I like numbers a lot. They are such a superb way of organizing things. I love the logic of them and the clearness of what is right and what is wrong when you deal with them. I am very grateful to whoever came up with them (was it the Greeks?). Sometimes I like to look at non-math things in terms of numbers. Like my life. So here, my friends, is my partial autobiography in numbers:
33 – my current age
63 – the number I probably think of when you ask me to think of a number
18 – the age I was when I first moved far from home
20 – the age I was when I first moved to another continent
4 – the number of pets I have had in my life. (1 was a rabbit. 3 were fish) 4 is also the number of knocks I do when I knock on doors. 4 is also the number of countries I have lived in for over six months. This was also the age I calculated the sun to be in my final astronomy exam after a page of formulas. I knew it was wrong, but I couldn’t find where I’d messed it up. This was fourteen years ago and it still haunts me. I was also born on the 4th of the month of my birth. As were my husband and one of my best friends. Here’s what some people have to say about that.
3 – the number of things I most like to see together in a grouping. also what I consider to be the ideal weekend length
29 – the age I was when I got married
6 – the number of times I have read my favorite book. Also, the maximum number of people I am comfortable cooking dinner for. (Unless everyone is ok with having spaghetti. Then the sky is the limit.)
1 – number of bananas I eat each day. Also, the usual number of times I will allow myself to hit the snooze button on weekdays.
47 – the other number I might think of when you ask me to think of a number.
Oct 16, 2058 – the day the death clock says I’m going to die
8 – the dollar amount at which some cheese I am considering buying starts to look too expensive. Also, the number of people that my brain perceives as a crowd when deciding whether to be nervous about speaking in front of a crowd.
40 seconds – the amount of time I can plank before I collapse (this is a vast improvement over the 5 seconds of 1 month ago)
3 minutes – the approximate amount of time that you can talk about one thing and have me still be listening.
0 – the number of free or discounted flights I have had from said cards