10 Things You Might Not Guess About Me

Since I started at a new school (well, not new, but you know what I mean) and have been meeting a lot of knew people, I've been thinking a lot about how I present myself and what people must think of me when they first meet me. I dress pretty conservatively and I'm pretty reserved when I meet people, which I've found leads people being pretty surprised when I tell them certain things. Things like:

1. I have tattoos.
I only have two - one is on my hip so most people never see it, and the other one is on my wrist, where I wear a watch 95% of the time I'm in public (not because I want to hide it per se, but because I like knowing what time it is). I see it catch people off guard when it peeks out from under my watch.

2. I have piercings.
Unless you catch me on the rare occasion I have my hair pulled back, this isn't something that's readily apparent. I currently have 8 piercings total, but they're all confined to my ears: lobes (3 holes in each), industrial, and tragus. I rarely ever wear anything in my lobes but I always have the industrial and tragus. My parents begged me to take my industrial out for my wedding, so I did, but I still left my tragus in. I had my nose pierced from when I was 18 to 20 also. I miss it and think about getting it repierced but sadly I think I am too old for that shit now.

3. I didn't (totally) take my husband's last name.
My last name is one of the top 5 most common last names in this country, but it's mine and I couldn't bear to give it up when I got married. I also didn't want to not share a last name with my husband, so I hyphenated. It's a pain in the ass if I'm being honest, and I generally just use his/our last name, but I'm not ready to drop mine. We've been married for 4 years and I've thought about changing to just his last name, but even after all this time, it still feels like his last name and not mine, so I can't bring myself to do it.

4. I was a tomboy growing up.
I spent my time outside playing street hockey with the boys in my neighborhood rather than inside playing with dolls. I signed up for every sport my brother signed up for - and then I was the one to stick with it after he quit after one season (except golf...gotta give it to him for being the golf champion). I did karate and played basketball and softball until I graduated from high school. 

(Another thing you might not know about me is that I've always had really great hair)

5. I run marathons.
Okay, if you've been around here for more than .4 seconds, this is not a surprise to you. But I don't think most people look at me and think, "I bet that girl has run 2 marathons/7 half marathons/6 triathlons/ever in her life!"

6. I was a high school teacher.
A lot of people are surprised to find out that not only am I old enough to have graduated from high school, but I actually spent 3 years teaching high school. It ultimately wasn't the career I wanted, but I can't imagine teaching any other grade level.

7. I don't have the "mommy gene".
I have spent a lot of my 20s wondering what's wrong with me since I don't have the inclination to procreate anytime soon, if ever. This generally causes people to look at me like I've spontaneously sprouted a second head. I'm not patiently (or impatiently, as the case may be) waiting to start a family. As far as I'm concerned, Ben and I and the five furry critters we share our home with are a family, thankyouverymuch.

8. I'm the first person in my family to go to/graduate from college.
I'm not sure why but this recently came as a shock to one of my classmates. Maybe it's just not that common in this day and age but no one on either side of my family went to college, let alone graduated, before I did. Technically my cousin and I are tied for first since we graduated the same day. Interestingly enough, we both got language degrees (his is in Spanish, mine is Latin).

9. I've been kicked in the face in a mosh pit.
If I saw me on the street, this is probably not an experience I'd guess that I'd had (you now, if I weren't me...just go with it). I've never voluntarily been in a mosh out but I've been to over 100 concerts and it just so happens that I've been in some and gotten kicked in the face. Shit just happens sometimes.

10. I've had ferrets for 8 years.
They're not everyone's ideal pet, but I think they are adorable. I've had 5 (not all at once; I have 2 now), starting when I adopted my first baby Roxy when I was a sophomore in college. Their little faces are just impossible to say no to.


  1. How funny! I'm pretty new to reading your blog, but I totally wouldn't have guessed most of those! Just goes to show you--there's so much more than meets the eye! :)

  2. Your ferret is adorable! Not going to lie, they sort of scare me but I know it's not logical because I'm sure they're amazing critters. I'm also slightly afraid of cats because they seem way to smart and not as easy to manipulate as my dog. Kuddos to you for stating you don't have the mommy gene. I feel like it's such a faux pas to say, but many people, like myself can relate. It's almost like people think I'm crazy and going to miss out on life without kids. Who knows, maybe one day I'll change my mind but for now, life is good.

