50 FACTS ABOUT ME

Inspired by @roaringsoftly and @lexie_elyse and @DG This has been hanging out in drafts forever. @DG's post today reminded me and so I hit publish.
  1. 1.
    My given name is Hillary Elaine.
    I went back and forth about changing my last name when I got married. I eventually settled on dropping my given middle name, and making my maiden name my middle name. I still have mixed feelings about this.
  2. 2.
    Psychopaths and sociopaths fascinate me
    I read everything I can about them.
  3. 3.
    Y'all remember biosphere?
    I so badly wanted to live in it, when it was in the news so much. I read everything I could about it. I was fascinated by the idea of living in a self sustaining environment with no outside help or influence.
  4. 4.
    I got Scuba certified when I was 12. I was the youngest person ever in the dive school I attended.
  5. 5.
    I played the piano for 8 years and stopped when I was 16
    I can't remember how to read music and that really bothers me. It's on my list of things to do.
  6. 6.
    Wolves are my favorite animal
    I can't wait to go back to Yellowstone and see wild wolves! The last time I was there, they had just started reintroducing them.
  7. 7.
    I have 3 pretty good sized tattoos and 1 small one
    I still don't regret them. I don't know when or if I'll get more. When you have kids, tattoos are pretty low on the list of things to spend money on.
  8. 8.
    I went to high school in Logan, UT
    It is a super safe place to live. It still gets ranked as one of safest cities every year.
  9. 9.
    My biggest regret is that I didn't get my teaching certification in college
    I majored in history, planned to teach it, but I was tired of being super poor and I was offered a position at a bank that paid what a starting teacher made. So I graduated without the certificate and took the job. I was a bank manager for 8 soul sucking years. It was awful. I still hope to get that certificate one day...
  10. 10.
    I would rather go camping than stay in a 5 star hotel.
    Fancy makes me uncomfortable. I'm in my element in the middle of nowhere.
  11. 11.
    Ive had major clinical depression since I was 12.
    It took me until my early 30's to get stable. That's a long time to live without relief. I sometimes wonder how different my life would be if my parents had recognized the signs early on and got me help in the beginning.
  12. 12.
    I never wanted children
    I have two now, and they are absolutely the best decision I've ever made.
  13. 13.
    I am a sceptic
    I don't believe in ghosts, aliens, astrology or psychics. I regularly question the existence of God. I just don't know. But I go to church and practice Christianity because it feels right to me and makes me a better person. I feel something that I don't know what else to call but God. And that's enough for me.
  14. 14.
    I have a half brother
    I don't know him very well. You know how meth and heroin are destroying small town America? It got my brother. He lives in a small Tennessee town and is currently serving at least a year in prison. I feel bad for him but no worse than I would for anyone else.
  15. 15.
    I've had quite a few family members/acquaintances unfriend me on Facebook (including my sister-in-law and step father-in-law) because they don't like my politics
    I don't ever post anything hate filled or mean things about conservatives, I swear! But the very idea of me being a liberal offends them I guess.πŸ˜‚
  16. 16.
    I don't like to kill bugs (even spiders)
    I make exceptions for mosquitos, flys, and roaches.
  17. 17.
    I had never run a full mile before I turned 33
  18. 18.
    I love to exercise
  19. 19.
    Fall is my favorite time of the year!
    And I wish we had more of one in Houston πŸ˜…
  20. 20.
    I don't like to watch many sad or serious movies anymore
    I use movies mostly for entertainment and fun.
  21. 21.
    I will read sad and serious books though
  22. 22.
    I was born in Georgia and only lived there 5 years
    But both sides of my family are Georgians for generations. Georgia still feels like home and I think it's just in my blood.
  23. 23.
    I am a committed coffee drinker
    I don't handle mornings without it very well. And it's 3 cups minimum.
  24. 24.
    I am super pro vaccination
    It boggles my mind that some parents won't get vaccines for their kids! I have several friends who do them all except for the flu. People die every year from the flu! It's crazy!
  25. 25.
    I'm allergic to pistachios and cashews
  26. 26.
    I've always had a hard time making friends.
    Only in the last couple of years, have I felt like I have enough people.
  27. 27.
    There were a couple of years in my 20's that I basically had no friends at all
    It was the loneliest time of my life and I'm super grateful my life in no way resembles what it once was.
  28. 28.
    I love to cook for people
    And I will love you forever if you compliment my cooking!
  29. 29.
    I'm a beer snob
    I love a good locally brewed IPA
  30. 30.
    I'm not a wine snob
    I like wine red and not too sweet. That's about all I know.
  31. 31.
    I don't like to lie to my children
    So although we do Santa Claus at my house, the next time my 7 year old asks me, I might tell him the truth. πŸ™
  32. 32.
    I hate to fly
    I do it to get places I can't drive, but it's terrifying for me.
  33. 33.
    I've never been to London but I want to go!
    My best friend is from Scotland so at some point we will all go over with her. But it's so expensive and I want my boys to remember it! So we're waiting.
  34. 34.
    I love history
    And I wish people were more interested in the past. It's our collective memory and so important! I'm convinced that if people were more connected to the past, there is no way Trump would be this close to the White House.
  35. 35.
    I don't like crowds except at concerts and movies
    I love to watch a movie with a theater full of people and I love it even more if everyone claps at the end.
  36. 36.
    People watching is one of my favorite things to do.
  37. 37.
    I feel most calm when I'm standing on a beach.
  38. 38.
    This summer will be 20 years since I graduated high school
    And no I won't go to the reunion.
  39. 39.
    I was a secret smoker for 10 years
    The worst part was, when I quit I couldn't really brag to anyone because they never knew I smoked! πŸ˜‚
  40. 40.
    I'm as much of a dog person as I am a cat person.
    I haven't had a cat since I was a teenager though, and I miss having one.
  41. 41.
    I love politics
    I respect that not everyone does, but I don't understand it.
  42. 42.
    My imaginary friend when I was 3 was The Incredible Hulk
  43. 43.
    My least favorite color is this
    I don't know why but it makes me think of illness
  44. 44.
    I hate artificial grape flavor
    The taste reminds me of the dimetapp my mother used to make me take when I was sick.
  45. 45.
    I don't really like to shop
    Except grocery shopping
  46. 46.
    I love trivia and random facts
  47. 47.
    I genuinely like most people I meet. It's rare that I don't like someone.
    But I have 2 people in my life I don't like at all and it bugs me that I have to put up with them!
  48. 48.
    I wish I lived in the desert. High desert, like Santa Fe New Mexico
  49. 49.
    I would love to have a 3rd child. But I'm old now(almost 38) and had two high risk pregnancies so that door is closed.
    We talk about adoption sometimes and would love to do it someday. But it's just someday right now, with no specific plan so I don't know that it will ever happen.
  50. 50.
    I'm excited it's November because that means next month I get to watch the two movies I only watch once a year in December!
    Elf and Love Actually