50 random facts about me

50 random facts about me

Tag time! I thought it would be fun to tell you 50 random facts about myself. These come in no particular order (that’s why they’re random ;-)).

  1. I spill my food and drinks all the time
  2. I started biting my nails when I was 8 and stopped out of the blue when I was 24.
  3. I can sit on a train and listen to people speak for hours. I won’t listen to what they are saying, but to HOW they are saying things.
  4. I work out at least 4 times a week, but I aim for 6.
  5. I have one crooked toe. It’s the 4th toe on my right foot. Just like my dad. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  6. My mom and I are the same height.
  7. I am 5″ tall.
  8. I have one tattoo and 6 piercings.
  9. I actually have blonde hair and brown eyes, dark eyebrows and dark eyelashes.
  10. I used to catch grasshoppers and lady bugs when I was a kid and kept them in a plastic cookie jar with holes. I actually attempted to keep them alive but never succeeded.
  11. I’m obsessed with polka dot prints on clothes.
  12. My favorite bag is a knock off Louis Vuitton which I bought of a street vendor in New York almost 7 years ago. I hope to one day buy the real thing.
  13. My go to jewelry used to be my grandma’s.
  14. I still have the stuffed sheep that was in my crib when I was a baby.
  15. I am my parents’ oldest child and oldest grandchild to both my grandparents.
  16. I was the first person in my family to go to university.
  17. I signed my housing contract a week after I turned 18 and have been living in the same spot ever since.
  18. I’ve been teaching for 7.5 years.
  19. I don’t watch television.
  20. I’m a thinker and a do-er: I like getting things done, but need my time to dream and ‘be in my head’.
  21. I’m more productive than I am creative.
  22. I like clarity and logic.
  23. Currently I’m obsessed with bright lipstick (still), dresses (still) and button down shirts (again).
  24. My main motivation for being a teacher is so I can help people.
  25. I love meeting new people.
  26. I own almost all Disney Classics.
  27. Lately, I’ve become quite good at throwing things out.
  28. I used to take singing lessons when I was a student. I haven’t sung in years though. I am a much better dancer than singer.
  29. Once the song ‘All I wanna do’ by Sheryl Crow was stuck in my head for 3 months straight. Not a single song ever lasted that long and whenever I hear it I’m still sick of it.
  30. I used to be torn between becoming a teacher or a journalist. I tried both and found out I don’t make a good journalist, but when it comes to teaching I’m a natural.
  31. I am a self made woman. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have paid my way through life ever since I moved out when I was 18. I did get some help from my parents when I was student, but I had to pay for my own rent and all other things pretty much from the start. And I’ve always managed to make ends meet and then some.
  32. My favorite gym class is Body Combat. The moves, the music and the energy just make this class very uplifting and very helpful in trying to steer clear from stress.
  33. I’ve been collecting nail polish since I was 12 years old. I still have some of my old bottles.
  34. I have different outfits for different work out purposes. I will wear something different to dance class than I do to my classes at the gym and even there I have certain pants and shirts that simply work better.
  35. I get bruises in the most random places without knowing how I got them.
  36. I love sour candy. Sour Patch Kids are my favorite, but I don’t know where I can buy them in the Netherlands.
  37. My first concert was Michael Jackson’s History tour when I was 12. I don’t remember much, but I do remember being amazed by the spectacle of the show.
  38. Dancing is my biggest hobby and I’ve been doing it since I was 6 years old. When I was 14 I looked into going into dance academies, but decided against it, because I knew my chances would be slim due to my height.
  39. I have a thing for 50s and 60s Doowop music, Motown, Funk, 70s stadium Rock and 90s R&B.
  40. I have always been experimental with what I wear and how I look. I had a favorite sweater when I was 2, spent my teens in a short spikey hair cut and dungarees, and have dyed my hair many different colors. I like the unpredictable element.
  41. When I graduate this September I will gain my 3rd Master’s degree. I already have a Master’s in Arts (English language & Culture) and a Master’s in Education (including a degree for teaching CLIL and MYP/ IB programmes). This year I will add a Master’s of Philosophy to the mix. I hope to still gain my PhD some time in the future.
  42. My biggest wish is still to live in the USA for an extended period of time. I’ve been wanting that since I was 14.
  43. I am not very good at arts & crafts, but I do know how to crochet and can get creative in the kitchen.
  44. I love experimenting with foods and am bound to try any recipe that sounds interesting. I keep a self-made notebook with recipes which is what I actually use more for cooking than any of my store bought cook books.
  45. People always think I’m younger than I am. I’m sure it’s because I’m so small. Usually they change their minds once they start talking to me. Then they usually think I’m older than I am.
  46. Music is the key to fixing all of my problems. Hearing that one song, discovering that cool new band, or listening to an old favorite can change my mood, help me through things and just generally makes me happy.
  47. In 2008 I traveled through the USA for 30 days all by myself. I went to NYC, DC, LA, Las Vegas and San Fran. I also stopped by Columbus Ohio and Atlantic City New Jersey to meet up with friends.
  48. Sleeping is my favorite thing in the world. I love lazy Sundays where I can sleep in till noon and sit in my PJs all day while munching on big breakfasts and plenty cups of tea.
  49. I’ve known my best friend for more than 12.5 years. We met in high school during Biology class over our mutual love for Backstreet Boys. We don’t see each other that often (once every 2 – 3 months), but when we do, it’s like we saw each other just yesterday. We can talk for hours and still not be done.
  50. I believe that you can do anything, as long as you set your mind to it. As long as you believe in yourself anything is possible. Because really, if you can’t dream it, no one else will do it for you.

