I have debated what to write on my blog about this glorious day o' birth but I'm scattered with thoughts so I'll just put, let's say, 36 random thoughts down. Shall we begin?
There we go, last year's birthday picture. Now I can begin!
1.) I noticed today when putting money in my wallet that I have to turn all the bills to face the same direction. OCD or military precision - you decide.
2.) When going to sleep at night I flip and flop and wiggle so that my sheets always cover my shoulders - even when it's a million degrees out. I don't know why - perhaps my mom can give me some insight on that one or my sister since she'll be the one who reads this! ;)
3.) I am truly so happy, excited, nervous, and joyous about this next year and pursuing my photography passion.
4.) I will often dance around my house with my daughter when I play music... and often times it looks like this: (not that song though)
6.) I'm so honored that so many people trust me with taking their picture. It seriously warms my heart with every person that books. Yep - I'm that cheesy.
7.) Speaking of cheese - I could watch the following movies anytime they come on even though I could probably recite them all to you: Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Sixteen Candles, Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, and Sound of Music. I know you either think more of me or less of me now.
8.) I love cheesecake.
9.) Marketing a business is hard - I ain't gonna lie.
10.) I have been stung/bit by a scorpion, jellyfish (twice) and a brown recluse spider - and am still kicking!
11.) Speaking of kicking - as a kid I cartwheeled into our coffee table and messed up my ankle.
12.) Then b/c why not up the ante -I competed in a swing jumping competition with my brother and lost terribly when I landed on my arm and created a neat "U" shape in 2nd grade. #notwinning
13.) I come from a very small town, well, it's bigger now, but I had 66 people in my graduating class and people have laughed at me about that. I loved it though. I knew everyone and am still friends with some of these people and thanks to Facebook have been able to make new friendships with old people. (That reads funny - but you know what I mean!)
14.) I have 4 friends that have the same birthday as me. How crazy is that?
15.) My husband and I have total opposite views on road trips. I enjoy the ride and he just wants to get there. Thanks to my ability to need to go potty after just looking at a billboard for water - it's made for some fun car rides. :)
16.) Thanks to growing up in a small town I was able to participate in just about any activity possible - here are some of the things I did in high school: band, basketball, tennis, track, cheerleading, yearbook, Spanish club, student council, honor society, class treasurer - to name a few.
17.) My younger brother and I landed in the same Chemistry class my Senior year/ his sophomore year. He didn't let me look off his paper once since he was definitely stronger in the science dept. I've never forgiven him for that. He said, "Then the teacher will know you're cheating." Harsh. ;)
18.) I have a yellow belt in Krav Maga and a black belt in Keeping It Real.
19.) I know some seriously strong women and they have helped shape me into the person I am today. I'm forever grateful for them.
20.) Google wished me Happy Birthday today and it literally startled me!
22.) My parents are simply amazing - I'm not lying. Some people have parent issues and I have been blessed to have two wonderful ones. Actually my whole family is pretty darn amazing.
23.) I'm just going to throw it out there, but, my kid is hilarious, cute and a genius. There, I've said it. Don't let her constant nose picking fool you - all the greats did it, I'm sure of it.
24.) I tell people to remember my birthday by saying "24-7" b/c it sounds really cool.
25.) I used to work for a company where I would travel all around the country and teach teachers how to use a software product. I once spoke in front of a group of almost 200. I nearly died it was so nerve-wracking, but I somehow did it! I never thought much of public speaking or my ability to do it, but somehow I did it!
26.) Above mentioned job took me to some cool places - I ran the "Rocky" steps in Philadelphia, hoofed it to Chinatown in NYC and spent a week or two with some teachers in New Jersey who schooled me on teachers unions and made me wish I was a teacher there - just for the union benefits! Sidenote - job also took me to some not cool places as well that I won't mention so as not to offend. ;)
27.) I had the opportunity to work for the government - in a field not anyone reading this could ever guess. It's funny how life turns out. Don't ask b/c I can't tell you.
28.) My favorite color changes yearly - I guess I just get bored.
29.) I have a ton of high heels and wedges and I LOVE them, however, since having a child I swear my feet have totally forgotten how to wear them. I used to wear them weekly and now I look like Whoopi Goldberg in "Ghost" when I walk in them.
31.) My family will speak in accents on the phone - for no. apparent. reason. I did it yesterday - not even joking.
32.) David Beckham is my celebrity crush and I think my husband looks a little bit like him - so that would make him my real life crush. Awww. Sidenote - I just showed my daughter a picture of David Beckham and asked her who it was. She said, "My Dad!" Theory proven!
33.) It is totally bizarre to not be in "getting ready for school" mode this year. So bizarre.
34.) I've only ridden a horse once in my life, on my honeymoon, and it scared me to death! Yet I love horses and have a great friend who has a stable. Go figure.
35.) Love riding roller coasters as an adult - used to freak me out as a kid - now I love them, but haven't ridden them in years.
36.) I love Disney World. I have been more times than most and I still get excited every time I cross through those gates. I can't wait to take my daughter there someday!!
Well - there you have it. 36 thoughts, ticks, random things on my big 36th. I am so blessed and happy for everything in my life right now and I can't thank y'all enough for being a part of this journey of life with me. I wish everyone an awesome year whether it's your birthday or not! Go eat some cake today just for the heck of it!
Love to All!