Are you ready for the birthday celebrations?! I’m probably hyping that up way more than it deserves, but that’s okay.
Without further ado, here are 31 totally amazing, mind-blowing, out of this world, … just kidding. It’s just some stuff about me.
- Tomorrow is my birthday! I’ll be 28 for the 4th time, which is pretty cool. I know most people just keep aging, but I’m certain that I’ve done enough of that. I’ll just stay 28 for the rest of my (hopefully very long) life.
- Speaking of birthdays, I started Kindergarten on my 5th birthday.
- I’ve mostly loved school ever since. I always looked forward to the start of the new school year. Even now, I’m always trying to get my hands on something new to learn. I guess I’m just a nerd like that!
- Here’s another birthday fact – one of my brothers married his wife on my birthday 9 years ago tomorrow. They are still married, so that seems like a good omen. It’s cool because it makes me feel a little closer to him on my birthday, even though I live so far away.
- He’s not the only one of my siblings who decided to steal one of my important dates; my sister had her youngest boy on Andrew’s and my wedding anniversary, February 17th. 😜
- I got married when I was only 18. We’ve had a few rough patches, like all marriages do, but it helps to remember people warning me it was a stupid idea and we would never make it work. Even when I’m angry, it’s like I have to forgive him just to spite them. (I’m not saying that’s the only reason lol)
- Andrew and I have FOUR dogs who we spoil the heck out of and treat like rotten teenagers. They are all seniors but we call them puppies anyway because I refuse to believe they won’t be with us forever.
- The name of my blog was almost ‘Love and Dog Hair’ because I’m a little weirdo and it’s fitting to have dog hair on everything INCLUDING my blog.
- My dream job, if I could do it all over again and start my life from scratch, is to be a baker and decorator. I just love baking and the thought of using my design skills to decorate cupcakes and cakes for the rest of my life sounds like an absolute dream. I could even do it from home (you know, if it weren’t for all the stinkin’ dog hair! 😂)
- I don’t actually have a favorite color. If I had to answer, I’d say “blue”, but really it’s the colors of the sunset.
- One of my favorite songs to sing out loud, at the top of my lungs, when I’m by myself is ‘Voldemort’ by With Confidence. It’s so fun to sing. It’s also one of my go-to songs for cheering me up.
- My first ever concert was LFO in Virginia Beach with a few of my friends in middle school.
- My next concert was Warped Tour in high school. Talk about a big difference!
- I graduated high school in 2005 4th in my class. I don’t actually know how that happened, though, since I basically spent my entire Junior and Senior year hanging out in the art room.
- My favorite television show is Parks and Recreation. I’ve been watching ‘Making It’ with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman since it first aired and I’ve been disappointed that neither Amy nor Nick have called each other by their Parks & Rec name.
- When I was growing up, I was obsessed with horses. I had horse figurines, horse blankets, horse books, you name it. I even took riding lessons for a bit until the only riding instructor in town left. I’m still pretty obsessed but it’s more contained.
- I often have recurring nightmares about tidal waves. It’s one of those weird dreams that never makes any sense.
- I used to have a 5′ long pet ball python named Jake (the snake). Ironically, I still have a slight fear of snakes, but really it’s more of a healthy respect and appreciation for them and their personal space.
- I am terrified of spiders. Unfortunately, my fear is usually shirked by my love of all creatures and I cannot bring myself to kill them, which is very confusing.
- “Hold a tarantula” is on my bucket list. Again, I don’t know why. I’m sure I would be terrified and chicken out at the last minute if given the opportunity. As I said, I am terrified of spiders.
- I’ve lived in four different states – North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Ohio – throughout my life and moved at least 12 times that I can remember.
- Since moving to Dayton, Ohio a little over 5 years ago, this is the longest I have lived anywhere since middle school.
- Growing up, I never really watched sports, with the exception of any sport my sister was playing (softball / tennis) and an occasional baseball game. I married one of the biggest sports fanatics I’ve ever met and now I think I might even love hockey more than he does!
- My absolute favorite Disney movie is The Lion King. I can still recite most of the words even though I haven’t seen it in years. That’s a pretty big deal for me since I normally can’t remember movies I saw a week ago.
- I have never seen a single Star Wars film. Andrew wants to buy them all so bad and make me sit down and watch them, but the more people talk about and obsess over them, the more I don’t want to see them. I guess that makes me a bit of a hipster. 😂
- My entire life, I have always thought that I was acrophobic (afraid of heights). After flying several times and absolutely loving it, not to mention standing on a glass floor balcony staring down at the beautiful city of Chicago, I realized that I am not actually afraid of heights but afraid of falling. Fun fact – this phobia is called basophobia.
- My fear of falling has not stopped me from riding several roller coasters, of which I only regret a few. The worst one was Sheikra at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida. Not only did I hurt my knee getting on the ride, but it was absolutely horrifying.
- If given the choice to stay home and do laundry (which I hate) or go to a big party or gathering, I would rather do laundry. I’m so uncomfortable around big groups of people. Even when it’s family, I’d still prefer smaller, more manageable groups. Otherwise, I’m too concerned about how everyone else is feeling, paranoid about accidentally ignoring someone, etc.
While these facts have mostly been fun, I want to share a few more things about me that are a bit darker. Really they aren’t fun at all, so this is your warning. No hard feelings if you decide to leave now.
- I have battled anxiety and depression, sometimes severe, most of my life. There have been times when I have experienced panic attacks so bad, I thought I was dying. I have even stopped breathing until I passed out.
- There is very little chance (practically nonexistent) that I will ever have kids. A good bit of my depression as an adult has been because of this. Between dealing with a very difficult ectopic pregnancy, the “when are you going to have kids” questions, pregnancy announcements, and newborn photos, there have been times when I have nearly been pushed over the edge. It’s a strange thing to be happy for someone and also incredibly jealous and heartbroken at the same time.
- I have had suicidal thoughts in the past, though thankfully none of them have been recent. I’m in a much better place mentally and getting stronger everyday.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. I could have chosen to give you 31 fun facts and not touched on any of the darker parts of my life, but that would be dishonest and further enforcing this belief that talking about suicide is taboo. We need to be able to have open, honest conversations and stop pretending like it’s not an issue.
I hope one day we will live in a world where people will have the tools and resources needed to get past their depression and whatever physical or mental illnesses they have that cause them to feel like suicide is their only option. But we will never get there if we aren’t willing to talk about it and learn what we can do to help prevent suicide.
No one should ever have to experience the feeling of losing someone to suicide. It’s a horrible sadness that stays with you for the rest of your life.
💔 Chris and Tre’vel, I love you. I will always miss you.