some things

as a blogger, i get to pick and choose what parts of my life and experience i share with my readers. i try to share enough to make you feel like you know me, while being careful to maintain the separation between "blog life" and "real life".

as i've followed other bloggers and consistently read about their life, it's funny how i can start to feel like i'm friends with them and that i know them personally. but i was thinking the other day about how much i probably don't know about them. personality quirks, childhood stories, pet peeves, etc. sometimes, i wish i knew the most normal things about them, because their lives can seem so "perfect". 

so, i decided to share some things about me that you would probably never know unless i told you. brace yourelves.

1. as a child (we're talking like 2 years old), i went through a phase of absolutely refusing to tell my mom that i loved her. she would tell me that she loved me and i wouldn't respond. she would ask if i loved her, and i would say no. this went on for a few months. needless to say, she was slightly worried. eventually, i came around.

2. i am totally, completely, and utterly terrified of tornadoes. i have nightmares every couple of weeks about being in a house with my family and watching tornadoes coming towards us and then i always wake up.

3. in elementary school (i think 3rd grade), i went through a phase of having a speech impediment. i would say something, and then mouth it silently right afterwards. it was like a silent echo. it was weird. and lasted a few months. 

4.  metallic jeans were once a thing...and i just so happened to own a pair. here's proof:


5. i've had more trauma to my head than probably the average child. i fell headfirst on a rock while trying to watch a frog jump under the pier at our lakehouse when i was 2.  when i was around 6, i tripped while running on the sidewalk and landed on my face. when i was about 10, i was accidentally hit in the head with a rock when my brother threw it and didn't have great aim. and, hopefully, that's all. 

6. i'm decently skilled at rapping along to songs on the radio. i also have the entire nicki minaj "superbass" song memorized. and am in the process of working on learning busta rhymes' part in justin bieber's "drummer boy". yep, nicki minaj, justin bieber, busta rhymes.

7. if i could know how to do one thing really well without having to learn it or do any training for it, i would be a graphic designer. no doubt about it. i envy those people who can do amazing things with their computers and their creativity.

8. i'm the nickname queen. dooney, dooney bob, lorna doone, lau, stu, stuart, louis, scoop, LP, lo, scooby, the list literally goes on and on. the one that has stuck the longest is stu. it's what my sister has called me for about the last 6 years.

9. i'm exclusively a stomach sleeper. i've tried to change my ways, but i cannot fall asleep on my side, back, or other side. only my stomach. my back hates me for it.

10. i was totally creepy as a child:

i think i've shared enough for one lifetime day...

48 comments

  1. This is hilarious! I do relate to no. 7, I would love to get into graphic design as well! So now I think of you as a creepier version of Sophia Grace (& Rosie) in metallic pants who is nicknaming Ellen DeGeneres and running from tornados while hitting her head and falling asleep on her belly :)

    Great post!

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  2. LOL!!!! that last picture made me spit part of my smoothie out. HAHAHA i am dying laughing. LOVE it! thank you for sharing and helping me to know that i'm not alone in my freakness as a child

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    1. hahaha i love that you spit part of your smoothie out! oops, sorry :)

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  3. I love that you've shared this list. I completely relate to number 9... and possibly 10.

    E x

    Www.seastonejournal.blogspot.com.au

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  4. You totally are a creeper! :)

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    1. LOL...gotta love sisters

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  5. Tornado dreams! I have them all the time, too. I got stuck in a dream analysis thing (the things they'll rope you into in college) and the person I spoke with told me those dreams indicate fear or uncomfortableness with change. Since it deals with your family, maybe it's pointing out you're worried about changes that would separate you... IDK. That's what I got told. And now I kind of notice a pattern--like something will happen at work and bam, tornado. We paint the living room blue, bam, tornado. I don't see how all that works though. I'm not really into interpreting dreams. I used to have a lot of dreams about not being able to find a bathroom and really having to go to the bathroom. I read something online that said it was because I wasn't feeling like I was expressing myself and I was holding a lot in. Or I just drank too much water before bedtime and had to go tinkles during the night. ROFL. That's what I mean, man. How do you interpret that?

