Five Things You Might Not Know About Me


On Sunday, Anna posted this list of five things about herself. I always love to read five (or more!) random things about people’s lives; I feel like it gives me a little peek behind-the-scenes. So, saddle up, grab a cookie, and enjoy five things you might not know about me:

1. I take a nap almost every day. Call me an infant, but for as long as I can remember (okay, since around the time one is supposed to outgrow daily naps), I’ve continued to nap most afternoons. My teaching schedule means I usually get home before 4PM, which leaves plenty of time for a nap+workout+blogging/paper writing+dinner. I’m one of those babies people that needs 9+ hours of sleep to wake up feeling totally rested, which rarely happens at nighttime (hello pre-6AM alarm!), so I nap like a child. E’ry dang day.

2. I’m scared of the dark. My BIGGEST fear is public speaking, but even writing about that makes me want to vom with anxiety, so I’ll stick to writing about the dark. I think it’s because I don’t like what I can’t see, or maybe it stems from some deep-seated fear of the unknown which I should probably discuss with a professional. I’ve mentioned the girl from the Sixth Sense who lives under my bed,  but I also can’t look in any mirrors if I get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night because THERE COULD BE A GHOST LOOKING BACK AT ME (Bloody Mary? Is that the one?) And if I happen to wake up in the night from a nightmare? Forget it. Lights on, all of ’em.

3. This time last year, Mike and I were in Paris. First of all, I can’t believe an entire year has gone by since we took that magical, wonderous, deliciously glorious trip, but also I can’t believe we even went in the first place. It was one of those perfect once-in-a-lifetime “we are young and wild and free (and gallivanting all over Paris without a care in the world!)” moments. Ahhh, oui. Zee life.

4. One of my favorite [totally random] things to think about is how my life has changed since _______ date. I like to think about it when I’m scheduling my next yearly appointment (what will have changed the next time I walk into this office?), but I also like to think about it in terms of on _______, I had no idea that _______ was going to happen in the coming days/months/years. For example…when I was 17, I had no idea that I was going to be living in Boston as a grown-up, or when I was starting my sophomore year of college, I had no idea I was about to meet the cutest (and most terrific) ginger in all the land! It’s a good reminder to myself that all the daily small things eventually add up to big things (deciding to move to a new apartment, researching a new job, etc.)

5. My parents called me Melly when I was little, and it continues to be one of my most favorite nicknames. Very few people have figured it out, which is why I think it feels so special!

Hey ClairEmily, Mackenzie & Amanda, I’m tagging you!


13 thoughts on “Five Things You Might Not Know About Me

  1. colleen

    i am the exact same when it comes to number 4! when i was 17 i had no idea i’d live in nashville one day, or that i’d live in denmark to study abroad, etc, etc. i like your perspective on it – how it all slowly adds up to something wonderful, even if it takes awhile.

  2. Mackenzie

    oh my god, please bestow me with your napping abilities! i WISH i could nap. i usually just lay down on my stomach, one eye smooshed into my pillow, the other wide open scrolling through instagram. yes, i do this until i realize i’ve spent 45 minutes not napping. sigh. can’t wait to do this, lady! i feel like i got picked first in dodgeball.

  3. Clair

    It was so surprising to me to hear that you are so scared of public speaking! And I’ll stop talking about it right away so as not to induce vomiting.

    And I love that way of thinking about life changes!! It puts things in perspective and helps you realize how much of the things you look forward to (i.e., being a grown up) come to pass in all of these beautiful and unexpected ways.

    I’m totally doing this as soon as I knock off a few other posts. Thanks for the tag!

  4. soanthro

    THISISSOPRECIOUS. Oh I wish I could nap everyday. I sleep so hard at night but I cannot lay down for a nap to save my life! I’m always too anxious about waking up in time for my next commitment. And I too will take any excuse you have to talk about Paris because I am so in love with looking at your photos from that magical trip! Ok imma do this, off to think up interesting things about my silly uninteresting life 🙂

    1. The Sweet Life Post author

      It seriously makes me so happy to hear that someone else enjoys the Paris photos other than me!! 🙂

      And I can’t wait to see what you come up with about your awesome, TOTALLY INTERESTING life!

  5. Mom

    #5 Wow, THAT is something I never knew! Should we continue to call you that, now that the world knows? Publicly revealing your family nickname is quite courageous. Perhaps it will help you overcome your aversion to speaking in public if you imagine your audience thinking of you as (the very informal and comfortable) “Melly” !

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  7. superflute12

    Five facts about me!
    1. I love your website.
    2. I wish I could nap everyday, but it’s nearly impossible tor me to fall asleep during the day.
    3. Catwoman is my favorite superhero since I saw the 2004 version with Halle Berry..and its the only superhero movie I’ve seen…
    4. I typed #3 while wearing a batman shirt oops
    5. A crepe is basically a soggy pancake


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