Happy Monday everyone! This past Friday, I celebrated my 21st birthday surrounded by my closest friends and family! The weekend was filled with exquisite dining, excessive celebrations, and the perfect company!
Friday, I spent the afternoon shopping and dining with my boyfriend, which was followed by a night on the town with my closest friends at The Bull’s Head Tavern and Insta-worthy pictures! On Saturday, we celebrated the conclusion of Grand Valley’s Homecoming Week with tailgating and the football game, and dinner at Grand Rapids Brewing Company with high school friends. The weekend ended with a visit by out-of-town family and exploring the city of Holland – highlights included lunch at 8th Street Grille, a visit to the new Cherry Republic store, and shopping at the local boutiques.
I am extremely grateful for all of those who called, messaged, and took part in my birthday festivities – there is no other way that I could have imagined spending my birthday would have than being surrounded by loved ones!
In celebration with all of you, I thought it would be fun share 21 things that you ~probably~ don’t know about me!
1. I am left handed.
That’s right – go lefties! Not only are some of the most famous celebrities left handed or the fact we have our own holiday (Left Handers Day on August 13th), but left handed people tend to be smarter based on IQ tests and more artistic! (I can’t vouch those for every left handed person, but they seem applicable to me!)
2. I was in marching band.
“I’M IN MARCHING BAND AND I’M PROUD!” – Said Caroline never. While having been apart of this high school extracurricular or sport, as some may call it, for four years, I have the upmost respect for those who thrive on its activities. However, I will admit that it isn’t for everyone, including me – considering my lack of attendance and music ability to this day. Fortunately, I can thank my four years of marching for my best friends, boyfriend, and some of the best memories in my high school career.
3. I classify shopping as one of my “special skills.”
Can I list this on a resume? Asking for a friend…
4. I do not eat vegetables.
Period. End of Story.
5. I never lost a tooth naturally – they were all pulled.
True story. The whole ideal “losing your teeth” fairytale was quickly ruined in my childhood. I’m still as to unsure why I couldn’t naturally lose a tooth; my best guess…I was too scared to pull it out – but I did try notably. So the failure to lose them naturally and the timing of my dentist appointments was disastrous. It should also be noted that to this day I hate needles/shots, so when my younger self found out that in order for the dentist to yank ‘em out a shot in the mouth was required, everything hit the fan. And quite frankly I’m still traumatized today.
6. I can’t crack my back.
This isn’t because I physically can’t, it is because I cannot stand the sound of cracking bones. There is nothing that sends shivers down my spine than the sound of cracking; I can not bear to listen to it from someone else, let alone myself. Rarely, if my fingers are really tight/crampy, I’ll quick crack them – but not without my ears instantly regretting the decision.
7. I grew up on a farm.
Before the times of this modern day city girl, I was raised on a recreational farm in Charlotte, Michigan. I grew up around cornfields and animals – including chickens, horses, and pigs (so, by default your stereotypical farm chores were a part of my daily routine). I accredit my note-worthy childhood to growing up in a home that inspired me to adventure and be outdoors and taught me the importance of hard work and responsibility.
8. I could ~probably~ eat ice cream every single day.
Honestly, I could ~probably~ eat a lot of things every single day, including pizza, puppy chow, and granola bars; but ice cream is something I couldn’t live without. Not only does it come in the largest amount of flavors I have seen to date, it is also delicious at any time of any day – yes, I eat ice cream in the winter.
9. I’m slightly OCD about the way my bed is made and how the pillows are arranged.
There is rarely anything more satisfying to me than when my bedsheets are freshly washed and put on my bed and my pillows are arranged in the perfect pattern. Ironically though, this is a rare occurrence; I have never been one to make my bed in the morning, or anytime during the day for that matter. However, when I’m feeling really “put together” in life, or I just want to clean, my OCD begins with perfecting my bedding arrangements.
10. I’ve been to Europe.
The summer before my senior year of high school, I was fortunate enough to have been able to travel across Europe with my high school marching band and perform at various music venues throughout the continent. Places visited included France, Sweden, and Germany and included iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House.
11. I want to live in a big city when I’m older.
All of my life I grew up in a small city – both DeWitt and Charlotte. Between my leisure and business travels, and my university’s location in downtown Grand Rapids, I quickly learned that the “city-life” was something that I wanted to live. Whether it be NYC, Chicago, L.A. or Dallas, the hustle and bustle atmosphere and modern landscape environment excites my inner city dweller aspirations.
12. My favorite color is black.
I love to wear it, decorate with it, and accessorize with it! When people ask, it usually isn’t the most traditional response, but the simplicity and classicism of the color is what makes it my favorite. It universally goes with everything including my wardrobe and decorating style, so its darkness does not deter me.
13. I don’t play card games.
Yes, unfortunately this is very true – no blackjack, euchre, or poker for me. In fact the only real “card” game that I can manage to play is “Go Fish” or “Uno.”
14. I’ve watched all of the Star Wars movies.
Now don’t get me wrong – Star Wars is an all-time classic, but that does not mean that I am a Star Wars fan. In fact, this was on my 2015 “Summer Bucket List” with my significant other (guess who initially thought of it – him) and I have never been one to shy away from accomplishing bucket list activities, regardless of my like/dislike for them. One can appreciate the significance of the films in cinematic history, but they are not something I plan on re-watching anytime soon.
15. My least favorite area of study is accounting.
Luckily *sarcasm*, all HTM students are required to take two accounting classes in pursuit of their degree. And while I have no intentions of ever being an accountant, I am thankful for the courageous individuals that specialize in the profession so I don’t have too.
16. I LOVE scary movies.
Now, this one may be a little deceiving; I LOVE scary movies and enjoy watching them, BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t have a blanket wrapped around me or my face is nestled into someone’s arm. I live for those adrenaline rushes and thankfully I can get one from a well written scary movie every now and again.
17. I could blow my life savings at Target and TJ Maxx.
If heaven was here on Earth, than it would be located at Target and TJ Maxx. From handbags to shoes, to beauty items and home decor, these stores are the perfect one-stop shopping spots any day of the week. And those red ~clearance~ tags? I get an adrenaline rush every time.
18. I make the best fried rice.
I do not consider myself talented in the kitchen; I actually believe that I am a terrible cook with a toast, mac n’ cheese, and pizza roll limited skill level. However, this summer, in a desperate attempt to curve my Panda Express addiction, I learned that I can make a pretty delicious bowl of my own fried rice.
19. My childhood dream job was a veterinarian.
I have always been a huge animal lover and my greatest aspiration as a child was helping to heal our furry friends. Unfortunately in 6th grade biology class, while dissecting a frog, I learned that I cannot stomach blood and organs without passing out or getting queasy; so, my dream to become a vet quickly had a reality check.
20. I love to read.
Unfortunately I do not have a lot of free time for this activity during the academic year, but enjoy reading various material when traveling and on break. Favorite works include The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, The Good Girl, Looking for Alaska, and Don’t You Cry. My “to-read” list includes All the Missing Girls, The Couple Next Door, and Turtles All the Way Down.
21. I don’t drink coffee.
That is right, despite posting multiple pictures of Starbucks cups, there will never be coffee in those shots. Instead, I gravitate towards a warm hot chocolate with French vanilla creamer added, or altogether go with a cold “Pink Drink” or Frappuccino.