16 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

It’s the 16th, so I’m rolling with 16 things.

Also: Ahem…Long Hair, you are officially on notice!

1. I cook a metric ton of food in my house (ok, so that you probably knew) but we do it without the aid of a dishwasher or garbage disposal.

2. If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life with no nutritional repercussions it would HANDS DOWN be garlic bread made on ciabatta with herbs. True Story: when I was little I used to sneak garlic bread from the dinner table and hide it under my bed for later. (SO GROSS, right?)

3. I’ve only been out of the country once, and I honestly don’t fantasize that much about leaving it.


4. I walk and talk in my sleep pretty frequently. Not like every night or anything, but during periods of life anxiety I am a hot mess in the middle of the night. Garrett has some good blackmail stories.

5. When I was young and first started reading “chapter books” I would read the chapters out of order. It took me a LOOOOOONG time to figure out that I was doing it wrong.

Woke up early to read before work

6. I can’t really burp.

7. I really love to be creative in the kitchen, but I could eat the same exact thing, 3 meals per day, for a VERY long time before getting sick of it.

8. I didn’t eat seafood until I was 23.

9. I was once over $60,000 in debt. I am currently debt free and feel thankful every day for the lessons I learned working myself out of that. I wish I had been smart enough not to get there in the first place, but it changed me in a fundamental way that I am so grateful for.

10. I have read almost every single Jackie Collins novel and I am not ashamed.

11. When I was 20 a random psychic from the best online psychic readings website told me 7 was my love number and that I would one day marry a man I had been with for 7 years. Garrett and I started dating when I was 27. We have been together for 6 1/2 years. 🙂


12. If I had a Travel Bucket List it would include: Spend a Weekend in Palm Springs, Rent a House in the Hamptons, and Spend an Entire Summer in the South.

13. When I worked in coffee and a customer was rude to me I marked their drink “BGD” along with all of the other drink abbreviations. BGD = Bitch Gets Decaf. I used to have a bit of a spiteful side.


14. I once had to be pulled out a mosh pit (HA…mosh pit. That make me sound 80) at Blink 182 concert and I lost my pants in the process. Don’t worry, I got them back. And yes that ranks right up there on my Most Embarrassing Moments list.

15. We own an iron but no ironing board. And it um…doesn’t really impact my life all that severely. I’m a wash and wear kind of gal. Or a throw it in the dryer to get the wrinkles out again and again and again kind of girl.

16. I started this blog in 2006 as a way to get me into a daily writing habit, and understandably some of my archives are pretty embarrassing. But I am so SO glad that this website has become my most passionate hobby in the last 6 years. I have met the best people, learned some amazing things, and now can no longer imagine living my life without it. And I’m thankful every single day that folks like you stop by and say hi!


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16 Responses to 16 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

  1. Great post! I <3 learning more about you! P.S. #6 for me too! 🙂

  2. AndreAnna says:

    I know all about your sneaky little BGD abbreviation and now I make sure that there’s no additional writing on my coffee cup every morning. 🙂

    • Holly says:

      But see, YOU are never a bitch. 🙂 Like if you are going to come into my coffee shop and ordering, don’t be snapping in my face while saying “chop chop” OR BITCH BE GETTIN’ DECAF.

  3. Erin says:

    Oooh, BGD is hilarious. Are there more abbreviations like that I should be aware of? I say you should totally do a post on it, if there are more! I’m ALWAYS nice to people who work in the service industry, even if I want to beat them in the face with a chair. 🙂

    • Holly says:

      Well that was the only abbreviation we used, but I’ll tell you what, working in coffee (not even in a restaurant) made me realize you should NEVER bite the hand that feeds you. Ever. Ever. Ever. 🙂

  4. I’m glad you blog too! WOO!

    Also, SIXTY GRAND?! Go you for getting out of that!

    • Holly says:

      A lot of friends/family make fun of how miserly I am now, but honestly, I just can’t go back, man. Can. Not. Do. It. 🙂

  5. Lizzie says:

    #8 makes me laugh because Adam always reminds me that he never tasted an avocado or sushi or hummus until he was 25 (all things our tiny children love). I guess that’s what you get growing up one of 7 kids on a dairy farm! You, however, have no excuse.

    • Holly says:

      I’ll stick firmly to the excuse that my mom has a MAJOR FISH PHOBIA! Like does not even want to be in the same building if fish is being cooked, so you can imagine how many seafood related meals were made in my house. 🙂 Then when I finally got out of the house I was like “Oh no, fish is gross” for many, many years until I realized “Wait, I don’t actually *know* if fish is gross because I’ve only taken my mom’s word for it.” So I tried it, and um…well, my mom got an ear full and I’ve been eating it ever since.

  6. sizzle says:

    6 made me giggle and I kinda love that you used BGD. 🙂

  7. Kate says:

    Part 3 of number 12. I can only hope you mean the South of France, or an island in the South Pacific, or perhaps even the South Pole. The U.S. South? That’s some serious masochism. To quote Eugene Morris Jerome: “Man it’s hot. It’s like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot.”

    I dream of spending a winter in interior Alaska, so who am I to judge?

  8. Mariah says:

    Ditto with #1. I’ve never had a disposal, but I could really get used to having a dishwasher again!
    #6. I’m kinda with you. I can actually burp, but they’re all gargly and gross. My husband thinks its disgusting. haha! I actually don’t really burp anymore at all since eating mostly Paleo… just towards the end of intense WOD’s, and then I decide I better NOT burp anymore..
    #7. Totally me. My husband could eat the same thing every single day, but it would be something like pizza. Me? Taco salad, which you seem to have a thing for as well. 😉
    #9. Oh my goodness! That is hardcore. Talk about determination.
    #13. HAHA! That is awesome. Totally awesome. BGD… They probably deserved it!
    #15. I have both an iron and ironing board. The board is good for storing sheets on, so maybe invest in one of those. 😉 I haven’t used my iron in years!

    Love this post! 🙂

  9. San says:

    I am a wash and wear kinda girl too. I hardly EVER get out the iron.

    Also, way to go for paying of $60,000… wow. While I think that I am convinced that this shaped you in many ways, I am pretty happy to say that I’ve never had to deal with any kind of debt. Lucky me.

  10. Dr. Maureen says:

    The last time I pulled out the iron and board, my children said, “What’s THAT?”

  11. Mallory says:

    I saw a PostSecret once that said, “I give decaf to customers who are rude to me!”