robin in spring every year.

    13. I would love to move to a warmer climate.

    12. I do not have a college education.

    11. I started to go to college but halfway thru first semester I got pregnant with our first girl, and by the end of the year I couldn’t even sit in the desks.

    10. I only have ten to go. YAY!

    9. I wear glasses.

    8. I rarely wear makeup.

    7. I talk incessantly. Shut up.

    6. I’m having a hard time counting backwards.

    5. I do not like basements, at all.

    4. I love the smell of freshly cut grass.

    3. I love being barefoot.

    2. I try to find something wonderful and fun about every day, and every possible moment.

    1. I’m done! I did it. Whew. K. Thanks for reading this far. HEY! WAKE UP!!!!


    tommi said,

    I love you! Now I really miss you. But whew- I new 99.9% of that so I guess I do pay attention! :wink: But I’m sad that I didn’t know you tried college out… Where the hell was I??? See now, six years is too long in between. Anyway, I laughed and I got teary eyed too. Thanks for sharing!

    7.11.2005 @ 8:37 pm

    YAY you did it! Now I bet you’ve thought of 10 more things since you finished that huh? So I won’t be at the museum with you and Paige? :sad: I’ll buy the tickets for us :neutral:

    7.11.2005 @ 9:32 pm
    annie said,

    Neat! I think we have a lot in common.

    7.11.2005 @ 10:09 pm
    Hubby said,

    Crap…I guess I better start working on the other 100 things huh?:???:…Love ya to work I go…:neutral:

    7.12.2005 @ 5:14 am
    Leanne said,

    Tommi – I love you too! Yes you are a very good listener, since I talk incessantly it doesn’t surprise me that you knew most of this stuff! When I worked at Roadway they had a tuition reimbursement program so I wanted to go learn me some more stuff. Seriously though, my belly got to be too big for the chairs. All I ended up with was a Math class, and you can see how much that’s helped me. :lol:

    Erikie – yes! I did it AND I thought of more stuff while I was wandering around the yard lastnight and thought DOH. Now no one knows how sarcastic I am. And hey I didn’t know you wanted to go to the museum with us! You can come along, sure! But don’t bring any friends okay cause the more people there are the more likely I’ll be to have a stroke or something and fall over dead. hehe! YOU READ ALL OF THAT!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

    Annie – I sensed the same thing about you reading your blog! It’s like I can “hear” you talking. :mrgreen:

    Mark, yeah, in your spare time do you mind getting that done for me? :roll:

    7.12.2005 @ 6:46 am

    Yes I did :shock:

    7.12.2005 @ 8:45 am
    sheila said,

    Oh goodie, I’m glad you did the 100 things. I tried but never got past 50 and have never posted them. Maybe I need to work on that?

    7.12.2005 @ 2:02 pm
    Leanne said,

    You should try to finish it, Sheila! I’d like to see yours. :smile:

    7.12.2005 @ 6:07 pm
    Paige said,

    Woohoo! I made it to your blogarooni. The boy is playing contently by himself so I have enjoyed browsing your blog for the entries I have missed.

    You are good at writing top 100 lists girlie! I always think of writing one but it perpetually stays on my “to do list!”

    Anyhoo, I love number 23 and Erikie must come too! :smile:

    P.S. I hope you are feeling better. {{{Beeeeg huggs too yooo}}}

    7.13.2005 @ 8:12 am
    Joyce said,

    Love your blog! Regarding #69 (tee hee): when I was in grade school in Park Forest IL we actually lived at (get ready for this) 69 Cherry Lane. At the time I and all my friends were clueless, and I am so glad we moved before we all figured it out!

    8.14.2005 @ 10:29 pm
    Leanne said,

    Hi Joyce! Your daily drawings are so nice! I’ve blogrolled ya!

    You grew up not too far from me, how neat is that! :)

    8.15.2005 @ 8:22 am
    caitlin said,

    Hi Mommyyyyyyyyyyy :mrgreen:

    9.4.2005 @ 5:32 pm
    caitlin said,

    Ya it did make me go to sleep.:smile:

    9.8.2005 @ 5:35 pm
    MommaK said,

    I read them all!! I love you list and your art. You are one neat chic:winking:

    9.25.2005 @ 9:53 am

    […] Every Thursday, I’ll post a list of 13 things about me, trying not to repeat anything from my 100 things list. These things will be fun, recent things even, that will give you a little more insight into what I’m all about, like it or lump it! LOL […]

    1.20.2006 @ 9:30 am
    Joyce said,

    I googled 100 things, and found you! very cool blog :lol: We have a lot in common!

