My 30th Birthday & 30 Things You May Not Know About Me

Well, friends. It happened. Over the weekend, I turned thirty years old. Thirty! Woot. I celebrated by having a night out with my girlfriends, spending some quality time with David and HDawg and... packing. Our big move is this Friday! 

In honor of my big birthday, I though it'd be fun to share with y'all thirty things you may not know about me. Some are fun, some are serious and some are just random. Here goes!

1. I am obsessed with the ridiculous reality TV show Big Brother. Seriously, I get way too excited when it's on like 45 nights a week during the summer. I don't think I'd ever actually participate in the show, but I am definitely a huge fan.

2. Most of the time, I can't stand my hair. I usually love the cut but either I can never style it right or it goes flat in 2.1 seconds after styling it. It drives me crazy!

3. I was an NCAA Division I college swimmer. And had a totally different body back then, too... I was jacked!

4. I am a list maker. To-do lists, grocery lists, long-term lists, I love 'em all.

5. I used to have my eyebrow pierced when I was in college. For real.

6. About 99% of the time, I wear a white tank top under everything I wear. Such a weird habit!

7. I type really, really fast. I won "Quickest Typist" at my high school, actually. Okay that last part is a lie, but it is kind of crazy at how quickly I can type! Vrooooom.

8. I'm always cold. I always have a sweater or jacket with me and keep a space heater in my office at work. 

9. I am so weird about using natural products and eating "whole" foods, but I legit love Taco Bell. Two Double Decker Taco Supremes and a pintos and cheese, please. And Fire sauce. So gross, right?!

10. I'm still pretty anal-retentive but I used to be incredibly OCD about certain things. I think marriage and being a momma has helped me to loosen up!

11. One of my biggest fears in life is raw chicken. We cook it a lot, but I literally obsess over the cleanliness in the kitchen if raw chicken is involved. David caught salmonella a few years ago and it pretty much scarred me for life seeing how sick he got. It terrifies me!

12. If I don't write it down, I won't remember it. I try to blame it on old age (ha) or pregnancy brain, but honestly, I've always been like that. Which is why I carry my planner around 24-7!

13. You guys know I'm an attorney, but I don't think I've ever shared that I practice commercial real estate law. I do a lot of loan and purchase/sale transactions as well as land use law, which is zonings and that kind of thing. So, yes, I'm that girl that oftentimes gets yelled at during local community council meetings as I try to get a piece of land rezoned for my client! Love it.

14. Considering I'm a blogger, I'm pretty awful at technology. If my iPhone breaks, I'm screwed. If I need some coding done on my blog, I have to call a professional. I'm as hopeless as your grandma!

15. While I sometimes wear them out to certain social events, my eyes hate contact lenses. My eyes stay bone dry the entire time I have them in, it's miserable! So you usually see me sporting my sick glasses. And by sick I mean extremely dorky : )

16. I'm kind of a germaphobe. Of course, it got kind of crazy when HDawg was a newborn and has calmed down since then. But I'm definitely that girl who uses hand sanitizer a couple of times after pumping gas and that kind of thing.

17. I don't exercise. It's terrible. After my swimming career ended in college, I was really into running for awhile. Then I just got kind of lazy! I was good about practicing yoga and walking when I was pregnant with H, but we've been so busy lately that I haven't focused on exercise at all. I also had a hard time keeping weight on while I was breastfeeding H, so exercise was not a priority and still is not. It's so bad! Once we get moved and settled, that's first on my agenda.

18. I usually only write with a freshly sharpened No. 2 wooden pencil. Like, the kind you have to sharpen with a pencil sharpener. Ain't nothing wrong with old-school, baby.

19. I've never broken a bone! Or even sprained anything, for that matter.

20. I refuse to learn how to drive a stick shift transmission. I just hate it. What's absolutely crazy is that David's car is a manual transmission! So I literally can't even drive his car because I refuse to learn. I could probably do it in a pinch, but it's definitely not something I'm comfortable with.

21. I'm the oldest of three girls.

22. Unlike a lot of girls, I love to camp! I grew up camping with my family, so it's just sort of one of those things I love to do. There's nothing better than s'mores by the fire or a campfire breakfast. Okay... maybe I just really like camping food?

23. I don't have a favorite food. I am the least picky eater in the world... I really love it all!

24. I actually really like Duck Dynasty. It's hilarious! David watches a ton of stupid guy shows (Fast N Loud? How It's Made? Dual Survivor? Gold Rush?... those are terrible) and this is one that I can actually stand. Slash I sometimes watch it by myself. Just saying.

25. One time in college, I gave my phone number to the Ying Yang Twins. True story. But that's another story for another day.

26. I love hanging around the house in David's old basketball shorts. You may look cute in your little yoga pants, but I am ridiculously comfortable in shorts that come down to my shins.

27. I don't wear a lot of jewelry.

28. I'm a beer and red wine girl. I cannot stand fruity cocktail drinks and very rarely drink liquor. Except for a fantastic extra, extra dirty gin martini. I drink those with the 60+ crowd at the bar.

