1. I am an only child.
Now, some of you may have guessed that already if you have met me, but yes I am a loner. I suppose I am pretty typical of an only child - I like my space and alone time; I prefer to lead than follow; I am extremely independent and was always mature for my age. Yes, additionally, I was slightly spoiled growing up, but I was the only kid. Not only was I the only kid, but my parents got divorced when I was eight, so then I was the only kid to each parent. So, I got ALLLL the attention.
2. I don't have a middle name.
We always talk about this in my house, saying how strange I am - an only child AND no middle name! I get to leave that space blank on forms and paperwork, so over an entire lifetime, I am saving a lot of ink. I don't get to have that thought of "maybe I will start going by my middle name." When my parents got angry with me as a little girl, they couldn't say Nicole (Insert Middle Name) for increased effect. In all honestly, it hasn't affected me much. BUT, its weird, I know. When we went to Australia, my VISA was actually held up because of the fact that I didn't have a middle name.
3. I was diagnosed with depression at 30
Talk about a life changing diagnosis! At 30 years old, I was exhausted from life. I couldn't stay awake at night, couldn't focus, wasn't overly interested in much and the daily activities of normal life would take all of the energy out of me. I started seeing a therapist and discovered that I was suffering from depression and most likely had been for most of my life. At first, I was not on board to start medication because I wanted to own my issues and fix them, but my doctor said to me, "What if you had high blood pressure? You would take medication." (Side note: I DO NOT think medication is for everyone, nor do I think if you are depressed, you should immediately start popping anti-depressants.)
What I can tell you about my situation is that once I started to take the medication, I found out what it was like to live a "normal" life. Daily activities weren't hard anymore like getting gas or going to the bank, I was able to focus on things and actually finish tasks instead of leaving the majority of my projects unfinished, I didn't get angry anymore, and most importantly, I could stay awake after we ate dinner. Now, don't get me wrong, there was a lot of work to do in order to function like the rest of the world, and I continued to see my therapist for a couple of years. However, without any of that, I would not be where I am today. My choice for me, is to take the medicine in order to maintain a normal lifestyle and be the best mom to my kids and the best wife to my husband. It works for me!
4. I have piercings and tattoos.
When I was 18, I went to Florida with some friends and had wanted to get a tattoo, so I did. It is on the small of my back and is a heart with the Chinese symbol for "love" in the middle of it (or at least that is what I think it is.) Then I got my second tattoo last year for my 38th birthday. It is a camera drawn by a single line with the words "FOCUS on what's important" underneath and is on my rib cage. Currently, I have my nose pierced and my ears, but I have had other piercings when I was younger. I have always loved these forms of expression, probably because they are and can be very creative. Will there be anymore in my future? Piercings - No Tattoos - Maybe
5. I LOVE to sing in the car - by myself - with the windows ALLLLLL the way UP!
Let me just be real, I am a horrible singer. I do not think there was ever any hope for me to become any type of singer, EVER. No American Idol auditions or The Voice auditions for me. Additionally, I am pretty sure I mess up the words to the songs I am singing all of the time. But, who cares, it makes me happy. So, if you are ever driving past me and think I am either talking to myself or hands free on the cell phone - you could not be more wrong. I am definitely singing - by myself - with the windows up!!!
6. I am afraid of heights
No, scratch that, I get pretty freaking terrified. I wasn't afraid of heights until I was in my 20's. My husband and I went to Europe and we were climbing up some rickety old staircase in one of the towers in Prague, and I froze. The staircase had been there for a bazillion years and I, for sure, thought it was going to crumble and send me falling to my death. (Oh the drama!) Ever since that day, I have been afraid of heights. Don't worry, I push through the fear and make sure I don't miss out on views or experiences because of it. On the other hand, I will not be bungee jumping or skydiving anytime soon.
7. I do not drink soda.
When I was living in Germany, I decided it was time to be healthier and make better food choices. I had only been drinking one soda a day - usually a mid-afternoon pick me up - but one day I stopped. In the past five or six years, I have only had one soda. The only reason I remember it is because I was away at Science Camp with my oldest as a chaperone and was craving sugar!!! During one of my breaks, I drank an entire 12 oz bottle of Pepsi and ate a bag of peanut M&M's. They were both delicious!
8. I am addicted to Thrift Stores.
There is nothing quite like an awesome thrift store discovery! They are a fantastic treasure chest of things that you probably didn't know you needed or didn't know actually existed. My house has a terrific selection of decorations that I found in thrift stores from all over. I have an antique stroller that I bought for $4, many of my flower pots have been purchased there for $1 or $2, and the best jeans I have are from thrift stores because they are already broken in. If anyone ever needs a buddy to go on a thrift store treasure hunt, let me know.
9. If you sit in the passenger seat when I am driving, you have to dance.
Not sure how this started, but my kids love it! They always make their friends sit up front with me because I will make them dance. Don't worry, I will dance with you. It is hysterical and silly and stupid, but it usually makes everyone laugh, so I will keep up with this tradition.
10. The abbreviated form of my birthday is also the year I was born.
This one flips my daughter out for some reason, so I decided to include it. My birthday is January 9, 1979. Which abbreviated is 1/9/79 - remove the slashes and BAM! 1979. I don't know if means anything, but it is a fun fact.
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