Thursday, March 10, 2011

15 embarrassing things

I was tagged by Katrina to share 15 embarrassing things about me awhile ago, and I never got around to it. Also, I was also tagged by Linley and Sorren even LONGER ago to do a "7 childhood things" post that I never put up, so I'll just have to combine them, which explains all the super random childhood photos that have nothing to do with anything :)

1. I have a scar right between my eyes from when I was three and fell off the seat in a movie theater and had to get stitches. Wasn't a very smart kid.

2. I have a bad habit where I must get my Google Reader down to 0 unread posts before I go to bed. Sometimes, I have to force myself to leave my phone in the bathroom so I don't lay in bed reading blogs until 2am.

3. I'm tone-deaf and have no musical talents whatsoever. I took piano lessons for a big majority of my childhood and I've forgotten it all, I don't even remember how to read sheet music, and playing with more than one finger at a time? Forget about it. I can't sing either. Music just isn't in my genes.

4. I cry really easily in movies and TV shows. I always have to bring tissues to the movie theatres or else I'll be wiping my tears and snot with greasy popcorn napkins or my sleeves, which is not exactly cool.

5. According to social standards I probably have bad personal hygiene because I don't shower every day. I know, gross, right? But I don't sweat (even when working out, but I do shower after the gym), and I don't stink (I think?), and I don't think I get that dirty doing everyday stuff. I don't mind the act of showering, it's stepping out of the shower into a cold bathroom that I dislike, as well as having wet hair. I like to call it conserving water.

6. People littering or wasting resources really REALLY bugs me. I can't stand it when I see recyclables in the trash can, or when people keep the water running while they're brushing their teeth, or use excessive paper towels. Embarrassing fact: The paper towels I use to dry my hands at work? I take them home with me to wipe up spills on the floor (happens a lot when you have a toddler). Not the restroom paper towels though, those I use to open the door and then throw away. It's not gross when all that's on the paper towel is water.

7. I'm addicted to sugar. My meal is not complete until I have something sweet afterwards. I love candy too much, and don't even get me started about maple bars. YUM. I worked at a candy store for a few years in high school/college and it was the BEST JOB EVER, aka, I got a free pound of candy every week.

8. I'm not very funny. I'm actually pretty awkward in person. I always think of that witty comeback about 20 seconds too late, and then I just don't even bother. My brain works too slow to be funny.

9. I had a really low GPA in college because I took a bunch of hard classes that I hated and did horribly at (Physics? Chem? Math? UGH.) I didn't even bother trying to take any classes in stuff that interested me (graphic design) because I knew the program was competitive and I convinced myself I'd never get in. I graduated with an Econ major because it had the fewest requirements, no competition, and allowed me to graduate on time.

10. I trained to run a full marathon a few years ago, and injured my foot a week before the race. Since I did it with Team in Training and raised all this money, I couldn't NOT run it, so I ended up limping for the entire 26.2 miles, and I was probably 5th from last to finish, they had re-opened all the streets already and there was only a few people left at the finish line. It was probably one of the worst days of my life so far. All I wanted to do was quit, but I couldn't.

11. I'm super messy and unorganized. I have my own office, and the floor is always strewn with my coats, papers, purses, random craft things, shopping bags, and random junk. I can't remember the last time I could see the entire floor of my room. Husband, on the other hand, is a super neat-freak, so the rest of the house is clean and organized. My room makes him cringe.

12. People who use text-speak to write emails/facebook updates/twitter really annoy me. Ok, text messages too. I always spell out everything fully because it really doesn't take that much longer to add a "yo" in front of "u", or type "to" instead of "2". And "ur"?? Don't get me started on that. That's my most hated "word" ever (and it's not even a real word). When you're over, say, 25 years old, you should know better and use proper spelling and grammar, especially in emails... and ESPECIALLY in work-related emails. UGH. that bugs me.

