Thanks to the very generous yet awfully misguided Squirrel Circus, I have received a blogging award! I’m supposed to share 7 secrets about myself, but I’m not that secretive, mostly because I have a big mouth, so since my blog is fairly new and mostly read by my friends and my husband (when I make him, out loud, in my presence), I’ll share a few things about me that you probably wouldn’t know otherwise.
1. I was born outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a town called “Coon Rapids”. That is listed on my birth certificate. Forever.
2. I have a degenerative autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis that attacks my thyroid and will eventually render it useless. Then it will move on to my brain. Just kidding. About the brain part.
3. I grew up as the middle of 3 girls (now 4 + a step & a half), so I took on the role of tomboy, since somebody had to. I had the boy haircut, and I still feel awkwardly boyish when my hair is shorter than chin-length.
4. I was allergic to strawberries as a child, which only caused problems one time, when my parents went on vacation and forgot to tell my grandma about my allergy. A trip to the clinic and a ginormous needle in the thigh later, and I would never look at a strawberry the same way again.
5. I collected Ninja Turtle action figures. I still remember the day I got April. Although Leonardo was (and still is) my favorite.
6. When the Mickey Mouse Club was on, I wanted to legally change my name to “Britney” because I thought “Anne” was super dull, and because Britney on the MMC could do back-handsprings. Yeah, it turned out to be Britney Spears.
7. I played the trombone in 6th grade band. I was 2nd chair. And the only girl.
8. I played volleyball all through high school, where I was obviously the setter, because I’m only 5’4″. Sometimes my English teacher would come watch our matches, which creeps me out now that I think about it, because we were all underage and wearing spandex.
9. I was the lead singer of my church’s high school praise band. I KNOW.
10. My original major in college was architecture. I switched to engineering once I realized that I didn’t want to sleep under a drafting table for another 3 years, not realizing that I would be sleeping under a library table for the next 3 years instead.
I wish I had more exciting fun facts, like that I’m not-so-distantly-related to Kate Middleton, or that I’ve wrestled a baby black bear in the Smokey Mountains (partially true, actually), but alas, this is all I’ve got. I appreciate my totally unremarkable upbringing. I’m very lucky to have had it.