    1.30.2006 @ 6:14 pm
    Mari Wildermuth said,

    Hi Leanne,
    Just found your site today. Enjoyed your paintings and photography. You are very talented. Is Wildermuth your married or maiden name? It is my married name. Been a Wildermuth now for 23 years.
    Mari Wildermuth
    Long Island, NY

    3.2.2006 @ 9:41 am
    Leanne T. said,


    I was bored at work and googles my name and hit “I’m feeling lucky” and well I got your site! My first thought, was cool, another Leanne with the same spelling! Then it was, oh shes an artist too! I read your 100 and we do have a lot in common its uncanny! Then I saw a message from Caitlin, which is what I wanted to name my daughter if I ever had one. But i have been blessed with two boys! So it was really odd, but I do adore your work…Keep up the great job.

    Much respect to your husband!
    Take Care,
    Leanne Thomas

    5.22.2006 @ 1:45 pm
    gareth said,

    Hi I know this is a long shot but i have been trying to track a lady down since 1997. I lived in italy and met her there. I am wondering if you have any relatives in Australia, her name was Nina Wildermuth. She would be about 30 years old now. i have been diagnosed with cancer and would love to find her, she was my first love.

    long shot but what the hell.

    8.7.2006 @ 7:42 am
    Ali said,

    Hi, Leanne!

    I’m a grade 8 student in Canada, and for art class, we were assigned to do an art project on an artist of our choice. I came across your site, and you seem really interesting, and I love your art! I just wanted to let you know that I’m doing my project on you. ;)

    12.1.2006 @ 11:02 pm
    Tara said,

    I found your site while looking for a good hair cut for my dog. Our “Ella,” is a soft coated wheaten terrier too! We just got her in November. I enjoyed seeing all your photos and then came across your 100 list and just kept reading. I don’t think is boring, in fact, i found it pretty interesting. Your art is amazing! Sure wish I had your talent

    Take Care,

    2.11.2007 @ 12:06 am
    Carol said,

    This post is over a year and half old, and I’m just now reading it and commenting. I enjoyed it, though! Hey! I married my husband twice, too. It makes it difficult to figure out how long we’ve been married. People act like we’re crazy. I’ve been looking at your paintings, too. You’re a talented lady.

    2.27.2007 @ 12:28 pm

    It’s funny the things you find when you start poking around other people’s blogs. When I got to number 40, I had to smile a little. My husband and I are on our second marriage as well. We got all the way divorced, got back together six months after it was final, and got remarried 9 months after we got back together. I think I may have to write one of my own 100 things about me list. It’s probably going to take me a while to put together though. I really enjoyed reading your list and learning a bit more about you. Ta for now dahling!

    4.12.2007 @ 7:13 pm
    Elizabeth said,

    I think your paintings are awesome!!! I saw the one where you took a dog’s photo and changed it into a painting, and it looked exactly the same!! You’re so talented! I’m doing project a project on you for my fine art class- great minds think alike!! Keep it up!

    8.27.2007 @ 9:44 pm
    Jessica said,

    i am so glad that i decided to do a 5 page report on you! But i dont think that my teacher is really going to think that you got your tonsils out when you were 25, but its going in my report anyways! i think that the smallest things in life make a person who they are. and i love the fact that you did this and i bet you had fun doing this! thank you so much for every thing

    5.4.2008 @ 10:12 pm
    Leanne said,

    Jessica – five pages?! Wow!! :tick:

    I hope you get an A!! Please do stop back and let me know, and my gosh – five pages?!?!


    5.5.2008 @ 8:59 am
    Lorilyn said,

    Hi,I was searching for a Thanksgiving theme craft for our class and the turkey can showed up.(insert turkey smiley) I’m glad to have found your site :D
    Your 100 list is funny and interesting. I’m not an artist,but appreciate your work. Thanks for sharing your gift with us
    Lorilyn from NH

    11.23.2008 @ 9:18 pm
    Natalie said,

    ;) You are one amazing and funny woman! Thank you for the laugh, your work is SO beautiful!

    10.6.2009 @ 12:48 pm
    Christine said,

    Hi Leanne,
    I found your site through a search on pet artwork (doing a search like that now classifies me for “crazy cat lady” status, I’m afraid), but on the plus side I found your gorgeous tortoiseshell painting. Then I saw your last name and did a double-take. My grandmother’s maiden name was Wildermuth, and the area of NJ she lives in is crawling with Wildermuths (oops, I sorta’ made my relatives sound like an infestation of some sort). It’s not exactly like Smith or Jones, so it’s neat to see another one out there. Then I read your “100 Things” and had to smile. Self-deprecation and a quirky sense of humor are always a great combination. Keep up creating such beautiful work, and perhaps when I get a bit of spare change rattling around, I can ask you to paint a portrait of my spoiled kitty (yep, definitely in “scary cat lady” territory now). Best wishes!

    7.7.2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Hello Leanne :)
    Ran across your website while searching cat portraits. Was captivated by your Creative and Delightful Energy… so much so, I spent a lot of time viewing your work and the “100” list of things about you. Keep up the good work… and your delightful creative spirit!

    1.16.2011 @ 1:33 pm
    indhira said,

    I dis agree with one of your listed numbers… You are very interesting.. and seem like a lovely wonderful person.

    9.30.2011 @ 7:59 am

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