25 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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I spent the weekend away (here) reuniting with some friends and making new ones.  It was a dream come true and worth every lousy bounce in paper-airplane-like ride to and from the middle of the country.   More on that later…. but the trip got me thinking about things people might not know about me from reading my blog.
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Inspired by this post from Ashley and US magazine, here are 25 things you might not know about me:

1.  I’m not a list maker.  I also contradict myself sometimes. 
2. I got married at 20.  Became a mom at 22.  I thought I was mature.  Pfffffffft.  But it has definitely shaped who I am today.
3. I am an over analyzer to a fault.   It’s hard for me to turn off my brain and just go with the flow.
4. I slept walk (or is it sleep walked? hmmm….) a lot as a child.  I also scared my Mom pretty good a few times while sleep walking.
5.  I took Spanish from 4th grade until I was in college.  I can still understand some but I’m terrified of speaking it.
6.  I had several experiences in my life with people who have special needs.  Including a psychology class in high school working with our special education classes, was a mailroom employee with two awesome people who happened to have Down syndrome and I’m 99% sure Asperger’s (although I had no idea what that was at the time), and was a teacher’s aide for two boys who had Down syndrome when Josh and I were first married.  Never did I ever think I would be a special needs mom.  But I feel like I was being prepared, even with these little snippets.
7.  Buying and making gifts is one of my absolute favorite things to do.  Nothing makes me happier than finding (or making) the perfect thing for someone.
8.  I love a challenge and to be able to prove people wrong.  Because of this, I have done a 1/2 marathon, sprint triathlon and am now doing CrossFit.  I also took Hip Hop as an adult and love Zumba.  Running a marathon is on my bucket list too.
9.  I don’t like shopping with people.  I want to and I think I used to.  But the older I get, the more I like to be alone to go at my own pace and to make decisions by myself.
10. Music has a big impact on my life.  I have everything from Dave Matthew’s Band, Switchfoot and Jack Johnson to Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and then Mindy Gledhill, Ingrid Michaelson, and Sara Bareilles.   The one type I have a hard time listening to is country.  Sorry country fans!
11.  Details mean everything to me.  This helps big time with the Queen Bee Market.
12.  If I find something I like on a menu, I rarely stray from that choice.  It bugs Josh and he tries to get to me to try new things but when I do, I’m usually disappointed wishing I had gone with what I already love.   My favorite meal is from a local restaurant- Country French Chicken with broccoli, mashed potatoes and bread with tapenade.  I could eat it for every meal. Oh with cheesecake for dessert.  But I recently started eating Paleo….and long gone is my favorite meal.
13.  I’m 20 credits shy of my college degree.  I’m determined to finish.   I’d love to go back and do graphic design and advertising.
14.  I have specific types of socks I like to wear when traveling.  Especially when I go on car trips.
15.  My Mom made me learn how to French braid my own hair by the time I was 10.  I became the crazy hair braider on bus rides for field hockey games and swim meets in high school.
16.  I am a big baseball fan.  Always have been but am even more now that I have a son who plays competitive baseball.
17.  New Girl and Parenthood are my favorite tv shows.  Vampire Diaries is my guilty pleasure.
18.  I have always gone to bed late because according to my Mom, I hate missing out on things.  She’s probably right.
19.  I like thrift shopping and antiquing.
20.  Camping is by far my least favorite type of “vacation.”  Give me a book on a beach and I’m good for days.  That’s probably why Kauai is my favorite place on Earth.
21.  I used to be able to fit my fist in my mouth.  Haven’t tried in awhile.
22.  I don’t like massages.  I can’t turn my brain off enough to relax.  Refer to # 3.
23.  The Babysitter’s Club got me hooked on reading when I was in 5th grade.
24.  I have been known to fall asleep mid sentence when I’m over tired.
25.  I broke my arm when I was eight and freaked out because I thought they were going to have to amputate it.  It was an ugly break.

Tag you’re it- share something about yourself that I might not know.


  1. Michelle says

    I was married at 21 and also a mother at 22 … I to thought I was mature enough! But am forever grateful for my children :) Love your Blog, found you on pintrest with your family binders. I have been following your on pintrest, facebook and your blog ever since!

  2. says

    Thanks for the nice blog. It was very helpful for me.
    Keep sharing such thoughts in the future as well.
    This was really what I was looking for, and I’m glad I got here! Thank you for sharing the such information with us.

  3. says

    Hey Mique! It’s Lindsay from Craft Weekend. I found your blog and just want to say that I love it! This might sound silly but I’m a very visual person and it’s not overwhelming, but very calm and easy to read, if that makes sense! So glad we met, hopefully I’ll see you at Queen Bee one day, xo

  4. Kristi says

    One thing you might not know about me…I don’t like to read. Ever.

    But other than that we have lots in common. Of course.

    Love you! xo

  5. Julie @ Being Home says

    Love this post! It is fun to learn new things about the person behind the blog. :) I really need to do this. Thank you so much for sharing! I truly enjoyed reading more about you. :D

    One word…ELIJAH! ;)

  6. Jeanne says

    Vampire Diaries is filmed about 10 miles from my home. Our accountant’s office was the Mystic Cafe until the top of the building burned. He is now in a different location and the Mystic is becoming a real restaurant! Filming is going on now. I actually saw two of the main male actors in an ice cream shop, but didn’t know who they were until the owner told me. Looked like ordinary guys out for ice cream

  7. says

    Okay nodding my head over and over again! Also married at 20 kid at 22- love details, used to fight over babysitters club with my sister growing up – don’t like camping , love the beach , also 20 credits short for College.

    Loved this post ! So fun! See you soon!

  8. says

    Hmmmm. I think you and I need to be friends, we have a lot of things in common. :)

    One thing a lot of my readers don’t know about me is that my day job when I’m not on maternity leave is as a Children’s Book Publicist. (I too was obsessed with The Babysitters Club.)

    • says

      Yes, let’s be friends! :)
      And how cool- a Children’s Book Publicist. What an interesting job! I used to create books when I was in elementary school with my friends. One friend was the artist and I wrote it. As an adult, I’ve wanted to write a children’s book about embracing differences. Maybe someday!

  9. says

    no wonder we’re such good friends! so many of these things would be on my list (and i am a humungo list maker). I love the ones about FOMO (fear of missing out, so you went to bed late), and overanalyzing, and shopping–I love being with my friends, but ultimately i think i enjoy shopping alone the most. love you friend. xoxo, ashley

    • says

      I knew you were a big list maker. I wish I was!! We do have lots in common though. Both times I’ve gone shopping with you I’ve loved it. I just get a little overwhelmed sometimes (ie- the barn), etc and need to process. I get quiet and weird. Anyway- love you right back! xoxoxo

    • says

      Thanks Michele! I wish I liked making lists more. It’d help me be better organized….but every time I try to keep lists I lose them. Guess I could remake them like you. :)

    • says

      Thanks Christina! Looks like we have some things in common. I always say that I’m not a “crier” but Parenthood makes me ugly cry almost every episode. Love it so much!

  10. Laura says

    I loved this list you have a lot in common with me. Except shopping I like it with people (except my wild kids that is). Hope to see you at snap next week!

    • says

      I hope I get to see you next week too Laura! Shopping with my wild kids is high up there on my least favorite thing to do list. ;)

    • says

      Thanks Michelle! I need to learn how to appreciate massages more. My husband loves them. I also feel like I should be talking to the massage therapist the whole time and it ruins it for me too.