Tuesday, January 5, 2016

20 Fun Facts About Me (Tuesday Talk #53)

Welcome to another year of Tuesday Talk!  I'm so glad you're here!

Last week, we said goodbye to some great ladies (including my sister Katie), but we're saying hello to some awesome new ladies this week!  (See the Welcome at the bottom of the post!)

Since it's a new year with new gals and Sweet Little Ones is different now that I'm flying solo, I thought I'd do a fun little 'get to know me' post...

Here are 20 fun facts you might not know about me:

The six of us siblings :)

1.  I am the oldest of 6, and my husband is the oldest of 7.  Including in-laws, I have 16 younger brothers and sisters.  (And that's just so far...we still have 5 unmarried siblings!)  The bigger, the louder better.

2.  I have never had braces, broken a bone, been stung by a bee, been addicted to caffeine, or gone camping.  I'm hoping to continue these trends for the rest of my life!

Curly hair, oh how much I cared!

3.  I got perms from middle school til I was married because I absolutely love big, curly hair.  (I should've been a teen in the 80s!)  I really wish I had curly hair!  Now, I have three little curly headed blessings instead.

4.  For most of my life, I contemplated being a nun.  I even visited a convent in middle school to learn more.  Obviously, it wasn't my vocation, but maybe one of my children will be a religious someday instead!

On our bench at Notre Dame back in 2006!

5.  Jim and I got engaged after dating for exactly 6 months.  It was love at first sight for me!

6.  I am exactly 8 days older than Jim.

7.  In my school days, I was a(n almost) straight A student.  I only ever got one B: a B+ in my college Calculus class.  The only A- I got in high school was in gym class.  Seriously.  Could I be any more of a stereotypical geek?!

8.  At the time I quit my job last year, I had worked in the dental field for almost 15 years.  (I started as a dental assistant when I was in high school.)  So for nearly half of my life, I had the job of making my patient's smiles beautiful and healthy!

9.  I have only been to Starbucks two or three times.  And I have gotten hot chocolate every time.

10.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone doesn't clear the remaining time left on the microwave.  Then no one can see what time it is.  And why take your food out with only 2 seconds left?!  And if you really must, please hit 'clear'!

11.  I have seen Switchfoot in concert 7 times.  Jim and I danced to Learning to Breathe, Only Hope, and Dare You to Move at our wedding reception.  Their music was a major instrument in strengthening my Catholic faith when I was in college.  So Switchfoot's music has always had a piece of my heart.

12.  I am extremely unorganized in almost everything I'm involved in.  Except in 2 things: my job and my Pinterest account!

13.  I like chocolates and sweets, but I loooooove salty snacks.  Potato chips are my unhealthy indulgence.

Antietam Civil War Battlefield (2012)

14.  All of our vacations include nature and hiking with a little history thrown in.  Our favorite destinations have been Yellowstone, the Smoky Mountains, Hocking Hills, Pictured Rocks, various Civil War battlefields, and all the Indiana State Parks.   Yosemite, Maine, and the Grand Canyon are on our to-do list.  Any other awesome places we should add?

Ash Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio (2014)

15.  I have never seen the ocean.  I have never been outside of the United States.  I have lived in Indiana my whole life.  And I'm perfectly ok with all of that!

16.  I have ten thousand unread messages in my personal email account (see #12).  And I never delete an email (see #19)!

17.  I have a negative sense of direction, as I like to call it.  North and south, east and west mean nothing to me.  I get lost very easily, even with GPS.  I have to go somewhere at least 20 times before I don't have to use handwritten directions anymore!

Minute to Win It with my family!

18.  My family and my husband's family love to play games.  His family loves strategy games, like Settlers of Catan and Power Grid.  My family prefers silly and funny games, like Apples to Apples and Minute to Win It.  We always have a blast when our families get together!

19.  I'm very sentimental...which leads to me to being a pack rat.  I have an extremely hard time throwing anything away because to me everything has value!

Me and my mini-mes on Halloween this year ;)

20.  God has a funny sense of humor because I could not have birthed children more like myself.  J is a girly girl and a perfectionist, and B is so stubborn.  I have no idea where they got it from.  I wonder what I will pass on to L...hmmmmm, probably dashing good looks?

No, he's way cuter than me!

I'm looking forward to getting to know you or getting to know you better this year!
So tell me about you in the comments or link up an intro post (even an old one)!  And let me know if you're new here too!

Happy Tuesday, friends! 


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Tina from Go Big or Go Home,
Stasia from Our Life on a Budget
Ruthie from Rear. Release. Regroup
and Emily from Raising Barnes
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