100 Things: Part 1

With the redesign of the new template, the old 100 things list is gone. And really, it needed to go. It was out of date and blah blah boring zzzz blah.

So I’ve decided to regale you all with a fresh! new! 100 random things about me!

Over the next several weekends, I’ll share 10 random facts per post, broken down into a few different categories. (Someone somewhere did this, but I don’t know who…)

ANYway, this week I give you

100 Things About Miss Britt: 10 Things About My Family

  1. My Nana (my maternal grandmother) was born in Australia. She came to the United States when she got married. When my Nana came here and got married, she gave up her family title of Lady Derbyshire to do so.

  2. When I was growing up, my mom and I were poor as hell and a part of me resented the fact that my grandmother had given up some “right” to a privileged lifestyle. While we were eating food bank cheese (well, technically, I ate less than I hid), I was fantasizing about someone showing up ala Princess Diaries to restore my birthright!

  3. My Dad is adopted. He has absolutely no interest in knowing his biological parents. My sister and I have always wondered about the woman who passed on her genetic material to us.

  4. I am, by birth, an only child. In reality, I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. There was a time in my life, several divorces ago, when I would have said I had 10 brothers and sisters.

  5. I grew up with my two brothers and our mom. Because of that, I have always been closer to those two siblings than my other two – although I obviously love them all.

  6. My baby brother, my junior by nine years, has always been extremely special to me. I don’t love my other siblings any less, but our relationship is and always has been unique. No disrespect to our mother, but I love him like a son.

  7. My two dads walked me down the aisle when I got married. But it was my mother who stood up and gave me away.

  8. As dysfunctional as we all sound, I think my relationships with my family are deeper and richer than my husband’s relationships with his very “traditional” and outwardly functional family.

  9. My paternal grandparents live in the same house they got married in. It is my Home, in every sense of the word. It represents security and consistency and is the only physical place in the world I have tangible roots to.

  10. My mom and dad divorced when I was about 18 months old. Thankfully, all of the memories I have of them together are amicable. They have always gotten along remarkably well, and my mom is still very much apart of his extended family.

And that’s it! A tiny peek into what we merrily refer to as Dysfunction Junction!

Next Saturday: 10 Most Memorable Moments!

(I know, you wait with bated breath…)

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  1. avitable says:

    Don’t lie. Everyone knows you were spawned as part of some unholy union between Satan and God, getting the best of both worlds without any of their weaknesses.

  2. Finn says:

    “Dysfunction Junction” That’s good. In my family we say that we put the “fun” in dysfunctional. And I think you are absolutely right about #8. Maybe that’s because all our flaws are on the surface.

  3. Poppy says:

    My two dads walked me down the aisle when I got married. But it was my mother who stood up and gave me away.

    That made me teary-eyed. Apparently I’m emotional today.

    I love that you have such a special relationship with your younger brother. I have a special relationship with my older brother (6 years older) but not like father and daughter. More like… best friend and best friend.

  4. This is fun. It’s nice to know things about you.

    I am going to work on my “about me” page and my “100 things” page as soon as I finish the ninja writing contest due tomorrow!

    Sorry I didn’t comment yesterday. I was panicking about writing, and all the self-esteem issues that go along with it… And forcing myself to write.

  5. Marissa says:

    “Dysfunction Junction” I like that.

    We just call our family of divorced women the “Estrogen Zone”. That’s usually enough warning for most people.

  6. turnbaby says:

    When we got my whole family together including my stepparents and their kids I dubbed it the Rikki Lake Family Christmas.

    I need to do this at some point.

  7. Jay says:

    Dysfunction Junction would be a great title for a book.

  8. Stephanie says:

    Britt, i have a special relationship with my youngest brother, too. And I think I lived next door to you in Dysfunction Junction, we stayed on BeatingsDaily Boulevard, and you?

    You’ve inspired me to do a 100 things post.
    Hugs kiddo!

    Oh I almost forgot, last night I had a dream that you were in, and Dr. Drew from televison was here at a Blogger’s party, and he was trying to analyze you…and he ended up showing you his ass.

