10 Random Things About Me

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It’s been awhile since my last personal post on here so I figured one was long overdue–it’s also my birthday, so doing something like this feels right! Julia and Mackenzie (two great blogs I’ve been reading for years, so add them to your list if you haven’t already!) recently shared similar posts so I was inspired to do the same.

This year’s birthday completely snuck up on me–things in the summer always tend to, but somehow I felt it more than usual–but I’m excited to keep eating cake for breakfast all week, celebrate with Chick-Fil-A for lunch (relevant based on #10 below), and have a nice dinner with a few good friends :)

So, here are 10 random things about me, in no particular order:

1. I grew up with a pet Yorkie.

I actually spent most of my early life being terrified of dogs, and one Friday after school in fifth grade, my mom called the house and asked me that, if I had a choice, would I want the calmer of two dogs or the more active one? We’d loosely talked about getting a dog, I think (my parents had a cat who passed away when I was four), but all of a sudden it was actually happening! I said the calm one, and Molly was home two hours later. She passed away last year after a long life (and fully converted me into a dog person!) Wasn’t she cute?

2. I danced competitively for a few years.

This surprises a lot of people because I’m neither graceful nor particularly coordinated, but I danced for years and even competed nationally a couple of times! There was ballet, tap, and jazz very early on and then I switched over to Indian classical dance. After that was more modern Indian dance, and I did two rounds of national competition with a group (we went to Charlotte one year and Vegas the other, LOL). Spring of senior year in college, some friends and I decided to join the modern dance group on campus just for fun and I wish I’d picked it up earlier!

3. I played most mainstream sports besides basketball.

Yeah, I was one of those kids who dabbled in what felt like every sport and was about average in seemingly all of them. Seriously: ice skating, tennis, soccer, volleyball (even played club for a few years!), dance, track, and lacrosse. The only one I was actually good at was lacrosse…other than being decent at dance, pretty bad to wholly average in nearly everything else. This is funny because basketball has always been one of my favorite sports to watch…while I haven’t kept up quite like I used to, I spent my middle and high school years a HUGE Dallas Mavericks fan, listened to the games on the radio my freshman year of college, and had a giant Mavs poster in my dorm room.

4. I’m obsessed with Tex-Mex.

If you’ve met me in real life, chances are Tex-Mex has been mentioned. Other than the obvious elements of being a native of somewhere–friends and family–Tex-Mex is my favorite part of my home state. 9 times out of 10, I’ll get the two enchilada meal (one chicken, one cheese, the cheese with ranchero sauce and the chicken with sour cream sauce) with refried beans + rice. Bonus points for a massive bowl of queso to start.

5. I went to the same school for 12 years.

I attended the same school in Dallas from age 6 to 18, and made some of my lifelong friends. This kind of thing isn’t for everyone, but I loved it and am very grateful that my parents chose that path for my education.

6. I really love pandas.

Pandas are hands down my favorite animal. I’ll start gushing about how cute I think they are so let’s just leave it at that…I fell in love with them at the San Diego zoo when I was really young and have loved them ever since. Lots of people end up texting me and sending me emails when panda-related news breaks, and that makes me so happy.

7. I’ve traveled to India several times.

One of the first questions people tend to ask me after discovering that I’m 100% Indian (you’d be surprised how many don’t realize it at all and assume my ethnicity is some kind of mix) is whether I’ve been to India. I was fortunate to travel there several times before heading off to college, but haven’t had the chance to make a trip since 2008. Hopefully in the next couple of years!

8. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons.

This is a pretty weird thing to hear from a Texan, but I love the colder months. Despite growing up with 100+ degree days for what felt like eternity from June-August, I just don’t deal with heat and humidity well. Just ask my coworkers…I’ll complain like clockwork multiple times a week during the summer, but you won’t hear a peep about the cold! It was only fitting that I ended up going to college in central NY (I went to Colgate!) and loved [almost] everything about our snowy winters.

9. I like to paint, but abstracts or sceneries only.

Yeah…I can’t paint three dimensional things, like at all. But I think abstracts and random outdoor scenes are really fun and relaxing. Weirdly enough, I randomly painted Starry Night twice during high school (I bought and easel and had it in front of the TV for awhile in our den…sorry mom and dad), once on a canvas and once on a thick piece of paper. They actually turned out pretty good! I’ve also dabbled in a couple very simple/abstract canvases but have donated or tossed them. One of these days I’ll do something for our new place but the issue is that I have no rhyme or reason (read: actual skills) so can’t really go in with a plan and expect thing to turn out a certain way.

10. I love fast food.

Another thing that my friends and coworkers learned quickly is that I LOVE fast food. While I try to limit my intake to two or three times a month tops, there are some weeks where it’s like Chick-Fil-A or McDonalds once a week. Luckily I’m getting better at self control, but it’s pretty hard for me to say no to Chick-Fil-A, In-N-Out, McDonalds, or Wendy’s. Funny story: I weirdly didn’t go to McDonalds for like four years and then the summer of 2011, while living and working at Colgate, my housemates and I went there multiple times a week (twice in one day on a particular Sunday). Also, pro tip: Order a McDouble with Mac sauce at McDonald’s. They’ll charge you like 30 cents for the added sauce but it’s cheaper and way less bad for you than a Big Mac. Less filling, too, but perfect with small fries and a small chocolate shake. You’re welcome :)

What’s a random fact (or facts) about you? Anything obscure or funny to share?!


Britt Ryan top (old; actually wore it on my birthday two years ago #awkblogpics)
American Eagle jeans
Steve Madden shoes (currently marked down to $40!)
Tory Burch bag (old)
Warby Parker sunnies
Tissot watch
David Yurman bracelet

Photo by Ashlee

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  1. Ashlee wrote:

    Love this post! So many fun facts I didn’t know! I want to see pictures from those dance days!

    Looking forward to celebrating!!

    Happy Birthday, friend!!


    Posted 7.19.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Haha oh there are many! Can’t wait for this weekend!!

      Posted 7.20.17 Reply
  2. Happy birthday lady!!! (We’re less than a week apart — I’m next Tuesday!) I’m also a fast food fiend. Road trips are the best excuse to indulge :) Hope you have a fun time celebrating. xxx

    Posted 7.19.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      I love it!! Yes to road trips + fast food :) xox!

      Posted 7.20.17 Reply
  3. Erica wrote:

    Ahh, happy birthday! Love this list of random facts. I wouldn’t have pegged you for a dancer either. Fun to learn more about you!

    Posted 7.19.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Thank you so much! Funny, right? You aren’t the only one who says that, haha

      Posted 7.20.17 Reply
  4. Jackie wrote:

    Happy Birthday Monica!

    I hope it’s a good one!

    Posted 7.19.17 Reply
  5. Katie wrote:

    Happy belated birthday! I love these types of posts. And I love fall and winter, too!! I’m soo ready for it, aren’t you?
    { Katie Actually }

    Posted 7.19.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Thank you so much, Katie! SO, so ready, haha.

      Posted 7.20.17 Reply
  6. katie wrote:

    Happy birthday again! I had no idea you were a dancer — so cool! Sounds like it afforded you some great friendships and travel opportunities! Glad we got to celebrate! x

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    Posted 7.22.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Loved celebrating with you!! xox

      Posted 7.24.17 Reply