A Dozen Things Most Folks Don't Know About Me

I saw a version of this going around Facebook a little while back and I really enjoyed reading some random facts about family and friends that I didn't know!  So I thought I'd join in the fun, except I want to share it here on my blog: a more permanent place for recording life.  Here goes!

1.  I sleep with cotton in my ears, or at least I have for the last several weeks.  After Levi was born, my nighttime hearing became annoyingly acute.  In other words, I've become the world's lightest sleeper.  (Any other moms have this same problem?)  During the summer, our big airplane fan was my life sleep saver.  And now, it's cotton in my ears.  Rest assured I can still hear; the cotton just dulls sounds--like Bron's occasional snoring--so that I can keep dreaming.

2.  I had LASIK done in 2008.  I worked for an ophthalmologist office and was given the chance to have it done free.  Best. Decision. Ever.  Especially considering those many late nights and early mornings I've endured since becoming a mother.  I have been really happy with my surgery.  It is incredible to see 20/15 (that's better than 20/20) with my own eyes!  And my night vision is just as amazing.  Side Note: Did you know Bron sees 20/10?  He has super man eyes thanks to some great genetics.

3.  I never wore braces.  I'm lucky enough to have a nice smile naturally.  (Thanks, Dad!)

4.  I don't really hear the lyrics of a song on the radio as much as I hear the notes.  Literally.  I hear C#, D, E, F#, G, etc.  So though I often can't sing the words to a popular tune, I'll more than likely be able to play it back to you on the piano or my violin.

5.  I take zero interest in pop culture.  Sure, I read the news headlines and I enjoy an entertaining movie, a great song, and wearing a cute outfit just as much as the next person, but for the life of me, I just can't put actors' and singers' names to their faces.  It's bad.  I suppose I just don't care!  But guess what?  It doesn't matter.

6.  For my own health and the health of my loved ones, I choose to read books sparingly.  I'm worthless when I read a good book.  I just get sucked in!  All of my extra time and energy becomes devoted to this one book.  The house could be falling down around me and I wouldn't notice!  Therefore, as much as I love them, I just can't afford to read books very often.

7.  I taught English in China one summer.  It was a culinary adventure and an adventure in every other way as well.  It was also an humbling experience I'll keep in my heart forever.  Everyone should visit a foreign country. 

8.  I was arrested for streaking with my sister and cousins when I was eighteen.  Long true story.  But it was funny then.  And it's still funny now, ten years later.  (Except my stepdad somehow keeps a straight face.) 

9.  I can't drink a caffeinated soda after 3PM or else the clock at 2AM will see me wide awake.

10.  Jed was born in New York... and so was I!  It's only ironic because I've spent the majority of my life in the western United States.  The longest I've ever lived in one place is five years.

11.  I love the feel of soft things: my fluffy robe, my winter bed sheets, fleece lined leggings, etc.  I've passed this love of softness on to my boys.  They both insist on sleeping with fleece blankets.  It makes me a little proud.

12.  I love worship the sun.  Sunshine makes me happy.  Therefore, my soul dreads February and March.  It's actually become apparent that I suffer from a little seasonal depression.  I guess that's what I get for growing up in sunny California and then moving far north.  The only winter of my adulthood that I haven't felt quite so blue was when I fed calves in the evenings on Miner Farm in New York.  Can I find a job like that again this winter?


  1. Still jealous that you never had to wear braces. Between your teeth and Bron's eyes, your kids are getting some awesome genes! :) #4 is just really cool.

  2. This is fun! I like learning a little bit more about you. I'm totally impressed with #4. You are one of the lucky people born with musical talent. The rest of us just fake it. I'm totally the same way with books. I get sucked in pretty far. They tend to become close to reality for me. It's dangerous. I started a new book last week (Call the Midwife) and I can't stop thinking about it, waiting for that small moment when I can sit down again to read some more.

  3. I feel like I say this all the time, but we are so similar! (Although I've never been arrested for streaking ;) Kev calls me 'solar powered' because I suck when the sun isn't out, I disappear into good books, have never had braces, can't name all the Kardasians and am the world's lightest sleeper. I am going to try cotton balls, thanks for the tip!

  4. I loved reading these! I'm going to have to try the cotton trick because I'm the same way. Kids just bring out all sorts of new qualities in us. The streaking thing is hilarious.

  5. Hahaha!!! The streaking!!! Classic!! I never had braces either and used to be a super heavy sleeper until Charli was born! And I think the sun does that, I hear ya!!

  6. I can't believe you hear the notes in songs rather than the lyrics! That is pure talent. I play the piano, but have never been able to play by ear. I totally relate to #6! I hardly ever read anymore because I totally have to finish a book once I start. If that means reading all day and night I will! I might do this on my blog too. I have been enjoying reading everyone's on FB.

  7. Okay, I think that the streaking story deserves it's own blog post! ;-) I'd love to have LASIK done. It would definitely make nights a lot easier. And swimming, snorkeling, diving, etc. Heck, it would make pretty much everything easier. I'm a super light sleeper too. Jarrod can sleep through almost anything. I had to actually wake him up last month when our smoke detector randomly went off in the middle of the night.

  8. Eric totally sleeps with ear plugs for the same reason! I thought he was crazy, but maybe not ;)
    And I am D Y I N G!! You were arrested for streaking?? HILARIOUS! When are you going to tell your children that story?? ;)
    And #12? You and me both, girl.


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