Wednesday, March 18, 2015

31 for 31

As you may or may not know, I had a birthday yesterday (March 17th).  I had a great day spending it with sweet Ellie at one of my nanny houses.  Then we came home and I started making dinner.  I made Irish Soda Bread and Shepherds Pie.  It was raining so luckily Thomas' tennis match got cancelled so he got home early and my Dad came over to join us for dinner.  I was so surprised when Thomas came home because he brought me home a present, he said he read my blog post and got me this!!! Well actually he ordered it so I just have the online receipt for it but still!! I got myself a winner!!

I thought I would share 31 things about me in honor of my 31st birthday.  

1. I'm short and love it. (5' to be exact)
2. I have not broken a bone
3. I have only had one nose bleed
4. I do not have a sense of smell
5. In high school I had an unfortunate experience with a box of hair color and will never color my hair at home again - only the salon for me
6. I LOVE going to the dentist
7. I went to two high schools simultaneously
8. I cheered in High School, Community College and University as well as on a College Level All Star Team
9. I have been riding horses since I was 10
10. I have cut my hair short 4 times in my life and have regretted it every time, long hair from now on!
11. I used to pretend I was a mermaid when I was little by squeezing both legs into one leg of my green leggings and hopped around the house
12. My favorite color is Green, that may or may not have something to do with being a St. Patrick's Day babe
13. I got the worst hangover of my life after my 21st birthday, I was somehow talked into a "Mind Eraser" and a chocolate martini...never again.  I also had a Math Final the day after my 21st and as I was driving to and from school I had to pull over multiple times.  (I was that girl on the side of the road!)
14. I could care less about Professional Sports, please don't talk to me about the Mariners, Seahawks, or any other Major team.  Although I do support the Sounders because Thomas loves them
15. Gardening is one of my passions.  I love growing flowers and making my yard beautiful as well as growing vegetables to eat
16. I played the violin for 10 years
17. I gave up drinking soda for 5 years, and then started dating Thomas and now will drink it on occasion
18. I used to not eat bacon, then I got my head put on straight and eat it all the time
19. My favorite item to order at Jack in the Box are the 2 tacos for $1
20. I was very daring in High School with fashion, I once had a pair of brown cow print pants that were actually furry, lets just forget I ever shared that
21. I attended the same Christian school from pre-K through 12th grade
22. I chose to live in an all girls dormitory for 3 years while in college
23. I have two tattoos and have plans for at least 5 more, you can read about my most recent ink here
24. My first job was working at JCPenney in the Fine Jewelry department.  I was the only Caucasian who worked in my department, all my co-workers were Iranian, Bosnian, or Russian, in the two years I worked there I learned to speak some Farsi but have since forgotten it
25. I took Japanese and Spanish in High School.  I really only remember Spanish, but even that is embarrassing
26. I bought a second horse in college because my mom wouldn't let me bring my first one with me
27. The last two time my family took a trip to an amusement park, I had to get a wheelchair.  The first time was because I was running down the corridor after getting off the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland and fell down the stairs which sprained my ankle, my mom tried to get me a stroller (I was 13 years old) but luckily my brother convinced her to get a wheelchair!  The second time was because we had a beach day the day before and I got sun stroke.  Needless to say my brother and sister were very happy to take advantage of the wheelchair line
28. I can't stand watermelon.  In third grade we had a "watermelon day" where everything was watermelon, from the juice, to the popcorn and then the fruit itself. We had a competition between the other classes for who had the most watermelon seeds and our teacher got a seedless watermelon!!
29. I haven't had a hair cut in over two years, so the other day after a shower I grabbed some scissors and attempted a far so good, but I don't recommend it
30. I have been in my hometown's newspaper two times.  The first was when my mom picked me up from the bus stop with a Pig in the backseat and the second was when we walked our miniature horse to the local coffee shop downtown
31. I had braces for four years and made my orthodontist take them off prematurely because I didn't want to have them in my homecoming picture

♥ Ashley

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  1. So many fun things I never knew about you :) Glad you had a good birthday yesterday!
    XO Kelly

  2. Happy birthday!!! Glad to hear you got to spend it with your two loves!

    I've had that same tote (cognac/aqua) in my Nordstrom shopping cart for over a month now, but still haven't pulled the trigger! What color did you get? Let me know how you like it once it arrives!

    Great list! (My favorite color is green, too!)

  3. #30! LOL.

    Way to go Thomas on the blog reading gift purchasing! Major props!

  4. What a fun idea! I don't know if I could come up with 28 random facts about me for my next birthday. Of course it's in August so maybe if I start the post now....

  5. Aaahhh he read your blog, I always tease Russ that he never reads mine. Glad he knew just what to get you.

    Watermelon day?! That truly is weird!

  6. Loved learning more about you! Happy belated birthday, fellow 5 footer. ;)

  7. What a fun idea!! I found this on the Hump Day Happenings link up and love your blog so far! Happy belated birthday!

  8. Happy Birthday! What an amazing list and I love your tattoo! :)

  9. You love the dentist!? I think you might be the only one! And I used to not eat bacon either and starting liking it a few years ago. I love posts like this, I love knowing people's quirks! Happy Bday!!!

  10. One love that photo of you and Ellie! Now let's get to this - braces for FOUR years?! Oh my dear that's torture! I had two years and it sucked. I don't blame you for wanting them off! I'm not much of a pro sports fan either. I mean I can support my local teams and going to games is fun but that's about it. This was a fun birthday post! ps yay for being short! I kinda love it too 9 only 5'3" here!)

  11. Happy Belated!!!! What a great list! Wait you took Japanese in HS??? All that was ever offered to me was french and spanish. That is amazing!

  12. I'm so glad you had a great birthday! And, what a sneaky husband!! LOVE that tote!! How did you go to TWO high schools at the same time? I am just glad I survived one! Haha!! PS I once turned my hair BLUE at home and will NEVER attempt a self-coloring session cost me $400 to fix it!! ahhhhh

  13. #18 made me laugh. How could you ever dislike bacon?! Haha thanks for joining us for Hump Day Happenings.

  14. Happy Birthday! I love watermelon!!! Girl, you're missing out (according to me;)). I have never broken a bone, either, and I am short, too! I much rather be short than super tall!!!


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♥ Ashley