    1. I was a little freaked out the first time I met a ferret but it only took like five seconds for me to realize how cute and funny and awesome they are.
      A few months ago I wrote a post on why I don't know if I want kids (http://tracytris.blogspot.com/2014/05/i-dont-know-if-i-want-kids.html). It was so scary to post but I'm glad a did because I found out a lot of other people feel the same way. I'm the same as you as of right now - I honestly have no idea when or if I will decide but for now I know I'm not ready to decide one way or the other. Life is good, indeed!

  3. "A lot of people are surprised to find out that not only am I old enough to have graduated from high school, but I actually spent 3 years teaching high school" Hahaha this cracked me up. I'm hoping that when I'm 35, people will still like I'm 25 and I'll actually like this "but you look so young compliments". I want a tattoo but I don't know of what and I think I would pass out from the pain…but maybe one day!

  4. I can totally picture the mosh pot one but ONLY because I remember your post about all your concerts and know how of an intense fan you are :) haha I also have a very common last name but kept mine after getting married, but also usually just use my husband's for most things anyway! Also, I love wrist tattoos!

  5. I've had my nose pierced since I was 15 and I think about taking it out all the time now that I'm (gulp) 27, but then I wonder if having an empty hole in my nose would be any better. Growing up sucks :( ha

    I'm not in a serious relationship right now so I can't say this with 100% certainty but I'm 99.9% sure that I am going to keep my last name if/when I get married - It's been mine for 27 years now I can't imagine just giving it up!

  6. I want another tattoo and I'm thinking of getting it on my wrist... LOVE that placement!
    I'm definitely hyphenating my name when I get married. Like you said, it's MY name. I'd like to join them... not disregard either.

  7. Love this post! Your ferret is super cute, as are all your wedding photos! {Not in the same way though of course ;)} I'm with you on the mommy gene too; I think we've talked a bit about this before. It does drive me crazy though when I hear someone ask about when a person who is married and childfree is planning to "start a family." What, marriage doesn't fit the standards for "having a family"? Nonsense.

  8. yaya for tattoos I have two of them! Also my mum hyphenated her last name and since my dad only had girls I probably will too! I love that actually :)

  9. I really love these types of posts, you learn so much about people. You are a badass with all those marathons and triathlons!! The older I get the further I feel like I get from having kiddies, I'm not sure what it is but you aren't alone in that. I really wanted a feret when I was younger, they are such funny/cute looking little animals.

  10. love this post! i have 2 tattoos as well, one is on my wrist and i always forget its there lol. i do have the 'make babies gene' but its just delayed right now. i'm young lol. i love my husband's name (our name) and ever since i was little i couldnt wait to get married and change my name (i HATED my last name mainly because it was stupid, and because it was my father's) and omg i have totally gotten kicked in the face in a mosh pit. i've also been squeezed so hard against the barricade thingys that i threw up everywhere and i was 17 and i got kicked out for being drunk (i wasnt) lol

  11. I always love these types of posts and learning more about the girls behind the blogs! My friend had a ferret growing up and it was the cutest.thing.ever. We would put a leash on it and take it for walks around the neighborhood, ha! People looked at us like we were insane, as we probably were!

  12. Your ferret is so cute! This was such a great post to let your readers know who you are :)

  13. Ok, so I wasn't around for this post. It sometimes scares me how similar we are. I have my lobes pierced twice, cartilage/helix/whatever you want to call it twice, both tragus, both rooks, belly button, and my nose. My mom haaaaaates it. Ha. I had originally planned to get an industrial, but my boyfriend at the time went and got his while I was on vacation. I was so mad at him because I couldn't stand the idea of matching piercings. Hahahahaha. Oh man.

    And I've definitely been in my fair share of mosh puts. I got kicked in the face by a crowd surfer at Warped once, and it left the perfectly muddy imprint of his Converse on my face.


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