25 things you (maybe) didn’t know about me:
#1. I love baked potatoes. Mostly because they’re a vessel to soak up butter.
#2. I had a condition called pubic bone dysplasia in both pregnancies. It’s supposed to heal with time but two years later when I’m on a
pathetic jog run to clear my head, I can’t change direction without throbbing pain. I thought to write this down when I was clearing my head on a pathetic jog run.
#3. Before I started doing this blog full time I worked in product development marketing baby products. I’ve been to factory floors in China and watched someone weld together parts to a carseat. I’ve sat in 5 hour meetings to discuss logo placements on a highchair. I’ve analyzed the design of just a stroller wheel for an entire year. I negotiated contracts, launched brands, and got my ass handed to me in multiple sales meetings. I’m thankful for all of it. This is a picture of me and my team in China. (I had just pretended to try fried snake and took down about 5 shots of Baijiu.)
#4. The last time I wore a pair of stockings was… I have never worn a pair of stockings.
#5. Although I am outgoing and friendly, I’m extremely sensitive. (If you prick us, do we not bleed? – Shakespeare)
#6. I write a primiarly personal blog but there are a lot of things in our family’s everyday life that I keep just for us.
#7. Sometimes I see kids sitting perfectly calm in their grocery carts at Target and think to myself What the actual F*ck?
#8. I despise a carrot. I love all other vegetables. (Except a beet. Don’t come at me with a beet.) I don’t even like shredded carrots in salads. Recently my 4 year old proudly picked one she grew and asked me to taste how delicious it was. How do you say no to that? I had to plug my nose and couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth for hours. I know, go figure. Carrots.
#9. My first job out of college was with Martha Stewart Omnimedia in Manhattan. I worked with some of the best photographers, product developers, vendors, stylists, crafters and chefs in the world. My cubical was right outside the test kitchen in the food lab. I gained 15lbs in one year.
#10. I talk to my Mom three times a day. She tells me what I need to hear to keep on going. I told her once how I loved watching Miss P. dance; how it reminded me of my old ballet lessons. Later I found this picture on the nightstand next to my bed. On the back it says “You will always be my precious ballerina.” I hope everyone has a personal cheerleader in their life like this.
#11. I often wake up in the middle of the night and jot stuff down in a teal and pink notebook that I leave on that same nightstand. I wrote down the idea for this post at 2:15am. It said: “I hate carrots. And stockings.”
#12. I have a 92 year old grandfather that means the world to me. He’s always been in my life. Every time we chat he asks about my blog and the various work I do. He’s incredibly well read, an ex bomber pilot in the Air Force, a high school principle and an undefeated football coach. He has the best stories. Here he is checking the news on his iPad while my husband reads it old-school style.
#13. I’m deathly afraid of birds and cats. Too much unpredictability. One minute they are on the ground, the next minute maybe they’re on your head. You don’t get to decide.
#14. I have two redheaded sisters – one older, one younger. I used to pity myself for being in the middle but now I love it and the different relationship I get to have with each one.
#15. When I get overwhelmed I get sick. Shingles. Fifth Disease. Strep Throat. My body knows how to slow me down.
#16. I love yoga but haven’t been able to enjoy it in a studio setting since selling my studio. The beauty of yoga is that it’s a practice that always resides within you. I’m waiting for it to come present itself again. This image was taken by KLC Photography in my old studio. I surrounded myself with yoga teachers that were sweet and loyal and amazingly good people. I miss them everyday.
#17. Ever since having kids I cry at everything. I shed a tear walking by a dead baby bird the other day. Weird because see #13.
#18. One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was an oil painting done by my Mother in Law:
#19. I love the smell of my kids first thing in the morning. It’s visceral and intoxicating. Nothing else compares.
#20. I have terrible TMJ. This means I grind my teeth at night without even knowing it. Nothing can cure this type of thing. Instead I get to wear a really sexy mouth guard.
#21. I love all red wine except for Pinor Noir. Pinot Noir tastes flat and boring to me. I like to drink red wine at room temperature, never chilled. I like to drink coffee piping hot even in the middle of summer. I used to sell coffee mugs to Starbucks corporate. I loved flying to Seattle from Chicago, where we lived at the time. This is a run-on “thing.”
#22. My favorite kind of humor is physical humor. A guy walks into a bar. No, really.
#23. I read the entire package copy of everything I buy: cosmetics, shampoo, food. Front to back. I’ve done this since I can remember.
#24. Serious political conversations make me very uncomfortable. VEEP is my favorite show.
#25. I have vivid memories of sitting in my Dad’s home office typing term papers for high school. I fell in love with everything I ever wrote. He would take a red pen and cross out 6 words to every two sentences. At the time I was crestfallen. Now when I sit and write I think about my Dad and his red pen. My sentences are a lot less flowery and I never fall in love with anything. Dad made me the writer I am today.
Your turn, pretty please? Just three quick things in the comment section below or on this Facebook posting. I’d love to get to know you better, too.
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