Firsts: Top Ten {Tuesday}

Top Ten {Tuesday}

I’m feeling kinda old-school-fill-in-the-email-and-then-email-it-to-four-more-friends kinda thing today. So, here are my…


{sorry, I just couldn’t think of a great new title for that one…}

1. First Car

My 1989 red CRX. I loved that little thing. It looked like a micro-machine. Sadly I totaled it in college. {Didn’t I just tell you that story?}

2. First Boyfriend

Steve. He lived in Michigan. I’m facebook friends with his mom.

3. First Job

Real Job? Bridal Shoe Salon

Paid Under the Table Job? Roadside Clown

4. First Time Out of the Country

I was 10 minutes from Canada in 6th grade but never ventured into the frozen tundra. Then in High School I went to Guayaquil, Ecuador for a missions trip with my sisterchick Kristen.

5. First Thing I Do In The Morning

Look at the clock. Then groan and say, “SERIOUSLY?”

6. First Time Online

I don’t remember the exact first time I got online but I do remember the first time I went in a chatroom. It was IM-ing on AOL. I met this guy (at least I think it was a guy) and we would have a private chat going on and then I’d say publicly, “Any hot guys in here?” Then fifteen guys would pop up to private chat me. Then I’d give MY guy their screen name and he’d bully them via private message them telling them to back off me, etc.

I guess we thought that was funny. I was 17. What can I say?

7. First Online Person I Met In Real Life

Wendy. And some of my doodlemamas. xo.

8. First Tragedy I Remember

I don’t know if this is a tragedy but I remember when my aunt got divorced. And I had never heard of divorce before. I thought it was something newfangled that she was doing. I was probably 5 or 6 years old. I don’t know if that makes me happy that I never heard of divorce or sad that I can remember it.

9. First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Weinberg. I loved her. She put me in the blue reading group. I wanted to be in the red.

10. First Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Steps To Getting Your Baby To Sleep. {Oh, that was a good one! Definitely worth a reread.}

See. This is why you read my blog. I am SO informative. But hey—if you’re really stuck on your list you can copy mine! Or even better—-I’d love to see your answers to these same FIRSTS in the comments!

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OK! That’s it! Let’s see your Top Ten! It can be as simplistically amazing as mine (heh) or as long and detailed as you’d like it to be. Just WRITE it on your blog. Then LINK back to me somewhere in the post (you can use my button or just a text link, I don’t mind) so others can play along. Finally, come back and PASTE your url in the linky below. And if you wanna up the fun factor, start visiting and commenting, stumbling and tweeting, facebook liking and sharing the rest of the Top Ten Tuesday’s participants!


  1. I **like** your Top Ten this week! It’s fun and reminds me of blogging five years ago :). Hmmmm, if I remember later this week, I might even pick it up and do the same thing! Great ideas for “firsts” :).

  2. That is so funny. My first grade teacher was Mrs. Weinberg too! ๐Ÿ™‚ She paddled me. ๐Ÿ™

  3. Sweet! That is MY first Top Ten post, I do believe!

    We REALLY need to take a new “Now” photo, though…that’s just sad. xoxo

  4. My brain was fried… and I couldn’t come up with the brain power to make a Top Ten post this week! If I hadn’t already done my Sweet Shot Tuesday post, I might have copied your idea… maybe another week!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Excellent top ten post this week! If I hadn’t already written up one, I might have used it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You were a roadside clown. Really? What is that? You stood on the side of the road dressed as a clown and waved?
    Tell me you have photos.

  7. I remember getting online at the school library. there were about 20 of those huge grey computers and we all had to take turns checking our email. so funny!

