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It’s that time again, here are 5 random facts that you might not know about me. A couple of months ago, it occurred to me that as my readership grows, a lot of you haven’t had a chance to meet me, so I decided to put a little more of myself into the blog. Now its time for round two; as a bonus I dug up some old photos from college. Enjoy!
- I was born at 3:22 am on March 22. If that isn’t cool enough, my mom’s watch stopped at the exact moment I was born. She still has it in her jewelry box, and it still reads 3:22. I feel like such an auspicious beginning should have come with special powers or magic of some sort, but almost 30 years in and I still can’t levitate a pencil or fly. Lame.
- I am terrified of spiders. I can’t stand to see them or be near them or their webs. I was driving home from college one summer, and I felt something tickle my arm. I thought it was a mosquito or something, so I slapped my arm and squashed this HUGE spider. It was dead, but I had arachnid guts on my arm and gross twitching spider legs in my cup holder. I managed to keep it somewhat together, but I sobbed hysterically the remaining 20 minutes of the trip and made my mom meet me outside our house with paper towel in hand so she could wipe my arm and remove the spider remains. Completely irrational, but I can’t seem to do anything about it.
- I have a brown thumb. I love plants, and I dream of having a kitchen windowsill bursting with luscious stalks of fresh herbs, but the only plants that I manage to keep alive are the ones that you only water once every few months. I am still a lot better than Andy though; he can kill a plant just by holding it or looking at it too long.
- When my mom was pregnant with me, she thought I was going to be a boy. The doctor, nurses and ultra sound pictures all said “girl”, but she was positive the they were wrong. Her first born was going to be a boy. She got over it pretty quickly once I was born, and there was without a doubt I was a girl. I mean, tons of frilly baby clothes, does it get any better?
- I was a very prissy girl when I was younger. I loved gloves and hats and shoes and pretty flouncy dresses. I wanted wear all of the pretty things and look like a princess every single day. It was so bad that I would cry if my parents made me wear jeans or overalls. There was even one occasion, when I was supposed to go to work with my dad who is an airplane mechanic, where my denim induced temper-tantrum was so bad I was threatened with jeans for a week if I didn’t stop crying and get dressed. Now days 80% of the time, I am in jeans or yoga pants.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, or at the very least found it amusing. If you missed the first installment of this series, you can find it here.
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!