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25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Whenever I am in line at the grocery store, I immediately pick up US Weekly.

While I love being current on celebrity gossip, the reason I pick up this specific magazine is because I flip to one particular feature: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me.

I stinking LOVE finding out about seemingly insignificant minutia about different people.Β  I think it is positively fascinating. So I am going to give you my “25 Things.” I would LOVE for other bloggers to follow! If you are just a reader, feel free to share your interesting facts in the comments!

25 Thing You Don’t Know About Me:

1) I love fake maple syrup with all my heart. Before going Paleo, I used to make pancakes for Chase JUST so I could lick the plate. (No joke, I lick the plate). I was one of those people who had a side of pancakes with my syrup.

2) In first grade we had to choose a word to spell that would be our special accomplishment. I picked “chrysanthemum” because I wanted to be Anne Shirley SO bad. I learned how to spell it backwards–I wanted to be prepared for anything.

3) I was in a serious Big Wheel accident when I was four and had to wear an eye patch for a week. I was tough. It had a great little ducky band aid on it for decoration. Me = Budding Fashionista
4) I take really quick showers because I don’t like being wet. My average is about 3 minutes. My college roommate and I used to have “quickest shower” competitions on crew trips. She beat me by 15 seconds.

5) I love books. When I get stressed or overwhelmed I just go to a bookshelf and look through hundreds of books and feel remarkably better. We have a million books in out tiny apartment.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

6) Outer Space makes me grumpy. I hate talking about it, watching movies about it, or reading about it.

7) I played soccer from age 5 to 17 and then quit cold turkey to run cross country. I didn’t touch a soccer ball for 5 years. I have no idea why.

8) I love really bad reality television: Real Housewives of Orange County (New York, Beverly Hills, and Atlanta are amazing, as well), Two-a-Days, The Hills, True Life, MTV Fat Camp (so bad but so good), and I own all seasons of Laguna Beach.

9) I watch Sister Sister and Full House every day. I am officially five-years old.
10) We used to have a placemat with a map of the USA and all the capitals. When I was 8, I would bring it with me in the car so I could memorize it. I love capitals.

11) I love hot tea, but not iced tea. I have been trying to acquire a taste for iced tea. Southern Sweet tea is definitely growing on me!
12) My favorite movie is the 6 hour A&E Pride and Prejudice.

13) I want to qualify to run the Boston Marathon before I am 28 (hopefully 2 years is enough time…).

14) During a high-school regatta we got stuck out on the water for three hours. In a very un-Sally-like manner I peed off the side of the boat. Bad. Decision.


15) I have always loved climbing trees. My cousin Samuel and I found the two best pine trees at Goosie’s house. However, the sap was problematic.

16) I always dreamed I would be older when I got married. I was 22.


17) I am still terrified of robbers. I make Chase put the baseball bat by the side of the bed every night.

18) Williams-Sonoma makes me happy. This is the Williamsburg store I would visit whenever I was stressed out during college. It reminded me that life goes on!


19) I miss horses. Philadelphia has no horses.

20) My stress level is directly proportional to how much I bake. Chase had a very sugary Fall of 2009 and 2010. He also gained 35 lbs his first year of being married to me. Ooops!

21) I want to own a Great Dane and name it Darcy.

22) I collect tea cups.


23) I run 8-10 miles a day. I am addicted and I think I may be running away from the stress in my life. Who knows?

24) I have horrible taste in music. My ipod song collection is super special.

25) I LOVE LOVE LOVE magazines. The more superfluous the better: US Weekly, People, Men’s Health (no lie), OK, Self, etc. The problem is that my husband gets all these super smart magazines. I always hide mine under his when company comes.



So, what are your 25 Things?! I am dying to know!


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

33 responses »

  1. I absolutely LOVE this!!! I will post my 25 things tomorrow…I need a day to mull over it…i am amazed at how similar out stress relief methods are….great post!!!

  2. I love the the number 8 turned into a smiley face with sunglasses haha.
    William Sonoma is a huge comfort store for me too because my Mom loved dragging me in there when I was younger and now I miss being dragged in there with her, so I choose to go in and dream of my future house with a beautiful kitchen. I love that it reminds you that life goes on, that made me smile πŸ™‚
    I also quite soccer at 17 and did cross country for senior year and haven’t touched a soccer ball since. I miss the sport a lot, but cross country was fulfilling in a lot of other ways too.

  3. Fun! I’m a huge reader, but I always feel guilty about buying books (vs getting from the library) because I rarely ever read anything more than once. However this frugality doesn’t carry over to magazines because I get a TON of those.