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  9. A roadside clown? That is awesome. My first under the table job was filling vending machines. The pay was awful, but I was only 13 and got to take home as much candy as I wanted. So it evened out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Still friends with Steve’s mom?!
    Had to laugh! My mom is the caretaker of my grandmother, her ex-mother-in-love, mother of my father, Steve.
    My mom won’t talk to Steve (his real name), unless she has to (he is a mess, what else can I say?), but loves my Gram, Lorraine! ๐Ÿ™‚
    This is my first attendance of a Top 10 Party!
    So happy to be here, and I wish I’d known some tips to get my babies to sleep when they were little. Heck, I wish I knew some tips on how to get them to sleep now! They are now 20 and 16 (ugh! When did that happen?)
    (Maybe I’ll write a post?! That is, if I knew anything about it).
    Blessings and joy and peace to you today as you make your home!

  11. How fun Amanda! Like a MadLib only funner… ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Loved this list, especially #3, I think we all have first real job and first paid under the table job. The first time I heard of the internet was from your brother (seriously). I was probably 12 and I was listening in on a conversation he was having with Brandon and he said something like “So what do you think about this whole internet thing?” It’s crazy to look back on now, who knew how much it would change our entire lives!

    • Natalie, what’s funny about that is that I can HEAR Jason saying that! And now, look at us–the internet brought us together again! *happy sigh*

  13. This must have been fun to write! Love that you’re facebook friends with your first boyfriend’s mom. Really sweet.

    I’m gonna go read those sleep tips now!

  14. Ok, love your “first thing you do in the morning”! Exactly what happens here, except that most of the times I’m looking at a child that has woken me up and saying seriously??? Except that I get answered back, “yes mom, seriously… now get up!”. Sigh.

  15. If I had a personal blog, I would definitely consider copying this list. This was a fun read. And guess what? My father-in-law was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. My husband was born in Quito.

    • Well, you could do “first time I ever used a cloth napkin” or something like that. KIDDING. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      How random is that about your fil and husband?! How did you guys get together then? Is their family from Ecuador? Or were they there for another reason?

      • FIL from Ecuador, MIL from Colombia. They are South American. I met my husband in LA. It is not so very crazy that I married a South American immigrant, since I lived in So Cal for over a decade. What is random is that YOU, Southern girl, were in Guayaquil.

  16. I wish I could say my hubby was my first boyfriend but I can’t … but he was my second and I was his first ever girlfriend! {Granted, we got married at 18 & 20, so only 3 years of dating}. I loved your top ten this week ๐Ÿ™‚ – thanks again for the linky.

  17. 1. First Car

    My parents had bought a new Nissan Sentra, they tried to get me to take my Grandma’s old car, I refused to drive anywhere in that, so they gave me the Sentra, did you see how I worked that out ?! They’d rather have me driving than not driving, hehe.

    2. First Boyfriend

    I was not allowed to date till 16, well I was 14 when I met my 17 year old boyfriend… once again do you see a pattern with how I got my way with my parents ?! They weren’t a fan of him because we were young and ‘in love’ and ‘serious’ (promise ring serious, WHOA! – they actually made me give back the promise ring, and then he gave it back to me a week later, I just didn’t wear it in front of them). We actually dated for about 3 years and then on and off for another 3 years. He held out hope for me till I was 24, and told him I was getting married.

    3. First Job

    Real Job? The local used book store, I’ve always been a book-lover.

    Paid Under the Table Job? Babysitting for the 5th grade teacher. I think back now and I’m like WOW my 5th grade teacher really trusted me a 10 year old to babysit her daughter ? I was a mature 10, obviously LOL

  18. Loved reading this! ๐Ÿ˜€
    It’s cool because it made me think back to some of my firsts too.

    The first time I went online & into a chat room was when I was 16. I met a guy 3 years older than me from North Carolina and we started talking a lot and we did the “online dating” thing for 2 years until he decided to move up here. He stayed up here with me for about a year and then because it’s so expensive up here, we moved back to NC for a while. There were some issues and it didn’t work out, but that’s how I met my hunni now. And it will be 5 years in September. <3 It's funny how things can happen for a reason. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I’m totally going to use this for next week. I love the idea of firsts!