13. I have no rythym. I wanted to try out for the high school drill team, but I couldn't even get the first 5 minutes of the easy routine in try-outs down. Work-out videos or classes where I have to follow dancey steps are embarrassing because I always get them wrong or I'm half a step behind. I was, however, in the after-school jump rope club in 3rd grade and we had to choreograph jump rope routines to Janet Jackson songs. Does that count?

14. I used to be obsessed with changing up my hair pretty frequently. In college, I had a phase where I chemically straightened my hair, then permed it, got highlights, and then chemically straightened it again, all within 10 months. I used to go back and forth between the Japanese thermal straightening and perming so often, but I'm glad to say I haven't chemically altered my hair in more than a year. :) The picture below is when my mom permed our bangs only when we were children. I have no idea why.

15. I'm a pretty boring person, so thinking of 15 things about me was really REALLY difficult. I'm bad at the "random facts" about myself thing because nothing exciting ever happens to me. I should have done "15 random things that bug me" instead. Now that's easy.

...and I tried. I brought my old camera to work today, but then realized that my newer faster memory card is not compatible with old-school models. So, yes, iphone picture again until I find my old memory card.

[tank: Banana Outlet, cardigan: F21, pants: F21, boots: Target]

I've been wanting combat boots forEVER, and was eyeing this pair from Target for awhile, but I saw them in person and the quality of the materials was really poor and they felt super cheap, so I didn't want to pay the full $30. I saw them last week on 50% off for $15, and two stores still had my size left, so I waited a little longer, and picked these babies up yesterday for $7.50. Still unsure of how to style them, but for $7.50, it's totally worth it.


  1. 2, 5, and 12 FOR SURE! I hate the texts with 'u' or '2'. I mean, come on! Do they really not know how to spell it or can't do it or are that lazy!

  2. I agree and feel the same about a lot of your comments!

    I'm also awkward in person, and nothing random ever happens to me. I know exactly how you feel :)

  3. I nodded my head knowingly to about 1/3 of your random facts. Though my mom never permed just my bangs, she just would never leave the perm solution in long enough so what she did was give me frizz. It was awful.

    I picked up and put back a bunch of $7.50 Target shoes yesterday. It was soooo hard to say goodbye (especially to the REAL leather boots) but I have more than enough shoes! Living vicariously through you now. :)


  4. Aww Kimmie I love baby pics! You were so cute! Are you Chinese?! I always thought you were... I don't know, not Chinese for some reason! Thank you for sharing these tidbits. I found them fun and interesting!

  5. This was such a fun post -- love the photos of little you!

    I also use paper towels when I open bathroom doors -- or with my sleeve, whatever's around. I'm such a germaphobe, I wipe down my work computer every morning.

  6. Don't you love great deals like that? Target is awesome! After the holidays I went there and found a cute holiday skirt that was on clearance for $13 and it rang up for less than $7 when I brought it to the surprise ever!! :)

  7. i love these little tidbits about you! a after-school jump rope club sounds pretty awesome. and cute combat boots!

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  8. that whole shower thing is me to a T. When my husband and I first got married he was super grossed out, but after seeing how my skin was crazy dry and how i rarely sweat or stunk he began to cope :)


    I hate when people use 'text-speak' too. My dad's text messages are nearly illegible because he thinks he's being trendy lol.

  10. I loved learning more about you and I love finding out we're even more similar than I previously knew!1, 4, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 15. Although for one I was trying to sneak cookies, pushed myself up on the counter into the cupboard door and hit my part.. soooo caught.

    You are also, an adorable child and so amazing for finishing the the race. That is really amazing. I also love those shoes. If only I could ever find anything that cheap in canada.. so doesn't happen.

  11. aww, look at little you! how cuute :)

  12. Great facts! And I have NO idea how you get all these amazing Target deals....maybe because your Target isn't attached to a mall?

