This post is inspired by my darling friend, Jenn Wang, of Honeydew Blog. I've realized that while I share a little bit about myself in my "About" page, my readers don't know much about me beyond my obsession with interior styling.
LUCKY YOU - that is all about to change! I'm sharing 10 facts, normal or random.
1. I was a "healthy" baby
My brother and I were born at the same hospital my grandma had my mom in. My mom and dad wanted both Jeff's and my gender to be surprises, so when I arrived into this world the doctor announced, "she's beautiful!" My dad, however, chose a different adjective: "whoa, she's HUGE!"
Here is my first baby photo in the hospital at a whopping 9 pounds 8 ounces.
2. My mom cloned me
Not actually, but we do look pretty dang alike. As a 90s kid, I attended "Bring Your Daughter To Work Day" every year, and I was constantly told how much I looked like her. Apparently by the time I was 4, I had heard enough about our resemblance, because when someone told me, "you look JUST like your mom," I rolled my eyes and said, "that's what EVERYONE tells me."
I have weird phrases that make their way into everyday conversation probably too often. "That's bananas," and "1000%" and "holy guacamole" and "thank peaches" are just a few (I'm noticing a food theme.... weird). I also ask for a "slice of gum" for some reason. I don't know where 99% of these stemmed from, but my best friend said she finds herself saying them too on occasion, and I have had older colleagues ask, "is that a generational thing or a Rachel thing?" My B!
4. I've flown a plane
Okay.... I didn't exactly FLY it, but I steered it! In 2014, I traveled to Chile for work and then took an extra week to visit Torres del Paine and Santiago. My friend in Santiago has a small plane, so he took my flying and let me take over for a while (he is wayyyy too trusting).
5. Maps are my jam
Google Maps is potentially the greatest thing ever created, and I have lost hours of my life just exploring the globe. It's actually ridiculous. I once spent several hours zooming in on Abuja, Nigeria, and even found a golf course and then went to their website and for some reason checked their menu because I was curious what types of food they would serve. If you have seen the movie Lion, that is basically what I do for fun sometimes, but not in pursuit of finding my long-lost family. If you haven't seen Lion, RENT IT, YOU LOON. It is sensational, but note I cried a popcorn bucket during the film (see #10).
6. Big family for the win
I have one biological brother, 3 stepbrothers, and a stepsister. My step-siblings have been in my life since I was 6, so they are like blood to me. My family is huge, and I'm convinced I have the greatest one of all time. We are super close and have what feels like 18,000 different text message thread variations (their are 14 of us including significant others on one side). Sometimes when I tell people my parents are divorced, they say "oh that's too bad" or something along those lines, but it was probably the greatest blessing of my life.
7. My art is buried underneath a school
When I was in first grade, my elementary school was turning 30. To celebrate, every student participated in a school-wide art contest, where we were asked to create a piece of art that represented our school. Some people drew cheesy pictures of students holding hands, or playing on the playground, but I took the contest very literally and drew the school itself. If you know me, then you know I am highly detail-oriented, and my first grade self was no different. I sat and drew every brick, flowers in the bushes, and even drew in stars on the flag. I still remember when the principal announced the winners over the intercom, and I heard my name called as the 1st grade winner. They put all of the winning pieces in a time capsule under the cafeteria, and said that we will be invited back for the 60-year anniversary to have it reopened. The dramatic headline got you, didn't it?
8. I met the love of my life at a concert
In May 2014, I visited my childhood best friend in KC after she moved there for work. The main reason I picked that weekend was because one of my favorite bands was playing a free concert that Friday night. Little did I know, but Jonas was in the group we went to the concert with. He and I hit it off, and have talked every single day since. It was the greatest chance meeting of my life.
9. My diet is annoying
When I was 17, I saw a PETA video while getting lunch at the student union at the University of Minnesota. It was scarring and repulsive, so I decided to give up meat for Lent the week following. I now only eat chicken and seafood, which is really obnoxious because I am not a vegetarian or a pescatarian, so I pretty much just confuse people constantly. The great thing is: I've become the **KWEEN** of side dishes to try and not burden hosts with my odd choices. I hate explaining it, so I usually just say it is a health preference.
10. I cry a LOT
I'd like to say it is because I have a big heart, but I'm a huge sap and cry at everything, with my greatest weakness being elderly people. If I see a cute old man (especially alone), my eyeballs suddenly turn into Niagara Falls. My tear ducts are apparently hyperactive, and the worst part is: if I cry heavily (like from watching Up), my eyelids swell really badly and I look like an Avatar. I recently cried really hard and described my eyelids as "frog bellies" to my best friend. She replied, "how the hell do you know what a frog belly feels like?" Good question, Kirst, good question.
Anyways - that is a little bit more about me. I hope you enjoyed some big and little details on my life!