10 Random Facts About Me

10 Random Facts About Lemon Stripes

Happy Monday, friends! Yep, still pregnant and tomorrow is my due date. I’ll keep you posted but no signs of baby yet.

When I saw Mackenzie’s post featuring 10 random facts about her and thought it would be a fun idea to do the same thing here! I tried to think of 10 things that you don’t already know about me, but it was hard so some of this might be a repeat. For new readers, I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little bit better!

1. I’m left-handed. I don’t know why this is a fun fact but for some reason people are intrigued by it! Sometimes people I know will see me writing for the first time and are shocked that it’s with my left hand. I guess we’re a rare breed of unicorns (only 12% of the population in fact). Apparently it’s supposed to make me good at math and music… The jury’s still out on that though. For all you other lefties out there, here are some fun facts about us that I found interesting.

2. I went to high school in Italy. Ok just the last two years, but still. The latin teacher at my high school in New Hampshire was friends with the headmaster of an international boarding school in Rome, and would recommend a few students to study there each semester. My junior year, I was one of the lucky ones. When the school year was over, I begged my parents to let me apply as a full time student. For some reason they said yes and I finished out my high school career in Rome. It was a super cool experience that I’ll be forever grateful for.

3. I majored in political science with a minor in Italian. Clearly I’m using both skills in my career today… LOL! I feel in love with the Italian language while in Italy and was hoping to double major in that and art history. Then I took an intro political science class and fell in love. I had enough credits for a double major but dropped the Italian to a minor so that I wouldn’t have to write two senior theses. I don’t get to practice speaking as much as I’d like to, but after a few days in Italy, it usually comes right back. Our last trip was to Sicily for my 30th birthday, and I’m hoping we can go back sometime in the next few years.

4. I went to an all women’s college. Speaking of college, I went to Scripps College in California, a small women’s only liberal arts school. It’s part of a larger, 5-school consortium so we had male friends and boyfriends, but it was nice to come home to a pristine, quieter campus at night. Going there was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I got an amazing education and met some incredible women who I still call my best friends to this day.

5. I’m obsessed with making lists. Like abnormally obsessed. I have my daily and weekly to do lists, shot lists, editorial calendars for the blog, and so much more. The weirdest part about my lists is that they all have to be on paper (except for my editorial calendar). I like to hand write each task and the cross it off when I’m done. If I don’t organize my lists at the end of each work day, I feel flustered and out of it. I think part of it is that I have a terrible memory, and the other part is that I just like to be on top of things.

6. I lived in Japan as a kid. My parents are both business school professors, and spent three winter semesters in a row teaching at an international business school in Japan. I even spent half of kindergarten there! I was super blonde when I was little, and I remember people coming up to me and touching my hair. It totally freaked me out at the time! I can’t speak much Japanese, but I can count to 100 so there’s that.

7. I love 90’s rap music… I know pretty much every lyric to Dr. Dre’s Chronic 2001 album. 90’s rap makes me the so pumped.

8. I have the best siblings in the world. I have a sister, Lauren, and a six-year old half brother, Jackson! Lauren and I are the closest sisters you’ll ever meet. We talk at least twice a day on the phone and text and G-chat in between. She’s three years younger than I am and lives in San Francisco with her fiancé and puppy. Being so far away from each other is tough, but I think she’ll move back east eventually. We have always dreamed of having houses next to each other, but the Connecticut ‘burbs isn’t really her scene.

9. I’m weirdly psychic. When I was a kid, I had a dream that my pet fish jumped out of his tank. The next morning, we found him on the ground! This is morbid and creepy but I dreamt about 9/11 the night before it happened as well. I can usually tell when my dreams are going to become reality and when they aren’t. I can’t explain it but it happens more often than you’d think.

10. Random food obsessions: Black licorice, cucumbers, fennel, watermelon, basil pesto and ramen. I could live on a diet of those five things.

The jumpsuit above is old but this one is the exact same cut!

Now that you know a little more about me, I’d love to know more about you. Share a random fact about yourself in the comments below.

  • Lillie

    Fun facts! I went to high school in Spain for a semester. It was a great experience but super hard too. And my mom took me to Mexico for several summers in a row starting when I was 18 months old. I spoke in paragraphs and also had super blonde hair the locals wanted to touch. I hated it and apparently would hiss at them.