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  13. OK, this post is just way toooo adorbs! I cannot believe you got those boots for that cheap! I've also been wanting a pair forEVER, but just couldn't find a pair I really wanted to buy. $7.50 sounds like a reasonable price (for a cheapskate grad student like me!) I love all your pictures! You looked super cute when you were little! I totally would be considered "gross" too because I don't shower everyday (unless I gym, of course) but I also don't sweat, or if I do, it doesn't smell. . . It's a blessing for the lazy! :)

  14. I'm so glad I'm not the only person who gets really annoyed when people don't spell things out in texts etcetera. I received a text once that was so bad that I had to reply asking them to spell everything out.
    Cute outfit and I love all of the random facts :)


  15. I love how this is the first time i visited your blog, and i already know so much about you. This was both funny and interesting. And the same thing happened with me and target. But instead I got these boots with gold buckles. It was like 5 bucks!

  16. You want to talk about not being a smart kid? I once fell out of a moving car because we were going to Dairy Queen (I think? Had to be something like that...I don't think things through when there's ice cream involved.), and I asked if we were there yet. A family friend was driving, and she said yes, because we were pulling into the parking lot. So I took my seat belt off, opened the door, and jumped out, while we were still driving.

    I win :)

    Also, I am a terrible tweeter, because I HATE abbreviating words or using any sort of text speak.

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  17. Kimmie - these are great! I really enjoyed reading it! Number 6 is my favorite. I thought I was the only obsessive person when it comes to being "green".

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  18. Love it! Thanks for sharing. I'm also of the not-showering-everyday ilk (I have bad eczema and showering everyday washes away the natural moisture, so I use the doctor's orders excuse, but I didn't do it before that either), and I HATE text speak. Sometimes I end up doing it on Twitter just to make things fit, but I hate when I do. Ugh.

  19. So funny! I love the one about recycling! And I really love those boots.

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  21. Thanks for sharing, your baby pictures are adorable! I'm pretty boring too - I commend you for coming up with so many random facts! I hate the text writing as well - sometimes I'm forced to shorten on twitter especially when retweeting but drives me crazy when I have to do it!

  22. Agree with 3 and 6!! I am so not musically talented, it hurts! In elementary school, my teacher used to clap tonewoods together in a rhythm and we had to guess the song... To me, everything sounded the same and I never got it. To this day, I don't. But I would reconize almost any songs by the lyrics. And I can't like a song when I don't like the lyrics ^^ And I am on a mission to get my boyfriend and housemates to separate our trash... We have four cans outside of our house, normal, plastic, organic and paper! Why mix it all up? I even put labels on our trash cans... And I can't stand it when they run the heating and leave the windows open... RAAAH ^^ Ok, I'm talking myself into rage here, LOL!

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  23. I love kid pictures! Thanks for sharing! You were such a cute kid!

  24. OMG Kimmie this was so cute! Thanks for sharing! I'm glad to learn I'm not the only messy girl out there, sometimes I feel like a teenage boy with my clothes and junk strewn all over!

    Have you decided on the date for the blogger meet-up? All but 2 ppl have responded and I think we have about 3 possible dates!

  25. and I are very similar! I had no idea what I wanted to do in college, so I just majored in Econ even though I was HORRIBLE in math. I just got by. I never even thought of getting a degree in design/art since I didn't know anyone in that field. Everybody I knew was an engineer, teaching, or business major! After a few years of working, I finally realized that I wanted to try something in the art field. I quit my job and got a degree in graphic design!

    Omg...I can't believe you limped your way through 26.2 miles. I would've given up! Bravo to you!

  26. did you cut your hair?! love it! either way, you look fabby.

  27. If you're not funny then funny you must be extremely hilarious to the point of making everyone want to pee their pants because you are pretty funny.
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  28. i loved reading these things about you!! and those boots are great. and i am so crazy impressed that you finished that marathon!! no more whining about my dinky little runs anymore!! :)


  29. This is too funny. And thanks for sharing more about you on my questions post! I think we would get along great the more I get to know you. : ) I also think we should enter a pie eating contest or something and beat everyone. There are sweet tooths, and then there is us. ; )

  30. AWWWWW so cute!! Haha I love your pictures. And the "ur" thing is so, so true. "U" also bugs me a lot.

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