I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves to learn about the personal lives of my favorite people online, so I decided to keep today’s post light with 25 random facts about me!
1. I have degrees in Computer Science and Studio Art. Since I get a lot of questions about it, Studio Art essentially means the actual, hands-on making of the art—painting, pottery, sculpture, that kind of stuff.
This combination of degrees has left me with a unique perspective on life and problem-solving. People from one major often made comments about how they could never do/understand the other, but I think you’d be surprised how untrue that is.
If you’re a STEM person, find some art people. They’ll open your mind to new ideas, help you think creatively, and you might find that you like art once you get into it.
Art people, find some STEM people. They’re often much more organized than art people and have a system for everything. They’ll up your productivity, and you’ll probably find that you have more time and energy to create once you implement some of their tactics.
2. My favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla. Like, real vanilla. Vanilla and “plain” are not synonyms, and things that actually taste like vanilla are delicate, dreamy, and delicious. Coffee is a close second, though I don’t do caffeine, so I don’t have it often.
3. Complaining is one of my biggest pet peeves. Admittedly, I do my fair share of complaining, but it’s something I’m working on. Complaining, and then not doing anything about the problem, bothers me even more.
4. Visiting every US National Park is at the top of my bucket list. We visited ten of them on our road trip last summer, and every single one blew my mind. Glacier National Park is my favorite so far, though I’m excitedly awaiting the day I finally get to go to Utah.
5. I rarely watch movies. I don’t know what it is, but they typically don't interest me. If I am going to watch a movie, it’s usually a kids’ movie. Big Hero 6 is the movie I watched most recently, but even that was at least a month ago.
6. I feel most myself wearing just black jeans and a black t-shirt. I dress very simply most of the time. I love cozy sweaters, plain t-shirts, and Vans. I used to think I was into fashion, but I really only cared about it because I felt I had to. I’m happiest wearing my simple wardrobe of black, grey, green, and blue.
7. I used to play so much Clash of Clans. Like, thousands of hours. I played so much that I had dreams where I was the Archer Queen. It wasn’t unusual for me to play for ten hours a day or more. Eventually, life got busy, and I quit about a year and a half ago. I can’t say I miss it.
8. I have synesthesia. Situations, people, and events are associated with colors in my mind.
9. I have so many piercings in my ears that I have to count them because I can’t keep track. Turns out there are nine in my left ear and five in my right.
10. I’m not religious, or even spiritual, though a little part of me is starting to think that maybe the universe is more aware than I want to believe. Perhaps it’s just all these people out here “manifesting” stuff into their lives, the fact that I keep reading Jen Sincero and Elizabeth Gilbert, or some events in my life that feel like they were planned, but I’m a little more open to all of that stuff than I used to be.
I’m not claiming to believe in anything just yet, but maybe one day. No horoscopes though. Sorry.
11. I’m 23, I’m 5’4”, and my hair is naturally dirty blonde, though it hasn’t been my natural color in over a decade. It was a wild assortment of colors throughout high school, henna red for most of college, and now black.
12. I love anything related to food. I’m an avid home-cook, watch a ton of food and cooking related content on YouTube and Netflix, and Bennett and I aren’t afraid to travel three hours round trip just for a good meal.
13. I’ve never eaten a pb&j, and I’ve never had Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper. I’ve also never seen Toy Story or The Office. (sorry)
14. As I said in #2, I don’t do caffeine. I never drink regular coffee, and rarely drink regular tea. Decaf everything. Caffeine, even the amount in just one cup of coffee, makes me jittery and completely unable to focus. It also makes me talk a lot and makes it really hard for me to fall asleep at night. And if you’ve been here for a bit, you know that I love my sleep.
15. Speaking of talking a lot, I’m a pretty shy person until you get to know me. I don’t talk much to people I don’t know and rarely initiate conversations. If you’re one of the few people that makes it into my small inner circle, though, I don’t shut up. Just ask Bennett.
Also, shout out to all the extroverts who aren’t afraid to talk to people. You guys terrify me, but you make the world go ‘round.
16. I don’t drink, aside from occasional sips of whatever drink Bennett has that he wants me to try. He’s still holding out hope that one day I’ll like wine.
I drank quite a bit in college, but I’ve come to realize that I don’t like alcohol, and it isn’t worth the calories or feeling like crap the next day. I feel much happier going to bed early and getting up early to go work out. Maybe that makes me boring, but it’s what works for me and how I feel most content.
17. I hope to one day have a greenhouse. I’m not great with plants, but I’m working on it. I used to kill everything I touched, but I now have a few plants that I’ve managed to keep alive for over a year, so things are looking up (knock on wood).
My mom planted a large garden almost every summer as I was growing up and continues to plant it to this day. I love fresh vegetables, and plants in general. I think we’ve become too disconnected from where our food comes from and what it takes to grow all of it. A greenhouse would allow me to grow some of my own food and have my own private little sanctuary.
18. I also hope to have a ceramics studio in my house eventually. I took several ceramics courses as part of my Studio Art major and fell in love with the craft.
I worked as a technical and research assistant in my college’s studio for a while, so I know all the ins and outs. I can fire both gas and electric kilns, mix glazes, recycle clay, and all of the other tasks that come with running a studio.
Though I don’t have the time or money to get my hands dirty right now, it’s something I know I’ll come back to one day.
19. I’m terrified of seaweed. I don’t swim in lakes, oceans, rivers, creeks, streams, or any other natural body of water because of it. It’s a fear that I’ve had for most of my life, and I’m aware that it’s irrational. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t stand the idea of touching seaweed.
I’m slowly working on getting past this and even managed to swim in Lake Tahoe last summer, but it wasn’t easy.
Oddly enough, I have no issue eating seaweed. I love snacking on roasted nori, and I love sushi so much that I have an avocado roll tattooed on my calf.
20. Speaking of tattoos, I have five. Along with the aforementioned sushi, I have “So it goes” on the back of my neck and “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is” on my forearm, both of which are Vonnegut quotes. I also have a paper airplane on my wrist and the phases of the moon down the back of my upper arm.
21. I’m one of those people that others feel they can open up to. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a good listener, I’m empathetic, or I’m not afraid to be vulnerable, but quite a few people who rarely talk about themselves have told me their life stories.
22. I haven’t gotten a professional haircut since middle school. I have curly hair that needs to be cut carefully, or it will look weird when it dries, and back in 2005, no one was talking about how to cut curly hair properly. After way too many bad haircuts throughout my childhood, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I’ve even cut my hair all the way down to a pixie on my own.
23. I’m never having children. Whether or not to have children is a personal decision that everyone needs to make for themselves so I won’t go into why, but I do like to be visible as a young woman who has made this decision so that others realize not having children is an option open to all.
24. I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I knew Bennett and I liked each other the day we met. We hit it off almost instantly and started dating two weeks later. Here we are nearly three years later and every day is still better than the last. As someone who loved the single life and definitely wasn’t even looking for a relationship, it’s funny to see how life works out sometimes. No one, especially me, expected me to be engaged at 22.
25. I did gymnastics for ten years. It’s been quite a while since I quit, but I’ve recently been spending quite a lot of time stretching every morning at the gym and one of my goals for the year is to be able to do a split.