24 Random Facts

Today is my 24th birfday, I’m officially old(er)! I strategically planned my last day of work so I had the chance to sleep in and enjoy myself. (Seriously, who wants to work on their birthday?) I woke up to find this lovely someecard from my friend in London, I thought it was very fitting.

Unfortunately I think today is way too hot and sticky to be in the real world, I'll stay inside...

In honor of my 24th year, I thought I’d share 24 fun things. Here is a little window into the randomness that is my life:

  1. I woke up and was ready for the day at 8am but forced myself back to sleep. When I was younger people knew not to call me before 11am since I was still in bed, these days I’m a morning person and wake up by 8am everyday.
  2. I weighed in this morning at my lowest amount in over six years. I’m pretty sure this will be ruined by dessert and drinks tonight/this weekend, yet I don’t think I mind too much.
  3. I’m still asking for a pony for my birthday, I think I’m wearing my parents down.
  4. Birthday presents are nice, but I tend to purchase the things I want without waiting for a special day. Sometimes, if I’m too cheap, I’ll send my parents an item and drop hints that they should purchase it for me. This is what I asked for this year.
  5. In high school I had a pool party every year. I always scheduled it at a fun time like 1:58pm, I’m not a fan of round numbers.
  6. On my 16th birthday I went to the shooting range with a friend and managed to get a hot shell down my top. Since then I’ve dressed more appropriately for shooting.
  7. For my 18th birthday my female friend took me to a strip club…
  8. For my 19th birthday I went skydiving with my father and brother. I was ready to go until the instructor tried to push me out of the plane, then it got pretty hairy.
  9. For my 20th birthday I earned my motorcycle license, the next day there was a motorcycle accident in front of my parents house. I have not ridden a bike since.
  10. I’ve always looked older than my age. People are often surprised to find out that I’m still a baby, apparently I’m mature for my age (or something like that).
  11. It didn’t help that I lied about my age until I was 18. I figured if I could pass as older, why not? Looking back I realize I should have enjoyed my childhood and not tried to speed it up so much.
  12. In my first week at college I got a real lesson about drinking – do not try to keep up with the boys. Even though I’m not the tiniest, I’m a light weight. Three drinks and I’m happily hugging everyone in the room.
  13. I played ultimate frisbee in college and can’t wait to find a new group to play pickup with in California. I’m not the best player but I’m passionate. That is what matters, right?
  14. When I found out I was moving, I spent days at work researching Palo Alto. I had to hold myself back from joining running groups three months in advance.
  15. In Columbus there is one Jewish young adult group, in Palo Alto there are about a dozen. I’m already signed up for a few of those.
  16. I’m planning to sneak into the Jewish Law Student events so I can meet a nice lawyer. What? I’m Jewish, it would only be fitting to date a lawyer (or doctor, or accountant for that matter).
  17. My dad used to tell me that I should marry for love, but if he is Jewish, he’ll pay for the wedding. My mother yells every time I tell this story. Her theory is that a man should worship the ground I walk on. I’m hoping for both.
  18. I still call my father for advice, when I’m uncertain of something it is nice to have his “go ahead”. I think I’ll be doing this late into my forties.
  19. On that note, my father is coming tomorrow to help me pack. I don’t think I could do it without his assistance, that man knows how to organize better than anyone I’ve ever met.
  20. My first love, who I consider to be one of my closest friends, will be living four miles away from me in California. Several people have reminded me not to get back together with him…
  21. After graduating from college I spent a month at home, it was dreadful. I may have had a nervous breakdown about starting my new life in Ohio. Hoping that doesn’t happen again.
  22. The two girls I consider my best friends are the greatest people in the world, even when I was whiny and freaking out about my move to Ohio they stuck by me. I’d like to believe I’d do anything for them.
  23. I’m scared beyond belief of moving and starting life as a graduate student. Some people say grad school is easier than undergrad, but I feel that my program may be more rigorous than I am expecting. What did I get myself into?!
  24. I was originally afraid to tell people I’m going to Stanford because I was afraid I’d sound pretentious. Now I’m learning I should be proud of it since I did get in after all. So on that note, did you know I’m going to Stanford next year?

Wow, it was harder than expected to come up with that list. And thank you if you managed to make it through each item, I apologize for being a bit verbose. Hope you are all having an amazing day!

How do you celebrate your birthday? Tell me one (or seven) fun fact(s) about you.

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About Michelle

I'm an engineer living (and running) in Palo Alto, CA.

Posted on July 21, 2011, in Life, The Future and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Happy birthday! Great list. You’ve had quite the adventurous birthdays.

  2. Girl, you should be proud of going to Stanford! I’d probably be telling everyone I’d ever made eye contact with. I’m sad your leaving before we ever got to hang out, though. Happy, happy birthday!

    • Thanks Sarah!! I’ll make sure to start telling people more often :)
      And there is still time to meet up, I’m here til next Thursday. Perhaps a morning run?

  3. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

    Happy birthday!! I thought you were a little older than 24 – not because you look old, just because I think everyone is the same age as me! I’ll be 29 next weekend. Belated birthday celebration at HLS? I cannot wait to meet you :)
    And congrats on Stanford! I agree with Sarah, brag about that accomplishment! You’re awesome!

  4. sadly I dont celebrate my bday…I’m 1200 miles from my dad and my kids dont do anything for my bday…except this past january my teen daughter did do stuff for my bday..it was such a rare occasion I even blogged it! LOL http://www.taraburner.com/motivating-thoughts/my-birthday-gifts-from-my-daughter-that-brought-tears-to-my-eyes.php and daaaaanged i’m feeling OLD now cuz you’re 24 now and my son is 22 1/2! yikes i’m old! but fortunately most think i look younger so guess that’s a plus! Happy Happy Birthday to you and Congrats on Stanford!!!!

    • You deserve to do something fantastic on your birthday! And your daughter better be doing something fantastic for you, with all this mom-taxi you’ve been doing she definitely owes you. And thanks, I’m quite excited for what the future brings (and scared, but slightly more excited). :)

  5. Happy Birthday!! :-) {and congrats on that lowest weight in over 6 yrs thing!!}

    Mine is December 30th. I celebrate it by not working (haven’t worked on my bday in ages), never being in class (good ol holiday vacay!), trying to remind people of it (it gets lost in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in people’s minds) and shopping and eating. Oh, and being thankful I lived and made it to another one!

    Hope it was a good one!

    • Thanks Cherie! I don’t think the weight thing will stick this weekend (it is Jazz and Rib fest out here, a girl has to indulge).

      I’ll make sure to remember yours this year, I’ll have a drink to celebrate (even though we’ll be far apart).

  6. Happy Birthday!! Definitely get your brag on! Getting into Stanford is no easy task. You go girl!

  7. just stumbled upon your blog… firstly i believe the word birthday should be officially changed to birfday. and secondly i love jews and running and running jews in general. might make me narcissistic but a little bit of narcissism is healthy.
    amy

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