    • Hahah the hissing is a nice touch! I wish I had learned that one in Japan.

  • Is that the same sister from Philly?

    I sprained both ankles at the same time at a tennis match. The next year I played on an outside court at Arthur Ashe Stadium!

    • It is! She moved to SF with her fiance. So sad! Great fun fact 🙂

  • Katherine

    Nothing I love more than a hand written list and crossing it off when done!

  • Jess Z

    Thanks for sharing these random fun facts! It’s crazy and awesome how people we know (or whose stories we follow) can always surprise us with tidbits we had no clue about!
    Random fact about me – my family and I all live in different states! I’m in CT, my parents live in CA, my older sister is in FL, and my younger sister lives in PA. It’s not ideal, but at least it makes for great excuses to visit warmer places in the winter!

    • Wow, so glad you see it as a positive and get some fun vacays! I love having my mom and sister in CA for visits too 🙂

  • Taylor Cannon

    So fun to hear some random facts about you! I love that you are so close to your sister! I am the oldest of 6 (4 brothers, 1 sister) so I understand a close sister relationship!
    Taylor | http://www.livingtaylored.com

    • Wow! That was always my dream growing up to have a big family like that. So so fun!

  • Brittany Olander

    yessss to nineties rap! and that dream thing is crazy!

    xo, brittany
    pretty target finds on my blog today
    http://www.notablob.com

  • I love this post, Julia! I am a lefty too and it definitely explains my strange affection for math! Can’t wait for you to have your baby!!!

    xo, Fran
    franacciardo.com

    • Haha I wish I were better at math… so jealous of that skill!

  • Sarah T.

    Fellow lefty here! Whenever I write something down people, including my oldest friends, are always surprised! Enjoy that last few days of pregnancy!
    -Sarah

    • Isn’t it funny how people are shocked by it? I love when someone says, “why didn’t you tell me?!” ha

  • Nicole C.

    Such a fun post, Julia! Going to high school in Italy must have been such a cool experience. My fun fact is that I was a dancer for 14 years… tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, lyrical, and I even tried acro! Good luck with the end of your pregnancy! Xo, Nicole // http://www.nicolecoppins.com

    • Very cool!!! You must be a hit at weddings 🙂

  • Alyssa Thomas

    Love this post! I think it’s so cool that you have had such an international experience throughout your childhood and early adulthood!

    I totally get the psychic thing too. I’ve always thought I was strangely attuned to things and it surprises me sometimes!

  • ramen?!?! hahaha!I could never go back to eating that stuff. Random fact about me: i lived with my cousin when I was 20 and we were so poor all we ate was ramon and I used to put shredded cheese in it, just the thought of it makes me want to gag! :oP

    • Haha I meant at like a ramen house or Japanese restaurant, not the store-bought kind!!

      • oohhhhh that makes a lot more sense! haha 🙂

  • Meems

    I totally get the weird psychic thing. I usually get a feeling of impending doom…I had a dream my deceased mother-in-law telling me husband’s chest pains were serious although his stress test a few months prior was unremarkable. I made him an appointment with my cardiologist. He was 99% blocked and had a triple bypass (age 44).

  • Sepideh

    I love these types of posts! I did one a while ago too and it was an interesting process to have to sit and think of what’s funny and/or interesting to share.
    Also. I totally get you on so many points! I have a masters in public policy and public administration and yet I don’t think I want to work in the field anymore. HA! #8 – my siblings are better. HAHA joke. But seriously, my sister is my twin – she’s only 14 months older than me and I adore her more than life!
    # 9 – Me too! I have prophetic dreams at least once a week..
    #10 – OBSESSED with pesto. My mom makes a huge batch for me with fresh basil from my dad’s garden and it’s the best shit ever.
    http://www.elleisforlove.com

  • I also, love these type of posts as well! Thank you for posting!
    Lists, organization, Type A-I get it…ha ha ha too funny.
    Oh my goodness…I too, Love all things Italy!! Being half Italian and having the opportunity in college, to study the Mediterranean Diet in Rome, literally changed my trajectory in life!
    I can not wait to go back and visit (preferably live), but this time, I can’t wait for my husband to go with me!! There is just something so grounding about Italy.
    I too have very detailed prophetic dreams…or I will have dreams of loved ones letting me know everything is okay this definitely used to frighten me when I was younger, but now I consider it a Blessing!