Top Ten Things You May Not Know About Me

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Anyone who follows my blog knows at least three things about me. One, that I am an avid reader. Two, that I absolutely adore my puppies, and three, I am obsessed with Kasie West. But there are a few other facts I'd like to share with you that you might not know about me! There have been a lot of top ten posts going up lately like the ones on Books, Bones, & Buffy and Finding Bliss in Books! It looked like so much fun that I thought I would give it a try, and trying to come up with ten random facts is extremely hard, in case you were wondering! Here they are though:

1. I am a Carnie. 
Haha, got ya! This is kind of an inside joke between my dad and I. My family owns an inflatable rental company, and we rent out moon bounces and obstacle courses, etc. to birthday parties and other events. Not actual carnivals though! 

(My best friend and I in our sumo suits!)

2. I used to play roller derby.
I played for about half the year last year, and it was so much fun! I miss it a lot, but there started to be a lot of drama, and I just don't like drama one bit so I quit. Maybe I'll start up again one day. I still love skating so much. I skate nearly every day when the weather permits it! 

(Oh, another fun fact.. the track that my friend and I (on the right) are on was the same exact track used in the movie Whip It with Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore... Pretty cool, huh?)

3. I am a big prankster.
I LOVE to pull pranks on people. For Christmas last year, I gave my sister a fake scratch off ticket for $10,000. She totally bought it, and cried. Yeah, I felt pretty bad about that one, but it was still funny. Hmm, my mom gets a lot of pranks pulled on her. I've put blood oranges in her bag of regular oranges and she freaked out. My mom also runs a home daycare, so after all the daycare kids left, I put a fake turd on the toilet seat and waited for her to find it. Now that prank was just priceless!!

4. I used to show sheep in the FFA.
Yes, sheep. I have had ten different sheep all throughout high school. I was very active in my Future Farmer's of America chapter. I even served as an officer one year. I really miss having sheep! I raised most of them from the time they were born, and they are SO cute as babies! FFA was a great experience, and I loved every minute of it.

(Me and my favorite lamb of all time, Rowe in 2009)

5. I am a total homebody.
I would rather stay home than do pretty much anything. I am a complete invert. Some people think it's weird that I love to stay home and read or watch movies than go out and party, but that's just who I am.

6. My dad and I restored a 68' Camaro.
This car was a big pile of rust when we got it, but we worked hard, and this car is our baby now! Internet, meet Serenity!

7. I've never had a Valentine or New Year's Eve kiss.
and I'm a week shy of turning 23, but I couldn't care less. Boys have cooties as far as I'm concerned!

8. I've lost over 50 lbs two different times in my life.
(This is a before and after picture from the last time! I've kept the weight off for two years now, and plan on keeping it off until the day I die!)

9. I survived the two world's largest tornadoes EVER last year.
The first one was in May, and my dad and I were just getting out of the Warren theatre in Moore, OK from watching Star Trek: Into Darkness about ten minutes before it hit that theatre. We literally were just miles away from it, racing home. We could see the tornado through the windshield. I thought it was the scariest moment of my entire life at the time.

(This is the theatre we had just left minutes before after the tornado hit.)

Then, a few weeks later, I was stood corrected. The World's Biggest Tornado Ever, which was more than double the size of the tornado they had just deemed the same, was on a fast track straight to my house. It kept switching directions, and at one point in the evening, it was planned to go just south of my house so we decided to stay home, even though we don't have a shelter (and houses in Oklahoma don't have basements, either). At this point, I was extremely drunk, and here's a picture to prove it with the storm directly behind us.

(From left to right: My Aunt, Cousin, Cousin-in-law, Me, and Mom) 

Then, the monster switched back on course to my house, ripping up everything in sight. Imagine tornado sirens constantly screaming and then a distant rumbling in the background. It almost sounds like thunder, but it never ends. That's the sound of a tornado barreling down on you. We loaded up a few meager belongings, and our pets, and drove south. It was absolutely the most terrifying night of my life. Tornadoes started dropping from the sky all around us so fast that the meteorologists couldn't keep up. Stuff was flying through the air in front of us, all kinds of debris. I couldn't even look out the window, because I was bawling. We all thought we would have nothing left to come home to. No house to call home anymore. We survived though, and I have never felt more relieved than the moment we turned on our street and saw our house still standing. We had lucked out. Turns out, the main tornado of the night had lifted just a few miles from our house, and then dropped back down after it passed over. Crazy, huh? Our guardian angels were definitely watching us both those nights.

