Sunday, October 20, 2013

Twitter Fun, Again

A while back, I blogged about how fun it can be to watch the thread of "trending" topics and hashtags on Twitter. I posted some of my tweets and shared some of the other fun tweets I'd seen with amusing topics and hashtags on my timeline.

And now, I'm at it again - this morning I saw that #20ThingsAboutMe was trending, and since I just recently did a post series sharing 50 Random Things About Me, I thought it would be fun to see if I could come up with 20 new things, which I'm sharing here to save you the trouble of searching my twitter page:


What did you think of these 20 things? Do we have any in common? If so, tell me about it in the comments - and if not, leave me a random fact about you! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

50 Random Things About Me, Part 5

Wow, this is it - and let me tell you guys, it was hard to think of fifty random things about myself! I was trying to stay away from too much "favorite" stuff, partly because I didn't want this list to be too generic but also because I have trouble choosing favorites of most things. Granted, there are a few things that are solid favorites for me (sapphire = favorite gemstone), but with most other things (books, movies, music, etc.), I have so many favorites I can't ever choose just one.

Whoops, guess that last bit there makes it fifty-one random things about me, doesn't it? Anyway, since I've done this list in segments, here are the links to the first parts of this series - One, Two, Three, and Four.

Ad now, let's move on with the final ten of:


  1. I have a small (nearly invisible) birthmark on the inside of my right calf. It looks like this.
  2. I can't sleep unless I'm cold. My whole family complains about me turning the a/c down at night, but I can't help it. I literally cannot sleep unless I'm cold enough to need a blanket, which takes a lot because I'm a fairly hot-blooded person.
  3. I also can't sleep or be comfortable if there is anything too close to my face. I will go into a full-on panic, feeling like I can't breathe. For this reason, I can't pull the covers any higher than my shoulders, and if they creep up too far while I sleep it will actually wake me up. The odd part about this is that I'm not generally claustrophobic.
  4. I am not comfortable with big or sudden changes. I like knowing where my life is going and how I'm going to get there. On the other hand ...
  5. I LOVE SURPRISES. This can be gifts, phone calls, unexpected texts that tell me someone is thinking of me, anything. I just love surprises. As long as they're the good kind.
  6. I come from a musically inclined family. My maternal grandmother used to sing, my father used to sing a little, my mother played the violin, my cousin played the flute. And I played the clarinet. To this day, I still miss it - I keep saying one day I'll buy a new clarinet and re-teach myself to play, but I haven't done it yet. I've also tried guitar and piano, but my fingers are too short to play properly.
  7. I love figure skating. Like, LOVE it. It's completely beautiful, totally graceful, and very relaxing to watch. I've never been ice skating though, and probably won't ever ... I'm too afraid of falling and cutting myself on the blades.
  8. My first car was a grey Buick Century; it was so old I can't even remember what year model it was. The frame was bent on the driver's door though, so every time it rained I'd get soaked if I was driving. I couldn't wash it either because of that. The brakes were somehow always bad, there was always something broken or breaking, and it was about 50 Shades of Grey way back in the early 2000's before that became cool. To this day, it'll always be remembered like this.
  9. I tend to connect songs (and sometimes movies) to specific memories and people. Everyone I know has a song that is "theirs" in my mind, and there are a few people who have movies, also.
  10. My first orgasm was while reading a book, sitting in the closet in the middle of the night when I should have been sleeping. It was completely unexpected (there was no touchy-feely stuff, just reading, I promise!) and actually rather frightening at the time since I was very young. I probably shouldn't have been reading lady porn historical romance at that age anyway, and can't imagine giving something like that to either of my kids.

Obviously I'm getting desperate for facts, but I figured since I'm a romance author that one would be alright and fully appropriate. And who knows, maybe that's why I love books so much.

And there you have it:
50 Random Things About Me.

So tell me, do we share any of these "things" in common? Anything else you'd like to know? Questions you'd like to ask now that you've read these? Tell me in the comments!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

50 Random Things About Me, Part 4

For anyone coming late to the game, you can check out the early posts in this series as follows:
Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. That should catch you up for part four of:


