Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ten Day You Challenge: Secrets

Lately I've seen a lot of bloggers participate in this fun looking challenge called the 10 Day You Challenge. I thought it might be an interesting way to share a little bit more about myself with you. You know, in case you're interested.

Day One: Ten Secrets

1. I used to be a chocolate, but now I'm a vanilla. It might just be that I ate so much dang chocolate that I don't have any taste left for it, but nowadays I grab for vanilla nine times out of ten.

2. I don't know if I want kids. It's not that I don't like kids. I have a million nieces and nephews that I adore, but I'm just not quite sure that having one of my own is something I want to do. I'm fortunate that Jim feels the same way. We have talked about it at length and we haven't completely taken the idea off the table, but for right now, we don't feel like there's a hole in our lives where I child should be.

3. I'm a crier. Sad movies, sad books, overly happy moments in either. I fully succumb to the entertainment industry's emotional manipulation tactics. And I'm not ashamed...well, okay, maybe a little.

4. Sometimes I miss sleeping alone. Don't get my wrong, I love sleeping with my husband, but every time I get a knee in the side or turn over to find a hand on my pillow, I miss the days of solitary slumber.

5. I've never smoked. Anything. No cigarettes, no pot, no nothing. I never wanted anything to do with it. I hate the way the smell lingers in your hair and clothes and everywhere you roam you bring a trail of it with you! Ugh. Gag me. Plus, it's really bad for your health.

6. I'm terrified of not having enough money. Maybe it's a result of a being less than well-off as a child, but my fear of not having enough money is ever present. Sometimes I wonder what I'd do if I was free of this fear...

7. I don't want to care what people think, but sometimes I still do.  I grew up with some quite critical, albeit mostly well-intentioned family members and as a result, I'm constantly wondering if I'm doing it right or if what I'm doing is enough. I worry about my appearance, the words I speak, the way I present myself to the world. Sometimes I don't speak because I don't want to be wrong.

8. I have a slight obsession with magazines. I subscribe to, like, ten of them. I don't even know if my husband realizes that! I have photography magazines, health magazines, travel magazines. It might be a problem...

Sorry for the crappy cell phone photo, but check out that mountain! Crazy, right?!

9. I don't really enjoy getting my nails done. I know that kind of makes me less of a woman or something. I like the end result, but I get so bored just sitting there while some woman plays with my toes!

10. I'm a photographer, but I often forget to photograph my own life. It's true. I wish I had more photos of myself and Jim. Often I'll remember to bring the camera and wind up taking photos of more stuff than people. I should work on that.

Well, those are my ten secrets. Care to share one of your own?


  1. So I had 5 really good secrets and then it decided to erase and not post after I hit publish. So try number two!

    1. I've never had my nails professionally done. Ever. Not prom, not fancy dinners never. One of these day's I know I'll get around to having that experience at least once. It'll probably be whenever I get married.

    2. I have a "head" on my dresser. That sounds weird to say but it's true. It was one of those CSI reconstruction ones that they had years ago when it first came out. I'd wanted to be a forensic scientist long before it became the go to thing on TV so my mom got it for me to do as a Christmas present. It had a story and a name to go along with it but after a few moves those have both gotten lost now.

    3. My Head (as I affectionately call it) houses the only pair of Mickey ears I own. I got those on a trip to Disneyland celebrating my "big sis's" bachelorette party. I've been tons of times before and since but those are the only ones I have. Besides the familial calamity that happened that trip I have some amazing memories.

    4. I love to bake! Well, I'm in love with food in general. I love trying new recipes especially if they have sugar in them. I love going out to new places and trying new things. And when my family gets together for dinner my mom's go to recipe for me to make is my homemade whipped cream. Anything homemade almost always tastes better than the store bought stuff.

    5. I hate shopping with a passion. Unless it's for books and then I can get lost in the bookstore for hours. Anything other than that though is just not fun in my book. It goes with the whole nails thing, I'm really not that girly.

    6. I can read lips. I'm not able to do that as well as when I was younger and had to to communicate but I can still pick up the general gist of the conversation. I was always the one of the kids sent to go find out what my parents were trying to plan. (The others were also the ones that got in trouble for that, not me because honestly, that's not something I would do on my own. I would need coercion and even then I would go in and after gaining a some intel for a bit I'd tell my parents why I was there and what I had gathered instead of my siblings. I lived up to my nickname of kill-joy.

    I came up with another one when I was retyping! Thank you for challenging me to think about these things

  2. You've seriously never gotten your nails done? Put it on the list! We're going!