(This is a picture of the track of the tornado. My house is exactly where it says Yukon.)

10. I am very artistic.
But I don't really tell anyone about it. Most of the people that know me would be surprised to learn this about me. I love to paint and draw.

(This is a pair of Toms I painted!)

(This is a portrait of my best friends on their wedding day. I drew it for their gift.) 

So now that I've shared mine with you, what are some random facts about you?
Let me know in the comments, or leave a link to your random facts post!

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  1. Wow, that about the tornadoes is so damned scary!! So glad to hear you all are ok and your house was on good shape!

    I also made a post, with 20 random facts about me!

    1. I've lived in OK my whole life so tornadoes are pretty common but I swear this was the scariest experience I've ever had with them! How in the world did you come up with 20, girl?! I'm going to check it out now! :)

  2. Tornadoes are so scary. I love the Toms that you painted, and your drawing is really good too.

    1. They are terrifying! I mean, I'm sorta used to them, because I've lived in Oklahoma my whole life, but when they get close to you and you are running from them in a vehicle...yeah, don't do that. BAD IDEA. Thanks Jenna!! That's so sweet of you! I'm glad you liked them! :)

  3. Awesome post, Becca! I can't believe your tornado stories! I have never been through anything like that, although living in California I have been through one bad earthquake, but it only broke lots of things in my apartment, and I didn't have to move or anything like that (although it was super scary!) And your sheep!!! Oh can I just say I am jealous. I love that you actually had sheep! What an adorable picture. And I love your art! You are so lucky, I wish I had that kind of talent:) Thanks so much for visiting my Top Ten Things About Me!

    1. I have lots of them! But these were two of the craziest! All within a week of each other! Scariest experience of my life, hands-down!! Oh my! We just started experiencing earthquakes for the first time here in Oklahoma, and wow! It is a crazy feeling. The first time it happened, I thought I was going nuts, but the biggest we've had was just a little over 4.0 on the scale, I believe. It is scary!! Haha I miss my sheep so much! I want another one so bad, but they are a lot of work! Thank you Tammy! It's taken a lot of practice and time to refine my skills to what they are. I didn't start out this good, that's for sure!! Thanks for visiting mine!! :)

  4. I love these types of posts. They are always so fun and interesting. I love that you guys do inflatable bounce houses. My friend would die to have one on her birthday. And that tornado looks so scary! I live in CA so people always tell me they are afraid of earthquakes, but I am way more afraid of tornadoes.

    1. I know, right!! Haha it is such hard work, but I love every minute of it! Yeah, I'm more afraid of tornadoes myself. We just started having a lot of earthquakes here, but nothing too crazy. I think the highest was a 4 on the scale. It was crazy the first time I felt one! Bc earthquakes are not the norm here, but they are quickly becoming normal! Thanks for visiting!! :)

  5. It was so interesting (and amazing!) to find out so much more about you! The drawing you did was incredible! I was thinking of doing a post like this, but yours is so much more interesting than my life, haha :)
    -Becca xo

    1. Aw thanks Becca! Whatever!! I'm sure you're post would be interesting! I mean, I would find it interesting at least, bc I love these types of posts and learning more about people!! MAKE ONE, BECCA!!!!! Feel the pressure yet? ;)

  6. Such a great post! I always love learning about the people doing the blogging. And these are such great stories, especially about the tornadoes. I live in NJ, and the craziest weather we usually get are blizzards. I don't know how I would have reacted to a tornado. And congrats on losing those 50 pounds! I just lost 52 pounds over the past year-and-a-half, and I now what a struggle it is to lose the weight and keep it off. So I wish you lots of luck and success.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT! :)

    Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

    1. Aw thank you Ashling!! I love these posts too! It's such a great way to learn more about fellow bloggers! Yeah, here in Oklahoma we tend to get a lot of weather extremes, but I've only been through a handful of blizzards. It is extremely hard to keep weight off, and just to get it off in the first place! Congrats to you as well!! Thanks for stopping by, girly!! :)


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