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As the blog grows, it occurs to me that I haven’t gotten to meet many of you in person. Therefore, all of your Julie knowledge comes from the pages of this blog, so I figured I’d share 5 things you may not know about me. I think a one or two of these may even surprise some of my friends.
1. I wear a toe ring almost every day; the only time it comes off is when I have to wear a tighter pair of heels. Living in Florida means wearing a lot of sandals; along with getting pedicures regularly, I figured out that I feel fancier wearing a toe ring. Considering this discovery was made more than a decade ago, I now wear it mostly out of habit like my nose ring or the ring in my upper right ear. Don’t worry; it isn’t the same toe ring. I switch it out often, but it is almost always silver with a floral design.
2. I love shoes, like whoa, baby big time. High end, low end, whatever. I don’t care about brand names or the cache of a high price tag; I just like pretty shoes. I’m not even sure how many pairs I have at this point. It’s nothing too obscene, because 90% of my collection turns over pretty regularly. I do have about 10-15 pairs in my closet that I paid a bit more for, and they only get to come out on special occasions. True story, recently, one of my friends jokingly asked me what type of shoe I’d though I’d be. It took some careful consideration, but I decided on a glittery ballet flat. Understated, but a lot of fun 😉
3. After five years of marriage, my husband still thinks this is super strange, but I can only eat green bananas. Okay, there can be a little bit of yellow, but once they hit the “perfect” banana yellow? Game over. A single spot? Throw it away or make banana bread. The weirdest part is that it has nothing to do with taste; yellow or spotty bananas give me horrible indigestion.
4. I used to sing competitively. I did it all chorus, barbershop quartet, church choir, Fine Arts, every singing competition I could get into (within my financial means of course) I did it. I was actually pretty good too. I liked working with a small group or ensemble best, but I didn’t shy away from the solo work. Things fell apart my senior year of high school; I got really sick at the end of the school year to the point where I lost my voice off and on for about two months. By the time I was back in fighting shape, I’d missed the deadline for music school auditions, and I’d rekindled my passion for apparel design.
5. I am in love with the children’s movie My Neighbor Totoro. There is a tiny Totoro decal on the back window of my car, a small Totoro plush on my dresser at home, and I bought all of the Totoro tank tops from Hot Topic when they made it to Tallahassee. I don’t know what it is -most likely something to do with Totoro looking like a big plush kitty-, but I love watching him waddling around in his leaf hat and making the giant tree grow over night. I haven’t done it yet, but I may throw myself a Totoro themed birthday party one year.
Wow, that last one hurt to tell you guys just a bit…I am such a geek girl, I can’t help it!
I saw 11 Things posted on The Paper Mama, and it seem like a lot of fun. So here we go:
1. Are you a cat or dog person? Or, bird person?
Cat person, without a doubt. I love other animals, but cats are hands down my favorite.
2. What was your favorite food as a kid? Is it the same, or has it changed as an adult?
Mac’N Cheese. I still love it; it is the ultimate comfort food. A little unhealthy, but oh so good.
3. What is your favorite hobby?
Reading. I read dozens of new books every year, but I also have my favorites like the Secret Garden or anything written by Sarah Addison Allen, that I read over and over.
4. If you HAD to move to a different state (or country) where would it be?
Washington, I love my Seattle peeps.
5. Are you a winter or summer person?
I am very much a winter person. I love cold weather and all the things that come with it. Warm beverages, cozy sweaters, fires in the fireplace… Plus, Florida gets crazy, stupid hot and muggy in the summer, and I burn very easily. I once got a sun burn on my arm in the 15 minutes it took me to drive home. Kind of kills any love I would have for the warmer months.
6. What makes you happy?
A lot of little things actually, glittery shoes, bunnies, fluffy blankets, new pencils, nail polish, flowers…this could take a while.
7. What is the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?
When I got my nose pierced years ago, I had a lady ask me if that meant I was a lesbian now. I think I might of missed something in the fine print on that waiver form I signed.
8. If you had to go on an adventure, with elves, dwarves, or hobbits, who would you take and why (question found here)?
Hobbits, they understand the need for second breakfast and elevensies.
9. You are at a rural retreat lodge somewhere deep in Wisconsin or Canada. You are approached by a taxidermist who hands you a stuffed badger and asks you to put it in your lap. What do you do next (question found here)?
Pray that the badger was a right bastard, or that he was some sort of former badger bandit that actually deserved to be killed and stuffed vs. something killed and stuffed for sport. I’d then politely ask why he was handing me a badger, secretly hoping that it was so he could fish his car keys out of his pocket and that it wasn’t a gift of some sort.
10. What was your first job?
My first official job was working in accounting office at an insurance brokerage, but when I was very small, my dad would take me to work with him, and I would get to help scrape paint off of old planes and keep track the tiny screws he removed from the different panels as he took things apart. I also occasionally got to help change the spark plugs and hand him various tools. Some very important big girl stuff.
11. What is your favorite utensil?
Spork, it does it all.
Now do you own 11 things and leave your answers to the questions in the comments!*if you don’t want your answer posted for everyone to see, just make a note and i’ll leave them listed as “private”.
After what I thought was an awesome brunch yesterday, Andy and I both ended up a little green around the gills. He stomped space zombies and I curled up with my laptop and medicated with lots of fluids and medicinal movies. I’m up and about this morning, but my husband isn’t so fortunate. I told him Mr. Darcy makes everything better.
I think my first birthday party was pretty traditional. My mom’s side of the family all gathered at my maternal grandpa’s house, hung some streamers, blew up balloons and ate some cake. The highlight of the event was my mom unveiling her painstakingly crafted tiny alphabet block cake that was just for me. I think the general idea was to let me play around in my cake, while the adults enjoyed the “everybody else” cake. But being stubborn and prissy, even then, I refused to touch the cake. Finally my mom took my little hand and stuck it in the frosting to get the ball rolling.
The family still laughs about me jerking my hand from the cake, looking at my frosting covered fingers with horror and then crying loudly and dramatically. Funny anecdote aside, I never really thought that a babies first birthday need to be an elaborate affair, it’s not like they’ll remember a whole lot about it. Then I saw this party on Hostess with the Mostess, and it kind of hit me. While it’s important for the little one have fun, I now realize that the first birthday party might be more about making memories with your family and friends, than about making memories for your baby. You and your guests get a fancy party, and in exchange they get stories to tell to the little one when he or she is older.
Did you see the cupcake swing? How cool is that?!
All images are from Hostess with the Mostess.