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31 Facts For 31 Years

Today I turn 31!  Crazy how time flies, isn’t it? Just the past year seems like it has flown by, not to mention the other 30!  In celebration of my birthday, today I thought I would share 31 random facts about me that you probably didn’t know.  (In no particular order)

  1. When I was a senior in high school, I took a trip with a bunch of other students (lots of whom were good friends of mine, including my now husband)  to go camping and hiking in the Smoky Mountains.  It was tons of fun, and also tons of work.  We camped and hiked for about a week (I think?) and it was a blast being in nature.  The trip ended on kind of a rough note though when there were bad storms that came and we were (a bit frantically) forced to all pile into a school bus and spend the last night in a random cabin that was near by.  Luckily everyone made it out ok, and we only lost a few tents that flew over a nearby cliff due to the high winds.
  2. I almost always knit with circular needles, even when not knitting in the round.  Everything just stays together better that way, and I feel like they are more compact than using long straight needles.
  3. My mom is allergic to cats and dogs, so as much as I wanted one growing up we couldn’t get one.  Pets I did have growing up: a budgie (aka fancy parakeet), gerbils, hamsters, rats, fish, newts.  Not all at the same time…well mostly at least.
  4. When I was in high school I won an award and had a piece of artwork hanging in (Then U.S. Representative, now U.S. Senator) Tammy Baldwin’s office.  There was a ceremony and I got to meet her and everything.
  5. In 2008 my hair salon was looking for models for an upcoming photo shoot to show off the new hair trends.  I got several inches chopped off of my hair, and had it dyed.  I had never had my hair that short, or had it professionally dyed before. That is also likely the most makeup I have ever worn.  It was equal parts awkward, scary. and fun…but I would probably do it again.
  6. The husband and I got engaged on our 7 year dating anniversary and married on our 8 year dating anniversary.  This year – on December 12th – will be our 13 year dating anniversary and 5 year wedding anniversary.
  7. I could eat a bagel with cream cheese every day of my life. Added bonus if it is a fresh New York bagel and fresh cream cheese.
  8. I went to three different colleges, two of which I was only at for one semester.
  9. Every year I get to go to New York City for work.  I love visiting there, and look forward to it every year, but I could never live there.  Too much commuting and traffic and crazy. (Which is too bad because there is so much delicious food, and sites to see, and other great things)
  10. Foods I don’t like and that are generally* a deal breaker for me trying new foods: peanut butter, bacon, hamburger.  No, I’m not vegetarian, or allergic, I just don’t like them.  In fact, peanut butter and bacon I also can’t stand the smell of.  (* I say generally, because there are dishes like the recent quinoa stir fry that I made that uses peanut butter in the sauce, and I’m ok with that because it isn’t an overwhelming peanut butter flavor)
  11. When I was little I pretty much lived off of macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and grilled cheese sandwiches.  And by little I mean pretty much through high school or maybe longer…
  12. I’ve met some of my best friends through blogging.
  13. Growing up I was a total tomboy, and played lots of sports.  Softball and basketball through middle school, soccer through my sophomore year in high school, and tennis all the way through high school.  We even went to the state tournament my senior year!
  14. I’ve always been a dog lover.  For a long time it was Dachshunds, then Cocker Spaniels, then (and currently) Pugs.  ….but really all dogs are awesome.
  15. For about 5 years I volunteered with the Dane County Humane Society.  I started out walking dogs (which is where I found out that Pit Bulls are some of the goofiest and sweetest dogs) and then I volunteered with cats in one of their satellite locations, which is where we got Miss Kitty!
  16. Growing up I played piano and viola for several years.
  17. For a few years in college I gave up soda for Lent.  That is how I learned to love coffee.
  18. I drink peppermint lattes all year round…can’t wait to get back to that habit once baby comes!
  19. In high school and a lot of college, I drank lots of soda, especially Mountain Dew. Then, during one of the previously mentioned years where I gave it up for Lent, I just quit drinking soda pretty much all together. I don’t think I’ve haven’t had a Mountain Dew in years, and I rarely ever drink other soda anymore either.  If I do, it is a clear soda (Sierra Mist is my preferred choice) and usually that is when I’m not feeling well.
  20. Chili is one of my (recent) favorite cold weather meals. But I always pick around the beans. I can’t just make it without them though which might seem ridiculous, but I feel like they add flavor…and is it really chili if it doesn’t have beans?
  21. I played keyboard in the show choir band my senior year of high school.
  22. I can’t wait to go to Disney World as a family one day.
  23. Miss Kitty and Olive go to different veterinarians, and the only real reason is that we were living at different places when we got them both, so each place was more convenient at the time.
  24. In sixth grade I fell in gym class and broke my wrist.
  25. I am color blind. (no, that doesn’t mean I see in black and white, I just have a hard time distinguishing colors sometimes, and I can’t see any of those dot tests that they make you do at the eye doctor.)
  26. Mexico is the only place that I’ve traveled to outside of the United States.  No, I haven’t even been to Canada.
  27. 2015 will be my third year using Project Life as a memory keeping/scrapbooking system.  I was not much of a scrapbooker before I started, but now I love the system – especially since I now have an easy place to keep all of the trinkets and things that I can’t bear to part with!
  28. A have a collection of squished pennies.  You know, those things from the machines you find at amusement parks and museums.
  29. I have a bit of a monthly subscription box obsession.
  30. A couple of years ago I spent two weeks hanging out in California while the husband was working.  It was a fantastic vacation.
  31. If it was socially acceptable (and it didn’t’ seem weird to sing about snow in the Summer) I would listen to Christmas music year round.

Whew!  It was more difficult that I thought it would be to come up with 31 random facts!
I’m off to enjoy some birthday celebrations. (hopefully involving delicious food and cupcakes)

What is a random fact or two about you?!

2 Responses

  1. Holy crap, you look super different in that modeling picture!!! So fun!

    • I know, right?! And that was the shortest my hair had been in at least a decade at that point, so it was a little nerve-racking, but definitely fun in the end!

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