Monday, 26 February 2018

Blog Hop: 30 Things You Might Not Know About Me

1. I love to travel, I have been to 20 countries so far and would love to expand that list.

2. My life goal is to be multi-lingual but I am terrible at learning languages. It took my friend several days to teach me how to properly count to 10 in Mandarin (tonal languages are hard yo!). I content myself with being able to belt out super random phrases in random languages, including: "watch out speedbump", "I have a flat tire", "My family looks like hobbits", "You are a cabbage head" in Dutch, German, Irish, and ASL respectively.

3. I keep detailed excel spreadsheets on lots of things from budgeting to horse shows to vacation plans.

4. Three years after finishing university I landed the type of job that I thought it would take half my career to get. I'm mostly appreciative of my job but part of me is sad that I got here too soon. I know I would be stupid to leave this position but I kind of wish I had experienced more before getting here, even if that included experiencing unemployment or jobs that had nothing to do with my field.

5. I'm not naturally talented at sports or music or anything like that, the number one thing comes easily to me is helping people through donating blood. I am a universal donor with O neg blood, I am CMV negative so they can give my blood to pregnant women and babies, my veins are easy to find, and I bleed fast. I've been donating blood since I turned 17 and I love feeling like I am making a difference.

6. I played the baritone in high school band.

7. My older sister died suddenly when she was walking across the street at a cross walk and a bus driver made an illegal turn and ran over her. She was 28 at the time, younger than I am now. My family has never been the same.

8. I have a fabulous gay brother-in-law who is a pastry chef and makes the most beautiful and delicious desserts.

9. I have an obsession with antique furniture. My house kind of looks like it is owned by a 90 year old but I love solid wood and ornate details. It makes me sad that so few people have appreciation for these pieces anymore but I will still take advantage of the cheap used prices.

10. If you buy a beautiful old piece of wood furniture and chalk paint it just to resell I will curse your name and your kijiji ad.

11. My 3 best friends live 800km, 3000km, and 7000km away respectively.

12. I am helping a friend to edit her first novel.

13. Growing up I would always have to immediately change clothes and shower as soon as I got home from the barn because my Dad, brother and sister all had varying allergies to cats and horses.

14. My old car broke down when I was in another city for a conference. I got it towed to the nearest dealership and once they gave me the bad news that it was dead dead (transmission was toast, wasn't worth the $8000 repair on a 20 year old car), I nonchalantly walked out of the service door, into the sales door and played it cool negotiating a good deal on a new car. I never revealed my desperation until after the ink was dry. (I legit had to buy a car that day so I could get home and make it to work the next day, but while I never technically lied, I didn't mention the broken car and played it off like I was just visiting the big city to look at cars as a possible upgrade)

15. My last job was as an oilfield tank inspector and we went to some crazy remote areas. We once drove 18 hours each way (last 2 hours were on ice roads through muskeg) to spend 1 hour inspecting 1 small tank.

16. My brother is a way cooler person than I will ever be.

17. Riding has been my most constant sport throughout my life (21 years and still going strong), but I also did Taekwon-do for 4 years, rugby for 9 years, and I'm going into my 5th year of dragonboating

18. I was bullied terribly in Junior High School, both physically and emotionally.

19. Procrastination is my biggest fault.

20. I was valedictorian of my high school.

21. I have gone parasailing, paragliding, and gliding, but bungee jumping and skydiving are still on my bucket list.

22. I cannot stand the taste of coffee.

23. Until 6 years ago I thought I was completely healthy and allergy-free, but since then I have discovered a minor cat allergy, a major penicillin allergy, and I was diagnosed with celiac disease.

24. My picture has been in the New York Times.

25. I am a Harry Potter nerd.

26. I learned calligraphy this year in order to address wedding invitations and I think it will become a new hobby.

27. I can hold my alcohol really well. I don't drink often but I can out-drink most people I meet and I don't get hangovers.

28. I can't currently sing but I want to learn.

29. My bedroom/closet is almost always untidy (I do laundry regularly, I just don't really ever put it away).

30. I once did an 11 day backpacking trip through Banff National Park, covering around 130 km while carrying a 75 pound pack and tackling 5+ mountain passes and multiple river crossings. It was a super intense experience that pushed me to my limits mentally and physically, but it left me with amazing memories and I'm still really proud of accomplishing it. 


  1. I feel you on #19... hence why I am so behind on blogging hahaha! These were all super interesting things to learn about you. Although #7 was very heartbreaking, I can't imagine how difficult that would be. :(

    1. You seem so busy with all you juggle, I didn't think you had time to procrastinate lol

  2. I am a type O- blood donor, too! :D

  3. I love learning new things about everyone, even if it means that it confirms you're way cooler/more interesting than I'll ever be :) So sorry to hear about your sister - that seems very unfair.

    1. I felt the same reading yours! (that you're cooler/more interesting than me)
      I guess we all are more interesting to others than we are to ourselves :)

  4. These are all really interesting things I didn't know! I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister :(

    I am working on one of these but I'm stuck at like 27, I am not that interesting haha

    1. I think you are definitely interesting! Maybe you are just struggling because you seem to share more of yourself on your blog (including non-horse stuff) than many of us, so there's less that we don't already know?

    2. Yeah I did finally finish my list this morning, and my preface was that I struggled to come up with 30 because I do tend to share more personal stuff on my blog than many others. Oh well. Hopefully my list is still interesting, it's scheduled for tomorrow! :)

  5. Thanks all for your thoughts on my sister. It happened almost 6 years ago now so the sharp loss has faded but life without her has become the new normal which is even sadder in a way. While I still miss her, I recognize that I am very fortunate in many ways: I was lucky to have a close relationship with my sister when she was alive, and I have my brother, my parents, my SO, and two great brother-in-laws (my SO's brother and my sister's husband). Life goes on

  6. I feel like I use anything as an excuse to make a spreadsheet

  7. Procrastination buddies! What is dragonboating? I've never heard of it before.

    I also learned to do calligraphy for wedding invitations. There was something about getting it perfect that was really awesome. I'm planning on continuing self-study but I'd love to take some classes to get some critiques!