Today I’m sharing ten random things you might not know about me! If you’re new to the blog – welcome! – this will hopefully give you a sense of who is behind these posts. If you’ve been reading, you might learn something about me you didn’t know. Enjoy!
- I love jazz music
I’m not sure when I really started listening to and loving jazz, but I find it so interesting. It can calm me down when I’m really stressed, or it can energize me. On a night out, Hubby and I found a jazz bar called the Green Lady Lounge. It reminded us of a bar back home called The Omaha Lounge with it’s sultry lighting, deep leather chairs and craft cocktails. The Green Lady had a really good jazz band on the top level, and a completely different band on the lower level. I’m not sure why, but I love places like that. I’d rather go to a jazz lounge than a hip club any day of the week.
2. Dogs are my favorite pet
I’ve had three dogs in my life, and they’re all been Labrador Retrievers. My first dog, Stover, was a pure-bred Chocolate Lab and the goodest boy. My family got him when I was in kindergarten, and this dog was so patient. I’d dress him up and push him around the neighborhood in a stroller like he was my baby, and he didn’t have a care in the world. In college, my parents got Cooper, a black lab. Finally, when Hubby and I moved in together, we adopted Chloe, our little lab mix, and I couldn’t be more in love with her. She wasn’t always the sweet baby girl she is now, when she was younger, she was a little shit! She’d bark and bite and jump on you and was a little ball of terror. But now, she’s the apple of our eye (most of the time).
3. I’m obsessed with fall
This is followed closely by winter though! I love fall. It’s the crispness in the air, the colors of the trees, and the everything pumpkin. Yes, I’m obsessed with Pumpkin Spice Lattes and think they are the best – fight me. I honestly can’t wait to decorate my house for fall. Other than Christmas, I love decorating for fall most. While organizing my basement, I separated all of my decorations into bins according to all five seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Christmas). I had to add a second bin to fall because I have too many cute things. Whoops.
4. I love snail mail
There is something about sending snail mail that I just love. Whether it’s birthday cards, holiday cards or something just because, I love it. When I was younger, I had a pen pal, Martha. We met while both of our families were on vacation in Colorado. We started talking on the train, and decided to become pen pals. We actually exchanged postcards, letters and cards for quite a few years. I guess life got in the way because our exchanges fizzled out. Keep in mind, this was before social media, so unfortunately I don’t even know where she is anymore.
5. Cheese is my favorite food
Seriously. Cheese. I want it all. Except for soft cheeses like brie, goat cheese and bleu cheese. I want to like those, but I just can’t. I’m more of a hard cheese gal. I love cheddar, mozzarella and pepper jack. Especially smoked pepper jack cheese. Now that is something I could eat all the time.
6. Reading is life
I’ve always loved reading. When I was younger, I found the YA series The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot and those made me absolutely fall head over heels with reading. I couldn’t put those books down! With life being the way it is, I can’t read as much as I did as a child, but I still try to read 3-5 books per month.
7. If I could travel to a different decade…
I’d go to the Roaring 20’s. I’d love to go to a speakeasy playing authentic jazz and drink a fancy cocktail. There is something so romantic and sultry about that time. I loved the bold and daring fashion and how everything seemed new and exciting.
8. Salty > Sweet
I’m a salty gal through and through. I can have a package or Oreos literally go stale in my pantry, but if there are chips and french onion dip, it’ll be gone in two days. I love things like Cheez-Its, chips and queso, cheese and crackers, popcorn, cashews – all of those delicious snacks foods. I like sweet foods, too, but my sweet tooth isn’t nearly as big as my husband’s. (He’ll make sure those Oreos don’t go stale!)
9. If I had to choose two makeup items…
Blush and mascara, no brainer! I feel like my face just looks a little more awake with some blush on the cheeks, and mascara just completes the look.
10. My favorite holiday is Christmas
Christmas is my favorite holiday, hands down. I love the traditions, the music, the movies, the food, the presents. Seriously, I love it all. You know those Hallmark Christmas movie? Yep, love them. Wrapping a billion presents? Love it. One thing I don’t like? That annoying Christmas song, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” UGH. It makes my ears bleed. But, pretty much anything else Christmas, I love!