1. I hate onions; I really, really hate them. I’m picky in general, but if onions end up in my mouth, I will wretch. <shudder>
2. I made this website. Thanks to Google, my own determination, and the generous help of Benevolent Web Guy, what you see here is 99% designed and orchestrated by me. I can’t say I enjoyed it, but I am proud of it.
3. I hate showering. I actually enjoy the shower, per se. It mostly has to do with the effort required post-shower: the hair-doing, drying, dressing, etc-. I’m just not a fan. What’s the term for that? Hygienically lazy?
4. I’m domestically challenged. I find that to be an asset rather than a disadvantage, at the end of the day. I live in complete fear of unannounced guests and having company at all, ever, is a major ordeal. I hope that someday that’s not the case. You know, when we hire a housekeeper.
5. I’m not an outdoorsy kind of girl. My idea of camping involves plumbing, heat, and an indoor pool.
6. I talk in my sleep. A lot. And it’s mostly freaky nonsense that makes my husband question my sanity. And I swear. A lot. And not just in my sleep.
7. I’m pretty opinionated. While I don’t shy away from giving an honest picture of what my thoughts are, I’ve come around to the fact that delivery means the difference between being heard and being dismissed. Not that I always get the delivery right; I tooootally don’t. Ahem.
8. I was a coxswain on the men’s rowing team in college. Figuring out how to excel at that taught me more than any formal education ever could have. (And no…I did not make a habit of yelling, “Stroke! Stroke! Stroke!”)
9. I’m very competitive. I really don’t like losing. (That happens to be why Josh and I have only ever been bowling once. We didn’t even make it through two full sets…or rounds…or whatever the hell they’re called.)
10. I don’t clean. Anything. Ever. I just…don’t. (See also, “hygienically lazy” and my Twitter handle, @UndomesticAmy.)
Special Bonus Fact #11 [ok, Fact(s)] : In college, I studied philosophy. While that certainly taught me how to reason and think critically, it’s incredibly useless on a resume. After college, I did the working outside the home thing in a few different settings. Ultimately, I resigned from my job 11 days after we found out I was pregnant. I started out as a stay-at-home mom and that’s parlayed itself into work-at-home mom status. The balance is tough, but I wouldn’t trade this time with my daughter for anything. She’s our #1 priority, and that’s working out well for us.
Special Bonus Fact #12: The hubs and I have had a freelance business since 2007. He’s a freelance writer for a variety of magazines and newspapers, and does some corporate freelance work, too. I do social media work for a handful of clients, all of whom I *love*, which makes my job really awesome. You can find us freelancin’ it up at West Freelance Communications.
Super-Special Bonus Fact #13: I’m a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). I didn’t want to breastfeed, didn’t plan on it, and truthfully, have never really enjoyed it. But, with such a vast body of research supporting it, I knew we at least had to try. (Well, that, and a lot of prodding from my husband, who figured the biological norm must be the best way to go.) This experience and knowledge has made me a passionate advocate for moms, babies, breastfeeding, and breastmilk. And, our daughter weaned at around 26 months. Yay boobies!