Posted by: allisonbarton | July 2, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #5

This is part 5 in my Thursday Thirteen series, getting me up to 104 things about me!


Allison’s Thursday Thirteen: Part 5

1. I was in the 5th percentile for height until I was in 5th grade. I hit a growth spurt at that time, and since then have been just above average. I’m 5′5″ now.
2. I love to sleep. If I could, I would sleep for 12 hours a night and be thrilled.
3. I took four years of French. I couldn’t hold a conversation in french if my life depended on it!
4. I have gone on many long drives. My Mother and I always drove places. We drove from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, PA to Florida, PA to MA, PA to ME, PA to AR…basically, I have spent an enormous amount of time in the car!
5. I type at around 100 words per minute It varies a bit. I just took two typing tests online and got 98 and 112 wpm. (I am always about 95% accurate too.)
6. I have freakish hair. It grows insanely fast. I can chop it all off and within a year it will be back down to my shoulders.
7. I love taking baths. I don’t take them to get clean, but to relax. Generally, I shower and then take a bath to relax. It’s wasteful, so it doesn’t happen very often.
8. I hate buying people presents from a list. I feel like it doesn’t show how much I care when I just choose a gift from a wish-list (like on, so I try to rely on thinking of something on my own.
9. I love to shop. Fortunately, I’m also really cheap. The two even each other out pretty well.
10. I have bad knees. They got bad during that growth spurt and have never been great since then. While I rarely feel them now, I still can’t run very much without them throbbing.
11. I love Pixar. They make the most unbelievable movies.
12. I enjoy reading Sci-Fi. My most recent read was “Red Planet” and I loved it.
13. I wish I had a talent. Most people are amazing at something and I haven’t yet found my something. Hopefully I will.


  1. I love to sleep too! :)

  2. Gosh, I love to sleep too. I don’t seem to get as much as I’d like since the little one was born. Great job with keeping up the 101 things about me series. I enjoy reading your blog so I added you to my blog roll. I’ll be back to visit. Happy TT!

  3. Did you get to see Wall-E yet?
    T13 #20: Forceful Rhythms

  4. I had a growth spurt that didn’t end until I was 19 years old – 5’10” here – I think of 5’5″ as “tiny” not average! ;) Um… hate shopping…. love Pixar!

    Happy TT!

  5. You have a talent. Your challenge is to find it. I’m rooting for you!

    Good 13!

  6. Hey. My son was born on August 28, too. But not in 2007, thankfully. He’d be an awfully big prodigy if he were…

    I have knee trouble, too. I bike instead of walking or running whenever I can ’cause it’s one of the few things I can do without pain.

  7. I can also type around 100 wpm. It comes in handy with the web design. Happy TT.

  8. I love to sleep too. I just never seem to get enough. Happy TT

  9. Yeah, it’s hard to get enough sleep. Lucky for you on the hair-grows-fast. I bet you’ve not cried at a horrible haircut like I have!

  10. I could never think of that many things about me…I have bad knees too. It sucks but only started about 5 years ago. Happy TT:)

  11. My family is big on lists for presents. My husband does not understand this.

  12. I don’t like shopping from a list, either. Often, I lie in the bath and wonder about those lists.

    Nice to learn more about you!

  13. Aaahh, sleep is wonderful! Can we trade hair for a year or two? Mine grows fast, but nothing like yours!

  14. Mmmmm sleeeeep! Love pixar too. Have you seen Wall – E yet? Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

  15. I took three years of Spanish, and all I can do is find you a bathroom and get you a beer. Of course, on vacation last year, that came in handy. :)

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  17. 100 words per minute! Wow! I’m impressed!

    I like shopping off of wish lists. It makes me feel good to know that I am buying something that is really wanted… :)

  18. It seems we have a lot in common…I love to sleep, take a bath (longer), shop ( poor wallet!), etc…and I definitely wish I had much talent…and then no please don’t mention the hair…Mine is arrrgh!

    BTW, I also love Burt’s Bees products and it’s such a shame there’s few boutiques here with their products.

    And yes i voted for your son – not sure if what I did was right…it’s the rating system right?

  19. Ditto to #9!! Great list this week!

    Here’s mine . . .

  20. I just don’t understand how you can type 100 words/minute with impressive accuracy and still not have a talent. I’m a writer and I consider your typing a talent in and of itself. To do it that fast, and that WELL, must require terrific coordination or maybe concentration. Anyway, I think that’s great.

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments on my TT

  21. Baths are my weakness…especially in the winter when its really cold..i love taking a hot hot hot bath to warm up. Thanks so much for sharing, I enjoy learning things like this about people. :-D

  22. Nice to get to know you a bit better every TT!
    Thanks for visiting my TT about Belgium.

  23. I can relate to you on #13. I want talent too!!! I must have some, but I just can’t figure out what it is exactly. :-) Have a great day!

  24. wow, I am impressed that you could come up with a list of 104 things about yourself. Maybe that is your talent. Seriously, I am not sure I could come up with 13 – I struggled with my TT list today!

    Thanks for sharing :-)

  25. LOVE to SHOP; LOVE to drive … I seriously love spending hours in a car (when there is a purpose and a destination; but I HATE HATE HATE traffic, guess that doesn’t make much sense, but there doesn’t have to be logic in my brain for it to serve me well).

    YOU DO HAVE A TALENT – you are a wonderful person and an awesome mother! Most people dismiss those wonderful talents too easily – It’s just not easy being both — it really isn’t. So give yourself a big hug, because some talents aren’t worth much in this world but being a great person and amazing mother is priceless.

    Now I’m going to depress you … and I’m very sorry for that; but maybe by reading this you will realize just how very TALENTED you are … – read about
    Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong

  26. That’s some pretty fast typing!

    I’m turning 39 and I’m still waiting for that growth spurt – I stalled out at 5’3″ LOL.

  27. You will. It took me 30 years to figure out that I really like photography.

    BTW. I love love love baths.

  28. allison, sleep is my middle name!!

    check out my tt

  29. I like your style and SO LOVE Pixar too!

  30. Fun list, I love to sleep as well and even with 4 years of french couldn’t ask for the bathroom with any confidence. Happy TT

  31. Well, having a talent doesn’t necessarily mean that you are the “best in the world” at something, just that you are good at it or even that you like it extraordinarily well. I can’t play the piano–or any instrument–with any sort of ability, but I have a great talent for enjoying piano music. Of course I realize that this isn’t an impressive “talent” but, since I have a son who plays the piano all the time, it’s a good thing I have a talent for listening and actually enjoying it.

  32. I like buying people gifts from a list. I know I’m not wasting my money on something they might not like. But, I can see your point too!

  33. I would live in bubbles baths if I could also have books, wine and chocolates available at all times.

  34. I used to sleep 12 hours often, but even though the kids are older I’m only getting around 5 these days.

    Pixar rules!

  35. All I have to say is..Pixar ROCKS!

  36. Great list……not much beats a good bath for a relaxing time before bed!



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