Since the purpose of this blog is for me to share what rattles around in my head as the mom of four boys, I thought it might help for you to know a little bit more about what makes me me.
So here it goes!
1. I used to own my own photography business.
When T was about two, I fell in love with photography. At the time, I only had a little Kodak point and shoot camera, but I had my heart set on a DSLR, and I was determined to learn how to shoot in manual and master it. Fast forward a few months, and that dream became a reality. I was a stay-at-home mom at the time, and I spent every free second practicing. I dreamed of turning it into something that I could do for others. I was part of all kinds of forums to help me learn, and had some AMAZING mentors within them.
There is something about lifestyle photography that just makes my heart sing, and about 18 months after getting my camera, I jumped with both feet and started a business. I loved every minute of it, but if you’ve ever worked a business, it’s HARD work. During the 18 months of practice I had returned to teaching, so my free time to practice and really pour what I needed into the business waned. In the fall of 2014 I began working full-time, and had a newborn, and that was pretty much the end of my business.
I still shoot for family members and friends when asked, and I incessantly take pictures of my kids, but I don’t pull my beast (DSLR) out very often anymore.
2. I planned to be a sports agent.
Yep. That was my dream. When I started college, I declared a dual major of Accounting and Law. I wanted to be able to track finances and handle all aspects of contracts for professional athletes. Maybe I had seen Jerry McGuire one too many times, but it was something that I thought would be a dream job and that I would thoroughly enjoy.
After my freshman year, I barely passed a few classes, HATED every second of the accounting courses I had been in, and couldn’t imagine spending 40+ years of my life in anything having to do with micro or macro economics.
So, I transferred schools and switched my major to Early Childhood Education. So, not much change. 😉
3. My favorite movie is Dumb & Dumber.
I can recite most of the movie and still laugh hysterically every time I see it. There’s something about a mindless comedy where you really don’t have to think that is so entertaining and relaxing! And the fact that I can identify people in my life who are represented by Harry & Lloyd? Well, that just makes it all the more entertaining.
4. Things hanging crookedly on the wall drives me bonkers.
The way my brain works is a blessing and a curse. 99% of the time I don’t even bother with a level because I can eyeball it within a half a degree. Trust me, my husband has checked. I can spot it from across the room. And until I can fix it, I can’t stop thinking about it.
I’ve been known to fix pictures hanging in hotel rooms, doctors’ offices, and other public places. Sometimes my closest friends and relatives mess them up on purpose because they think it’s funny to see how much it bothers me.
It’s not just things hanging level…I can spot when spacing is off, too.
I’m telling you: blessing and a curse.
5. I own over 50 scarves.
They’re all completely different designs and colors, and there’s an assortment of styles, too. When it’s cold out, I can wear a different scarf every day for weeks without ever needing to repeat. The sad part? I still find ones I love and want to buy, but I don’t have anymore room and just can’t bear to get rid of any of the ones I have.
Rock and hard place.
6. I’m a nerd.
A HUGE nerd. When I was little, my great uncle would visit from Michigan and spend hours giving me brain teasers to solve. I LOVED it! And I still do. There’s something about problem solving and the process of finding a solution that makes me giddy. And once I start trying to solve a problem or figure something out, I can’t leave it alone until I figure it out.
I could talk about brain research for daaaayyyssss and never get bored. Same with educational theory. And theology. And statistics.
I watch TED talks for fun. And read articles on PubMed.
Seriously. HUGE n.e.r.d.
7. I won’t clean my house for you.
There’s stuff everywhere about 90% of time. I’m not talking hoarders level stuff, but papers, action figures, legos, cars…stuff. My kitchen sink is usually full of dishes. And let’s not even talk about my desk (I can’t even remember the last time I sat at it).
I used to be ashamed if someone came to my house and things weren’t pristine with everything put in it’s place. But you know what? I truly. don’t. care. anymore.
What you see is what you get. We live in our house. I have four boys. Who live in my house. See where I’m going with this? If you know me well enough to be coming to my house, then you already know me well enough to know that I don’t generally care what people think about me.
My value doesn’t lie in your opinion of me as a housekeeper. So don’t expect me to break my neck to clean my house for your visit. There will be stuff all over, and that’s just something you’ll have to get over.
8. I’m a textbook introvert.
It’s ironic really. Most of the time I have no desire or need to be with people outside of my husband and boys. And sometimes I even feel a need to be away from them.
Yes, sometimes I crave to simply be alone. I love driving in the car to work by myself in the summer. In some weird way it’s invigorating to me. I talk to myself during the drive sometimes, which helps me process what I need to get done that day or how to tackle a challenge I’m facing.
Even if I know you really well, if I see you unplanned while out and about, I will probably do everything I can to avoid contact with you. It’s truly nothing personal against you, it’s just that I often don’t even know where to start with small talk in out of context environments.
The very thought of confrontation makes my stomach hurt. So does having to talk to people on the phone.
I hate being in the spotlight. In fact, I skipped my masters degree graduation ceremony because I didn’t want to have to walk across the stage in front of thousands of people. Even when I knew the answer, I was the girl who never voluntarily raised her hand in class and only answered if the teacher called on me (or if the fickle finger of fate fell on my name). I didn’t want anyone to know I knew.
9. I met my husband on a blind date.
Ok, I know you’re thinking, “She just said she was an introvert! How can this be?!”
The only explanation I can give is that it was divine intervention. My friend’s dad told me he had a new employee about my age that was a great guy who was new to the area. He asked if he could give him my phone number.
For some reason that even now I can’t make sense of, I said “Sure!” I totally thought he’d never call me. But he did. I missed his call. He left a message on the answering machine which meant I had to call him back. Eeeek!
Somehow I managed to muster up the intestinal fortitude to make the call, which then resulted in a 3 ½ hour conversation. The next day we talked for 2 ½ hours. We didn’t meet in person until a week later.
That first date was pretty much a disaster. I was so nervous I couldn’t eat at dinner. We went to my brother’s football game, and it just happened to be the game that EVERY SINGLE family member came to (I’m talking both sets of grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles…all of them!) in addition to two of my friends. He spent a lot of time talking to everyone else, and I spent a lot of time trying not to throw up and talk to anyone but him.
Thankfully he asked me out for the next night, with no one else around, and we were pretty much inseparable from that point on.
10. I am a party in and of myself.
Okay, maybe not every time, but I tend to think I’m pretty entertaining. There are times where my blondness wins out and I do and/or say stupid things that others find entertaining. My sense of sarcasm is overwhelming and I have a hard time controlling it when in the company of those I love and trust.
I’m fairly confident in saying that I am good company and can guarantee you’ll laugh a lot when you’re with me.
There you have it. 10 things that you probably didn’t know about me. So tell me, what surprised you most? Can we be friends? 😉