I’m not sure why, but this week I finally feel like I am crawling out of the thick, overwhelming darkness hovering over my life these past few months.
My mind is clearer. My smile comes easier. I’m more excited than afraid.
My last two blog posts since returning from my blogging sabbatical were upbeat, but a bit heavy. So, I thought today I’d offer you something light and fun. If you’ve been following along on my journey these past two years, you know I am passionate about keeping things real. I tell you all about my victories and failures. My laughter and tears. But, I haven’t ever told you anything random or small.
So, I present to you 15 random things you might not know about me. And you know what I’d love? For you to leave a comment with a fun fact I don’t know about you! Come on, it’ll be fun. Promise.
1.) I love country music. But, I HATED it until my best friend Lana forced me to listen to it All. The. Time. when we were in junior high. Her tactic worked, though, because I’ve been listening ever since.
2.) I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 18 and a cyst ruptured on my ovary. I was working at my lifeguarding job and suddenly became overcome with pain. The doctor thought I had appendicitis until an ultrasound was done. It was a surprise, but actually, a welcome one as the diagnosis explained away a myriad of other irritating symptoms I’d been experiencing for months.
3.) I hate going to concerts if I don’t know the artist or any of the words. I don’t want to stand there and sway to random lyrics. I want to feel it. I want to sing at the top of my lungs.
4.) I was four hours short of minoring in French at Baylor. I would have finished the minor if I didn’t have to leave Waco and move to Dallas to finish Baylor’s nursing program. That being said, it drives me nuts that I only remember a few select words and phrases. I guess they’re (I don’t know who “they” is, btw) right, if you don’t use it, you lose it.
5.) I wish I grew up with horses. I don’t have much to say about this. Just, sometimes I wish we were horse people. Sometimes I wish we weren’t city/suburb people. And by “we” I mean my family. My horse would be my best friend, and we’d ride the many acres of our ranch every day. Okay, moving on.
6.) My biggest fear is being buried alive. I’m pretty claustrophobic, and even thinking about this happening makes me shudder. Has anyone ever seen The Vanishing with Sandra Bullock, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jeff Bridges? Well, if you’re scared of being buried alive, don’t watch it. It’s fucking terrifying. Oh, and this admission is NOT an invitation to come murder me, btw.
7.) My favorite subjects in school were English and History. I didn’t do well in most of the sciences or math. Not sure how that calculated to my becoming a nurse, but we’ll think about that tomorrow. I actually used to get excited about school when it was time to start a new book project.
8.) I read, on average, 5 books per month. I love sweeping romances and heart-pounding mysteries. Women’s fiction, suspense/thrillers, and contemporary romance novels are my go-to. On the other hand, I currently have 6 non-fiction books and memoirs I’ve started and never finished. I’m not proud of this. In fact, it drives me nuts.
9.) I worked at the (large) music festival, Bonnaroo, for three summers during college. It’s located in Manchester, TN and it is nuts. I worked for a catering company, and the job was beyond exhausting, but some of the most fun I’ve ever had. The last summer I spent there, I turned 21 and experienced my first taste of moonshine. My co-workers tucked me into bed an hour later, and work the next day was horrifyingly painful.
10.) I was a swimmer from ages 9 to 18. After my first year, I joined a competitive year-round team in The Woodlands. Until I quit my senior year of high school, I did two-a-day practices six days a week. During the summer, we sometimes swam close to ten miles in a single day. I went through shoulder injuries, attempting to compete with the fatigue of Mono dragging me down, and the soul-crushing task of constantly racing a clock. To this day, I’m still 50-50 on whether the experience was worth it. I learned a lot about myself during these years. I learned a lot about strength and perseverance. But most days I absolutely hated it.
11.) When I was in nursing school, I did a clinical rotation at a large adult hospital in Dallas. One day, I was asked if I’d like to watch a doctor perform a bone marrow biopsy on an elderly patient. I’d never seen one before, so I readily agreed. I’m not sure what happened, but one moment I was fine and the next, I was not. I didn’t realize she would be awake, and I didn’t realize how painful it would be for her. I broke out in a cold sweat and ran from the room. I made it about five steps before throwing up in the hallway outside the patients’ room. To this day, it remains one of the most embarrassing moments of my life.
12.) I have what I call TV ADHD. I am notorious for starting a new show, becoming obsessed with 5 or 6 episodes, and then moving on. I’ve watched a lot of first seasons. I don’t know why it happens. I don’t know why my attention jumps around so neurotically. Sometimes, I really annoy myself.
13.) I quite enjoy the taste of whiskey. I was basic AF in college going from bar to bar ordering vodka tonics with two limes and hating every sip. Shout out to the men in my family who finally had me take a sip of whiskey. Oh, and to my other female whiskey drinkers… own it. I can’t tell you how many girls have said to me, “Wow, kind of manly to drink whiskey, yeah?”
14.) When I was a junior in college, my car was broken into at my apartment complex. They stole my first iPod and about 100 CDs. I was never one to back up my music, and to this day, I still mourn the music I lost. I mean COME ON! I lost all three ‘NSYNC CDs. Buncha thieving dicks.
15.) It’s my dream to live on the water. All I want out of life is to sit on my wrap around porch with a cup of hot coffee, look out at the ocean and write my novels. Le sigh.
There we have it! Fifteen random facts about Kelly.
What’s something I don’t know about you?!
Until next time,