    I have no idea. I’m not even mixing Benedryl and Nyquil anymore.

  9. HoosierGirl says:

    Wow. Interesting facts about your family. I came from a very ordinary, traditional family. I wonder what my kids will say about OUR family when they grow up…. :eyebrow:


  10. Rachel says:

    Thats awesome Britt. I have a baby sister 13 years younger than me too. I love her like a daughter also. It can be hard sometimes, but I love my family.

  11. hellohahanarf says:

    wahoo, i am not the only one with a less than cosby family upbringing!!

    when my gram died i said i ain’t ever getting married because she wouldn’t be there to give me away. can’t tell you how much i love that your mudder stood up to give you away. my eyes got close to leaking when i read that!

  12. Miss Britt says:

    avitable: ahhhhh, thank you.

    Finn: yeah, we don’t have boundaries. LOL

    Poppy: it makes me teary eyed to write about it too.

    The Absurdist: no problem. ;-)

    Marissa: we have too many men hangin’ around still – but that’s awesome!

    turnbaby: Rikki! Jerry! Pass the turkey!

    Jay: I have sat down to write that very book 100 times.

    Stephanie: we lived on that street for a while… ;-)

    I am going to be thinking about that dream for a while now. LOL

    HoosierGirl: my husband did too. He’s, um, “fascinated” by our history.

    Rachel: I bet you’re an awesome big sister/second mama.

    hellohahanarf: we will have such fun stories to tell this week!

  13. I like the template. That photo is really terrific. Does everyone who works with Adam have to have an Avitable-iterative subtitle on their blog?

    (I kid! I kid!)

  14. And I thought I was the only one with strange family dynamics… I am an only child, but my father re-married, and I gained a step-brother, 2 half-sisters, and 2 adopted cousins who would become a half-sister and half-brother. (I have zero relationship with any of them, however.) Then when my mom decided to move back to California, and I opted to stay here, I lived with my aunt and uncle, even though my mom was still technically my guardian. I almost didn’t get to go to college because I had a hard time making financial aid advisors understand my strange position.

  15. AmyD says:

    Wow, I had no idea…

    that after reading this I would still not be able to get over that you freakin’ well posted on a Saturday! :poke: :heartbeat:

  16. Selma says:

    So great to learn more about you. When my grandparents were still alive I felt their home was the safest place in the world. Oh, and my family pretended they were the Brady Bunch but were actually more like the Addams family!

  17. I love the new look – very very nice. It feels much more authentic than the other. I enjoyed learning a bit more about you too!

  18. Creed (Baby Brother) says:

    Geeez Britter– it’s gonna suck when I come to Florida and all your friends see me for what I really am…a sarcastic, perverted 19-year-old :blush: hahaha

    PS- I love your variety of smileys lol

  19. Miss Britt says:

    Rich: I went through TONS of subtitles before settling on this one. :nana:

    Tense Teacher: I think yours would be even hard to explain than mine. LOL

    AmyD: well, now you’ve been warned – I’m doing it next Saturday too!

    Selma: do you have the Brady Bunch down under??

    On a Limb with Claudia: thanks, I’m glad you like it.

    Creed: oh, no. Before anyone actually MEETS you, I always warn them. ;-)

  20. Fantastagirl says:

    Like Finn – My family puts the fun in dysfunctional.

    Like most – outwardly my family is perfect (dad’s side) when in reality it’s so messed up the Pope himself couldn’t save any of them.

  21. Kristin says:

    I loved being a part of dysfunction junction! Your parents and grandparents kick ass and yeah I would say that you relationship with everyone is more tight knit than that of your husbands family.


  22. Lynda says:

    My Dad is adopted. He has absolutely no interest in knowing his biological parents. My sister and I have always wondered about the woman who passed on her genetic material to us.

    What about the man? :)

    Interesting list. I have to admire your Nana.

  23. Miss Britt says:

    Fantastagirl: there is some freedom I suppose in never having that “outward persona”. LOL

    Kristin: I :heartbeat: being part of your completely functional family too.

    Lynda: my family is very matriarchal. Maybe that’s why I never gave a second thought really to the man.

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