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    1. that's crazy! i wonder if that has something to do with my dreams, too!

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  6. This is the best post ever!!
    Loving the metalic jeans... mostly because I think I totally had that same pair... we were STYLING!!!

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  7. I loved this post Lauren!

    I too, was a victim of metallic jeans. I am not sure I have photographic evidence though!

    I'm so glad I learned all these small details about you!!

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  8. i always love learning more about bloggers! thanks for sharing! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  9. I love this, because I've thought the same thing. So often, I leave out the quirky/weird me - but, it'd be nice if my readers new a bit more. Other blogs I follow, (like yours & Kate's) I feel like I know the blogger.
    With that said, I've always thought your personality matched my sisters so much - and #1 and #5 just confirmed it. :)

    aHeapeofLove.com/

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  10. Hahaha the last picture is KILLING ME!
    Seriously too good.

    And hello metallic jeans...I think we were all guilty of those at some point...yikes.

    Have a good week, girl! :)
    xo

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  11. This is awesome! Thank you for giving us a sneak-peak into your childhood. I just love that you have super long t-shirt on in that last picture. I lived in those as a child for some reason.

    Can you post a video of you rapping? ;-)

    http://hopefaithandblessings.blogspot.com/

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  12. Those metallic jeans are HOT! Hahaha! It's funny to look back on old styles. I always think: "WTF?! That was in style?!"

    Loved learning more about you! Thanks for sharing :)

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  13. Sooo funny!!! I read you and your sister's blog's every day...I sometimes forget I don't know you guys at all! Great post!
    Oh, and I'm a stomach sleeper too. Wedge a pillow under one side (chest, stomach, hips) to take the pressure off your back. Now...how to prevent wrinkles on your face? Silk pillowcase!?!?!?

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  14. You were photo bombing before it was cool. : )

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  15. Omg metallic jeans haha I'm glad those went out of style ;)

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  16. hah! I've been doing these kinds of posts for the past few weeks, too, and it's so fun/ absolutely mortifying to share the random stories from childhood. haha
    Thanks for sharing! Loved reading this! :)

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  17. The tornado thing... EXACTLY THE SAME FOR ME!!! oh my goodness it's horrible! I just had a dream/nightmare two nights ago and they are always horrible.. I wake up in full on panic attack mode. I'm glad I'm not the only one (not that I'm glad at all that you have this too).. I feel somewhat normal now lol :)

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  18. I can't stop laughing at the last picture..... so flipping funny!

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  19. Don't even talk about head trauma! I was dropped (yes, DROPPED) on my head by a family friend when I was oh, 4, I think? And it cursed me for the next 20+ years! I've hit my head so many times, in such random ways (revolving door? check.) that it's become a running joke for anyone who's known me for more than 5 minutes. It was so common in high school, my friends threatened to get me (and force me to wear) a football helmet for my birthday! Even to this day my mom always says (usually after a good head bopping) how she's amazed that I haven't ended up with a concussion, or worse! Oh, and I refuse to participate in any sports or activities that involve flying objects (football, frisbee, etc) because apparently, my head is a giant MAGNET and I will most likely end up with a black eye lol =)

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  20. LAUREN! What is the deal with that last picture?! Hahaha! I love it so much! Thanks for sharing those details about YOU. You really are great at separating blog life and real life, and I admire that about you. But I love that you took this special opportunity to share more about you as a person. I had a speech impediment, too, but mine lasted much longer than yours!

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    1. Hahaha I wish I could explain it but there really are no words for how terrifying I was as a child. Thanks for you always encouraging comments - I appreciate you!

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  21. I also have tornado dreams! It usually happens when I'm stressed...a lot lately in fact lol scary!!!
    Great post!

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  22. What a great post! It's true, there are a few bloggers that I feel like I know from reading their posts. But in reality I'm probably just getting the smallest of tidbits from what they are really like.