That’s it, my 50 random facts. Which one is your favorite? And for those who know me in real life: which ones didn’t you know yet?

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Blog Challenge Day 1: 15 Facts about moi

Blog Challenge Day 1: 15 Facts about moi

Today is the day!! Wait, what day do I hear you think? Well, the day I start my 30 day blog challenge! Today is topic one: 15 facts about me. I’ve tried to make this interesting for everybody, including people who actually know me. I found it hard to come up with 15 facts that NOBODY knows, so I did my best to come up with things not everybody knows. Enjoy the read!

  1. I’m a dreamer, daydreamer to be exact. I’ve been spacing out in the middle of class, conversations, well anything really, since I was a little girl. My moment of peace is when I can just sit at home with a cup of tea while staring off into space with some music playing in the background.
  2. I can’t keep plants. There’s only one plant that so far has lasted, but that even survived an attack by a cat. The rest all died and withered away, usually within the first week I got them.
  3. My biggest fear is heights, but I do ride roller coasters, fun fair rides and have been at the top of the Empire State Building and the Sears Tower. As long as it’s fast and high, or when I don’t have to get up myself and can’t look straight down, I’m good, but don’t ask me to climb a ladder, walk over glass suspended in the air orย  fire escape type iron grid like constructions. Scares the living daylights out of me. In 2007, I ended up needing to go to the first aid stand at Justin Timberlake’s concert, because of some scary beyond belief constructions that I didn’t notice till I was standing on it.
  4. I’m super organized, perhaps over-organized. Some of you know this, some perhaps not. I color coordinate my shirts, socks, pants, etc., have lists for my music, book and DVD collection and once something is in a certain spot, I will always put it back on that spot. The pillows in my couch have to lie in just the right way, and when people move things or ‘mess things up’ I get very antsy.
  5. I hate people who lie. I’m a peaceful person and it takes a lot to get me mad. However, you lie to me, I’m over and done with you.
  6. I own over 70 pairs of shoes. I have EVERYTHING: boots, sneakers (high top or low top), flip flops, heels (in all degrees of high), comfy shoes, neat shoes, pretty shoes. I’m addicted to shoes. There, I said it.
  7. If studying could be a hobby, it would be mine. I love to learn. The more you feed me information the more I’ll try to pick it up. It’s probably why I became a teacher. I loved school as a kid/ teenager. My main reason for switching jobs in 2009: I wasn’t learning anything anymore. I could never do that for the rest of my life!
  8. I fractured my wrist, badly hurt my back AND nearly fractured my knee in the time span of 6 months when I was 9. I’m a complete klutz. I always have bumps and bruises I don’t remember getting and continuously bump into furniture, cupboard, railings and other random objects. Plus I have a tendency of falling out of canoes, of bikes, roller blades, ice skating, etc. Hence, I tend to stay away from any of these activities.
  9. As much as I love music, I’m not big on movies. I’d rather read a book (or stare into space for that matter) than watch a movie. Movies are too time consuming, they screw me up emotionally and I often can’t sleep because I can’t get the movie out of my head. And that doesn’t just go for scary movies.
  10. I love cooking & baking. However, I don’t get to do it too often.That’s one disadvantage of not having a boyfriend/ family. It’s really hard to cook something just for myself and not have anything left. I do invite people over from time to time and for my birthday I always grab the chance to bake some goodies as well. Just a fair warning to my future Mr. Right: be prepared to be fed!
  11. I have an ancient MP3-player. Mine stems from before the IPod Video era. No kidding.ย  I bought it in 2005 and the best part: it still plays like I bought it yesterday! The battery went whack a while ago, but that was easily solved by scouting Ebay and ordering a brand new one, which I installed myself. I’ve been looking into getting a new one for some years now, but I just can’t find anything that is as good/ better than the one I have now. I think I’ll just wait until it fries its hard drive.
  12. My least favorite chores include ironing clothes and drying dishes. That’s why I never do them.
  13. I travel nearly 1.5 hours one way to work every day. For Dutch standards this is very long, mainly because the longest distance you can travel one way within our country is about 3.5 to 4 hours. I always get tons of comments from people, which I always find funny. Dutch people are so used to being able to hop onto their bikes and be at work within 10 minutes, that I sometimes think: there are plenty of places on this planet where people travel 1+ hour to get to work people! Just because we don’t do it, doesn’t mean it’s like this everywhere!
  14. You can wake me up for (good) sushi and Starbucks’ Grande Skinny Non Fat Caramel Machiatto. Plus I have a major sweet tooth. I’m trying to stay away from the sweet stuff though. So far so good!
  15. I love traveling. Places I still want to go to: Boston, Miami, Dublin, Scandinavia, Rome, Athens, Egypt, Japan, Australia & New Zealand. I would love to take a year off of work and book one of those world travel tickets and just go to Asia, Australia and end the trip in LA. I’m thinking of doing something like that when I’m in between jobs once I’m done with my Master’s and I have fulfilled all the demands of the grant I’m receiving. Of course that all depends on how things will go in the next couple of years. But that’s definitely something I’d like to do!

Expect a blog on my favorite song tomorrow!