Hello beautiful people of the interwebz!
Sometimes it completely baffles me to believe that there are people all over the world reading this blog. India. England. China. Australia. Canada. Argentina. WordPress is awesome because it gives me stats on who views my blog, more specifically what countries you guys are from. And almost a year later (can’t believe it has almost been a year since I started this crazy thing!), it still blow my mind. People I will probably never meet in real life are reading my thoughts and feelings. Insane.
And even though I feel like I’ve opened up a lot on my blog, I still feel like some of you don’t have a real sense of who I am. A real sense of who you are reading about, so I’m going to do my best to bring some of that to you. I did a post called Factoids a few months ago with facts about myself, and I thought it was time for another one. Here are some more facts about this crazy person you’ve been reading about!
- I don’t like eating asparagus because of the way it makes my pee smell.
Start this list off with a bang! I never really ate asparagus growing up because my mom doesn’t like it, so we never had it around. But once I got older and tried it, I liked the taste. Then I realized it makes my pee smell like radioactive waste and that’s not a good look. For anyone. Sacrifices must be made, so now I rarely eat asparagus.
- I don’t sleep with a top sheet on my bed.
I’m weird, I know. But I don’t like the feeling of just a thin sheet being the only thing on me, and I also hate how it gets all bunched up at the end of the bed by the end of the week. Call me a diva. Call me lazy. Call me weird. But I just sleep with a comforter and the fitted sheet on my bed. I’m also always hot. ALWAYS. So extra shit on my bed just makes me sweat.
- I have never broken a bone in my life (knock on wood).
I’ve taken some spills and definitely should have broken something by now, but I never have somehow. My mom always says its because I love milk so much and drank so much as a kid (seriously I would go through a half gallon in two days by myself). So I became this mutant calcium kid and that caused me to never break a bone. Let’s hope that I never do because casts on adults just look silly AF.
- I own two electric guitars, but I don’t know how to play them.
As a kid, I was obsessed with Elvis. My grandparents would always play his music and we’d watch his movies on TV. I just thought he was the coolest ever and honestly I just wanted to be him. It wasn’t even like I thought he was cute, I just thought he was so slick and cool. So from a young age I wanted to learn to play the guitar, so I could be just like Elvis. My parents got me a little Yamaha starter kit electric guitar and amp combo for Christmas one year. I tried to learn to play myself, but I think I just caused everyone in my family to have a constant headache. My love for guitar continued though, even though I couldn’t play. As I got older, I kept trying to teach myself and I would master a few chords here and there, but I never stuck with it long enough to actually play anything. One summer when I was at summer camp, I took a guitar class. It helped a lot, but I still wasn’t very good. I still love guitars and think they’re really sexy and cool, but mine just live in a closet at my parent’s house. Maybe I’ll pull them out and try again someday!
- My favorite song of all time is “Where is my Mind?” by The Pixies.
One of my best friends growing up put it on a mix CD she made for me once and the rest was history. I remember just replaying that one song over and over as I drove around town or listened to it in my room. The guitar riff. The vocals. The lyrics. It’s just the best.
- I grew up riding horses and helping my grandpa with work around his farm.
My mom’s mom and dad have lived on a farm since before I was born and they’ve always had cattle and horses and farm dogs running around on their land. I used to love going on trail rides with my grandpa and my sisters. Taking care of the horses, brushing their coats and watching my grandpa braid their manes. I enjoyed doing all the farm work, feeding and herding the cattle. Fixing broken barbed wire fences and bailing hay in the summers. As I’ve gotten older I haven’t really done much of it when I’ve gone to visit. My grandpa still does all of it himself and he’s nearly 75. They’re down to only a few horses and a few head of cattle, and I always wonder what will happen to the farm when they’re gone. It’ll always be a sacred place to me.
- I am really good at making playlists.
And I really enjoy doing it. I will spend hours making a carefully curated playlist until it has all the perfect songs on it. It might seem like a waste of time to some people, but for me it is kind of a craft. Hit me up if you ever need a lit playlist!
- When I was a kid, my mom used to worry I wouldn’t have any friends because I was always reading.
I was that weird kid sitting in the corner with her nose in a book. And I’m damn proud of that! My older sister has always been a social butterfly and very outgoing, so when I wasn’t like that, my mom worried about me making friends. I was also always very good at entertaining myself, whereas my older sister always need to someone else to play with her or read with her. She needed attention and I always tried to avoid attention. As I got into elementary school more, I was still studious, but I made friends. No worries mom! I’m still that independent book worm though.
- In the past 6 years, I’ve traveled to 11 different countries.
I feel closest to myself when I am traveling and experiencing new cultures. Travel just feeds my heart and soul and inspires me in ways I never thought it could. I hope I am always able to travel. If you haven’t traveled much, I can’t recommend it enough, you can find out so much about yourself and the world by traveling. In the past 6 years I’ve been to Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, The United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. I’ll hopefully be marking a few more off in the next few years.
