Monday, December 10, 2012

{28 For My 28th}

Friday was my 28th birthday!  I can’t believe it – I still feel 21 in my head and have a feeling that might never change?  haha Anyway, I’ve seen some bloggers do a list like this on their birthdays, and while I’ll be the first to admit that it can totally seem a little self-promoting, I’m doing it more to capture my state of mind at 28 years old.  I’m hoping to read it in 10 years and laugh – or at least smile. :)

Mixed in are some shots from our recent family photo shoot!  Our photographer was a family friend and I think she did a fantastic job.  I chose a Christmas card with 4 photo spots, and even that was incredibly hard to narrow down…I had at least 50 favorites.  :)

Without further ado, 28 random things about me!


1. If I’m not consciously focused on walking up a set of stairs, I will trip {up}. 

2. I prefer salty foods over sweets.  Give me chips and dip or crunchy veggies or pepperoni and cheese over brownies and cookies any day. 

3.  I get really excited to brush my teeth.  I love the feeling.  I’m not irrational about it – I usually only brush 2 times a day - but I do love it.

4.  If I’m eating ice cream at home, I always scoop some into my bowl and then put it in the microwave for 6 seconds.  Ice cream tastes a thousand times better when it’s slightly melted!  Try it. ;)


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5.  I could eat crushed ice all the live long day.  I’m slightly addicted.  I’ve asked Chris a million times if someday when we’re “rich” (our joke) if we can get a fridge that actually makes crushed ice.  I will never leave the house!  haha {Although I just learned it’s super bad for your teeth so I am trying to give up the habit! Saaaad day.}

6.  When I spell words with an “i-e”, I still have to recite the “I before E except after C” thing.  Every. single. time.

7.  I also never spell vacuum right the first try.  That one right there? Got red-underlined by spellcheck.  My brain CANNOT remember!


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8.  I have an irrational fear that either a) my pants will get sucked into the teeth of an escalator or b) that I will miss the step and fall backwards when I get on.  My heart literally starts to beat faster when I know I have to ride on one.  It doesn’t help that growing up we had a family friend who worked on elevators and told us stories about people actually getting stuck.  So maybe not totally irrational? lol

9.  I can’t stand when people touch their belly buttons (even kids) or rub their eyes and it makes that goosh sound.  I can’t believe I even just typed that out.  Siccccccccccccccccck. 

10.  I don’t get stressed out by shopping for gifts during the month of December.  I actually like it – the stores look pretty and the Christmas music is playing!

11.  On that same note, I HATED having a December birthday as a kid.  Getting all your presents for the YEAR in the same month is a serious bummer when you’re 7 years old.  But now that I’m older, I don’t really mind.  Everyone’s in a pretty good mood and happy. :)


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12.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. 

13.  It’s basically sacrilegious to live in New England and say this, but I really don’t like Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee.  I’ve tried it a bunch of different ways and I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it’s okay to just not like it.  I don’t mind their mochas, but other than that, give me Starbucks any day!

14.  I’m obsessed with Chipotle. Good thing for my waistline that the nearest one is an hour away.

15.  I have never, not once, successfully parallel parked if there is a car in front of and behind me (I can only do it if my car is the last or first in the line).  I literally can’t do it.  I specifically got my driver’s license at the one DMV in the area that didn’t require that as part of the license.  I’ve never learned how.  I will park far far away from the store or make someone else back the car out for me if I happen to be driving with someone in the car. 

16.  I’m currently loving the song “10,000 Reasons” by Mark Redmond.  So good. :)


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17.  I love mailing out photo Christmas cards.  It’s really not a practical or frugal thing to do, but I just love it.  I mean, I love receiving them so I hope it’s the same on the other end.  I’ve gone with Wal-Mart Photo for 4 years now (like the one time a year I go inside that store) and been super pleased every time. 

18.  Before I had Luke, I was scared TO DEATH of having a c-section.  Now as I’m looking forward to my repeat one, regular delivery sounds much more terrifying!  haha Fear of the unknown is not a joke. :)

19.  Although I’ve been to 3 countries outside the U.S., I still have yet to cross the Mississippi.  Still on the bucket list!

20.  I know every state capital and can tell you where every state is on the map.  I LOVE geography and have a decent handle on where most countries are around the world. 


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21.  Because of that, I rarely get lost, and if I do, I don’t get nervous.  There’s always a logical way to get to a road you DO know. :)

22.  Oranges are my new pregnant craving.  I bought a 4 or 5 pound bag less than a week ago and there’s only 2 left.  LOL

23.  I am so happy to be back in New England and never want to leave again – but I will admit I am totally in love with all things Southern.  I love the big hair and accents and traditions and foods and hospitality.

24.  My BFF got me started on vintage Pyrex – it’s my new fun find at yard sales.  So far my collection is very small – a casserole dish and 5 mugs thanks to her, and a set of 3 colorful nesting bowls that I use all the time.  The colors and patterns are so happy and fun!


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25.  I totally want to throw a big 10-year anniversary vow renewal party in a few years.  Our wedding day was a blast and it went by SO quickly.  I just keep telling Chris I want to do it all again!  Same man, different date.  lol

26.  I will never understand people who say they love running.  I think they are crazy.  I can appreciate the “high” that exercising gives you, but I can get that from my elliptical, thank you very much.  I’d rather shove bamboo shoots up my fingernails than go for a “fun run.”  And don’t even get me started on women who say they felt the most beautiful when they were pregnant!

27.  I think Alaska is stunningly beautiful, but I can’t imagine paying to go on vacation that far to somewhere COLD.  Hawaii, on the other hand?  Say the word. :)

28. I might be 28 (I still can’t believe that’s real), I am such a klutz still.  I have just learned to laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously – life is a whole lot more fun that way!


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Okay, that was actually a lot harder than I thought!  lol  Anyone out there share any of my same quirks? ;)


  1. I can't spell vacuum either!
    I love Christmas cards and spend the money every year!
    I felt 21 until I had a minivan and two kids. Then I turned 30 and loved it! Now I feel like a "real" adult mom. :)
    This was so fun! Thanks! And i loved the pictures!

  2. I shouldn't tell you that I felt the most beautiful (hottest) about 6 weeks after I had a baby. except for my belly button, but not many people see that... ;)

  3. Jordan is going to flip when he reads your #4! He puts his ice cream in the microwave every time too! He SWEARS it tastes so much better that way! Also, I love that we are both obsessed with brushing our teeth. I've always loved going to the dentist and my love has only gotten stronger as I've gotten older! Can't spell vacuum either, must run in the fam, and I love holiday shopping too, bring it on! Such a fun list Jess :)

  4. Happy birthday! Here's to a wonderful year!

    (I also always recite: i before e except after c.")

  5. Here is the way to remember vacuum. It is a double 'U' because 'u' usually do it! Happy Birthday - 28 is great.

  6. Love this!

    If you craved crushed ice, it could be a symptom of low iron (anemia). I only say this because I had a very dear friend of mine who constantly ate crushed ice, and come to find out all her fatigue issues were due to that!

    Google it!


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