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30 Things You May Not Know About Me
Life is all about connections and building relationships so I wanted to let you guys in on some things you may not know about me! I want you to know who that person is behind the camera because let’s face it; I’m involved in some of the biggest and most important moments of your life and it’s no fun if that person is a stranger. So let’s be friends, let’s get to know each other and here are some things you may not know about me.
I love wolves. And not in the “oh-they-are-cute-so-that’s-my-favorite-animal” kind of way. I wanted to be a wolf biologist for a long time until I realized there was no money in that. After that I just resigned myself to learning everything I could about them. I’ve been to Yellowstone numerous times to see them in the wild and now my goal is to one day go out there and photograph them. Hearing them howl in person is hypnotizing. I even have a small wolf tattoo that I absolutely adore.
I’m afraid of sharks. I will not swim in the ocean and if I do (I went snorkeling in Hawaii and have gone surfing once in Pismo, CA) I stress out about sharks the entire time. I find them fascinating but only with a large sheet of glass separating us.
When I was little, I was terrified of elevators. I would not go in them. I was terrified of it stopping and getting trapped inside. I guess you could say I’m slightly claustrophobic.
I have to have a real Christmas tree. I will never get a fake tree. Ever. I am too obsessed with how a real one smells. It is my favorite part of Christmas time.
My grandparents used to take me camping every year. Starting from when I was 2 years old all the up through high school. Because of them I’ve been to the entire western half of the US + Canada. Camping and traveling are two of my favorite things to do and besides the trips with my grandparents, I’ve been to France, Italy, Mexico and a handful of states on the Eastern side of the US.
I love reading – mainly psychology, space and history books with fiction (sci/fantasy fiction, romance and historical fiction) thrown in when I need to lighten things up. If I could read all day, I would and I’m a fast reader.
My fiance and I went to the same high school but we didn’t like each other and didn’t meet again until four years after we graduated.
I hate painting my nails. I have no patience for it and always end of smearing it. They usually chip by the next day too.
I enjoy growing things. I love the taste of veggies and fruits when they are home grown. One day I will have a huge garden.
I cannot sleep in a warm or hot room. I would rather get cozy under a blanket then sleep without one.
I hate saunas. They are suffocating and waaaay too hot for me. You will never see me in a hot yoga class for that reason. Ever.
I am fascinated by space. Space is something we have only just begun to explore and I think there is life out there but not as we know it. I’m also fascinated with the science of space and how hard it is to wrap our minds around sometimes.
I absolutely love to be in the water. I am a great swimmer and can tread water for a really long time without getting tired. I’m not afraid of drowning and can hold my breath for an above average amount of time.
My favorite meal is breakfast. I love coffee, eggs, toast, mimosas…everything to do with breakfast I adore. My only complaint is sometimes I have trouble deciding what to eat!
I don’t really like horror movies but I somehow have seen a lot of them. I don’t like being scared and my imagination runs wild after I watch one and I end up jumping at every sound in the dark. If I watch them, it is during the middle of the day and I have to watch something light and fluffy afterwards.
I am a terrible speller. The school I went to decided that spelling and grammar were secondary to creativity and writing a good story. I have to say that’s why I love writing so much so I can’t really complain. That’s why spell check exists!
I have a really good sense of direction. I can read a map very well and have only gotten lost once (in Florence, Italy). I enjoy reading maps and when I was younger I used to enjoy drawing them.
I hate the smell of incense. It makes me sneeze and I can’t draw a full breath around it. It’s suffocating and has a cloying scent that is very unappealing to me.
My socks never match. This drives my fiance crazy! I have very colorful socks but I rarely can find their match so I just pick whichever two socks I can grab first. Between my dog and the dryer, I have yet to figure out which one is the bigger culprit for making them disappear.
It took me until I was a senior in high school to ride a rollercoaster. I was afraid of them and didn’t like the idea of going upside down. I love them now but still refuse to go on any that are straight up and then plummet straight down. That does terrible things to my stomach.
I used to hate cats. I have always been a dog person. If someone had told me five years ago that I would have a cat and actually adore him equally as much as my dog, I would have laughed in their face and never would have believed them. I used to be terribly allergic but apparently most of that has gone away. Now I just shake my head when Randy snuggles up to me and I will never say never to something again.
I enjoy filling out forms. When I was younger I liked to pull the survey/subscription cards from magazines and fill them out. I would never send them but I enjoyed the process. I don’t do that anymore but I still enjoy it when real life hands me a form to fill out.
I’m weirdly good at darts. This was discovered in college. I kept winning and the only thing I can think of was when I was younger my grandparents had a dart board that I used to enjoy playing with. After that I didn’t play for almost 20 years…apparently my skills didn’t get rusty.
I hate credit cards. They make it easy to fall into bad habits and can lead you to a warped sense of reality. If I didn’t have to have them, I would cut them up right now. They can be useful of course but I would rather save up, then buy, not buy, then pay off.
I can’t roll my ‘R’s. It’s pretty amusing to watch me try. Ask me sometimes, I might just humor you.
I really wish I liked hummus. I have tried so hard to like it. I have literally tried every single variation they sell at the grocery store and dipped everything from pretzels to carrots to smearing it on sandwiches. Nothing. I think it’s the chickpeas. It’s just not meant to be.
I used to be lactose intolerant. I couldn’t have any milk products or anything that even had milk in it, like bread. That also happened to include chocolate. My force of will overcame that reeeeeal fast. I just could not live in a world where I was incapable of eating chocolate. I have since grown out of it and could not imagine giving up cheese and yogurt…mostly cheese.
I LOVE spicy food. Bring on the heat. Sriracha on all the things! Anything I can apply heat to, I will do it. Luckily my fiance loves spicy foods too so cooking is a breeze!
I consider garlic a mandatory ingredient. And Jerry is okay with that too. I sometimes put an entire head of garlic into my dishes. I seriously cannot get enough of the stuff. Don’t worry, I won’t breath fire on you during your photos 🙂