    My blog is more of a documentation of my life with some randos thrown in, so people probably have a pretty good idea of what they'd be getting if they met me in person.

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  23. Great post! l totally agree with you on the separation and how to handle it. As a new blogger l am still trying to figure out what my comfort level is.

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  24. Hahaha. I just spit on my computer at the "creep" pic. Hilarious!

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  25. Great Post!! My daughter refuses to tell me she loves me and she is 2...I'm sure this is a phase just like when she refused to eat any type of meat for 6 months. Random...I loved the creepy picture it was truly awesome!

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  26. HAHAHA, I love the creeper pic. I didnt think that the "repeating silent echo" thing happened in real life to people. I thought that show "in the Middle" made it up!

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  27. Love those pants! LOL I actually had a pair too and I wore them all the time!! Love the pictures of you too, especially the one of you all big eyed and yes "creepy"! I can't believe you memorized all of the lyrics! I'm so bad at that, that I sometimes just ramble on with my own! Have a good day!

    -Kristen @www.fewofmyfavoritethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  28. This post was classic. Definitely laughed out loud! :) And that's crazy about the speech thing, because 3 of my younger siblings did that. We would be like, "Why are you repeating yourself, honey?" haha. :) And that last picture is HILARIOUS!! :) Kate so oblivious... :)

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  29. I hear you about tornadoes! My aunt has lost 2 house and my parents 1. I am terrified and of course I live in Tornado Alley.

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  30. Realized today not only do we have the same birthday, but the same initials!!

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  31. Tornadoes are my BIGGEST fear! I live in the south (West Tennessee by North Alabama) so we see our fair share every now and then. One of my most vivid dreams (or I guess it was a nightmare) is seeing one out the kitchen window headed straight for our house and my mom says "Oh, we can just put the newspaper over our heads and duck." Um....

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  32. I loved this post, it's so great to get to know more about the person behind the blog! I can also relate to the tornado fears, I live in a part of the country that gets them often, and we've had a few close calls... Thankfully, we have a tornado shelter, so that makes me feel better!

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  33. I love this post!! You should look up Brick on the show "The Middle" he whispers to himself too. Oh and also, if it makes you feel better, I think we were all creeps one time in our lives...

    Allison
    http://allisonbc.blogspot.com/

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  34. this post literally made me laugh out loud... love the final picture!

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  35. I did #3 too! I thought I was the only one. Also, in elementary school at the time. I'm also guilty of 8 & 9.

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  36. I'm terrified of tornadoes too. I met my husband about 5 years ago in college and he told me he was from Oklahoma. We weren't even dating and I said, "Oh, I could never move there - that's in tornado alley." Well 5 years later -- guess where I'm living. That's right, Oklahoma. I had our bathroom re-inforced when I built my house so that it would hopefully be tornado proof. I've used it twice - well worth the money!

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  37. hahaha Busta Rhymes, you're awesome...and I'm a tummy sleeper too, it's just so comfy!!

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  38. awesome stuff...

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  39. I owned metallic silver jeans and wore them ALL. THE. TIME. I'm hoping there aren't any photos of those.

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  40. HI Lauren!!
    I love your blog and read it everyday.. your sisters too.. Just want to stop by and say I love metallic jeans and they are about to make a comeback. I work for 7 For all Mankind, we are about to lauch our precious metals collection!!! I would love to send you an updated pair, here is my email you can send me your info... :) Happy Blogging!! xoxox Vanessa

    Nessmom2@yahoo.com

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  41. That last picture made me literally LOL. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  42. I'm terrified of tornadoes as well. I have random dreams quite often about them, most of the time I'm in my house and gathering my things to go into our basement, but the tornado never makes it to the house. Some other dreams the tornadoes have had faces!

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  43. Okay the funny "speech impediment"? My daughter does that! She is 8 and will say something and then silently repeat it with her mouth. it is almost like she is making sure she said it out loud or something. So bizarre! She doesn't always do it but often enough that I have noticed and think it is slightly odd. So funny to "meet" someone else who has done it, and is over it :)

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