  1. I have a tattoo of a boutonniere on the outside of my left calf. There are two flowers -- a rose for my oldest daughter, and a lily for my youngest.
  2. The boutonniere is a cover-up. The tattoo was originally a flower already, but it no longer reflected my personal taste and style. There were also several mistakes in it that have made me hate it since the moment I first looked at the finished product. The cover-up, though, is AMAZING!! I still love it completely, and am thrilled to have found such a talented artist to work on me at Synergy Tattoo.
  3. I hate the word "moist," and I generally refuse to use it to describe anything. To be honest, I'm not even really sure why because the word in itself isn't gross or anything. And it really does describe the perfect cake perfectly ... but no. I hate that word.
  4. I can actually say that music has literally saved my life, and I can say it without exaggeration. Music means the world to me; over the years, it has gotten me through the very hardest moments of my life. I can't go a day without listening to music of some kind.
  5. I was born on a Friday.
  6. I can't choose a favorite Disney movie, but my favorite hunky Disney guy was ... well, I can't choose one of those either.
  7. I would like very much to work with an architect to design my own home someday, to pick and choose what I love and make my space perfectly suit my tastes. And then, I'd love to fill it with simple but beautiful furniture pieces I'll design and build on my own.
  8. In contrast with that dream, I am generally very thrifty. It's sometimes literally painful to me to spend money; it makes my heart ache and my stomach burn and all my insecurities shoot right up to the surface. The thing is, I grew up very very poor - there were periods where there wasn't even enough money to eat, let alone pay bills. Because of this, I'm pretty sure I have an actual phobia about being broke, which is unfortunate for me because I'm usually in a position of struggling to make ends meet ... which means I spend a lot of time overly anxious about money.
  9. When I haven't had enough sleep, I am a horrible person. I'm grouchy and sarcastic and generally a complete @$$hole.
  10. I find the craziest things to be utterly hilarious. One time, I found a thing online that made a joke about the Harry Potter line about Page 394, and I laughed so hard I cried and nearly made myself sick. I tend to be a serious person, but somehow I'm also very easily amused.
...To Be Continued...

I can't even tell you guys how fun it has been to think of these! We've just got one more post to go to finish this series, so I'll see you back here tomorrow. In the meantime, leave a random fact about you in the comments!

Friday, October 11, 2013

50 Random Things About Me, Part 3

For the past few days, I've been having fun thinking of - and listing - 50 random things about myself. I've done the first set of ten things, the second set of ten things, and now today we're on to the next set in this series. I hope you're enjoying getting to learn:


  1. I am FRAGILE. Seriously, handle with care. Because in the spring of 2012, I broke my foot just by walking. I stepped my right foot over a baby gate, then stepped my left foot over - and I ended up somehow breaking the fifth metatarsal of my left foot. Until that point though, I'd never broken anything. Hey, I made it to 28 years old though ...
  2. I have two brothers. One is older, one is younger, and I am almost exactly seven years in the middle.
  3. I'm almost painfully shy in new situations, and because of this I tend to end up accidentally looking standoffish. I've even backed out of doing things or going places because I was so anxious about the idea of being there and interacting with people I didn't know.
  4. When I was really little, I was riding my bike and forgot how to work the brakes. They were the kind where you had to push the pedals backward, and I couldn't remember how to stop. I ended up having to stop by running into a tree and crashing my bike.
  5. I'm more than a little bit OCD. When I hang or fold clothes, they have to be a certain way. If someone else does it for me, I will thank them for their help - but then when they aren't looking, I will almost always quietly redo the job. I also like to keep CD's and DVD's organized alphabetically (so I can find what I'm looking for, of course), and my kitchen cupboards usually look like store shelves with all the cans sorted and stacked and facing forward (also for ease of finding things). Most of this can be passed off as just being organized ... but I do also have an odd thing about even numbers for things like volume and stuff. Example: when I order chicken nuggets and they come in a five-pack, I will give one away instead of eating it.
  6. My dream vacation is a year-long, world-wide cruise. But only if there's a way for me to take my cell phone because ...
  7. I am addicted to my technology. I'm on my cell phone constantly, and I use my bluetooth so much that I literally only take it out of my ear to sleep, shower, or charge it. I've even forgotten I had it on and accidentally worn it into the shower. I cried.
  8. Before I had my oldest daughter, I had my belly button pierced. I had to take it out when I realized that I was pregnant; the change in my body shape was causing the piercing to not heal properly.
  9. I have the strangest dreams sometimes. Once, I dreamed that it was the apocalypse and I was with a bunch of friends, trying to find a place to hide safely from the government. Which might only have been "odd" - until you consider the fact that we were all various characters from My Little Ponies. My cousin Dana (who is also my editor) was Apple Jack.
  10. Speaking of Dana, since she lives in a small (REALLY SMALL) town in a county that's kind of backwoods (and she loves it) but I'm thoroughly a big city girl at heart, we have always had a running joke where she is "Country Mouse" and I am "City Mouse." I love that we have this difference between us, because it gives us balance.

...To Be Continued...

If you're enjoying my facts, tell me one of yours in the comments. I'd love to hear something unique about you!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

50 Random Things About Me, Part 2

Yesterday, this series started with the first ten of fifty random things about me, and today is part two of the post series. If you'd like to read the first post in this series or see where the idea came from, you can check that out here. Today we're starting with #11 in my list of:


