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25 Fairly Random Tidbits About My Existence

I'm the one on the left.

I know what you’re thinking, “Who is this lady and who decided to give her a blog? All she’s talked about so far is pantyhose and sex in movies!” Believe me, I’m just as surprised as you are. I started my own blog, moosh in indy, back in 2006 as a lazy way to keep my family updated on my kid when we moved from Utah to Indiana for my husband to attend law school. (Yes, I am a Mormon, no, I don’t have any sister wives, and yes, I am quite happy, thank you for asking.) In 2008, I attended my first blogging conference in Chicago and it was like being in a swanky hotel with 800 women who were (mostly) just like me. Girl crushes swarmed around me like tweens to Bieber.

I’ve always been unintentionally honest on my own blog. I don’t know any other way to be. No sense in hiding or lying about the ugly stuff if it’s what makes me tick. Some of my post popular posts revolve around depression, infertility and photography. When it came time to introduce myself to some of you who may not be familiar with me, I had a hard time trying to figure out what I could tell you about myself that would actually be interesting. Then again I’m still convinced the only person who reads anything I write is that one weird guy from high school, so trying to come up with 25 things I haven’t already admitted to on my own blog proved to be a wee bit challenging.

I want you to like me, I really do. But after six years on the Internet, I’m well aware that it simply isn’t possible to have everyone like me. My biggest wish has always been that we’d all realize that we are all far more alike than we are different and it’s the differences that make us so wonderful.

The basics? I’m Casey, I’m freshly 30, I’ve been married to Cody (whom you can find here) for 11 years, I’m a mom to Addie (7) and Vivi (1). We live in Indiana, my husband is an attorney, and I am a freelance writer and photographer. I’m slightly allergic to kiwi but don’t really care, and I love naps and chocolate cake.

Are we good? Sweet, let’s get these 25 things going. (Bonus, there’s a photo of me in a bikini at the end!)

  • The best meal I’ve ever had was Chinese takeout and a Stewart’s Orange Creme Soda on the first night in my new apartment in 1999.
  • If I’m stressed, nothing sounds better than a double cheeseburger from McDonald’s.
  • I didn’t learn how to flip a fried egg properly until I was at least 25.
  • I qualified for the Utah state drama competition in high school. I never made it to the competition, because I drove North instead of South and ended up in Idaho rather than Provo. Whoops.
  • I’m outrageously flexible, even to this day. (I can feel my knees getting a bit older, however, which kind of blows.)

  • People excusing bad behavior with the excuse “That’s just the way she/I is/am.” is a huge pet peeve of mine.
  • I’ve won 12 ribbons at various state fairs: ten for baking and two for photography. I’ve still never won a trophy and I really want to. Preferably one I have to walk across a stage to accept.
  • I’ve never had coffee, been in a tanning bed, or mowed a lawn.
  • I am wildly afraid of deep water, doesn’t matter what kind or where it’s located.
  • I refuse to buy cheaply-made shoes, but I will buy well-made shoes for cheap.
  • I loved Jason Mraz before you did.
  • My first car was a stick shift. I bought it even though I had no idea how to drive a stick. A boy I had a crush on had once said, “Girls who know how to drive sticks are hot.” So I bought one and learned how to drive it later. Cody didn’t even know I knew how to drive a stick shift until six years into our marriage.
  • My middle name is Beth. I’m not named after anyone, although apparently Beth was the name of a very hated nurse in Germany when my parents were stationed there together in the Army. My dad never quite understood how I ended up with it as my middle name.
  • The first concert I ever attended was Paula Abdul. The first computer game I ever played was Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. The first VHS tape I ever owned was Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. The first CD I ever received was Sting’s Fields of Gold.
  • I went to the same high school where High School Musical was filmed. It’s not the Wildcats, it’s the Leopards, I know because I was a cheerleader. I also think Zac Efron is amazingly nice to look at. When he was 15 and I was 21, it was a little weird. But now that he’s 24 and I’m 30? Rawr.
  • One of my favorite memories happened when my mom opened a bag of fish food underwater while we were snorkeling in Hawaii, all the food came pouring out and fish attacked her face for at least three minutes. It’s hard to laugh through a snorkel but I managed just fine.
  • I am double jointed like whoa, especially my thumbs.
  • I never had braces but my two front teeth on top are fake. (Long story. See also: I’m more afraid of the dentist than I am of giving birth.)
  • I’ve never broken a bone (knock on wood) but I’ve had my arm pulled out of its socket at least 3 times.
  • I believe in rescuing animals, especially the ones no one else wants. (Which is why I have an old one-eyed cat with thumbs (polydactyl). He’s the best cat ever. Rescue pets love you better.)

  • I didn’t know boys could pee sitting down until I was 18. To this day, my husband and I have never ever (EVER) seen each other use the toilet. Ever. Never. Ew. Never.
  • Aside from Canada, I’ve never left the country. I sure would like to, but it has yet to happen.
  • I have very little, if any, fashion sense. I enjoy sensible shoes, comfortable pants, and a well fitting t-shirt more than just about anything.
  • I’ve had glasses since 3rd grade. I’m twice legally blind without them.
  • I’m fluent in secondary infertility, depression, anxiety, PCOS, endometriosis, Lupron, Canon cameras, hyperemesis, antenatal depression, postpartum depression, and fighting for my marriage.

 

As a bonus to make me super relatable…two years after I got married I looked like this, thanks to a crazy medication I was put on to treat my depression:

That’s what 180+ pounds looks like on my 5’2″ frame. I was wildly uncomfortable and insecure in my own body. Two babies and nine years later, I’m currently 20 pounds above what I was on my wedding day but more than 40 pounds away from where I was when these photos were taken. The biggest difference however is not in my weight, but in the fact that I am happy and comfortable with myself, something I’ve never really been before these last two years.

I have a good life. I am healthy. I am blessed and I am happy.

Now who’s up for some tacos?

 

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