Here’s to 32 years

Happy Lunar New Year! And also it’s my 32nd birthday. I honestly don’t know how I got this old. But since this is my blog and I do what I want around here I thought I would share some random things about myself in my honor. We’re all allowed to be a little narcissistic on our birthday, right?

Here are 32 things you may or may not know about me:

  1.  I wouldn’t be caught dead in the color yellow (unless I’m strangled with caution tape).
  2. I listen to podcasts every morning while getting ready for work.
  3. I’m obsessed with true crime. I’m really sad I didn’t come up with the podcast My Favorite Murder.
  4. My favorite shows as a kid were Rescue 9-1-1 and Unsolved Mysteries (I heard there’s a reboot!).
  5. I’m an ice cream fanatic from way back.
  6. I survived an ostrich attack. Ask me about it.
  7. I can talk endlessly about dogs, names, and dreams.
  8. My nails are painted 95% of the time.
  9. I had an imaginary friend named Krisen (Kristen without the T) that lived down a hilly road.
  10. I waved at Hilary Duff, Kelly Clarkson, and Justin Guarini in a hotel lobby in Los Angeles.
  11. My grandmother took me to a taping of the Price Is Right for my high school graduation.
  12. I HATE bananas but love banana bread.
  13. ENFP though I’m really like an extroverted introvert.
  14. The Wizard of Oz is my all time favorite movie.
  15. I would pretend to be a spy (remember, true crime) and my spy name was Mary J. Blige (same initials!).
  16. R.L. Stine was my childhood hero. (I may have written some fan fiction in 1995.)
  17. My first airplane ride was to Key West in 6th grade. I cried before we got on the plane.
  18. My first CD was No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom.
  19. My first real concert was George Jones.
  20. I won a class spelling bee on the word “basin.” I then lost the grade bee on “cabbage.”
  21. In high school, I got a B in typing because I “talked too much.”
  22. My mother had a conference with my teacher in 5th grade because I “talked too much.”
  23. I have a weird aversion to the color purple unless it’s nail polish.
  24. I’m named after my great great grandmother (Molly) and my grandmother (Helen Joy).
  25. The first celebrity to appear in one of my dreams was Sean “Puffy” Combs. He gave me a car.
  26. I’m currently trying to quit my sugar addiction – just trying to eat less than usual.
  27. When people “nick” themselves in razor commercials it turns my stomach.
  28. I was the star of a play one time. Literally. I played a star named Twinkle.
  29. I was terrified of the Easter Bunny as a kid.
  30. I won a pull up contest in 8th grade. I did 20 legit, no kipping pull ups in a row.
  31. My current favorite snack is homemade popcorn with butter, rosemary, and sea salt (with a glass of red wine).
  32. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

In a less vain post, I wrote about my 30th year here for my 31st birthday.

Thirty Wonderful

Thirty WonderfulHere I am at the beginning of another year older. It’s better than the alternative. Aging is a weird thing. At times I feel so young (I’m ONLY 31 for goodness sake!). Then other times I feel like I haven’t done/accomplished enough and it’s too late for me to catch up and OMG WRINKLES, GREY HAIR! What I have learned though in my 31 years is to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and a positive outlook can go a long way. With that being said, I thought it would be fun to list out 30 good things that I am grateful for (big and small) since my last birthday. Here we go…

(In no particular order)

  1. Cooked a lot of great meals regularly
  2. Made new friends
  3. Finished my 5th year teaching
  4. Bought a house
  5. Had a much needed restful trip to the mountains with friends
  6. Had a few snow days spent at home
  7. Had a 30th birthday party with a lot of friends and fun
  8. Kept most of my plants alive (this is really a feat)
  9. Picked up some new hobbies
  10. Had a lot of visitors to our new house
  11. Had family willing and able to help with said house
  12. Spent spring break with my nephew, Coy (and Kellie and JR!)
  13. Had the opportunity to hang out with incredible kids
  14. Made art and designed things for friends and me
  15. Hosted a family Thanksgiving
  16. Celebrated Greg’s first year being completely freelance
  17. Celebrating with friends on the adoption of their children
  18. Still have 3 healthy puppies
  19. Invited everyone we know to a Christmas party and they (mostly) showed up!
  20. Visited new places (Idaho, Salt Lake, Yellowstone, Tetons, Jekyll Island)
  21. High-fived my my main man of seven years
  22. Had many casual dinner parties with friends
  23. Had meaningful family time with both mine and Greg’s
  24. Honed my antiques shopping skills
  25. Spent time with extended family like never before
  26. Laughed a whole lot more than I cried
  27. Grew creatively
  28. Tried new things (like syphoned coffee for example)
  29. Fell in love with sunsets
  30. Chose to be happy

There are many more things and this list could go on forever (like when I took a picture with a goat). But these were the best of the best things that happened in the past year. It was fun to relive them for a moment. It’s also encouraging to know no matter happens this year I will have things to be thankful for next year (Lord willing!).

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