- I enjoy hunting for street art/graffiti in new places.
If you’ve seen my blog’s Instagram, this has been made very clear to you (@sidechickblog). Half of my posts are of dope street murals I’ve come across through all my travels. I love nothing more than to walk the streets of an unfamiliar city and happen upon a really cool piece of art. I love the discovery aspect of it personally. Sometimes you turn a corner and there’s a massive, beautiful mural right there for you to appreciate. Or you look down an alley way and you see a masterpiece where you’d least expect it. It is my favorite part of nearly all of my travels.
- I attended Oklahoma State University for my bachelor’s degree and I’ll be attending George Washington University for my masters degree.
Those of you who don’t know me in real life probably don’t know I went to college in Oklahoma. Oklahoma will always hold a very important piece of my heart because I did a lot of growing there. I became who I am there. My college years were some of the best years of my life thus far, so it’ll always be home in a way. It’s a pretty big school with a bomb football program. It’s in a small town called Stillwater, and it has a real family feel to it. You drive into campus and you just feel like you’re home. Oklahoma is slow as far as progressiveness goes, so I don’t like that part of the state, but it’ll always be important to me. I’ll be attending George Washington University in the fall to start my masters degree and I can’t wait. I have never felt more like I needed to be somewhere than I do with GWU and D.C.
- I don’t have any pets of my own, but I want them ALL.
I seriously have to stop myself from adopting a pet nearly every day. I have cute cuddly thing fever. I am one of those odd people who is a dog and a cat person (we do exist!). I just don’t have the time or schedule to devote to a pet right now and honestly I probably won’t for a few years, which makes me really sad. But I travel far too much and am so busy that it wouldn’t be fair to my pet. For now I just have to love on my friends’ pets and my family’s pets.
- I only remember my dreams once or twice a year.
I don’t really know why. Maybe I’m just a super heavy sleeper. I just don’t really have vivid dreams that I remember when I wake up unless they are really scary or one of my friends is in them. No doubt I’m definitely dreaming, I just don’t ever remember them. Sometimes I kinda wish I did, but I don’t dwell on that too much.
- I have experienced a few small run ins with police that were concerning to me.
I have not endured what many people of color in this country have experienced with law enforcement, that is not at all what I’m claiming. I haven’t been thrown out of my car and beaten, or shot and killed unnecessarily. But I have had some strange happenings where police officers have somewhat crossed the line with me. In high school, a cop cracked one of the back windows of my car and dented one of my doors with his police baton and then proceeded to cuss me out. I was going down a street that had barricades on it that could not be seen from the stop light ahead of it, so he did all of this to get my attention. Which he could have just waved at me for and I would have stopped. And I also had an instance in college where a cop asked me to come sit in his police cruiser in the front seat for a routine speeding stop. He proceeded to accost me about speeding and was creepy toward me. I’m not anti police by any means, I’ve just had some not so great experiences with some police officers.
- Almost every guy I dated prior to coming out, has come out as gay.
Not all of them, but most of the serious ones have come out and are in long term relationships right now. Pretty funny to me now, but at the time of our relationships I kept thinking, “Why can’t we connect?!” Because we aren’t interested in each other whatsoever! That’s why!
- The first concert I ever went to was Chris Daughtry at a rodeo in Dallas.
I was in 8th or 9th grade and my best friend’s parents had a suite at the rodeo through their work so we went with a bunch of friends. We got right up in the front row and man were we living. I remember how excited and adrenaline filled we were after the fact. I’m slightly embarrassed it wasn’t someone more badass than Chris Daughtry, but oh well. It sparked a long and continuous love of concert going and I’ve seen many people more badass than him along the way.
- My favorite Disney movie is The Emperor’s New Groove.
I love it. I love it. I love it. It’s hilarious. I love it.
- I want to start boxing.
I went to a boxing gym with one of my college roommates once and I absolutely loved it. It was hard AF and I was really out of shape, but I loved the intensity and how strong you feel from it. I’m hoping to find an affordable place to start training when I get up to D.C. Hit me up if you have a plug!
- I read tarot.
I’ve only been doing it for about a year and I’m still practicing my reads, just on myself. But I love it! One of my close friends started reading a year or so ago, and he got me into it. It’s not what everyone thinks it is, it isn’t even really fortune telling. It’s not a crock of hooey or a bunch of hoopla. It has validity to it and meaning to it. I haven’t done a read on myself where I feel like it hasn’t expressed how I’m feeling to a tee. It’s been really cool learning how to read and interpret the cards as well. It’s a neat hobby to have.
- I love banana flavored anything.
Some people think it’s gross, but I think it’s delicious. Banana cream pie. Banana pudding. Banana yogurt. Banana Hi-chew. Banana snow cones. Banana Laffy Taffy. I love it all. And I hate grape flavored anything. So get outta here wit alla dat.