June 12, 2012

Just a little welcome!

Since I recently changed my blog name, AND have acquired a few more followers I thought it might be a good time to say welcome and maybe tell you a little bit about myself. I thought a quick list of things about  me might be the best way.

25 Things About The Chick Behind
Turned Up To Eleven!
My husband and I like to party WITH rockstars. (Even Faux Ones)

ONE //
I am an only child. And I come from a very small family.

TWO //
I used to be a manicurist. When I graduated high school I was nervous about college and wasn't sure if I would excel in school. So my first 6 weeks of summer vacation after graduation were spent going to school to learn how to do nails. After passing the state board test, I enrolled in community college and worked as many hours as I could doing nails. It was awesome. Lots of tips meant never having to touch my paycheck for fun money. Which was a good thing because my entire haul of graduation money went toward helping pay for my first semester at Community College. My father didn't want me to go to a CC, but instead directly to a 4 year school. I express my fear of not doing well at school and finally talked him into letting me at least go to CC for a semester-year to get my feet wet. 4 Years later I got my degree. Many more years after that I got my 2nd degree. "What? A lot of people go to school for 8 years!"

I have 2 college degrees. An AA in Early Childhood Development and a BA in Graphic Arts. Why the 2 totally different fields? By the time I was due to graduate with my Early Childhood degree they sent me to student teaching trials and I realized my entire life would be nothing but listening to women bitching about their husbands, complaining about themselves and most were rarely giving the children any attention. I couldn't deal with that. It was probably a really bad facility but it was enough to force me to chase my dreams to do art for a living. 

I want to go back eventually and get my masters in Psychology and possibly do something with Art Therapy, however I'm a bit worried I won't be able to leave my work at the office and the thought of children drawing painful memories in front of me, sort of hurts my heart.

I love drinking milk on the rocks. If the milk isn't ice cold, it sort of grosses me out.

When I was younger I hated bands with long hair. I thought boys with long hair were gross and that people like Jordan, Donnie and Joey were just dreamy. The fact that I even listened to Rico Suave was pushing my boundaries. I was a total square when it came to my boy crushes. By the time I got to high school I was into pop, R and B, rap music, and some Pop Rock but I had missed out on a lot of music due to not thinking the bands were very cute (long hair blinded me, because um, hellooo there were TONS of hot band dudes back in the day)... then Pearl Jam released their album TEN and it all changed. Grunge took over my soul. Between Pearl Jam, Nirvana and all the other great bands in the 90's I was fully engrossed in the music. When Metallica released their Black Album, that pretty much sealed the deal, I threw caution to the wind and dug back about 15-20 years and started listening to old metal music, and hair bands and I've been hooked every since. Let's just say I'm happy I finally opened my eyes. I don't think I could survive the rest of my life listening to pop music, country or rap music alone.

I really love music! And I do enjoy partying WITH a rockstars too!
Halloween 2010 • I partied with Faux-Axl, aka my husband!
SIX //
I had a total country phase right out of high school. I still love the music... at least the music from that era and before. Most new country is complete crap. Yes, I said it.

The first rap album I ever purchased myself was Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet. I wish I still owned it, since I have a cassette player in my Jeep. 

8, EIGHT - is my favorite/lucky number.

My husband and I collect old vinyl. Until we met I never realized how much I truly loved the sound of vinyl records, now I'm obsessed.

TEN //
I love and miss snowboarding. There aren't very many close outlets for this here in Alabama.

My favorite flowers are daisies and morning glories.

I have three tattoos, and I really don't like any of them. I have plans to cover two of them. The other I can't really see, so I might be OK living with it. I got my last tattoo when I was 21. It's been a long time, but I still have the itch, but I have decided I have to plan it out in advance AND let the idea marinate in my mind for at least 2 months before jumping on it. Fly by the seat of my pants tattoos are the reason I have three that I'm not thrilled with.

My husband is only the second guy I've made a first move on. I'm not one to chase boys. It's probably because I had a huge crush on a guy in middle school and asked him out three times, he rejected me all three times and dated my best friend one of those times. We remained friends through HS. But ever since then making the first move on a guy, wasn't one I wanted to make. Until I met Mike. Sometimes you just know when you can't let something slip away.

Mike and I started dating in 2004, we got married last year. It was a long courtship. One in which we lived together from about 5 months of dating and beyond. We celebrated our first anniversary under the same roof and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I'm a graphic designer. I don't feel like I flex my creative muscles enough and this is something I'm trying to work on. I like to say I picked graphic design because it was the practical way to be an artist and not starve. 

The strangest thing I've ever eaten is probably Hog Jaw. It was delicious.

I was born and raised in Maryland. I moved to Alabama when Mike and I started dating over 7 years ago.

My accent changes regularly. I don't really feel I have a Northern accent, but often times I pick up the Southern draw, and Mike calls me out on it all the time.  "Book" is my biggest trigger word.

I still have Maryland tags and I really don't ever want to change them.

I love the outdoors, but Southern weather can make enjoying it a real challenge. Thank goodness for Kayaking. If it wasn't for having a fun water sport, I might melt in the summer.

My favorite place to visit is the beach. There is really just something awesome about a place that can make your skin clear up, your allergies disappear, your mood calm and your smile wide every. single. day! 

Learning to Surf is the #1 item on my bucket list. #2 Be a mom. #3 Own a house.

I walked down the isle to "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones. I've never dreamed of walking down the isle to the bridal march and wanted to be sure I didn't have to.

My all time favorite movie is Wizard of Oz. My second favorite is Forrest Gump.

When I was young, I thought that 25 was the ultimate age. Old enough to make your own choices, and still very young.  Since passing that golden age I realize that age is just a number. I vowed in 12th grade in my senior year book under my portrait that my future would be: To live happily ever after, and never grow up. I feel like I'm making that come true every day!

So there are some tidbits about me. I'd love to hear about you. Comment and let me know if you decide to do a random 25 things list!

Today's Workout: Ab Burner and Recharge [Chalene Extreme/Turbo Fire Hybrid]
Possible Walk: If June is up for it.

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Andrea D said...

I've been letting my tattoo idea marinate for three YEARS...I think it's about time I bite the bullet and just go do it haha.
Also...love your pictures. You definitely party hard with (faux) rockstars.

Shana said...

Jordan, Donnie and Joey were dreamy. I still find Donnie kind of dreamy actually!

Lora said...

drinking anything less than ice cold milk is like drinking pus.

Anonymous said...

Forrest Gump is my favorite movie. My favorite comedy is Billy Madison, obviously. Daisies are my favorite flower too. I listened to country in high school and have to agree that most of the new stuff is crap.

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