    • I have a strict “no-buy” policy on chick-lit. It all comes from the library. Classics and children’s books are always on the “buy” list.

      Magazines are awesome. I have recently cut down my subscription list to only one because our library now carries everything!

  4. Ooohh, I want in on this! I don’t know if I will be able to come up with 25 though :/

    Number 2 cracks me up.. I don’t know how to spell chrysanthemum (totally copied and pasted from above).

    Number 5– you have SO many books! Have you really read them all??

    Number 8– I love rewatching old episodes of Laguna Beach (I also have all the seasons), and then comparing the kids then and now. It’s crazy how famous some of them are today!

    Number 10– I wish I knew all the capitals. I slightly envied the kids in geography class who could rattle them all off.

    • I have read at least half of the books. The ones that Chase brought into the marriage are super boyish, so I have not read them yet. At some point I would like to read them all.

      Also, I had NO idea that Stephen, from Laguna, is now on One Tree Hill! He is a REAL actor–THAT IS INSANE!

  5. I love this idea! I think you should get a great dane! Especially since you miss horses and they are basically a mini-horse. :)))

  6. Just learned so much! Peeing off the side of a boat. Haha! I totally needed that smile today! Yep, just smiled all huge like. That’s great! I memorized the States & Capitals in the 3rd grade πŸ™‚
    I was seriously ECSTATIC when I got to stand in front of the “Full House” house in SF! Just ask the husband, I went a little overboard….

    • I am glad I made you smile! πŸ™‚

      Also, I knew that you were a truly awesome person when I found your blog and discovered that you loved Full House as much as I do! That is a true mark of character. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. This is such a fun list! I’m really impressed that you can do so much running! I agree that it’s a great stress buster, though. Also, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book ever πŸ˜‰ I find it so soothing.

  8. I loved this! We are SO similar in so many ways! I definitely went through a fake maple syrup phase myself but am now all about the real stuff. And I am SUCH a sucker for reality TV!!

  9. This was great… I would need to think about my own 25 things for a bit! I shall post this on my blog soon enough πŸ™‚ And like you and Cait, I have had my share of fake maple syrup in the past.. and still do a bit. Ugh, need to stop this! I also don’t care for iced tea, no thanks!

  10. How fun!!!! Thanks for sharing this! I MUST par-take in this little challenge soon. I need to think of 25 things …

  11. Hey! This is SUCH a great idea. I think you may have started a trend here πŸ™‚ I grew up LOVING Anne of Green Gables… the book & the shows! The photo of that great dane is hilarious! Imagine sharing your bed with that one πŸ™‚

  12. Already did mine πŸ™‚

  13. OH MY GOSHHHh i collect tea cups too. not even kidding. every time my grandparents traveled to europe they would bring me a tea cup from every country! also…. i disappear for a few days and you change sites?? hahaha I love it, it looks great πŸ™‚ i like wordpress way more! oh.. and i’m stealing this idea for tonight’s post because my brain is fried… and i’m good at talking about me

  14. That Great Dane picture is AWESOME. And I love that Outer Space makes you grumpy .Hilarious!

  15. I have way too many comments on this, lol. I wanted to be Anne Shirley too, red hair and all. Outer space makes you grumpy? ha ha ha, that’s awesome. I didn’t even know there WAS a 6 hour pride and prejudice! That is my favorite book of all time.
    I will try to do this, I’m such a lazy blogger lately.

  16. We have SO much in common!!! It’s uncanny. I feel the very same about:

    1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 14 (on the Kenai River in Alaska!), 19 (my horse Mia!), 20 and 25!!

    Here are a few things you dont know about me:

    1. I LOVE Scrabble…..
    2. Someday i will go to the Macy’s Day Parade….That’s my dream!!!
    3. I am crazy about Candy. Most specifically, Candy Corn and Junior Mints, (Brachs candy corn only.)
    4. I am desperately afraid of Robbers….but I’m also afraid of getting hurt. So I’m quite cautious, and try to stay physically fit so I don’t trip, stumble, fall, etc!
    5. God has never failed me. I’ve failed Him, but he’s never failed me.

  17. I’m so happy I found your blog! We have a lot in common! I totally had that same map of the U.S. placemat and i would fight my siblings for it at dinner and try to memorize them! yeah, *nerd alert.* I also am a magazine/trashy tv -aholic. And we totally have a baseball bat by the bed, and I check the doors a million times before going to bed!

  18. oh man i LOVE magazines too….its a serious drives my husband crazy haha. oh and you can definitely qualify for boston in 2 yrs no problemo!!


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