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5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

Everyone has those little things about themselves that not everyone knows, right? Not huge, deep, dark secrets, but little things that most people probably wouldn’t judge you for, but that you’ve never really thought about mentioning. Here are five of mine that are mostly pretty silly, but hopefully new to those that don’t know me super well. Enjoy!

1. I sleep with a teddy bear

I’m not sure how he got like this, but he usually ends up on the floor by morningtime.

His name is Fernando and I’ve had him since I was 12. My best friend since fourth grade got him for me for my 12th birthday, and he’s slept with me on every bed since. He’s a bit worse for the wear; he’s much floppier than he used to be, but I’ve gotten to a point where it’s uncomfortable to fall asleep without him. Before I had Fernando, I had a floppy red Target dog, but he got left at a friend’s house and I never saw him again. That was in fifth grade. I don’t remember actually admitting to Shane that I sleep with a teddy bear, but he doesn’t give me a hard time about it, and he even calls him by his name. He also protects him from the dog (who knows better than to mess with him), so I know he’s in good hands.

2. I almost skipped 1st grade
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I’d actually forgotten about this before I started trying to come up with this list. When I was in first grade, my mom had a parent/teacher conference with my teacher at the time, Miss Harris, about the idea of me finishing out the rest of the school year in second grade. Mom, while appreciative of the offer, and after serious consideration, decided to keep me in first grade. She later told me it was because she thought it would be hard on me socially. As much as I like the idea that enough adults thought I was smart enough to skip a whole grade, I’m thankful that Mom made the choice that she did. So many of the relationships I have today or had in school wouldn’t have been possible.

3. I used to be TERRIFIED of dogs

How could anyone be afraid of this nerd?

I should note here that I was terrified of everything when I was a kid. Especially anything that was loud. And barking dogs are loud. Turns out I just have really good hearing which can sometimes make things seem louder than they are. I digress. For those that know me today that didn’t know me when I was little, this one may seem the hardest to believe, considering how much I absolutely adore dogs now, but yes, there was once upon a time when Small Angel wouldn’t go near dogs.

4. I want sleeves
[No picture here because I don’t want to use an artist’s photo w/o crediting them]
Or at least half sleeves. Because at least with half sleeves, I can wear shirts that cover up most of the top portion of my arm so I can keep them from being exposed if necessary. Confused? LOL! I’m talking about tattoos! I have two, and I’m obsessed. If I could spend all my money on tattoos, I totally would. I love them so much. I have plans for my next few already, including one in my mom’s handwriting. Could you see me with my upper arms covered in ink? Well, you will someday.

5. I didn’t like Shane when we first met

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Now we’ve been married 4.5 years!

Some of you that know the story actually already know this one, but for anyone that has been around us or hung out with us sees how affectionate we are towards each other. No, we’re not perfect, but we are an incredibly well-balanced couple. We each have our own things that we do separately, but then we also enjoy our time together. That wasn’t always the case, though. When we first met, in theatre class in high school, I was not on the Shane Train. I thought he was loud and obnoxious and just generally not the kind of person I wanted to spend time around. By the end of the year (long after I’d dropped the class), though, we were close friends, staying up until the wee hours of the morning talking and connecting. We didn’t end up dating until almost two years after we’d first met, but even then I wasn’t sure. Shane likes to tell everyone he knew within the first two weeks of dating, that he was going to marry me, and he says that he was sad when I dropped the theatre class, because he lost his “eye candy”. LOL!

That’s it, y’all! Those are five things that you probably didn’t already know about me. In general, I’m a pretty open book, so if there’s anything you want to know, you can always ask. I generally have no problem talking about personal stuff if I think it could be helpful to someone going through something similar. I know this was a bit of a self-serving post, and not at all


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