    Have I told you how much I love Top Ten Tuesday??

  20. Great list! I loved those CRX’s. Wanted one so badly.

  21. My first time out of the country (first two times, actually) were to Ecuador. My aunt and uncle were missionaries there. The first time, I was in first grade. We flew in to Guyaquil and then rode in a very old, almost falling apart van to the city where they lived. I think we even had a breakdown. I remember sitting for hours at a gas station with goats roaming around. It was also the trip in which I got my first really bad sunburn and my first taste of mango.

    • How COOL! I also got my worst sunburn in Ecuador. You think in a place named ECUADOR I’d have remembered we were on the equator and put sunblock on. But no.

  22. This is my first time linking up to your Top Ten Tuesdays! I’ve had a lot of fun reading other blogs today. Thanks!

    PS. It sounds like we are saying the same thing in the morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. I couldn’t resist…so here are my ten “firsts”:

    1. First Car = a white 1991 Pontiac Sunbird
    2. First Boyfriend = Luke. He’s now my brother-in-law. For real.
    3. First Job = babysitting/hostess at Big Boy
    4. First Time Out of the Country = (barely) crossing the border into Mexico when visiting relatives that lived in AZ at the time
    5. First Thing I Do In The Morning = try to decipher which kiddo is bounding into my bedroom WIDE awake (usually before 6:30 AM…blech!)
    6. First Time Online = not sure; maybe at school in 8th grade or so?
    7. First Online Person I Met In Real Life = hasn’t happened yet
    8. First Tragedy I Remember = Oklahoma City Bombing (but I had an aunt get a divorce when I was 5/6, too…)
    9. First Grade Teacher = Mrs. Sykes; except she was Ms. Baldwin when I had her!
    10. First Top Ten Tuesday: Ways to Use Extra Baby Food

  24. Aren’t FIRSTS chilling and exhilarating at the same time? (As in this is my first month of blogging…!) ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. This is my first time linking up! Looks like so much fun. Thanks for hosting ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Oh so many memories with that roadside clown. And, hey, I’m facebook friends with your first boyfriend ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Thank you so much for hosting this linky! I found you through the Modern Mrs. Darcy (hers are ALWAYS amazing!!!). Will be following now, have a blessed day!

  28. Hey Amanda! Thanks for doing the Top Ten Tuesday link up. I’ve done it twice now. I love your 5th “first”; sometimes when my alarm goes off in the morning I look at it and think “You have GOT to be kidding! What joker set the clock last night?!? Oh yeah…that was me.”

  29. Teresa Dahl says:

    I don’t remember much of my childhood, except for my first car. It was a Chevette. I remember it backfired all the time and scared my neighbors.

  30. Hi Amanda
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!
    Lots of love

  31. LOVED your Ten Ways to Get Your Baby to sleep!! Loved this post, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. Fun! I’ve been away house hunting but I’m back now and here are my top ten firsts.
    1. First Car = 2001 Yellow 2 Door Ford Focus, I love that thing, such a great car.
    2. First Boyfriend = Brad, he’s now my best friend’s husband, one of our closest ‘couple friends’
    3. First Job = Christian Bookstore
    4. First Time Out of the Country = No idea probably when i was a year going into the states.
    5. First Thing I Do In The Morning = Let the dogs out
    6. First Time Online = grade 7 in the computer lab
    7. First Online Person I Met In Real Life = hasnโ€™t happened yet
    8. First Tragedy I Remember = When I was in elementary school a girl at the high school next door died, I still remember the sad eeriness in our small town.
    9. First Grade Teacher = Mrs. Mitchell
    10. First Top Ten Tuesday = My exciting week, sharing pregnancy news June 2009

  33. I had a Mrs. Weinberg also, at Keheley Elem. in Cobb County. I guess it’s a more common name than I thought

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  35. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

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