22 Truths and a Lie

I’m trying something new this week and tapping in to the creative genius known as Mama Kat (aka @MamaKatsLosinIt). She hosts a weekly writer’s workshop with prompts to get the juices flowing, and even has a snazzy little button to show for it:

Mama’s Losin’ It

Of the suggested prompts for this week, I thought I’d share with you 22 Things I’ve Done (and 1 I haven’t). If you’d like further explanation on any of these, please leave your request in the comments, and I shall oblige!


I have…

  1. walked the Golden Gate Bridge
  2. shared my mother’s womb
  3. thrown up on the steps of the University of Oregon Law School
  4. been blogging for almost 6 years
  5. converted, wholly, to a new religion
  6. had plastic surgery
  7. cried tonight
  8. driven nearly 4,000 miles of a road trip, by myself, with all 5 of my kids
  9. seen a show on Broadway
  10. not been the kind of friend I ought to be
  11. met Huey Lewis
  12. been on the local news
  13. stolen candy
  14. overcome a serious phobia
  15. won a contest that I will always believe changed my life
  16. graduated college, with honors, as the mom of 4 young children
  17. kept a destructive secret
  18. sailed a boat
  19. told my children to Go Away
  20. as a grown woman, tee-peed another grown woman’s house
  21. been *the* Easter Bunny at the local mall
  22. laughed so hard I hurt
  23. moved more than 14 times in 18 years

Tell me: do we have anything in common here? Have you done any of the things I have?

AND: can you guess which one is the lie?


  • Mommy Inconsistent

    Hi…visiting from Mama Kat’s.  Let’s see, things we have in common…well, I drove a lot of miles from California to Canada with just my mom, two brothers and our dog..twice!  Have always admired my mom for that…and you did it with 5 kids?  Impressive.

    • I’ve never taken a trip like that with a dog – I imagine it might be easier with just the five kids! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • I love the way that you did this! And no, I can’t guess which is the lie but yes, I can relate to so very much here!

    Also? The laugh till you hurt- is pretty amazing, yes?

    • Laughing till you hurt *is* a precious thing. I’m grateful for those moments! 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Laughing til it hurts is one of my favourite things.
    Laughing til you cry and snot comes out your nose is also fun.

    BTW my guess is “Plastic surgery”
    Am I close?

    Luv from Simone @ Greatfun4kids

    • Hi Simone! Actually, I *have* had plastic surgery, but it’s a just a technicality. I was in a bad accident many years ago and had to have a plastic surgeon reconstruct my left hand. It’s fun to joke about, though, because of course people think of “other” things when you mention plastic surgery. 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Jenn

    I love this post! You are such an amazing woman. I have done very few of these things. I’m going to guess #11 or #18?  I don’t know – just a shot in the dark.

    • Ding, ding, ding – you’re right! It was #18 (sail a boat) that I’ve never done. I have, however, met Huey Lewis. I grew up near San Francisco and he and his band lived around there. I met him at the county fair once! 🙂 I’d love to see a list like this from you – I bet you’ve done a hundred things I’ve never dreamed of. 🙂

  • # 23 is the lie. I think… I just heard that same line in the news recently.
    #2 so you have a twin… cool!
    Love this list i have told my children I have four #19 up to yesterday hahaha.
    ANd I tip my hat off to you travelling in a car with five children alone! WOW
    Love your list
    visiting from Writer’s Workshop

    • Sadly, #23 is true – I have actually moved that many times! #8 (sail a boat) was the lie. And yep, I’m a twin – I think I saw on your list that you’re a mom of twins, right? That’s awesome!

  • Anonymous

    love these!  what a unique list, and Ive read about 30 so far!! Off to click the links included in your highlighted numbers, and no idea which is false!

    • I’ll save you more guessing, then, and just say that I’ve never sailed a boat, so #18 was the lie. That might be fun to do someday, though. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Jenna!