Day 2: Twenty Facts About Me!

31 Day Blogging Challenge

Day 2 here for the 31 Day Blogging Challenge created by Erica @ Looking to the Stars!  Yesterday was a fun post but I especially liked today’s topic!  It was fun trying to think of twenty different facts about myself.  Here we go!

  1. I am obsessed with lip balms/chapstick and lotion.  If my lips are dry or my hands are dry and I don’t have these things I get cranky.  I hate hate hate the feeling of dry hands and dry lips.  My favorite lip balms are the EOS balls and my favorite lotions are from Bath & Body Works.
  2. Growing up I had nightmares of being attacked by cats so I used to be afraid of them.  Now I am fully over that fear and have two cats of my own.
  3. My favorite outfit consists for a hoodie sweatshirt, comfortable jeans and sneakers.  I love just being comfortable and laid back.
  4. My ideal climate would be a place with a temperature range of 50-75 degrees F, low humidity, plenty of sunshine and the occasional rainy day.
  5. I love nail polish and  having my nails painted but I have never had a professional manicure or pedicure.
  6. I like shopping for new clothes but HATE trying them on at the store.  Why can’t sizes just be universal?!?!?!
  7. The only Apple product I have ever liked is the iPod Classic and they have now gotten rid of it!  Screw you Apple.
  8. I love going to concerts!  I have seen groups from rock to pop to country.  My next concert is going to be Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney at Target Field this July!
  9. I currently own 695 movies on DVD and bluray.  See the list here!
  10. My ultimate dream is to one day travel to Ireland.  It has been my favorite country for as long as I can remember.
  11. I’ve been to 22 of the 50 states and hope to someday see them all.
  12. From pre-K through 4th grade I was at a different school every year because we moved around a lot.
  13. I am a very shy person around new people.  A lot of people mistake my shyness for me being a bitch.
  14. When I read a book I like to thumb through the pages I’ve already read.  It’s become a habit and sometimes I don’t realize I’m doing it until E tells me to knock it off.  What can I say?  I just like the sound it makes haha 🙂
  15. My parents, brother, two uncles, one aunt, one great uncle and I all graduated from the same college, Luther College.  Go Norse!
  16. I can’t stand football.  Most sports bore me to tears (with the exception of being at a game vs watching on tv) but there’s just something extremely irritating to me about football.
  17. I am terrified of turbulence on a plane, no matter how small it may be.  On our flights to Miami I was a mess, clutching on E’s leg so hard I think I cut off his circulation haha OOPS
  18. In a future home I would love to have a library.  Does not have to be anything fancy, just a room where I can keep all of my books in one place and have a cozy place to read.
  19. My husband and I grew up in the same small town but didn’t meet until he was 21 and I was 23.
  20. I am afraid of heights but got the courage to go upside down on the last segment of the zipline course at Whistler!  That was amazing!

Tune in tomorrow to hear about some of my daily rituals!

31 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 1: Introduction

For the next 31 days I am going to participate in a blogging challenge created by Erica @ Looking To The Stars!  Each day there will be a new topic to post about and I’m really excited to play along because these look like some fun topics to write about.

31 Day Blogging Challenge

Day 1: Introduction & Recent Photo


Most recent photo was taken on Christmas Eve (I take a lot of photos, just not of myself haha)

Hi everyone!  I’m Maren!  I’m a 28 year old Minnesota girl, born and raised.  Up until I was in the 5th grade my family moved around a lot but we always stayed in Minnesota with the exception of a sixth month period spent in Sioux Falls, SD.  My parents are awesome and have been married for almost 32 years.  I have a younger brother who is 24 and living in Chicago with his fiance.  He is one of my best friends.  I graduated with a bachelor of arts in History major and museum studies minor from Luther College in 2009.  After college I couldn’t find a job in my chosen field so I lived at home and worked a grocery store job I had had since I was 17.  While working there I met Ethan who was also working there and we have been together since October 2010.  Eight months later he proposed and another 6 months after that we were married.  Our 3rd anniversary is coming up in 9 days!  Shortly after our wedding we bought a townhouse and a month after that we got our first cat, Nika.  Three months later we got our second cat, Enzo.  We both love to travel and have so many places we want to go together.  For our honeymoon we went to Mackinac Island in Michigan.  And for our first wedding anniversary we went on a cruise to the Caribbean.  We currently do not have kids of our own but I have the most adorable 3 year old goddaughter I love to hang out with.

Currently I commute 45 minutes to my job where I work in a small company as a human resources/accounts payable/compliance combo.  I share an office with my dad, who is one of my favorite people in the world, so I get to see him 5 days a week.

I love reading and watching movies and TV shows.  I have massive collections of books, movies and TV seasons.  I just can’t help myself sometimes 🙂 I am an avid user of Goodreads so you can see what I’m reading there.  And I also have a book blog that I post reviews, book challenges and weekly memes.

I love being outdoors, especially away from cities.  I love going hiking and wish that I lived in an area closer to more exciting trails.  Southern MN doesn’t have much besides prairies and corn fields.

So that is a little bit about me!  Stay tuned to find out more over the next 31 days!