10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Me

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I wanted to do something a little more introductory today, to let you guys get to know me better. Plus I just wanted to do something more fun. So here are 10 things most people don’t know about me.

1. I was homeschooled.

So when I was in the fifth grade my parents decided to pull me and my siblings out of public school and start homeschooling us. My parents were pretty conservative (still kind of are) and they were not quite happy with the way the school was being ran. There were stories of kids in my grade who were having sex in the bathrooms or doing other sexual acts, they didn’t like that religion was starting to not be allowed in schools and they didn’t like how kids were being shoved along because of the ‘no child left behind act’. My father was also planning to start a new career, one that would have him traveling all the time so they thought it would be easier if we were homeschooled so we could go visit him whenever we wanted and just take our work with us. I ended up getting my GED when I was 17 and that’s the end of that.

2. I have been married twice.

When I was 16 I started my first job. About a year into it I met my first husband. We dated for two years before tying the knot. I was 19 when we got married and had no idea what I was doing. If someone who was 19 asked me if getting married at that age is a good idea I would not hesitate to say no. It was a shit show to say the least. We were not compatible at all. I wasn’t mature enough to handle something like that and he was so scared of losing me that he held on way too tightly, resulting in pushing me away. His lack of self confidence and controlling attitude literally pushed me away from him. I was not happy and I knew it would only get worse. So I left and it was the best decision I had ever made because now I’m remarried to an amazing man who I love more than anything and he has given me the best babies.

3. My favorite type of music is Bluegrass.

I love music, I mean who doesn’t? I love all kinds of music, but I will say that Bluegrass holds a special place in my heart. I know to some people it just sounds like hillbilly noise but there is a real skill to it. Those musicians are amazingly talented and I admire their dedication to their craft. My Nana was the one who introduced me to Bluegrass and every time I listen to it I get a feeling of home. It warms and soothes my soul. If I ever just need a minute to chill out or get in a better mood I’ll put on Gillian Welch, Punch Brothers, or The SteelDrivers. It’s just my thing.

4. I believe in ghosts.

I love a good ghost story. Any time someone says they’ve had a ghostly experience they have my full attention. I have had a few encounters myself. I have never seen any ghosts, unfortunately but I have experienced a presence. Let me tell you: I used to live in a house that had been built in 1910, it was over a hundred years old so I knew there was some history there. Well the first year we lived there the spirits got stirred up with the new people in the house (us). The first experience I had was pretty creepy. It was around 6:30 in the morning and my husband had already left for work. I was home alone. I was in bed and I turned over, waking up as I did so, and just as I got settled in my new sleeping position I heard as clear as day a man’s voice say, “Good morning.” I turned so fast to see who said it but there was no one in the room. It was so clear and it sounded like he was literally standing at the foot of the bed. I couldn’t go back to sleep after that.

The next experience was the scariest though. Again, it was around 6:30-7:00 in the morning and I was home alone. I woke up to the sound of things being moved around in my kitchen. I looked around my room and noticed all three of my cats were in the room with me so I knew they weren’t making the noise. I listened and I could hear drawers being opened and rifled through and then I heard whispering. It sounded like a woman and she sounded angry. I started shaking. I thought there was a crazy woman in my house trying to steal stuff. I grabbed the only weapon we had in the house, which was my husband’s knife that he kept by the bed and quietly walked to the kitchen. I know, why would I do that? Those dumb white girls in horror movies are based off of real life dumb white girls. Anyway I got into the kitchen and there was no one there. I searched the whole house, turned on every light and opened every door. There was no one there. I guess that particular spirit was looking for something and I must not have had all my things arranged the way she did and she was probably mad that she didn’t know where anything was.

The last experience I had was pretty mild. I walked through my dining room one day and the whole room smelled like cigarette smoke. Neither I nor my husband smoke so that smell should not have been there. When I walked back through a few minutes later it was gone.

5. My go to karaoke song is “Wide Open Spaces” by The Dixie Chicks

I don’t sing karaoke, but if I did it would be “Wide Open Spaces” by The Dixie Chicks.

6. I once owned over $5000 worth of makeup.

How is that possible you ask? I’m just a little obsessed with makeup. But I also did have a bunch of Mary Kay makeup because I used to sell it. So if you add up my personal collection and all my Mary Kay stock I had a lot of freaking makeup. I didn’t make much off the Mary Kay stuff so I stopped selling it. I now have downsized quite a bit on my personal stash. I still have more makeup than one person needs but I’m set for life.

7. My favorite food is seafood.

If I were to be stranded on a deserted island and had to live off of sea creatures for the rest of my life that would be just fine.

8. I have the most common white girl middle name.

It’s Nacole. With an A.

9. I have had 19 jobs since I was 16. 

I am 27 and I have had 19 jobs. I get bored really easily. If I feel like I’ve learned everything there is to learn about the job or it’s not challenging enough or if I just don’t like it anymore I leave. There have been a couple that I stayed at for a while but for some reason or another I stopped working there. Some people would call that flaky I guess but I’m not the kind of person to just settle. If it doesn’t make me happy or if it doesn’t work for me I don’t do it anymore. ‘Nuff said.

10. I’m from Texas.

So this one might be more well known than the others. I’m pretty proud to be from Texas. I live in Oklahoma now so I didn’t wander too far from home. It’s kind of a long story how I ended up in Oklahoma, but that’s a story for another day. All my family, except my mom and stepdad, live in Texas and I miss them all the time. I wish I could visit them more often or that they would visit me at all… It would be nice for my kids and my cousins kids to get to know one another. Maybe one day.

Well this list was harder than I thought it would be. Now you know 10 things about me that not many other people do. I hope you found it interesting.

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