29. I've never professionally dyed my hair. I dyed it out of a box a few times in college, but haven't touched my color in many years and have certainly never done it professionally. I need to get on that, right? I've always secretly wanted to go strawberry blonde....

30. I'm secretly in love with the fact that I'm surrounded by boys. Between David, HDawg, Tucker and our baby boy bean #2 who will join the motley crew in March, I'm the princess among these men!

So there you have it... thirty things you may not know about me. All in celebration of my thirtieth birthday! What fact surprised you the most?! What fact didn't surprise you (I am sure none of you are surprised I flirted it up with a rap superstar, let's be real)?!


  1. Happy Happy Birthday! Glad you had a great weekend! I turned 30 like 4 weeks after I had Sterling and my 30th birthday was so lame- I made up for on my 31st. Need to know more about the Ying Yang twins for real. and I am a secret taco bell lover- I love a mexican pizza and bean burrito like no other. Also hate sugary drinks. Loved learning more about you friend!

  2. So many things in common it's crazy! Down to D1 sports and not cute yoga pants on wkds. I don't watch big brother, and I always wanted my eyebrow pierced haha. I recently did a twenty thing on my IG and been meaning to post on blog, maybe I'll do that soon!!!

  3. Happy Birthday Michelle! I had to laugh at the raw chicken thing because I am a bit obsessed with that too! I am terrified of food-borne illnesses and I always end up over cooking chicken "just in case"! Love your list! Enjoy being 30, you young thing!

  4. Happy happy birthday! My claim to fame is that I was in a bowling league (when I lived in ATL) with Big Boi from Outkast... funny to me that a) I was in a bowling league, and b) I bowled with a 7-time Grammy winner! I was cool enough to play poker between frames with him, but dorky enough to ask him to sign my bowling shoes! I'm totally with you on the wine/beer/and filthy martini, too!

  5. I, too, am always cold and wear a tank (usually white) under my shirts, even in the summer. Old Navy ribbed tanks are my favorite.

  6. I feel like I just read a list about myself! Haha! So many similarities! Happy birthday! :)

  7. Glad you had a fantastic birthday! Loved reading all the little tidbits.

  8. Hope you had a wonderful 30th!! I'm close behind!! ;) And I loved learning more about fun!! XO

  9. Happy Birthday! So much in common, specifically #'s 6-9!

  10. Happy Birthday! I'm with you about Big Brother! We love that show. This year we had access to After Dark (because of a promo with our cable company) and yes, I recorded it each night and then would watch it the next night after the kids went to bed. Love watching all the game-play!

  11. Our whole family loves Duck Dynasty. My youngest daughter went up to an older man in a store who was wearing a Duck Dynasty shirt and started chatting him up about it. She's a tiny three year old from Africa, and we were in the whitest part of our state. He looked a little surprised to see her, but laughed and laughed as she went on and on and on...

  12. I love love love this post!!! We have so much in wonder I love you so much. ;) Happy happy birthday, beautiful dork girl with virgin hair! xo

  13. Nugget- you better change your bio now!! "Twenty-something" just wont cut it anymore. "30 and beautiful" or "thirty and crushing the world in everything" maybe??

  14. we have even more in common that i knew! i am perpetually cold, eat it all, and red wine for this girl please!

  15. Oo, I'm always cold, too -- AND I think Duck Dynasty is a hoot! But I totally had to LOL at #30! You're so right that you'll be a princess, but when all the "Y Chromosomes" -- as I call them -- get to you, I'm your girl! Happy Bday, friend!
    xo Heidi

  16. Happy Birthday! I totally agree with #11---I really don't like cooking raw chicken either! When recipes call for cooked chicken sometimes I bust out the canned chicken or spring for a rotisserie. I go crazy disenfecting the counters and the sink when cooking it, I really don't like it at all!

  17. This was soooooo fun! We have a lot in common. The eyebrow piercing has thrown me for a major loop, though. Not sure how to go forward with that knowledge ;) Oh, and I will take you down in a speed typing contest any day. Cheers and Happy Birthday to my beer/wine drinking buddy.

  18. Happy birthday, youngin'! I'll be 35 next month. :) I also refuse to learn to drive manual transmission, and had many battles with my husband before be bought a manual transmission car two years ago. I still love my husband, but hate that car! I also have a space heater in my office. :) Hope you have a wonderful birthday with your boys!

  19. Loveee this. You don't need to exercise at all!!! I sort of like to camp as well :)) Hope you had the best birthday!!!!! Love you.

  20. I WANT TO MEET YOU!!!!! I nodded/laughed/spit out my red wine at every single item!! Let's hang out soon so we can drink red wine (well, after you give birth obvs), watch a Duck Dynasty marathon, wash our hands repeatedly, & make lists together. And eyebrow piercing?! I knew you were punk rock/stylin', could just feel it.

    I already wished you a happy birthday on IG but belated happy birthday again!!!


  21. You had me at #23. I can't stand picky eaters! :)


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