  1. I am basically a book hoarder; I have over two hundred books, not counting the ones on my Kindle account. There are so many books in my apartment that I actually don't have proper storage for all of them, so I just have them stacked randomly, wherever I can find room. But I am trying to fix this by reading the books I have and buying the keepers on my Kindle, so that I can get rid of the stacks.
  2. I am a total wrestling fanatic. I watch WWE constantly, and I record the shows on my DVR for later if I don't actually have time to watch it when it's on. This amounts to over 6 hours of wrestling TV a week, and because of this, I don't actually watch a lot of other shows regularly. However, I have never been to a live show - though I'd really love to.
  3. I have full-blooded Native American women in the same place on both sides of my family tree (my grandmothers' grandmothers) - or so I'm told.
  4. I'm short. Like, I'm super, really, really short. Like, five foot two short. Yeah. Short.
  5. I have a total obsession with foreign accents. I'm not always able to recognize the country of origin, so I'd probably not be able to tell where someone is from (unless it's one of the really obvious ones), but I love pretty much all accents -- British, Australian, Irish and Scottish are my favorites, and French and Russian are pretty cool, too.
  6. Speaking of French: I was once fluent in French, but I remember very little of the language today, due to lack of practice.
  7. I'm also morbidly obsessed with historical tragedies like the Holocaust, the sinking of the Titanic, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the USA - for different reasons, obviously.
  8. I was betting on my talent as a writer all the way back in fifth grade. When the year was over and school was letting out, I had bet a boy in my class that I'd be published by sixth grade (cute, huh?). The deal was, if I wasn't published, I owed him $50. But if I did manage to get published, he would have to deal with my ridiculous gloating. And as a bonus, I quite confidently told him that if I won the bet, he wouldn't owe me any money, because I'd obviously be so rich that his money wouldn't matter. Writing this and remembering back then ... it makes me laugh. Kids really do say the darndest things. And honestly, I'd forgotten about this until just recently, when I saw his name on Facebook and learned through the grapevine that he was murdered in September of this year. (RIP Cornell, and may your family see justice served.)
  9. I have a serious yearning for travel, though I have never been able to really travel before. There are so many places I want to go - and things I'd like to see - that I actually have a real Bucket List. It's always a work in progress, but you can actually see it here.
  10. I am SUCH a prude. I can't use "dirty" words, except for with the very few people that I'm very comfortable with. I struggle to talk about bodily functions, even when it's necessary to do so, and I still haven't been able to force myself to teach my kids the anatomically correct names for their more private parts. I know I should, and I know that they need to know. But I just can't seem to do it.

...To Be Continued...

I hope you loved reading these as much as I loved thinking them up - and now, it's your turn. Leave me a comment below to tell me a random thing about you.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

50 Random Things About Me, Part 1

When I did my first personal YouTube video, I went on the hunt for more blog and video ideas - and one of the ideas I really loved was a post (or video) listing 50 random things about myself. There are tons of videos like this on YouTube, so I thought it would be fun to play with it here instead. I can also promise that these things are totally random, even if some of them are a little wordy.

Ready for Random? Here goes ... Part one of:


  1. I am terrified of bugs. I don't mind ladybugs as long as they don't surprise me; I like butterflies but I wouldn't want one landing on me, and I don't mind flies other than to be annoyed by them. But spiders, crickets, and most other little creepy crawlies seriously make me so anxious that I get all nauseous and jittery.
  2. I named my daughters after my favorite flowers. My oldest daughter's second middle name is Rose, and my youngest daughter's first middle name is Lily.
  3. I am totally a dog person. I love most animals, but for a pet, I will almost always go for a dog. Even when I have previously decided otherwise, I will usually revert back and ultimately end up with a dog. I love their loyalty, their protection, and their gentleness with their humans. My connection to dogs is so ingrained that I once took a "What's Your Spirit Animal" quiz, and came up with  ... WOLF. Not exactly a shocker, right? I would actually like to get more familiar with horses someday, though.
  4. I was raised a Christian - and I am a Christian now - but for over a decade in my early youth, I was not a Christian. The years that I spent exploring my spirituality through other religious practices have lead to me being more sure today of what I believe, but a great deal more tolerant of the beliefs of others, too.
  5. I once had my tongue pierced. I was around seventeen when I had it done, and the only reason my mom gave me permission to do it is because I'm afraid of needles; she didn't think I'd have the guts to go through with it. I nearly passed out from the adrenaline rush when it was over, but I loved it while it lasted. I finally took the piercing out earlier this year.
  6. I am really crafty and I love working with my hands. I can knit and crochet reasonably well, I have a decent eye for interior decorating, and I really really love to design and build furniture. I can embroider slowly but decently, and if I had a refresher course, I can cross stitch, too. However, I absolutely cannot sew. I mean, I can go through the motions - but for some reason, my sewing always seems to fall apart.
  7. I have mild heterochromia. Sometimes when you look at me it'll seem like I have blue eyes. Sometimes they seem green or hazel. The truth is, one eye has always been more blue, and the other is more green. However, as I'm getting older, my eyes are both a bit more hazel than they were before.
  8. Honesty is maybe the most important thing in the world to me, especially in any sort of relationship. I can't stand to be lied to, and I will often say things I probably shouldn't say, for the sake of being honest. For this reason, I don't get asked a lot of questions; people are often afraid of what the answer might be.
  9. I am a marathon sneezer. When my allergies act up, I rarely sneeze less than twice, and I have sneezed as many as eight times in a row before. Lucky for the people around me, I have better manners than to just let them rip. I cover my face like a lady, thanks.
  10. I never wear shorts. Ever. I'm not really sure why, but I just don't like them. I don't even own one pair of shorts.
...To Be Continued...

I hope you had fun reading my facts. Now help me have some fun too. Leave me one random fact about YOU in the comments.