Tuesday, May 9, 2017

20 Facts About Me

Don't you just love randomness? I know I do. So here is a list of 20 random facts about me. If I had to do a list of 40, I'd probably bore you to death. Enjoy!

1. My birth name is Michelle. And a lot of people do call me Michelle. But a lot of people also call me by my nickname, Mara. Mara is a play on my first initial and last name (and I came up with it myself when I was hanging out with a group of people that had more than one Michelle in the group). Throughout this blog, I'll go by Mara.
2. I am the oldest of 9 kids. But it’s because my parents split up after having me and they went their separate ways and had other children with different partners. But… I’m still the oldest of them all.
3. I’m not a cat person. I try and I do love to pet them, but generally, I prefer the adoration that comes from dogs. Scratch that… now that I think about it… I love all animals! I don’t necessarily want to keep all of them in my home, but if I had space, the means and the help (especially the help), I’d probably rescue animals and give them lots of love.
4. I love carbs. I really do. The bad ones, especially. “Cake,” you say? I’ll be right over for a plate!
5. Just recently, because of our tight budget, I’ve discovered what color my natural hair is. Before, I had no clue! I’ve been dying it for so, so many years that I forgot. Turns out, it’s light, dirty brown (which explains why I wanted to color it in the first place).
6. I really love all colors, but my favorite is orange.
7. The first thing I ever sewed were clothes for my barbie doll. They weren’t great in any way, but I was so excited to create with my own hands. I’m sure this is where my lifelong love for crafting started.
8. At one point in my life, I didn’t want any kids. Then I met my husband and I suddenly wanted three. Now, I’d take any that are put in my arms because they are such wonderful creatures. We have even talked about fostering in the future.
9. As a couple, we have never owned a home. We’ve always rented. We’ve moved so much that it just didn’t make sense for us to buy. But we are seriously talking about doing it now that we live in New York because it’s great here (and the prices are good).
10. I am an introvert. But I try to not let it hold me back. Some people can’t even tell that I’m an introvert. I may be nervous about trying new things or meeting new people, but I still do it. However, my introverted self still avoids crowds.

11. So far… I’ve been able to do anything I put my mind to… except knitting. We just aren’t made for each other, knitting and I.
12. I cuss like a sailor. But I do it properly (when the moment calls for an f-bomb) and not in front of grandmas.
13. I’m Hispanic. My mother is American (pale, blonde hair, green eyed) and my father is Mexican (brown everything). And I got some strange mixture of both. My husband is the same. His mother is American and his father is Bolivian. And he got a strange mixture of both. Finally, our children are an even stranger mixture of America/Mexican/Bolivian and they are adorable.
14. In my life, I’ve lived in 8 different states all across the USA. The only timezones I haven’t lived in are the Alaskan and Hawaiian.
15. I used to be in Human Resources. I really loved it, but I don’t know if that is in the future for me. Nonetheless, it was definitely one of the things I was meant to do in life. Sometimes, I even miss it.
16. I have 5 tattoos. And I’d like more. What’s really great about this is people say I “don’t look like the type.” And they are right. So it’s kind of my little secret (despite the fact that I just put it on this blog).
17. I am not a Christian. That might seem like a bold statement to some, but it wasn’t how we were raised; we were raised to decide for ourselves. As an adult, I’ve followed a sort-of Pagan belief system. I attend church at a Unitarian Universalist fellowship. I’ve believed in the Unitarian values my whole life, but only as an adult, did I learn there was a whole religion that matched my beliefs.
18. I’m a zombie fan. And I can truly say that I liked zombies before zombies were cool (you know, like back in the 90s).
19. I pretty much just drink water. I like other things, but it’s rare I order them. Some other favs are lemonade, ginger ale, root beer, and teas.
20. I love nature! The insects, the flowers, the trees, the creatures, the seasons, the cosmos, everything! I am always in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty.

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